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NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception

NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception

September 16, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
NCSA building, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, IL 61801

Join us at the NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception as we power up for our next 30 years of shaping the future of scientific research, education, and innovation. The community celebration will include a special presentation featuring NCSA founding Director Larry Smarr, current NCSA Director Ed Seidel and other distinguished guests. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

The creation of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a national hub for digital inquiry and exploration represented a revolution in the culture of innovation, research, and education. The University of Illinois community, NCSA partners and alumni are invited to join us in this celebration.

Please RSVP for this event by September 7.

Additional NCSA 30th Anniversary Celebration Events!

Donna Cox Talk

Sept. 15: “The Unofficial History of Visualization”

Featuring Donna Cox from NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the NCSA Auditorium, 1205 W. Clark Street St., Urbana, IL

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Larry Smarr Distinguished Lecture

Sept. 16: Director’s Distinguished Lecture: “50 Years of Supercomputing: From Colliding Black Holes to Dynamic Microbiomes to the Exascale”

Featuring NCSA founding director Larry Smarr.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the NCSA Auditorium, 1205 W. Clark Street St., Urbana, IL

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NCSA Pygmalion Festival Post-Party

Sept. 16: Pygmalion Festival + NCSA 30th Anniversary Post-Party

Days of Future Past with Larry Smarr, Donna Cox, and Ed Seidel. A free concert will follow.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Accord, 51 E. Main St., Champaign, IL

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NCSA’s 30th Anniversary Celebration is a part of U of I College of Engineering “Impact Day” and Champaign-Urbana’s Pygmalion Festival.


When: September 16, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark, Urbana IL

30th Anniversary Reception Demos

Demos will be presented in NCSA 1005 and 2103 from 4:30-6:00pm on Friday, September 16.

Donna Cox and members of the Advanced Visualization Lab will present demos from their recent work, including excerpts from films “Solar Superstorms,” “Super Tornado: Anatomy of a Megadisaster” and several others.

Mike Junokas, Illinois Informatics Ph.D. Student advised by Prof. Guy Garnett, will present a collaboration with visiting simulation developer Greg Kohlburn an interactive multi-media ecology demo titled “to me…,as if i’ve heard before.” This is the second in a series of multi-media art installations that incorporate the observer’s movement into a visual and sonic atmosphere, creating a dynamic, feedback artistic ecology. By gathering and analyzing a variety of movement features, elements of the installation “react” to the observer, relaying imagery and audio throughout the environment. As the observer moves and reacts within the space, they become integrated directly with the visual and aural elements, creating responsive feedback ecology.


Parking information

Metered parking is available in the parking garage just north of NCSA, on Clark Street, and on other surrounding streets. Rates are $1.00/hour, and all meters accept quarters, dimes, nickels and dollar coins. While you can park all day in the garage, street parking is generally limited to two hours. There is no attendant in the parking garage, but you do have the option to pay for metered parking by credit card by calling 1-866-234-PARK (7275); the garage is location 4801. For more information, go to

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