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IAP 2012 Activities by Category

Computers: Hardware and Devices

ARM / EEHPC@MIT
Kurt Keville
Fri Feb 3, 08:30am-05:00pm, 32-141

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Single session event

This will be an all-day workshop, with guest speakers (see agenda at website below) dedicated to the discussion of contemporary applications on low-power processors, accelerators, and embedded GPUs.
Web: http://meegs.mit.edu
Contact: ARM Workshop, NE47-587, x4-6424, MITARM@mit.edu
Sponsor: Solar Decathalon Team

Data Center Overview and Data Center tours
RIchard Ledoux, Garry Zacheiss
Fri Jan 27, 01-02:30pm, W92 Back Bay

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 12-Jan-2012
Limited to 50 participants.
Single session event
Prereq: None

Information Systems and Technology will provide an overview and a tour of the W91 and W92 Data centers.

The tour will start 1:00 PM at W92 in the Back Bay conference room.
Contact: RIchard Ledoux, W91-219C, x4-7200, rledoux@mit.edu
Sponsor: Information Services and Technology

Get Your Ham Radio License
Amy Yu
Wed Jan 11, 06-08:00pm, 1-246
Wed Jan 18, 04-06:00pm, 1-246

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Ham radio is both a fun hobby and a useful skill to have during emergencies or for event coordination. This class will familiarize you with the basic knowledge necessary to pass the 35 question exam for the entry level (Technician) ham radio license. Session 1, which is given a week before the ham exams, will cover the basic technical background as well as strategies for learning the answers to the rote-memorization exam questions, and will also include some short presentations/demos on "fun things that you can do with your ham license." Session 2, which is given on the same day as the ham exams (see w1mx.mit.edu for more information), will be a more focused and fast-paced comprehensive overview of the test material. Attendance at both sessions is recommended, but not required.
Contact: Amy Yu, sipb-iap-radio@mit.edu
Sponsor: Student Information Processing Board
Cosponsor: Radio Society

Kinected Experiences: Workshops and Competition
Brandon Muramatsu, Edwin Guarin
Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 10-Jan-2012
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Kinect + Windows Phone + Windows 8 development via C# and HTML5. What else can you ask for?

Participate in one or more workshops to prepare yourselves for an IAP competition that challenges you to combine your technical skills and creativity to create the next best product or app, potentially leading to a startup, or some great PR.

These workshops can also be used as a stepping stone towards a few larger competitions with a focus on socially responsible themes, including: iCampus Student Prize, IDEAS Global Challenge or the Imagine Cup.

Visit the website to register for a workshop.
Web: http://icampusprize.mit.edu/iap/kinected-experiences/
Contact: Brandon Muramatsu, NE48-308, x3-1680, mura@mit.edu
Sponsor: Office of Educational Innovation and Technology

Kinected Development: Kinect Xbox 360
Clint Rutkas, Brian Peek and Donald Brinkman
Learn how to develop and create applications using the official Kinect SDK. You will walk through features such as: Skeletal Viewer, Audio Capture, Speech. You will have some lab time to start building your own applications for the competition and get help as needed.

Session Instructors: Clint Rutkas (Channel 9), Brian Peek (Coding4Fun) and Donald Brinkman (Microsoft Research)
Tue Jan 17, 09am-05:00pm, 4-261 & 4-265

Kinected Development: Windows Phone
Edwin Guarin, Nora Micheva and Shawn Henry Microsoft
Learn how to get started on that next great app for the Phone using Silverlight and XNA. This is your chance to design and implement that cool new app you've been dreaming about, or put the finishing touches on your masterpiece, so bring your idea for a Phone App and get ready to code. Phone devices provided for testing.

Session Instructors: Edwin Guarin, Nora Micheva (Windows Phone, MIT 11), Shawn Henry (Windows Phone)
Wed Jan 18, 09am-05:00pm, 4-159

Kinected Development: Windows 8
Chris Bowen and George Matthews Microsoft
You will be able to install and learn how to write applications (HTML5 and C#) for the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Session Instructors: Chris Bowen (Principal Developer Evangelist) and George Matthews (SDET)
Thu Jan 19, 09am-05:00pm, 4-159

System-on-a-Chip (SOC) Design Competition
Clark Della Silva
Mon Jan 9, 10am-05:00pm, 34-101
Tue Jan 10 thru Thu Jan 12, 10am-05:00pm, 34-301
Fri Jan 13, 10am-05:00pm, 34-401B

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Signup by: 08-Jan-2012
Limited to 60 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: 6.004 or 6.111 recommended

Teams comprised of 2-5 students will compete in an System on a Chip (SoC) design competition using FPGA development boards. The goal of the competition is to design an FPGA-based processor with associated peripherals and memory components around a provided ARM Cortex-M0 DesignStart core, along with associated software to demonstrate a correctly working system. The competition will use Digilent development boards with Xilinx FPGAs. Example themes will be provided, but the competition will be
completely open-ended and teams are encouraged to use their own ideas for their systems. Lectures and workshops will be provided by ARM, Xilinx, Digilent, and MIT during the first week of the competition to get teams started. This is the first ever processor design contest using a full
instruction set compatible ARM core.

Final Presentations, 2/3, 4 PM, 32-141.
Contact: Clark Della Silva, clarkds@mit.edu
Sponsor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Cosponsor: Student Information Processing Board


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