The cross-disciplinary 2008 Microsoft eScience workshop being held in partnership with Indiana University at the  University Place Conference Center & Hotel at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis is expected bring together scientists from different research disciplines to share their research and experiences of how computing is shaping their work and to provide new insights into facilitating scientific discovery. The focus of this workshop, being held in conjunction with the Fourth Annual IEEE eScience Conference, is on discussion of the computing technologies that enable scalable solutions to scientific grand challenges.

The theme this year is “Accelerating time to discovery” and the organizers are looking for brief 1-2 page position papers from academics that are developing tools and technologies that facilitate scientific research. Also new this year will be some tutorials on Microsoft technologies that we believe can assist academics. 

The 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop invites contributions from all areas of eScience and e-Research including:

  • Computational enablement of scientific research in life sciences, biomedical computing, environment, energy, and other areas of scientific grand challenges
  • Knowledge discovery and merging datasets
  • Large-scale science data analysis, mining, and visualization
  • High-performance computing in science
  • Dissemination of scientific literature/results, the curation of data, and the finding/sharing of research
  • Scientific sensors and data-gathering tools and technologies
  • Collaboration and workflow tools and technologies

The Program Committee:

Previous Workshop Outcomes
Last years’ eScience workshop at The Renaissance Computing Institute, Chapel Hill, North Carolina attracted approximately 260 eScience researchers. Over 50 presentations and 100 posters showcased computational facilitation of reference disciplines as diverse as astronomy, malaria, and the use of GPUs for scientific computation (http://research.microsoft.com/workshops/escience2007/). Feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive, and the event also served as a venue for Microsoft groups to meet with researchers and discuss future collaborations.

Email esci2008@microsoft.com for additional information.