‘Tis the season once again, and Saturday, 7 Dec, is the Thirty-first semi-annual CSci Senior Seminar conference, and that evening is will be the CSci potluck. Come along and join us!
The conference will be from 1-3:30pm in Sci 1020:
- John McCall – “Zero knowledge compilers” (1-1:30pm)
- Emma Ireland – “Intrusion detection with genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic” (1:30-2pm)
- Andrew Latterner – “Computing polarity in sentiment analysis applications” (2-2:30pm)
- Phou Lee – “Bot detection in online games” (2:30-3pm)
- Chris Thomas – “An overview of the current state of the test-first vs. test-last debate” (3-3:30pm)
All CSci majors are strongly encouraged to attend as many of these conferences as possible. It really helps you understand what happens in senior seminar and better prepare you for that important experience, and it’s a cool opportunity to learn about some really interesting research in the field.
Friends, family, and interested parties are all welcome to join us.
There will also be a potluck at 7pm at Nic McPhee & Susan Gilbert’s house, and all CSci folks, friends, and family are invited to come celebrate the wrap-up of another fine semester. Our house is a 20-30 minute walk from campus and we have a friendly cat so be warned if you have allergies.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all both at the conference and at the potluck! Hang in there as we roll towards the end of the semester :-)
Joe’s talk is Wednesday, 30 Oct, at 8pm in Sci 1020. There will be snacks, so come on down!
People have wondered if there might be video of the talk, either live or available on-line after the fact. We’re not sure about that at the moment, but we’re looking into it and will report back if we work something out.
P.S. If you think you might be interested in a summer internship at Fog Creek, they’re currently accepting applications for next summer, and I bet Joe would be willing to give you some pointers if you ask nice.
What, oh what to do after graduation? Getting a job at a big company with rows and rows of cubicles is one option, and often a very good one. And while it’s often the most visible option, it’s not the only option. In three weeks you’ll have a cool opportunity to explore some alternatives at Startup Weekend Sioux Falls.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
So this would be a great opportunity to meet cool people, see what’s involved in the whole gamut of creating a company out of an idea, and explore in a meaningful but low-risk way the world of start-ups and entrepreneurship. You don’t have to feel like an entrepreneur or have an idea for a start-up. You don’t even have to any particular feeling that you want to be involved in a start-up. But if you’re curious and want to perhaps open (or at least peek through) some new doors, it sounds like a great opportunity.
Just heard that a UMM team has once again placed in the annual Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition in Thief River Falls. The Five Musketeers (MK Dramdahl, Alex Gunness, Max Magnuson, and David Pagel) took second in this year’s competition. Their fine work netted them individual prize valued at $200 plus $3000 for the CSci discipline to use to support important things like student conference participation.
Well done and big congratulations!
If you’re interested in checking out the papers for this semester’s Computer Science Senior Seminar conference, they’re now available on the wiki. Any Gold Stars that are awarded will be noted there after the conference, and hopefully the speakers will share their slides there after the conference as well.
This is a wonderful opportunity to:
- Learn some cool things about current research in computing
- Support your fellow students
- See how senior seminar works (at least in CSci) so it’s less intimidating when it’s your turn
All talks should be generally accessible to anyone who’s had Data Structures, but as a practical matter the bulk of the talks should be understandable to most anyone with a non-trivial interest in computing.
We’ll have snacks and very cool topics, so join us!
Senior Seminar Conference
Saturday, 1 Dec 2012 Sci 1020, 11:30-4:30 pm
11:30am: David Ruprecht
Body Area Networks and Body Sensor Networks
Noon: Gerard Van Wijk
Network Management Through BitTorrent Blocking and Bandwidth Shaping by ISPs
12:30pm: Reed Simpson
Evolutionary AI in Games
1:00-1:15pm: 15 minute break
1:15pm: Ashley Koch
Assistive Technologies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
1:45pm: Seth Sorensen
Accuracy of Similarity Measures in Recommender Systems
2:15pm: Vincent Borchardt
Recovery-Oriented Computing in Distributed Systems
2:45-3:00pm: 15 minute break
3:00pm: Tim Snyder
Overview and Comparison of Genome Compression Algorithms
3:30pm: Scott Steffes
Modern Approaches to Gesture Recognition
4:00pm: Nicholas Cornhill
Communication Structures of Botnets with Case Studies
Kevin Arhelger (UMM CSci ’10) will be giving what should be a really cool talk today on performance tuning. Kevin is an IBM Software Engineer who helps ensure that the performance of their WebSphere tool remains best-in-class, and will be talking about his experience working on performance tuning “in the real world” on a very large project. He’ll cover such topics as Java Virtual Machine tuning, non-uniform memory access, network hardware tuning, and other related topics. Most of the material should make sense to anyone in Data Structures and up.
What: System Performance Tuning: There’s more to performance than Big O
Who: Kevin Arhelger, UMM ’10
When: Monday, 8 Oct, 4:30pm
Where: Sci 2190
There will be pop and snacks, so join us!