2014 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Lightning Talks
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AWRA Annual Conference - Call for Lightning Talks

 

Part of a four session Special Track on Thursday November 6 - "Open Water Data Initiative"

Submit proposals here: https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/AWRA2014/
Submit the following information by midnight EST Monday, October 20th, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be no later than October 27th, 2014.

  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (no longer than 200 words)
  • Names, affiliations, and contact information of presenter
  • Contact email for presenter
  • Relevant session
    • Data Access and Analytics (session #67)
    • Modeling and Integration (session #73)

Lightning talks are very short-no more than 5 minute-presentations. These research talks must be succinct in nature; they must quickly define motivation, implications and impacts of the proposed presentation. Slides (a maximum of 3: a title and two content slides) must be submitted in advance and speakers line up, in order, so that the transition between speakers is minimized. While there is no time allotted for discussion or questions during the session, a lunch and coffee break follow these sessions so that participants can connect and converse.

Each of these sessions will start with a 15 minute "vision statement" speaker followed by a series of lightning talks on the two following topic areas:

National Water Data Infrastructure Issues: Data Access and Analytics (session #67 10:00-11:30am)
Vision Statement Speaker: David Blodgett, United States Geological Survey
Development of analyses that summarize hydrologic conditions over long time periods into the past and/or future have significant data requirements. Recent advances in data availability, cloud based data services, computational capacity, and open source analytical tools have created an environment where massive advances in 'Big Data' interpretation and understanding of natural phenomenon can happen even on individual desktop computers. Lightning talks for this session should focus on recent critical advances in data provision, access, processing, and analysis.

National Water Data Infrastructure Issues: Modeling and Integration (session #73 1:00-2:30pm)
Vision Statement Speaker: Dan Ames, Brigham Young University
Environmental simulation models that operate at global to local scales for the purpose of both enhancing understanding and supporting management of natural systems continue to improve in terms of utility and accuracy. Such models and modeling tasks are facilitated through the ever growing data stores and data streams, allowing for much improved abilities to answer tough questions. These applications must solve problems to structurally combine data and semantically mediate data in order to make use of them for a common task. Lightning talk proposals for this session should highlight innovative and proven models and data integrating analysis applications.

Details:
The AWRA Technology Committee is seeking a total of 10 lightning talk presenters for each of these sessions. Lightning talks will be strictly limited to a maximum of 5 minutes speaking time and 3 slides (one title and two content slides). Graduate students are encouraged to submit talks. We also encourage 'late breaking' research or work in progress submissions. Some of the speakers may be selected to participate in an upcoming special issue of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

The lightning talk sessions will be preceded by an opening panel discussion led by Dr. David Maidment (session 60: Open Water Data - Assessment of National Priorities 8:00-9:30 am). This special track will conclude with a second panel discussion led by Jack Hampson (session 79: Open Water Data Futures 3:00-4:30pm).

Space for each session is limited. Selection is time dependent. Speakers must register for the conference in order to present a lightning talk.

Deadlines:
Submit the following information to https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/AWRA2014/ by midnight EST Monday, October 20th, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be no later than October 27th, 2014.

  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (no longer than 200 words)
  • Names, affiliations, and contact information of presenter
  • Contact email for presenter
  • Relevant session

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance no later than October 27th.

Contact:
Sandra Fox
AWRA Technology Committee Co-chair
sfox@sjrwmd.com