Workshop on Research Computing | 23 Apr

A panel discussion with Christine Kirpatrick (SDSC) and Paul Brenner (University of Notre Dame)

Posted by Open Modeling Foundation on March 21, 2024 · 5 mins read

We are happy to announce details for our Research Computing workshop in our series aimed at developing good practices and recommendations for improving metadata in computational model-sharing and publishing platforms.

Date: 23 April 2024

Time: 9am (MST), 4pm (UTC)

Location: Online (register here)

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Panellists: Christine Kirpatrick, San Diego Supercomputer Center; and Paul Brenner, University of Notre Dame

Moderator: Sandra Gesing, US-RSE, San Diego Supercomputer Center, ModelShare Team


Christine Kirpatrick leads the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) Research Data Services division, which manages large-scale infrastructure, networking, and services for research projects of regional and national scope. Her research is in data-centric AI, working at the intersection of ML and FAIR, with a focus on making AI more efficient to save on power consumption and 'time to science'. Kirkpatrick serves as PI of the FAIR in ML, AI Readiness & Reproducibility RCN which focuses on promoting better practices for AI, improving reproducibility, and exploring research gaps in data-centric AI. In addition, Kirkpatrick founded the GO FAIR US Office, is PI of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, is on the Executive Committee for the Open Storage Network, and is Co-PI of the NSF-funded Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency (TGR) network. Christine serves as a member for The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on their Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) to improve the stewardship, policy and use of digital data and information for science and the broader society. She serves as the Secretary General of the International Science Council's Committee on Data (CODATA), co-Chairs the FAIR Digital Object Forum, is on the Advisory Board for the Helmholtz Federated IT Services (HIFIS), and served on the National Academies of Sciences’ U.S. National Committee for the Committee on Data.

Paul Brenner is a Director in the University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing (NDCRC) and concurrent Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Additionally, Dr. Brenner serves in the US Air Force Reserves as a cyber officer and Senior Advisor to the CIO of Air Education and Training Command. He is also a registered Professional Engineer and has held numerous leadership roles in commercial industry and tech startups. At the NDCRC he leads both the research software development division and the HPC and user support divisions, managing millions of dollars in software engineering projects and cyberinfrastructure deployments annually. He has been the principal investigator (PI) on numerous federally funded grants and is currently the PI on a US Navy funded research collaborative on Trusted AI. Dr. Brenner also serves as a faculty representative in the University of Notre Dame’s role in the multinational AI Alliance and US AI Safety Institute Consortium. He also continues an active research group publishing in the areas of advanced algorithms and architectures for accelerated discovery, trustworthy AI and cyberphysical systems security.

Sandra Gesing is the Executive Director of the US Research Software Engineer Association and a Senior Researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Her research focuses on science gateways, computational workflows as well as distributed and parallel computing. She is especially interested in sustainability of research software, usability of computational methods and reproducibility of research results and she supports open science initiatives. Before her positions at US-RSE and SDSC, she was a senior research scientist, the Scientific Outreach and DEI Lead at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), University of Illinois System, Chicago. Prior to DPI, she was an associate research professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and a computational scientist in the Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, US. Before she moved to the US, she was a research associate at the University of Edinburgh, UK, at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Additionally, she has perennial experience as a project manager and system developer in industry in the US and Germany. As head of a system programmer group, she has led long-term software projects. She received her Master’s degree in computer science from extramural studies at the FernUniversität Hagen and her PhD in computer science from the University of Tübingen, Germany.

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