Monday, September 19, 2016
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST

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Computing Research & Education (CoRE) Building 
96 Frelinghuysen Road, 1st Floor Auditorium
(Parking off Brett Road in front of the building)
Piscataway, NJ 08854  

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Lori Dars 
Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, RDI2
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 


Data Driven Discoveries in Science:

The Fourth Paradigm

Dr. Alex Szalay

An RDI2 Distinguished Speaker Seminar 

Join us on September 19th from 2:00-3:30pm as we present "Data Driven Discoveries in Science: The Fourth Paradigm" with Dr. Alex Szalay.

In this talk, Dr. Szalay will describe how science is changing as a result of the vast amounts of data we are collecting–-from gene sequences to telescopes and supercomputers. This “Fourth Paradigm of Science,” predicted by Jim Gray, is moving at full speed, and is transforming one scientific area after another. This talk will present various examples on the similarities of the emerging new challenges and how this vision is realized by the scientific community. Scientists are increasingly limited by their ability to analyze the large amounts of complex data available. These data sets are generated not only by instruments but also computational experiments; the sizes of the largest numerical simulations are on par with data collected by instruments, crossing the petabyte threshold this year. The importance of large synthetic data sets is increasingly important, as scientists compare their experiments to reference simulations. All disciplines need a new “instrument for data” that can deal not only with large data sets but the cross product of large and diverse data sets. There are several multi-faceted challenges related to this conversion, e.g. how to move, visualize, analyze, and in general interact with petabytes of data.

About the Speaker

Alexander Szalay is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at John Hopkins University. He is the Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science. He is a cosmologist, working on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He is a Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 he received an Alexander Von Humboldt Award in Physical Sciences, in 2007 the Microsoft Jim Gray Award. In 2008 he became Doctor Honoris Causa of the Eotvos University, Budapest.

We hope to see you on September 19th! And to see the full schedule of Distinguished Speaker and HPC @ Rutgers Seminar Series events, please visit the RDI2 website.