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2011 eScience in Action Workshop

December 5–8, 2011 | Stockholm, Sweden

Microsoft and IEEE to Co-Locate eScience Events

Stockholm, SwedenStockholm, SwedenThe Microsoft Research 2011 eScience Workshop was co-located with the IEEE International Conference on e-Science in Stockholm, Sweden, December 5 to 8, 2011. The theme of the 2011 workshop was eScience in Action. In addition to sessions on a variety of topics, we announced the winner of the Microsoft Research 2011 Jim Gray eScience Award at the workshop. Microsoft Research bestows this annual award on a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of data-intensive computing.

Jim Gray eScience Award Winners Announced

Mark Abbott was announced as the winner of the 2011 Jim Gray eScience Award at this year's eScience workshop. Dean and professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, Mark is also serving a six-year term on the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation and provides scientific advice to the White House and to Congress. His career-long work has contributed to integrating biological and physical science, early innovations in data-intensive science, and educational leadership.

Also honored this year was Alex Szalay, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University. Alex was publicly recognized by Microsoft Research Corporate Vice President Tony Hey in 2007, but the award ceremony was put on hold when Jim Gray disappeared at sea. This year, Alex received the 2007 award for his foundational contributions to interdisciplinary advances in the field of astronomy and groundbreaking work with Jim Gray. Read the blog about the winners.

eScience in Action

For years, multidisciplinary researchers have been employing computational innovations to advance investigations in the sciences. New developments in the world of computation have changed the landscape and offer new capabilities to scientists interested in increasing their ability to process and understand huge amounts of data. Increasingly, information is stored in the cloud rather than locally, scientists are looking at new ways to interact with data, and computational advantages are being applied to an ever wider range of disciplines. Workshop topics will include:

  • eScience in the Cloud
  • New Advances in Digital Humanities
  • Semantics in Action
  • Environmental Informatics
  • Is NUI Natural for Scientists?

About the Workshop

Stockholm City Conference CenterStockholm City Conference CenterEach year, 150 top researchers join with Microsoft Research to examine the successes and opportunities for research in the field of data-intensive science. The goal of this eighth annual cross-disciplinary workshop is to bring together scientists from diverse disciplines to share their research and discuss how computing is transforming their work. The event will also include the presentation of the fourth annual Jim Gray eScience Award to a researcher who has made an especially significant contribution to the field of data-intensive computing.

Tony Hey, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research ConnectionsPrimary support for the workshop is provided by Microsoft Research Connections, headed by Corporate Vice President Tony Hey.