National Center for Supercomputing Applications Special Event
Kai Staats, filmmaker and Visiting Scientist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will give his talk "Making Movies about Making History: A Non-linear Journey from LEGO to LIGO". His talk will be about his work on HPC, LIGO science, and filmmaking.
On September 14, 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – generated by the merger of two massive black holes over one billion light years from Earth. This discovery is the culmination of decades of instrument research and development through a world-wide collaboration of more than one thousand researchers and scientists. It proves a prediction made by Einstein 100 years ago, is the first direct observation of black holes, and the beginning of a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.
When: Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 12:00pm
Where: NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark St, Room 1040, Urbana