USF to Host Symposium on Supercomputers Tuesday

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2009) – Noted researchers from the University of South Florida and the University at Buffalo will present their views of the impact and future of  high-performance computing on public health, medical research, engineering and marine science in a symposium Jan. 20 at the Marshall Student Center.


The half-day event will feature a presentation from Russ Miller, distinguished professor of computer science and engineering at the University at Buffalo (the State University of New York).  Miller founded the Center for Computational Research at University at Buffalo, and during his tenure as director the center was continuously ranked as one of the world’s leading supercomputer centers.


Representing USF’s scientific community will be:  Amy Stuart from the Colleges of Public Health and Engineering speaking on the interface between supercomputers, public health and engineering; Wayne Guida from the College of Arts and Sciences and Medicine and the Moffitt Cancer Center Research Center speaking on computation in health sciences; Robert Weisberg from the College of Marine Science on supercomputer modeling of red tide and hurricane storm surge and  Dan Simkins of the College of Engineering speaking on engineering and material science.  


The 8:30 a.m. to noon event in the Oak Room opens with USF students exhibiting their research projects related to supercomputers. The event is free and open to the public.



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


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STORY SOURCE:         David Rabson

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