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College of Engineering and Applied Science

Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS Institute)

Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media: Computer Music

Miller Puckette
Professor of Music
University of California, San Diego

ATLS 4519, 3 semester hours, Section 210 (lecture), Class No. 19490; Section 211 (lab), Class No. 19491
ATLS 5519, 3 semester hours, Section 210 (lecture), Class No. 19493; Section 211 (lab), Class No. 19494
Session B: July 7August 7, 2015
In this course students will explore how to develop interactive applications for electronic arts and music, running on desktop computers or on portable devices, using the Pure Data graphical programming environment.  Topics include sensing inputs, decision making, transforming microphone and camera inputs, generating sound and images, and audio spatialization.  Applications can power stand-alone artworks or work as interactive musical/graphical instruments.  Students taking the course should bring a laptop computer or a Raspberry Pi (or similar), and ideally a pair of headphones.

Miller Puckette obtained a BS in Mathematics from MIT and PhD in Mathematics from Harvard. He was a member of MIT’s Media Lab and then a researcher at IRCAM (l’Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Musique/Acoustique). At IRCAM he wrote Max, a widely used computer music software environment. Puckette joined the Music department of the University of California, San Diego in 1994. Since 2004 he has performed with the Convolution Brothers. Puckette received the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Civil Engineering

Special Topics: Geothermal Energy: Prospecting, Production, and Utilization

Aniko Toth
Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
University of Miskolc, Hungary

CVEN 4838, 3 semester hours, Section 200, Class No. 17501
CVEN 5838, 3 semester hours, Section 200, Class No. 17502
Session B: July 7–August 7, 2015
Covers the natural conditions, production, utilization, and environmental impact of geothermal energy. The course will provide students with a broad understanding of these topics and their history. Information in the class can be used when prospecting for geothermal sites, applying the appropriate geothermal production technology, and development of geothermal surface facilities.

Aniko Toth is currently leading a European Union project focused on the development of a graduate-level track in the field of geothermal energy. She has extensive experience in geothermal heat recovery, most of which is used in direct-use applications in Hungary. She is active in international research in the field of geothermal energy. This is her second year as a FIRST scholar.

Special Topics: Flash Flood Early Warning Systems: The Challenge of Transforming Rainfall Nowcasting into Hazard Assessment

Daniel Sempere-Torres
Professor of Environmental Engineering
Center of Applied Research in Hydrometeorology
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona

CVEN 5833, 3 semester hours, Section 200, Class No. 19061
Session B: July 7–August 7, 2015
Flash Floods, resulting from intense rainfall that can accumulate over 25% of the annual rainfall in a few hours, leave extremely short lead times for warning and response. This course covers the basic phenomena leading to such events as well as the recent scientific advancements in flash flood forecasting and early warnings. These advances have allowed the scientific community to develop methodologies and tools that could be used to support practitioners of the emergency agencies and utility companies in their tasks of flash flood risk management. The flash floods of September 2013 in Colorado will be used as a case study to apply the tools.

Professor Sempere-Torres has more than 25 years of experience on hydrological modeling, forecasting, and management. He has been instrumental in developing algorithms and methods to combine observational data and weather forecasts within hydrologic models.