Center for Hierarchical Materials Design

2016 Summit on
Data and Analytics for Materials Research

October 31 - November 2, 2016
CHiMaD Headquarters, Evanston, IL, USA

Steering Committee:
Carelyn Campbell, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Alok Choudhary, Northwestern University
Juan de Pablo, University of Chicago
Ian Foster, Unversity of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory
Greg Olson, Northwestern University
Jed Pitera, IBM
Peter Voorhees, Northwestern University
James Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Organizational Committee:
Ankit Agrawal, Northwestern University
Begum Gulsoy, Northwestern University & CHiMaD
Ben Blaiszik, University of Chicago
Laura Bartolo, CHiMaD
Shengyen Li, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Zachary Trautt, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The Preliminary Program Agenda for the Summit is available here.

The Preliminary Documents for the Summit are available here.

  • Materials Design
  • Materials Data Curation
  • Materials Analytics
  • Sustainability, Public/Private Partnerships; Industry needs/interests
  • Education, Workforce Development, Diversity - Industry needs/interests

The Summit will bring together researchers from major materials centers and data projects in the US and internationally as well as representatives from the Subcommittee of the Materials Genome Initiative (SMGI) for the US National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Technology, science journal editors and publishers, and early adopters in key materials industries, such as automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceutical sectors.

The aim of the Summit is to galvanize community actions toward agreement, adoption, and implementation of evolving best practices through forward-looking keynote talks and output-oriented sessions. The Summit will be organized around 5 central themes with a small number of invited Keynote Talks leading into Panels and Working Groups. Recognized leaders in materials research, data curation/publication, and data analytics will set the tenor of the Summit on Day 1 followed by a reception with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits of major national and international materials tools and platforms. When Summit participants register, they will select in which Panels and Working groups they would like to participate during the Summit and will be able to download preliminary documents relating to the Working Groups. Panels and Working Groups will be held on Day 2 and Day 3 with a materials research poster session and the Summit Reception to be held at the end of Day 2. The Working Groups preliminary documents, available for download at registration, will be revised at the Summit to reflect community agreement and will be primary outcomes of the Summit.

We believe the NIST/CHiMaD Summit will provide an important and unique venue for collective discussions and agreement on best practices involving data and analytics for materials design as well as help lay the foundation for an interoperable, distributive global materials infrastructure.

Day 1 will consist of
Invited Keynote Talks on the five themes
Reception with hands-on demonstrations/exhibits by materials data repositories databases, and tools at the end of Day 1.

Day 2 will consist of
Two parallel 2-hour morning sessions for:

  • Panel 1: Education, Workforce Development, Diversity, Industry needs/interests
  • Working Group 1: Refine preliminary Materials Data Curation documents
Two parallel 2-hour afternoon sessions for:
  • Panel 2: Sustainability, Public/Private Partnerships, Industry
  • Working Group 2: Int’l Federation of Materials Resource Registry Materials research poster session followed by the Summit Reception

Day 3 will consist of
Two parallel 2-hour morning sessions:

  • Working Group 3: Refine Preliminary Materials Analytics Primer
  • Working Group 4: Refine preliminary selected Materials Data Schemas
Two-hour Report-outs by all panels & working groups and Close of Summit


Please register here 

For inquiries, please contact with the subject line "DATA2016"


Hotel: Hilton Orrington/Evanston (1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201)
Discounted Rate: $179 USD ($169 for 2 or more overnights)
Group Code: NDS

Please call 1-800-Hiltons or use www.orringtonevanston.hilton.comfor your reservations. If you have any trouble reserving a room or have questions, please contact Erika Odlaug at CHiMaD (


Directions to the Hilton Orrington/Evanston can be found here:

Directions to the Allen Center/North Parking Garage can be found here:

*Please be sure to bring parking ticket with you to Registration if you would like your parking validated*

Walking Map from the Hilton Orrington/Evanston to the Allen Center can be found here: