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Fourth Annual Conference on Convergence and the Future of Research

Discovery Park
August 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Burton D. Morgan Center


Discovery Park will hold its fourth annual Conference on Convergence and the Future of Research on August 29. The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. and will include a series of Voss Talks (TED-style talks) presented by the teams who submitted project ideas to Discovery Park's Big Idea Challenge 2.0. The event will also include a poster session highlighting the projects of Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) students, and a reception celebrating the kickoff of the Big Idea Challenge 2.0 will follow.

Discovery Park’s fourth annual Conference on Convergence and the Future of Research will be part of Purdue University’s 150th anniversary. Our anniversary theme is “Giant Leaps,” inspired by Neil Armstrong’s historic statement on the moon and includes a yearlong Ideas Festival.

DRAFT Agenda

12:15-1:00 pm    Poster Session: Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship

                            (DURI) and Big Idea Challenge 2.0 / Lunch – MRGN Café

1:00 pm              Welcome Remarks – MRGN 121

                            Alexandra Boltasseva, Discovery Park Fellow, Professor, School of Electrical

                                                                 and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

                            Theresa Mayer, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships

1:10-1:17 pm       Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis: A Four-Platform Boilermaker


                             Presented by: Bryan Pijanowski, College of Agriculture

1:20-1:27 pm       BioSystomics: Development of Integrated Omics for Systems Level


                             Presented by: Marshall Porterfield, College of Engineering

1:30-1:37 pm       Building a community network and clinical consultation service for dual

                            diagnosis mental health and substance use disorder prevention and


                             Presented by: Carol Ott, College of Pharmacy

1:40-1:47 pm      Climate BufferNet: Biodiversity and Food Security in a Changing Climate

                            Presented by: Robert Marzec, College of Liberal Arts

1:50-1:57 pm       Community Resilience Considering the Interdependence of Innovation

                            Ecosystem and Physical Infrastructures

                            Presented by: Saurabh Bagchi, College of Engineering

2:00-2:07 pm      Conversion of Plastic Waste into Pristine Polymers, Naphtha, Fuels, and

                            Other Products for Sustainability

                            Presented by: Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, College of Engineering

2:10-2:17 pm       Improving neurological health outcomes of rural communities by

                            studying a novel multi-generational cohort of families with a history

                            of debilitating parkinsonism

                            Presented by: Aaron Bowman, College of Health and Human Sciences

2:20-2:27 pm       Innovations for Economic Viability and Environmental Sustainability of

                            Indoor Agriculture

                            Presented by: Cary Mitchell, College of Agriculture

2:30-2:50 pm       Break

2:50-2:57 pm       LATICE: Framework for Longitudinal Analysis of Time-Course Data from

                             Patient Generated Health Data

                             Presented by: Mohammad Adibuzzaman, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare


3:00-3:07 pm       Quantum Informatics for Businesses and Economies

                            Presented by: Karthik Kannan, Krannert School of Management

3:10-3:17 pm       Recovery and Reuse of Low-Grade Thermal Energy in Urban Settings

                             Presented by: Ernest Blatchley, College of Engineering

3:20-3:27 pm       The Energy Corridor Along the US/Mexico Border: Changing the


                             Presented by: Luciano Castillo, College of Engineering

3:30-3:37 pm       Urban Pre-emptive Research and Planning Activities for REal-world


                             Presented by: Daniel Aliaga, College of Science

                                                     Dev Niyogi, College of Agriculture

3:40-3:50 pm       From Cell Cultures to Community Cultures: Bringing Precision Health to


                            Presented by: Bridgette Kelleher, College of Health and Human Sciences

3:55-4:05 pm       Revolutionizing the development and manufacturing of next-generation


                             Presented by: Rainer Fischer, College of Science

4:10-4:20 pm       Solving problems previously reserved to quantum computing with

                             Purdue’s p-bits and how these future computational capabilities

                             will impact security, politics and the society as a whole

                             Presented by: Supriyo Datta, College of Engineering,

                                                     on behalf of Joerg Appenzeller, College of Engineering

4:30-5:30 pm       Big Idea Challenge 2.0 Kick-Off Reception – MRGN Café

                             (Closing remarks provided by Alexandra Boltasseva)

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