Richard Tapia Conference Celebrates Diversity in Computing
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 27 January, 2009 – Registration is now open for the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the Association of Computing Machinery, and the Computing Research Association.
The conference will be held 1-4 April, 2009, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Organized by the Coalition to Diversify Computing, the conference will feature panels, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather and posters sessions. It is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure.
This year’s theme is Intellect, Initiative, Insight, and Innovation. Proposals for papers, panels, workshops, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, and posters are welcome in topics related to computing, computational math and science, and diversity issues in these areas. For more information, visit the Tapia 2009 Conference website at http://www.tapiaconference.org/2009.
Panel sessions, featuring three or four leaders in a field, are intended to provide in-depth discussions on a particular topic, while the workshop sessions will offer in-depth training or review of a topic of interest. The technical poster session provides an opportunity for students to present their latest research results and methodologies.
A robotics competition will focus on a search and rescue task and involve simulated and physical disaster environments. During the competition’s first stage, participants will build a software solution for a simulator. The second stage requires migration to a robot equipped with touch and camera sensors. More details about the competition requirements can be found at http://www.cs.duke.edu/csed/tapia09.
A one-day doctoral consortium will let PhD students discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with established researchers in computing, computational mathematics, science, and engineering. Student participants in the doctoral consortium will receive complimentary registration for the full conference and a fixed allowance for housing/travel.
The conference series honors the contributions of Richard Tapia, Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Houston’s Rice University. Internationally known for his research in computational and mathematical sciences, he is a national leader in education and outreach programs. Tapia has authored or co-authored two books and more than 100 mathematical research papers.
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