January 21, 2009

Big Doings In February!

Posted at January 21, 2009 04:27 PM in Announcement , Collaboration , Meetings , Program .

OMG — It's Really Busy. . .

February ACM Meeting
Peter Coffee Redux
ISR Speaker
MS vs. Adobe Talk

February 02, 2009

We're having another Professional Mixer Meeting at El Segundo Fish Company, so come have some fun with us. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

We are having our meeting at the El Segundo Fish Company for food and an exchange of ideas. The restaurant has a wide assortment of sea food and other meals at reasonable prices. It is located at 210 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.

LA ACM holds its Council Business meeting starting at 5:30 PM, which you are welcome to attend. The Council meeting will be held in the faculty conference room in Doolan Hall on the Loyal Marymount University (LMU) campus. Council meeting attendees will move on to the restaurant for the networking event, scheduled to begin at 6:30 P.M. You are especially welcome to come to the 6:30 meeting and mix with those who are present. If the LA ACM Council is not there when you arrive, rest assured we will get there ASAP, so grab a table and start "mixing" with other arrivals. No reservations are required; we just gather around tables and mix conversation with food and drink. Our group has been receiving a 10% discount on previous months, which the restaurant seems to be ready to continue. Identify yourselves as LA ACM meeting attendees.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Mike Walsh at MP_Walsh@acm.org or at (818) 785-5056; email contact is preferred. You can also email B.J. Johnson at bjohnson05@gmail.com with questions or fo more information.

Hope to see you there!!

Meeting Details:
5:30 to 6:30 -- Council meeting; council business is discussed, but chapter members are welcome to attend.
6:30 to done -- Professional Mixer and Networking over dinner of your choice

February 06, 2009

University of California, Irvine
Institute for Software Research
2008 — 2009 Distinguished Speaker Series Presents:

John L. King
Professor, School of Information and Vice Provost for Academic Information
University of Michigan

"Society as Software"

Abstract and Bio:
This talk is in the grand tradition of turning the inanimate into metaphor for the animate. It's a fool's errand, to be sure, but it can be jolly fun and, with luck, instructive. The purpose of this endeavor is to knock together two things we don't understand very well -- society and software -- and see if we can learn something. The exercise is a form of non-destructive testing: neither software nor society will be injured in the process. A former UCI faculty member once said that the law is just software. And Larry Lessig said that both software and law are "code." If one digs far enough back into the history of ICS, one can find reference to "procedures and procedure-followers." Things of this sort form the basis of a set of conjectures about society and software that hopefully enhance our understanding and uphold the honor of the fool's errand.

John Leslie King is Vice Provost for Academic Information and Professor and former dean in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He has published more than 150 books and articles on the relationship between information technologies and institutional change. His work focuses primarily on IT use and effect in highly institutionalized production sectors, including government, education, health care, transport, finance, electric power utilities, and common carrier communications. He served as Editor in Chief of the INFORMS Journal Information Systems Research, and associate editor for many other journals. He has recently served on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, and is currently a Senior Scientific Advisor with the National Science Foundation, and a member of the advisory committees for the NSF Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. He was until recently a senior scientific advisor for cyberinfrastructure for the National Science Foundation as well as a member of the the NSF advisory committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. He is currently on the NSF advisory committees for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and for Cyberinfrastructure. He is a member of the Council of the Computing Community Consortium. King is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Meeting Information:
Date: Friday February 6, 2009

1:30 — 2:00 Refreshments and Networking
2:00 — 3:30 Presentation

Location: UCI, Donald Bren Hall, room 6011 (building #314)
Email RSVP is required
To: Jessica Garcia, jessicmg@ics.uci.edu
By: Monday, February 2
Cost: No cost to attend.
ISR Faculty Host: Richard N. Taylor, http://www.isr.uci.edu/~taylor

Directions and Parking information are available at: http://www.isr.uci.edu/directions.html

February 12, 2009

Microsoft Siverlight vs. Adobe AIR/Flex Debate

The battle for control of the future of computing will be debated at 7 PM (PST/GMT +8) on Thursday, February 12 in the Bronco Student Center (Ursa Minor) at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. will present their contenders for whose technologies will dominate. Adobe (maker of Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver) is encouraging developers to create media-rich desktop computer applications that operate independently of the Internet through its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). Microsoft wants developers to create media-rich applications that can be used online through its Silverlight technology.

Sam Stokes, academic developer/evangelist at Microsoft Corporation and Kevin Hoyt, platform evangelist at Adobe will represent the two sides. The free event is sponsored by the Interactive Web Development Student Association and the Computer Information Systems department in the College of Business Administration and will be streamed live over the Internet. Pizza, refreshments and a free drawing for multimedia software will be provided.

If you can't make it in person, you can watch it live or afterwards at this link.

February 18, 2009

"Surf's Up?" An Evening with Peter Coffee

A Joint Meeting with the IEEE-CCC group.

This will be our second meeting at which Mr. Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research for salesforce.com, will be the featured speaker. It is also our second collaborative meeting this year, this time with the IEEE-CCC group.

Abstract and Bio:
Ted Nelson once wrote, "If computers are the wave of the future, displays are the surfboards" ‐‐ twenty years before people talked about "surfing the Web." There's just something that appeals to people about the image of finding a source of energy and riding it to new places. Join us for an evening of exploring compelling visualizations, global wireless connections, ubiquitous sensor networks, and other candidates for the role of your personal surfboard on the high‐tech waves that are breaking today.

Peter Coffee has been with salesforce.com for two years, following 18 years as Technology Editor of the enterprise IT journals PC Week and eWEEK. He was previously the first manager of PC planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space asset management applications of AI techniques. Before that, he was a Senior Engineer in arctic project management, chemical facility construction, and synthetic fuels project planning for several divisions of Exxon.

He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University; he has been a faculty member in IT management at Pepperdine and also at UCLA (computer science) and Chapman College (business analytics). He is the author of two books, How to Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs.

Meeting Details:
Place: Chef Hannes, 411 1/2 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245, (310) 640 - 0164 meeting at the Train Room
RSVP: By Feb 13 to Ms. Irena Kageorgis, irenakageorgis@ieee.org
Information: Dr. Antonio Mendez, mendezRDA@aol.com
Dinner: $20/IEEE & ACM Members, $25/Non-members, $10/Student Members
6:00 — Chef Hannes Dinner and Professional Networking
7:30 — Presentation (no fee for the presentation)

A complete flier, in PDF format, with a map and picture of the restaurant for easy reference, is posted here.

Many thanks to Dr. Antonio Mendez for setting this up and including us!


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