October 12-16, 2020

Commonwealth Computational Summit 2020

The University of Kentucky’s Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) and Information Technology Services – Research Computing Infrastructure(ITS-RCI) is hosting the 4th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit in Cyberspace via Zoom.

On October 12-16, 2020 The 4th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit will once again offer three keynote speakers – one academic keynote, one government keynote and one industry keynote. We will feature multiple faculty research lightning talks from faculty across our region, a competitive student poster competition with prizes for the winners, special sessions on OpenStack and the Kentucky Cyberteam, as well as multiple industrial technical presentations from our sponsors.

As you know, Zoom meetings over many hours can lead to “video meeting fatigue”. To lessen this problem, the Summit will be online and in session for only 3 hours per day, including a virtual break.

Our sponsors will have break rooms available so you can always visit with your favorite companies and ask questions about their latest technologies. Access to links for the daily sessions will be available via these webpages for those that register for the Summit.

As always, the Summit is free to all participants interested in computational oriented research, data science and analytics, AI-Machine and Deep Learning, and new technologies related to such!

Center for Computational Sciences
Center for Computational Sciences
325 Mcvey Hall
University of Kentucky
Phone: (859) 257-8737

If you have questions, or if you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact:

Tony Elam
Associate Director
Center for Computational Sciences
University of Kentucky
Email:(tony.elam@uky.edu) or
Email: (anthony.j.elam@gmail.com)


Sandy Leachman
Administrative Staff Officer
Center for Computational Sciences
University of Kentucky


Academic Keynote Speaker: Monday, October 12, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Lydia E. Kavraki

Lydia E. Kavraki

Rice University Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science Professor of Bioengineering Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Mech. Eng.
Director, Ken Kennedy Institute

Title: A Journey with Robots and Molecules

Abstract and Bio:

The past two decades have witnessed incredible advances towards the design of autonomous systems. Advances in robotics and AI have fueled this progress. This talk will focus on the role of motion planning in yielding solutions for an agent that is able to execute a variety of tasks in a variety of settings. The talk will also illustrate how the experience and insight gained from motion planning can be applied to computational structural biology and, in particular, to the design of new therapeutics.

Government Keynote Speaker: Monday, October 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Douglas Maughan

Douglas Maughan

Office Head for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator

Title: The Convergence Accelerator Program: An Update on Progress

Abstract and Bio:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) launched the NSF Convergence Accelerator in 2019 as a new organizational structure to accelerate the transition of use-inspired convergence research into practice in areas of national importance. Convergence research is a critical mechanism for solving many vexing research problems, especially those stemming from complex social and/or scientific challenges. The guiding rationale of the NSF Convergence Accelerator is that to deliver progress on scientific and societal challenges it is necessary to take an approach at the highest level of interdisciplinarity and to involve multiple kinds of partners and stakeholders, including researchers and the ultimate users of research products.

Industry Keynote Speaker: Monday, October 15, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Applications Research Lead, Neuromorphic Computing Lab
Intel Labs

Title: The Future of Neuromorphic Computing

Abstract and Bio:

Artificial neuronal networks provided computers with near-human levels of data-driven perception. Neuromorphic computing aims to take this a step further – chips directly inspired by biological neural circuits so they can process sensory signals, adapt, and learn in real time at low power levels. This technology has advanced rapidly in recent years and, today, Intel’s Loihi neuromorphic research chip has a growing body of quantitative results demonstrating outperformance versus conventional architectures. The results point to compelling scaling trends, as these systems are scaled up to millions of neurons, providing a roadmap for future breakthroughs in AI. This session shares the latest progress from Intel’s neuromorphic research: algorithmic innovations, community-wide collaboration, and emerging real-world applications from fast object learning and gesture recognition to robotic control to solving large-scale search problems.

Faculty Lightning Talks

Topic areas include HPC-Modeling and Simulation; Data Science and Data Mining; AI, Machine Learning & New Technologies.

10 mins per session
Time (Eastern Time) Faculty Speaker Title
1:40 PMCody Bumgardner Cresco: An edge computing framework
1:50 PMDuc Nguyen Opportunities of Math and AI in Drug Design
02:00 PMEric Rappin The Future of Weather Forecasting
02:10 PMHuanjing Wang A Study on Software Quality Prediction
02:20 PMJennifer Cramer & Kevin McGowan Wildcat Voices: Capturing Linguistic Variation at UK
02:30 PMJin Chen Large-scale Plant Photosynthesis Phenotyping and Data Analysis
02:40 PMJosef Fruehwald Mining archival audio to study historical changes in pronunciation
02:50 PMMustafa Atici Sharing Scheme for non-complete multipartite graphs
03:00 PMQing Shao Developing deep learning force field for Complex Systems
03:10 PMRandall McCoy Project Management Needs for Mobile Application Development
03:20 PMThomas Pannuti A Catalog of X-ray Images of Galactic Supernova Remnants from the Data Archive of the XMM-Newton Observatory

Industry Tech-Talks

This year due to being virtual and limiting the time of each daily session, our industrial sponsors and special technical talks will be limited to 1 hour sessions each day (Monday through Thursday) beginning at 3:45 pm. We will describe the technical talks below and indicate their schedules as we receive them from our industrial partners or others. Stay tuned for further details….

  • Monday – October 12, 2020 begins 3:45 PM
  • Tuesday – October 13, 2020 begins 3:45 PM
  • Wednesday – October 14, 2020 begins 3:45 PM
  • Thursday – October 15, 2020 begins 3:45 PM

Industry Tech-Talks

Monday 10/12/2020 - Day 1:


Rebecca Hartman-Baker

Group Leader User Engagement Group

Title: Cutting-Edge HPC Centers: Operating at the Speed of Innovation
Abstract: Read More

Parul Singh

Software Engineer Red Hat

Ismael Faro

Tech Lead IBM Quantum Cloud and Software IBM Quantum

Luciano Bello

Senior Software Developer IBM Quantum

Title: Quantum Computing with Qiskit on OpenShift
Abstract: Read More

Tuesday 10/13/2020 - Day 2:


Luke Wilson

Chief Data Scientist Dell Technologies HPC & AI Innovation Lab

Title: HPC Gives Computers a Voice
Abstract: Read More

Boyd Wilson

CEO Omnibond

Title: Bridging HPC to the Cloud - Use cases and examples
Abstract: Read More

Wednesday 10/14/2020 - Day 3:


Jonathan Bentz

Solutions Architecture Manager Higher Education

Title: AI in Scientific Computing
Abstract: Read More

David Feller

Vice President of Product Management and Solutions Engineering Spectra Logic

Title: Optimizing Storage to Lower Research Costs and Improve Computational Access
Abstract: Read More

Lowell Pike

Director of Research Computing and Infrastructure ITS, University of Kentucky

Title: OpenStack Special Session
Abstract: Read More

Thursday 10/15/2020 - Day 4:


Gizmo Bentim

Cloud Customer Engineer Google

Title: Quantum Supremacy and the Future of Computing
Abstract: Read More

Arti Garg

Head of Advanced AI Solutions & Technologies HPE

Title: Making Sense of the AI Technology Landscape
Abstract: Read More

AGENDA In-Work (Subject to Change)

4th Commonwealth Computational Summit 2020 -
Virtual via Zoom,
University of Kentucky

October 12-16, 2020

Below you will find the initial agenda for the 4th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit. Stay tuned for more details.

Summit 2020 Program

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- Day 1:

Time Topic
Welcome Day 1, Kickoff and Update on CCS - Lisa Cassis , Jim Griffioen and CCS Team
Academic Keynote Speaker (Lydia Kavraki) and Q&A Read Abstract
Social Zoom Break
Industry Talks Day 1 (parallel sessions)

- Day 2:

Time Topic
Welcome Day 2, Faculty Lightning Talks
Faculty Lighting Talks Schedule
Break - Networking Room
Industry Talks Day 2 (parallel sessions)

- Day 3:

Time Topic
Welcome Day 3, Government Keynote Speaker (Douglas Maughan), Q&A Read Abstract
Break - Networking Room
Panel – OpenStack Special Session Read Abstract
Industry Talks Day 3 (parallel sessions)

- Day 4:

Time Topic
Welcome Day 4, Industry Keynote Speaker (Yulia Sandamirskaya), Q&A Read Abstract
Social Zoom Session
Student Poster Sessions (24 parallel sessions)

All 24 poster sessions will run in parallel from 2:40 to 3:40 PM Eastern.
Each student will run their presentation every 15 min interval so 2:40, 2:55, 3:10 and 3:25 PM

Student Posters Details
Industry Talks Day 4 (parallel sessions)

- Day 5 (Final Day):

Time Topic
Welcome Day 5, Kentucky Cyberteam Panel, Q&A
Learn about our exciting NSF project supporting research computing throughout the state.
Session Details
Zoom Social Break
Summit Closing Remarks, Thanks to Sponsors, and Student Poster Competition Winners Announced
Early Virtual Happy Hour - Network and socialize with other attendees.

Register for Virtual Summit

REGISTRATION AND CALLS (Speakers and Students)

Important Dates:
Deadline for poster competition submission: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Deadline for speaker (lightning talks) abstract submission: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Poster acceptance notification: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Speaker selection notification: Monday, October 5, 2020
Summit Begins: Monday, October 12, 2020, 1:30pm Eastern

Please note that this event is free to all, but you MUST register below including those faculty submitting abstracts for speaking in the lightning talk sessions or those graduate students submitting posters for the poster competition. Speakers, Graduate Students and all attendees should register via the button below. You will be prompted for further information if you are registering as a speaker or competing student.

In addition to the registration information, Speakers will be asked for Title of Talk and mini-abstract (including a PDF option). The mini-abstract (.5 page) should describe the research to be presented any collaborative opportunities and a mini-bio. Please also indicate which session you feel most appropriate (HPC/Modeling and Simulation; Data Science/Data Mining; or AI/Machine&Deep Learning/New Technologies).

For further info/details select here.

In addition to the registration information, Competing Students (Poster Competition) will be asked for Student Designation (Masters, PhD, PostDoc), Title of Poster and a brief Abstract (including a PDF option).
For further info/details select here.

Registration for Summit is now closed.


Virtual Summit 2020 FAQs

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Our Past Summit Details and Links

Participating in Virtual Summit 2020.

  1. Summit Code of Conduct
    Participation in the Summit online/virtual event is subject to the continued review of conduct of patrons and participants at the discretion of the University of Kentucky regarding appropriate behavior. Anyone asked to cease unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a patron/participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the University may take any action deemed appropriate, up to and including the individual patron or participant’s temporary ban from a Summit activity or permanent expulsion from the virtual Summit without warning. University of Kentucky faculty, staff, and students participating in or at the Summit will also be subject to such other regulations, policies and procedures as may apply to them, including without limitation the Student Code of Conduct.

  2. Who should I contact if I have any problem or questions during the Summit?
    Email: summithelp@ccs.uky.edu or
    Call: 859.257.8737

  3. How will you conduct Summit virtually?
    We are using the Zoom teleconferencing platform. You will need a computer with Zoom software and an internet connection to attend the conference. If you are a presenter or student competing in the poster competition, you will also need a microphone and a webcam.
    To maximize your experience, become familiar with Zoom. You can check out tutorials available at Zoom.us: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

  4. How will I get Zoom links to join sessions?
    You will need to first register for the Summit at Register. Once registered, when the summit starts, you will use these webpages to Login and view the daily Zoom sessions and be able to select the links/sessions of interest that you wish to attend.

  5. Do I need a Zoom account to participate in Summit 2020?
    No, as an attendee, you don't need an account. But for the best experience, please download and use Zoom Desktop Client. Zoom Download Link

Speaker and Student Poster Presentation Details: Please check email notifications from Tony elam for additional details.