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Advancing scientific research through the application of computing technology and expertise.

As part of the Center’s community-building activities, CIRC holds monthly symposia, where faculty, students, and research staff can showcase their research to the user community, learn about computing technologies, and participate in collaborative computing sessions. The CIRC Symposium provides a venue for researchers to learn about and discover new directions in using computational and informatics tools for research in a variety of fields across all departments and centers at the University of Rochester. Click a thumbnail below to view details of talks that were given in previous months.

2022–2023 Symposia Series
When and Why Do Efficient Algorithms Exist (For Constraint Satisfaction and Beyond)?
Venkatesan Guruswami, PhD
2019–2020 Symposia Series
Graph Algorithms: Performative Transparency and portability in GPU Implementations. Sreepathi Pai, PhD, Department of Computer Science
Ongoing Research: Can Simulations Be Recycled To Benchmark New Force Fields? Louis Smith, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Genomic Approaches to Understanding RNA Processing and its Responses to Therapeutic Drugs. Paul L. Boutz, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Understanding Grocery Store Purchases in a Population Health Context: Focus on Eye Health. Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, MBA, Department of Ophthalmology
The Fermi Paradox and the Aurora Effect: Exo-civilization Settlement, Expansion and Steady States. Adam Frank, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy
De-Coding Epigenetic Dysregulation in Cancer. Paula M. Vertino, PhD, Department of Biomedical Genetics
On-Going Research: How to Design More Robust Silicon-Based Nanoporous Membranes Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Ali. K Shargh, MSc, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2018–2019 Symposia Series
Global Oceanic Methane Emissions Estimated From Statistical Mapping. Thomas Webber, PhD, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Peering into the Dark Regions of Genomes: The Genomics of Repetitive DNA is Drosophila. Amanda M. Larracuente, PhD, Department of Biology
Learning About Growth and Democracy. Sergio Montero, PhD, Department of Political Science
Controlling RNA Processing Through Space and Time. Paul L. Boutz, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Measuring Word Meaning. Scott Grimm, PhD, Department of Linguistics
The Thermodynamic Stability of the Human Proteome. Sina Ghaemmaghami, PhD, Department of Biology
Tracking Short-Term Evolution in the Pedigreed Wild Population. Nancy Chen, PhD, Department of Biology
Understanding Properties of Materials under Extreme Conditions with First-Principles Methods for ICF/HED Applications. Suxing Hu, PhD, Department of Laser Energetics
2017–2018 Symposia Series
Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion in the Laboratory from Unprecedented Stability in Z-Pinch Implosions. Adam Sefkow, PhD, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lightning, Methane and Climate Change. Lee T. Murray, PhD, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Relationship Between Brain Structural Connectome and Traits. Zhengwu Zhang, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Hydrodynamic Simulations of Direct-Drive Implosions. Igor V. Igumenshchev, PhD, Department of Laser Energetics
Statistical Design of Computational Elements. Andrew McDavid, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
The Human Factor in the Age of Machine Learning. Elliot Inman, PhD, SAS Institute, Inc.
Single-Cell Genomics: A Multiplatform Evaluation of Single Cell RNA Sequencing Technologies, John Aston, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Genomics Research Center
Reading the Invisible Text (In 16 Dimensions). Gregory Heyworth, PhD, Department of English
2016–2017 Symposia Series
Exploring Rhodopsin's Activation Mechanism Using Computer Simulations at Multiple Resolutions. Alan Grossfield, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Improving Accuracy of Peptide Molecular Dynamics Simulations with Experimental Data, Andrew White, PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering
Using Spatially-Identified Data to Determine the Health Consequences of Shale Gas Development, Elaine Hill, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences
Does Vertical Integration Increase Innovation? Chenyu Yang, PhD, Simon Business School
Two-Stage Design in Survival Studies Application in a Semiparametric Additive Risks Model, Tong Tong Wu, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Learning Models for Robot Decision Making. Thomas Howard, PhD, Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mapping Healthcare Systems: Patient Journeys, Algorithms, and Network Science. Martin S. Zand, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine
Stark Control of Electrons Along Nanojunctions. Ignacio Franco, PhD, Department of Chemistry
2015–2016 Symposia Series
Variable Selection for Model-Based Clustering of Functional Data. Tanzy Love, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Big and Deep Data: Earth Structure and Dynamics from Earthquakes. Cynthia Ebinger, PhD, Departments of Earth and Environment Sciences
Tumor Heterogeneity Studies - Tricks from the Burack Lab. Janice Spence, PhD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Imaging the Biochemical Properties of Tissue. Kevin J. Parker, PhD, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
High-Dimensional Data Clustering Flow Cytometry Data. Tim Mosmann, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Understanding the Structures that Underlie Human Language: What is a Word? Joyce McDonough, Department of Linguistics
Radiogenomics: Identifying Genetic Risk Factors for Late Radiotherapy Toxicity in Cancer Survivors. Sarah Kerns, Department of Radiation Oncology
Physics of Ranking Processes. Gourab Ghoshal, Departments of Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics
2014–2015 Symposia Series
Incorporating Uncertainty in the Estimation of Gene Regulatory Networks. Matthew McCall, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Using Computing Clusters to Estimate Dynamic Models of Firm Behavior. Toni Whited, PhD, Simon Business School
Clustering and Visualizing Multidimensional Data. Xiaopeng Zhu, PhD, Department of Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Digital History and Archaeology: Building a Virtual St. George's, 1609-1900, Michael J. Jarvis, PhD, Department of History
An Evaluation of Statistical Methods for Differential DNA Methylation Microarray Data Analysis, Dongmei Li, PhD, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Cosmos in Computers: How Exascale Computing and Laboratory Experiments Improve out Understanding of the Universe. Pirerre-Alexandre Gourdain, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Quantitative Imaging Opportunities at the University of Rochester: Some Recent Developments and Examples. Ronald Wood, PhD, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Conversing with Computers to Improve Social Skills? M. Ehsen Hoque, PhD, Department of Computer Science
2013–2014 Symposia Series
Boolean Models in Immunology. Juilee Thakar, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Financing Frictions and Factor Dynamics at the Firm: Evidence and Implications. Ryan Michaels, PhD, Department of Economics
Systematic Identification of Genuine Regulatory Relationships during Influenza Virus Infection. Hongyu Miao, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Quantum Dots - Artificial Atoms, Large Molecules or Small pieces of Bulk? Insights from the Time-Domain Ab Initio Studies. Oleg Prezhdo, PhD, Department of Chemistry
Developing a High Resolution 3D Heart Model for Drug Safety Assays. Jean-Philippe Couderc, PhD, Department of Medicine, Cardiology
Measuring the Mass of Top Quark. Paul F. Slattery, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester Big Data Forum 2013
Social Multimedia as Sensors. Jiebo Luo, PhD, Department of Computer Science
2012–2013 Symposia Series
Genomics of Lung Development and Disease. Thomas J. Mariani, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology
Testing and Estimating Models of International Conflict. Curtis S. Signorino, PhD, Department of Political Science
Finding Pathogenic Variants in Whole Exome Sequencing Results: Pedigrees, Databases, and Pathways. Alex R. Paciorkowski, MD, Department of Neurology
Stars, Disks, and Jets: The View From The Telescope, The Computer and The Lab. Adam Frank, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy
On the Use of Boolean Networks for Modeling Gene Regulatory Networks. Anthony Almudevar, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Scalable Memory Systems for Future Multicores. Sandhya Dwarkadas, PhD, Department of Computer Science
Practical Bioinformatics for Data-Rich Science. Alex Rosenberg, PhD, Division of Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology
Simulating the Ideal Biosensor. Benjamin L. Miller, PhD, Departments of Dermatology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering
2011–2012 Symposia Series
Mahler as Big Data: Music Theory Recast as Data Mining. Dave Headlam, PhD, Eastman School of Music
Discrete Bayesian Network Classifiers for Gene Pathway Analysis. Peter Salzman, PhD, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Particle In-Cell Simulations Using Graphic Cards. Chuang Ren, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering
State-of-the-Art Practices in Parallel Programming. Chen Ding, PhD, Department of Computer Science
Quantum Optics Theory and Computation. Joseph Elberly, Curtis Broadbent, and Xu Want, Department of Physics And Astronomy
Computational Issues in Genomics Research. Stephen Welle, PhD, Functional Genomics Center
Mass Spectrometry and Computational Analysis of the Proteome. Fred K. Hagen, PhD, University of Rochester Proteomics Core Facility
Introduction to MATLAB for Life Sciences. Heather Wellman, Mathworks
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