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John Jacobsen

John Jacobsen
President, NPX Designs, Inc.


John Jacobsen is a software consultant based in Chicago, IL. He studied art and physics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he did his doctoral research on the simulation of neutrino detectors. His company, NPX Designs, specializes in software for large-scale science projects, and has done work ranging from Linux device driver development to interactive Web site development for experimental control and scientific visualization. He has also exhibited artwork in half a dozen states across the USA, and created one of the first Web sites for presenting artwork (Jan. 1994). Recently returned from his 7th trip to the South Pole, he is currently obsessed with painting, Lisp programming, and helping to finish commissioning the world’s largest neutrino detector, IceCube.


Emerging Topics
Location: Portland 252 Level: Intermediate
Keith Beattie (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Dave Glowacki (UW-Madison), John Jacobsen (NPX Designs, Inc.)
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The developers of the data acquisition component of the IceCube project present how they are using open source software to collect data from the world's largest neutrino detector buried across 1 cubic kilometer, 2 kilometers down, in the ice under the South Pole. The astrophysical importance of the project and the experience of traveling to and living at the South Pole will also be discussed. Read more.
OSCON 2008