US/India Workshop on Virtual Institutes for Computational and Data-Enabled Science & Engineering

Co-located with the 18th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2011) -

Dates: December 21 - 22, 2011
Venue: Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru (Bangalore) -


Massive and complex data are here to stay, and as the NSF Director said, "this is the era of data and observation." Research and education in converting massive data in to useful knowledge are key to future discoveries, innovation and economic development. Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) is now clearly recognizable as a distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, core science and engineering disciplines. It is dedicated to the development and use of computational methods and data mining and management systems to enable scientific discovery and engineering innovation. CDS&E has become an increasingly important dimension of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education, and current and planned investments at NSF (e.g., CIF21) and India in CDS&E make this an opportune time to foster and nurture collaborations among CDS&E researchers towards addressing common challenges that can have a significant global societal impact.


The immediate objective of this workshop is to explore opportunities for synergy and collaboration in the area of CDS&E. The longer term goal to establish a virtual institute that will provide a hub of excellence in CDS&E and catalyze new thinking, paradigms, and practices in STEM research and education.

The primary objective of Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) is to facilitate collaboration between scientists and engineers from various countries. SAVI will build on relationships initiated via National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported teams of researchers, research institutes and universities. These institutes serve as research hubs where new ideas originate, multidisciplinary research is fostered, and online courses and other professional activities are developed. SAVI will provide a mechanism for US research communities and their international partners to build long-term collaboration in STEM.

Tentative Program

Day 1 (12/21/11) - (Room: Lalit 1)

10:00 - 10:30:Opening
10:30 - 11:30:Presentations by Dr. Naveen Vasistha (DST) and Dr. Edward Seidel (NSF/MPS) - Vision and Goal of US-India Virtual Institutes
11:30 - 12:30:Panel I - Cyberinfrastructure
Moderators: R. Govindarajan (IISc, India), Manish Parashar (Rutgers, USA)
Panelists: Srinivas Aluru (IITB, USA), Peter Arzberger (UCSD, US), S. Balasubramanian (JNCASR, India), Rahul Pandit (IISc, India),
John Towns (NCSA, USA)
12:30 - 1:30:Lunch
1:30 - 2:30: Panel II - Computational Mathematics & Statistics
Moderator: Bimal Roy (ISI, India)
Panelists: Srinivas Bhogle (TEOCO, India), Vivek Borkar (IIT Bombay, India), Dinesh Kaushik (KAUST, SA),
Richard De Veaux (Williams College, USA)
2:30 - 3:30: Panel III - Realizing a US-India Virtual Institute - Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Sastry Pantula (NSF/MPS, USA)
Panelists: Gabrielle Allen (NSF/OCI), Ed Seidel (NSF/MPS), N. Balakrishnan (IISc), Dr. Naveen Vasistha (DST)
3:30 - 4:00:Break
4:00 - 5:00: Panel IV - Data-Intensive Computing & Astrophysics
Moderator: Gabrielle Allen (NSF/OCI, USA)
Panelists: Patrick Brady (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA), Jogesh Babu (PSU, USA), Md Nayimuddin (Univ. of Delhi, India),
Sanjit (Univ. of Pune, India)
5:00 - 6:00:Discussions
6:00 - 8:30:Reception

Day 2 (12/22/11) - Closed

9:00 - 9:30:Opening
9:30 - 11:00:Report out from the panels and discussions
11:00 - 11:30:Break
11:30 - 1:00:Discussion about next steps
1:00 - 2:00:Lunch



For traveling and local information and lodging details please see the HiPC website at


US Coordinator:

Manish Parashar, Rutgers University (RU)

India Coordinators:

R. Govindarajan, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Govindan Rangarjan, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Bala Iyer, Raman Research Institute (RRI)
Anand Sengupta, University of Delhi

US NSF Contacts::

Sastry Pantula, MPS/DMS
Gabrielle Allen, OD/OCI


National Science Foundation