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SciFoo Camp

There is no predefined agenda; instead attendees collaboratively create one during the first evening of the event.


Right now, I am listening to a discussion of entropy and the mathematics of time by Lee Smolin, Jaron Lanier and Neal Stephenson…


So many cool but concurrent sessions… I’m open to your votes on which ones to attend…


Saturday, August 4th



1.The Next Big Programming Language

2.Open Science 2.0

3.Digital Data Libraries

4.Citizen Science - Where Next?

5.Future of Healthcare

6.Visual Garage - We'll Fix Your Graphs and Visuals

7.Quantum Computing - What, Why, How

8.Synthesizing Life



1.Efficient Inverse Control: Through the Users Not the Resources

2.Clinical Problems in Neuroscience / Towards Practical Cognitive Augmentation / Towards Practical Cognitive Augmentataion

3.How to Build Intelligent Machines

4.Why aren't there more Scientists on the Covers of Magazines

5.Future of Human Space Flight and Ocean Exploration

6.Science and Art

7.3D Video Applications: How to Publish Science in Video

8.The Nature of Time and Mathematics

9.Alternate terms of Science Education

10.Future History of Biology

11.Human Cell and Regeneration Map or is it worth building a cellular resolution database for the whole human body?



1.3D Printing / Robot Printing / Food Printing / Printer Printing

2.Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Teach Evolution

3.Sequencing the Genome: Implications, Ethics, Goals

4.Are Patents Preventing Innovation?

5.Tricoder is Finally Here

6.Ethical Implications of the Information Society

7.Reversible Computation and Its Connections to Quantum Interpretations

8.Mapping Science and Other Big Networks

9.A Magician Looks at the Irrational and Pseudo-Science

10.Listening to the World: Voices from the Blue Deep



1.Collecting More Data Faster Can Make an Organization Dumber

2.Skepticism and Critical Thinking in an Age of Marvels

3.Computable Data/Mathematics

4.$100 Laptop Demo

5.Where Are the Aliens?

6.The Selfish Scientist

7.Evolutionary Robotics

8.Buildings, Energy Use and Behavior Change - Can the Built Environment be an Interface?

9.Why a Mouse?: Multi-touch, Physical and Social Interfaces for Manipulating Data

10.Scientific Communication in 2030

11.Universe or Multiverse?

12.Reuse of Sewage to Grow Food and Provide Sanitation

13.Is Collaborative Policy Making Possible? (think wikipedia, government simulation games)

14.Viral Chatter



1.Freebase Demo

2.Biodiversity on the Web: Science Publishing

3.Prioritizing the World's Problems

4.Display of Greater than 2D Data or Lots of 2D Data All at Once

5.E-Science Beyond Infrastructure

6.Implantable Devices and Microchips for Healthcare / Diver Assistance Devices

7.Using Evolution for Design and Discovery

8.Stem Cells (a.k.a. How to Get Scientists to Care about Web 2.0

9.Machine Reading & Understanding Science

10.Science & Fundamentalism

11.Biological Data & Research / Open Source Biomedical Research for Neglected Diseases

12.My Daughter's DNA: Hacking Your Genome / Towards a Data Wiki

13.Network-Centric Biomedicine

14.Squishy Magnets, Talking Paper and Disapearing Ink: How can open its doors to kids for free.



1.Give us your Data! Google's effort to archive and distribute the world's scientifcic datasets.

2.Personal Impact Factor: Measuring Scientific Contributions Outside the Literature

3.Kids, Science, Math & Rational Thought


5.Machine Learning in the Natural Sciences

6.Hunch Engines



1.Data Mining the Sky

2.All-Fluidic Computing

3.Science vs. Capitalism: Utopian Effots in the Overshoot Century

4.Dinosaurs and Ancient Sarahans

5.The Paperless Home

6.Provenance Analytics: Illuminating Science Trails and the Future of Scientific Publications



1.Piracy, Murder and a Media Revolution

2.Engineering Living Instruments

3.Nanohype: The volumnious vacuous vapid world where only size matters.


Sunday, August 5th



1.Golem: Data Mining for Materials (and Non-Programmers): sketching information systems Andrew Walkingshaw / Searching the Edges of the Web

2.Novel Biofuels

3.Genome Voyeurism – Let's poke through Jim Watson's genome

4.Would You Upload?

5.Reforming Patent Systems

6.How to Celebrate Darwin in 2009

7.Innovation is Not Pointless...But It's So 20th Century



1.Large Scale Molecular Simulation

2.Tree of Life: Fractal Data Problem

3.Planetary Defense Against Asteroids

4.The Automation of Science and the Technological Singularity



1.Science on the Stage

2.Human Microbiome

3.Out Future Lies in Space

4.Climate Crisis vs. Environmental Justice

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Taken on August 4, 2007