PAOC Spotlights

IAP 2011

Tue November 2nd, 2010

PAOC members are offering two for-credit IAP classes in January...

Among the for-credit classes offered are:

  • 12.312 - Understand and run your own Climate Model given by Paul O'Gorman

Overviews the fundamentals of simulating the Earth's climate. Basic background on the processes maintaining the climate is provided. Students run simple climate models (radiative-convective equilibrium and energy balance models) in Matlab and analyze output from the comprehensive climate models used in global-warming assessments. The components of a modern general circulation model will be discussed.

Contact: Paul O'Gorman, 54-1616, x2-3382,

Dates: Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 10am-12:00pm, 54-1615

Class webpage

Prereq: GIR:PHY1, GIR:CAL1
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F


  • 12.310 - Introduction to Weather Forecasting given by Lodovica Illari

Basic principles of synoptic meteorology and weather forecasting. Analysis of hourly weather data and numerical weather prediction models. Regular preparation of weather forecasts. Guest lecture by local TV meteorologist.

Contact: Lodovica Illari, 54-1612, x3-2286,

Dates: Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 12, 14, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 01:30-03:00pm, 54-915

Class webpage

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 50 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: GIR:PHY1, GIR:CAL1
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F    


The Following not-For-Credit Classes are also being Offered:

  • Introduction to Inverse Methods given by Carl Wunsch

An introductory class: simple and heuristic, with as little mathematics as seems possible. Simple computer exercises to demonstrate the basic ideas. Included are static and time-dependent methodologies including the singular value decomposition, Gauss-Markov estimators, Kalman filters, RTS smoothers, generalized versions of least-squares, adjoints, distinctions between data assimilation and state estimation, etc. The primary emphasis is on linear problems - which are essential to understanding non-linear ones.

Contact: Carl Wunsch, 54-1524, x3-5937,

Dates: Mon Jan 24 thru Fri Jan 28, 10:30am-12:00pm, 54-317

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

  • Introduction To Real-Time Embedded Systems For Control Applications given by Chris Wardman, Prof. Sara Seager, Prof. David Miller, Prof. Joel Schindall

This class will feature a detailed look at embedded system design for real time applications. Lectures will describe FPGAs, VHDL, real time theory, and integrating those pieces with embedded linux to produce a complete embedded architecture for real world applications. Lab will include working with commercial off the shelf hardware and software tool chains. Two additional hours will be required outside of class/lab.

Dates: Tue Jan 4, Thu Jan 6, 03-05:00pm, Room 33-218, Tue Jan 11, Thu Jan 13, 03-05:00pm, Room 33-419, Tue, Thu, Jan 18, 20, 03-05:00pm, Room 33-218, Tue Jan 25, 03-05:00pm, Room 4-153, Thu Jan 27, 03-05:00pm, Room 33-218

Contact: Chris Wardman,

Limit 20

Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Prereq: Some computer programming experience; permission of leader

This activity is co-sponsored by AeroAstro, EAPS, and EECS.


For other IAP events of interest to or involving members of PAOC checkout PAOC's IAP calendar.

For a full listing of not-for credit and for-credit classes and to register checkout the IAP catalog.