2009 Computing & Technology Conferences Held in the South USA

IEEE Virtual Reality 2009 Conference
Lafayette, Louisiana
March 14 - 18, 2998
J. Edward Swan, II, Mississippi State University, USA
Stephen R. Ellis, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Bernard D. Adelstein, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Joseph L. Gabbard, Virginia Tech, USA
The conference was co-located with the IEEE 3DUI Symposium and the TechSouth Conference and Trade Show. It was held for experts in the virtual reality field to exchange research with peers in their field. A few of the conference topics were 3D interaction for VR, computer graphics techniques for VR, and applications of AR/MR/VR.

IEEE Cluster 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana
August 31 - September 4, 2009
Amy Apon
Pete Beckman
Dennis Gannon
Gabrielle Allen
An open community discussion to promote all facets of cluster computing such as technology development, education, and research. Participants from industry, academia, commerce and research discussed system modelling, programming models, resource management, and architecture.

11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
Orlando, Florida
September 30 - October 3, 2009
Dr. Henry Tirri, SVP and Head, Nokia Research Center
Professor Alex Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Ubicomp Conference is a multi-disciplinary event held as a venue for presenting unique research efforts that could advance development, evaluation, and understanding of ubiquitous computing systems. Several themes of interest to participants were pervasive computing, real world modelling, middleware, and human centric validation.

IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Miami Beach, Florida
June 20 - 25, 2009
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Mubarak Shah, University of Central Florida
Benjamin Kuipers, University of Michigan
Stuart Geman, Brown University
Tim Foley, Intel
A conference to give the diverse subdivisions of computer vision a fair and unbiased recognition. Attendees participated in workshop and lectures on image and video search, statistical methods, tracking, face recognition, video analysis, and features and medical image analysis.

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NECC 2009 National Educational Computing Conference
Washington DC
June 29 - July 1, 2009
Malcolm Gladwell
Helen Padgett, President ISTE
Don Knezek, CEO, ISTE
Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writers Foundation
Leslie Conery, Deputy CEO, ISTE
An educational technology conference held for industry professional and educators. The event gave participants the information they can implement in their classrooms to help their students become digital citizens. Attendees participated in a panel discussion on managing IT cost and Web 2.0. And, Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) presentations on how to use digital technology in the classroom.

5th IEEE International Workshop on Pervasive Learning (PerEL 2009)
Galveston, Texas
March 13, 2009
Rafael Corchuelo, Spain
Apple W. P. Fok, Hong Kong
Alois Ferscha, Austria
Rory McGreal, Canada
Ali R. Hurson, USA
The conference was held in conjunction with the 4th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications. It explored the technical and nontechnical aspects of pervasive learning. Attendees leaned about mobile communication, pro-active learning systems, and tangible and natural language user interfaces for pervasive learning.

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Austin, Texas
June 15 - 19, 2009
Christine Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair, University of California
Gerhard Fischer, Professor of Computer Science, Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design, University of Boulder
The theme for the conference was Designing Tomorrow, Preserving the Past-Today. It promoted new ways to select, organize, and collect digital content through computer science, information science, and archival science. The Best Paper Award went to Improving Optical Character Recognition Through Efficient Multiple System Alignment,

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IA Summit 2009:Expanding Our Horizon
Memphis, Tennessee
March 20 - 22, 2009
Michael Wesch, Digital Ethnography Group, Kansas State University, USA
Jesse James Garrett, Co-founder and President, Adaptive Path
The Information Architecture Summit is an annual conference for the exploration of new research in information architecture and related disciplines. Attendees heard a keynote speech from the author of The Elements of User Experience, and, a speech from the maker of the short film The Machine is Us/ing Us.

Computers in Libraries 2009
Arlington, Virginia
March 30 - April 1, 2009
Stephen Abram, VP, Strategic Partnership and markets, Gale Cengage Learning
Shelley Bernstein, Chief of Technology, Brooklyn Museum
Neil Block, VP of Worldwide Sales, Innovative Interfaces
William Kellum, Information architect, Library of Congress
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
A conference for the advancement of new tools in information delivery technology. The theme for the event was Creating Tomorrow: Spreading Ideas and Leaning. It brought awareness to new online initiative in information enterprises, tools, and techniques used to create a more user friendly information flow.

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Huntsville, Alabama
January 30 - February 1, 2009
Jay L. Gordon
David Hathaway, Heliophysics Team, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama
Wilson Luquire, Board of The Alabama Super Computer Authority
Bobbi Jo Rissman, Instructional Technology Administrator, Director of Academic Computing, University of Alabama
A conference held to address the connections between technology, knowledge, and society. The event was divided into four streams, and, each stream had a talking circle for additional discussion of issues. Streams were divided into human usability, technology and community, educational technology, and technology and knowledge.

Digital Humanities '09
Baltimore, Maryland
June 22 - 25, 2009
Lev Manovich
Christine Borgman
The annual joint meeting for The Association for Computers and the Humanities, The Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, and the Society for Digital Humanities. Speeches from the event dealt with Preserving Virtual Worlds: Models and Community, Supporting the Digital Humanities: Putting the Jigsaw Together, and Critical Code and Software Studies.