Friday, 21 December 2012

CS research internships at the University of Toronto

For the second year in a row, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto offer research internship opportunities to undergraduate students from universities across Canada, in the form of the Undergraduate Toronto Research Experience (UTRECS) program. UTRECS was created in 2011 in an effort to both grow our summer undergraduate research program and to create a richer, more diverse environment for both our students and faculty.

UTRECS is a 16-week summer internship which pays students to work with one of our professors on a cutting-edge research project. The value of the UTRECS internship is $6,000 (additional funding to cover travel and housing expenses is available for qualified students) Information about possible research areas, eligibility, and how to apply can be found at:

Questions? Send an e-mail to us

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Three-minute Thesis competition

Linda Warley (Assoc. Dean of Grad. Studies [Faculty of Arts]) is organizing a university-wide competition that will profile the research uWaterloo graduate students are doing. The competition is called the Three Minute Thesis, and the aim is that graduate students present their research in three minutes (no more) in plain English with the help of one static slide (no other props) before a panel of judges and members of the wider community, including members of the public.

The University of Waterloo has not participated in this activity before, but we are excited to be doing so in 2013.

The competition began in Australia, at the University of Queensland, but has now spread internationally. In Canada, UBC, Queen's, Western, McMaster and others have been involved over the past couple of years. This year Queen's will host a provincial competition. We are one of 14 participating universities in that competition.

To get the flavour of this competition I suggest you visit a few websites and search on YouTube--all presentations are videotaped. Winners from the institutions below are also on their websites at these links.

University of Queenland--

Queen's ­


Linda Warley has written a blog post about it, if you are interested in reading that:

We plan to begin the heats (which will produce finalists) in late January.

If you are interested in participating, please let me know.


S. Keshav
Graduate Director
Cheriton School of Computer Science

Cheriton award winners for Winter 2013

I am pleased to announce, on behalf of the Grad Committee's Scholarship Sub-committee, the winners of the very selective Type 1 Cheriton Awards for Fall 2012.

Award winners typically receive $10,000 a year for two years and represent our top students judged on the basis of scholastic excellence.  This years winners have excellent research proposals, demonstrated good progress towards their Comp 1 and Comp 2 milestones, obtained uniformly high grades in their graduate courses, and established a pattern of excellence both in terms of publication quality and publication venues, all backed up by exceptionally strong letters of reference.

My congratulations to the following winners:

Student Supervisor(s)
Trevor BerkolayChris Eliasmith
Arthur CarvalhoKate Larson and Stanko Dimitrov
Adam FourneyMichael Terry and Richard Mann
Robin KothariAndrew Childs
Please refer to for more details of this scholarship. S. Keshav Graduate Director Cheriton School of Computer Science<>

Monday, 10 December 2012

SUPERB-ITS REU Program at UC Berkeley

We are pleased to announce the Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley – Information Technology for Sustainability (SUPERB-ITS). We appreciate your assistance informing your student populations about this opportunity.  Please distribute widely the attached flyer to students at your institution. Our application deadline is January 31, 2013. Additional information about the program can be found at our website:

We also welcome your recommendations and assistance in identifying promising students for the program.  We are proud of the high percentage of former SUPERB students who have gone on to earn graduate degrees in various engineering fields.

This program provides an excellent opportunity for students to conduct research directly with our faculty over the course of our eight-week program. Our program is made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation, Intel, and UC Berkeley's College of Engineering among others.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Tiffany Shaleen Reardon
Diversity& Achievement Coordinator
EECS Department
231 Cory Hall #1770
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720


DAAD Internship Opportunity at TU Berlin for Bachelor Students

In order to facilitate international exchange and to educate undergraduates in research, the data management group  of TU Berlin offers 5 research internships sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  The students would come to Berlin for a duration between 2 and 3 months, with a start date between April 15, 2013 and July 15, 2013.

The program includes a monthly scholarship to cover housing costs and living expenses,  transportation , and health insurance. There may also be opportunities to cover the flight cost through other sources.

The internships would take place with my group at Technische Universität Berlin and would be mentored by one of my PhD students, in coordination with me.

More information about TU Berlin and the database group can be found at:

More information about Berlin can be found at:

Feel free to use and distribute the PPT slides, which give an overview of the program, topics, and TU Berlin,  and the attached PDF documents, which describe the topics and application process in more detail. Please note the application deadline of Jan 31st, 2013.

[The attached files can be found at]

Friday, 7 December 2012

2013 Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoc Fellowship

IBM Research announces the 2013 Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computer Science and Computer Engineering in memory of Dr. Josef Raviv.

IBM will offer one postdoctoral fellowship to a recent Ph.D. who shows exceptional promise for a research career in computer science or computer engineering. The fellowship will be for one year, with an opportunity for IBM to renew for an additional year conditional on funding availability. The stipend will be highly competitive, and will include reasonable moving and travel expenses. A candidate must have received a Ph.D. degree between January 2009 and August 2013.

Depending on proposed collaborations, the Fellow will spend most of his/her time at one of IBM’s worldwide research laboratories. The Fellow will be free to follow his/her own research interests, but is expected to work closely with other IBM researchers. Applicants are encouraged to identify IBM Research groups working in their area of interest.

Application deadline:  January 6, 2013
Please submit the following documents via email to
  • Resume (include contact e-mail, postal address, phone number).
  • Thesis summary (one-page maximum).
  • Research proposal (no more than two pages).
  • Indicate the proposed lab. If you know of a specific group(s) which you would like to join and/or researcher(s) you would like to work with, indicate that as well. If there are multiple groups, list at most three.
  • Reprint of applicant's most significant research publications.
  • Three (3) reference letters, including one from the Ph.D. thesis advisor. Letters should be sent directly by recommenders to
Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2013. The fellowship begins in early September, unless another date is agreed upon.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Software Developer Position

The Techna Institute, a research institute at the University Health Network in partnership with the University of Toronto, is currently looking to hire a software developer with strong Java skills for one of our projects. The posting of the job description can be found here:

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

PennApps Winter 2013

Sign up for PennApps Winter 2013
Sponsored by Venmo and more!

PennApps is the largest student-run hackathon in the world. PennApps Fall 2012 had 350 participants from 30 schools all around the country.  We would like to fly out two teams from Waterloo for PennApps Winter 2013 on January 18-20, 2013. 

Apply by December 10th to get an opportunity to enjoy:
  • Free food and drinks all weekend
  • Awesome swag - including T-shirts and swag bags from PennApps, and tons of assorted swag from our sponsors
  • Over $20,000 in prizes
  • Interaction with awesome sponsors including Facebook, Andreessen Horowitz, Dropbox, and Microsoft
  • And, of course, 40 hours of hacking with over 500 fellow student hackers from across the country!
After applications are in, we will select teams that we will fly out to Philadelphia for the weekend. 

When: 6:00pm Friday, January 18 – 5:00pm Sunday, January 20
Where: University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
Apply Now!
Got any questions? Email us at!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Thursday Spaun Chat

We've been getting a lot of questions from people about Spaun, the world's largest functional brain simulation recently published in Science. (

While the software behind Spaun is open-source and available at, we thought it'd be good to invite interested people in for an informal chat about it. We'll do a quick ten-minute summary of our research, and then open up the discussion to answer any questions about Spaun and our other research. We'd love it if people were interested in playing with our software, and maybe even taking it in new directions.

Time: 12:00 noon, Thursday, Dec 6th
Location: 2464 PAS

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Sales and Trading Information Session: an exclusive event for Waterloo Math and Computer Science students

A career in Sales and Trading is fast paced and demanding.  If you have an aptitude for numbers, an interest in following the markets and an analytical approach to making decisions ... we invite you to join us on December 4th to learn more about this career path from our industry experts!
Who: Math and Computer Science students available to work during summer 2013 who will be graduating in December 2013 or June 2014.
When: December 4th (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Where:  Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant, Yonge and Front, Toronto, ON.
We are gearing up for summer 2013 recruitment!  Summer Associate roles in Sales and Trading offer students the opportunity to gain on-the-job training covering the sales and trading of our products, exposure to a wide variety of businesses within TD Bank Group and the chance to return to school with a full-time offer in hand.
Please register to attend by sending an email to by Thursday, November 29th.    A confirmation email will be provided prior to the event.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

UofT: Grad Studies in Molecular Genetics

Graduate school applications loom right around the corner.  The Molecular Genetics department at U of T has ~100 internationally renown faculty working in six research pillars:  (1) Cellular and Molecular Structure-Function; (2) Computational and Systems Biology; (3) Functional Genomics and Proteomics; (4) Genetic Models of Development and Disease; (5) Molecular Medicine and Human Genetics; (6) Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease.  Whatever biological science you are passionate about, we do it here!

What does it take to get into one of the best programs at U of T, and anywhere?  What should be included in your application package and what makes a competitive application? What career paths do Molecular Genetics graduates pursue?  How do you find the right graduate mentor for you (and how does our rotation system help)?

To learn more, view the Molecular Genetics graduate information session  on YouTube and find out how our graduate program promotes the individual achievement of each of our students.  The MoGen graduate program not only offers  students the opportunity to train in world-class research labs but also focuses on helping each and every student find the best lab in which to fulfill his/her potential.

For additional information on faculty research programs and our department, visit the Molecular Genetics web site at   You can sign up for Twitter feeds/facebook updates to keep up with important deadlines and activities in the department.  Graduate applications  can be found here:

Hope to "see" you here!


-- Brigitte D. Lavoie, Associate Professor,
Dept Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Medical Sciences Bldg #4278
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.   M5S 1A8

Office:  1-416-978-6123
Lab:     1-416-946-8144
FAX:    1-416-978-6885 

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Notes from the Margin - call for submissions

The CMS Student Committee (Studc) would like to invite you to submit an article for the next edition of *Notes from the Margin*, which is due to come out in January 2013. We are accepting opinion pieces and math-related stories as well as concise research-related articles.

The Margin a semi-annual publication whose articles are intended for a wide audience and should be accessible to all the people in the mathematical community starting from the second/third year undergraduates. It is delivered electronically to virtually all the Canadian undergraduate and graduate math students. In addition, the hard copies of the Margin are sent to the math departments of all the Canadian universities. To check out the most recent issues, click on the Notes from the Margin link on our home page at **.

Please send your submission or any questions you might have about it to **. Submission deadline is *December 23rd, 2012*. For guidelines on submissions, please see

To keep up to date with the events happening in the Canadian mathematical community, visit our website at and *like us on facebook* at

CMS Studc.

2013-2014 Microsoft Scholarships/Internships

Program Overview
Microsoft College scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. Students will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their passion for software, academic excellence, and ability to make a difference in the software industry.

Microsoft is excited to be offering scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year.  Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.
At Microsoft, we want to encourage students from groups currently under-represented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees.  While all candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility described below may apply, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, under-represented minority students or students with disabilities. Minority applicants must be a member of one of the following groups under-represented in the software field: African American, Hispanic or Native American. Microsoft will review all applications and select final candidates on the basis of eligibility, quality of application, displayed interest in the software industry, commitment to leadership and financial need. We will target announcing scholarship recipients by March 1st, 2013.

What are the provisions of the award?
Scholarships are awarded, full or partial amounts, to recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Full tuition scholarships will cover tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university. Microsoft will make payments to the designated school, and they’re not transferable to other academic institutions.  Funds are to be used for tuition only and may not be used for other costs on the recipient's bursar bill. All recipients of the scholarship will be required to apply for, and complete if offered, a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington.  Microsoft reserves the right not to offer a position to the scholarship winner if an appropriate match cannot be found.

What are the criteria for scholarship eligibility?
Students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted.  Students must be enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline, such as math or physics, with a demonstrated interest in computer science.  The student must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. 

What is required to apply?
A completed application includes six items:  your résumé, transcript, application details, essay questions, letter of referral, and online application to the Microsoft Summer Internship program.  Items must be postmarked or emailed by February 1, 2013 to receive full consideration.  An application is considered ineligible if all parts are not received.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all pieces are received by Microsoft by the deadline.

Résumé - Send a copy of your résumé that includes your contact information, major, and graduation date.

Transcript – Send a copy of your current academic transcript. 

Application Details - Use one page (total) to answer the following questions:
·       What is your estimated tuition cost for the 2013-2014 academic year (base cost; not including room & board or books)?
·       Is your tuition in state, out of state, private, or international?
·       Would receiving a Microsoft scholarship adversely impact any other financial aid you will receive for the 2013-2014 academic year?      
Essay Questions - Use one page (total) to answer all four of the following essay questions:
·       Describe how you demonstrate your passion for technology outside the classroom.
·       Describe the toughest technical problem you've worked on, how you addressed the problem, your role in reaching the outcome, if it was team-based, and the final outcome.
·       Describe a situation which demonstrates initiative and your willingness to go above and beyond.
·       Describe how you are currently funding your college education (i.e. loans, grants, scholarships, etc.)

Gender/Ethnicity/Disability (optional) - Please note your gender, ethnicity or disability on the page with your essay questions if you would like that information to be considered with your application.

Letter of referral - Enclose a letter of referral from a faculty member or an academic advisor who knows your work.

Online Application to the Microsoft Internship Program - Apply online at for a summer internship. Only students who have applied online for an internship will be considered for a Microsoft Scholarship.

Please send your completed application items by February 1, 2013.
Email: scholars
Mail: Microsoft Scholarship Program, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-8303 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Graduate Information Session

Learn about the graduate studies programs offered through Computer Science and meet with faculty actively seeking to recruit graduate students.

Information Session
Nov. 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Graduate Fair
Nov. 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Free lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Heather Steinmetz |

Thursday, 8 November 2012

York CVR Vision Science Summer School

The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University offers a one-week, all-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science. This year's program will be held June 3-7, 2013.

The program includes talks by CVR faculty members on current research topics in vision science, as well as hands-on demonstrations in CVR laboratories. The curriculum reflects the wide range of research areas at CVR, which includes basic research on vision in humans and animals, covering both neuroscience and behaviour, as well as applied topics such as computer vision, virtual reality, visual perception in low-gravity environments, and vision in clinical populations. For an idea of the topics to be covered, see last year's schedule at

The program will accept 24 undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. It is intended mainly for students who are planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2013 for admission in 2014, and who are interested in investigating vision science as a possible area of research. Both Canadian and international students are encouraged to apply.

The program provides on-campus accommodations, breakfast and lunch each day, a closing banquet, and reimbursement for transportation costs.

Application instructions are available on the summer school website, The application deadline is February 1, 2013, and applicants will be notified of decisions by March 1, 2013.
For further information, see the summer school website,, or write to Dr. Richard Murray ( or Dr. Jennifer Steeves (

Poster available at

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

You're Invited to Waterloo Banking's Personal Finance Roundtable!

Have you wondered how you would manage your money after graduation?

Come out to a free, informative roundtable event where we'll discuss sensitive issues such as student loans, career and salary decisions, as well as managing finances when there’s a steady income. We will even bring in alumni to discuss their experiences. Snacks and drinks (free food!) will also be provided. Brought to you by the Waterloo Banking Project.


Waterloo Session
Thursday Nov 8th, 2012
MC 4041
University of Waterloo

Laurier Session
Tuesday Nov 13th, 2012
P3027 (Peters building)
Wilfrid Laurier University

To sign up, please visit:

About the Waterloo Banking Project:
Waterloo Banking Project is establishing student-run financial
services for university students in Waterloo. With the help of one of
the largest credit unions in Canada, we will provide retail banking
services to help students graduate with more money, less debt, and
better financial skills. We seek to offer offer financial services
that better meet students’ needs, provide amazing work experience for
student staff, and run educational programs to increase financial
literacy and money management skills.

Monday, 5 November 2012

MindSumo Contest

My name is Keaton Swett, and I'm a co-founder of *MindSumo* (<> ). We are a marketplace where companies post real world challenges for college students to solve. Students get the chance to prove their skills, win cash prizes, and connect with companies that use MindSumo to actively recruit for jobs and internships.

We are anxious to include Waterloo students, and give them the chance to solve challenges for innovative companies. I was hoping you could forward this opportunity to students in your department who might be interested in participating. Our challenges (<>) have proven to be engaging for students from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other schools, and our student winners have benefited by earning money, and getting jobs and internships.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

PHP, JavaScript, Web Developers (Software Company)

To whom this may concern,

I am currently a Software Engineering student at the University of Ottawa, starting an internet software company called NoteShares (

I am currently in development, scheduled to launch a beta within the next 2 months. I am looking to get the students at the University of Waterloo to know about this. I have set up a private launch page (, and everyone who signs up is put on our list as "beta testers". Everyone gets a private invite link, and if they invite at least 3 friends, then they get early access to the platform.

I would really appreciate it if you could distribute this to the students at the university.

I am also looking for student developers who are very experienced and well versed in web development, specifically client server web development and social integration. I am looking for in depth PHP web development, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Node.js would be a huge plus. The network is going to involve advanced social interaction amongst the users, and I am looking for 1 or 2 experienced developers in this field.

Again, if you could distribute the above information to all students I would really appreciate it.

Brenden Palmer
NoteShares | Founder & CEO | brenden@noteshares.com613.218.4548

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Student initiative to help with pre-enrolment

Hey CS!

Spring 2013 pre-enrollment is this week, and to make this easier, three of us <> in Software Engineering have been working on a web app to help you plan your courses:

We hope you'll find it helpful. You can stay updated on new feature launches via our Facebook page <> or Twitter <>.

Happy picking courses!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Spring 2013 Pre-enrolment Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Pre-enrolment for Spring 2013 runs from October 29 to November 4. It is extremely important that you select your courses so that we have some idea as to the amount of demand. A copy of the email sent by the CS advisors to students is below:

We've made some significant changes to how we admit students into CS courses. For example, the waiting list, that dreaded fixture for some of you, is gone. This has significant implications regarding THIS WEEK's pre-enrolment for Spring, 2013.


Please spread the word among your friends.  Some of them may not have received this email due to some ISPs blocking UW email.

Also, please check out the new CSatWaterloo blog, an unofficial blog for student announcements.  Find it at

CS Advisors (Brad, Byron, Dave, John, Khuzaima, Lori, Suzanne)

PS: When you pre-enrol, checking "evening courses" can mess you up badly if there are no evening courses available.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WOWZAPP 2012 - Windows 8 Hackathon

Hi everyone,
Microsoft is organizing the world’s first worldwide hackathon for Windows – WOWZAPP 2012. This event will run in dozens of countries around the globe – all on the one weekend – November 9-11 allowing developers and designers in the world to come together with one goal – to have fun, network and learn and to build apps and games for Windows. Microsoft is aiming to land this event in the Guinness book of World records as the largest event of its kind.
WOWZAPP 2012 will also be held at the University of Waterloo! This is a great opportunity for you to build some applications for Windows 8 and get into a fresh new market with a guaranteed huge audience when there is still little competition. You will be part of a record breaking event and earn lots of prizes. You don’t want to miss this chance.
In order to facilitate this event, a tutorial session will be held on the 25th October in DC 1350 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This session will teach you how to develop applications on Windows 8 and get you prepared for the hackathon. We will create some simple projects that you will be able to expand afterwards. 
To register for the tutorial session sign up at Windows 8 App Development Tutorial.
Ideally, please have your laptop setup with Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 already for this session. You can download both of them for free from DreamSpark. We recommend installing Windows 8 on a separate partition to take the most advantage of GPU acceleration and other features, but a virtual machine is fine as well.
If you need, we will assist you with setting up Windows 8 and the development tools required.
Food will be provided for free.
Hope to see you there.

Rudi Chen
Microsoft Student Partner

Windows 8 App Development Tutorial
Locations Worldwide, November 9-11, 2012
WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows
Locations Worldwide, November 9-10, 2012


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute 4-year PhD Studentships Registered at the University of Cambridge

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics institute, and our programmes are at the forefront of experimental and computational genome research. These research programmes include investigation of human genetic variation in health, cancer and other diseases, experimental genetic analysis of gene function in a variety of model organisms, biological studies of bacterial, viral and parasitic human pathogens, and computational interpretation of genomic data.

Progress in many areas of biology is becoming increasingly dependent on genomics, and our programme specifically aims to equip students with both experimental and informatics skills, maximising their competitiveness for future opportunities. Our graduate training programme is well established and has substantial support from the Wellcome Trust. Furthermore, the research infrastructure resources available at the Sanger Institute are outstanding.

At least ten highly competitive fully funded 4-year studentships (tuition fees and stipend) for UK and international students will be available from October 2013 across all our research areas.

Application closing date 4th December 2012

For more details please visit or follow us on twitter

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Clinical PhD Fellowships

We also provide funding for two Clinical Research Training Fellowships each year as part of the University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians. For more information please see 

Volunteer to help at the Fall Open House

Participate in this year's Fall Open House to help answer student questions, discuss program requirements, and lead math tours.

Saturday, November 3
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Math 3 building
Free lunch and faculty t-shirt will be provided to all volunteers!

An orientation session will be happening on Wednesday, October 31 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in DC1304. Halloween costumes are welcomed and recommended.

For more information, please contact Heather Steinmetz
In person: DC 2119
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35144

Monday, 15 October 2012

FEDS Arts Symposium

The FEDS Arts Symposium is a grandiose arts festival taking place on November 27th in the SLC Great Hall from 9am-5pm. It promotes artistic appreciation and brings together students who have a passion in the arts field. Students can apply to sell their artworks and crafts for CASH, do a performance, or run a workshop. Deadline to apply is November 12. Door prizes will also be available to all attendees including staff. More information can be found at Questions can be forwarded to

U of T Molecular Genetics, graduate information session

Please join the Department of Molecular Genetics  for two graduate information sessions on October 26th from 3-4 pm  and November 7th from 2-3 pm in the Donnely Center--CCBR Red room (160 College Street).

It's a great opportunity to learn more about our world class graduate program, our rotation system that helps  students find the perfect lab and mentor for them as individuals, and the tremendous breadth of research of our ~100 faculty members.

If you can't join us but have questions about our graduate program or the admissions process (application deadlines are November 15, January 15 and May 1st), please do not hesitate to email our graduate coordinator at

More information can be found on our departmental web site:  and applications forms (on-line) are at

Hope to see you all!

Cheers, Bri Lavoie

-- Brigitte D. Lavoie, Associate Professor,
Dept Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle, Medical Sciences Bldg #4278
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.   M5S 1A8

Office:  1-416-978-6123
Lab:     1-416-946-8144
FAX:    1-416-978-6885

Friday, 5 October 2012

Hackfest 2012


Let me introduce myself. I'm co-founder of Hackfest ( an annual Information Security conference being held in Quebec city November 2nd and 3rd. During this event, security and ethical hacking games and talks (many of them in English) will be presented in a sandboxed environment. Hackfest is the biggest event of its kind East of Toronto.

I'm writting today to invite you and your students to not only to join us for the conference, but also participate in the events on Friday and Saturday. The games are designed for the novice "hacker" as well as the experienced security professional. On top of that, we're offering a student discount of 50% (40$ per person) for groups over 4. If this offer interests you or any of your students, please contact us so we can proceed with their registration.

Here are the details of the games:

*Friday November 2nd 19h00 to 02h00: Hackfest Cyberwar* (Registration and
*Teams of 1 to 10 people*

Friday's game is like a giant Risk based game which consists of a "Capture the Flag" type "Red/Blue" where teams have to secure their infrastructures while they're attacking enemies (other teams). Players will be dropped in a realistic environment of cyber war-fare (more detailed information can be found on our website).

What to expect and go up against:
-Internet simulation
-Anonymity systems
-Military base with SCADA system
-International banking system
-Many operating systems like: CentOS, Windows and Debian
-IP Telephony systems
-And many more...

*Saturday November 3rd 18h30 to 02h00: Hackfest CTF* (Registration and
*Teams of 4 persons*

Saturday night challenge is a "Capture the Flag" style game pitting all teams against a common set of hosts. Teams will need to exhibit an array of different skills during this challenge. Just like Friday's game, they'll earn points by exploiting vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Saturday's challenges will be something like this:
-Relatively easy to understand
-Technical dificulty: easy/medium/hard/hardcore
-Wide variety of vulnerabilities

Here is the list of this year's challenges:
-Phony app

The Hackfest event and evening games are an ideal setting for security enthusiast, newcomers and seasoned professionals to meet up and discuss all things security. Be it the latest in defensive and offensive security techniques, reverse-engineering and much more. Both nights will include a live DJ, lock picking demonstrations, unique vendor specific challenges (with some nice prizes). ( | |!

Beginners or experts, your students will have fun and learn as well. They'll also have the chance to test their skills with the best people in security East of Toronto.

Please do not hesitate to join me by mail for any questions you may have regarding Hackfest and our games.

Hope to see you there.



Patrick R. Mathieu - 2&3 Nov 2012

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

F12 Paid Tutor Positions


Tutor Positions Available!

The Office for Persons with Disabilities
Recruiting Tutors/Editors

We have a particular need for

(Computer Science, Math, Stats,
ISS/SDS 250 Tutors and English Tutors and Editors)

If you are interested please submit your resume to:

Cory Wege
Intake, Outreach, Interim Support Advisor
Office for Persons with Disabilities
NH 1132
519-888-4567 ext. 37218

Tech Opportunities with the D. E. Shaw Group

There are some financial firms where technology doesn't take a back seat.

Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a highly successful investment and technology development firm with an international reputation. Students with strong technical backgrounds are often drawn to our approach, which combines insights from quantitative fields, software development, and finance. We offer a stimulating work environment and colleagues from the best science and engineering programs in the world. Our team includes Putnam Fellows, International Math Olympiad medalists, patent holders, and hundreds of people passionate about CS, EE, physics, and math.

The work environment at the firm is incredibly stimulating and enriching, but surprisingly casual for the financial industry. Our culture doesn't fit the typical corporate mold: though we're competitive people, we're not competitive with each other; you'll see more jeans than suits in our offices; and we value the academic environment that allows us to continually learn from our colleagues.

Interested students should apply directly online:

We look forward to hearing from you, and best of luck with your studies.

Kind regards,

Human Capital | Recruiting
The D. E. Shaw group<>

Graduation Photos - Class of 2013

Lifetouch Photography, located on campus in the SLC, is currently taking graduation portraits to appear in the CS Class of 2013 composite (this will include students who will complete their degree requirements in December 2012, April 2013 and August 2013).

Lifetouch will be taking graduation photos of CS students until November 30th.

Please see our website to book your graduation portrait appointment (our schedule will fill up VERY quickly!):

Please direct any questions to Rebecca  or phone number 519-888-4567 ext. 37539.

Volunteers Requested - Computer Graphics Study on the perception of geometric arrangements

Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo



My name is Zainab AlMeraj. I am a PhD student at Computer Graphics Lab in
the School of Computer Science. I am working under the supervision of
Professor Craig S. Kaplan.

We are seeking research participants for a study that involves one session
lasting between 45 and 60 minutes.

During the session you will be asked to complete two tasks. The first task
involves sorting a number of arrangements on small cards into a number of
piles. The arrangements are composed of four sets. For each set there is a
sample image and eleven larger samples. You will be asked to pile the
images according to your own criteria. The piles you make will be recorded
for reference and analysis.

The second task involves a comparison task in which you choose one of two
images of different sets of arrangements using a mouse and a computer

All your information and data will remain confidential.

In appreciation for your time you will receive a Tim Hortons gift
certificate worth $15.

Participants who have previously completed an earlier phase of this work
are requested not to contact or take part in this phase of the study. Your
understanding to this matter is much appreciated.

This study was reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Office
of Research Ethics.
For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study
please contact:

Zainab AlMeraj
Department of Computer Science (Computer Graphics Lab)
or at 519-888-4567 Ext. 34548

MGC Info Session - Class of 2013

The Math Grad Committee is hosting a graduation information session on:

    Wednesday October 3rd from 5pm-6pm in MC 4020

Learn about the steps that you need to take in order to graduate!  There will be a speaker from the Tatham Centre, Lifetouch Photography and from Alumni Affairs.  There will also be a speaker from the Dean's Office who will discuss awards.  This will be VERY useful information!

There will be free pizza and pop for all who attend!

We hope to see you all there!  There will be another info session in January if you are on co-op this term and unable to attend.

Rebecca Wagner
Lifetouch Photography
Student Life Centre
The University of Waterloo
519-888-4567 Ext. 37539

Upper Year Information Night (F12)

The School of Computer Science is holding an Upper Year Information Night on Wednesday, October 3, at 3:30pm in MC1056. Information will be provided about fourth-year courses and optional third-year courses, as well as enrichment opportunities.

Refreshments will be available.