I had the good fortune to be the guest speaker for the January 2009 meeting of the Chicago Chapter of the ACM, which was a great experience (I’ll try to put out a screencast of this event in the near future). If you can make it, you’d really get a lot out of this Friday’s talk with Larry Yeager:
The Path to Artificial Life presented by: Larry Yaeger
The Chicago Chapter of the ACM features Larry Yaeger as guest speaker on April 17th (evening). Larry Yaeger has made leading technical contributions to the space shuttle program, motion pictures, artificial life, and handwriting recognition.
Larry has worked on fluid dynamic simulations of the space shuttle; software development of the first photo-realistic computer generated imagery for motion pictures; and handwriting recognition and the Mac UI as Distinguished Scientist at Apple Computer. He is currently Full Professor in the School of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington.
He will be speaking about his long term project Artificial Life (ALife) which is a system of low-level interactions producing large-scale phenomena in feedback loops. ALife began as part of the Vivarium project led by Alan Kay at Apple Computer as an “ecology in the computer” with an interface children could use but powerful enough to simulate a real environment. Polyworld, Yaeger’s version of the project, was recently featured on the Discovery Channel’s NextWorld.
Larry will guide us through his eclectic path in science: aeronautics, computer graphics, and neural nets that culminate in Artificial Life.
For more information about this program and reservations please visit our website: www.chicagoacm.org. Direct reservations can be made via:
Or call Marc Temkin at 773-274-6544.
5:30 PM Buffet and Social Hour
6:30 PM Presentation
Hosted by: Roosevelt University, downtown Chicago
430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 Room 320, 3rd Floor
(Nearest intersection: Congress and Michigan)
Cost (Includes Dinner & Program): Members: $10, Non-members: $12, Students with ID: $5