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2008 Access Grid Retreat

The 2008 Access Grid (AG) Retreat was held May 28-30, 2008 at IRMACS Centre at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Access Grid Retreat is an annual event involving users, developers, and researchers concerned with the Access Grid software and with collaboration research. The Retreat Program typically includes presentations suitable for people at all levels of technical understanding, from first time users to developers to researchers in collaborative technology and streaming media.

The Access Grid Retreat is an ideal environment for the AG community to share recent experiences and research findings, to present ideas for future AG technical directions, and to train and educate AG newcomers. Two tracks of sessions allow participants to focus on either AG technical issues or activities related to AG operations. This annual meeting will not be broadcast over the Access Grid, but, as with past retreats, will focus on bringing the global community together with face-to-face discussions on topics ranging from AG collaboration experiences to node installation and troubleshooting to AG development directions.


 

View of Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Program

Pierre Boulanger, Director of the Advanced Man-Machine Interface Laboratory at the University of Alberta, delivered the keynote address.

The Retreat Program is available here. Abstracts and slides are available here.

The Retreat Reception will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 28, in the IRMACS Atrium (map), from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

The Retreat Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 29, at The Diamond Alumni Centre at Simon Fraser University, from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Registration

Registration for the 2008 Access Grid Retreat is organized through the University of Chicago. Note that space is limited and, therefore, that early registration is recommended. To register, fill out this form and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions about registration (e.g., need a copy of your receipt), please contact Esleen Fultz at 773-834-6813.

Lodging

Lodging for the Retreat has been arranged at Simon Fraser University, just a short walk from the IRMACS meeting facilities. Contact Simon Fraser University at 778.782.4503 to make reservations, and tell them you're with the Access Grid Retreat, or click here to book your reservation online. Please make your arrangements with the hotel by April 15, 2008; the group rate may not be available beyond that date. A map of the hotel area is available here.

Update: The on-campus lodging is full. A block of rooms has been held at Executive Plaza Hotel - Coquitlam. Reservations can be made by phone only. Call 1.888.388.3932 or 1.604.937.4577. Be sure to specify "IRMACS". Please note that the special room rate will be held until May 15, 2008.

Public transit on and off Burnaby Mountain is good and buses run frequently. Schedules, SkyTrain Maps and Bus Routes are available from the Translink Website. The SFU Transit Exchange (main bus stop) is walking distance from The IRMACS Centre where the conference is taking place.

Call for Participation

The Access Grid Retreat is an annual event involving users, developers, and researchers concerned with the Access Grid software and with collaboration research. The Retreat Program typically includes presentations suitable for people at all levels of technical understanding, from first time users to developers to researchers in collaborative technology and streaming media. More information about the current and past Retreats is available at www.accessgrid.org/events. For more information about the Access Grid, please visit www.accessgrid.org.

Speakers are encouraged to present in all areas related to the Access Grid and collaboration research, including but not limited to the following:

Innovative uses of the Access Grid
Regional collaborations
Collaboration in particular domains
(medicine, science, education, etc.)
Remote access to instruments (scientific or otherwise)
Research and Development
Access Grid core
Shared Applications
Streaming Media
Multicast networking, monitoring, bridging
Security
Scheduling
Meeting Archiving
Human-Computer Interaction

How to Submit Proposals

Speakers are requested to submit extended abstracts of no more than 1000 words, not including figures or references; PDF format is preferred. Speakers should define their interest in submitting a proposed panel discussion (including title and proposed speakers), or an individual presentation (including title). Abstracts should be written so as to be self-contained and to provide the technical substance required for the program committee to evaluate the presenter's contribution, and to provide sufficient detail for the program. Presentations including live demonstrations, for example introducing a new shared application or service, must list the hardware and network requirements necessary for the demonstration.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, April 25, 2008. Please submit to agr2008@accessgrid.org.

Speakers will be selected by Friday, May 2, 2008. Confirmations will be sent via email.

 

Program Committee

Michael E. Papka, Argonne National Laboratory / University of Chicago

Thomas D. Uram, Argonne National Laboratory / University of Chicago

Brian Corrie, Simon Fraser University

Christoph Willing, University of Queensland

Cindy Sievers, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ivan Judson, Montana State University

Piers O'Hanlon, University College London

Gurcharan Khanna, Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Mail to the Program Committee should be directed to agr2008@accessgrid.org

 

 

Sponsors

 

Futures Laboratory,
Argonne National Laboratory


University of Chicago

 

 

IRMACS Centre,
Simon Fraser University

 

 

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