Eigenvector University

April 23-28, 2017
Seattle, WA, USA

Eigenvector Research, Inc. is pleased to announce our 12th annual Eigenvector University. EigenU 2017 consists of 16 chemometrics short courses led by the Eigenvector staff plus associate Rasmus Bro. The courses will be held in Seattle, USA at the Washington Athletic Club. EigenU will also include a PLS_Toolbox/Solo User Poster Session, a Workshop Dinner, and a PowerUser Tips & Tricks Session.


About Seattle

Seattle, sandwiched between Puget Sound, Lake Washington and Lake Union, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, is a distractingly beautiful city and mecca to outdoor sports enthusiasts. Yes, it rains, but that doesn't stop the natives from taking advantage of the local terrain. For a city of its size, Seattle also has an amazing array of restaurants. Check out the Seattle Weekly Restaurant Guideand Urbanspoon Seattle. or browse restaurants and make a reservation at OpenTable Seattle. To get a good view of the city, take a ride on one of the many Washington State Ferries or visit the top of the Space Needle. Be sure to check out Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. You'll also find an amazing variety of coffee and beer in Seattle, which is home to Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, Tully's, Redhook, Hales, Pyramid, Big Time, Pike Brewing and many smaller roasting and brewing companies. Seattle is also the original home of Boeing and the Museum of Flight. If you want general visitor information, check out the Seattle Visitor Information Center or Seattle Sidewalk.

Target audience

Our Chemometrics Courses are aimed at engineers, chemists and other scientists who want to be able to analyze their own laboratory or process data, develop their own data models or develop instruments that produce analytical data. The courses are especially well suited for those with an interest in process analytical technology (PAT) in the pharmaceutical industries, metabonomics, and systems biology. The courses are also useful for those that manage staff that generate and analyze data. The courses serve individuals with a need for exploratory data analysis, development of predictive models such as analytical instrument calibrations, soft sensor models, multivariate statistical process control, fault detection, instrument standardization and sample classification. No prior knowledge is needed to begin this series of courses, although some knowledge of basic statistics and elementary linear algebra is useful.

About the instructors

The entire Eigenvector staff will be on hand for Eigenvector University. This includes Eigenvector Research President and PLS_Toolbox creator Barry M. Wise, Vice-President and co-founder Neal B. Gallagher, Lead Deployed Applications Consultant Robert T. Roginski, Chief Eigenspectroscopist Willem Windig, and Software Developers R. Scott Koch and Donal O'Sullivan.

The Eigenvector staff will be joined by Associate Rasmus Bro, Professor at the University of Copenhagen. His Chemometrics Group in the Department of Food and Dairy Science is well known for its work in the development and application of chemometric methods. Rasmus has extensive experience applying and teaching multi-way analysis, including his web courses. Dr. Bro received the 2004 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Achievements in Chemometrics,the Wold Medal in 2011, and most recently the first annual Nils Foss Excellence Prize in November 2016.

Class Schedule

The tentative schedule for the 2017 Eigenvector University courses, User Poster Session, User Group Meeting, and Workshop Dinner is shown below. Times are given below the main schedule.

Date Time
Course, Room A
Course, Room B
April 23,
Sunday PM
April 24,
Chemometrics I - PCA continued
April 25,
Tuesday PM
Chemometrics II continued
Nonlinear Methods continued
April 26,
Wednesday PM
Chemometrics for GC-MS continued
April 27,
Thursday PM
Calibration Model Maintenance continued
April 28,
Friday PM
Hyperspectral Image Analysis continued
Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) Workshop continued

Typical days in each course will be as follows:

  7:30 -  8:30  Check-in and continental breakfast
  8:30 - 10:00  Instruction
 10:00 - 10:15  Break (coffee and tea)
 10:15 - 12:00  Instruction
 12:00 -  1:00  Lunch (provided)
  1:00 -  3:00  Instruction
  3:00 -  3:15  Break (coffee, tea, sodas, snacks)
  3:15 -  4:30  Instruction
  5:30 -  8:00  Poster Session, PowerUser Session, Workshop Dinner

PLS_Toolbox/Solo User Poster Session

The EigenU Poster Session will be Tuesday, April 25, at 5:30 at the Washington Athletic Club. The Poster Session is a chance for PLS_Toolbox and Solo users to showcase their own chemometric achievements and share results and remaining problems with other users and the EigenU instructors.

The poster session includes beverages and hors d'oevres to keep the scientific discussion lively. Presenters of the two best posters, as judged by EVRI staff, will be awarded Bose QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones or a Bose SoundTouch® 10 wireless music system. Attendance at the poster session is free and open to all EigenU attendees and Eigenvector software users.

If you would like to present your work, please send a title and brief abstract to bmw@eigenvector.com. Please be sure to describe how PLS_Toolbox, Solo or our other software products were used in the work.

PLS_Toolbox/Solo PowerUser Tips & Tricks

OK, so you know how to make basic PCA and PLS models. But how do you capture the full power of Eigenvector software? Come to the PLS_Toolbox/Solo PowerUser Tips & Tricks session and we'll show you! Learn how to add a custom preprocessing method, a custom toolbar button, or a data importer. Find out how you can use PlotGUI from the command line to streamline plotting of any MATLAB data. Join us from 5:30-8:30 on Wednesday, April 26, and we'll show you these tricks and many more, and feed you dinner! We'll have a simple yet delicious pasta bar with beverages so you won't get distracted by hunger pangs and miss any great software features.

Workshop Dinner

Join us at 6:30 on Thursday, April 27 at Torchy's for a great meal and chance to unwind with your new chemometric colleagues. Enjoy the upscale yet relaxed atmosphere as the WAC's Chef Will prepares fresh seasonal cuisine. Order from a special limited menu developed for us by the WAC's culinary experts. We'll provide plenty of beverages, including Northwest beers and wines selected from Torchy's extensive cellar.

Course fees

Prices for EigenU 2017 are shown below.

To get the Early Registration rate, payment must be received on or before March 23, 2017.

Industrial Rates*
PLS_Toolbox/Solo PowerUser Tips & Tricks (dinner included), Wednesday, April 27
Any Half Day Course
Any One Day Course
Any Two Days
Any Three Days
Any Four Days
Five Days
All Six Days
Special Academic Rate, flat per day rate
Workshop Dinner, Thursday, April 28

*Industrial rates listed. See below for academic pricing.

Note: payment must be received on or before March 23, 2017, in order to get the discounted Early Registration price. If payment for Early Registration is not received by March 23, we will re-invoice you at the Regular Registration rate. Acceptable forms of payment include MasterCard, VISA and checks drawn on a US bank. Wire transfers can also be arranged.

Academic discount: University students and faculty are eligible for the flat per day rate of $295 (early registration with payment by March 23, 2017) or $345 (after March 23). Academic rate for PowerUser Tips & Tricks is $145 (early registration) or $175 (after March 23). Verification of University affiliation is required by providing valid university mailing and e-mail address.

PLS_Toolbox discount: All attendees can purchase PLS_Toolbox for MATLAB or Solo software for $200 off the current industrial rate as part of the course.

Registration, deadlines and cancellations

To register, login to your Eigenvector account, or create an account, then select the classes you would like to attend. You can pay directly with your MasterCard or VISA using our secure credit card processing, or ask to be invoiced. Payments must be received by March 23, 2017, in order to get the early registration prices.

Complete refunds will be made for cancellations prior to March 23, 2017. Cancellations after that date will be assessed a $250 cancellation fee.

Course venue and lodging

EigenU will be held at the Washington Athletic Club, the nation's premier city athletic club. A special discounted room rate of $179/night (single or double, plus tax) has been arranged for course participants. All accommodations include: Fonte in-room coffee, luxury bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board, and terry cloth robes. The upgraded guestroom technology will feature 100% High Definition channel lineup, HDTV, iPod/MP3 playback, complimentary wired and wireless basic Internet access (ultra high-speed tier available for a fee), IPTV movies on demand, Sirius satellite music and Internet radio, plus newly remodeled bathrooms.

The discounted room rate is based in the standard WAC guest room. This is approx. 225 - 250 sq. ft. and offers either one queen or 2 double beds.

For reservations, please advise which room type you would prefer, all guest names in the room and the credit card number to secure the reservation. Once confirmed, the WAC will email the confirmation letter to you.

Our block of rooms will be released on March 23, so reserve early! Please contact the WAC at (206) 622-7900, or by email at innreservations@wac.net. Be sure to mention "Eigenvector University" when you make your reservations.