COFES, the Congress On the Future of Engineering Software, takes place April 1-4 in Scottsdale, AZ. The event is presented as a think tank for great minds to exchange ideas and discuss practices. Headlining the event will be keynote speaker John Koza, inventor of genetic programming. Also on the agenda: Congress sessions—open forums for mechanical and AEC; technology-suite briefings by COFES sponsors; and analyst briefings. To apply for an invitation to COFES2004, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-511.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.