Research in the Cloud Symposium

Welcome to our Research in the Cloud Symposium!

ITS is pleased to host its first Research in the Cloud (RITC) Symposium on Friday, September 27! This all-day event will feature various workshops on leveraging cloud technology for scientific and educational activities at WCM and other Cornell campuses. Selected cloud experts from WCM, Cornell University, and Cornell Tech will discuss topics ranging from scientific use cases, regulating data within the cloud, and practical issues.

We invite our research community to attend and share their experiences, as well as expand collaborative efforts with colleagues to enhance Cornell’s leadership in biomedical research.

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Cloud Symposium 2019

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Event Details

Friday, September 27
Weill Cornell Medicine
Belfer Research Building
413 E. 69th Street, New York, NY
8:30 am – 6 pm


Please note that our schedule is subject to change. Presentations are 30 minutes, followed by 10-minute Q&A sessions; all presentations will be available on Zoom to registered attendees. Working group sessions are optional and approximately 40 minutes.

Time Activity
8:30 am Registration
Light refreshments will be served
9 am Welcome & Introductions
Symposia Co-Chairs
Hanif Khalak - Weill Cornell Medicine
Richard Knepper, Ph.D. - Ithaca, Center for Advanced Computing
9:15 am Session 1: Doing Science in the Cloud

Once Upon a Cloud at Weill Cornell - Mark Bronnimann (WCM, ITS)
Image Analysis with Machine Learning in AWS - Amy Kuceyeski, Ph.D. (WCM, Radiology)
The Cornell Research CyberCommons - Hanif Khalak (WCM, Research)
Toward Precision Cloud: Efficient Execution of Genomics Analyses - Andrea Sboner, Ph.D. (WCM, Englander Institute for Precision Medicine)
11:15 am Coffee Break
11:30 am Working Group Breakout 1

Topics include:

- Identifying unique challenges doing science like genomics, imaging, IoT in the cloud
- Comparing on-site and cloud approach to each and evaluate trade-offs
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Session 2: Regulated Data in the Cloud

Using Derecho to Connect Sensors to the Cloud - Ken Birman, Ph.D. (Ithaca, Computer Science)
Cloud-Based Services for Cardiovascular Image Segmentation & Data Pre-Processing - Subhi Al'Aref, M.D. (WCM, Dalio Institute)
Clinical Data Collaboration at WCM and Beyond - Thomas Campion, Ph.D. (WCM, ITS)
Federated Learning for Next-Gen Radiology - George Shih, M.D. (WCM, Radiology)
3:15 pm Working Group Breakout 2

Topics include:

- Identifying the pros and cons of implementing solutions for aggregation/computation on protected data
- Evaluating relative cost, effort, and value vs. using deidentified versions of data
3:55 pm Coffee Break
4:10 pm Session 3: Getting Practical in the Cloud

Faster CNN Inference - Richard Bowen, Ph.D. (Cornell Tech)
CyberCommons Cloud Resources and Examples - Richard Knepper, Ph.D. (Ithaca, Center for Advanced Computing) & Sarah Christen, M.B.A. (Ithaca, Cornell Information Technology)
Toward Optimal Global Optimization in the Cloud - David Bindel, Ph.D. (Ithaca, CIS)
5:15 pm Working Group Breakout 3

Topics include:

- Describing value of current capability services to ongoing and future research efforts
- Feedback on using cloud services for research
5:50 pm Summary, Concluding Remarks & Next Steps
Symposia Co-Chairs
6 pm Meeting Adjourned

Travel Information

Traveling to the symposium from out of town?

Getting to NYC

Area airports include John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Amtrak rail service is available through New York Penn Station (NYP). Additionally, Cornell’s Campus-to-Campus express bus offers daily service from Ithaca to NYC.

Getting to Weill Cornell Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine's main campus is centered around 69th St. and York Avenue on the Upper East Side.

We recommend the subway to get to the Weill Cornell Medicine campus; closest subway lines are the Q to 72nd St., or the 6 to 68th St. / Hunter College.

Weill Cornell Medicine & NYC

Weill Cornell Medicine is located in Manhattan's Upper East Side, right next to the East River. If you've got time to explore the city, there's plenty to do! Why not:

If you need even more ideas, check out NYCGo, the official guide to NYC

Contact Us

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