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UMBC Academic Innovation Fellow
January 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal, director of CIRC, for winning a grant from the inaugural Hrabowski Fund for Innovation Competition and being named a "UMBC Academic Innovation Fellow" by the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation. The winning entry is for The Math Gym. A team led by Nagaraj Neerchal, professor and chair of mathematics and statistics, will develop The Math Gym, which will feature "conditioning coaches" and "personal trainers" who will help students keep their foundational math skills in good working order. Moreover, the gym will promote healthy math habits among all our students, drawing a clear analogy between the regular work outs and conditioning needed to maintain both athletic and mathematical skill.


HPCF Cluster tara Places 98th in November 2012 Graph 500 List
November 13, 2012
A team of undergraduate students participating in the Summer 2012 HPC REU Site took on the research project to implement and run the Graph 500 benchmark to assess the performance of the HPCF cluster tara. This benchmark measures performance in accessing memory, as opposed to CPU performance which is emphasized in more traditional benchmarks for HPC. The submission was accepted, and tara ranked 98th on the November 2012 list. For details, see the technical report HPCF-2012-11 in our publications.

The ranking was announced at the Supercomputing 2012 conference in Salt Lake City. Pictured are (left to right) the client David Mountain, mentor Dr. Matthias Gobbert, and students Jordan Angel, Nathan Wardrip, and Amy Flores, holding the official certificate for the ranking. Not able to join them at the conference were client Richard Murphy and student Justine Heritage.



USDA Bovine Lameness Detection Success
August 8, 2012
The final report for Phase I of the lameness detection project was submitted to the USDA this week. We reported a spectacular success using custom machine learning algorithms developed by CIRC.

Consultant of the Year 2011/2012
April 16, 2012
Congratulations to Jonathan McHenry for being honored as CIRC consultant of the year!

Dr. Sinha wins University System of Maryland Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Research
April 4, 2012

This April, CIRC Collaborator Dr. Bimal Sinha won the 2012-2013 U.S.M. Board of Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. Regents' Faculty Awards publicly recognize distinguished performance on the part of faculty members. This award is the highest honor presented by the Board of Regents to exemplary faculty members. The awardees are selected by the Council of University System Faculty and submitted to the Board of Regents for approval.

i Paper by CIRC RA Alen Alexanderian in Top-25 of Journal
January 04, 2012

The paper involving CIRC RA Alen Alexanderian "An Age-Structured Model for the Spread of Epidemic Cholera:Analysis and Simulation", based on consulting work in Fall 2007 and published in Fall 2011 in the journal Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications, was listed as number 4 under the 25 most downloaded articles of this journal! The full citation of the paper is Alen Alexanderian, Matthias K. Gobbert, K. Renee Fister, Holly Gaff, Suzanne Lenhart, and Elsa Schaefer. An Age-Structured Model for the Spread of Epidemic Cholera: Analysis and Simulation. Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 3483-3498, 2011. Link to Elsevier's ScienceDirect Service for this article and preprint in PDF-format.

Special MATLAB Workshop for Graduate Students
November 11, 2011

Jonathan McHenry led a special MATLAB Workshop in ENGR 122 from 4-7pm, with tutoring support from Zana Coulibaly and Xuan Huang. A prepared demonstration of numerical computation in MATLAB, and advanced programming techniques in MATLAB were presented. In addition, Jonathan, Zana, and Xuan gave individualized tutoring and assistance.
Funding for this event was provided by the UMBC Graduate School.
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Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal Appointed Entrepreneurship Fellow
September 01, 2011

CIRC Director Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal was appointed Entrepreneurship Fellow for 2012 by the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, along with Dr. Amy Froide (History) and Dr. George Karabatis (IS). Entrepreneurship Fellows raise the profile of entrepreneurship on campus, for which Dr. Neerchal is a clear prototype with his engagement in CIRC.

Consultant of the Year 2010/2011
May 2011

Congratulations to Merve Gurlu for being honored as CIRC consultant of the year!


UMBC Hosts 5th Annual Probability and Statistics Day
April 22-23, 2011

The 5th Probability and Statistics Day was held at UMBC April 22-23. Attendees traveled from accross the country and world to participate. The event included an afternoon workshop on Friday and a conference on Saturday. The conference included student talks and posters, invited speakers, an awards ceremony, and banquet dinner. More information about the event is available at the Probability and Statistics Day webpage, hosted by CIRC.

CIRC's Elizabeth Stanwyck Defends PhD Thesis
February 25, 2011

Former CIRC RA and current CIRC staff member Elizabeth Stanwyck successfully defended her PhD thesis titled A Statistical Study of the Effects of Ambient Air Pollution on Children's Health. A reception was held after the defense.

COMSOL Workshop
February 24, 2011

This spring semester CIRC was again able to host a COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop presented by a COMSOL engineer. It provided an introduction and hands on opportunity to test out the newest version of COMSOL Multiphysics. The workshop had a good turn out with approximately 20 participants attending either the morning or afternoon sessions.

Spring 2011 Workshop Schedule
February 2, 2011

The Spring 2011 schedule of software workshops has been posted. It includes again more advanced topics in the use of the software package MATLAB as well as an introduction to popular statisitical packages such as R. These workshops are a service of CIRC in cooperation with the Division of Information Technology.

COMSOL Conference 2010 Boston
October 6-9, 2010

HPCF RA David Trott and Dr. Matthias Gobbert attended the COMSOL Conference in Boston, where they presented the paper Conducting finite element convergence studies using COMSOL 4.0. This is an example of the cross collaboration between CIRC and HPCF.

Fall 2010 Workshop Schedule
August 27, 2010

The Fall 2010 schedule of software workshops has been posted. It includes again an introduction to the most popular scientific software package MATLAB. These workshops are a service of CIRC in cooperation with the Division of Information Technology.

Dr. Nagaraj K. Neerchal Elected Fellow of the ASA
August 03, 2010

Dr. Nagaraj K. Neerchal, co-director of CIRC, was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). This honor recognizes the professional contributions of members of the ASA and is limited to one-third of one percent of the ASA membership. The photo shows him receiving the honor in a ceremony held during the Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver.

Consultants of the Year
May 7, 2010

Congratulations to Navneet Sushon and Airong Yu for being honored as CIRC consultants of the year! Both students were recognized for their accomplishments at the fifth annual CNMS Student Recognition Day.

Dr. Matthias Gobbert Wins University System Award for Mentoring
April 16, 2010
Dr. Matthias Gobbert is the recipient of the 2010 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring, in recognition of his success in using the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting, the UMBC High Performance Computing Facility, and other initiatives in leading many graduate students to their first publications. Dr. Gobbert was honored at the UMBC Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony on April 07, and the award was formally given as part of the Board of Regents meeting on April 16. The photo shows (from left to right) Board of Regents Chair Clifford M. Kendall, UMBC Provost Elliot Hirshman, Dr. Gobbert, and University System Chancellor William Brit Kirwan at the Regents meeting.

Great COMSOL Workshop
April 8, 2010

The Spring 2010 semester's COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop, presented by a COMSOL engineer and hosted by CIRC, had the best turnout ever! A total of 38 partipants attended either the morning or afternoon workshop.

Record Attendance
September 24, 2009

The Basic Programming in MATLAB workshop, one of a series of MATLAB workshops offered by CIRC, drew a record turnout this past Wednesday. Thank you to the 40+ attendees who made this workshop a huge success! We hope to see you again at future workshops.

CIRC Releases New Webpage
September 01, 2009

CIRC releases its new webpage design at www.umbc.edu/circ. The new, more flexible design features more attractive visuals and a current look tied in with UMBC's colors. The directors of CIRC thank Navneet Sushon for her tireless work on the design and its efficient implementation.