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Materials used during the sessions of the workshop

IS-GEO RCN Kickoff Working Meeting

January 18-20, 2017

University of Texas at Austin

https://is-geo.org/events/workshop-2017/

Agenda

Wednesday January 18:

Day 1 - Identifying Initial Connection Points

8:00-8:30am Welcome and breakfast

8:30-9am Introductions and overview of the RCN, activities to date, meeting schedule and goals

9-10:30am Introductory Lightning Talks (Chair: Yolanda Gil)

  • 2 min talks by each meeting participant

  • Prepare ahead of time: a 2min/2 slides research overview by each participant, mention what collaborations are you looking for, email slides ahead of time

10:30-11am Break

11 - 12:30pm IS-centered World Cafe I: Initial discussions (Chair: Mariana Guereque)

  • Identify common research interests of the group. Breakout is based on IS core themes (based on research areas in Figure 9 of the IS-GEO workshop report)

  • Model-driven sensing – David Thompson

  • Knowledge maps – Craig Knoblock

  • Theory-guided learning – Victor Pankratius

  • Trusted threads – Beth Plale

  • Interactive analytics – Deana Pennington

  • Prepare ahead of time: Leads propose topics to discuss at each table 12:30-2pm Lunch (provided) and demos/discussions 2-3:30pm GEO-centered World Cafe I: Initial discussions (Chair: Katie Skinner)

  • Identify common research interests of the group on GEO core themes

  • Atmospheric + Ocean + Polar – Sai Ravela, Juan Restrepo

  • Geospace – Victor Pankratius, David Thompson

  • Earth sciences – Enrique Cabral, Suzanne Pierce

  • Prepare ahead of time: Leads propose topics to discuss at each table 3:30-4pm Break 4:00-5:00 pm Lexithon (Chair: Daniel Garijo)

  • Introduce the "Lexithon" activity and the semantic wiki

  • Discuss terms to add based on the discussions of Day 1

  • Paired discussion activity about a selected set of terms

  • Set up: 1 wiki page per researcher contributing, describing their background and with pointers to their own work

  • Prepare ahead of time: Sample terms and wiki entries

5:00-5:30 pm Status check on ongoing and new publications

  • Yolanda Gil: Longer paper for AI researchers, focused on IS challenges, send to CACM: Something like "10 challenges in IS-GEO". Figure 4 in the 2015 workshop report introduces several of them.
  • Imme Ebert-Uphoff: Article on ML challenges from GEO data, basically based on Fig. 7 of the 2015 workshop report. Audience: Machine learning scientists. Topic: Typical properties of data sets in geosciences. Basically: Take the table in Fig. 7 and illustrate the properties using examples from report. Imme Ebert-Uphoff (lead), with Vipin Kumar, Hassan Ali Babaie, Anuj Karpatne, Sai Ravela. Goal is to describe several geo challenges and the ML research questions they raise. There is a draft, may be submitted to the SIAM workshop.
  • Basil Tikoff: Longer IS-GEO overview for geoscientists, based on Figure 6 in the 2015 workshop report. Target Computers and Geosciences journal: Basil (lead), with Mary, Suzanne, Yolanda. Suzanne and Yolanda to create version 0 from the IS-GEO NSF report.
  • Suzanne Pierce: Short IS-GEO overview for geosciences: Science Commentary article [other other publication venue like Nature Geoscience or GSA Today or EOS] potential impact for IS-GEO to societal issues - Paper to Geo community: What is possible from IS side? Educate geoscientists about capabilities provided by IS methods. Suzanne (lead), Mary, Basil. There is a draft.
  • Imme Ebert-Uphoff: Author a paper on state of education for IS-GEO, including all the choices educators have to make, e.g. target groups (undergrad/grad/young career/mid career), depth (one course, degree, short courses, tutorials), target audience discipline (geo/intelligent systems). Potential format to get started (then add more info): Ebert-Uphoff et al. "Preparing for the Next Century: The State of Mechatronics Education", IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2000. Imme (lead), Suzanne (2016 IS-GEO Summer Course), Victor, John Horel, Yolanda, Sai, Mary (inverse modeling), Suzanne (integrated modeling), Deana, Dan Fuka, Enrique, Hassan, Beth.
  • Additional papers:
    • Possible paper for iEMSs focused on environmental modeling. Dan Fuka (lead), Yolanda, Suzanne.
    • paper on Lexithon exercise for AGU EOS Letters? -- we'll see tomorrow.

5:30 pm End Optional: Group dinner

Thursday January 19: Day 2 - Prioritizing Collaborative IS-GEO Research Challenges 8:00-8:30am Breakfast 8:30-9am Review of Day 1 9- 10:30am Navigating obstacles/challenges for interdisciplinary collaboration (Chair: Imme Ebert-Uphoff)

  • Speaker: Deana Pennington
  • Discussion
  • Prepare ahead of time: Relevant materials to contribute

10:30-11 Break 11 - 12:30 IS-centered World Cafe II: Grand challenges (Chair: Mariana Guereque)

  • Identify grand challenges and promising research directions of interest to participants

  • Leads same as Day 1, changes as needed by people arriving/departing

  • Model-driven sensing

  • Knowledge maps

  • Theory-guided learning

  • Trusted threads

  • Interactive analytics

  • Prepare ahead of time: Leads propose topics to discuss at each table 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch (provided) and Birds of a Feather discussions 1:30-3pm GEO-centered World Cafe II: Grand challenges (Chair: Katie Skinner**)**

  • Identify grand challenges and promising research directions of interest to participants

  • Leads same as Day 1, changes as needed by people arriving/departing

  • Atmospheric

  • Ocean

  • Polar

  • Geospace

  • Earth sciences

    • Near surface
    • Deep subsurface (geophysics)
  • Prepare ahead of time: Leads propose topics to discuss at each table 3-3:30pm Break 3:30-3:45 Lexithon session II (Chair: Daniel Garijo, Michael Christoffersen)

  • Review terms from Day 1

  • Discuss terms to add based on the discussions of Day 2

  • Paired discussion activity about a selected set of terms

  • Final review and planning next steps

3:45-4:30 Collaboration (Imme Ebert-Uphoff) Presentation 4:15- 5:00 pm World Cafe Report Out and Summary Discussion (All Topic Leaders) Optional: Group dinner

Friday January 19: Day 3 - Planning Next Steps to Pursue Research Collaborations 8:00-8:30am Breakfast 8:30-9am Review of Day 2 9-10:30 am Threading Themes (Chair: Victor Pankratius)

  • Topics:

    1. Sensor-based data Collection & Integration, possible application for early warning systems
    • From IS: Craig K., Beth, Daniel G., Samet, Emre
    • From GEO: Mariana G., Enrique Cabral-Cano, Suzanne, Craig K. Jie Li, Daniel Fuka
    1. Geoscience Case Studies, Benchmarks, Feature Detection / Discovery: Data with a story that includes question and validation as GEO-driven case studies for IS researchers
    • From IS: Victor Pankratius, Sai Ravela, Emre, Imme
    • From GEO: Mariana G.
    1. Geo-Simulations (parametrizations, scales, integration of different models, etc.)
    • From IS: Jie Li, Sai Ravela, Katie Skinner, David R. Thompson, Emre, Yolanda G.
    • From GEO: Suzanne
  • Goals of this session:

  • Each group discusses common topics of interest and defines one or more of these based on individual's interest:

    • Short term prototyping efforts
    • Mid-term proposal-size activities
    • Long-term driving vision
  • Each group should consider setting up an IS-GEO Working Group:

    • Identify lead(s)
    • Report to the larger group
    • Prepare a brief description to publicise on IS-GEO web site
    • Set up group telecons/webinars and involve students and others signed up to IS-GEO

10:30 - 11:00 Break 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Education (Chair: Imme Ebert-Uphoff)

  • Presentations on courses/materials that people currently have

    • Suzanne Pierce and Enrique Cabral on 2016 IS-GEO Summer School
    • Padhraic Smyth on UCI NRT
    • Victor Pankratius
    • Sai Ravela
    • Yolanda Gil on "Data Science for Non-Programmers" course
  • DIscussion on what is needed that we don't currently have

  • Identify next steps and possible activities for the group

  • Prepare ahead of time: Participants propose presentations based on their course offerings and materials, needs, ideas,...

12:30 pm Closing, Box lunches available Optional for participants staying for the afternoon: Lexithon activity, TACC Tours, paper writing, planning, hiking...

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