ICCES’07 Conference Miami

I will be attending International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences(ICCES) early next year (Jan 3rd – 8th) in Miami. I hope to present a synopsis of some of the talks that I shall be attending. Unfortunately, I have to head back early (Jan 6th) and will probably miss some of the talks. I was thinking how cool it would be if conferences could have the videos of talks online complete with a login etc. That could save a lot of accommodation money for the less fortunate (read grad students working with profs who dont have too much money!). But then, the purpose of conferences is also networking, ergo physical presence would actually help. Anyway, I am digressing here…

I am also quite excited about visiting Miami, it should be a welcome change after the really sucky weather that we have been experiencing here in Seattle. Also, having spent countless hours playing GTA-Vice City, I feel like a Miami resident, I hope it lives upto my expectation. 🙂


Vegas Part 1

Will be in Las Vegas attending a conference (Advances in Materials and Processing Technology AMPT) for about 5 days starting this saturday. Looking forward to spending some quality time indoors attending talks. 🙂 Interestingly, there are a few talks on modeling manufacturing processes, though most are numerically based using FEM. Plan to post on some of these talks once I get back.

This will be my second trip to Las Vegas. Though not a great place to visit in summer what with 100+ temperatures and all. The most vivid memory that I have from my previous visit other than the huge buffets is the “Big Jump”, a free fall on top of a tall tower-like casino named “Stratosphere”. Apparently, they have now added a bunch of new rides, the whole ensemble is rightfully christened “Insanity, the ride” http://www.insanityride.com/. I am now too”matured” for this insanity! 🙂