Cyberinfrastructure Day 2017

Save the date! The Cyberinfrastructure Council will hold its fourth CI Day at MU at Memorial Union on Wednesday, October 4. This year’s theme is Leveraging Shared Resources for Innovation and Discovery.

CI Day fosters collaboration, networking, and collective problem-solving. Attendees will learn more about advanced computing technologies across a wide range of disciplines.

Who should attend CI Day?

CI Day is for faculty, research scientists, graduate students, post-docs, and research-support staff who use (or are interested in using) advanced computing technologies for research.

Why attend?

CI Day offers practical information on resources, services, and emerging technologies, plus expert resources. CI Day also offers the opportunity to make your CI needs known and discuss issues of concern regarding the use of advanced computing in research and MU’s cyberinfrastructure.


Registration is now open! Please register for the conference and make your FREE lunch selection. Lunch is generously being provided by Dell, Inc.  While this event is free, registration is encouraged.  Our sponsor, Dell, will provide a box lunch for those who pre-register.

Keynote Speakers

The CI Council is proud to announce the keynote speakers for this year’s CI Day:

Irene Qualters Irene Qualters
Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CISE/ACI)
National Science Foundation


Since April, 2014 Irene M. Qualters has been Director of the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at NSF. Prior to joining NSF in 2009, she had a distinguished 30-year career in industry, with executive leadership positions for research and development organizations within the technology sector. During her twenty years at Cray Research, in increasingly larger leadership roles, she participated in the development of the first commercially successful vectorizing compiler, the first multiprocessor version of Unix and Cray’s landmark massively parallel computer, the T3E. Subsequently, for six years, as Vice President, she led the Research Information Systems for Merck Research Labs (MRL). She is expert in parallel computer system architectures and in a wide variety of software from scientific applications to system software.

Mark McIntosh Mark McIntosh
UM Vice President for Research & Economic Development
MU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
Professor Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology


McIntosh serves as MU’s vice chancellor of research, graduate studies and economic development and as the UM System’s vice president for research and economic development, a joint appointment he has held since June. Dr. McIntosh began his MU career in 1981 as an assistant professor of microbiology with a specialization in bacterial genetics/genomics. He went on to serve for 15 years as chair of MU’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. McIntosh was the first director of MU’s DNA Core Facility, and in 2004 was named director of all MU core facilities, a position that involved oversight of seven additional campus technology centers: mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, electron and light microscopy, protein crystallization and x-ray diffraction, flow cytometry, and transgenic animal production. In 2008, he led a team that initiated the MU Informatics Research Core, a facility aimed at enhancing campus infrastructure and technical expertise in specific bioinformatics subdisciplines, among them genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Over the course of his career, Dr. McIntosh has successfully garnered extramural support from NSF, NIH, USDA, Cystic Fibrosis Association of Missouri, the Missouri Life Sciences Research Board, as well as industry sponsors.


October 4 (Wednesday) Memorial Union’s Stotler Lounge

Time Topic
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and CIO Update

Dr. Gary Allen, UM Vice President Information Technology & MU Chief Information Officer

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. CI Update and Introduction of CI Council Members  Keynote Introduction

Dr. Timothy Middelkoop, Director, Research Computing Support Services and Assistant Teaching Professor Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote:    NSF’s Vision, Strategy, and Support of Collaborative Cyberinfrastructure

Irene M. Qualters, Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 – 11:40 a.m. Keynote:    Stories from the Front Lines: How We Connect Researchers and Resources in Unique Ways

Dr. Mark McIntosh, UM Vice President for Research and Economic Development; and MU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development; &  Professor Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch and Linking

Speakers and CI Council members will attend a networking lunch to share their thoughts and ideas with attendees.  Dell will generously provide box lunches for pre-registered attendees

12:40 – 2:00 p.m. Cyber Threats & Protecting Intellectual Property

Ryan Ewing & Emily Hughes, FBI Special Agents

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 1. Secure High Performance Computing at Mizzou – Secure4

Susie Meloro, Business Technology Analyst, Division of IT

2. Imaging and Visualization at Mizzou

Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan, Associate Professor & Director, Immersive Visualization Lab & Coordinator, Design with Digital Media Graduate Program, Department of Architectural Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences; and Dr. Tommi White Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Director Electron Microscopy Core Research Facility

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 1. Bioinformatics at Scale

Dr. Robert Schnabel, Associate Professor of Genomics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Timothy Middelkoop, Director, Research Computing Support Services, MU

2. Digital Humanities at Mizzou

Dr. Twyla Gibson, Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and Director Digital Humanities Commons @ The Allen Institute, MU; and Anne Barker, Research & Instruction Librarian, MU Libraries

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Session

Dr. Timothy Middelkoop, Director, Research Computing Support Services

4:00 p.m. Lewis Users meeting