TF15 Featured & Breakout Session Abstracts

Featured Session (1-2 p.m.)

How HPC at the Iowa Flood Center Benefits the People of Iowa

Presenter: Witold F. Krajewski, Iowa Flood Center Director

Learn how the UI-based Iowa Flood Center uses technology to help the people of more than 1,000 flood-prone communities across the state. A network of 3 million water pathways negotiates the Iowa landscape. Many are streams that—most days—are small and harmless. But when conditions are right, they go from tame to troublesome in a hurry. Using high-performance computing, the flood center is improving monitoring and prediction. With complex algorithms, HPC creates projections every 15 minutes of what river levels in each town will be over the next five days. The Iowa Flood Information System then provides a user-friendly, interactive way to access the flood conditions and forecasts, flood-prediction maps, and more.


Breakout Sessions Block I - 2:10 - 3 p.m. (choose 1 of 3 options)

1. OneIT Project Updates: Data Center Consolidation, Business Intelligence

Part A (25 min) Data Centers & Servers Project

Presenters: Guy Falsetti, Sr. Systems Architect, ITS-Enterprise Infrastructure, and JJ Urich, IT Director, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The data center project is designed to consolidate the more than 36 server rooms and closets on campus into about four centrally governed and supported multi-tenant data centers. The process for consolidation and high-level plans for moving services will be discussed.

Part B (25 min): Business Intelligence

Presenters: Mike Noel, Senior Director of ITS-Administrative Information Systems, Guangming Du, Lead Database Administrator, Office of the Registrar, and Rebekah Ahrens, Senior Application Developer, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Business intelligence and analytics has the potential to be transformational for campus. In this session, the presenters will discuss the current OneIT BI projects, the Business Intelligence Shared Service Center status, and some other interesting BI projects.

2. Building Resiliency @ UIowa

Presenter: Maggie Moore, LISW, Director, UI Employee Assistance Program and Adjunct Instructor in the Carver College of Medicine

Today more than ever, resilience is a skill that is needed in the workplace. Employees are experiencing ongoing change, being asked to take on new responsibilities, learn new skills, and do more with less. Resilience is the ability for people to respond appropriately to challenges and stress, and then move onward quickly. Highly resilient people cope well with adversity and learn valuable lessons from challenging experiences. This presentation will address skills that have been helpful in building resilience to include coping, problem-solving, and emotional awareness.


3. Introducing UIeCare: A Virtual Clinic Visit

Presenters: Andrea Krupa, director of business and partner development for eHealth and eNovation Center at UI Health Care; Mike Mullinnix, lead application developer for UI Health Care Information Systems; and a principal from our vendor partner, Carena of Seattle, Washington.

With its new virtual clinic product UIeCare, University of Iowa Health Care provides consumers with a convenient way to receive care for routine health situations, anytime, anywhere. The real magic came in customizing the user interface and securely coordinating the flow of patient data so that a UIeCare provider can tap into the Epic medical record and write results to it. UIeCare is the latest in a string of health care innovations that the University of Iowa is bringing to Iowans.


Breakout Sessions Block II - 3:10 - 4 p.m. (choose 1 of 3 options)

1. Implementing Laptop Encryption

Presenters: Jane Drews, Chief Information Security Officer, and Tim Wolf, Manager, Enterprise Client Management

University IT policy has been updated to strengthen our control requirements for mobile computing devices, including laptops, tablets, and USB attached storage. The presenters will cover the policy changes related to encryption, describe exceptions, and then offer a suggested timeline for implementation. The decisions, process, and procedures necessary to implement BitLocker encryption on Windows laptops and USB devices using the production Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) service will be reviewed, along with MBAM features such as the self-help portal and reporting interface. The process and procedures for implementing  FileVault2 on OS X  devices, using the encryption key escrow function in the Casper Suite will be introduced, along with status of the current pilot.

2. OneIT Project Updates: Website Hosting, Communication and Collaboration

Part A (25 min): Web Hosting

Presenters: Mark Ahrens, Senior Application Developer, ITS Enterprise Services and Andy Jenkins, IT Director, Graduate College

The web-hosting project is designed to optimize common content-management system (CMS) hosting environments, providing a robust infrastructure to meet campus needs. The Drupal-based digital signage sub-project will standardize the Drupal digital signage environment across campus.

Part B (25 min): Next-gen Communication and Collaboration

Presenters: Ryan Lenger, Manager ITS Enterprise Communication and Collaboration and Scott Fuller, Associate Director Stead Technology Services Group, Tippie College of Business

The communication and collaboration project involves two major components. First up is the continued modernization of email for faculty and staff as the campus moves to Microsoft’s Office 365 email, calendar, and collaboration platform. The second component will be a transition of the campus telephone system to new possibilities using voice over IP (VoIP) technology and Microsoft Lync (now called Skype for Business).

3. Tracking Cyber Criminals in Online Social Networks

Presenter: Zubair Shafiq, UI Assistant Professor of Computer Science

A significant fraction of accounts on Facebook and Twitter are fake. These accounts are used to infiltrate our friend networks, spy on our personal information, launch spam, write fake reviews, etc. Little is known about who creates and operates these fake profiles, and how they make money. This talk discusses research at the University of Iowa on investigating this emerging cyber crime ecosystem.