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Mathematica SIG (Washington DC Area)

Mathematica SIG

MEETING:  24 April 2009, 7:30 am

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
8301 Greensboro Drive
McLean VA
Southern Corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive


1.  Prepared Talks

Using Mathematica to Imagine, Prototype, and Build Integrated Systems, by
Eric Bynum

ABSTRACT.  Mathematica's new interface elements and dynamic capabilities
have launched it into a language/application for building entire systems.
It's no longer necessary to learn Java, Swing, C#, Windows programming etc.
Since its inception in 1988, Mathematica has helped users imagine,
experiment, prototype, and build up calculations. Now it can now be used to
imagine, experiment, prototype, and build up entire systems -- systems
integrated with mathematical and graphical power never before realized with
Java, C#, etc.  What I will illustrate simply scratches the surface of what
Mathematica can now do:    a Task Manager system to help me keep track of
tasks, notes and projects. The backend is a simple hsqldb database with
custom designed tables. The connection layer and interface are both
Mathematica using its built-in DatabaseLink technology.

How Mathematica was Used to Develop a New Search Model, by Mel Friedman

ABSTRACT.  The long term objective of this work is to develop a model for
the detection of improvised explosive devices. Mathematica was an important
tool that helped enormously in the model's development. The first part of
the talk will give background helpful for relating to this work and describe
the first and last Mathematica notebooks used in the model development. If
there is sufficient interest, the remainder of the talk will describe model
content and the simulation used to test the model.  (Note:  This talk is
based upon one recently given to The International Society for Optical

2.  Mathematica Gems and Discoveries

-  Sharing of Mathematica programming oddities
-  Applications of Mathematica to some areas of science
-  Something recently read and worth sharing

3.  Mathematica Questions, Possible Approaches and Discussion

4.  New Business:  Select next meeting presentation, time and place 

Directions to 8301 Greensboro Drive, McLean VA (tall, boxy and white SAIC
Enterprise Building at south corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive):

>From the Beltway, go northwest on Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and proceed past
Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road). Turn right onto Westpark Drive (Gosnell Road
in the other direction). Turn right at the next light onto Greensboro Drive
and then right into the parking lot. Visitor's Parking is adjacent to
Westpark Drive. 

A SIG representative will meet you in the lobby. 

Please arrive no later than 6:50AM if you wish to join us for a dutch-treat
breakfast, and no later than 7:20AM to attend the meeting only. The desk
officer will ask for a driver's license before issuing a visitor's badge.

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