The Duke Research Computing Symposium will take place over three days in January 2017, following the success of the event in previous years. With the partnership of Duke University Libraries, the range and the depth of the symposium will be greatly enhanced with coordinated events taking place at venues with special significance for researchers: the library, the new Technology Engagement Center, and the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center, site of the previous symposia. The days are “themed” so that together they frame new developments relevant to much of computational and data-driven research at Duke.

This year, the poster session has expanded in scope, with posters from Duke researchers as in the past but with another data visualization challenge using data provided by Scholars@Duke. And, of course, we offer another festive sing-along video featuring a classic rendition of holiday music!

Register for the January 20 symposium. (Note that the Duke University Library has provided another registration page for the individual events happening on January 18.)

Watch this space for more details as they become available.

Research Data at the Edge — January 18, 2017, kicks off with a series of activities and presentations highlighting data-driven research at Duke. Duke University Libraries will host several short talks and mini-workshops throughout the day to introduce best practices in data tools and techniques and to highlight library services throughout the research lifecycle.  An exhibition of data visualizations by Duke researchers will decorate the walls and screens of The Edge.  The day will close with a reception featuring new staff and online services designed to help Duke researchers discover, share, and manage research data. The events take place at The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration in Bostock Library.  For registration information and a listing of events, please see:


Research Communities and Emerging Technology — January 19, 2017, begins the gala poster session, which this year will be held in the newly renovated “Technology Engagement Center” in the monumental Telcom Building. The poster session has traditionally been jammed into the constraints of the single afternoon symposium experience, and many have complained that they just don’t have the change to plumb the depths of the research that’s been represented. This year, the poster session and the technology showcase have their own venue (and a more leisurely timeframe) — so people will be able to interact. This event is a mix of scholarship, refreshment, and entertainment. Posters will be on display through Friday, January 20, too.

Of course, you need to get your posters ready! And check out the Visualizing Scholars@Duke data visualization challenge, too.

New Frontiers in Data and Computation — January 20, 2017, concludes the three days with a “capstone” event at the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center on Duke’s School of Medicine campus. The overall theme of the presentations centers on new frontiers of data and computing, especially in behavioral and health research though with applications touching many disciplines. The event takes place beginning at 2:30 pm and is followed by a reception. Displays from groups and initiatives supporting Duke researchers will be featured, so this is a good place to get a quick picture of the scope of support for research at the institution.

Talks this year are from three Duke faculty who are doing interesting things with data and computation:

  • Gary Bennett, PhD, (Psychology & Neuroscience, Medicine, and DHGI) will speak on “Treating obesity, digitally.”
  • Amanda Randles, PhD, (Pratt BME & MEMS and Computer Science) will speak on “Massively Parallel Simulations of Human Hemodynamics.”
  • Mark Palmeri, MD, PhD, (Pratt BME and School of Medicine, Department of Anasthesiology) will speak on “Simulating Ultrasound Wave Propagation in Soft Tissues on Micron-to-Meter Scales.”

(Check this web page for more information.)