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Re: [Swarmfest2006] SwarmFest organization

From: Greg Madey
Subject: Re: [Swarmfest2006] SwarmFest organization
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 15:36:14 -0400


1) FYI: Links to the registration server have been posted at the conference web site at:

http://www.nd.edu/~swarm06/SWARM_registration_form/ swarm_registration_form.htm

I'll add more detail and "pretty it up" shortly. Please send suggestions on anything at the entire SwarmFest web site.

2) Right now, I've reserved the conference facilities all day Sunday (June 25, 2006) for SwarmFest Tutorial(s) -- morning until 6:00 pm.

They include as many as 4 rooms that could hold 25 each.

We've listed the fee for the Sunday tutorial as $45 for students and $95 for all others. How the proceeds from the tutorial session(s) is used is up to the SDG, e.g., subsidize travel costs of the instructor (s). The registration server lists the Sunday tutorial as a registration option.

3) My understanding is that Mike North and Bill Rand are available to provide tutorial sessions all day Sunday, June 26 on RePast and NetLogo -- (a somewhat longer version of their NAACSOS tutorial offered Wednesday evening, June 21). Mike and/or Bill -- please confirm?

4) One issue to consider is whether there will be enough demand for 2 parallel tutorial sessions on Sunday? It sure makes sense to have a Swarm tutorial at a SwarmFest! On the other hand, several requests have come in for NetLogo, Mason, and RePast tutorials!

5) Just a clarification:

RE: (22nd, to avoid conflict with banquet?)

6) Thursday, June 22nd will be a reception, with food and music (provided by Notre Dame). This will be a joint reception for both NAACSOS and SwarmFest.

We might be able schedule a SwarmFest dinner or reception on Friday and/or Saturday evenings also.

So ... an evening tutorial on either Friday or Saturday could be an option, depending on whether we have a SwarmFest dinner either of those evenings.


On May 1, 2006, at 12:51 PM, Steve Railsback wrote:

Bill Rand: How much time do you want for your NetLogo class?

Mike North: Confirm when you want to do your class(es).

Greg M.:
 (a) Is there any problem with 2 or 3 concurrent classes on the 25?
(b) How much of the class fee can we skim off to pay Paul J.'s travel?

SDG board: Any objection to us paying Paul Johnson's registration if he does a Swarm class?

Hi all,

It's time to get some SwarmFest stuff underway again. One issue is training classes. We have not been overwhelmed by requests for classes but I think people will show up for them. And some people are bugging us to get these scheduled so they can make travel arrangements.

a. Repast: Mike North is, I believe, scheduled to do an evening class June 21 (SwarmFest starts on the 23rd, but the NAACSOS meeting starts on the 22nd). If there was demand, a second, longer class on Sunday (25th) is a possibility, but so far we don't have a gage of demand (right Mike?).

b. Swarm: Paul Johnson offered to do a Swarm (Objective-C, I assume) class, which we should schedule for Sunday (25th). Paul's offer is contingent on us waiving his conference registration fee and letting him use as much of the class fee as possible to cover his travel cost.

c. NetLogo: Bill Rand offered to teach NetLogo. We need to know whether he wants to do a short evening class (22nd, to avoid conflict with banquet?) or a longer class on Sunday.

After we get these things squared away, we can post a more detailed schedule that shows them.

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