July 31, 2020

Join us at PEARC20 for a workshop focused on Research Software Engineers.

The Research Software Engineers Community Workshop will be July 31st, starting at 8 am PDT (Portland, OR time). It is open to all PEARC20 registrants.

The full PEARC20 conference runs July 26-31 and is virtual this year. Information about the conference is available on the PEARC20 conference website. PEARC20 Registration will be required for all workshop participants.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for research software engineers to connect and share their work. There will be presentations from RSEs about their software, research, projects, and groups, and about the development of the RSE community. There will also be discussion of challenges facing RSEs and what the community can do to help meet those challenges.

You can participate in the workshop by giving a short talk or joining as a general participant. To give a talk, please see the guidelines below. To join as a participant, register for PEARC20 and then join our workshop session on Friday, July 31st.

Propose a Talk

Are you a research software engineer? Are you a researcher or student writing software? Are you a software developer writing software for research? We want to hear and learn from you at the workshop.

Possible talk topics:

  • How you solved a problem on a project
  • The research impact of software you helped create
  • How software you helped develop could help other RSEs or researchers
  • A framework or package that has helped you solve a problem
  • A challenge or opportunity for research software in a particular research field
  • How research software engineers are organized at your institution
  • Teaching software engineering skills to others
  • Your RSE career path
  • Opportunities and challenges for research software and RSEs overall (sustainability, culture, citation)

Talks from all research fields and concerning all types of technology are welcome. Group submissions with multiple authors are encouraged, however we ask that you designate only one author as presenter.

Proposals from individuals who may be first-time conference presenters or consider themselves to be part of a group that is underrepresented in the research software engineering community are particularly encouraged.

Talks can be 5, 10, or 20 minutes in length and will be presented live during the workshop through the conference platform Brella.

Submitted talks will be reviewed on the basis of impact on the community and how they contribute to a program with a diverse group of speakers and topics. Proposals are due July 13th.

Speakers do not need to be members of the US-RSE Association, although we welcome you to join.

Submission Guidelines

To present a talk at the workshop, submit a title and “abstract” via EasyChair.

Please include in the abstract field of the submission form:

  • A short description of your talk.
  • If applicable, the related research fields (e.g., humanities, engineering, HPC, computer science, biology, etc.)
  • If you are a student, please indicate so. Student talks are welcome.
  • Optional: links to presentations, papers, websites, or code repositories related to the talk.

You will also be asked what length of talk you’d like to give: 5, 10, or 20 mintues. We expect talks to be presented during the morning (PDT time) of the workshop, but the final schedule will depend in part on the number of talk submissions.

Proposals are due July 13th.

You will be notified of your proposal status by email by July 16th.

Submit your talk via EasyChair. You will need to make an account first if you do not have one.

Workshop Organizing Committee

  • Ian Cosden, Director, Research Software Engineering for Computational and Data Science, Princeton University
  • Charles Ferenbaugh, Computer Scientist/Research Software Engineer, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Chris Hill, Principal Research Engineer, MIT
  • Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Christina Maimone, Research Data Services Lead, Northwestern IT Research Computing Services
  • Kenton McHenry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kaspar Mueller, Research Software Manager, Clean Energy Modeling - Intellectual Ventures