Computing for the Future
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's talk is titled: Modeling Cybersecurity Interventions
Stephanie Forrest is Regents Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and a member of the
Santa Fe Institute External Faculty. She recently returned to New
Mexico after serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of
State working on Cyber Policy. Her interdisciplinary research studies
adaptive systems and includes biological modeling (immunology and
evolutionary processes), computer security, and software engineering.
Professor Forrest received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and
Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from
St. John's College. Before joining UNM in 1990 she worked for
Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear
Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. At UNM, she served as Dept.
Chair 2006-2011, and at SFI she has served as Interim Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Co-Chair of the Science Board. In 2011 she
received the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, and in 2009 she shared the
IFIP TC2 Manfred Paul Award for Excellence in Software with three others.
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's talk is titled: Coding for Meaning: Why We Build What We Build
will speak on Saturday night. Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist
working at the intersection of technology and human behavior. After
several years in academia and two successful startups, he joined Microsoft,
where he leads a team of experts who work both internally and externally
to use technology and science (including his specialty, social psychology)
to help people live happier, healthier lives. Wallaert maintains an active
research lab and is a frequent speaker on the science of behavior change.
Notable projects at Microsoft include launching Klingon into the Bing
Translator and creating Bing in the Classroom, which promotes digital
literacy in K-12 schools. Externally, he sits on the board a variety of
startups and non-profits, and cultivates pro-social side projects like
GetRaised.com, which has helped underpaid women ask for and earn millions
of dollars in salary increases.
Sunday Lunch time speaker
Stephen 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.
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
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