Thursday, 28 February 2013

Nanjing University Scholarship


Here is the link to the Nanjing Scholarship Announcement and Application Form, please help forward to the related person in your faculty who can send the information to all students in your faculty. 

http://www.scc.uwaterloo.ca/CampusLifeandEvents/CampusLifeandEvents-NJU-Scholarship.html

I appreciate your help.

Suping
--
Suping Zhao  BA, MA
International Relations Specialist
Waterloo International, Needles Hall  
University of Waterloo
Tel:  (519) 888-4567 ext. 35486  
Fax: (519) 888-4355
http://www.international.uwaterloo.ca

2013 grad photos last call


The Math Yearbook deadline has been extended to March 15th and the class composite deadline to April 12th.  


This deadline applies to students who complete their degree requirements in either December 2012, April 2013 or August 2013.  

If you haven't already had your photos taken with us, please see our website to book your graduation portrait appointment (our schedule will fill up VERY quickly!);

www.lifetouch.ca/waterloo   

Please direct any questions to Rebecca at  waterlooquestions@lifetouch.com or 519-888-4567 ext. 37539.  

We hope to see you soon,



Rebecca Wagner
Lifetouch Photography
Student Life Centre
The University of Waterloo
519-888-4567 Ext. 37539
www.lifetouch.ca/waterloo

Monday, 25 February 2013

Next local ACM-style programming contest March 3


The next Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Sunday, March 3 in MC 3022. All members of the UW community are invited to try their programming skill in Scheme, C, C++, Java, or Pascal.

For full details and online registration, please see:
http://acm.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~acm00/

The contest will run from 1 pm sharp until 4 pm, and will be followed by pizza. There will be a practice contest in the morning to allow contestants, especially those competing for the first time, to get their account setup and become familiar with the contest environment. Contestants participating in the practice contest should arrive by 10:30 am in MC 3022. For out-of-town participants, it is possible to participate remotely using a web-based system, but local participants are encouraged to attend in person if possible.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Fall 2013 Liaison Officer Hiring


Hello everyone,

Once again it is time to start hiring for liaison officers for a four month contract for Fall 2013.

Liaison officers often offer prospective students their first impression of uWaterloo. This is an incredible opportunity to travel across Ontario to share your experiences along with the uWaterloo experience to our fall class of 2014.

We are looking for outgoing, charismatic student leaders who have loved their Waterloo experience. These individuals need to be mature, confident, positive, and have excellent speaking abilities. The ability to think on their feet, relate positively to a variety of different people, be a problem solver, and a team player are also important assets.  Applicants also need to have a valid driver's license and be comfortable with independent travel to a variety of places in Ontario and across the country.

The position is a contract beginning August 1st, 2013 and ending November 29th 2013. The first six weeks will involve an intensive training period and then the remainder of the time will be spent travelling to high schools in Ontario and possibly out of province and working at the Ontario Universities' Fair and Fall Open House.

If you are interested please forward a cover letter and resume to my attention by Wednesday, March 13th, 2013.

Please pass this along to individuals that may be interested in this position.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Amelia

Amelia, Burton
Manager, National Liaison
519-888-4567 ext. 31784
Findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca

Hold the date: 3 minute thesis competition Math Faculty heats at 3pm on Friday, March 1


This year UW is organizing a university-wide competition to profile grad student research. This Three Minute Thesis competition restricts graduate students to presenting 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
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.

17 intrepid graduate students from the Faculty of Math have signed up for a two-hour heat to be held at 3pm on Friday, March 1 in DC 1304. Please attend to cheer the students and to (quickly!) learn about the breadth of research being done in our faculty.

Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School

June 2–August 3, 2013

The Program

  • This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct research projects in finance, economics, marketing, management, decision making, and data analytics.
  • Students work one-on-one with leading faculty and researchers and apply analytical and quantitative skills in an intellectually stimulating environment.
  • There are ample opportunities for intellectual growth and development.
  • On-campus housing and a stipend for other expenses will be provided.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s candidate, preferably in junior year.
  • Studying economics, business, statistics, mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, or other quantitative/analytical fields.
  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity is essential.
  • Familiarity with statistical software, computational packages, scripting languages, databases, or general programming languages.

Apply

Computer Science Upper Year Course Information Session


  • Information on all fourth-year and optional third-year courses. 
  • Differences among courses explained. 
  • Advice on preparation for upper-year specialization (e.g. what courses to choose to prepare for graphics, AI). 


                    Monday, February 25 
                    3:30-~5:00pm, DC1302 

               Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

March Break Open House: Call for Volunteers


Call for Volunteers!
March Break Open House
Tuesday, March 12 (PAC and SLC)
Wednesday, March 13 (SLC)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteers will receive a CS t-shirt and free lunch!

Assist as a volunteer and help set up displays, lead lab tours, and speak with parents and future students.

To sign up as a volunteer, contact Florence Chan:
In person: DC 2109
Email: cswcchan@uwaterloo.ca<mailto:cswcchan@uwaterloo.ca>

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Intellectual Challenges for CS Students


I’m reaching out to you because I have awesome opportunities to share with the Computer Science students at Waterloo and would greatly appreciate your help to get the word out.

My name is Aaron, and I'm a recent graduate working at MindSumo. <http://ht.ly/fewut> Our company’s goal is to connect students to potential employers through technical challenges. <http://ht.ly/fewut>  We just added two new challenges specifically for Computer Science students with prizes and internships offered from Box.net and Kayak.

Box’s challenge <https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/71> asks students to write an algorithm to improve the speed and accuracy for a search function and has $1000 in prizes.

Kayak’s challenge <https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/72> offers about $600 in prizes and requires students to submit code or pseudocode that will work in conjunction with a weather API to determine the warmest locations for travelers planning their vacations.

I know that Waterloo Computer Science students could really shine by participating in these challenges. If you could forward this email to undergrad and grad students in your department, I’d be extremely grateful.

Best,

Aaron Weiss
-- 
Aaron Weiss
MindSumo
Account Representative
(415) 272-6444

MGC Info Session - Class of 2013


The Math Grad Committee is hosting a graduation information session on: Monday February 11th 2013, from 5pm-6pm in MC 4021
 
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 free pizza and pop for all who attend!
 
We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

PostDoc/Programmer for NSF Project on Influence in Science

An NSF funded project at the University of Chicago, “Tracing Influence & Predicting Impact in Science,” invites applications for a Postdoc Scholar or Programmer position. The Postdoc or Programmer will be associated with the Knowledge Lab in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago (www.uchicago.edu), one of the leading research universities in the United States. Each position will be for 3 years, contingent on annual reappointment.

This project develops new measures and models that assess and predict the impact of academic research on science, technology, and the public. Building on progress in the measurement of scientific and technological novelty, as well as phylogenetic models of evolution, advances in computational language understanding, and the increasing electronic availability of historical and contemporary scientific texts, this project creates computational tools to identify scientific claims, embed them in their historical, conceptual, and geographical context, and thereby provide a multidimensional evaluation of the nature and scope of their impact. Claims extracted from text will be complemented by article citations and unpublished expert opinions about paths of scientific influence, elicited through interactive online games. Taken together, these data provide the input for probabilistic models that exploit patterns in the structure of scientific language, the graph of citations, and expert opinion to assess the evolutionary and ecological importance of particular concepts and claims, articles and journals, scientists and institutions within the unfolding network of scientific and technical innovation. Our initial focus will be on the broad field of chemistry and its intersections with biology.

The positions require exceptional skills in computation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Postdoc or Programmer will work with other grant personnel to analyze influence in the process of creating science and technology. Projects draw on a wide variety of information extraction, dimension reduction and probabilistic modeling approaches. The Postdoc or Programmer will assist in code development, robust data cleaning and analysis pipeline for large corpora and possibly end-user interfaces. We particularly value specific skills in machine learning and AI, text-mining, graphical models, network analysis, and dimension reduction techniques, although applicants needs not have all of these skills to apply.

Minimum qualifications for this position are a MS and 5 years professional programming experience OR a PhD or expected PhD (by Summer 2013) in computer science, informatics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines; strong computational skills; and a record of successful teamwork and collaboration. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in interdisciplinary research and previous experience in relevant areas. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. An open mind and a record of successful teamwork and the ability to communicate and collaborate across disciplinary lines.

Interested candidates must submit to knowledge.lab.chicago@gmail.com:
  1. cover letter, describing your interest in and qualifications for pursuing interdisciplinary research in general and metaknowledge research in particular;
  2. curriculum vitae (including publications list);
  3. description of your computational skill and experience and a broad career trajectory (max. 2 pages), discussing how those skill will support the work of the network;
  4. contact information for three or more scholars who know your work and are willing to write letters of reference;
  5. one or more examples of working software you have written.
We will accept applications from January through March 31, 2013 or until the position in filled and plan to interview promising candidates as applications arrive. We expect the Postdoc or Programmer to begin their appointments in or around Summer 2013. Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits plan.

Programmers for Metaknowledge Network

The Metaknowledge Network, a multi-university research network, invites applications for two Senior Programmers. Both programmers will be based at the associated Knowledge Lab within the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago (www.uchicago.edu), one of the leading research universities in the United States. Each position will be for 3 years, contingent on annual reappointment.

Metaknowledge research is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that blends Big Data, complex systems methods, and computational social science with insights from sociological, anthropological, historical, and philosophical approaches in order to develop "knowledge about knowledge." The Network will bring together domain scientists (e.g., biology, physics, social science) with computer scientists who have a history of building novel computational tools for complex data extraction, modeling and analysis. Network researchers will develop new tools to investigate the knowledge-making processes that give current knowledge its shape and limits, and thereby develop new approaches to go beyond those limits and address new questions. Network members are on the faculty of Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and UCLA, and include many of the founders and leaders of this exciting interdisciplinary area.

The positions require exceptional skills in computation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Senior Programmers will collaborate with members of the network to build novel tools and refine existing tools to analyze data about knowledgemaking processes in a variety of disciplines and domains. Network projects will explore questions about the nature of exceptional scientific achievement, the character of highly generative ideas, and the role of research traditions and unstated assumptions or folk theories in shaping scientific research. These explorations will typically involve large quantities of texts, images, bibliographic and citation data, and domain-specific data. They will draw on a wide variety of information extraction, dimension reduction and probabilistic modeling approaches. The two Senior Programmers will assist in database organization, code development, parallel performance analysis, and the creation of automated tests, end-user interfaces, and robust data cleaning and analysis pipelines. The programmers will make the tools developed in the course of Network research efficient enough to perform on large corpora. The programmers will “wrap” the completed software for online sharing and possibly as web services. The programmers will also prepare data products required by network members, as well as for public dissemination. We particularly value specific skills in machine learning and AI, text-mining, graphical models, network analysis, dimension reduction techniques, databases, and high performance computing, although applicants needs not have all of these skills to apply.

Minimum qualifications for this position are a MS and 5 years professional programming experience OR a PhD or expected PhD (by Summer 2013) in computer science, informatics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines; strong computational skills; and a record of successful teamwork and collaboration. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in interdisciplinary research and previous experience in relevant areas. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. An open mind and commitment to the broad goals of the Metaknowledge Network are a must.

Interested candidates must submit:
  1. cover letter, describing your interest in and qualifications for pursuing interdisciplinary research in general and metaknowledge research in particular;
  2. curriculum vitae (including publications list);
  3. description of your computational skill and experience and a broad career trajectory (max. 2 pages), discussing how those skill will support the work of the network;
  4. contact information for three or more scholars who know your work and are willing to write letters of reference;
  5. one or more examples of working software you have written.
Send all inquiries to knowledge.lab.chicago@gmail.com. Applications and materials must be submitted electronically to through the University of Chicago jobs site: http://hrservices.uchicago.edu/jobs/.

We will accept applications from January through March 31, 2013 or until the position in filled and plan to interview promising candidates as applications arrive. We expect the Senior Programmers to begin their appointments in or around Summer 2013.

Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits plan.

PostDocs for Metaknowledge Network

The Metaknowledge Network, a multi-university research network, invites applications for two Postdoctoral Scholar positions. Both postdoctoral scholars will be based at the associated Knowledge Lab within the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago (www.uchicago.edu), one of the leading research universities in the United States. Each position will be for 3 years, contingent on annual reappointment.

Metaknowledge research is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that blends Big Data, complex systems methods, and computational social science with sociological, anthropological, historical, and philosophical approaches in order to develop "knowledge about knowledge" (see J.A. Evans and J.G. Foster, Science  331, 721 (2011)). The Network will investigate the knowledge-making processes that give current knowledge its shape and limits, and thereby develop new approaches to go beyond those limits and address new questions. Recent metaknowledge projects by Network scholars have mapped the changing structure of science, explored the role of teamwork in scientific success, shown the surprising role of industry funding in sponsoring innovative basic research, demonstrated how early results distort the interpretation of subsequent findings, and identified biases and created model-based corrections for errors in data production (e.g., microarrays).

The position requires exceptional skills in computational or quantitative research and interdisciplinary scholarship. The Postdoctoral Scholars will collaborate with members of the network to gather, organize, and analyze data about knowledge-making processes in a variety of disciplines and domains. Network projects will explore questions about the nature of exceptional scientific achievement, the character of highly generative ideas, and the role of research traditions and unstated assumptions or folk theories in shaping scientific research. The Postdoctoral Scholars will participate in the construction and analysis of rich models of the social dynamics of knowledge creation. They will also participate in
writing related articles, targeting both disciplinary and interdisciplinary publication venues. The Postdoctoral Scholars will work closely with leading natural, computational, and social scientists, with expertise ranging from the sociology of science and the meta-analysis of medical research to complex systems and machine learning. Network members are on the faculty of Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and UCLA, and include many of the founders and leaders of this exciting interdisciplinary area. The successful candidate will be an energetic, creative scholar with the ability to communicate and collaborate across disciplinary lines.

Minimum qualifications for this position are a PhD or expected PhD (by Summer 2013) in applied mathematics, computer science, computational social science, computational biology, informatics, physics, complex systems, or related disciplines; strong quantitative and computational skills; an excellent academic record, with evidence of considerable research promise; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and a record of successful teamwork and collaboration. Preference will be given to candidates with extensive experience in interdisciplinary research; demonstrated interest in research related to metaknowledge; previous experience working on social scientific questions; and previous postdoctoral experience in relevant areas. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. An open mind and commitment to the broad goals of the Metaknowledge Network are a must.

Interested candidates must send the following to knowledge.lab.chicago@gmail.com
  1. cover letter, describing your interest in and qualifications for pursuing interdisciplinary research in general and metaknowledge research in particular;
  2. curriculum vitae (including publications list); 
  3. description of your research interests and broad research trajectory (max. 2 pages), discussing how those interests intersect with those of the network; 
  4. contact information for three or more scholars who know your work and are willing to write letters of reference; 
  5. one or more papers you have written in English, either published or unpublished.
We will accept applications from January through March 31, 2013 or until the position in filled and plan to interview promising candidates as applications arrive. We expect the scholars to begin their appointments on or around Summer 2013.

Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits plan.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Network Administrator Job profile and description


The network administrator is responsible for setting up, installing and monitoring networks (LAN and WAN). The incumbent will perform a wide variety of evaluation, maintenance, installation, and training tasks to ensure computer network performance meets company and user requirements. Generous remuneration commensurate with experience, 2 weeks’ vacation to start, benefits and semi-annual bonus package. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Acting Situation Manager to repair and reform unplanned events that adversely affect the network or computing environment.
  • Network administrator supports, manages, and ensures operating capability of both the LAN and WAN networks (both wireless and wired) are up for all hours of operation.
  • Ensuring hardware, software, and network upgrades, installs, re-installs, changes and relocations are efficiently completed as required.
  • Installing, configuring, and maintaining PCs, customer workstations, servers, network cabling, WiFi systems and both Global and customer networks.
  • Troubleshooting computing systems, networks, and applications to identify malfunctions and correct them as well as other operational difficulties.
  • Investigating, recommending and installing enhancements and operating procedures that regulate network availability.
  • Planning and implementing network security, including setting up firewalls, managing host security, applying cryptography to network applications, and regulating file permissions.
  • Satisfying the short-term and long-term needs of customers as required

Additional Responsibilities


  • Providing on-the-job training to department staff and personnel
  • Providing computer orientation to new company staff

Skill and Knowledge Requirements

  • College/University diploma/degree in computing technology, computer science or related field
  • Intermediate to advanced understanding of MS Access and SQL database management
  • Thorough understanding of MS Office
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, management and communication skills

Network Administrator Job Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of computing and computer network hardware, software and peripheral equipment.
  • Working knowledge of computer network security systems, procedures, techniques and applications.
  • Ability and desire to learn new systems and programming


Responsibilities often require evening and weekend availability in response to needs of the
systems in use.

Incumbent will possess an ability to work in a team environment, be an enthusiastic, self-starter
who is willing to learn in a fast paced, high demand environment. Knowledge of inventory
management systems an asset.

Position is effective immediately.

Please apply via email with resume in Word or PDF format to:

Scott MacGregor
Inventory Manager/Supervisor
Global Distribution and Warehousing (http://globalwhse.com/)
1195 Courtneypark Dr E, Mississauga, ON L5T 1R1
smg@globalwhse.com

Paid Summer Internships for Underrepresented Students via CRA-W/CDC DREU

(DREU was known as the DMP from 1994-2008)

Application Deadline  February 15, 2013

The CRA-W/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program matches promising undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. The objective of the DREU is to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering.  The DREU experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.

Funding for the student consists of $7000 for the summer (10 weeks), plus relocation travel assistance when appropriate.  Additional funds may be available to support student conference travel, either during the summer or afterward, and for outreach activities promoting the DREU.

An on-line Application for students and faculty mentors, more information about DREU, and webpages authored by previous participants are available at: http://parasol.tamu.edu/dreu/

Application Deadline: February 15, 2013
Awards Announced: mid-March 2013

Notes for faculty mentors regarding the DREU Program:
  • Cost sharing by faculty mentors is encouraged. The number of students interested in the DREU program has increased substantially over the last several years. To enable more students to participate, faculty are now encouraged to provide funds to support (partially or fully) students; the DREU will provide travel support for all students.
  • All interested faculty are eligible to be DREU mentors. All interested faculty are encouraged to apply as mentors. Nonetheless, based on the documented benefits of role models with similar gender or from similar demographic groups, it is anticipated that DREU funds will mostly be used to support students matched with mentors from groups underrepresented in computing. Hence, other mentors applying should attempt to provide full funding for their students' stipends (the program will provide travel support).
For more information about the DREU, consult the DREU webpages http://parasol.tamu.edu/dreu/ or contact the DREU Co-Directors at dreu@cse.tamu.edu

  • Nancy Amato, Professor, Texas A&M University, Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CDC)
  • Maria Gini, Professor, University of Minnesota, Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CRA-W)
  • Julia Hirschberg, Professor, Columbia University, Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CRA-W)
  • Tiffani Williams, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Co-Director, Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CDC)

The Computing Research Association (CRA, http://cra.org <http://cra.org/>) is an association of more than 180 North American academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.

The Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC, http://www.cdc-computing.org/) is a joint organization of the ACM, CRA, and IEEE-CS.

DREU is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation with additional support from AAAI, the Luce Foundation, and USENIX.