Petros Tzeferacos, Flash Center for Computational Science, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago
December 19, 2013
University of Chicago, Searle 240A, 5735 S. Ellis Ave. and broadcast via Adobe Connect

In this talk I will present recent and future developments of FLASH, an open source, multi-physics, finite-volume, shock capturing code with a broad range of capabilities.  The code has recently been extended to tackle high-energy physics (HEDP) problems, such as laser-driven laboratory experiments, transforming it into a powerful tool for the HEDP community, both in academia and national labs.

Ken Younge, Purdue
December 13, 2013
Searle 236, University of Chicago

Ken Younge, Asst. Professor of Strategic Managment at Purdue University will join the CI's Knowledge Lab to discuss a large parallelization project and challenges related to visualizing across truly massive spaces.

Anyone interested in solving parallelization problems in massive matrix spaces is welcome to participate in this discussion.

Andrew Lehane, Agilent Technologies
December 10, 2013
Searle 240A, University of Chicago

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) is the world's premier measurement company currently operating in fields as diverse as life sciences, chemical analysis, communications and electronic measurement. After providing a broad overview of Agilent, this talk will focus on how the generational shift in computing that is currently upon us creates a number of interesting technical challenges in the area of high performance measurement. What will an 'instrument' of the future look like?

Justin Grimmer, Stanford
December 03, 2013
Searle 240A, University of Chicago

In a representative democracy elected officials face the representative’s problem: elected office provides legislators resources and motivation to cultivate constituent support, but constituents lack the incentive and capacity to track their representative’s actions.  In this presentation, I show how legislators turn this problem into an opportunity---using strategic communication to influence how they are evaluated by constituents.  I use a new statistical topic model and collections of press releases, floor speeches, newsletters and media coverage to characterize how legislators present t