[hpc-announce] CFP: ERROR workshop at eScience 2016

Justin M Wozniak wozniak at mcs.anl.gov
Tue May 10 20:44:47 CDT 2016

2nd Workshop on E-science ReseaRch leading tO negative Results (ERROR) 
in conjunction with eScience 2016
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
October 23 or 24, 2016


Researchers invest a significant amount of time and efforts in their
research. Similarly, funders significantly invest to cover the costs
of research. New techniques and technologies influence research
approaches, methods, and scale in a rapidly changing e-science

Ever-increasing problem and data sizes mean researchers must deal with
novelty in multiple dimensions, some of which are beyond their
control. A combination of such factors increases the likelihood that
some of the obtained results will not be useful in the context of the
goals of the original project: the results are negative (deviating
from initial hypothesis), abnormal (anomalous to results from similar
studies), or otherwise unexpected. Under normal circumstances, such
negative results are never published, and the reasons that they were
obtained are seldom discussed and analyzed.

Many useful lessons known only by a small audience, such as a
researcher and her group, are thus lost to the general community. Yet
ignoring such results and the process by which they were obtained
poses a risk of repetition by another researcher or group. The fact
that other researchers likely face the same situations and the same
pitfalls further increases the cost of research, a cost that would
have been avoided if the negative results were brought forward and
discussed in-depth within and across communities. Documenting and more
widely communicating these experiences will benefit the community and
help recover some positive return from the expended efforts and cost.

Major topics include (but are not limited to)

* Unforeseen technology/problem/technique misfits
* Institutional policies (on rejected research)
* Failures and obstacles faced during a successful research work
* Controversial results because of undiscovered technological/technical 
* Unconventional results which contradict theoretical expectations
* Discovery of better approaches after a significant efforts spent on 
* Inadequate or misconfigured infrastructure
* Abnormal and anomalous results
* Ongoing research with setbacks and lessons learned
* A hypothesis with one or more limiting assumptions
* Discovery of unexpected behavior in hardware, networks or platforms
* Data size that is too big or too small for the applied technique
* Implementation of simulation tools based on incorrect physical 
* Defect in software design, architecture and/or user interface
* Software and platform incompatibilities
* Zero defect software policy and its implications

Paper Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit a maximum of 6-page manuscripts
describing original and unpublished work surrounding the
aforementioned topics. The format of the paper should be of double
column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages,
as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines. Templates are available


Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a postscript
printer to the easychair conference system at:


Important Dates

24 June 2016: Paper submission deadline

1 August 2016: Author notification

1 September 2016: Camera ready version

23 October 2016: Workshop dates

General Chair and Contact

Justin M. Wozniak, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
wozniak at mcs.anl.gov

Steering Committee

Ketan Maheshwari, University of Pittsburgh
Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
Silvia Olabarriaga, University of Amsterdam
Douglas Thain, Notre Dame University

Program Committee

     Raj Kettimuthu, Argonne National Laboratory
     Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia
     Sou-Cheng Choi, NORC at the University of Chicago and Illinois 
Institute of Technology
     Tristan Glatard, CNRS (France) / McGill University (Canada)
     Eun Sung Jung, Argonne National Laboratory
     Tram Truong Huu, National University of Singapore
     Cédric Tedeschi, University of Rennes
     Javier Rojas Balderrama, INRIA, France
     Timothy G. Armstrong, Cloudera
     Dagmar Krefting, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
     Simon Caton, National College of Ireland

Justin M Wozniak

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