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The CWDS seminar series is centered around intellectual exchange and interaction, and the audience is encouraged to ask questions during presentations. The goal is a seminar that looks less like a lecture and more like a spirited discussion of issues raised in a relatively brief presentation of a paper or a research project.

All seminars will be held at 12:30 on Wednesdays in TLB 307B on the third floor of the Tioga Library Building. We will aim to conclude by 1:30.

If you are interested in learning more about our seminar series please contact Mohamed Ali.

Date of Presentation Research Focus Slide Deck

We describe the architecture, infrastructure requirements, and technical evolution of ChronoZoom, a unique infinite-zoom, temporal-data-visualization open-source platform. With ChronoZoom, it is possible to browse through time and history and fill the browser with events that span from 13.8 billion years to a single day. ChronoZoom, originally a tool to teach Big History, offers significant information technology challenges for integrating IT best practices in  HCI (browser based zoomable interfaces), Cloud Computing (client-server architectures) and Big data (storage and retrieval) infrastructure technologies. This paper offers an overview of the ChronoZoom platform, outlines the technical issues we encountered, and the corresponding design decisions that enable scaling the server to support rendering millions of timelines for thousands of concurrent, interactive users. This paper is also a testament to how a distributed team of IT developers across two continents successfully collaborated to ship an open-source, online, educational tool that is set to have tremendous impact on how we view and interact with history.
(Joint work with Ankur Teredesai, UWT; Sergey Berezin, Moscow State University)


Joel Larson:
Joel attended SIGITE/RIIT 2013 a forum for sharing and developing ideas relating to Information Technology research, education, applications, IT‐industry‐academia relationships and our roles as professionals, educators, and advocates for the effective use of Information Technology.

Ankur Teredesai:
Prof. Teredesai will present the highlights from sessions he attended at the 1st IEEE Big Data Conference in Santa Clara. He will provide an overview of the sessions and keynotes, share insights on influential papers on distributed computing and machine learning infrastructure. He will spend a few minutes answering questions about  the healthcare big data workshop he chaired at the conference.

David Hazel:
The Health 2.0 Conference is billed as the leading showcase of cutting-edge innovation that's transforming health and health care. As technologists working in the health care space, we get excited about the new tools and technologies we are creating, but in doing so, are we losing sight of the ultimate aim of this work, to provide an impact and improve the quality of life for patients and providers alike. Mr. Hazel will present a brief overview of the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Santa Clara, CA, highlighting examples from  the main trends that were represented, Consumer Facing Apps, B2B services, Provider Focused Apps, challenges and opportunities in sourcing and supplying quality data sources. A few minutes will be set aside for answer questions from attendees.


Naren Meadem and Deepthi Sistla will present updates on work they have been doing in the Center.
Naren has been configuring clusters in Hadoop and Mahout to help calculate waiting times in Urgent Care Centers.
Deepthi has been continuing her work on Distributed Prediction models as she has moved from one reserach partner to the next.