U. de Chile and Amazon strengthen technological collaboration links

U. de Chile and Amazon strengthen technological collaboration links

Alejandro Maass, director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling, joined authorities from Universidad de Chile to meet with high representatives of Amazon Web Services (AWS) company on May 23rd. The meeting focused on the ways both institutions, and the CMM and its National Laboratory of High-Performance Computing (NLHPC) in particular, can collaborate, exchange experiences and train students and scholars on tools such as the cloud for research and innovation.

“We should understand and model how to transit between the NLHPC and the cloud: data processing, storage, and modeling, and how we create expertise in a context where we need a more sophisticated data management than we used to,” said Maass explaining some benefits of university-company collaboration.

Likewise, data science crosses different knowledge fields, stressed Eduardo Vera, Head of International Relations of U. Chile and Innovation Manager of CMM.

“The abilities developed by Amazon coincides with Laguna Caren project. The university’s plan seeks to boost transdisciplinary research, public-private partnership and the work of the centers of excellence, in particular, the CMM,” he said.

For Vera, the American corporation “has broken the technological and business paradigms.”

In his opinion, common objectives of both organizations are an opportunity for a “know how” exchange highly demanded in the world.

Teresa Carlson, AWS global vice president, assured the company is pleased to visit Chile to collaborate in the information and communication technologies modernization.

“Our goal is to strengthen our relationship and educate Chilean leaders in government, education, and business on the value of computing cloud as a facilitating and strategic mechanism to go further in innovation and economic development,” she said.

For instance, the executive referred to the National Laboratory of High-Performance Computing, the project led by CMM and 20 universities: “I am happy to meet with NLHPC and CMM’s representatives to announce our commitment to support their agenda on research, astrophysics, and mathematics, with a 1.2 million-dollar donation in promotional credits for using the AWS’ cloud.”

In Vera’s point of view, this backing is “a contribution to the national scientific community. This collaboration opportunity has a great value. It articulates local skills with global capacities of a company in the science frontier.”

Provost Rafael Epstein, Research and Development vice president Flavio Salazar, AWS general manager and regional head of Latin America, Canada, and The Caribbean Jeffrey Kratz and the dean of the Agricultural Sciences Faculty Roberto Neira attended the reunion, too.

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Frontpage, News