New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Kickoff Conference

The Kickoff Conference at the New Mexico Tech in Socorro will be held on October 11-12.

For each student and teacher attending the Kickoff, the Supercomputing Challenge will provide room and board. Attendance at the Kickoff is not required for participation in the Challenge. Attendance at the Kickoff will be limited to 350 students.

Saturday Lunch time speaker, Stephanie Forrest from UNM

Stephanie Forrest is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is currently a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of State. Professor Forrest received the Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. Before joining UNM she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Professor Forrest is a member of the External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute and Co-chair of its Science Board. She also served as SFI's Interim Vice President 1999-2000.

Professor Forrest directs the Adaptive Computation Laboratory at UNM, where she studies adaptive systems, including genetic algorithms, computational immunology, biological modeling, automated software repair, and computer security. She is also a member of the Program in Interdisciplinary Biological & Biomedical Science (PIBBS) and the Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI).

Dinner time speaker, Matt Wallaert from Microsoft

Matt Wallaert will speak on Saturday night. Matt Wallaert is a behavioral psychologist and entrepreneur focused on building products and programs that create behavior change to help people lead better, happier lives. He is currently at Microsoft, where he leads a small team that uses science to build products that enable people to take action on their ideas, questions, and desires. For example, his Bing in the Classroom program, which fosters digital literacy in K-12 students by putting hardware in the hands of kids, teaching them how to use it, and creating a safe environment for them to use it in, has increased student searches at school by 40% and at home by 15%.

Sunday Lunch time speaker

Stephen's will talk about:
Getting Computers to See: some easy approaches for basic machine vision projects

Stephen Guerin is the principal in RedifshGroup, a research and development company in Santa Fe, NM. Stephen serves as the CEO of Simtable, a product spinout from RedfishGroup. He also lectures as as faculty member of Santa Fe Institute's Complex System Summer School.

Simtable produces interactive simulations for firefighters and emergency managers that are projected onto physical 3D sandtables. Over 50 Simtables are deployed - mostly in the western US.

RedfishGroup takes on research projects in the areas of agent-based modeling, human computer interaction, and ambient computing (spatial augmented reality). Stephen formed RedfishGroup in 1991 with his father, John Guerin and third partner, Robert Hall. At that time, Redfish focused on commercial desktop publishing and later moved into desktop video editing and computer generated animation. Stephen moved to Beijing in 1994 to develop online Chinese language learning tools during the first years of the web. RedfishGroup went on to provide web services to embassies, multinational and Chinese firms with presences in Beijing and Shanghai. RedfishGroup was one of the first commercial companies with servers on the Chinese internet behind "The Great Firewall of China" - a phrase Stephen had a part in coining.

After returning from China in 1997, Stephen spent a few years of research in Cognitive Science looking for applications to distributed software systems. Stephen served as Senior Software Developer at BiosGroup where he participated as a member of Dr. Stuart Kauffman's research group where he focused on new approaches to realizing artificial life in software. In the late 2000s, Stephen was the founder of the non-profit science/tech/art lab called the Santa Fe Complex.

Stephen lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Alison, and their two sons.

Teachers' classes


The general schedule.


Housing will be provided at local hotels in Socorro on a first come first served basis.


Remember that Supercomputing Challenge teams need to bring a Proposal with you to the Kickoff. See Proposal hints. A Proposal template is to be filled out for each team.

Be sure you have registered for the Supercomputing Challenge.

Class materials


Check out the team pictures from the Kickoff, and the some class pictures from the Kickoff. Get the school/team pictures to your yearbook staff.

To learn more about previous years' kickoffs, visit our archive

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New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, Inc.
Post Office Box 30102
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87190
(505) 667-2864

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