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October 28, 2015

WestGrid is hosting two hands-on webinar training events to introduce users to how to use WestGrid and Compute Canada computing facilities and other advanced research computing services. These sessions are being delivered on November 2 and November 4 and are open to researchers from all disciplines. Some programming experience is required to attend the November 2 session. For more details, please click on the links below.

Using WestGrid: Part 1
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October 28, 2015

The next session of the Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Seminar Series will host guest speaker Dr. Ayse Basar Bener of the Data Science Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. He will discuss the different approaches to building context-aware recommender systems, keeping in mind the fundamental question that a recommender system aims to answer is “What does the end-user really want?”

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October 6, 2015

WestGrid congratulates Dr. Arthur McDonald, Queen's University professor emeritus and a Compute Canada user, who was announced this week as a co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics.

The announcement was made Tuesday morning by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. McDonald shares the honours with Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo for their key...

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October 6, 2015

University of Alberta researchers, students and staff interested in learning more about visualizing scientific data are invited to a free workshop WestGrid is hosting on Friday, October 23. The full-day workshop will introduce the basics of scientific visualization and explore the features and capabilities of the popular visualization software ParaView. All disciplines and experience levels are welcome to attend (you do not need to be a current WestGrid account holder to participate)....

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October 5, 2015

Compute Canada's response to Industry Canada's Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) Consultations is now available online. As part of Industry Canada's process to develop a broad, medium- to long-term DRI strategy,...

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October 4, 2015

The only lab like it in the world, the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) is transforming how we analyze crime by exploiting the power of advanced research computing (ARC). Located at Simon Fraser University, ICURS is a fine example of how large data sets and ARC can create new ways to solve challenges that benefit our quality of life, all while preventing crime and improving our neighbourhoods.

Applying new algorithms to large datasets for crime reduction is equivalent to what DNA evidence did for criminal...

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The C2C seminar will explore "Big Data" problems faced by researchers examining the immune response to infectious and autoimmune diseases
October 2, 2015

The next session of the VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) Seminar Series will host guest speaker Dr. Tamara Munzner, a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She will discuss the framework for analyzing the design of visualization systems and will analyze a range of biology visualization applications through this lens. 

Thursday, October 08
6:00 pm PDT  /  7:00 pm MDT  /  7:00 pm CST  /  8:00 pm CDT

This session is being...

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Coast to Coast Seminar Visual Perception Big Data
September 30, 2015

The next session of the Fall 2015 Coast to Coast Seminar Series will host guest speaker Dr. James Elder, a Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Psychology at York University. He will discuss research problems in perceptual organization, shape perception, linear perspective and spatial attention, which can contribute to the development of general-purpose visual systems, and where research in biological and computer vision has already been synergistic. 

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September 30, 2015
Chris Want has been with WestGrid since April 2013. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Alberta for more than a decade as a Visualization Programmer / Analyst, where he also managed the accounts systems for both WestGrid and Compute Canada. These days, Chris has been deeply involved in recent updates to the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB), particularly to improve the 2016 Resource Allocation Competition submission processes. "Chris is an incredibly hard-working and dependable member of the WestGrid team," says... Read more...
September 30, 2015

WestGrid's newsletter for September 2015 is now available to read online.

Some of the items featured in this month's newsletter include:

  • a recap of the CANARIE National Summit, Emerging Technologies: The Path and the Potential for Canada, from Lindsay Sill, WestGrid's Executive Director
  • an overview of the user training opportunities WestGrid is offering this fall -- open to all...
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