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09/01/2009 - SITSA Cosponsors Seminar Series

Spokane Information Technology SIG (special interest group) Alliance (SITSA) is teaming up with Eastern Washington University's Computer Science Department (EWU CS) to present a series of seminars by computer scientists in various disciplines. This series also commemorates the 25th 'Silver 'anniversary of the EWU Computer Science Department '1984 - 2009.

This "Silver Series" will consist of sixteen presentations beginning on October 2, at 1:00 pm in the Computer and Engineering Building on the Cheney campus of EWU in room 228. The Information technology community members in the Spokane area are cordially invited to attend any events in this series.

In addition, there will be several evening events '"meet the expert"-- in a round table format, held on selected Tuesday evenings at Strong Technologies in the Terabyte Triangle. These will feature selected speakers from the seminar series and will be from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Dates will be announced.

The opening Silver Seminar will be presented by Dr. Jim Thomas, a well-known expert in the field of image computing and scientific visualization. This will be the kickoff talk held on Friday, October 2 at 1:00 pm.

Jim Thomas is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow and Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with over 35 years of experience. He is founder and past Director of a Department of Homeland Security National Visualization and Analytics Center. His responsibilities at PNNL include establishing investment directions for Information and Computing Technology (ICT), representing ICT inside and outside the lab, leading major technology initiatives, mentoring staff, and being a PI on several major science programs. He specializes in the research, design, and implementation of innovative information and scientific, information, and analytic visualization, multimedia, and human computer interaction technology; however, he has a broad working knowledge of information technology. Some of the recent technologies developed have set a new stage for the visualization of masses of multimedia information sources. More recently he has led teams in text, numerical, image and video analysis for massive information spaces. He has received several international science awards including "Top 100 Scientific Innovators" (Science Digest) and, twice, the Research and Development's Industrial Research 100 Significant Scientific and Industry Accomplishment's "Top 100 Innovators in Science and Industry". In addition, twice, he was awarded the Federal Laboratories Consortium Technology Transfer Award for innovation in transferring research technology to industry and universities.

All events will be described in full on the SITSA Web site, and notification of upcoming events will be provided by the SITSA e-mailing system in addition to the TT newsletter.

Billie Moreland
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