GCASR 2014

3rd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research Workshop 


University of Chicago, Logan Center 

Monday, May 19, 2014

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the 3rd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Workshop. This workshop is a great opportunity for leading-edge systems researchers in Chicago to get acquainted, share results, and find synergies. The workshop program has been posted. The workshop is free of charge (courtesy of our generous sponsors). For last year's workshop agenda, please click here.

  • Thanks to HERECERES, and Google for their support! If you'd like to sponsor see below
    • Keynote: Gene "Spaf" Spafford, Purdue University
    • Workshop Program is online! (12 speakers, 56 posters)
    • Registration is open and free for the third year in a row!
    • Date and Venue: May 19th, Logan Center @ UChicago
    • Computer Systems, broadly construed, and related areas. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Internet services (clouds, highly available, geographically distributed, storage)
    • Networking (wireless access, last-mile, high speed wide-area)
    • Big data systems (mapreduce, graph processing, high availability & solid-state storage, scalable)
    • High-performance computing (low-latency communication, large-scale reliable computation, scalable computing, energy efficiency, multi-task computing)
    • Embedded and mobile computation (handling power constraints, energy-awareness, low-power design), and more!
    Keynote Presentation
    • Speaker: Eugene H. Spafford, Purdue University
    • Title: Why Aren't Our Systems Secure?
    • More information may be found here.
    Important Dates
    • Abstract submission: April 11th, 2014 Extended to April 16th, 2014
    • Acceptance notification: April 19th, 2014
    • Workshop date: May 19th, 2014
    The 3rd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Wor​Ikshop will take place at:

    Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (map)
    University of Chicago
    915 E. 60th St.
    Chicago, IL 60637
    The University of Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, seven miles south of the city center (also known as the Loop).

    The UChicago campus is easily accessible from downtown by all major forms of transportation. If you are coming to campus from downtown, we suggest taking public transportation because parking on campus can be difficult. Detailed directions and parking information can be found at: Directions

    For those of you traveling from outside the city, and would like to stay overnight close to the University of Chicago campus, see the information below: Accomodations

    In addition, a new Hyatt hotel just opened near campus. More information is available here.

    Please be advised that parking is very limited in the area and campus parking lots quickly fill up to capacity. If you choose to drive to campus, please allow an extra 30 minutes or more to secure a parking space. If you do find parking, please be aware of metered parking boxes. For more information on parking: Parking

    Electronic Devices
    Please charge your electronic devices ahead of time. There will be some extension cords in the room, but the power outlets may be limited.

    There is free guest WiFi covering the entire UChicago campus, including the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. You will need to sign up, but you will not need any password to access the network.

    Abstract Submission
    Authors are invited to submit abstracts (for either oral or poster presentation) of not more than 300 words, plus a biography of the presentation author. The abstract must be submitted online through the Google Form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LQGw6Jm2PtHBoPOJ-p8fB6i-hYGy2OMNW-ymdzrbsOs/viewform before the deadline of April 11th, 2014 at 11:59PM CDT. Abstracts will be reviewed for relevance and institutional coverage.
     Notifications of the decisions will be sent out by April 19th, 2014.

    Registration is open through the Google form here.

    Following tradition and with the help of our sponsors, registration is again free this year!


    General Chair
    • Andrew A. Chien, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory
    • Henry Hoffmann, University of Chicago
    • Rob Ross, Argonne National Laboratory
    Steering Committee
    • Andrew A. Chien, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
    • Peter Dinda, Northwestern University, USA
    • Jakob Eriksson, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
    • Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
    • Nikos Hardavellas, Northwestern University, USA
    • Zhiling Lan, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
    • Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
    • Jon Solworth, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
    Corporate sponsorships at various levels are available (Platinum/Event: $7500+, Gold:$5,000, Silver:$3,000). Please contact rwforgey@uchicago.edu 

    While registration for GCASR is free to maximize participation, we ask corporation organizations to contribute voluntarily in proportion to their participation:
    • $1,000 for up to two attendees.
    • $3,000 for up to ten attendees.