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What is RTD?

The Research and Technology Development conference is an all encompassing event for researchers, students, and academics who are involved with research and technology. It's about networking, learning about technologies, developing new skills in our workshops, and meeting new people who may, or may not, have the same interests as you. RTD is a blowout party, it's thoughtful discussion, and it puts you in a place to ponder "what if..." This year's RTD event will be the biggest ever, with more take-away skills, more talented researchers and students coming together, and more of what makes the technology and research community great. Join us. Learn something new. Contribute. Share. Be part of what you want our world to become.

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Travel Reimbursement

The Midwest Big Data Hub is sponsoring up to $250 in travel support for up to eight attendees who will present in the Research Data Issues Lightning Round session. Talks should focus on issues with the data they have used in their academic pursuits.  Applicants should provide a single paragraph description of their five-minute talk using the link below.
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Support is intended for early career researchers including undergraduates, graduate students, and tenure track faculty.

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling with Drones

Aerial views from unmanned aircraft are the gee-whiz moments that attract thousands of enthusiasts to purchase consumer-grade models. But what are the advanced maneuvers that can turn an amateur-looking video into cinematography? Learn the skilled flight techniques used by professional videographers at news organizations and media companies that make the most of this emerging new visual tool. Present by Richard Shaw of the Missouri Drone Journalism program at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Network with Peers

Who says professional development can't be fun? Meet other researchers and academics to exchange ideas at our famous evening social. Enjoy drinks, great food, live music, and don't forget the fireworks!

Puppeting the Cluster

Puppet/Razor is a popular configuration management and provisioning system that is making inroads into the HPC and academic computing arena. In our presentation we cover the basics of configuration management, automated provisioning, and the use of Puppet and Razor in particular and how we use it at the University of Missouri to build our and manage our HPC clusters and our Linux Labs. In our workshop we cover the details of using and building a Puppet/Razor infrastructure in an interactive hands on setting with real hardware on our portable teaching cluster. Bring a test laptop of your own to reprovision and reconfigure it as a node in our demo cluster.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned: Seven Years of Crash and Burn

Dr. Keith Cunningham is research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has worked with unmanned aircraft systems since 2009. This includes diverse applications including public safety, wild fire incident command, cadastral surveying, marine biology, terrestrial ecology, pipeline & oilfield operations, geotechnical engineering, aerosol sampling, and also with drone command/control from ground controls stations. His address will provide examples of these projects, how aircraft and sensors were selected, and how automation is employed to conduct better and safer science.

Listen to Your Data

Scot Gresham-Lancaster is a composer, performer, instrument builder and educator. The focus of his research is to help people perceive data through the use of sound, called sonification. In this workshop participants will learn about using sonification and visualization to better perceive the tight relationships in arbitrary data sets. Attendees will be given several templates of pure data-extended patches that will allow them to experiment with the concept of creating their own sonifications. Interested persons are encouraged to bring CSV files of data that they are interested in sonifying. Topics to be explored will be the basic concepts of sonification and the taxonomy of its types that Gresham-Lancaster and his team have been developing.

RTD 2016 pillars

Autonomy & Acquisition

There is so much information in the world and collecting it can be a challenge or outright dangerous. We may take to the skies, seas, or land to learn about our world. Find out what it takes to create unmanned data gathering platforms, both interactively and autonomously. Learn terminology and techniques, use sensors and other technologies, and explore the world of autonomous data acquisition.

Connected  World

Connections are everywhere. Your devices connect to the internet, other devices, and the world around you. Now it’s time to connect that to you. Leverage the power of the connected world we live in to retrieve the information you need, solve problems, and change the world. Be part of the greatest new revolution in modern technology and connect your world.

Visualization & HPC

In today’s world data is important, but actually understanding that data is invaluable. High performance computing makes this possible. Learn to utilize the power of modern computing technologies to process and comprehend massive amounts of data. Visualize, share, and interact with your data beyond the screen. Understand your data, understand the world.

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