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#beautyofcomputing Social Media Campaign

July 28th, 2015 / in Uncategorized / by Helen Wright

The National Science Foundation is in the middle of a summer-long social media campaign highlighting the #beautyofcomputing.

We see beautifully computer-rendered images daily, but we rarely step back to consider the simulation, modeling and visualization technologies behind these images.

The #beautyofcomputing campaign highlights these aspects of art, science, and technology and celebrates the aesthetic and creative possibilities of computing, and in particular, the use of computer-rendered images for communicating science.

It is easy to take for granted the incredible discoveries made by researchers at institutions around the country, but without funding for computational tools to simulate, analyze and visualize data, many of these discoveries would be impossible.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held an Uncertainty in Computation workshop last October that highlighted the uncertainty in different computing fields such as weather forecasting. Computer generated models, which meteorologists use to explain and understand the weather, can be an example of the #beautyofcomputing.

The image below is from workshop participant Eugenia Kalnay and her Weather-Chaos Group at the University of Maryland.

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More images like this one will be in the Uncertainty in Computation workshop report, which is coming out soon.

Some examples of the #beautyofcomputing, which have been shared on social media, are below:

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NSF invites individuals and organizations who create, use or simply appreciate digitally-enabled science to participate by posting computer-rendered, or computer-themed images on social media using the #beautyofcomputing hashtag.

To see them all, click here.

#beautyofcomputing Social Media Campaign