Friday, 28 March 2014

Velocity Startup looking for graduating CS student

We are Techneeq Training and we aim to build a company out of the velocity foundry in which our vision is to create a personalized, accelerated sports training program in which you can track and measure performance metrics. We aim to build software and hardware tools to create this experience, starting with soccer and expanding to all sports. We are looking for software engineers to develop a UI, data collection process and sports analytics.

For more information, please contact:

Karmanya Ratra
BASc Honours Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Opportunities @ Maluuba

"Started from the bottom, now we here." - Drake

We were in your shoes. The assignments, the exams, the hundreds of pizzas and kimchi noodles - and of course sleepless nights in the DC and MC. We've been there and we know you have too - that's why we want to work with you.

We started Maluuba in our last term at UW and it's been an incredible life changing journey since. We raised millions in VC investment from the valley, got a small office, built some amazing technology, signed million dollar deals (seriously) with some big names, now have a huge office with a team of over 35+, and are one of the few UW start-ups building next-gen technology that even Google and Apple haven't built yet.

You've worked hard at UW now it's time to reap the rewards. Join Maluuba to build the next generation of voice search and NLP technologies. Your work will impact millions of our customers, we've got a great fun group, provide amazing lunches and dinners, and we pay well (and provide stock options too).  We're looking for the best and top talented computer science and software engineers with immediate positions available:
  • Computer Science/Software Engineer - Machine Learning
  • Computer Science/Software Engineer - Mobile/Web
  • Computer Science/Software Engineer - Architect

Want to get to know us better?

We're holding an info session next Thursday:
Maluuba Info Session
March 27, 2014
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Tatham Centre - 2218 A/B

We'll talk about our technology, our vision for the future, and where you can fit in. 

Thanks and all the best with exams!

Maluuba Inc.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Post-Doc in Image Processing/Computer Vision, U of Saskatchewan

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan seeks a postdoctoral fellow in the area of image processing and computer vision to take a central role in an international research project funded by the Digging into Data ( program. 

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of the Digging into Archaeological Data: Image Search and Markup (DADAISM) project which is comprised of an international group research teams in three countries.  The DADAISM project seeks to improve the searchability of databases of archaeological images in a manner that facilitates the use cases of archaeological researchers.   The project goals of the DADAISM project are:

1. To develop and deploy a mixed-initiative interactive system that combines minimal human annotation with automated processing techniques to transform the tasks of searching for relevant images and relating them to other electronic resources such as grey literature documents.
2. To investigate how image search and text mining techniques can be used to extract information from image captions and grey literature documents (e.g. field reports) for purposes of finding related images to a candidate image, and for labeling images with appropriate content related data.
3. To investigate how image processing techniques can identify salient features from images of archaeological artifacts for extraction of relevant image similarity measures, and how those techniques generalize across heterogeneous datasets.
4. To investigate whether researchers working with such a mixed-initiative interactive system, based on instrumental interactive techniques, can be more efficient and effective in finding images that are relevant to their archaeological research questions
5. To identify what types of information are required to be present in repositories of artifacts to ensure that the DADAISM approach can be successful across heterogeneous datasets.
Qualifications:  The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science or closely related field.  Expertise in image feature extraction and/or content-based image retrieval is essential.  Additional expertise in image segmentation is an asset.  Strong written and oral English communication skills and the ability to produce conference/journal publications independently and in a timely fashion are required. 

Main Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be expected to drive and conduct the research relating to objective #3 of the project and integrate the work with the other aspects of the project.  They will also have to communicate and coordinate frequently with the other research teams and supervise the day-to-day activities of a research assistant who will be hired for the latter 10 months of the project.

Conditions:  Appointment will be for 18 months, beginning June 1, 2014, at an annual salary of $45,000.

How to apply:  Applicants should email an application package, including a cover letter describing their background and how it suits the described postdoctoral position, a full curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references (in a single PDF file), to Dr. Mark Eramian (    Applicants are asked to provide an email address, a phone number and, ideally, a Skype and/or Facetime address, with their contact information.  Applications will be accepted until April 8, 2014 or the position is filled. 

Monday, 17 March 2014

Software Engineering: Innovative project prototypes!

From the Software Engineering department:

We invite you to 5th Annual Capstone Design Project Symposium for the Software Engineering Program at University of Waterloo.  More than 90 Software Engineering students will present 22 design project prototypes that solve problems in the general areas of software including brain simulation, mobile apps, cloud computing, entertainment, music, security, and artificial intelligence. Students will exhibit innovative projects, such as using parallelization to improve the speed of Nengo brain simulation (, adding integrity protection to an encrypted file system in the Linux kernel, and a website for students to plan courses with friends (has already been used by over 4,000 UW students).

Date and time:  Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9:00am-6:00pm

Location: Davis Centre, UW campus

Visitors are encouraged to browse the interactive displays and meet with students anytime during the symposium. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Insight Data Engineering Fellowship Program

Are you a graduating BS, MS or PhD student or professional in engineering, math or computer science looking to transition to a career in big data infrastructure engineering? Do you want a career that leverages your engineering and CS fundamentals in the fast-growing, in-demand, technically challenging field of big data?

Silicon Valley technology companies like Facebook, Square, Microsoft, Palantir and many others are hiring data engineers to help them store and efficiently query the terabytes of data they collect everyday. While the amount of data produced is growing exponentially, there is a severe shortage of top engineering talent to build the infrastructure and data pipelines necessary to to extract insights from this data.

The Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program is a professional training fellowship designed to help engineers from various backgrounds, as well as mathematicians, and computer scientists, transition to careers in data engineering.
  • Fully funded, 6 week, full-time, data engineering training fellowship in Silicon Valley this summer.
  • Self-directed, project-based learning (*no classes!*) under the guidance of top industry data engineers.
  • Alumni network of 70 Insight Fellows who are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Square, Netflix, Airbnb, Palantir, Jawbone and many others.
  • Interview at top technology companies hiring data engineers at the end of the fellowship.
For more information please visit:

Now accepting applications for the June 2014 Fellowship in Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

From Solitary to Solidarity

As you know, concerns around mental health are prominent on campus and within the Faculty.
The UW Drama program will present From Solitary to Solidarity, a show about the life and death of Ashley Smith, in the second part of March.  You may have heard of Ashley Smith, a young woman who died at Grand Valley Institution for Women in 2007. The inquest on the circumstances surrounding her incarceration and eventual death recently declared her death a homicide.
In connection with the performance, which will run on March 19, 20, and 22, the department is hosting a forum on mental health issues.  Details are available at forum is open to anyone who would like to attend. Students have taken a lead role in organizing this forum, and we are hoping it will be a productive place to discuss challenges and responses related to mental health issues.  

Monday, 10 March 2014

UWFA Trading Challenge (Part 2)

The UWFA Trading Challenge allows students to practice trading in a dynamic, competitive, and risk-free environment. The Rotman Interactive Trader (RIT) software provided in the M3 Finance Lab will be used to simulate real-time trading amongst the participants. The three most profitable traders will receive $100 in prizes courtesy of Bloomberg. The event will be held in M3 2103 at 6:00pm on Thursday March 13th. Two representatives from Bloomberg Trading Systems will be in attendance, and will be providing FREE BLOOMBERG SWAG.

The challenge will consist of three cases, each run 4 times (12 total simulations). The trader with the highest average P&L rank in each case will be the winner for that case. The first half-hour of the event will consist of practice rounds to get students familiar with order-types, trading strategies, and the RIT software.

Note that the M3 Finance Lab has a MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF 30. Please arrive early to ensure yourself a spot.

For more information on RIT visit:

**Two representatives from Bloomberg Trading Systems will be in attendance. There will be a social following the competition hosted by Bloomberg with pizza and drinks. We encourage all participants and members to come out!**

Matthew Eid-Holm

University of Waterloo Finance Association
200 University Ave West, Waterloo, ON
Phone: 1 (226) 339-6361

UltiCoder Programming Contest

Do you love to write code and solve tough problems?   If so, we want  YOU to show us what you've got!!

Register Here for our March 8th 2014 coding competition
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Join us for our First Annual UltiCoder competition on March 8th from 1-5pm for a chance to win a trip for two to Miami PLUS cash prizes. UltiCoder brings together bright-minded people who compete as individuals remotely throughout the US and Canada solving tough  algorithm-based coding problems in an ACM style competition awarding prizes to top performers.

If you are one of the Top 3 winners, you will win a trip for two to South Beach, as well as a cash prize up to $500.

SIGN UP NOW for our March 8th coding competition:

Ultimate Software is a cutting edge cloud software company that truly puts its People First. We ranked # 20 in FORTUNE's Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for 2014. This is the 3rd time
in a row we've been ranked in FORTUNE's Top 100 list ? We were #9 in 2013 and #25 in 2012. We are based just outside of Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL area with a unique company culture and many great perks such as a basketball court in the lobby of our HQ and cutting edge team rooms that include floor to ceiling white boards and pair programming with the best software architects and engineers in the industry.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Women in Math Winter Lecture Series featuring Anna-Karin Tornberg

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Accelerated Boundary Integral Simulations of Particulate and Two-Phase Flows

Anna-Karin Tornberg, Professor of Numerical Analysis at the KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Stockholm, Sweden.

In micro-fluidic applications where the scales are small and viscous effects dominant, the Stokes equations are often applicable. The suspension dynamics of fluids with immersed rigid particles and fibers are very complex also in this Stokesian regime, and surface tension effects are strongly pronounced at interfaces of immiscible fluids.  Simulation methods can be developed based on boundary integral equations, which leads to discretizations of the boundaries of the domain only, and hence fewer unknowns compared to a discretization of the PDE.

Two main challenges associated with boundary integral discretizations are to construct accurate quadrature methods for singular and nearly singular integrands, as well as to accelerate the solution of the linear systems, that will have dense system matrices.
If these issues are properly addressed, boundary integral based simulations can be both highly accurate and very efficient.

I will present a spectrally accurate FFT based Ewald method developed for the purpose of accelerating simulations and will discuss its application to simulations of periodic suspensions of rigid particles and rigid fibers in 3D. I will also discuss a method for highly accurate simulations of interacting drops in 2D.

Registration is encouraged!
Click here to view poster!

Location : MC 5158
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

New MindSumo Challenges

Dear Students,

Please take a look at the MindSumo challenges linked below. MindSumo challenges are a great opportunity to use the skills you're learning in classes, win cash prizes, and prove yourself to potential employers. All you need to do to participate in these opportunities is sign up for MindSumo using the button in the top right on any page. To learn more, watch their 45 second video.

Rhino Poaching Challenge: Write an algorithm that unmanned drones will use to track endangered rhinos; $1000 and a trip to see your work implemented as prizes

Big Rig Challenge: Help reduce vehicle accidents from our fleet of 18 Wheelers; $1000 in prizes

Future of Mobile Challenge: Suggest features, products, or services that can leverage Sprint's new super fast SPARK network; $1000 in prizes

Any questions can be directed to

Direct Links: