Welcome to the Wolfram Technology Conference 2010
The Wolfram Technology Conference 2010 is off to a great start! In his opening keynote, Wolfram Research Founder and CEO Stephen Wolfram unveiled the forthcoming Mathematica 8. Through real-time demonstrations, attendees got to see many of the new features at work, including enhanced image processing capabilities, texture mapping, control systems, wavelet analysis, and much more. Over 500 new functions are being added in Version 8—almost the same as the total amount included in the original Version 1!
This year’s schedule covers a broad range of topics presented by users and Wolfram developers, including applications for probability and statistics, CUDA and Open CL programming, creating visualizations with Mathematica, and high-performance computation.
Did you notice the featured speakers area on the conference website? We got to see the first of these talks today! Luc Barthelet shared his experiences with modeling objects in Mathematica and printing them in 3D. Luc told us what he learned about the design process, and gave a few tips to help us better create our own designs.
New to the agenda are the Birds of a Feather sessions. Today’s session was about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Educators, developers, and members of our academic initiatives team discussed STEM and how Mathematica can help with STEM programs. For more about how Wolfram Research helps educators and students get Mathematica and the training they need, visit the STEM Initiative page.
Roger Germundsson, Director of Research & Development at Wolfram Research, introduced the new statistics and probability functions that will be available in Version 8. He described them as “high-level, intuitive, general, and powerful, and the world’s largest collection of parametric distributions as used in many domains, such as finance, actuarial science, communications, reliability, risk, and so on.”
Another new addition for conference attendees this year is the Mathematica One-Liner Competition. Attendees are encouraged to create the most impressive and surprising output with 140 characters or less of Mathematica code. Prizes will be awarded during the Friday evening dinner.
Attendees, don’t forget to send in your questions for our developers! Solutions will be discussed during the two-hour problem-solving clinic on Friday.
Tomorrow promises to be just as exciting, with more sessions from our featured speakers, another Birds of a Feather session, and even a book signing! Stay tuned to the Wolfram Blog for more details.