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Eigenvector University

April 26 – May 1, 2020
Seattle, WA, USA 

Eigenvector Research, Inc. is pleased to announce our 15th annual Eigenvector University. EigenU 2020 consists of 16 chemometrics short courses led by the Eigenvector staff including PLS_Toolbox creator Barry M. Wise and Eigenvector co-founder Neal B. Gallagher plus our associate Rasmus Bro. The courses will be held in Seattle, USA at the Washington Athletic Club. EigenU will also include a Workshop Dinner, and a PowerUser Tips, Tricks & Poster 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 Guide and 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 StarbucksSeattle’s Best CoffeeTully’sRedhookHalesPyramidBig TimePike 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.

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, metabolomics, 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, Data Scientist Manny Palacios, and Software Developers R. Scott KochDonal O’Sullivan and Lyle Lawrence. Eigenvector Associate Rasmus Bro will also join us.

Class Schedule

The TENTATIVE course schedule for the 2020 Eigenvector University courses, User Poster and Tips & Tricks Session, and Workshop Dinner is shown below. Class times are given below the course schedule.

Date Time
Course, Room A
Course, Room B
April 26 AM  
Sunday PM  
April 27 AM Model Deployment w/ Solo_Predictor & Model_Exporter
Monday PM
Chemometrics I – PCA continued
Data VisualizationNew Course!
April 28 AM
Tuesday PM
Chemometrics II continued
Nonlinear Methods continued
April 29 AM Clustering and Classification Multi-block, Multi-level & Data Fusion Methods
Wednesday PM Advanced Preprocessing for Spectral Applications
Robust Methods for PCA and PLS
April 30 AM Calibration Model Maintenance Optimized and Hierarchical Models
Thursday PM Scripting Speedup and ParallelizationNew Course!
May 1 AM Multivariate/Hyperspectral Image Analysis (MIA)
Friday PM
CLS and MCR continued
MIA 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 PowerUser Tips & Tricks and Poster Session

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! This year we’ll also be hosting the User Poster Session in conjunction with the tips and tricks course, and now the whole event is free! 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, and now you can learn additional tips and tricks at the same event! Presenters of the two best posters, as judged by EVRI staff, will be awarded awesome prizes (last year prizes were Bose wireless speakers and headphones!). 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 29, and we’ll show you these tricks and many more, and feed you dinner! This course is free to all EigenU attendees and those that submit posters!

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.

Workshop Dinner

Join us at 6:30 on Thursday, April 30 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 2020 are shown below.

To get the Early Registration rate, payment must be received on or before March 29, 2020.

Industrial Rates*
Course Item
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 30

*Industrial rates listed. See below for academic pricing.

Note: payment must be received on or before March 20, 2020, in order to get the discounted Early Registration price. If payment for Early Registration is not received by March 20, 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 20, 2020) or $345 (after March 20). 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 20, 2020, in order to get the early registration prices.

Complete refunds will be made for cancellations prior to March 20, 2020. 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 $165/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 20, 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.