2011 Annual Science Report
University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting | SEP 2010 – AUG 2011
EPO Activity: 2011 CASS - Computational Astrobiology Summer Symposium
The goal of the Computational Astrobiology Summer Symposium (CASS) is to introduce computer science and electrical engineering students to astrobiology research, and to encourage astrobiology researchers to adopt current computational tools and approaches. This year’s CASS took place August 1-14 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a 3-day field trip to astrobiologically relevant sites on the Big Island, led by Chris McKay of NASA Ames. Unlike previous years, 2011 focused on the construction and utilization of a mini-CAVE, a 3-D visualization system. The 8 participants built a complete 2-screen mini-CAVE system, including head- and wand-tracking, and installed and tested two distinct libraries of 3-D visualization software. Also, in collaboration with CASS home and guest speakers, they developed a list of projects that use 3-D visualization to enable new astrobiology research or outreach.