SRU’s C2AC presents three-part virtual seminar series


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Feb. 18, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — To help computational and data science students prepare to tackle the industry's toughest challenges, Slippery Rock University's Center for Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing will be hosting a three-part Computing Research Leadership Council virtual seminar series beginning Feb. 23.

The series is co-sponsored by eight Department of Energy national laboratories and the Sustainable Horizons Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable and inclusive scientific communities.

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"The goal of the seminars is to provide students an opportunity to learn about exciting computational and data science research, internship and employment opportunities," said Nitin Sukhija, associate professor of computer science and C2AC director. "The seminar speakers are renowned scientists from DOE laboratories who the students will have with an opportunity to ask questions of following their presentations."

The first seminar, "Cyber Security Research: A Data Scientist's Perspective," will be presented at 2 p.m., Feb. 23, by Celeste Matarazzo, a data science expert from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Matarazzo will present an overview of computer network analysis and recent trends facing computer security researchers and practitioners, and describe recent work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which enables analysis of computer networks. Focus will be placed on the challenges associated with the situational awareness of computer networks, including the volume of the data and the dynamic and evolving nature of the problem space.

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The second seminar, "Graph Analytics in the Exascale Era," will be presented at 11 a.m., March 9, by Mahantesh Halappanavar, a scientist and acting group manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state. Within data science, graph analytics is a rapidly emerging area of research and application that enables several classes of applications. Halappanavar will discuss the latest work on multi-graphics processing unit systems for two prototypical graph problems: graph clustering and influence maximization, along with demonstrations on substantial gains in performance for both PNNL systems and the current No. 2 supercomputer, Summit. 

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The third seminar, "ZettaScale Computing on Exascale Platforms," will happen at 3:30 p.m., March 30, presented by Shantenu Jha, a professor of computer engineering at Rutgers University and chair for the Department of Data Driven Discovery at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. Jha will outline the vision and current medical usage of "Learning Everywhere," which captures the impact of learning methods coupled with traditional high-performance computing methods. The presentation will showcase the challenges and performance of scalable integrated HPC and artificial intelligence software infrastructure developed to support long-running computational campaigns as part of the DOE's Medical Therapeutics project under the umbrella of the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory. 

For more information about the seminars or SRU's Center for Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing, contact Sukhija at

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