The Kickoff Conference at the New Mexico Tech in
Socorro will be held on October 12-13.
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.
Guests from Chicago
will speak on Saturday. Diane S. Lauderdale, Ph.D., is an
epidemiologist, professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Health
Studies at the University of Chicago. Her main research areas are in social
epidemiology and epidemiologic methods. In social epidemiology, one focus
has been on social determinants of health-related behaviors, including
physical activity, sleep and receipt of preventive care, including vaccination
and screening. She currently directs an interdisciplinary research group
including a sociologist, biological psychologist and statistician examining
how measured sleep behavior relates to individual's perceptions of their
sleep, and how both subjective and objective sleep characteristics are
associated with social factors and health in a national cohort of older
adults. The infectious disease modeling research is part of the MIDAS
(Models of Infectious Disease Agent Studies) network, which is funded by
the National Institutes of Health. Her MIDAS research project, co-directed
with Dr. Charles Macal from Argonne National Laboratory, builds in part
on her prior work on community-level and individual determinants of behavior
and her interest in interdisciplinary research to solve complex problems.
Working together with infectious disease experts, statisticians and social
scientists, they have built an empirically-based, fine-grained agent-based
computational model of the Chicago population to study community-associated
MRSA transmission and control measures.
Charles (Chick) Macal is a senior systems engineer at Argonne National
Laboratory. He specializes in a type of computer simulation called
agent-based modeling, which calculates likely decisions for each "actor" --
one person, for example -- in a simulation and then sees what impact those
have on other agents. He has applied agent-based modeling to simulate the
spread of MRSA bacteria, to forecast economic panics and to predict consumer
behavior, among other projects.
Michael J. North, MBA, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Center for
Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation within the Decision and Information
Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He is also a Senior Fellow
in the joint Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne.
Dr. North has over 20 years of experience performing advanced modeling for
private industry including Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and GE Healthcare;
government including the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department
of Energy; international agencies including the World Bank and the
International Atomic Energy Agency; and academic research agencies
including the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. National
Institutes of Health. Dr. North's research specialties are agent-based
modeling, software project management, software development, and high
performance computing. Dr. North is also a contributor to Dr. Lauderdale
and Dr. Macal's National Institutes of Health Models of Infectious Disease
Agent Studies (MIDAS)-funded community-associated MRSA modeling project.
Sunday Lunch time speaker
Eli Echt-Wilson, member of the winning team of the 2012-2013 Supercomputing
Challenge will share their past project "Learning and Analyzing Topics in
Human Language" and teamwork ideas. See their project at:
The general schedule.
Housing will be provided at local hotels in Socorro on a first come
first served basis.
- America's Best Value Inn housing list:
Newcomb High, Newcomb Mid
- Comfort Inn housing list:
Jackson Middle School, Melrose High, Melrose Mid
- Econo Lodge housing list:
ATC, Albuquerque Academy, Capital High,
CEPi, Cleveland High, Desert Academy, Los Alamos High, Los Alamos Mid,
Mountain Elem, Quemado High, Rio Rancho Cyber Academy, Twin Buttes
- San Miguel Inn housing list:
Edgewood Mid, Los Lunas High, Manzano High, Miyamura High, Moriarty High,
Sat Sci & Math Acad, Taos High, Taos Mid
- Super 8 housing list:
AIMS@UNM, Capshaw Mid, Centennial, Chaparral Mid, Deming High, Down to
Earth School, Freedom High, Las Cruces High, Las Cruces YWiC, Mesa Mid,
NM School for the Arts, Picacho Mid,
School of Dreams Academy, The Masters Program, White Sands
- Unknown hotel housing list:
Gallup High, West Mesa High, Wingate High
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, unless they are following the
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