On a bright December morning, something was afoot in the skies over Franklinton, North Carolina. Not a plane, and certainly not a caped superhero, it was RENCI’s Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on its maiden voyage. And while not as dramatic as Wilbur and Orville’s first flight more than 100 years ago, it was nonetheless a milestone reached in the Institute’s disaster management and response research. Read more
CHAPEL HILL, December 18, 2006–The Carolina Center for Exploratory Genetic Analysis (CCEGA), will present the results of its genetics “bake-off” at a meeting Feb. 2, 2007 in the Health Science Library building on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. CCEGA is a collaborative project funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and genetics department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more
Dan Reed, director of the Renaissance Computing Institute, is among the newest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The association is honoring Reed for his “outstanding research in the field of high performance computing, exemplary professional leadership, and distinguished national service.” He becomes a fellow of the AAAS section on information, computing and communication. Read more
CHAPEL HILL, NC, November 20, 2006—Students, faculty, and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will have access to the world’s largest visual history archive beginning this month, when the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) deploys a 5.5-terabyte digital media cache of testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Read more
TAMPA, FLA, November 1, 2006—Those interested in the challenge of evaluating the performance and reliability of petascale computing systems and of developing application codes that scale effectively on these systems should plan to attend the SC06 Birds of a Feather Session “Evaluating Petascale Infrastructure Systems: Benchmarks, Models, and Applications.” The BoF will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, room 17 (please confirm the room number with signs in the convention center). Read more
TAMPA, FLA, November 1, 2006-Imagine if, in the midst of a hurricane, flood or severe storm, emergency response teams could interface with a high-resolution, near real-time computer model and determine what neighborhoods were likely to be affected, how far inland storm surges would reach, how water runoff and flooding might be impacted by development, and the safest evacuation routes based on constantly changing conditions. Read more
CHAPEL HILL, NC, October 25, 2006–The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) today announced plans to expand its reach to Western and Eastern North Carolina by opening sites in Asheville, affiliated with the University of North Carolina Asheville, and in Greenville, affiliated with East Carolina University. Read more
The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will host a panel discussion on the data needs of the bioinformatics and genetics communities at research universities in the Triangle from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. Read more
The Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC, pronounced “haystack”) will hold its first international conference April 19 – 21, 2007, in Durham, NC.
The conference, titled Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface, will be one of the culminating events of HASTAC’s In|Formation Year, which began last June and runs through May 2007. In|Formation Year events include a series of networked discussions, lectures and performances hosted by HASTAC member institutions that highlight the human and humane dimensions of advanced technology. Read more
What will it mean to be human in 2050? Environmentalists speculate that by then, the climate in central North Carolina may feel like Central Florida today. A better understanding of genetics could lead to cures for deadly diseases and new technologies could put sensors in our bodies to monitor vital signs and administer personalized doses of medicines. Read more