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Conference Program

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Technology in Teaching, Learning and Administration

Shaping the Digital Landscape

Advanced Research Computing

Keynotes and other sessions



Program last updated 12:00PM June 22, 2016. For recent changes, presentation slides (if available) and additional information, click here.

Sunday

17:00

Women in HPC Cocktail Event – Sponsored by Lenovo

Art Gallery of Alberta : 17:00 – 18:30

18:00

Opening Reception – Sponsored by Dell

Art Gallery of Alberta : 18:00 – 21:00

Monday

7:00

Breakfast & Registration – Sponsored by QUALTRICS

7:00 – 8:30 : SUB Plaza & Atrium

8:00

Opening Remarks

8:00 – 8:30 : Myer Horowitz Theatre

Succeeding in fast-changing environments – Sponsored by Intel

8:30 – 9:30 : Myer Horowitz Theatre (Keynote Presentation Slides)

 Rebecca Costa – Sociobiologist, Author

9:30

Nutrition Break – Sponsored by Frequency Foundry

9:30 – 10:00 : CCIS 2 locations

Genomic workflow pipeline demonstration

9:30 – 11:30 : outside CCIS1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Bill Halina – Obsidian Strategies

10:00

Parallel ILU (k) preconditioner implementation and performance analysis

10:00 – 10:30 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian (Presentation)

 Bo Yang – University of Calgary

Mitacs: Building Research Partnerships with Industry and community organizations

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-140

 Eric Loo – Mitacs

Scientific visualization with VisIt

10:00 – 15:00 : CCIS L2-200

 Alex Razoumov – CC

UofA Data Centre Tours

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS Info Desk

 Fernando Andres – University of Alberta

Cisco Systems: Sharing services and resources in budget constrained IT World

10:00 – 10:30 : CCIS L1-047

 Ronnie Scott – Cisco Systems

Gone Phishing: Lessons from UNB’s 2015-2016 Social Engineering Campaign

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-430

 David Shipley – University of New Brunswick

Gender Intelligent Communication

10:00 – 10:04 : BS-M229

 Shari Graydon – Informed Opinions

Why Does IT Cost So Much?

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Mark Roman – Simon Fraser University

This Changes Everything

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Kim Benoit – University of Winnipeg

Today’s IT Project Management: Is it a unicycle or a tricycle?

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS L1-140

 Scott Chamberlain – University of New Brunswick

Lean Process Design – an Introductory Workshop

10:00 – 12:00 : CCIS L1-160 (Presentation)

 Stephen Hunt – Queen’s University

10:30

High Performance AMG Solvers on GPU-Architecture

10:30 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian (Presentation)

 Bo Yang – University of Calgary

Dell: A panel discussion with members of the Higher Education community

10:30 – 11:00 : CCIS L1-047

 Martin Piercy – Dell Canada

11:15

Emergent dynamics in a reconstruction of a neocortical microcircuit

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Eilif Muller – Blue Brain Project, EPFL Campus Biotech, Geneva

Atomic scale, ultra-low-power computing circuits

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-140

 Robert Wolkow – University of Alberta

Intel: Faster Code Faster

11:15 – 11:45 : L1-047

 Chris Allison – lntel

Want To Combat Phishing? Try Plaintext Password Sniffing!

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-430

 Michael Spaling – University of Alberta

A moderated polemic on the demise of the Canadian Higher Education CIO

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS L2-190

 Bo Wandschneider – Queen’s University

Bringing it all together: IT Client Service, request tracking, student staff, residences, and more!

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Lisa Tomalty – University of Waterloo

Utilizing the technology capabilities of your local Research and Education Network partner

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS L1-140 (Orion Presentation, Cybera Presentation)

 Robin Winsor – Cybera

11:45

Brocade: SDN – Intelligent Flow Management

11:45 – 12:15 : L1-047 (Presentation)

 Steve Brown – Brocade

12:15

Lunch – Sponsored by SGI

12:15 – 13:15 : CCIS 2 locations

13:15

Computational Astrophysics: Gravitational waves, black holes and neutron stars

13:15 – 15:15 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Falk Herwig – University of Victoria

von Neumann’s Dream – Solving Heads-up limit Texas hold’em poker

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS 1-140

 Michael Bowling – University of Alberta

NREN: Shaping Canada’s 21st Century National Research and Education Network

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS 1-430 (Presentation)

 Gerry Miller – MRNET

Tribal: Leveraging Analytics for Student Engagement and Success

13:15 – 13:45 : L1-047

 Jon Baldwin – Tribal Group/Tribal Systems Canada

Have you actually looked into the real TCO of your network?

13:15 – 13:45 : CCIS L1-160

 Raymond Richmond – University of Alberta

Organizational Change Management in Higher Education

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS L2-190

 LeeAnne Klein – University of Alberta

Benchmarking & Metrics: Save your Bacon with Apples and Apples

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Jim Lesslie – Queen’s University

Authentication for Big Wi-Fi

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS L1-140 (Presentation)

 Eriks Rugelis – York University – UIT

Zero to PMO: A Working Framework for Implementing a PMO in 6 months or less

13:15 – 16:15 : BioSci M-141 (Presentation, Exercise Book)
 Colin Moreland – University of Lethbridge

13:45

IBM: OpenPower Innovation

13:45 – 14:15 : L1-047

 Jonathan Dement – IBM

14:30

UofA Data Center Tour

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS Registration/Info desk

Programmable Silicon! Don’t be afraid, don’t be very afraid!

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS 1-140

 Yassine Hariri – CMC Microsystems

UofA Data Centre Tours

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS Info Desk

 Fernando Andres – University of Alberta

The Internet of Things – the next challenge to the security of university networks

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS L1-160

 Lawrence Dobranski – University of Saskatchewan

OMG! What if I really AM the best person?

14:30 – 15:00 : CCIS 1-430

 Shari Graydon – Informed Opinions

Focusing on the right projects at the right time

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Stacey Noah – Carleton University

Embracing the change – preparing for a different future of IT service delivery

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS 1-440

 Bo Wandschneider – Queen’s University

Open Source Infrastructure implementations at Royal Roads University

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS L1-140

 Steve Beaudry – Royal Roads University

15:00

Building a Better Workforce – Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion

15:00 – 16:00 : CCIS 1-430

 Lesley Shannon – Simon Fraser University

15:30

Nutrition Break – Sponsored by Frequency Foundry

15:30 – 16:00 : CCIS 2 locations

16:00

Digital Literacy is Dead: Long Live Digital Literacy

16:00 – 16:30 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Andrew McAllister – Andrew McAllister

Streamlining Peer Evaluation in Large Classes

16:00 – 16:30 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Dave Sun – University of Alberta

Improving the Service Desk Experience

16:00 – 16:30 : CCIS L1-140 (Presentation)

 John Latremouille – Athabasca Univeristy

Sharing IT Services: The Nova Scotia Project

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS L1-160

 Dwight Fischer – Dalhousie UNiversity

18:00

Awards Gala – Sponsored by Cisco Systems

18:00 – 23:55 : Shaw Conference Centre

Tuesday

7:00

Breakfast & Registration – Sponsored by Hewlett Packard

7:00 – 8:30 : SUB Plaza & Atrium

8:00

Opening Remarks

8:00 – 8:30 : Myer Horowitz Theatre

Innovation and Realism – Sponsored by Huawei

8:30 – 9:30 : Myer Horowitz Theatre

 Jon Montgomery – Host of Amazing Race Canada & Olympic Gold Medallist

9:30

Nutrition Break – Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

9:30 – 10:00 : CCIS 2 locations

10:00

UofA Data Center Tour

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS Registration/Info desk

I’ve got my data, now what? The frontier of genomics data mining and visualization

10:00 – 10:30 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Jamie Rosner – University of British Columbia

Automated Openstack Installations with Chef, Developers, and Sysadmins

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-140

 Graham Stewart – University of Toronto

Python Profiling and Optimization Workshop

10:00 – 12:00 : BS-M229

 Joey Bernard – ACEnet, UNB

UofA Data Centre Tours

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS Info Desk

 Fernando Andres – University of Alberta

Trend Micro: Ransomware: How it works, how it’s evolved and how to deal with it

10:00 – 10:30 : L1-047 (Presentation)

 Trevor Richmond – Trend Micro

Highway to Hell or Stairway to Heaven…One University’s Journey to PCI DSS Compliance

10:00 – 10:30 : CCIS 1-430

 Wendy Tchoursine – University of Saskatchewan

Sense and Sensibility—Visual Design Principles for Scientific Data

10:00 – 12:00 : L2-200

 Martin Krzywinski – Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center

Getting ‘Fresh’: Professional Development for Higher Ed. IT Leaders

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS L2-190

 Gayleen Gray – University of Guelph

CUCCIO Innovation Award Finalists

10:00 – 11:00 : CCIS L1-140

 Lori MacMullen – CUCCIO

10:30

Dataverse for Research Data: Using Best Practices for Research Data Management in UBC

10:30 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian (Presentation)

 Eugene Barsky – University of British Columbia

VMware: Virtualizing Oracle Database on VMware

10:30 – 11:00 : L1-047 (Presentation)

 Jason Gorrie – University of Waterloo

You are storing your sensitive research data where?! Navigating data privacy and ethics requirements within Compute Canada’s infrastructure

10:30 – 11:00 : CCIS 1-430

 Kaitlyn Gutteridge – University of British Columbia

11:15

Bridging the last mile – A platform for data management and analytics in campuses and research labs

11:15 – 11:45 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Frédérick Lefebvre – Calcul Québec – Université Laval

Cloud computing for high energy physics applications

11:15 – 11:45 : CCIS 1-140 (Presentation)

 Randall Sobie – University of Victoria

Nutanix: Making Datacenter Infrastructure Invisible: Demystifying Hyperconvergence and the Cloud

11:15 – 11:45 : L1-047

 Stuart Pettifer – Nutanix

Assessing our readiness for a security breach

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-430 (Presentation)

 Kevin Vadnais – University of Lethbridge

Round Table: Optimizing ERP Costs and Services

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Angie Tarasoff – NorQuest College

The Administrative Systems Consortium – A shared Services model

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Adrian Lim – Emily Carr University of Art + Design

CUCCIO Collaboration Award Finalists

11:15 – 12:15 : CCIS L1-140

 Lori MacMullen – CUCCIO

11:45

Campus DMZ – Enabling data-intensive science over the WAN

11:45 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Florent Parent – Université Laval, Calcul Quebec

Huawei: Innovative ICT – Data Centre Trends and Technology

11:45 – 12:15 : L1-047

 Craig Snow – Huawei

Cirrus: Building a Local Cloud for Researchers

11:45 – 12:15 : CCIS 1-140 (Presentation)

 Roger Moore – University of Alberta

12:15

Compute Canada Townhall

12:15 – 13:15 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

Lunch – Sponsored by CITRIX

12:15 – 13:15 : CCIS 2 locations

13:15

How to Win Friends and Influence Others

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS 1-430 (Presentation)

 Kelly Nolan – Compute Canada

Harnessing Neuroscience Data : a Network of Platforms

13:15 – 13:45 : CCIS 1-140 (Presentation)

 Marc Rousseau – McGill University

Learning Spark: Bridging HPC and Big Data Analytics

13:15 – 16:15 : BS-M229 (Presentation)

 Félix-Antoine Fortin – Calcul Québec – Université Laval

ServiceNow: Enabling Service Delivery beyond IT with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

13:15 – 13:45 : L1-047

 Adam Duckett – Servicenow

From Consent to Collaboration: Balancing Security with Access for Optimal User Experience

13:15 – 16:15 : L2-200

 Chris Phillips – CANARIE

A Comparison of RDM Models Globally

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Linda Naughton – Jisc

Service Provider or Trusted Ally; The Perception of Central IT in the Current Higher Ed IT Landscape

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS L2-190

 Mark Humphries – University of Lethbridge

George and Lynda, a LinkedIn story: How a public college and a private sector content and technology company are reshaping the digital landscape

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Laura Jo Gunter – George Brown College

Alberta EdTech Pitch Competition

13:15 – 14:45 : CCIS L1-140

 Brian Stewart – University of Alberta

CUCCIO Security SIG – Special Session on Information Sharing (by Invitation)

13:15 – 14:15 : CCIS L1-160

 Gordie Mah – University of Alberta

13:45

Cray: Merging HPC and NGS

13:45 – 14:15 : L1-047 (Presentation)

 Pierre Carrier – Cray

14:30

High-performance computing applications in particle physics

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS 1-430

 Darren Grant – University of Alberta

GenAP: Genetics and Genomics Analysis Platform 2016 update

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS 1-140

 Pierre-Etienne Jacques, Carol Gauthier – Sherbooke University, Justin Foong – SickKids

Juniper: The Evolution of Campus LAN and DC Fabric Technologies

14:30 – 15:00 : L1-047

 Patricia Hopper – Juniper

Developing a Canadian National Research Data Platform

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Dugan O’Neil – Compute Canada

Case Study: Openstack in a mixed teaching and research environment

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Andrew Pullin – Carleton University

CUCCIO Security Special Interest Group – Panel Discussion

14:30 – 15:30 : CCIS L1-160

 Steve Beaudry – Royal Roads University

15:00

NetApp: Storage Solutions for the Next Generation Data Center

15:00 – 15:30 : L1-047

 Gabriel Chapman – NetApp

15:30

Nutrition Break – Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

15:30 – 16:00 : CCIS 2 locations

16:00

UofA Data Center Tour

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS Registration/Info desk

UofA Data Centre Tours

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS Info Desk

 Fernando Andres – University of Alberta

Birds of a Feather – Client Services SIG

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS 1-440

 Sandeep Sidhu – Simon Fraser University

Birds of a Feather – Privacy and Security

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS L1-140

Birds of a Feather – TBD

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS L1-160

Building a Scaleable National Repository Infrastructure for Canada

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian (Trann Presentation, Globus Presentation)

 Todd Trann – University of Saskatchewan

CUCCIO – Project and Portfolio Management Community of Practice General Meeting

16:00 – 17:00 : CCIS L2-190

 Ramon Kagan – York University

17:00

Poster Reception & Awards – Sponsored by NetApp

17:00 – 18:00 : PCL Lounge

18:30

Pub Night @ Craft Beer Market

18:30 – 23:00 : Craft Beer Market 10013 101A Avenue NW

Wednesday

7:30

Breakfast & Information – Sponsored by COMPUGEN

7:30 – 8:30 : CCIS 2 locations

8:30

UofA Data Center Tour

8:30 – 9:30 : CCIS Registration/Info desk

Development of a Parallel Platform for Reservoir Simulations on Supercomputers

8:30 – 8:50 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Hui Liu – University of Calgary

UofA Data Centre Tours

8:30 – 9:30 : CCIS Info Desk

 Fernando Andres – University of Alberta

Sustainable green solutions for the ever changing University landscape

8:30 – 9:00 : CCIS L1-160

 Bevin Moolenschot – University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Women in Technology – Diversity of Leadership

8:30 – 9:30 : CCIS 1-430

 Catherine Heggerud – University of Calgary

Managing Controlled Data Sets in a Research Environment

8:30 – 9:30 : CCIS L1-047 (Presentation)

 Scott Baker – Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center

Using analytics to determine action, affect change, and measure success

8:30 – 9:00 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Robert Brennan – University of Alberta

In with the New; Out with the Old — How to decommission legacy IT systems

8:30 – 9:00 : CCIS 1-440

 Ben Schmidt – Carleton University

Introduction to a class-based online writing environment: GWrit (Game of Writing)

8:30 – 9:00 : CCIS L1-140 (Presentation)

 Jinman Zhang – University of Alberta

8:50

Four-wave mixing in plasma at ultra-high laser intensity

8:50 – 9:10 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian (Presentation)

 Catherine Lefebvre – Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

9:05

IT-by-Mastercard vs Slow and Unwieldy Process: Finding the Right Speed

9:05 – 9:35 : CCIS L1-160

 Simon Collier – University of Alberta

Seeing Networks Change

9:05 – 9:35 : CCIS 1-140

 Martin Krzywinski – Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center

The SFU Data Hub: Exposing SFU’s data to the community with APIs

9:05 – 9:35 : CCIS L2-190 (Presentation)

 Steve Hillman – Simon Fraser University

Macs in the Enterprise

9:05 – 9:35 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Wade Wesolowsky – University of Alberta

9:10

Revealing ion exchange mechanisms in Nav1.5 channel using steered molecular dynamics simulations

9:10 – 9:30 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Aravindhan Ganesan – University of Alberta

9:35

Nutrition Break – Hosted by all Bronze Sponsors

9:35 – 9:50 : CCIS 2 locations

9:50

What is game studies and how might ARC / HPC resources aid it?

9:50 – 10:20 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 Astrid Ensslin – University of Alberta

Large Data Transfers on Shared Wide-Area Networks

9:50 – 10:10 : CCIS 1-140 (Presentation)

 Hamidreza Anvari – University of Alberta

Guiding selective breeding in honey bees using protein biomarkers

9:50 – 10:20 : CCIS L1-047 (Presentation)

 Leonard Foster – University of British Columbia

Let’s Deal with Trust Issues: Building an IT Framework that Optimizes Collaboration while Protecting User Data

9:50 – 10:20 : CCIS 1-430 (Presentation)

 Randy Jones – CANARIE

Supporting iDevices in the Workplace – a Community Centered Approach

9:50 – 10:20 : CCIS L2-190

 Melissa Manocchio – Carleton University

Technology-Enabled Recruitment and Retention

9:50 – 10:20 : CCIS 1-440

 Kerri Michalczuk – Athabasca University

Terminating Tediousness: iPeer Technical Demo

9:50 – 10:20 : CCIS L1-140 (Presentation)

 Sherman Lai – University of Alberta

10:10

A Parallel Data Stream Layer for Large Data Transfers in WANs

10:10 – 10:30 : CCIS 1-140 (Presentation)

 Nooshin Eghbal – University of Alberta

10:20

Supporting Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

10:20 – 10:50 : CCIS 1-160, room sponsored by Obsidian

 John Simpson – Compute Canada

10:25

Deploying WordPress on an OpenStack VM by Executing a Single Command

10:25 – 10:55 : CCIS L1-047 (Presentation)

 Brent Gawryluik – University of British Columbia

Business Needs Come First

10:25 – 10:55 : CCIS 1-440 (Presentation)

 Brad Hannah – Queen’s University

“Actual” Strategy: Shaping Digital Strategy by Letting Go of Control

10:25 – 10:55 : CCIS L1-140

 Lejjy Gafour – University of Alberta

Mobile Devices are the New PCs – How are you Managing Yours?

10:25 – 10:55 : CCIS L2-190

 Melissa Manocchio – Carleton University

10:30

Mitigating Routing Inefficiencies to Cloud-Storage Providers: A Case Study

10:30 – 10:50 : CCIS 1-140

 Soham Sinha – University of Alberta

10:55

Coffee Break – Hosted by all Bronze Sponsors

10:55 – 11:10 : CCIS 2 locations

11:10

How 3D Printing is Reshaping the Future for Canadians – Sponsored by Tribal

11:10 – 12:10 : CCIS 1-430

 Julielynn Wong – Director, Centre for Innovative Technologies and Public Health

Closing Ceremony – Sponsored by IBM

12:10 – 12:30 : CCIS 1-430

12:30

Wrap-up BBQ – Sponsored by IBM

12:30 – 13:30 : UofA Main Quad (outside CCIS)