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 Universit├Ąt 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