A visit to Portugal

In November of 2018, UM CS Department Chair, Jesse Johnson, his graduate student David Blasen presented their research at the VII International Conference on Forest Fire Research, held in Coimbra, Portugal. Their simulation results revealed that a commonly used approximation is invalid in many important real world cases, meaning that fires will tend to burn longer and retain more heat that expected. This international conference had over 200 participants from Portugal, Spain, the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, and Slovakia.

fire

Conference organizers provided a tour of their laboratory – a place to study fire burning.

honestybar

Dave tries out the ‘honesty bar’ at the hotel. Leave some coin, have a drink.

coast

On our final day in Portugal we visited the coast.

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