CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - National Workshops for Cyber and Software Automation in Neuroscience


We are organizing a national workshop in 2018/2019 to bring together Neuroscience Cyberinfrastructure Users as well as Contributors. All expenses to attend the workshop will be covered through NSF-supported travel grants. We welcome participants to apply (including undergraduate and graduate students, PostDocs, research faculty, educators, system administrators, network engineers, and industry).

The Cyberinfrastructure Users Workshop portion will be led by Prof. Satish Nair and will target participants who are neuroscientists and engineers interested in effectively exploiting advanced cyberinfrastructure capabilities for their research and education efforts. The Cyberinfrastructure Contributors Workshop will be led by Prof. Prasad Calyam and will target participants who are computational and data scientists, and engineers who are also researchers and developers of new cyberinfrastructure capabilities.

Training Agenda for Cyberinfrastructure Users Workshop portion includes:

  • Tutorials on advanced software packages that are based on high-performance computation resources and computational modeling techniques in neuroscience
  • Tutorials on tools for data management (i.e., data import/export across distributed systems, data storage technologies and best practices, and data access control)
  • Independent study time periods and cohort discussion of relevant online study material for computational neuroscience students (e.g., tutorial videos, laboratory exercises)
  • Expert talks on use of advanced cyberinfrastructure resources for a broad range of theory and real world cases
  • Tour of MU data center and research laboratories of collaborators
  • Team-based mini-project assignments that allow students to apply and extend the skills gained via tutorials and expert talks.

Training Agenda for Cyberinfrastructure Contributors Workshop portion includes:

  • Tutorials on system requirements for advanced software packages and community codes that are based on high-performance computation resources and computational modeling techniques in neuroscience
  • Tutorials on terminologies and common application workflows involved in researcher and educator use cases in neuroscience
  • Independent study time periods and cohort discussion of relevant online study material for cyberinfrastructure facilitators that go beyond traditional Information Technology (IT) issues (e.g., tutorial videos, laboratory exercises)
  • Expert talks on best practices for managing advanced cyberinfrastructure resources (e.g., benchmarking and tuning) for a broad range multi-disciplinary user needs
  • Tour of MU data center and research laboratories on MU campus - special emphasis on experimental cyberinfrastructure projects
  • Team-based mini-project assignments that allow participants to apply and extend the skills gained via tutorials and expert talks

For more information and to apply, please contact:

Prof. Satish Nair (NairS@missouri.edu)

Prof. Prasad Calyam (CalyamP@missouri.edu)