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Data in Motion: New Approaches to Advancing Scientific, Engineering and Medical Progress: A Workshop

Project Scope:

An ad hoc planning committee will organize and conduct a one-day public workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions on how researchers are utilizing data that undergoes repeated processing, often in real-time, to accelerate discovery and the challenges they are facing. The discussions will explore what advances will be needed to enable progress in the future, in areas such as artificial intelligence, cyberinfrastructure, standards, and policies. The participants will include representatives from relevant communities, including researchers, institutions, government and private funders, and publishers. Following the workshop, staff will post the viewgraphs from the workshop to the project website. A Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Status: Current


RSO: Arrison, Tom


Computers and Information Technology
Policy for Science and Technology

Geographic Focus:
North America

Committee Membership

James A. Hendler - (Chair)
JAMES HENDLER is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an affiliate of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He also serves as a Director of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust and a visiting faculty researcher at Bath Spa University. Dr. Hendler has authored over 400 books, technical papers and articles in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing. One of the originators of the “Semantic Web,” Dr. Hendler is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He is also the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing editors for Science. In 2010, Dr. Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine and was selected as an “Internet Web Expert” by the US government. In 2012, he was one of the inaugural recipients of the Strata Conference “Big Data” awards for his work on large-scale open government data, and he is a columnist and associate editor of the Big Data journal. In 2013, he was appointed as the Open Data Advisor to New York State and in 2015 appointed a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. Dr. Hendler received his B.S in Computer Science from Yale University, his M.S. in Cognitive Phycology from Southern Methodist University, and his ScM and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University.
Amy Brand
AMY BRAND was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as Vice President of Academic and Research Relations and Vice President of North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Dr. Brand serves on the Duraspace Board of Directors, was a founding member of the ORCID Board, and regularly advises on key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stuart I. Feldman
STUART FELDMAN is currently head of Schmidt Sciences at the foundation Schmidt Philanthropies. Previously, as Google’s vice president of engineering, he was responsible for the health and productivity of Google’s engineering offices in the eastern part of the Americas, Asia, and Australia and also had executive responsibility for a number of Google products. Prior to that, Dr. Feldman served as Vice President for Internet Technology and was responsible for IBM strategies, standards, and policies relating to the future of the Internet, and managed a department that created experimental Internet-based applications. Earlier, he was the founding Director of IBM’s Institute for Advanced Commerce, which was dedicated to creating intellectual leadership in e-commerce. Before joining IBM in mid-1995, he was a computer science researcher at Bell Labs and a research manager at Bellcore (now Telcordia). In addition, he was the creator of Make as well as the architect for a large new line of software products at Bellcore. Dr. Feldman completed his academic work in astrophysics and mathematics and earned his AB at Princeton and his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Mathematics by the University of Waterloo in 2010. He is former President of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and member of the board of directors of the AACSB (Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of the ACM, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and serves on a number of government advisory committees.
Salman Habib
SALMAN HABIB is a Senior Physicist and Computational Scientist for the High Energy Physics and Mathematics and Computer Science Divisions at Argonne National Laboratory, a Senior Member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute, a joint collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. For the last two decades, Dr. Habib has been very interested in the intelligent application of parallel supercomputers to attacking physics problems. This has led to algorithm and code development in a variety of fields and on a variety of platforms, beginning with the Connection Machines in the early 1990’s and leading on to the current BG/Q system, Mira, now installed at Argonne. More recently he has become involved in efforts—with cosmology as the primary arena—to apply advanced statistical methods to complex inference problems where the datasets are very large (with small statistical uncertainties) and the forward model predictions involve supercomputer calculations. Dr. Habib is a member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) projects. Dr. Habib received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and did his undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. He was a postdoc at the University of British Columbia, and later, a postdoc and staff member in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory before moving to Argonne in 2011.
Thomas S. Arrison - (Staff Officer)


Event Type :  

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) will convene a public virtual workshop on how researchers in different domains are utilizing data that undergoes repeated processing, often in real-time, to accelerate discovery and the challenges they are facing. The discussions will explore what advances will be needed to enable progress in the future, in areas such as artificial intelligence, cyberinfrastructure, standards, and policies. A brief summary of the event will be issued and widely disseminated to the research data and information community.

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Registration for in Person Attendance :   

If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Tom Arrison
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