Professional Development Workshop: Affinity Research Group (ARG) Fundamentals

Dear all,

On behalf of Dr. Gates, we are inviting you to the Professional Development Workshop: Affinity Research Group (ARG) Fundamentals.

Date: June 21, 2011
Time: 9 am – 12 pm (US Mountain Time)
Location: The University of Texas at El Paso
Cyber ShARE Visualization Laboratory
Classroom Building, Room 401

Please RSVP to Patricia Esparza by email ( or by
phone at (915) 747-7958.

Pizza will be provided.

Shell Scripting Workshop

Are you interested in learning Unix/Linux shell scripting magic?

Shell programming is a great way to perform repetitive or tedious tasks automatically in a script form. Come and learn how to combine existing programsto perform new more complex tasks quickly and easily! The Cyber‐ShARE Center of Excellence at UTEP, a TeraGrid Campus Champion,invites you to participate in a hands‐on introduction to Linux Shell scripting.

The objective of the workshop is to cover basic scripting operations. The material to becovered will be useful for people using a Linux environment to do repetitive tasks and people interested in automating operations that are so seldom used that theyhave to read a lot of man pages/online help/other documentation every time they need to perform such operations. This is also a good starting point for thoseneeding to perform system administration tasks.


• Shell variables and arithmetic
• Input and output
• Wild cards and regular expressions
• Control structures
• Calling your/other programs from a shell script

Date: Friday, April 1st
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Computer Science Lab 300B

9th Joint UTEP/NMSU Workshop on Mathematics, Computer Science, and Computational Sciences

9th Joint UTEP/NMSU Workshop on Mathematics, Computer Science, and Computational Sciences
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

The objective of this workshop is to bring in researchers in Math, Computer Science, and Computational Sciences who are collaborating and/or who are interested in collaboration and to bring in researchers from outside outside our research areas who are interested in collaborating with Math, Computer Science, and Computational Sciences researchers.

Location: NMSU Campus, Science Hall 107.

Parking: For those visitors who want to enjoy the NMSU campus in the evenings (after 4:30 p.m.) and on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), no parking permit is required . You may park in any regular faculty/staff, commuter student or visitor parking space. Parking metered spaces are also free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.

If you want to learn more or see the whole program and what’s been going on the previous conferences, check it out here:

Linux Workshop for New Users at UTEP

Are you a new Linux user?

Are you taking computer architecture 1?

Are you willing to spend some time learning the ins and outs of it?

Then this workshop is for you!

The CyberShARE Center of Excellence at UTEP, a TeraGrid Campus Champion, invites you to participate in a hands‐on introduction to Linux.

The objective of the workshop is to cover the basics necessary to work in a Linux environment. The material to be covered will be useful for people making a transition into Linux from a Windows world and people needing a starting point to get into more advanced topics such as system administration and software development in a Linux environment.

Topics include:

• Linux Operating System
• Getting Help
• File System
• File Operations
• Application Execution
• Process Control
• Shell Environment and Scripts
• Administration
• Developing Software

Date: Friday, March 25th

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Computer Science Lab 300B

CoProD v 2.011, Constraint Programming and Decision Making Workshop

CoProD’11 is the fourth edition of CoProD. It will be held at UTEP, El Paso, Texas, on March 17, 2011

Constraint programming techniques are important components of intelligent systems. They constitute a declarative and efficient methodology to represent and solve many practical problems. They have been applied successfully to a number of fields, such as scheduling of air traffic, software engineering, networks security, chemistry, and biology. Despite the proved usefulness of these techniques, they are still under-utilized in real-life applications. One reason is the perceived lack of effective communication between constraint programming experts and domain practitioners about constraints, in general, and their use in decision making, in particular.

CoProD’11 will be held on March 17, 2011, right before NAFIPS’11 (March 18-20) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Texas

Interested in attending? Check out all the registration information and schedules on their web page.

Science Extravaganza 2011 Visualization Workshop

Hello world!

After more than a month of planning, we finally carried out our workshops at science extravaganza.

We presented a total of three workshops to more than 250 students. The workshop walked students through the process of scientific visualization, a variation of the workshop used in outreach programs for the Cyber-ShARE center. They started by interactively brainstorming about ideas of what, when and why we do visualization. After we arrived to a consensus on the definition of visualization, we did some coordinate plotting and graphing, to demonstrate the process that occurs inside a computer to produce an image. Finally, the students used Paraview to create a visualization of the human head.

The workshop slides are presented here as a gallery, in case you would like to replicate the workshop. Paraview is open source and free. You can also download the experiment files from the Data link on Paraviews main page. You can find the download links here: , just download the latest Paraview version and the Data files. The files you are looking for are “headsq”. Enjoy 🙂

Make sure to visit the gallery as well with pictures of the event!

Thank you again Jaime Jaloma, Joe Segura, Ana K Quevedo, Esthela Gallardo and Ivan Gris for organizing and participating!

Softimage Workshop

The ACM held a workshop on Tuesday, November 2nd. The two hour workshop used a drag and drop programming interface, called Interactive Creative Environment (ICE), that allowed the attendees to program complicated visual effects by using professional 3D software.

During that time, the programmers quickly familiarized with the program’s interface and created a basic bubbling effect, where bubbles change size, color, and at a certain age disappear. Over twenty students took advantage of this workshop and due to its success a sequel is on our future plans.

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