Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2019

May 28, 2020 | 16:00 CEST


Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw | Espace-DEV, IRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France

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Title: The promises of the One Health concept in the age of anthropocene

In May 2019 an article was published: “Anthropocene now: influential panel votes to recognise Earth’s new epoch”, situating et the stratigraphy of Earth’s history a new geological epoch – the domination of human influence on shaping the Earth’s environment. When humansnas are a central figure in an ecological niche its results massive subordination and transformation of the environment for their needs.
Unfortunately, the consequence is robbery of natural resources.
The consequences are socially unexpected – a global epidemiological crisis. The current covid-19 pandemic is an excellent example. It seems that one of the most important questions of the anthropocene era is how to maintain stable epidemiological conditions for now and in the future. The One Health concept proposes a nwe paradigm – a deep look at the sources of our well-being: our relationship with the environment. Our health status is interdependent with the well-being of the environment. It is clear that the socio-ecological niche disturbance results in the spread of pathogens. Can sustainable development of socio-ecological niches help us? Let’s take a look at the results!

Aneta Afelt, PhD, is a geographer working in the area of health geography. Her interest in research is the One Health concept, where environment, epidemiology and epizootiology are considered as interconnected processes located in social-ecological niches. She shows in the research results that the destruction of ecosystems results in epidemiological consequences. She works at the Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling of the University of Warsaw, Poland, and is currently a Guest Researcher at Espace-DEV, IRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France. She is also a member of the scientific committee for Covid-19 of the Ministry of Science in Poland and a scientific consultant of the European Research Agency for actions dedicated to Covid-19.

June 04, 2020 | 16:00 CEST


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Title: High Performance Computing: The Power of Language

Julia is now being used for high performance computing for the important problems of today including climate change and Covid-19.  We describe how language is making all the difference.

Alan Edelman is a professor of applied mathematics at MIT,  is a member of MIT’s Computer Science & AI Laboratory, and is the leader of the JuliaLab and Applied Computing Group at MIT. He is also a  cofounder of Julia Computing Inc.  He works on numerical linear algebra, random
matrix theory and  parallel computing. He is a fellow of SIAM, IEEE, and the American Mathematial Society.  He has won numerous prizes for his research, most recently the Fernbach Prize from IEEE for innovation in high performance computing.

June 11, 2020 | 16:00 CEST


Digital Museology, Digital Humanities Institute | Lead: Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+) | Director: ArtLab | EPFL Lausanne Switzerland

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Title: Cultural data sculpting

In 1889 the curator G. B. Goode of the Smithsonian Institute delivered an anticipatory lecture entitled ‘The Future of the Museum’ in which he said this future museum would stand side by side with the library and the laboratory.’ Convergence in collecting organisations propelled by the liquidity of digital data now sees them reconciled as information providers in a networked world. The media theorist Lev Manovich described this world-order as “database logic,” whereby users transform the physical assets of cultural organisations into digital assets to be—uploaded, downloaded, visualized, shared, users who treat institutions not as storehouses of physical objects, but rather as datasets to be manipulated. This presentation explores how such a mechanistic description can replaced by ways in which computation has become ‘experiential, spatial and materialized; embedded and embodied’. It was at the birth of the Information Age in the 1950s that the prominent designer Gyorgy Kepes of MIT said “information abundance” should be a “landscapes of the senses” that organizes both perception and practice. “This ‘felt order’ he said should be “a source of beauty, data transformed from its measured quantities and recreated as sensed forms exhibiting properties of harmony, rhythm and proportion.”
Archives call for the creation of new prosthetic architectures for the production and sharing of archival resources. At the intersection of immersive visualisation technologies, visual analytics, aesthetics and cultural (big) data, this presentation explores diverse digital cultural heritage experiences of diverse archives from scientific, artistic and humanistic perspectives. Exploiting a series of experimental and embodied platforms, the discussion argues for a reformulation of engagement with digital archives at the intersection of the tangible and intangible and as a convergence across domains. The performative interfaces and repertoires described demonstrate opportunities to reformulate narrative in a digital context and they ways they support personal affective engagement with cultural memory.

Professor Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. In widely exhibited installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative. In 2017, Sarah was appointed Professor of Digital Museology at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland where she has built a new laboratory for experimental museology (eM+), exploring the convergence of aesthetic practice, visual analytics and cultural data. She is also director and lead curator of EPFL’s new art/science initiative ArtLab.

June 18, 2020 | 19:00 CEST


Founder & CEO, Wolfram Research

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Title: Emerging Surprises in Applying the Computational Paradigm (and the Deep Relations between Physics, Distributed Computing and AI)

Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science and other books; the originator of the Wolfram Physics Project; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.

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