ACIS @ PRAGMA31, Bangkok, Thailand

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ACIS faculty and students recently attended the PRAGMA 31 Workshop and the 2016 Asia Pacific Open Data (APOD) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on 5-10 September 2016. Both ACIS Lab and CENTRA researchers had a strong presence in co-facilitating the pre-PRAGMA31 workshops, PRAGMA31 Demo Sessions and the “e-Science in the Cloud – Possibilities and Challenges” Panel. In addition to presenting our contribution to PRAGMA’s scientific expedition efforts with PRAGMA and extended collaborators, the ACIS team also engaged with colleagues and disseminating information for the CENTRA 2 All-Hands Meeting and PRAGMA32 Workshop that ACIS Lab is hosting in Gainesville in the week of 10-15 April 2017.

Dr. Fortes gave an invited keynote talk on “The Attack of Killer Sensors and CENTRA” at the first “ASEAN Forum for Software Defined System on Disaster mitigation and Smart Cities”, a CENTRA partnership project of the ICT Virtual Organization (IVO) of ASEAN Institutes and NICT, Japan, that kicked off the PRAGMA31 week on 5-6 September. The “Smart Cities” themed forum highlights included an introduction and hands-on tutorial for setting up AirBox, a PM2.5 monitoring device for micro-sensing urban air quality. The AirBox adoption in both CENTRA and PRAGMA communities was catalyzed during the CENTRA Kickoff Meeting in Taiwan in Spring’16, where Dr. Ling-Jyh Chen introduced AirBox and the maker movement behind it to CENTRA researchers. The ACIS Lab has now set up the first AirBox in the U.S. Eastern time zone, and brought Gainesville to the world map of PM2.5 monitoring, opening opportunities for smart cities data analytics research in the near future.

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Another pre-PRAGMA31 workshop where the ACIS team and interactions from the CENTRA Kickoff helped bring common interest and complementary IT and domain expertise together was the “Baseline Environment Data Capture Project in the Lower Mekong Basin”. Dr. Tho H. Nguyen was invited to CENTRA Kickoff in Spring’16 and proposed the idea of building a database with access enabled by Software-Defined Network (SDN) technology to support multidisciplinary research in the Lower Mekong region. The ad-hoc group discussions then took off and continued to develop with new collaborators identified during PRAGMA31, resulting in a project timeline to survey current data resources for Lower Mekong and plans to work with ecologists and PRAGMA technologies.

ACIS has been heavily involved in the PRAGMA Scientific Expeditions, particularly in creating a distributed computing “GRAPLEr tool” for Lake Ecology modeling, and building PRAGMA-ENT testbed. Both were presented at the PRAGMA31 Demo Sessions, co-chaired by Dr. Figueiredo, with results presented by Kensworth Subratie on “Dynamic Addition of SDSC Comet and PRAGMA Cloud Nodes to a GRAPEr Pool”, and by Kyuho Jeong on “Overlay/SDN Hybrid System for Seamless High Performance Virtual Network”.

We are also looking forward to the development of the following strategic planning discussions led by Matt Collins, our Technical Operations Manager, in the near future. One is making iDigBio data available to more researchers and enabling more science opportunities by creating a copy of iDigBio collection of data and images accessible via resources at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The other is deploying a Tiled Display Wall at the ACIS lab (and connected to other tiled walls in PRAGMA and CENTRA sites) for Disaster Management related visualization and research.

Last but not least, Dr. Prapaporn Rattanatamrong, an ACIS Alumna now faculty of Thamamasat University, co-chaired the PRAGMA31 Program and Local Organizing Committees, leading the organizing for the entire week of activities, including coordination with the Electronic Government Agency and National Science and Technology Development Agency in Thailand. We are very proud of Dr. Rattanatamrong’s leadership, and a successful and memorable week of PRAGMA31 events that ACIS is a part of. We look forward to hosting PRAGMA32 Workshop in Gainesville (12-15 April 2017)!

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More about PRAGMA: www.pragma-grid.net; CENTRA: www.globalcentra.org