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Technology Leaders from the Research and Education Community to Convene in Washington for 2017 Internet2 Global Summit Meeting

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2017 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News

WHAT: 2017 Internet2 Global Summit

WHEN/WHERE: April 23-26, Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

DETAILS: The Internet2 Global Summit is an annual event that hosts nearly 1,000 C-level information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from higher education, government and scientific research organizations. Centered on the theme “Bringing Networks Together: Connecting People and Technology with Research and Education,” the 2017 Internet2 Global Summit will feature over 100 presentations and sessions from technology experts on the latest applied innovations and best-practices in the areas of network, trust, and cloud services.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

 

General Sessions
Noted subject-matter experts will headline three separate general sessions covering topics ranging from big data to identity practice and standards to developing the next generation of problem solvers.

Monday, April 24, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Keynote: “STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math,” Dr. Mae Jamison, physician, professor and NASA astronaut.

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Keynote: "The Changing Face/Fate of Identity,” Ian Glazer, senior director for identity, Salesforce.

Wednesday, April 26, 8:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Keynote: "Toward a National Big Data Superhighway,” Dr. Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber professor of computer science at UC San Diego.
  • Following this session, winners of this year’s Gender Diversity Awards, Richard Rose Award, and William (Brit) Kirwan Mentorship Award will be recognized on stage.

Presentations and Panels by Track Sessions

Trust and Identity: defining the scope, the strategy, and the practices.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) based Identity Federations have been operated at National Research and Education Networks for over 10 years, but is the current architecture for SAML federations outdated and in urgent need of replacement within the next 3 years? The debate will be between two panels of experts, both representing diverse viewpoints, including those of a technology expert, executive, and community user.

Diverse line-up of speakers from science, industry and High Performance Computing (HPC) centers will discuss how they envisage their ability to support the notion of a trusted, well connected third party compute center. Session will include proof-of-concept demonstrations of the presented ideas.

Best practices, regulation, and the nature of Big Data require that science data sharing platforms incorporate information about data origin and ownership. However, little attention has been granted to the real and large problems of identity, ownership, and provenance, especially in international biomedical research. This presentation reviews the integration of identity federations into the data sharing and computational bioscience environment for international research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Network Foundations for the Future: building global leadership for an advanced secure network, operating it, and expanding it.

Campus networks are strategic resources to research universities. The large and diverse constituency that depend on the modern University network requires sustained investment and planning, from Science DMZ to network virtualization, automation, dynamic provisioning, and API integration while integrating security enforcement and visibility at all layers of the network for diagnostics and compliance. This session will explore two interdependent aspects of Network Foundations for the Future: deploying a scalable architecture and building the business case through case studies at the University of Florida and the University of Massachusetts.

The Research & Education Networking Information Sharing & Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) is the computer security incident response team supporting the research & education community at-large. This session presents the annual assessment of the risks to research and education, providing technologists with a better understanding of the major threat actors, malware and malicious events, likely targets, and which safeguards provide the biggest bang-for-the-buck, commensurate to the risks.

Research and Education networks in North America and Europe have joined forces to find new ways to help facilitate and enable scientific collaboration. The Global Network Architecture (GNA) initiative is defining a reference architecture and creating a roadmap for both national and regional research & education networks to more seamlessly support research on an end-to-end basis. Ultimately, this effort will establish a more capable, predictable and resilient next-generation global interconnect for research and education.

Research and Education: defining shared community priorities, challenges, and what the next big thing may be.

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the nation’s 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) are embarking on an important new initiative to help plan and implement campus cyberinfrastructure improvements that will allow them to more effectively access and participate in the national STEM research and education infrastructure. 

The Research and Education community has made tremendous strides in supporting researchers, but little attention has been given to the cultural and sociological factors that impact adoption of new technology by end users. This session will explore how the panelists are working together across different cultural and sociological backgrounds, both within the networking community and the science domains they support, to achieve the goal of enabling seamless end-to-end collaboration.

Applications and Services:putting advanced technology and solutions in the hands of real people everywhere.

Virtually all higher education institutions are leveraging some cloud services with an increasing number adopting a formal "cloud first" strategy for all new enterprise IT services. Yet few campuses have sufficient resources to assess all their cloud services. A group fo collaborators from the research and education community developed the Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool (HECVAT), and in this session, they will share how others can adopt this tool and integrate it into their institution's security assessment process.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the media interested in obtaining complimentary press registration to the 2017 Internet2 Global Summit should contact Sara Aly, saly@internet2.edu or 720-379-9674.

About Internet2:
Internet2 is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks, over 900 InCommon participants, 78 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries. Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.