2018 Internet2 Global Summit

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Monday, May 7 General Session

Dr. Daniel A. Reed 

The Convergence of Academic and Research Collaboration  
Daniel A. Reed is University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics, and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Medicine at the University of Iowa.
This opening plenary will explore the intersections of balancing the needs of supporting the academic enterprise and the research community, from a technology, application, and cyberinfrastructure perspective. Dr. Reed will provide an in-depth viewpoint on both the challenges and opportunities in supporting both domains. There are many intersections of cyberinfrastructure and the application space for both researchers and the campus enterprise. This keynote will look at how cloud and edge computing, as well as other new technologies, are and will continue to play a significant role across both domains. The capabilities being developed today impact any end user and, increasingly, infrastructure such as networks and identity tools are facilitators and enablers to support research on and across campuses as well as the enterprise. Dr. Reed's presentation will provide a holistic and integrated view and spark conversations in the community on how to solve these challenges and build on opportunities together.  

Daniel A. Reed is University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics, and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Medicine at the University of Iowa, where he recently completed his term of service as Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Previously, he was Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft's long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company's policy engagement with governments and institutions worldwide. 

Before joining Microsoft, he was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served as Chancellor's Eminent Professor and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. Prior to that, he was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid.  

Dr. Reed has served as a member of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), which represents PhD-granting computer science departments in North America, and currently serves on its government affairs committee. He has been a member of the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, and he currently chairs the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) and the steering committee for the NSF Midwest Big Data Hub.

Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE and the AAAS. He received his B.S. from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in computer science.

Tuesday, May 8 General Session

Dr. Manish Parashar

Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science

Manish Parashar is the Office Director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NSF's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) seeks to foster the advanced cyberinfrastructure that is critical to the advancement of all areas of science and engineering research and education. For over a decade, OAC's (and ACI and OCI before it) investments have consistently enabled new innovations and discoveries. However, recent years are witnessing dramatic changes in nature and requirements of science applications, in the scale and pervasiveness of data, and in the landscape of technologies and resources. It is essential that the research cyberinfrastructure ecosystem evolve in response to these changes, and the Internet2 community, its campus leaders, researchers and professional experts all have important roles to play. This talk will present an overview of OAC and its programs and investments. It will also present a vision for evolving program and priorities to transform science in the 21st century.

Manish is joining NSF from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he is currently a Distinguished Professor and the founding Director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and the Applied Software Systems Laboratory. He also serves as Full Member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business, Computing, and Law at the University of Derby (United Kingdom). Most recently, at Rutgers, he co-led strategic planning efforts in Research Computing and served as the Interim Associate Vice President of Research Computing between 2015 and 2016 to oversee the establishment of the Rutgers Office of Advanced Research Computing. 

As many of you will recall, Manish served as Program Director in the then-Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) at NSF between 2009 and 2011, managing a research portfolio that spanned software sustainability, computational and data-enabled science and engineering, and cloud computing. Among his accomplishments was leading the establishment of the crosscutting Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program.

Manish holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering from Syracuse University and a B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunications from Bombay University (India). He has received numerous honors throughout his career, including a 2013 R&D 100 Award (with ORNL and the Georgia Institute of Technology), the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award from the Rutgers School of Engineering (2014-2017), IBM Faculty Awards in 2008 and 2010, the Tewkesbury Fellowship from the University of Melbourne (Australia; 2006), and the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (2004-2005). He was elected to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society’s Golden Core in 2016; is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and IEEE; and is an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist. 

Manish has co-authored hundreds of technical publications, conference proceedings, journal special issues, and textbooks throughout his career. He is the founding chair of the IEEE Technical Consortium on High-Performance Computing, current Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Parallel and Distributed Systems, and serves on the editorial boards and organizing committees of several other journals and international conferences and workshops.

Panel Discussion: 

A Win-Win Approach to Supporting the Shared Missions of Research and Education Communities
With Internet2 at a key inflection point in its history, with the rapid changes in technological advancements, and with the need for continued global collaboration, Internet2 is moving from being a collection of individual services and functions to a more holistic approach to providing cyberinfrastructure and services for the member community -  including both academic collaboration and scientific and research collaboration domains.   
Following the keynote address by Dr. Parashar, President and CEO of Internet2 Howard Pfeffer will facilitate a panel discussion with Dr. Deborah Dent, Chief Information Officer, Jackson State University, Tracy Schroeder, Vice President for Information Services & Technology, Boston University and Dr. Larry Smarr, Founding Director of CalIT2, to explore and discuss real world applications of the challenges, opportunities, and intersections in supporting the academy and researchers in areas such as cyberinfrastructure, cloud services, security, privacy and trust and identity.  
The discussion will also touch on the importance of the facilitation role in helping the end-user navigate the increasingly complex technical environment and the proliferation of big data.  The panel aims to draw some sound conclusions on areas of common ground and identify where a national organization such as Internet2 can play a role in supporting multiple domains for the benefit of the entire Research and Education ecosystem.


Dr. Deborah Dent

Dr. Deborah F. Dent is the Chief Information Officer at Jackson State University.  In this position, she oversees the management of the university's network and communications infrastructure, enterprise resource planning system and other information technology (IT) services that support all levels of research, learning, and teaching.

Information Technology consists of three units: Academic IT, Computing and Communications, and IT Managed Services, all staffed to deliver customer friendly support to all JSU campuses.

Dr. Dent joined Jackson State in August 2012 after a 37 year career with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to joining Jackson State, Dr. Dent served as the Deputy Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS. She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, MS in Computer Science from Jackson State University and PhD in Scientific Computing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tracy Schroeder

Tracy Schroeder joined Boston University as Vice President of  Information Services and Technology in July 2009. In that capacity she has responsibility for networking and telecommunications, systems infrastructure, communication and collaboration services, enterprise information systems, teaching and learning technologies, research computing, information security, and client computing support.

While at BU, Tracy has worked to improve technology governance and strategic planning, while building IT service management and project management best practices across the organization. She has overseen significant expansion of the campus wireless network, classroom technology upgrades, and the implementation of new information systems for finance, HR, procurement, development and alumni relations, and research administration. She has collaborated with the VP Research on the creation and development of the multi-institutional Massachusetts High Performance Computing Center, and with the Provost’s Office on the BU Digitial Learning Initiative.

Prior to joining BU, Tracy led the Department of Information Technology Services at the University of San Francisco (2002-2009) and served as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Conference on IT Management (2007-2009). Tracy has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Larry Smarr

Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in UCSD’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before that he was the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC. Smarr carried out theoretical, observational, and computational astrophysics for 25 years, has driven the early development of foundational components of our global cyberinfrastructure, and most recently has become a pioneer in the quantified self movement. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on the NASA Advisory Council to 4 NASA Administrators, was chair of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee and the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, and for 8 years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving 3 directors. He received his PhD in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin and spent three years as a Harvard Junior Fellow. Smarr can be followed on Twitter (@lsmarr) or on his portal http://lsmarr.calit2.net/.