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
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 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