Thursday, 20 November 2014

English Never Stops programmer

English Never Stops (ENS) is an online, peer-peer English learning community, where adult learners from around the world can become immersed in an experiential English environment. A team of young and motivated individuals have created a social networking platform that positions users as active and creative media producers, and supports them with an infrastructure that facilitates self-reflection and peer-peer coaching for improvements.

The ENS team is in the final stages of completing the beta version of, which will be ready to launch by January 1st, 2015. They are looking for a talented and creative programmer, with great communication skills, who can take the reins as the architect of the additions they plan to make to the site, and someone who can manage any problems that occur during the Beta-test phase.

As an early stage startup, they are not in position to offer financial compensation, but they have created an exciting and potentially industry altering product, and helping to develop such product will be a fantastic stepping stone for a student (undergrad/grad) who is eager to prove themselves in this highly competitive industry. As the 5th member of the ENS team, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to join Laurier’s LaunchPad program, which provides access to workplace at Communitech, mentorship from industry experts and networking opportunities within the vibrant, innovative community in the heart of K-W’s tech industry.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Safayeni (, DC 3108

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Opportunity for Students and Researchers to Win $150K

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, have teamed up again for the OneStart competition - the largest biotech startup accelerator program in the world - to offer young innovators from all disciplines the chance to win $150k in no-strings attached grant money (non-dilutive, no IP rights reserved) and free lab space to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Applications are now open until December 1st 2014. To learn more about the program and start building your team, visit

Interested in Software Engineering *Research*?

Consider joining the SE PhD program of Carnegie Mellon University. CMU has an entire institute and PhD program dedicated to software research with 8 core faculty and 10 affiliated faculty in software engineering (from requirements engineering to software architecture to teams and organizations and to various forms of quality assurance) and several others in closely related fields.

The attached poster provides an overview of the program. For more information about the program and the application process, visit

A UW alumna is currently studying at CMU in the SE PhD program and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send an email to for contact information.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

CS4U Day on Wednesday, December 3

Hi everyone,

It’s almost the end of the Fall term, as you may have noticed from the snow outside your window.  This means there’s one last, big event you can be a part of before the year is over: CS4U Day on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 8am—3pm in the Davis Centre.

High school students from grades 9-12 will be coming to learn more about what computer science is and how it impacts their everyday lives.  We’re looking for volunteers to help set up the event, assist with lecture and activity materials, and answer any questions students or teachers may have.

Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, morning snack, and lunch at the event.

Feel free to e-mail me if you're interested in participating or have any questions.


Jonathan Tang | E-mail:

Monday, 10 November 2014

High & Ultra High Field MRI 2 Day Winter School

The Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping, at Western University, in London Ontario, has organized the first ever High & Ultra High Field MRI Winter School.

The two day CFMM Winter School will include an overview of high field MRI hardware considerations and construction, device testing, MRI safety as well as challenges, solutions and applications on these unique imaging platforms. You will be taking part in a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity which can provide unique insights into future studies and potential careers in a demanding discipline.
The 2015 Winter School will be held on Saturday, February 14th and Sunday, February 15th 2015 at Western University, London Ontario.

The Scholarship covers your two day participation of the winter school, all lectures and hands on training on all three of the scanners, mid day breaks, lunches, dinner Saturday night and our farewell event.  A basic travel allowance will be provided and accommodations (two days and two nights) close to the facility will be provided for your stay.

The deadline for applications is midnight January 8, 2015, - there are a very limited number of spots available.

You will find the application and list of requirements attached to this email or on our website at  All completed packages should be emailed to CFMM at  Applications must be accompanied by all substantiating materials listed.

We welcome you to visit our website at for more information on this program, our work and our people.

Friday, 7 November 2014

2015-2016 NSERC/CIHR CGSM Applications

If you are applying for an NSERC CGSM or a CIHR CGSM, please check the timelines for this carefully on the GSO web site and take advantage of the support materials and information provided to help you create an excellent application:

For a strong application, follow the "application instructions"carefully (right hand menu link) and also review and follow  the "presentation standards" found through a link in the instructions.

Transcripts order deadline:  3:00 pm November 28, 2014

Do this early so you don't forget as this deadline is firm.

 Application deadline:  8:00 pm December 1, 2014 thru NSERC Portal 

  • you are advised not to wait to submit at the last minute as the portal can be busy on the last day

 RESEARCH PROPOSAL (or a discussion of your research interests):

  • get feedback from your supervisor and referee(s) and remember to use clear language that is not too technical, explain acronyms or short forms, and organize it where possible using the suggested NSERC format. Check the NSERC "APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS" for this part of the application.


  • give referees plenty of notice and advise them of the evaluation criteria so that they can address these in their reference
  • 50% academic excellence
  • 30% research ability and potential
  • 20% leadership, communication and interpersonal
  • provide copies of post secondary transcripts, CV or resume, your Research Proposal and any other information to help them evaluate and recommend you with regard to the evaluation criteria

NOTE 1: For those students applying for graduate studies at Waterloo, a separate OGS application is not required  This NSERC/CIHR CGSM application will be used to consider applicants for both the CGSM and the OGS scholarships.

NOTE 2:  Although your NSERC/CIHR CGSM application will be sent to all proposed universities you indicate in your application, please be aware that the OGS competition is managed internally by each institution and you need to comply with their application instructions and their deadlines if they require a separate application for OGS.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

MindSumo CS contests/jobs

Dear Students,

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

How would you revamp Cigna’s database architecture? 

 - $600 in prizes

 Propose the best way to tell a story through photos for General Mills. 

- $1000 in prizes

 Questions can be directed to

 Direct Links:


General Mills

Distinguished lecture series


Thursday, November 6, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 pm, DC 1302
Harry Shum

Since the launch of Bing ( in June 2009, we have seen Bing web search market share in the US more than doubled and Bing image search query share more than quadrupled. In this talk, I will share and discuss the challenges and opportunities in image understanding based on our experience building Bing image search. 

Specifically, I will talk about how we have significantly improved image search quality, and built differentiated image search user experience using NLP, entity, big data, machine learning and computer vision technologies. By leveraging big data from billions of search queries, billions of images on the web and from the social networks, and billions of user clicks, we have designed massive machine learning systems to continuously improve image search quality. With the focus on natural language and entity understanding, for instance, we have improved Bing’s ability to understand the user intent beyond queries and keywords. 

I will demonstrate with many examples how Bing has delivered a superior image search user experience,quantitatively, qualitatively and aesthetically, by utilizing computer vision techniques.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Developer job and contest

We are a tech startup of young, passionate group of accomplished professionals (DDS, MD, Computer techies, MBA’s, entrepreneurs, graduate students etc) and we are looking to add another team member to our in-house team of developers. We present you with a straight-forward and fun competition as opposed to the classical, boring or even intimidating interview.
The competition is to create a website where you would integrate the following key points:

- users can create user accounts (and accounts only get activated after users confirm their email address)
- users can send messages to each other and be notified of new messages
- users can set and agree on a suggested time and date for meetings on a shared calendar. Confirmations of scheduled meetings will be notified to both users in the system who have scheduled the meeting times.
- API integrate a java game into the website (any pre-existing game)
- Two users within the system can launch the API-integrated javascript game from within the online space you created by either launching it instantly or by scheduling the launch ahead of time (just like booking an appointment).
- Integrate a simple external chat into the online space (eg., facebook chat. So that when users are in your online system, they can receive messages sent by other users within the online space in their facebook accounts).

The competition winner will be decided after an internal meeting of the co-founders of our startup. The winning prize is a $2000 CAD appreciation reward, the chance to learn more about our revolutionary startup, and the chance to become part and hold equity in this startup.
Please also let us know if you are an expert in any or all of the following areas: database, Ruby on Rails and/or AWS (Amazon Web Services)
Most importantly, have FUN with the project of this competition! If you have any questions at all, please email a member of our team at:

Looking forward to your submissions.