in association with:  
University of Washington, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and The West Big Data Innovation Hub  

Welcome To RRoCCET 21
Research Running on Cloud Compute & Emerging Technologies

RRoCCET is a hub for researchers seeking to gain access to the expanded research capabilities provided by the public cloud. It is an event organized by CloudBank, a cloud access initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. This conference is a success-driven, methods-focused event hosted and attended by researchers looking for solution paths: feasible, tractable implementation plans informed by existing case studies.


RRoCCET21 will be held virtually
August 10th - 12th 2021,
9am-1:30pm PDT daily.


This event will adhere to the following
Code of Conduct.


Agenda is subject to minor changes.
Pacific time listed below.

Day 1
Tuesday, August 10
9:00 AM- 9:10 AM
Welcome and orientation
Rob Fatland
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
CloudBank Introduction, Portal Demo/Walktrough
Naomi Alterman, Shava Smallen, and 
Eric Van Dusen
10:00 AM - 10:35 AM
GCP Case Study:
Wildfire modeling with TPUs
Qing Wang (Google)
10:35 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:20 AM
Azure Case Study:
Towards Facilitating Empathic Conversations in Online Mental Health Support
Ashish Sharma (University of Washington)
11:20 AM - 11:25 AM


11:25 AM - 11:40 AM

Lightning Talks
Marine Denolle (UW): Cloud Seismology
(2) Tyson Swetnam (Univ. of Arizona): Cloud Native Science using CyVerse
(3) Jeff Albert (Univ. of Victoria): Clouds from ComputeCanada

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM
AWS Case Study:
COVID-19 Genomic Analysis
Niema Moshiri (UC San Diego)
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Open mic Q+A, break
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Azure Vendor Presentation:
The State of Research within Azure Today
Clayton Barlow (Microsoft)
Day 2
Wednesday, August 11
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
9:05 AM - 9:40 AM
AWS Case Study:
Data storage for neuroscience at a massive scale
Satra Ghosh (MIT)
9:40 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:20 AM
IBM Case Study:
SMRF: a Cloud-Based Social Media Research Framework
D Hudson Smith (Clemson Univ.)
10:20 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:05 AM
GCP Case Study:
Analysis Ready Data in the Cloud
Charles Stern (Columbia Univ.)
11:05 AM - 11:10 AM
11:10 AM - 11:25 AM

Lightning Talks
(1) Mary Thomas (UCSD): The 2020 Student Cluster Competition on Microsoft Azure
(2) Hakim Weatherspoon (Cornell): Exotanium X-Spot: Intelligent, real-time migration of software containers to optimize cloud computing resources
(3) Ariel Rokem (UW): Scaling neuroscience analysis from one brain to >2,000 with AWS Batch and Cloudknot

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM
Azure Case Study:
Privacy-preserving machine learning
Martine De Cock (University of Washington Tacoma)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Open mic Q+A, break
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
GCP Vendor Presentation:
Vertex AI
Greg Molnar (Google)​​​​​​
Day 3
Thursday, August 12
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
9:05 AM - 9:40 AM
Azure + GCP Case Study:
Generative Models for High Energy Physics simulation
Sofia Vallecorsa (CERN)
9:40 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 10:20 AM
GCP Case Study:
Studying COVID-19 Pandemic Misinformation and Protest Using Social Media Data
Michael Alvarez (Caltech)
10:20 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:05 AM
AWS Case Study:
Public transit monitoring in Baltimore
Vanessa Frias-Martinez (Univ. of Maryland)
11:05 AM - 11:10 AM
11:10 AM - 11:25 AM
IBM Vendor Presentation:
IBM Cloud Research Use Cases
Anand Singh (IBM) & James Jushchuk (IBM)
11:25 AM - 12:00 PM
Azure Case Study: HPC on Azure
Raghu Kancherla (UCF)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Open mic Q+A, break
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

AWS Vendor Presentation:
Empowering Higher Education Research through

Amazon Web services
Goutam Nistala (Amazon)

RRoCCET21 Committee



Ed Lazowska

Ed Lazowska is a Professor, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair Emeritus, in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and a Senior Data Science Fellow in the University of Washington eScience Institute.


Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone is the Executive Director of the eScience Institute. Stone handles eScience operations and planning, develops research and training programs, participates in strategic planning, and serves as the primary contact for university and industry partners, funding agencies and the public.


Rob Fatland

Rob Fatland is the UW Director of Cloud and Data Solutions. He has formerly worked at NASA and Microsoft Research and has a PhD in Geophysics.


Naomi Alterman

Naomi Alterman is the eScience Institute's Technical Education Specialist. She is a STEM education researcher and systems software hacker with a background in computer networking and electrical engineering.


Amanda Tan

Amanda Tan is a data scientist with the eScience Institute. She primarily helps researchers migrate their work to the cloud and facilitates strategies for open data access, effective data visualization and collaborative cloud-based tools.


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