IEEE BigData 2014

2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data

Program Co-Chairs

Ritu Arora received her Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She works as an HPC researcher and consultant at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). She also teaches in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She has made significant contributions in the areas of developing abstractions for parallelizing legacy applications and application-level checkpointing. Currently, Ritu is providing consultancy on automating Big Data workflows on national supercomputing resources. Her areas of interest and expertise are HPC, fault-tolerance, domain-specific languages, workflow automation, and big data management.

Maria Esteva has a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses data collections' lifecycle management and long-term preservation. Her research interests include the use of visual analytics and data analysis methods for the purposes of organizing and assessing the condition of large-scale digital collections and the use of HPC to aid digital collections' long-term curation. She has presented papers on Digital Curation, Archiving, and Digital Humanities and at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. As a member of the Data Management and Collections team at TACC, she works with researchers in many fields, designing and implementing data collection architectures and workflows.

Committee Members

Linda Akli Linda Akli is the Assistant Director of Training, Education, and Outreach for SURA (Southeastern Universities Research Association). She specializes in training and outreach to Minority Serving Institutions and she has a background in engineering.Additionally, Linda is involved with the XSEDE Minority Faculty Council and she loves working with students.

Elizabeth Bautista Elizabeth Bautista is Group Lead for the Operations Technology Group (OTG) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center. Bautista's group ensures 24x7 accessibility, reliability, and security of NERSC's High Performance Systems, data storage systems and of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). NERSC is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. As a member of the Lab's Computing Science Diversity and Outreach Programs, she supports programs that seek to involve women and girls in STEM such as the Grace Hopper Conference, CRA-W and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. As Delegate for the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA), she champions issues of retention policy and diversity. She has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an M.B.A. in Technical Management from Golden Gate University.

Greg Clark Dr. Greg Clark is a Research Scientist in the field of plant signal transduction and is also a Research Educator and Outreach Director for the Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin.

Manisha Gajbe Manisha Gajbe is a Sr. Research Programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech, Atlanta. She works closely with domain scientists to provide general and in-depth support/guidance in multiple areas of specialization, such as parallel algorithm/library analysis, selection, and implementation; architectures; system hardware/software; system and parallel application performance simulation/modeling; and parallel application performance evaluation and optimization, on Blue Waters system. She has 12+ years of experience in the area of High Performance Computing. She worked with the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) at LBNL on optimization, measurement, performance analysis and scaling of parallel 3D FFT kernels on Cray XT4. She led BlueGene testing team at India Systems and Technology Labs. Manisha's passion lies in the field of high performance computing with focus on application porting and performance measurement, optimizations and performance of various applications. She authored and contributed to the technical publications in the area of HPC.

Raquell M Holmes Raquell M Holmes Ph.D., is Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Computational Science at Boston University; Adjunct Research Associate Professor at the Mathematical Computational Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University and founder of improvscience. She authored the Cell Biologist's Guide to Modeling and Bioinformatics and is the former Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention at the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling of U.Conn Health Center. She is a pioneer using improvisation to help scientists build more inclusive, collaborative and creative work environments. Through improvscience, she provides mentoring, coaching and training to help STEM professionals create their careers.

Nicole Johnson Dr. Nicole Johnson obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from West Virginia University and a Ph.D in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Duke University. She works at the Joint Genome Institute as a business analyst where she conducts studies to analyze large datasets generated from high throughput sequencing technologies. Her research includes transcriptome and genomic variant analysis of various organisms ranging from microbes to plants. Her expertise includes using bioinformatics tools to analyze sequence data, developing computational methods for data analysis using HPC resources, and extracting biologically meaningful information from the results.

Si Liu Si Liu received his PhD in applied mathematics at University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. He joined the High Performance Computing Group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center as a Research Associate in 2013. He has been collaborating with UT research groups, the XSEDE community, and many corporations on various projects, including HPC aware tools development, Weather Research and Forecast Model simulation and visualization, and CERN's "A Large Ion Collider Experiment project". His current research interests include parallel computing, I/O performance, test management, benchmark, and optimization. Previously, he worked as a software engineer in the Computational Information Systems Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He made important contributions to establishing the Yellowstone Supercomputing system at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. He received UCAR's special recognition award in 2011 for his contribution to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Jessica Trelogan Jessica Trelogan has an MA in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin, where she has also completed extensive graduate coursework in Geography. She is a Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Archaeology specializing in GIS and remote sensing with long experience in the application of those technologies to archaeological fieldwork, conservation, research and publishing. Currently she is also acting as curator of a large and complex data collection that represents several decades'-worth of excavation, survey, and study at sites in Italy and Ukraine. She has presented papers related to that work at conferences in Computing in Archaeology, Digital Curation, and Digital Humanities.


Valerie Shilling Valerie Shilling works in the Center Operations & Administration group providing administrative support for key TACC projects and strategic activities. Valerie joined TACC in 2006. Prior to TACC, Valerie spent three years as an administrative assistant with the Institute for Computational Engineering & Science (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Dr. J. Tinsley Oden.