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  • Thursday, April 5, 2018

Peebles Memorial Lecture in Information Technology

Featuring Craig A. Stewart, Executive Director of the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute.

Event details

  • Date & time
    Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Location
    Herman B Wells Library
    Hazelbaker Lecture Hall - Scholars' Commons
    Indiana University Bloomington (IUB)

About this event


The lecture series commemorates decades of service given to Indiana University by Dr. Christopher S. Peebles, former associate vice president for research and academic computing and dean for information technology.

Title: Computing and Cyberinfrastructure in support of research, scholarship, and creative activity: forward in challenging times

Abstract: Computing resources provided and used in support of research, scholarship, and creative activities have been viewed as a common good since the early 1950s. At this time Marshall Wrubel, astronomer and first director of the Research Computing Center of IU, established as a principle that IU’s electronic computer was a resource available to the entire IU research community. Since that time the use of computing resources – and what is now termed cyberinfrastructure – has been expanded to include all fields of scholarship (particularly humanities research) as well as the fine and performing arts. And since the late 1990s, IU has been a national leader in the use of cyberinfrastructure to accelerate innovation and expand capabilities of the members of the IU community for decades.

We stand now at the beginning of what may be years of challenging times for research and higher education generally. Many current predictions hold that hundreds of small- to mid-size colleges and universities will become insolvent in coming years. It seems likely that federal funding for research will stay constant or decrease – and certainly decrease relative to the perceived needs of the research community – for years to come. At the same time, we face more diversity in availability of computing architectures and uncertainty in processor roadmaps than we, as a national community, have faced in years. Locally-sourced supercomputers, federally-funded cyberinfrastructure resources, commercial cloud computing, uncertainty in processor roadmaps, the end of Moore’s Law scaling, and competition from China constitute a broad set of opportunities for the IU community and challenges to the global position of the US.

 Craig Stewart Dr. Craig Stewart, who worked under the leadership of Christopher Peebles for the better part of two decades, will deliver the OVPIT Peebles Memorial Lecture in Information Technology. Stewart will take a look back at where IU has been in computing and cyberinfrastructure, assess the value of IU’s current implementation of information technology in support of research, scholarship, and creative activity, and suggest strategies for supporting IU’s excellence in these areas in the coming years.

Information about the Peebles Memorial Lecture Series

The 2018 lecture will be available via Zoom:
Topic: Peebles Memorial Lecture: Craig Stewart
Time: Apr 5, 2018 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Research Services Expo:
At the Expo, discover resources at IU to help you advance, from supercomputers and big data storage to grant services and library resources, we've got what you need. See the Expo event page to see who will be attending. Visit five research services' tables and receive a Supercomputing For Everyone t-shirt.