The Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) is a force to foster collaboration by participating in the community in various ways and forms. Below you will find the links for various activities planned and various groups/communities formed that indulge students, staff and faculty alike.

Informatics Research Community Meetings

Beginning in April 2017, the Iowa informatics research community will meet once every two months, on the fourth Thursday of that month from 11 am - 12 pm. All of the research support staff from across various colleges/institutes/departments meet informally and have pizza, discussing the latest research projects that the members are working on with faculty/researchers. This provides us an opportunity to talk about the technologies being used for these projects and sometimes we find this to be a venue for collaborations. The participating staff vary from the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, to the Iowa Social Science Research Center, Informatics Initiative, ITS- Research Services, Political Science, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, Biostatistics Consulting Core, faculty from various departments in College of Public Health, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Law, and more.

Location: N512 CPHB
Time: Currently not scheduled.

Check the events calendar as these are created as events on the University Calendar.

Parallel Computing Club

The parallel computing club is an informal meeting of graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty who are interested in a myriad of topics related to parallel computing. The club also encompasses a broader gamut of topics including optimization and tuning, source code repository (GIT, GitHub), best practices for coding, research, documentation, etc. 

Location: UCC-2840 (Old Capitol Mall) 
Time: Every 4th Thursday of the Month from  3 - 4 Pm

Please check the events calendar each month for these events.

Research Computing Meeting

The Research Computing Meeting is a conglomeration of IT staff from across campus who support research activities by providing infrastructure to researchers. Frequently discussed topics include support requests from faculty for new software/hardware and infrastructure, and updates from various groups on the projects that are in collaboration with faculty/researchers.

Location: 438 Iowa Advanced Technological Laboratories (IATL)
Time: Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month from 10 Am - 11 Am

Informatics Days

The flagship event of the Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) consists of a showcase highlighting the research happening across campus. The events include talks given by guest speakers from outside the UI as well as researchers within the UI campus. The first day includes talks, posters and a small informatics fair, followed by the workshops on the second day.

You can see the speakers and topics for the past year's (2016) Informatics Days here.

The next Informatics Days (2017) is co-sponsored by the Theme Semester. 
For 2017, the set date for the Informatics Days is Friday February 17. Please check the Informatics Showcase website for information on the schedule, registration and poster session.

National Strategic Computing Initiative 

In order to maximize the benefits of HPC for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery, the U.S. government must create a coordinated federal strategy in HPC research, development, and deployment.  Investment in HPC has contributed substantially to national economic prosperity and has rapidly accelerated scientific discovery. Creating and deploying technology at the cutting edge is vital to advancing my administration's priorities and to spurring innovation.  Accordingly, this order establishes the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI).

There are a total of nine seminars left for year 2016 and 2017. 

Location: N512 CPHB
Time: 12 - 1 Pm

The entire seminar series schedule is available on Events calendar and more details are available on the HPC website at NSCI Seminar Series.

Please email UI3 at if you are interested in participating in any of the events or if you have ideas about community participation and would like to chat with us.