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June 22, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites the campus community to a new seminar series, SciComp@Wayne, aimed at exploring all aspects of scientific computing.  Topics include the handling of very large, distributed, and/or diverse data sets; the use of advanced computer architectures; and innovative algorithmic approaches.  Advances in scientific computing are not only vital to the conduct of modern domain sciences, but also are growing drivers of commercial activity. Leaders in the field of scientific computing, both computer and domain scientists, will present cutting edge results to researchers at Wayne State in this essential seminar series.

The next seminar in this series will be on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public

The guest speaker will be Dr. Peter Elmer, an experimental particle physicist at Princeton University. Dr. Elmer will present, "Building the Research Software Cyberinfrastructure for Particle Physics."

If you visit a laboratory hosting particle physics experiments such as Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory or the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), you will likely be introduced to the basic infrastructure of these labs: large particle detectors, even larger particle accelerators and perhaps racks of computers in the computer center. In practice, another invisible part of the infrastructure ties together many of these labs and often outlasts the physically visible infrastructure: the software used to manage, process and analyze the data produced by the experiments.

In this talk, Dr. Elmer will give an overview of the nature and evolution of this research software infrastructure. He also will discuss current efforts to build national and international collaborations between physicists, computer scientists and industry to do the R&D needed for the software for the next generation of particle physics experiments.

Dr. Elmer is an experimental particle physicist whose area of expertise is developing the software and computing systems needed to operate and produce scientific results from high energy physics experiments. His current research focuses on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN). In the past, he has worked on the ALEPH experiment at CERN and the BaBar experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). He received a Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has been a staff researcher at Princeton University since 2001.


A reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or