•  Presented on GEON at Geochemistry meeting in D.C. (Chaitan Baru), as well as Structural Geology meeting hosted by John Oldow in Idaho (Dogan Seber). Both meetings demonstrated that the groups are looking for “small tools” to assist them in integrating their databases and plotting focal mechanisms (as an example). A couple of workshops were proposed and may be organized to address these immediate needs, to be held early in 2004.

•  A CHRONOS Tools Workshop was held in San Diego at the end of October. This was supposed to be held at SDSC but had to be relocated, at the LAST minute, due to the campus closure as a result of the wildfires. Douglas Greer, Dogan Seber and Chaitan Baru participated in this workshop.

•  SDSC GEON team concentrated on developing/refining computer demos to be used at GSA, SC '03 and AGU booths (Kai Lin, Ashraf Memon, Reza Wahadj, Douglas Greer, Timothy Kaiser, Dogan Seber). Llogistical details for this event organized by Margaret Banton .

•  The systems team worked on the GeonGrid Machine setup and architecture (Karan Bhatia, Sandeep Chandra, Dogan Seber).

•  Imported new data (paleo latitude/longitude) into MySQL and db2 PGAP (Paleo Geographic Atlas Page) server so that it now does multiple selection search.

•  GEON hosted a booth at GSA in Seattle , WA . Provided computer demos that highlighted various aspects of GEON research. This booth generated strong interest in the project and it was decided that GEON will host one again at the GSA 2004 conference next November. (Chaitan Baru, Dogan Seber, Margaret Banton , Ashraf Memon, Kai Lin).

•  Several GEON related abstracts and/or poster sessions were presented at GSA, having been authored by Randy Keller, Krishna Sinha, Chaitan Baru, Dogan Seber, Bertram Ludaescher, Ilya Zaslavsky, Ashraf Memon, Karan Bhatia, Kai Lin, Boyan Brodaric, Lee Allison, Thomas Jordan, Calvin Barnes, Ramon Arrowsmith, and others.

•  GEON was highlighted at the San Diego Supercomputer Center 's Booth, during the Supercomputing 2003 Conference in Phoenix , AZ. Again, computer demos highlighting aspects of the project's research were used. (Dogan Seber and Karan Bhatia).

•  A talk on Interval Computations and their use in Geoinformatics was giving at the High Performance Computing Consortium Meeting, also held in Phoenix , in conjunction with Supercomputing 2003. (Vladik Kreinovich, UTEP)

•  Two GEON related Master theses were defended at UTEP in November:

- Roberto Araiza, “Optimal FFT-Based Algorithms for Referncing Multi-Spectral images”
- Roberto Torres, “Eliminating Duplicates under Interval and Fuzzy Uncertainty: An Asymptotically Optimal Algorithm and its Geospatial Applications”

Advisors on these theses were Randy Keller and Vladik Kreinovich.

•  A “master list” of all computers to be bought for the GEON grid was created. Bids to be sought in the immediate future, with the possibility of buying all of the machines by the end of 2003. A schedule of which locations will be installed, when will be created over the next few months, with the ultimate goal discussed as having all of the machines in the GEON grid up-and-running by the middle of 2004 (Karan Bhatia, Dogan Seber, Chaitan Baru, Sandeep Chandra).