CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 Call For Submissions Now Open

Join Compute Canada and CUCCIO June 19-22 in Edmonton, AB for a unique opportunity to connect, collaborate and share best practices in higher education IT and data-intensive, computational research. Lead the discussion around ways to advance national initiatives, strategies and vision for building world-class digital infrastructure in Canada.


On June 19 – 22, 2016, Compute Canada and WestGrid will be co-hosting HPCS 2016 alongside CANHEIT 2016 in Edmonton, AB. We are excited to partner with CUCCIO and the University of Alberta to bring together our two national conferences for a unique joint event. CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 will be Canada’s largest gathering of campus IT leaders and advanced research computing experts and researchers. The conference theme, Shaping the Digital Landscape, will explore how technology and computing is changing the way we teach, learn, research and discover.

CANHEIT | HPCS 2016 is now accepting submissions for consideration in its event program. Join the discussion as we explore how technology is shaping today’s campus IT and research activities, from infrastructure strategies and disruptive technologies, to sustainability measures and IT best practices.

The following subjects and topic areas are provided as a starting point and are not intended to limit your thinking.  If you have a topic or proposal that you feel would be of interest to the attendees that doesn’t appear in this list, please submit it for consideration.

Technology in Teaching, Learning and Administration

  • Implementing/managing teaching and learning technologies (i.e. LMS’s, MOOC’s, remote teaching technologies)
  • Engaging faculty to use technology to improve student outcomes
  • Using analytics to drive institutional outcomes
  • Addressing the consumerization of technology and the “bring your own device” (BYOD) phenomenon
  • Integrating non-traditional devices into your campus infrastructure
  • Network planning to meet higher demand, expectations and wireless explosion
  • Assessing, planning and managing risk for institutions
  • Defining, implementing and evolving a client centered service culture
  • Assessing and implementing new models for the delivery of IT services
  • Staffing and organizational models needed to facilitate change, openness and agility
  • Strategies for acquiring and retaining talent in a highly competitive market
  • IT funding models that sustain core services, support innovation, and facilitate growth
  • Supporting continuous improvement through robust portfolio and project management processes/services
  • Other (please specify in your abstract)

Advanced Research Computing (ARC)

  • ARC applications in any discipline (i.e. the sciences, engineering, medicine, humanities, etc.), in particular:
  • Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning\
  • Genomics and Personalized Medicine
  • Digital Humanities
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Innovations in computational research (i.e. software, storage solutions, cloud technology, GPU computing, etc.)
  • Using ARC for simulations and modelling
  • Research data management: Challenges, opportunities and lessons learned
  • ARC national policies, strategies and delivery models
  • Canadian leadership in international research projects
  • Innovations in platform / portal tools & software development
  • Tools, techniques and advances in data visualization
  • Research collaborations and innovations with industry
  • Other (please specify in your abstract)

Shaping the Digital Landscape

  • Game-changing tools and technologies
  • Data privacy and security
  • Sustainability / Green IT
  • Professional and personal development
  • Women in technology
  • Challenges and solutions for data virtualization, federation, and integration
  • Other (please specify in your abstract)

Submissions will be accepted until March 14, 2016. Click here for more information or to submit. If you have questions, please email

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