Guest author: Dr Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science), UK
Following the success of the first conference of Research Software Engineers (RSE), the second conference will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry at Manchester on the 7th-8th September 2017. RSE2017 is not a standard academic conference! We welcome researchers, but we also want to hear from people who may not typically attend conferences. It’s a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the RSE community.
The conference is open to all people who have an interesting take on research software development:
- Researchers at any career stage who develop software for research purposes
- Software developers working in a research context, whatever their job title or department
- People from any organisation that provide tools, platforms or services of interest to RSEs
We’re aiming for a well-balanced programme that includes talks from a wide variety of perspectives to reflect the diversity of the community and it’s activities. Having participants from minorities in our community – for example, women, people of non-European descent, people with disabilities – is vital and needed now more than ever.
RSE conference organizers are actively seeking to increase the diversity of attendees and speakers through the calls for proposals and via other open submission processes. We are seeking suitable representatives to address the gender imbalance, thus speakers from underrepresented backgrounds and at early career stages are highly encouraged to submit an application.
Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:
- Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs by sending an email to the RSE conference committee.
- Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster.
- Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization.
- Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision.
- Review our code of conduct and let us know how we can improve it for next year.
This year we are expecting a lively, international mix of over 200 attendees. We are now announcing the opening of the calls for talks, posters, workshops and tutorials. The deadline is Friday 28th April, with an early deadline of Friday 7th April for those who want to apply for £250 travel bursaries.
Dr Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh is a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer in Massive Scale Complex Systems Simulation with Accelerated Computing at University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science), UK . She works in the area of complex system modelling using emerging high performance parallel architectures and her speciality is in performance acceleration targeting Many-core and Multi-core architectures. Currently, she is developing the FLAMEGPU software framework which allows complex systems modelling on GPU architectures.
Previously, she worked on accelerating logic gate circuit simulation targeting heterogeneous architectures that involved optimising simulation algorithms and applying them to various parallel architectures (SIMD enabled machines, clusters, and GPUs).
Personal Website: mkchimeh.staff.shef.ac.uk
The Department of Computer Science, within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, was established in 1982 and has since attained an international reputation for its research and teaching. Currently there are over 100 members of staff in Computer Science, including 35 Academics. The Department has consistently rated highly in UK national research assessment exercises.