[UFO Chicago] Fwd: [Chicago] ACM Chicago 9/19 Data Visualization Info

Brian Sobolak sobolak at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 12:52:22 PDT 2007

This sounds really cool, and I wish I were in town to attend.


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From: Marc Temkin <mtemkin at speakeasy.net>
Date: Sep 13, 2007 11:20 PM
Subject: [Chicago] ACM Chicago 9/19 Data Visualization Info
To: chicago at python.org

Our upcoming Sept.19th ACM Chicago meeting features Mike Pilat of
Wolfram Research.  He will cover Data Visualization and other aspects
of Scientific Computing featuring Mathematica 6.

Many applied areas such as physics, engineering, education, biology,
music, art, finance and law can make use of Mathematica.  Besides
calculation, Mathematica users can interactively explore concepts with
no programming required.  Hundreds of examples are available at

By attending you will see what can be done with a highly
sophisticated, state of the art software program that has been in
continuous use and development for two decades.

Meeting Summary

This presentation will discuss the state of the art in technical and
scientific computing with applied examples illustrated using
Mathematica's powerful environment.

Topics will include numerical and symbolic computation, such as
solving differential equations and optimization problems, performing
linear algebra with sparse matrices and integrated data access and
analysis. Additionally, modern techniques for visualization, such as
2D and 3D graphics and stereo lithography, and dynamic interactivity
with computations and visualizations will be demonstrated.

Finally, the presentation will conclude with a brief look at the
future directions of technical computation.

Michael Pilat is a senior software engineer at Wolfram Research, Inc.,
creators of Mathematica, and has been with the company almost five
years. He works on a variety of projects throughout the company, from
audio and video processing to data systems architecture to analyzing
web statistics. In addition to features for Mathematica, he has worked
on the WolframTones and Wolfram Demonstrations Project websites,
developing the functionality to process MIDI music and Flash video in

He holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MS in Computer Science from the
University of Chicago.

On the rare occasions when he's not at the keyboard, Michael enjoys
playing piano and cycling on the lake.

Location & Directions

The presentation will be in Room 1047 of the Engineering Research
Facility, 842 W. Taylor Street, of the University of Illinois Chicago
Campus.  The building is near the corners of Halsted and Taylor and
the entrance is on Taylor St.

The CTA Blue Line (to Forest Park / 54th & Cermak) has a stop at
Halsted and Congress.  From that station you can walk the five blocks
or take the #8 CTA Halsted St. bus to the corner of Halsted and

UIC map: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/bldgs_pl/648.html

The building doors are open until 7 PM.

Reservations & Fees

Contact Greg Neumarke at greg at neumarke.net or call him at 773-907-3308

$12 for non-members, $10 for members and $5 for students which includes dinner.

For more information or changes see our website: www.acm.org/chapters/chicago
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Brian Sobolak

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