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CASRO Tech 09 and a field of poppies

It was great to be at CASRO’s annual Technology conference again. They have changed the format since I was last there in 2005 and instead of a roster of invited speakers, they now follow the call-for-presentations model, which has upped the standard considerably as the organising committee has been able to pick from the best. The CASRO Tech presentations have always tended to be pretty grounded, focusing on methodology as well as technology, and with speakers unafraid of saying what does not work along with what does. You are often hearing from people who are speaking from a well of practical experience, which I find a tonic from the customary highly choreographed statements of the obvious that seem to dominate the showpiece research conferences. (more…)