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CDS : 22nd Feb 2019: “Data Science and High Performance Computing: Evolution or Revolution for Research”

22 Feb @ 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM

Department of Computational and Data Sciences

Department Seminar

SPEAKER  : Prof. Vincent Heuveline,

                      CIO of Heidelberg University and Director of the Computing Centre.

TITLE         : Data Science and High Performance Computing: Evolution or Revolution for  Research

Date/Time   : February 22, 2019 (Friday) 11:30 AM

Venue          : 102 CDS Seminar Hall.


The accurate description of our world, and focus on relevant details, are a keystone in many major research areas. The impact of these research activities are omnipresent in our society, e.g. the daily weather forecasting, the computer aided surgery, optimization of distributed power supply for electrical network. In the last decade, the developments in the area of supercomputer have been subject to profound and highly dynamic changes. The paradigm shift towards multicore and manycore technologies is offering a tremendeous potential of computing power for scientific and industrial applications. A similar trend exists in the area of data sciences: the ability to store and process data grows exponentially leading to new perspectives but also associated challenges. In order to take full advantage of these new technologies, holistic approaches coupling the expertise ranging from fundamental mathematics, computer science and engineering sciences are needed.


In this talk we will present these new developments and challenges and concentrate on the areas of high performance computing (HPC), big data and artificial intelligence (AI). We will further describe new application scenarios in the medical engineering. In this field, the last two decades were characterized by a considerable number of newly developed techniques and supportive instruments in an effort to quantify and improve processes in the medical, clinical and surgical context. Based on these examples we will then address the question if the current developments in data science, high performance computing as well as artificial intelligence can be understood as a revolution are as a continuous – and therefore predictable – development process.


Prof. Vincent Heuveline is the CIO of Heidelberg Unversity and Director of the Computing Centre. He is full professor at Heidelberg University where he leads the Engineering Mathematics and Computing Lab (EMCL) under the roof of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR). Furthermore, he is the Group Leader of the research group “Data Mining and Uncertainty Quantification” at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH). His research interests include uncertainty quantification (UQ) in scientific computing, high performance and data intensive computing, and software engineering, with main application focuses in medical engineering and energy research. Besides lectures in scientific computing, he is strongly involved in teaching IT security – with both lectures and dedicated seminars – at Heidelberg University. He serves as a program committee member of several international conferences on high performance computing. He is widely consulted by the industry with respect to the deployment of numerical simulation, cloud computing and IT security in industrial environments.

Host Faculty: Prof. Sashikumaar Ganesan


                                                               ALL ARE WELCOME


22 Feb
11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM


Room No: 102 (Seminar Hall of CDS)