Wolfram Computation Meets Knowledge

Date Archive: 2012 March

Computation & Analysis

Making of the “Facts of the Moment” Plaque for the David Cameron Visit

Several people have asked me to write about the virtual plaque that we made for the official opening of the Wolfram Research Europe office by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The concept that came out of the short brainstorming meeting was to have a button on an iPad that would trigger a video on our display board, leading to an image showing facts about the world at the moment of revelation. This is the story of how we made it happen.
Education & Academic

Preview the Ultimate Computation Environment–Now for Finance

Computation has always been at the center of what Wolfram does... but finance hasn't been, at least not until now. In recent months, the team has been taking our ultimate computation environment and specializing it for finance. It's amazing some of the results our technology readily achieves in this domain--whether it's a user-customizable market data explorer of Bloomberg data feeds, financial derivative valuations with GPUs, or automated reporting with interactivity. We're previewing the Wolfram Finance Platform at our March 27 virtual conference with an introduction from Conrad Wolfram. Join us! This virtual event will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at the following times: * 8–11:30am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT); 1–4:30pm British Summer Time (BST) * Repeat session: 1–4:30pm EDT; 6–9:30pm BST Virtual seats are limited--see the event schedule and register today!
Education & Academic

Society’s Changing Needs for Math Debate

In the "Society's Changing Needs for Math" session at the The Computer-Based Math (CBM) Education Summit 2011, Marcus du Sautoy, Paul Wilmott, Charles Fadel, and Tim Oates discussed their views in one of the summit's key sessions. There was a lot of energy for debate from our summit attendees, and we did not have the time to expand on every topic after each talk. Hopefully these bite-sized videos from our speakers will open up discussions to all. Have your say and leave your thoughts on the comment section of this post or on Computer-Based Math's YouTube Channel.
Announcements & Events

11th International Mathematica Symposium Call for Submission

It is no secret that Mathematica has a big user community that is alive and kicking. It may, however, surprise you that the global user community has successfully organized 10 international Mathematica conferences around the world. It all began 20 years ago in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, about two meters below sea level, where Wolfram Research had organized the Mathematica Days. The Mathematica Days were a small sibling of the larger annual Mathematica Conference, which in those days had its venue 8,800 km farther west in the Bay Area. Among the participants in Rotterdam were Peter Mitic (The Open University, UK), Gautam Dasgupta (Columbia University, New York), Pertti Näykki (Finland), Klaus Sutner (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh), Robert Kragler (Fachhochschule Ravensburg, Weingarten, Germany), and Veikko Keränen (Rovaniemi Institute of Technology, Finland). Most of them met for the first time and came from different walks of life, but they all shared the same enthusiasm for algorithmic mathematics. The lack of an academic conference targeting innovative work in, with, and about Mathematica triggered Peter Mitic to propose the idea of a symposium. His new friends very much supported the endeavor, and in 1994 Stephen Wolfram became the godfather of the new event by suggesting the name "International Mathematica Symposium" (IMS). In July 1995, the first IMS in Southampton, England, began an uninterrupted streak of biannual, and for some years even annual, symposia. In contrast to the Wolfram Developer/Technology/User Conferences with their venue in Champaign, Illinois, the IMSs have roamed the world. The second IMS took place in Rovaniemi near the polar circle in northern Finland, followed by Hagenberg near Linz in Austria, Tokyo in Japan, London—the one in England, Banff in Canada, Perth in western Australia, Avignon in the south of France, Maastricht in the Netherlands, and Beijing in China.