Supercomputer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Symposium on High-Performance Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences

 


 

SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT

High-Performance Computer Applications
in the Behavioral Sciences

May 10-12, 1996

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute hosted a symposium on High-Performance Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences. This symposium followed up the 1985 Advanced Computing for Psychology Conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation which examined the increasing importance of high-performance computers and workstation clusters in the behavioral sciences.

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Program:

Representative topics included: computer intensive simulation methods, virtual reality, human factor, neural networks, information processing, large data handling, perception and vision research, and graphic visualization in behavioral sciences. The symposium began at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and ended at noon on Sunday, May 12.

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Invited speakers and the titles of their talks include:

 

Albert F. Anderson, University of Michigan,
"Application of High-Performance Computing to the Management of Social Science and Demographic Data"
James A. Anderson, Brown University,
"By Computing Faster Do I Understand Better?
James E. Cutting, Cornell University,
"How The Eye Measures Reality and Virtual Reality"
Richard M. Golden, University of Texas at Dallas,
"Markov Random Fields for Text Knowledge Schema Modeling"
Mary Kaiser, NASA Ames Research Center,
"Downsizing Visualization Platforms: From Crays to Indigos and Beyond"
Daniel J. Kersten, University of Minnesota,
"3D Computer Graphics Provides Tools to Understand Visual Perception"
Jeffrey B. Mulligan, NASA Ames Research Center,
"Software Processing of Video Images for Eye-Movement Tracking"
Jim Ramsay, McGill University,
"Customized Smoothers and Function Estimators"
David Rumelhart, Stanford University,
"To be announced"
Richard M. Shiffrin, Indiana University,
"Computational Approaches to Multiparameter Behavioral Modeling"
Sam Williamson, New York University,
"Generalized Inverse Computations for Electric and Magnetic Source Images of Human Brain Function"

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Symposium Goals:

 

  1. provide an opportunity to showcase research by current users of high-performance computers and workstation clusters
  2. to facilitate interactions among researchers whose research questions require solving complex mathematical models, involve iterations, or massive graphic information
  3. to inform researchers in the area of high-performance computer techniques
  4. to serve as a forum for discussion of high-performance computing and other future computing environments for behavioral scientists

The proceedings for the invited papers will be available as a special issue of Behavioral Research, Instrumentation Methods and Computers (BRIMC) in early 1997.

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Conference site:

The symposium was held at the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, located on the west bank of the Minneapolis campus about 12 miles from the Minneapolis International Airport. The Supercomputing Institute is an interdisciplinary academic research institute at the University of Minnesota located in the Supercomputer Center Building.

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Sponsoring organizations:

 

  • University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
  • Federation of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Psychological Sciences

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Organizing Committee:

Lynne K. Edwards
Department of Educational Psychology and Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (ledwards@msi.umn.edu; Tel: 612-624-8381; Fax: 612-624-8861.)

Stephen W. Link,
Federation of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Psychological Sciences, Washington, D. C.

Cynthia H. Null
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

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Symposium on
High-Performance Computer Applications in theBehavioral Sciences

Sponsors: University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and College of Education and Human Development
Federation of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Psychological Sciences
Dates: May 10-12, 1996
Conference Site: Supercomputing Institute
1200 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Organizing committee: Lynne Edwards (University of Minnesota),
Stephen W. Link (Federation of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Psychological Sciences)
Cynthia Null (NASA Ames Research Center)

 


 

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Friday afternoon, May 10, 1996

1:00 - 3:00 Overview of high performance computing environments for the behavioral scientists (Cray, IBM, and SGI)
3:00 - 4:30 Tour of MSC Inc. (including viewing of Cray C90, Cray-2, Cray X-MP, and Cray T3D), Army High-Performance Computing Research Center graphic laboratory, and of IBM Cluster Project
6:00 - 8:00 Reception (Burton Hall Atrium located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus of the University of Minnesota)

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Saturday morning, May 11, 1996

8:45 - 9:00 Welcoming and introductory remarks
Donald G. Truhlar, Director, Supercomputing Institute
Lynne K. Edwards, Educational Psychology and Supercomputing Institute

Session 1 - Chair: Stephen Link (Federation of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Psychological Sciences)

9:00 - 9:50 Richard M. Shiffrin (Indiana University)
"Computational Approaches to Multiparameter Behavioral Modeling"
9:50 - 10:40 Richard Golden (University of Texas at Dallas)
"Markov Random Fields for Text Knowledge Schema Modeling"
10:40 - 10:55 coffee break

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Saturday afternoon, May 11, 1996

Session 2 - Chair: Albert Yonas (University of Minnesota)

10:55 - 11:45 James Cutting (Cornell)
"How the Eye Measures Reality and Virtual Reality"
11:45 - 12:35 Daniel Kersten (University of Minnesota)
"3D Computer Graphics Provides Tools to Understand Visual Perception"
12:35 - 1:35 lunch break (box lunch included in the registration free)

Session 3 - Chair: Cynthia Null (NASA, Ames)

1:35 - 2:25 Mary Kaiser (NASA, Ames)
"Downsizing Visualization Platforms: From Crays to Indigos and Beyond"
2:25 - 3:15 Jeffrey Mulligan (NASA, Ames)
"Software processing of video images for eye-movement tracking"
3:15 - 3:30 coffee break

Session 4 - Chair: Jay Samuels (University of Minnesota)

3:30 - 4:25 Sam Williamson (New York University)
"Electric and Magnetic Source Images of Human Brain Functions"
4:25 - 5:15 James Anderson (Brown University)
"If we compute faster, do we understand better?"
7:00 - 9:00 Banquet on the 50th floor of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis (included in full registration; $45 additional for reduced registration)

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Sunday morning, May 12, 1996

Session 5 - Chair: Mark Davison (University of Minnesota)

9:00 - 9:50 Albert Anderson (University of Michigan)
"Application of High Performance Computing to the Management of Social Science and Demographic Data"
9:50 - 10:40 James Ramsay (McGill University)
"Customized Smoothers and Function Estimators"
10:40 - 10:55 coffee break
10:55 - 11:45 Patrick Suppes (Stanford University)
"Problems and Prospects for Future Behavioral Science Computing"
11:45 - 12:00 Closing

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Addresses:

 

Supercomputing Institute: 1200 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Tel: (612) 625-1818
Holiday Inn Metrodome: 1500 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Tel: (612) 333-4646

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