eScience in the Cloud 2014

April 29–30, 2014 | Redmond, WA, United States

eScience in the Cloud 

As big data is changing every domain of research, cloud computing is becoming increasingly cost effective, accessible, and user friendly. Cloud computing enables professional and citizen scientists around the world to collaborate on today’s toughest problems, by processing the best available data with high-end systems that, formerly, only the highest-funded laboratories could access. By embracing the advantages of working in “the cloud,” academics and scientists are now able to realize the vision outlined in The Fourth Paradigm: Data Intensive Scientific Discovery


The objective of the eScience in the Cloud workshop is to broaden the potential impacts of cloud computing on science by sharing learned experiences about the benefits of using cloud technology in scientific ventures. The workshop will bring together academic and Microsoft researchers as well as people building the Windows Azure cloud and data analytics tools—allowing an unprecedented exchange of ideas that will be beneficial to all.

This workshop is a follow-up to our Cloud Futures and eScience workshops and addresses key themes that encompass many research domains that use cloud technology. The sessions include panels and presentations on:

  • Impacts of the cloud on research communities
  • Streaming environmental data and urban science
  • Perspectives on data science
  • The leading edge of cloud design
  • Deriving information from data
  • Data analytics and simulation

(Speakers will be listed here soon.)

Demo sessions will display several new technologies and tools to facilitate the research process. We are also coordinating a one-day training event on April 28 that instructs researchers how to take advantage of our Windows Azure for Research program.