Headlines for Tuesday:

  1. Waiting for the keynote (167 words)
  2. Address from Martin Wildberger (161 words)
  3. Address from Christian Couturier, NRC (67 words)
  4. Technical co-chairs (54 words)
  5. CAS Dublin (52 words)



1. Waiting for the keynote: 08:35

I am seated front and center for the CASCON keynote, having decided to run off my laptop battery so that I don't have to sit near the edges of the room.

My jeans are spattered with mud (and possibly cement) from the construction site that I had to walk through in order to get to the Hilton. The pouring rain wasn't kind to me, either, and there was an appalling lack of sunlight at 7:30 in the morning. I guess winter is here.

Despite that, I am here. In one piece. And suitably well-fed. I may yet survive the day.

I've put up Alvin's poster in the technology showcase. Mine doesn't look so intimidatingly empty after all, what with the provided signs. If I have to, I can just handwave.

Ah, there's another thing I forgot to do: print out something interesting for the back of my laptop. And print business cards. The lab printer's broken, so I didn't get to print them last night.

It begins.

2. Address from Martin Wildberger: 08:47

Martin Wildberger opened by reexamining IBM's motto, "Innovation that matters". One of the key things we struggle with is making sure that what we do matters, and one of the ways to do that is through collaboration. CAS is about meeting of minds of industry and academe to germinate ideas.

Wildberger also commended Kelly Lyons, who heads the CAS program for the Toronto Lab. Last night in Winnipeg, the CAS program received a very prestigious award: the NSERC Leo Derikx Award for Synergy.

He showed a video clip from last night's awarding ceremony. (Hey! That was my desk! Kelly and Luanne borrowed my desk! <laugh> You can tell - my e-mail address is actually readable for a second...)

He then went on to thank NRC and introduce Christian Couturier, Director General of the Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council Canada.

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3. Address from Christian Couturier, NRC: 08:51

Christian Couturier spoke about the importance of ICT and rattled off a number of areas that would not be possible without ICT. He also thanked those who helped make the conference a reality.

Introduced technical program co-chairs:

  • Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta
  • Hakan Erdogmus, National Research Council, Canada

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4. Technical co-chairs: 08:56

Eleni and Hakan joked a bit about their ethnic origins (Greek and Turkish), gave a few statistics for paper submissions, and announced the best papers. Ooh, Ian Bull gets a Lenovo Thinkpad for having the best Student Paper!

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5. CAS Dublin: 09:04

The CAS Dublin team linked up through videoconferencing. The speaker highlighted four key fields: high performance computing, software engineering, visualization, and computational analytics and language. He presented awards for best paper and best student paper.

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