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IOE PhDs and alumnus mentor Seattle hackathon

IOE PhD students Tom Logan and Tim Williams were invited to Seattle to mentor a project in the "City4All Hackathon".| Short Read

The hackathon focused on generating ideas for how to make Seattle a city that is safe and accessible for populations of all ages, and brought together local council members and policy-makers, data and computer scientists, and NGOs focused on aging populations.

Among the members in their project team was IOE alum Henry Kendall.

Their involvement came following the recent acceptance of their paper “Evaluating urban accessibility: Leveraging open-source data and analytics to overcome existing limitations” in Environment and Planning: Urban Analytics and City Science. They found it a great opportunity to engage with community stakeholders and better understand how their research can be used to improve city planning.

They would like to thank the City of Seattle for funding their trip and organizing a great event.
A blog post is available here: adaptingcities.org/blogs/seattle_hackathon

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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