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Data and Analytics for Materials Research Summit

Participate in the upcoming 2016 Data and Analytics for Materials Research Summit to be held on Monday, October 31 to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

The summit will be hosted by NIST's Center of Excellence for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD)*, a collaboration of Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and Argonne National Laboratory.  There will be also a special session at the summit supported by the National Science Foundation on "Challenges in Data Design for Emerging Reconfigurable Soft Materials.”

The summit will bring together researchers from major materials centers and data projects in the U.S. and internationally, as well as representatives from the Subcommittee of the Materials Genome Initiative for the U.S. National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology (DOD, DOE, NIST, NSF, ONR), 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 five 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, followed by a reception with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits of major national and international materials tools in which we hope you will participate.  Panels and working groups will be held on day two and day three with a materials research poster session and the summit reception to be held at the end of day two. Prior to the summit, registered participants will be able to download preliminary documents relating to the working groups. The working groups’ preliminary documents will be revised at the summit and will be primary outcomes of the summit.


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

*CHiMad is supported by U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology under financial assistance award number 70NANB14H012.

See the preliminary agenda at


  1. Materials Design
  2. Materials Data Curation
  3. Materials Analytics
  4. Sustainability, Public/Private Partnerships - Industry needs/interests
  5. Education, Workforce Development, Diversity - Industry needs/interests


Reduced hotel reservations rates (Hilton Orrington/Evanston (1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201) are available until October 5, 2016 by using the group code, NDS, at 

Created September 22, 2016, Updated September 20, 2017