Where I’ll Be

Posted by Debby on 21st March and posted in Cultivating Communities, Robotics, Teaching and Learning

Here’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days. Taking about a dozen of the nerd herd and heading south. It’s gonna be a blast!

Thursday
Arrive at Cerro Coso library parking lot 8:30am
Leave Cerro Coso 9am
UCR Lunch – noon
Tour of UCR VisLab (http://vislab.ucr.edu) – 2pm Led by Rui Li, PhD student

The Visualization and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VISLab) is involved in basic and applied research developing intelligent systems for automatic object recognition, learning in computer vision and pattern recognition, multimodal biometrics, image and video databases, autonomous navigation, network monitoring and intrusion detection, remote sensing, manufacturing, and various industrial, medical, and biological applications. It undertakes research in computer vision, pattern recognition, image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, multimedia databases, robotics, man/machine interfaces, computer graphics, CAD/CAM, geometric modeling, perception, transportation, and the environment. Research is also directed for integrating computer graphics, computer vision and image processing in scientific and engineering applications.

Friday
University of San Diego Supercomputer Center – 2pm
http://www.sdsc.edu/
Tour Time: Friday, 2pm
Tour Host: Dr. Ross Walker

Ross (PhD, Computational Chemistry) is formally trained as a computational chemist but has diversified into the life sciences arena. He has extensive experience in Molecular Dynamics simulations and is an active developer of both AMBER and CHARMM. He has considerable experience in porting and optimizing molecular dynamics codes for massively parallel computers. Ross has worked with both message passing and threads-based programming paradigms. His research work is centered on force field development, QM/MM MD development, and enzyme reaction path modelling.

Founded in 1985, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) enables international science and engineering discoveries through advances in computational science and high performance computing.

Continuing this legacy into the era of cyberinfrastructure, SDSC is a strategic resource to science, industry and academia, offering leadership in the areas of data management, grid computing, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, high-end computing as well as other science and engineering disciplines. The mission of SDSC is to extend the reach of scientific accomplishments by providing tools such as high-performance hardware technologies, integrative software technologies and deep inter-disciplinary expertise, to the community.

Saturday
FIRST Robotics Competition – teams from Mojave and Tehachapi
http://regional.sandiegorobotics.com/

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The competitions have all the action of a major sporting event, and the feel and attitude of a rock concert – complete with music and lighting effects… and it’s FUN.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.

Leave San Diego by 3pm, return to Ridgecrest by 8pm.

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