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Monthly CIRC Symposia

Every third Friday of the month, the Center for Integrated Research Computing hosts a research symposium (known as the CIRC Symposium), where faculty, staff, and student researchers convene to learn about research projects utilizing the center's resources, meet potential collaborators, and learn about new technologies and trends in research computing. This event is user-driven and features presentations by researchers using CIRC systems. CIRC Symposia are open to all members of the university community and a complimentary lunch is provided.

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) hosted a symposium on Friday, November 19th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT over Zoom. The featured speaker was Brian Keane from the Department of Psychiatry. Please see the title and abstract below.

Brain Network Mechanisms of Visual Shape Completion: What Are They and What Can They Tell Us About Schizo-Bipolar Illnesses?
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Neuroscience
Center for Visual Science

Visual shape completion is a fundamental process that represents object shape, size, and number from edge information strewn across the field of view. In the first part of this talk, I discuss how novel computational methods have advanced our understanding of the cortical regions, networks, and functional connections that underpin shape completion in healthy adults. I provide evidence that shape completion relies upon a sparse but densely interconnected network coalition that is centered in the secondary visual network, coordinated by the dorsal attention network, and inclusive of at least two other functional networks. I then present preliminary data from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients, who are known to abnormally process completed shapes. These data suggest that atypical dorsal attention modulations plausibly contribute to abnormal shape completion in schizophrenia, perhaps as a result of reduced feedback into secondary visual areas. These modulations can predict a patient’s position along the schizo-bipolar spectrum and are associated with cognitive disorganization, a cardinal feature of schizophrenia. These results suggest that brain-based interventions targeting the dorsal attention network hold promise for improving shape completion, and perhaps other visuo-cognitive deficits, in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Information about previous CIRC Symposia is available.

CIRC Workshops

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) provided an online workshop for learning the BlueHive computing environment on Friday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT over Zoom. The morning sessions were targeted for new and beginning users, and the afternoon sessions covered a few more in-depth topics and new tools and applications that are available for the research community.

Check again soon for an announcement about the next workshop!

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CIRC Summer School

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Every summer, CIRC hosts a five-week training session on various operating systems, programming languages, computational programs and libraries, and data analytics tools for the research community. Known as the "CIRC Summer School,” these workshops are broken down into individual topics and feature small, interactive, classroom-based instruction sessions. Topics range from basic training in Linux to optimizing codes for parallel computing. The courses are designed for beginner and advanced users alike. Extra emphasis is placed on using the various available languages, libraries, etc., specifically on BlueHive.

Check again soon for an announcement about the next CIRC Summer School!

CIRC Winter Boot Camp

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to program or add a new programming language to your existing knowledge? Have you been looking for the right time to pick up a few essential technical computing skills to help with your research projects or course work? Well, now you have the opportunity during the CIRC Winter Boot Camp!

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) hosts a multi-week winter program to help students, postdocs, research staff, and faculty learn new programming languages and sharpen their computing and data analytics skills. The classes are designed for beginners and cover basic topics to give enough direction to move on to self-learning tutorials or other more advanced coursework.

Annual CIRC Poster Session

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The Center for Integrated Research Computing holds the Annual CIRC Poster Session at the end of each Spring semester. At this event, attendees discover the wide range of research that is enabled by computation and displayed to the University community. This event provides an informal venue to share computational and data analytics techniques and methodologies with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines.

Check again later for an announcement about the next CIRC Poster Session!