2013 SXSW Schedule by Speaker

Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

March 8, 2-3 p.m. @ SRH 3.384

NOTE: The Under Secretary event is not a SXSW event, but occurs on campus during SXSWi and is open to the public.

Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will speak on nuclear policy for the 21st century and the tools that will be needed along the way. She will highlight some of the creative thinking that has been taking place on ways to use technologies to help tackle some of the problems we will face moving forward with the next steps in nuclear reductions and international security. Co-sponsored by LBJ School of Public Affairs and Cockrell School of Engineering.

Steve Weinberg, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Toward the Unification of Physics

March 8 3:30-4:30
#sxsw #UnifyPhy

Recent news from the CERN laboratory in Geneva has revealed the existence of a heavy unstable particle that had been predicted by the theory that unifies two of the forces of nature. This is the last missing piece of our current theory of known elementary particles, the Standard Model. But there is much left to be done before we have a thoroughly unified theory of all matter and force, and some of this will involve observations from space.

Todd Humphreys, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Extreme GPS: Limits of Security & Precision

March 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
#sxsw #hyperGPS

GPS has its limits. My students and I at The University of Texas Radionavigation Lab work to find them. For 20 years, GPS was so reliable it became navigation and timing crack for engineers. We all got addicted. We put it in our phones, planes, power grid, communications networks. But there are limits. This presentation is a discussion of what happens when we push GPS to its limits — security limits, jamming limits, precision limits.

Bill Powers, President, The University of Texas at Austin
Innovation U.— Getting Great Ideas Out the Door

March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

As president of The University of Texas at Austin, Bill Powers is leading a national movement to transform undergraduate education. During his seven years in office, the nation's fifth-largest university has reformed its curriculum to focus more on critical thinking, writing, ethics, diversity, and global issues and cultures. Powers is overseeing a transformation of large undergraduate courses that dramatically increases the amount of student-teacher interaction through novel educational technology and advances in cognitive science. The results have energized both students and faculty. President Powers also fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging programs that give students early experience with starting their own companies. A top legal scholar, Navy veteran, and former law dean who still teaches philosophy to freshmen, President Powers was recently elected by his national peers to be the next chair of the Association of American Universities. 

Jay Boisseau Dir, TACC, The University of Texas at Austin
STAMPEDE: Supercomputing for Big Data, Big Science

Tuesday, March 12 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom
#sxsw #TACC

Supercomputing is for solving BIG problems, and doing so faster than 'regular' collections of servers. Supercomputing is fundamental for scientific advances, and is increasingly being used by companies industries to produce better products and to analyze exponentially increasing quantities of 'big data.' Every one of us benefits from supercomputing today--and will benefit even more tomorrow--and yet most of us do not realize it, or even know what supercomputing is.

This presentation will explain what supercomputing is, and why it is important (and cool!). It will present the design of the new, very-cool, world-class Stampede supercomputing system deployed by the Texas Advanced Computing Center, which offers several innovative capabilities including the first large-scale deployment of Intel's new Xeon Phi technology in the world. Finally, it will discuss how programmers can use Stampede to address big simulation and big data problems, and show some early interesting results.