The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), in collaboration with The Quilt, a national consortium of research and education networks across the US, hosted the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) Principal Investigators (PI) and Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) PI Workshop in Albuquerque, NM last week. The event convened 149 participants representing 111 different institutions across the US.
This was the third annual workshop of the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) Program PIs. It was the second workshop to include the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) PIs. Building upon the success of the previous workshops, this year’s combined event emphasized the critical role of cybersecurity innovation as essential to campus, regional, and national cyberinfrastructure. At the workshop, NSF award recipients met in-person, exchanged project findings, interacted with national cyberinfrastructure experts and collaborated across project areas and project regions.
“The success of the Albuquerque 2017 PI Workshop, which builds on the past two workshops, is based on the meaningful dialogue among a diverse set of colleagues discussing the latest research, best practices and possibilities for advanced cyberinfrastructure in support of science research and education applications,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER’s president and CEO.
“The Albuquerque workshop assembled a unique set of individuals, program topics, and discussion that formed the basis for addressing challenges as well as possibilities for advanced cyberinfrastructure. New to the this year’s workshop was a smaller very successful session focused on the emerging role of the Cyberinfrastructure Engineer in supporting campus cyberinfrastructure and applications,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO of The Quilt.
The workshop promoted dialogue across a range of important and timely topics in campus networking including the larger context of campus cyberinfrastructure and cyberinfrastructure security.
The 2017 PI Workshop was again co-located with two other community meetings, the ESnet Site Coordinators Committee (ESCC) meeting and The Quilt Fall Member Meeting. The three events convened 270 participants representing 171 institutions. Joint programming with the other two co-located event participants on Oct. 3-5 provided an opportunity to develop stronger ties between campus cyberinfrastructure, network security, science driven applications and regional networks as technical and cyberinfrastructure resources.
Presentations from the workshop, which was supported by NSF grant 1745644, are available online here to provide an ongoing resource for the national community on campus cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity research and practices.