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SMCDC 2020 : Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences and Engineering Conference Data Challenge


When Aug 25, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020
Where Kingsport, Tennesse
Submission Deadline Jul 27, 2020
Notification Due Aug 7, 2020
Final Version Due Sep 15, 2020
Categories    scientific data challenge   data analytics   machine learning   data sciences

Call For Papers

SMCDC2020: Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences and Engineering Conference Data Challenge
Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Dates: August 25-27, 2020

General chair: Jeff Nichols, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Data Challenge chair: Suzanne Parete-Koon, ORNL
Conference organizers: Becky Verastegui and Jayson Hines, ORNL
Media and communications: Scott Jones and Elizabeth Rosenthal, ORNL

Important dates:
Data Challenge team registration: Open from March 11, 2020 to June 22, 2020

Papers due: July 27, 2020
Author notification for paper acceptance: August 7, 2020
Paper presentation: August 25-27, 2020
Camera ready paper submission: September 15, 2020

This call is for papers detailing solutions to data analytics challenges based on eminent data sets at ORNL and beyond. These data sets come from scientific simulations and instruments in physical and chemical sciences, electron microscopy, bioinformatics, neutron sources, urban development, and other areas. The challenge questions for each data set will cover multiple difficulty levels. The first question in each challenge should be suitable for a novice, with each subsequent question increasing in difficulty and the series of questions ending with an advanced/expert level challenge question. This data challenge is part of the Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences and Engineering Conference (SMC2020). The current set of data challenges are available here: http://SMC-DATACHALLENGE.ORNL.GOV.

Scientists and researchers are encouraged to compete in these analytics challenges whether they are at the beginning stages of incorporating data analytics into their workflow or data analytics experts interested in applying novel data analytics techniques to data sets of national importance. Students and professionals will compete in separate categories.

To compete in SMCDC2020, register your team and select a challenge to solve. Participants may work in teams of up to 4 people and will be required to submit a paper describing their solution. See http://SMC-DATACHALLENGE.ORNL.GOV for details about the specific analytics challenges and categories of competition.

Paper submission:
Papers should be between 6 and 8 pages in length and contain the following sections: a proposed solution to one of the data challenges, background and related work, approach and uniqueness, results, and contributions. Your code may be included as an appendix to the pdf beyond the page limit. Papers will be peer-reviewed and judged by the program committee based on how well they cover these aspects of the work. Selected contributions are planned to be published in SMC2020 proceedings in a CCIS Springer volume. A selected set of papers will be invited to extend work to full papers of 12 pages and it will be due during the camera-ready deadline.
Papers need to be formatted according to Springer’s single column style. Please use the paper templates available for LaTeX and Word ( The copyright will need to be transferred to Springer. A copyright form will be provided, which allows users to self-archive.

Papers need to be uploaded here:

Selected teams will be asked to create a 3-minute video and present a poster describing their solution at SMC2020. Teams must have one member or a proxy available to travel to Kingsport Tennessee and present their solution poster at the conference on August 26th, 2020. Support for finding a proxy presenter will be available for teams unable to send a presenter. Lodging support will be available for each team presenter. Further details and logistics will be provided at the time of selection.

Program Committee:

Barney Maccabe, ORNL (Program Committee Chair)
Gina Tourassi, ORNL
Sadaf Alam, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
Pete Beckman, Argonne National Laboratory
Greg Peterson, University of Tennessee
Victor Hazlewood, University of Tennessee
Michela Taufer, University of Tennessee
Rio Yokota, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Vivek Sarkar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jonathan Beard, ARM Research
Paul Cook, Cray
Robert Harrison, Stonybrook University
Michael Schulte, AMD
Gary Grider, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Susan Coghlan, Argonne National Laboratory
Amy Rose, ORNL
Marie Urban, ORNL
Arjun Shankar, ORNL
Suzanne Parete-Koon, ORNL
Ketan Maheshwari, ORNL
Pravallika Devineni, ORNL
Olivera Kotevska, ORNL
Dasha Herrmannova, ORNL
Anne Berres, ORNL
Srinath Ravulaparthy, ORNL
Kuldeep Kurte, ORNL
Jibonananda Sanyal, ORNL
Melissa Dumas, ORNL
Keith Gray, British Petroleum, ORNL
Max Grossman, British Petroleum, ORNL
Anar Yusifov, British Petroleum, ORNL
Ioana Danciu, ORNL
Garrett E. Granroth, ORNL
Peter F. Peterson, ORNL
Wenduo Zhou, ORNL

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