Cyberinfrastructure Days

This project, headed by UMSI Professor of Information Daniel Atkins III and U-M Chief Information Officer Laura Patterson, helped to establish the annual Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Days, an interactive two-day conference held on-campus that brings together more than 200 U-M researchers who rely on large-scale computational tools and methods for research. CI Days gives these researchers an opportunity to learn more about advanced computing technologies that are helping to spur new discoveries and breakthroughs in a wide range of disciplines.

Start date: 12/1/2009
End date: 12/30/2010

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Cyberinfrastructure (CI) refers to a platform of technological and human support for advanced, integrated computation and information resources in the service of research and learning. Many people focus on the “computing on steroids” applications such as high-performance computing, visualization, large data sets, and high-bandwidth networking. But CI also includes emerging forms of cloud computing, data sharing and storage enabled by advanced technologies, collaboration tools, portals, and computer-mediated instrumentation and sensor networks. 

In November 2010, the University of Michigan hosted its first Cyberinfrastructure Days, during which nearly 200 faculty, researchers, students, staff, and community members were introduced to cyberinfrastructure resources, services, methods, and use in research at U-M.  The conference is now an annual event, with CI Days serving to advance the understanding of, planning for, and implementation of cyberinfrastructure at the university. 

The conference offers practical information on resources, services, and emerging technologies as well as the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern regarding the use of advanced computing in research. The program also includes keynotes by well-known experts, sessions on U-M resources, and discussions, and students have an opportunity to share their research through a poster competition.

The University of Michigan was one of eight research universities selected to receive funding from the National Science Foundation through Internet2 to develop and host a campus event about cyberinfrastructure, with a primary goal of utilizing CI Days events to encourage community building and cross-campus connections among researchers.


Cyberinfrastructure Days at UM, Internet2: $18,000


Internet2 is a nonprofit organization of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies. Internet2’s efforts accelerate research discovery, advance national and global education, and improve delivery of public services.