VSCSE - Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering

Call for Sites

We are recruiting partner sites for the following 2013 Summer School courses:

  • Science Visualization Course (August 25-26, 2014)

This two-day training will cover all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. We will kick off the training with an introduction to visualization. We will follow by teaching best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets, and demonstrating a range of freely available software. We will take real world problems for which visualization is needed and take the attendees through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight.

Apply now to participate as a 2014 host site!

Each VSCSE course includes up to 20 satellite sites that partcipate in the course through high-definition video conferencing. These remote sites typically host 25 - 35 students, and are a way for the host institutions to quickly enhance their computational science and engineering capacity and community by making each course accessible to a number of people from the surrounding area. We also ask that local sites host some out-of-town students, providing a chance for students to network with people who have similar interests.

We ask that our partners provide people who can play each of the following roles to make sure each course is successful:

  • Site Coordinator: One named contact who can be responsible for logistical, recruitment, and programmatic duties associated with each course.
  • Technical Coordinator: One named technical contact who will be responsible for the audio-visual systems at your site.
  • Teaching Assistants: Up to two people who can serve as local experts to help students with questions, moderate discussion, and provide assistance with lab activities. The VSCSE will provide a modest stipend to support the efforts of the TAs.

In addition to these roles, we ask that our partner sites:

  • Provide H.323-based video conferencing facilities (preferably high definition) that can host 20-35 participants.
  • Promote the VSCSE Summer School and support the recruitment of local participants.
  • Help make arrangements for food and classroom logistics.

We will extend invitations to selected sites by the end of June. We will be selecting sites based on geographic distribution, site capacity, past registration numbers, and size of local community. In addition, we will create a balance of new and returning sites, and institutional diversity.

Questions? Contact Meags@umich.edu.

The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under award number OCI-1041313.