Monday, 28 March 2016

Volunteer position - gain work experience

Looking for an opportunity to be part of and learn from a dynamic team of professors and graduate students working on international development projects at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo (

The Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) and the Southern African Migration Project (SAMP) are looking for a student volunteer to maintain the websites for both projects.  The student will be responsible for migrating material from the old to the new SAMP website, for maintaining both websites and for uploading content to each website (in the form of research reports, policy reports, research articles, and news content in either pdf or doc formats). While engaging in these activities, the student will resolve website support requests, consult and correspond with HCP and SAMP research teams, and ensure the quality of the online website product.  The approximate time commitment would be 3-5 hours per week. Working hours are flexible. 

Prospective candidates must have previous experience with:
  • ·         WordPress specifically
  • ·         JavaScript frameworks generally
  • ·         Cross-browser compatibility

They must have the following required skills:
  • ·         Interpersonal communication
  • ·         Ability to work in collaboration with a team of international researchers
  • ·         Proficiency with website development languages (e.g. HTML5, CSS, JavaScript,          PHP, MySQL, XML)

They must also be in possession of the following minimum qualifications:
·    The successful completion of the first year of a Computer Science Undergraduate program

If you are interested in this position, please contact the HCP project manager (Cameron McCordic) at for more information and application details.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Lecture: From fixing the women to liberating the men.

Dr. Jennifer Berdahl, Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia
Wed. March, 30th, 4:00-6:00 pm. 
STJ 3014, St. Jerome’s Classroom and Administration Building

Jennifer Berdahl from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is visiting U. Waterloo March 29-31 and is giving a university-wide presentation on Wednesday, March 30th on gender in organizations. Dr. Berdahl is the first Montalbano Professorship in Leadership Studies: Women and Diversity at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, and is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of gender in organizations. She has advised Canadian parliament and informed Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her bestseller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. 

In her talk, Dr. Berdahl will examine how various organizations have attempted to deal with gender – from trying to “fix” the women to changing the way that everyone thinks about men and women. Her impressive and influential research has shown that organizations that successfully integrate women are more successful than their competitors.

Monday, 14 March 2016

NSERC USRA position for CS undergrad

Student will contribute to the development of a web-based front end for a database and will recurrently test and maintain the site. This position will involve learning about ontologies and knowledge engineering.

1) Test existing site, a web-based front-end to a MYSQL database of rhetorical figuration. 
2) Contribute to the ongoing development of the site, from technical, functional, and aesthetic perspectives. 
3) Expand the capabilities of existing site (including the incorporation of a wiki and a blog). 
4) Tasks will include: 

  • Updating and writing documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments in the coded instructions so others can understand the programs. 
  • Updating and writing computer programs to handle specific jobs, such as storing, retrieving and displaying data in multiple 'views. 
  •  Repairing or expanding existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements. 
5) Consult with subject-matter experts, managerial, technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes. 


1) Strong programming and testing skills.
2) Familiarity with databases (especially MYSQL and RDF)
3) Able to work independently and with a team.
4) Design training and sensibilities an asset but not required. 
5) Experience with ontologies (OWL, Protege) an asset but not required.

Note for co-op students: If you apply after the co-op deadline, you must check with your co-op advisor that can still use the USRA as your co-op term. If you can proceed with the USRA, you must ask your advisor to remove you from JobMine.


Chrysanne Dimarco 
Voice: (519) 888 4567 x34443
Email: cdimarco AT

Randy Allen Harris
Linguistics, rhetoric, and communication design
HH247, x35362

Monday, 7 March 2016

Web developers and AI/machine learning developers

Take part in developing the first autonomous staffing firm. ASSETS will provide opportunities for web developers and AI/machine learning developers. On the front end, it will incorporate modern web design, javascript/AJAX, and model-view-controller architecture. On the backend, it will interact with supporting services using REST or a similar protocol, and utilize a variety of AI/machine learning techniques. The current prototype is written in python/django, but other languages and frameworks may be used.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Participants needed for a virtual reality experiment

My name is Mortaja Alqassab and I am a graduate student from Electrical and
Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo. I am
contacting you because I am conducting a study in my graduate research for
my Master’s thesis on the topic of “Human Performance and Cognitive
Workload in Haptic, Audio and Visual Environments” under the supervision of
Professor David Wang of the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I am currently seeking
volunteers as participants in this study.
If you volunteer for this study, you will be asked to wear a noise
cancelling headset, use a computer monitor and use a haptic device. A
haptic device is used for bilateral touch communication between the user
and a computer simulation. You will be asked to complete 3 virtual reality
settings. Each setting will last 5 minutes. A one minute training session
will precede each virtual reality setting. A break will be given after
completing 3 tasks. After completing all virtual reality setting, you will
be asked to fill out a questionnaire and asked general questions about your
experience and you will be given a feedback and appreciation letter. This
study will approximately last 30 minutes.
I would like to assure you that the study has been reviewed and received
ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee
(ORE#20633). However, the final decision to participate is yours. If you
are interested in participating, please contact me at *
<>* with the best days and best times for you. Should
you have any questions or concerns about the study, please do not hesitate
to contact Professor David Wang at or 519-888-4567
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the
Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo.