CRAY Colloquium: Digital Transformations of Cleanrooms in Academic Scientific Environments

The computer science colloquium takes place on Mondays from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. This week's speaker, Klara Nahrstedt (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), will be giving a talk titled "Digital Transformations of Cleanrooms in Academic Scientific Environments".


Computer science and engineering made tremendous advances to enable digital transformations in many domains via computing technologies such as data processing and management, Internet of Things (IoT) systems, wired and wireless networks, machine-learning and multi-modal analytics, and others.

These computing advances are coming now to academic scientific environments, used in physical and life sciences, enabling digital transformations not seen before. These digital transformations are and will enable speed-up of materials discovery, shortening the span between materials discovery and their usage in device, circuit and computer architectures development, and other scientific discoveries on our campuses. However, it is a non-trivial task to achieve these digital transformations in academic environments in comparison to industrial scientific environments due to highly diverse groups who work in academic cleanrooms, heterogeneous scientific equipment spanning very different lifespans, and major cost and other resource constraints. In this talk, I will discuss the challenges of academic cleanrooms and the diversity of computing technologies that can and are contributing to the digital transformations in the cleanrooms and other academic scientific environments. I will discuss dealing with data acquisitions, processing, and management from diverse microscopes, and handling older scientific instruments and their security concerns. Furthermore, I will present IoT systems that enable access to much finer granularity of state information in cleanrooms to the scientists and lab managers when it comes to micro-climate information, maintenance information of scientific instruments, and visualization of anomaly and alert
information in case of failures.  


Klara Nahrstedt is the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering Professor in the Computer Science Department, and Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are directed toward multimedia systems and networks, immersive computing, Quality of Service (QoS), Quality of Experience (QoE), resource management, and Internet of Things in critical cyber-physical systems. She is the co- author of widely used multimedia books `Multimedia: Computing, Communications, and Applications’, published by Prentice Hall, and ‘Multimedia Systems’ published by Springer Verlag. She is the recipient of the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements, University Scholar, Humboldt Research Award, IEEE Computer Society and ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Awards, and the former chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Multimedia. She served as the general co-chair of ACM Multimedia, IEEE Percom, IEEE SmartGridComm, ACM/IEEE IOTDI, IEEE SECON, and other venues. Klara Nahrstedt received her Diploma in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 1985. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is ACM, IEEE and AAAS Fellow, Member of the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences, and Member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Start date
Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, 11:15 a.m.
End date
Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, 12:15 p.m.