Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Learn what a graduate degree in Engineering can offer you!

Thinking about graduate studies in engineering? Come meet representatives of top schools from across Canada to talk about opportunities to pursue Masters and PhD degrees. Schools include the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

Join us at the Waterloo event:  
Thursday, October 6, 2016
5:00 – 7:30 PM

Engineering 5 (E5), Sedra Student Design Centre

Hear from our keynote speaker, Amir Abd El Halim, Managing Principal at Stantec, about the benefits of a graduate studies degree in engineering.

You will be able to speak with a faculty member or current grad student from each engineering department, as well as the Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. This is your opportunity to ask questions.

Food and beverages will be provided. All undergrads and grads are welcome!


Register today! We look forward to seeing you on October 6th!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Volunteers for study

Hello,

We are Alberto Mora (Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Joan Arnedo Moreno in IT, KISON Group at Open University of Catalonia and Dr. Carina Gonzalez in the ITED Group at University of La Laguna) and Gustavo Tondello (Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke in the HCI Games Group and Dr. Daniel Vogel in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo).

We are looking for volunteers to take part in an exploratory study of user types of gameful digital applications and personalization of gameful design elements. This research intends to explore how different user types would prefer to personalize their gameful digital applications in different ways. If you decide to volunteer, you will be asked to complete a 10-15 minute online survey that is completed anonymously. Survey questions focus on your preferences while using digital applications and games and your preferences when gameful design elements are proposed in a different way.

In appreciation for your time, you can enter your name into a draw for two 50 virtual Visa gift cards (or equivalent in another currency, aprox. $74 CAD).

We would like to assure you that the study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Ethic Committees of the involved Universities. However, the final decision about participation is yours.

If you are interested in participating, please visit the study website at:


or contact us.

Sincerely,

Alberto Mora CarreƱo
KISON Group | IN3
IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications Studies Open University of Catalonia

Gustavo Fortes Tondello
HCI Games Group | The Games Institute
Cheriton School of Computer Science

University of Waterloo

Monday, 19 September 2016

University of Guelph, College of Physical and Engineering Science Graduate Open House

  • Event Name: University of Guelph, College of Physical and Engineering Science Graduate Open House
  • Event Date: Saturday October 1st, from 10AM to 2PM
  • Event location: Summerlee Science Complex Atrium, University of Guelph
  • Event Details:


FREE:
  • Registration
  • Food & refreshments
  • Parking for those who drive/carpool. We will reimburse fuel expense with a VISA giftcard
  • Bus travel – both GreyHound and Go Transit come directly to the University of Guelph. We will reimburse your travel costs with a VISA gift card


Learn more about:
  • City of Guelph and why it is a great place to live
  • Our programs: Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Computational Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Toxicology
  • Our faculty, research and labs
  • Funding and job opportunities

Conestoga's Doon campus (Kitchener) - Hackathon

September 30 - October 2 we are organizing a hackathon at Conestoga's Doon campus. 

The general theme of the hackathon is accessibility and the bringing of people and technology together in the creation of human-computer interaction solutions that enhance and improve the quality of life for people.

For more information, please see our Web site: http://accessithon.com/

Thursday, 15 September 2016

BenchSci is on a mission to accelerate the pace of biomedical discoveries.
Today scientists are faced with a major challenge: up to 50% of their experiments fail because of the poor quality of biological compounds. Before using a compound, scientists review thousands of scientific papers in order to identify those that have been proven to “work” by the scientific community. This is a long, rigorous process, taking hours, sometimes even weeks.

Enter BenchSci. We are creating a cutting edge technology that automates this process and
allows scientists to achieve biomedical discoveries faster. Our technology decodes scientific
papers and extracts the crucial information that scientists need. With BenchSci, scientists can now find biological compounds that have been proven to work within seconds.
If you are excited about machine learning, science, marketplaces, startups, and building cool stuff, we want to talk to you!

What we are looking for
A talented, creative, and ambitious full stack developer who will be instrumental in the
development of our cutting edge machine learning search platform for scientific products.

Responsibilities include: UI development with ReactJS, and backend development with big data platforms such as Hadoop and Spark. As we are constantly evolving our technologically, comfort with fastpace changes in toolsets a must. Our ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science / computer engineering or higher , and possesses the following qualities:

● Comfortable with fast paced technology adaptation
● Innovative and proactive
● Expertise in Python, Javascript, Java
● Comfortable with functional programming and multiprocessing
● Comfortable with web programming using Django
● Comfortable with ReactJS and its ecosystem, such as webpack, babel, ES6, nodeJS
● Comfortable with SQL, NoSQL and graph databases
● Familiarity with Postgres SQL, DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Neo4J a plus
● Knowledge of devop with AWS is an asset
● Background in statistics is an asset
● Interest in biological sciences is an asset
● Good intuition on UI/UX is an asset

Lastly, we hope you don’t take yourself too seriously!

What do you get
● Competitive salary and options at a wellfunded startup
● High growth position in the early stage of a promising startup
● To become our number 2 employee
● Freedom to help improve things
● Key placement with important responsibilities in the organization
● To participate in important decision making on system architecture
● To align your professional growth with our company growth
● To Work with doctorallevel colleagues
● To gain exposure to applied deep learning in the real world
● To Help transform and improve scientific research

How to apply?
Please submit a onepage resume and a short paragraph stating why you are interested in
applying to maurice@benchsci.com no later than October 7, 2016 . We will review applicants on an ongoing basis.

Computer Science projects from MindSumo

Dear Students,

Please review the latest Computer Science projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com

Analyze how channels can impact product usage - $10,000 and a trip to San Francisco as prizes (Advanced)

Make a portfolio builder web app - $1,600 in prizes (Beginner)

Direct Links:

https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/wells-fargo-2016

https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/cold-fusion-portfolio

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

CS undergrads planning to attend graduate school

CS undergrads planning to attend graduate school next year who are interested 
in applying for the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship for Master's or the 
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)  or Queen Elizabeth 2 scholarship are 
invited to attend a scholarship information session:
  • September 15th  5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall
The GSO has updated their scholarship web pages for the upcoming external 
scholarship competitions.  Some deadlines are coming up very soon and many are 
earlier than last year.  The NSERC Doctoral application deadline is 8:00 pm on 
September 30, 206, including references.


An easy reference for the application and transcript ordering deadlines is on 
the CS Graduate web page:
https://math.uwaterloo.ca/computer-science/current-graduate-students

Applicants and referees can find details about each competition on the GSO 
external scholarships competitions web page:
https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/awards-funding/external-awards


Students can find detailed information about ordering transcripts for these 
competition on a separate web page:
https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/awards-funding/transcripts-scholarship-competitions
 
Please note that deadlines for ordering transcripts are not flexible and 
failure to meet these will result in disqualification from the competition.