[Published originally in the May 2007 edition of Computing Research News, Vol. 19/No. 3]
Expanding the Pipeline
Tapia Conference to Focus on Passion, Diversity, and Innovation
Tapia and Hopper Celebrations Co-locating in Orlando in October
By Monica Martinez-Canales
This October 14-17, more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando, Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students from under-represented groups.
This year’s theme is “Passion in Computing—Diversity in Innovation.” The theme emphasizes our community’s passion for computing, which fuels our dedication to education, discovery, creativity, innovation, and leadership in the national and global economies.
The 2007 Conference will include several successful aspects of past events, such as:
New this year, an exciting robotics competition will pit teams of students against each other as they send their programmed robots on ‘search and rescue’ tasks in simulated and physical disaster environments that have applications in homeland security and national defense.
The Tapia Conference will be co-located with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, which will take place October 17-20, also at the Disney Hilton. The 2007 Hopper Celebration is the seventh in a series of conferences designed to bring to the forefront the research and career interests of women in computing. Leading researchers representing industrial, academic, and government communities present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields. This year's Hopper Celebration theme, “I Invent the Future,” emphasizes the impact women have on the computing and technology fields and celebrates the potential each attendee possesses.
The Steering Committees of both events are working together to provide a full week’s worth of valuable experiences for attendees, and we look forward to the shared energy of the two events. October 17 will be an exciting ‘Bridge Day’ designed for attendees of both the Tapia and Hopper Celebrations, with a focus on students.
The Tapia Conference is organized by the Coalition to Diversify Computing, and is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society, in cooperation with the Computing Research Association (CRA). It honors the significant contributions of Richard A. Tapia, a professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Not only is he internationally known for his research in computational and mathematical sciences, but he is also a national leader in education and outreach programs, an excellent mentor, and a strong advocate of training and education for under-represented minorities at an exceptional level.
The Tapia Conference series provides a welcoming environment where all participants can learn more to advance their careers and help others do the same. Although submission deadlines for panels, workshops, and papers have already passed, the deadlines for birds-of-a-feather sessions, the robotics competition, and the Doctoral Consortium are all coming up on May 20. Posters are due July 6. We hope you will join us in Orlando on October 14-17 and see the Tapia Conference for yourself!
For additional information:
Monica Martinez-Canales is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff
at Sandia National Laboratories in California. In addition, she is serving as
General Chair for the Tapia Conference 2007.
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