Scholarships for Tapia Conference Due 21 January

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 January, 2011 – Applications for scholarships to attend the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing are due on Friday, 21 January.

The 2011 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, the Association of Computing Machinery, and the Computing Research Association, will be held 3-5 April at the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco.

The conference facilitates attendance of those individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend. The scholarships cover travel, hotel, and conference registration. Preference will be given to students and mentors who present posters, panels, or Birds-of-a-Feather presentations. In addition, preference will be given to teams comprised of faculty and students.

To submit a scholarship application, visit https://apply2.cse.tamu.edu/gts/applicant/TapiaConference/. Applicants will be notified by 15 February.

To register for the conference, visit http://tapiaconference.org/2011/travel.html.

Tapia 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Tapia Conference Series. In honor of the anniversary, organizers sought past conference attendees’ input to develop the program. The conference duration was shortened to two days, instead of the usual 2 ½ days.

This year’s program includes invited talks, a student resume workshop, a workshop for early-career professionals, a student grad school workshop, a mid-career professional development workshop, and significant time for networking.

Four extra slots have been added for submitted panels and BoF sessions. The program also includes a Student Poster Session during the first day of the conference.

Confirmed speakers include
• Blaise Aguera y Arcas, a Microsoft architect who was selected by Technology Review as a 2008 Young Innovator and was a celebrated speaker at the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference;
• Deborah Estrin, the Jon Postel Professor of Computer Science at UCLA, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a winner of the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Innovation for 2007;
• Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering at Google;
• Illya Hicks, associate professor in the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department at Rice University and recipient of the 2005 Optimization Prize for Young Researchers by the Optimization Society;
• Ayanna Howard, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and selected by Technology Review as a 2003 Young Innovator;
• John Kubiatowicz, professor in the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley, and among US News and World Report’s 2004 People to Watch For;
• Patty Lopez, component design engineer with Intel, a winner of Hewlett Packard’s Technical Leadership Award in 2001, and co-founder of Latinas in Computing; and
• Irving Wladawsky-Berger, former chair of the IBM Academy of Engineering, AAAS Fellow, and 2001 HENAAC Hispanic Engineer of the Year.

The intent of the Tapia Conference is to create a welcoming environment, gather a community of diverse scholars, and provide high-quality learning, networking, and social experiences.

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.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.

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