eScience Workshop 2008



The eScience Workshop 2008, held December- 7-8, 2008, brought together scientists from diverse research disciplines to share their research and discuss how computing is shaping their work and facilitating scientific discovery. The 2008 event focused on computing technologies that enable scalable solutions in order to address scientific grand challenges.

Theme: Accelerating Time to Scientific Discovery

In 2007, the Microsoft eScience workshop at RENCI in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, attracted more than 250 scientists, researchers, and academics. There were more than 50 presentations and 100 posters showcasing projects in areas as diverse as astronomy, malaria, and the use of GPUs for scientific computation. Feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive, and the event also served as a venue for Microsoft groups to meet with researchers and discuss future collaborations.

In 2008, we are fortunate to be partnering with Professor Geoffrey Fox from Indiana University and the IEEE eScience Conference. The venue for both events is University Place Conference Center & Hotel at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In keeping with the workshop theme, Accelerating Time to Scientific Discovery, there are several new features in support:

  • Tutorials that cover facilitatory technologies ranging from cloud computing to virtual research environments and repositories.
  • A panel of scientists from diverse research disciplines describe roadblocks and make possible recommendations before opening the floor to questions.
  • Birds of a feather sessions.


The primary sponsor for the event is the Microsoft External Research Group, headed by Corporate Vice President Tony Hey.

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Keynotes and Tutorials


The CARMEN Science Cloud

Paul Watson, Professor, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

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Digital Repositories, Archives and Infrastructures

Peter Wittenburg, Technical Director, Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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Distributed and Parallel Programming Environments and their Performance

Geoffrey Fox, Professor, Community Grids Laboratory, School of Informatics, Indiana University, United States

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eScience and the Fourth Paradigm: Supporting Data-centric Science

Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft External Research, United States

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Cloud Computing Tutorial

Christophe Poulain, Yogesh Simmhan, Bora Beran, and Savas Parastatidis

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High Productivity Computing: Taking HPC Mainstream

Research Output Repository Platform (code name 'Famulus')

Alex Wade and Savas Parastatidis

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Trident, A Scientific Workflow Workbench for Data Intensive Computing

Roger Barga, Dean Guo, Jared Jackson, and Nelson Araujo

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Research Presentations

A. Large Scale Data Analysis

GrayWulf: Petascale Data-Intensive Computing for eScience

Alexander Szalay, Gordon Bell, Jan Vandenberg, et al.

Presenter: Alexander Szalay

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Pan-STARRS: Learning to Ride the Data Tsunami

Maria A. Nieto-Santisteban, Yogesh Simmhan, Roger Barga, et al.

Presenter: Maria A. Nieto-Santisteban

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GPU-Based Interactive Visualization of Billion Point Cosmological Simulations

Tamas Szalay, Volker Springel, and Gerard Lemson

Presenter: Tamas Szalay

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HPC-GPU: Large-Scale GPU Accelerated Windows HPC Clusters and Its Application to Advanced Bioinformatics and Structural Proteomics

Satoshi Matsuoka and Akira Nukada

Presenter: Satoshi Matsuoka

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B. Data Modeling and Preservation

A Web-Based Resource Model for eScience: Object Reuse and Exchange

Carl Lagoze, Herbert Van de Sompel, Michael Nelson, et al.

Presenter: Carl Lagoze

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A Data Model for Environmental Observations

David Valentine, Bora Beran, and Oleg Kapeljushnik

Presenter: Oleg Kapeljushnik

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Cyberinfrastructure Collaboration for Distributed Digital Preservation

Chris Jordan, Robert H. McDonald, David Minor, et al.

Presenter: Chris Jordan

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Knowledge Discovery Using Data Mined from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectral Images

William Brouwer

Presenter: William Brouwer

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C. Genomics

Prediction of RNA Secondary and Tertiary Structure while Determining Fundamental Principles of RNA Structure

Robin Gutell, David Gardner, and Stuart Ozer

Presenters: David Gardner and Robin Gutell

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Harnessing the World’s Computers to Hunt for Disease-Provoking Genes

Mark Silberstein, Assaf Schuster, and Dan Geiger

Presenter: Assaf Schuster

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Shared Genomics: Engaging Clinical Scientists with eScience Infrastructure

David Hoyle, Iain Buchan, and Mark Delderfield

Presenter: David Hoyle

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Making Sense of Sequences: Comparative Genomics and the New GIS

Peter Ansell, Chris Bowles, Lawrence Buckingham, et al.

Presenter: Xin-Yi Chua

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D. Data Visualization

Simplifying the Design of Workflows for Large-Scale Data Exploration and Visualization

Juliana Freire and Claudio Silva

Presenter: Juliana Freire

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Querying and Visualizing Data Cube in Mathematica for Environmental Science Applications

Yongluan Zhou, Anshul Jain, Karl Aberer, and Sebastian Michel

Presenter: Sebastian Michel

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On-the-fly Visualization of Scientific Geospatial Data Using Wavelets

Cyrus Shahabi, Kai Song, and Farnoush Banaei-Kashani

Presenter: Farnoush Banaei-Kashani

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E. Bio Tools

Publication and Consumption of caBIG Data Services Using .NET

Marty Humphrey, Norm Beekwilder, and Jie Li

Presenter: Marty Humphrey

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Supporting Life Scientists via End User Programming

Luke Church, Jasmin Fisher, and Katinka Apagyi

Presenter: Luke Church

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Microsoft Computational Finance Server as a Platform for Computational Biology – A Pilot Application

Robert Bukowski and Jarek Pillardy

Presenter: Robert Bukowski

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BioMashups: The New World of Exploratory Bioinformatics?

James Hogan, Jiro Sumitomo, Paul Roe, and Felicity Newell

Presenter: James Hogan

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F. Scientific Frameworks

Software + Services for Engineers

Steven Johnston, Simon Cox, Kenji Takeda, and Phillip Marsh

Presenter: Steven Johnston

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Beyond Genes, Proteins and Abstracts: A Framework to Capture Scientific Claims

Catherine Blake

Presenter: Catherine Blake

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Cloud Computing Framework Design for Cancer Imaging Research

Maria Susana Avila Garcia, Anne E. Trefethen, et al.

Presenter: Daniel Goodman

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Evolving Health Informatics Semantic Frameworks and Metadata-Driven Architectures

Jim Davies, Jeremy Gibbons, Steve Harris, and Denise Warzel

Presenters: Jim Davies, Jeremy Gibbons, and Steve Harris

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G. Sensor Data

A Data Centered Collaboration Portal to Support Global Carbon-Flux Analysis

Deb Agarwal and Marty Humphrey

Presenter: Deb Agarwal

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Deploying Advanced Wireless Sensor Networks for Ecological Monitoring

Jayant Gupchup, Alex Szalay, Andreas Terzis, et al.

Presenter: Jayant Gupchup

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Smart Shoe for Balance, Fall Risk Assessment and Applications in Wireless Health

Hyduke Noshadi, Shaun Ahmadian, Foad Dabiri, et al.

Presenter: Hyduke Noshadi

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SenseWeb: Sharing and Browsing Environmental Changes in Real-time

Liqian Luo, Aman Kansal, Suman Nath, et al.

Presenter: Stewart Tansley

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H. Data Interoperability

I. Web Services for eScience

J. Simulation and Modeling

Processes and Constraints in Scientific Model Construction

Will Bridewell and Pat Langley

Presenter: Will Bridewell

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Mitigating the Energy Crisis Using Simulation for Enhanced Oil Recovery: Analyzing Oil Fields Grain by Grain

David Holmes, John Williams, and Peter Tilke

Presenter: David Holmes

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Development of a 3D Stomach Model for Surgical Planning

Qaiser Chaudry, May Wang, and Yan Xu

Presenter: Qaiser Chaudry

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Panel Discussions

Panel: What Do Scientists Really Need to Facilitate Time to Discovery?

Moderator: David Heckerman

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Birds of a Feather Sessions

Semantics for eScience

Chairs: Evelyne Viegas and Eric Neumann

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Opening Remarks: Kristin Tolle: My Ontology is not Your Ontology: A skeptic’s perspective

Keynote: Susie Stephens: Semantics for eScience


eScience Inspired Education

Chairs: Yan Xu and Eric Jul

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