Black Holes, Red Square, and Blue Waters: A Symposium in Honor of Edward Seidel’s 60th Birthday

October 14th, 2017

Edward Seidel, Founder Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, has a scientific career which has impacted general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, high performance computing, scientific computing, scientific data and policy, and institutional development.

Recognizing his contributions across these disciplines and his role as a leader and mentor at the University of Illinois, Albert Einstein Institute, Louisiana State University, National Science Foundation and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and on the occasion of his 60th birthday, we invite you to a symposium that will reflect on past experiences and look forward to future trends in the areas Ed has spent his career to date advancing.

The symposium will start with an evening reception on October 13th, with a day of invited talks on October 14th followed by an evening event.


Friday October 13th

18.00 Welcome reception (Outdoor bar)
19.30 Dinner (Reserved section of dining area outside)
After dinner Informal bar in the Salón Bocchoris

Saturday October 14th

8.30 Registration
9.00 Welcome address: Alicia Sintes/Sascha Husa
9.15  Keynote: Bernard Schutz, Cardiff University

Ed at the AEI: the Glorious Challenge of Numerical Relativity

10.00 Invited talk: Miguel Alcubierre, UNAM

Gauge conditions and techniques for evolving black hole spacetimes

10.30 Coffee Break
11.00 Invited Talk: Jarek Nabryzki, University of Notre Dame

Towards Software Defined Infrastructure

11:30 Invited Talk: Pablo Laguna, Georgia Tech

Ed at NCSA Part I: The Binary Black Hole Grand Challenge Years

12.00 Invited Talk: Shantenu Jha, Rutgers University

The Science of Cyberinfrastructure and Cyberinfrastructure for Science

12.15  Invited Talk: John Towns, University of Illinois

Building Community and Community Infrastructure

12.30  Lunch (hotel dining area)
14.30  Panel Discussion
16.00  Reception with cake and cava
17.00 Open microphone. Discussion & talks. Drinks from the bar.
 19.30 Dinner 
 After dinner Retire to hotel terraces