General Lab Information


Now in its sixth year, New York Scientific Data Summit 2020 (NYSDS), established by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and led by its Computational Science Initiative, connects researchers, developers, and end-users from academia, industry, utilities, and government to exchange ideas, foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, and build a community around common data research interests. NYSDS 2020 co-organizers include Columbia University, New York University (NYU), Rutgers University, Stony Brook University (SBU), Flatiron Institute, and The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin).

As part of its continuing effort to accelerate data-driven discovery and innovation in science and industry, NYSDS 2020 will focus on Applied Mathematics challenges in four topic areas:

  • Climate and Environmental Science
  • Critical Infrastructures/Manufacturing (Power Grid, Transportation, Health Care, etc.)
  • Health and Medicine (Cancer, COVID-19, etc.) 
  • Cross-Cutting Issues
    • Role of Machine Learning and High-performance Computing
    • Uncertainty Quantification
    • Multiscale Modeling

The scale and complexity involved in the simulation and modeling, data analytics, and interpretation within these topic areas present unique mathematical challenges in terms of algorithms, software development, and uncertainty quantification. NYSDS 2020 seeks to use its distinct community perspective to inform efforts that will drive research forward with new ideas and partnerships.

NYSDS 2020 will also host a series of three-minute "lightning talks" related to each topic. Early-career researchers are especially encouraged to submit.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Rommie Amaro (UCSD)
  • Richard Arthur (GE Research)
  • Daniel Bienstock (Columbia University)
  • Giuseppe Carleo (EPFL Switzerland)
  • Oliver Dunbar (Caltech)
  • Leslie Greengard (NYU Courant)
  • Ellen Kuhl (Stanford University)
  • Lin Lin (UC Berkeley)
  • Kyle Mandli (Columbia University)
  • Anna Michalak (Carnegie Institution for Science)
  • Grace C.Y. Peng (NIH)
  • Arvind Ramanathan (Argonne National Lab)
  • Eric Stahlberg (Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research)
  • Desheng Zhang (Rutgers University)

Conference Format

This event will be held virtually using online conferencing tools. To accommodate participants from different time zones, each day will begin at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

Each day will focus on one topic and feature a panel discussion with the speakers and other invited panelists.

Organzied by


Program Committee

  • Francis J. Alexander (BNL) Co-Chair
  • Meifeng Lin (BNL) Co-Chair
  • Anthony DeGennaro (BNL)
  • Qiang Du (Columbia)
  • Omar Ghattas (UT Austin)
  • Robert Harrison (SBU/BNL)
  • Yipeng Huang (Rutgers)
  • Shantenu Jha (BNL/Rutgers)
  • Kerstin Kleese van Dam (BNL)
  • Michael McGuigan (BNL)
  • Suzanne McIntosh (NYU)
  • Andrew Millis (Flatiron Institute - Simons Foundation)
  • Karen Willcox (UT Austin)

Administrative Support

  • Gina Liles (BNL) - Conference Coordinator
  • Nicole Medgalia (BNL)
  • Lauri Peragine (BNL)
  • Eileen Pinkston (BNL)

Important Dates

August 26, 2020 Abstract submission opens for lightning talks
September 20, 2020 Deadline to submit a lightning talk abstract
September 21, 2020 Registration opens
September 30, 2020 Notification of acceptance (by e-mail)
October 15, 2021 Registration closes

Summit Information

Joining the Summit Remotely

For the best remote meeting experience, we recommend joining the meeting with the Zoom for Government App. The App will automatically install when you join the meeting for the first time. However, you can also join the meeting using your favorite browser.

Webcast information will be provided to you prior to the start of the event. Please do not give out this connection information. It is only for registered attendees.

Previous Summits