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EigenU 2008 Recap

May 12, 2008

Wow, what a week!

Fourteen courses, forty students, and eight instructors all in six days. This has to be as much chemometrics as has ever been learnt in one week in one place, ever.

OK, I may be a bit biased, but the third edition of Eigenvector University went really well. Students from as far away as Japan and Kuwait converged on the Washington Athletic Club for a series of basic to advanced chemometrics courses May 4-9, 2008. The entire Eigenvector consulting staff was on hand, plus our associate Rasmus Bro.

The week started on Sunday morning with a full Linear Algebra for Chemometricians class (that’s dedication!) and continued with MATLAB for Chemometricians that afternoon. On Monday, our parallel track of specialty and advanced courses was added with Using PLS_Toolbox and Solo Models On-line.

Evening events included the Tuesday night’s joint EigenU/CPAC Poster Session, Wednesday night’s PLS_Toolbox/Solo PowerUser Tip & Tricks, and the Workshop Dinner at Torchy’s Thursday.

We were pleased to see the attendees get out and enjoy the local terrain. Students explored the waterfront and Pike Place Market, took ferry rides to Bainbridge Island, and enjoyed the workout facilities and spa treatments at the WAC. Friends were made all around.

As usual, the WAC staff took great care of us and kept us well fed. Numerous comments were made about how good the lunches were. Spouses joined many of the workshop participants for the Thursday dinner at Torchy’s, which was the culinary highlight of the week.

Thanks to everyone, students and Eigenvectorians, for making it a fun and informative week!