2021 DesignSafe Academy

July 26-30, 2021 | 10:00am - 5:00pm CT

About the Academy

DesignSafe Academy (DSA) will enable undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs working on natural hazards to use DesignSafe in new and innovative ways. The DSA allows researchers to work closely with TACC staff to enable their workflows and learn about exciting advancements in artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and data analysis facilitated by DesignSafe.

The main goal of the DSA is to introduce the different elements of the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure for research in natural hazards. DSA will include hands-on training on several real-world case studies.

Organization of the Academy

The academy will be held online on July 26-30, 2021. It will include regular lectures followed by hands-on training and discussion sessions. You will have the opportunity to explore case studies in hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes and interact with experts.

The academy will cover these main topics:

  • Jupyter notebooks for research
  • Accessing and publishing research data on DesignSafe
  • Utilizing ML and AI using DesignSafe resources
  • Deploying high-performance computing applications through DesignSafe
  • Case studies

The academy will culminate in a hackathon, where you will incorporate DesignSafe components into your natural hazards research. You will also have the opportunity to develop new workflows for your research with support from TACC staff, potentially to be deployed on DesignSafe for broader use in the natural hazards community.

Course Registration and Platform

You must register your interest to attend the DSA before May 14, 2021.

The course will use Python as the main programming language. It is expected that participants will have some basic programming experience. If you are familiar with other languages such as MATLAB or Java, refresh your Python knowledge by following Google’s Python course. DSA Lectures will be offered through the DesignSafe Zoom platform. The course is free of charge for DesignSafe members.

Accepted participants for the DSA will be informed by end of May.

Academy Application