Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI)

pasi-tileThe Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) took place July 15-26, 2013, at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatamala. About 30 grad students, post-docs and faculty from across the Americas – included the US, Canada, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico – gathered to receive training on Methods in Computation-Based Discovery (CBD).The interdisciplinary group ranged from astrophysicists and computer scientists to scholars of literature and history. The goal of the PASI was to expand participants’ knowledge of high performance computing (HPC) and allow them to foster new collegial friendships that would stimulate both national and international cooperative partnerships.

The PASI was made up of lectures in the morning with hands-on labs and group brainstorming sessions in the afternoon. Classes started with foundational concepts for data science and became more specific as the Institute went on. Topics of the lectures included: Augmented Reality; Visualization; 3D Molecular Analysis, and Using Large Databases to Understand the Structure of the Universe, just to name a few. In total, 10 instructors flew to Guatemala to voluntarily share their work with the participants.

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The PASI was fully funded by the National Science Foundation, and co-organized by multiple organizations including: the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS) of the University of Illinois, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) and RedCLARA – Latin America’s largest Academic Network with more then 1200 universities. Also, the online application services were provided by National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI).

Image © James Jaurez / National University