[svlug-announce] REMINDER: SVLUG Meeting, Wed June 5, 2002

stevegt@svlug.org stevegt at svlug.org
Wed, 5 Jun 2002 00:29:13 -0700

We're pleased to announce the next meeting of the Silicon Valley Linux
Users Group!


  NASA Linux Research


  Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 7pm-9pm or so

  Sam Clanton, NASA Ames Research Center


Sam's work in building an airborne embedded Linux spectrometer control
system was featured on the cover of the March/April 2002 Embedded
Linux Journal -- the ER-2 photo.

Sam is a researcher in Computational Sciences / Atmospheric Sciences
at NASA Ames, where he is involved in a number of Linux-based
projects.  His current work is mainly in EEG pattern recognition and
real-time data processing for brain-computer interface projects taking
place at the NASA Ames Neuroengineering lab.  

Sam will talk about the use of Linux as a part of the research
projects that he has been a part of at NASA, what he is up to inside
and outside of the space agency, and where a relative
newcomer/outsider to the Linux community thinks this Linux thing is


Sam is a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University, where he
studied Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.  He is currently
serving a year-long stint at NASA Ames, before he begins work on an
as-yet-unnamed technological development nonprofit he is co-founding
in South America.  In the future, he is most probably going to go to
medical school.  

Sam got into Linux in college as a result of dissatisfaction in not
being able to really control his own computer, or understand what it
was actually up to, with closed-source systems.  He views Linux as the
natural choice for research, and he believes that if more scientists
were to view a computer as a highly developed and tunable rack of
custom data acquisition and processing equipment, a lot of new
imaginative and effective research could be done.

Aside from work, Sam has been an avid rugby player for most of his
adult life.  He also enjoys mountain biking and hanging out in really
nasty bars.  At one time in his life, he was fluent in Japanese and
had plastic pants.

Cisco Building 9.  The land of NUMBERS. The VINEYARDS conference
center.  The side we are on is the Silver Oak/Jordan conference rooms,
where a large Cisco fountain is usually not turned on.  Directions on
how to get there are listed at:


We've tried our very best for these directions to be accurate.  If you
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It's best if you arrive close to on time, as otherwise there may not
be someone posted at the door to let you in.  After the speakers end
their presentation there is usually a Q&A session, time for job
seekers and employers to meet, and often a few door prizes.  When the
meeting is over people are encouraged to chat a bit, but also to exit
the building so Cisco can lock up. Don't worry, a lot of us go to
dinner afterward so there's plenty of time to chat outdoors or

We look forward to seeing you there!