Two ITaP Research Computing teams win awards at national conference

Two posters submitted by teams from ITaP Research Computing were honored with awards at the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference earlier this month.

Wei-Kang Hsu, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, received the People’s Choice Best Student Poster Award for his poster about MyGeoHub’s MultiSpec image processing tool, which is designed for displaying and analyzing geospatial images.

The tool is especially useful for educational purposes, since it can be used through a web browser, and interactive displays make it easy for beginners to use. Hsu says he met several students at the conference who were excited to learn about MultiSpec and plan to use it in their own geospatial data analysis work.

Hsu’s project was supervised by Larry Biehl, the systems manager of the Purdue Terrestrial Observatory.

Gladys Andino, an ITaP Research Computing senior scientific applications analyst, and Marisa Brazil, ITaP Research Computing program manager, received the PEARC17 Best Poster Award for their poster with Preston Smith, director of research services and support for ITaP, and Michael Gribskov, a professor of biological sciences, about Purdue’s efforts to increase the representation of women in the field of high-performance computing.

Their poster highlights the HPC expertise of each of the female computational domain scientists working for ITaP Research Computing, as well as the launch of Purdue’s Women in HPC networking group, which connects student, faculty and staff women with an interest in high-performance computing. The group, started by Andino last fall, now has more than 50 members.

Writer:  Adrienne Miller, science and technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-496-8204, mill2027@purdue.edu

Last updated: July 26, 2017

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