Exposition on Cyber Infrastructure and Big Data

Department of Computer Science Summer Camp

July 11 - August 13, 2015

The Department of Computer Science is hosting The Exposition on Cyber Infrastructure and Big Data to undergraduate students from Jazan University, Saudi Arabia this summer. A group of Kent State doctoral students, under the supervision of guest scientists from KSU and other institutions will engage with participating researchers in a six week immersive research and learning expedition in several big data and cyber infrastructure areas.

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Progressive Insurance Company Data Center and Training Center

Progressive Insurance, headquartered in Cleveland suburb has 25,000 employees and is the third largest auto insurance group in the USA.  In 2001, they build their Ohio corporate data center to Tier IV standards, making it one of the first in Ohio.  The project cost $8 million, paralleling Switchgear 8000 kw Generator and 3000kw UPS with over 300,000 feet of 500-750 mcm cable.


Hyland Software (creators of OnBase)

OnBase by Hyland is a leading enterprise content management software solution for businesses of all sizes.  OnBase centralizes important business content in one secure location to make it easier to capture, process, access, integrate, measure and store information. OnBase drives this content through your processes at the speed of light, working in conjunction with your other applications, and then delivers your relevant information to you when you need it, wherever you are.

Onbase Hyland

Chicago Big Data Intersections Tour

This special 90-minute walking tour investigates how data is transforming how we plan, design and build cities. At several intersections in the Loop, view digital data visualizations and hear how this information is helping designers and citizens identify patterns that affect the health and happiness of the city. You'll also see examples of historic data and hear how architects like Daniel Burnham used data as well. Chicago is alive with data. From trashcans that alert sanitation workers when they need to emptied, to sensors that monitor building energy consumption, city operations rely on a steady flow of information. ‘Big Data’ refers to the volume, velocity and variety of the digital information we generate today. From information collected by urban sensors to Tweets, never before have cities generated so much data. This special 90-minute walking tour investigates how data is transforming how we plan, design and build cities. You'll view site-specific data visualizations at intersections in the loop and hear how this information is helping designers and citizens gain insights about residents and design for the health and happiness of the city.

Chicago Big Data

Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC)

The Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) at Indiana University is the premier operational partner for many of the world’s most advanced research and education networks.  Their suite of carrier grade operations, tools, and network expertise enable the developments in science, learning, and the humanities that allow partners to solve the challenges of tomorrow, today.

Indiana University Virtualization Lab - Science on a Sphere

Indiana University is one of a select group of higher education institutions to be part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Science on a Sphere (SOS) community. SOS is a six-foot sphere illuminated by high-definition projectors and capable of displaying a wide range of data, including oceanographic, atmospheric, astronomical, political, and economic data.  Due to the extreme resolution capabilities of the IQ-Wall, it is an ideal platform for ultra-high resolution visualization research and experimentation.

Indiana SOS


Students will experience the fast changing panorama of Cleveland’s skyline and exciting Flats area as you witness the many sights and little known historical facts about the city.  The ship will pass under several bridges while in the Cuyahoga River. Some of the bridges include B & O Jackknife Bridge, Eagle Avenue Vertical Lift/ Viaduct Bridge, Center Street Swing Bridge, Hope Memorial High Level Bridge, Columbus Road Vertical Lift Bridge, “Big Four” Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge. The Narrated tour will include narration about the Lake Erie and also the Cuyahoga River, providing you with information of Cleveland, past, present, and future.

Goodtimes III Lake Tour

The camp will host one of these prominent guest lecturers, the lecture events are open to all faculty, researchers, students, staff and the community. You are all welcome to attend. 

Select attendees can also attend and interact virtually by Double Robot © telepresence.

Please contact: Jeanne Tan <jtan7@kent.edu> for reserving your robot.

July 22 and 23, Wednesday/Thursday 2:30 - 5:30pm (MSB 228)

Richard Hughes-JonesDr. Richard Hughes-Jones, Senior Network Advisor, GÉANT

GÉANT is the ultrahigh-bandwidth, high-performing communications infrastructure serving all of Europe’s research and education community. It is in the midst of several major cyber instrumentation projects for big sciences. Dr. Hughes-Jones will present Networking the Square Kilometre Array, the building of cyber-connected Square Kilometre Array Observatories (one in South Africa and another in Western Australia) and the three telescopes designed to receive signals from different frequency ranges of the radio spectrum. He will touch on the science that will be investigated, from Probing the Cosmic Dawn, to tests of General Relativity to the Cradle of Life. His second talk will be on GÉANT and Protocol Performance for moving Big Data, the talk will also cover the network and computer architecture issues and how worldwide academic networks are planning to move the astronomical data products to the user community distributed around the world. Dr. Hughes-Jones holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

July 29 and 30, Wednesday/Thursday 2:30 - 5:30pm (MSB 228)

Brian WeeDr. Brian Wee, Director of Strategic Alliances, NEON (NATIONAL ECOLOGICAL OBSERVATORY NETWORK)

NEON is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded continental-scale, cyber-enabled ecological Observatory now under construction by NEON Incorporated. NEON’s purpose is to gather and serve comprehensive open ecological data on the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on natural resources, biodiversity and major ecological processes. Dr. Wee serves as NEON’s liaison to Congress and to U.S. federal agencies. His first talk on Wednesday, Enabling Continental-Scale Ecological Forecasting, will include information about NEON’s architecture and how it enables scientists, educators and decision-makers to advance the understanding of large-scale ecological processes. Thursday’s talk, Informatics, Science and Policy frontiers on the Domestic and International Scenes, will discuss the role of the United States in environmental science and technology leadership, and the current thinking about the future of global ecological science. Dr. Wee holds a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior, a M.Sc. in computer science - artificial intelligence, and a B.Sc. in information systems and computer science.

August 5, Wednesday, 2:30 - 5:30pm (MSB 228)

Gregory DeLozierDr. Gregory DeLozier, Research Computer Scientist from PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE CORPORATION

Progressive Corporation is one of the largest auto insurance groups in the country. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Progressive deals with all spheres of data and is an intense user of enormous amounts of information. The challenge of managing data has become a focus for them and in 2001 the company built their Ohio corporate center to Tier IV standards, making it one of the first in the state. Dr. DeLozier’s presentation, Challenges of Introducing New Technology at Critical Enterprise Scale, will delve into the process of continuously introducing new technology, including big data tools, into massive enterprise environments. CIBD Camp students will have the opportunity to visit the Progressive Data Center and Research Facility. Dr. DeLozier completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Kent State University.

August 11, Tuesday, 2:30 - 5:30pm (MSB 228)

David Hudak Dr. David Hudak, Director at OHIO SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER (OSC)

The web has become the dominant access mechanism for remote computer services in every computing area except high-performance computing (HPC). Accessing HPC cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources today, either at the campus or national level, typically requires advanced knowledge of UNIX, familiarity with command-line interfaces and installation and configuration of custom client software. These additional requirements create an accessibility gap for HPC. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is a leader in CI solutions for HPC. This talk will cover two major OSC CI projects: OSC OnDemand and AweSim. OSC OnDemand is a web platform providing OSC users integrated access to HPC systems, web applications and VNC services. AweSim is a partnership between OSC, simulation and engineering experts, and industry to provide small to mid-sized manufacturers with simulation-driven design to enhance innovation and strengthen economic competitiveness. Dr. Hudak earned his graduate degrees in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

Talk date: August 12, Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00pm (MSB 228)

Dr. Ruoming Jin, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, KSU 

There is an evolving ecosystem of innovation surrounding the explosion of big data analysis and Dr. Jin is right in the middle of it.  As a big data entrepreneur, his presentation will focus on the latest developments, opportunities and challenges in big data analytics. Dr. Jin will talk about the techniques for scalable data mining, data stream processing, massive graph mining, approximate query processing and high performance computing. He will give his advice on how computer scientists should position themselves to be competitive players in this developing revolution. Dr. Jin’s research is well funded by the National Science Foundation and includes Small Business Innovation Research funds.  Ruoming Jin received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.



Hussien T. Alrakah (Lecturer, Supervisor)
Abu Iljin, Ahmed Mohammed
Al-Almaei, Naif Abdul Rahman
Alfaifi, Abdul Khaliq Hassan Y
Al-Jabri J Ahmad
Alqahtahi, Faisal Mohammed S
Alqahtani, Meshari Abdullah
Alqahtani, Mubarak Mohammed
Alshahrani, Fahad Oudah S
Altalidi, Askar Saeed
Amer, Ahmed Ali M
Amri, Khalid Hadi
Arishi, Khaled Ibrahim Mohammed 
Asiri,  Khalid Mohammed A
Bahkali, Anas Riyad 
Barakt, Ahmed Saleh 
Baydhi, Abdulrahman Mohammed
Eissa, Osamah Abdullah A
Ghazwani, Ahmed Hassan Y
Ghazwani, Mohammed Ali Salman 
Hakami, Wafi Mousa 
Hassan Mohammed Ali Hakami
Hudaysi, Amjad Yahya Q
Jabali, Mazen Mohsen A
Jabri, Yahya Mahdi A
Jalal, Abdulaziz Mohammed
Masoud, Ahmed Masoud Saad
Moafa, Abdulmalik Hassan Y
Mohammed, Khalid Saeed Ali Srhan
Otayf, Sami Ahmed M
Sairafi, Fahad Mohammed S
Shabi, Salman Ahmed Q