SALT The First Tsilumos Festival at Open Space 3/20

March 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm (performance)

SALT

new music and more . . . for all the senses
The First Tsilumos Festival

March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Day Tickets $20

SALT is a day long festival of contemporary music and dance from Canada and around the world. The Tsilumos Ensemble is an exciting new group of musicians brought together to offer new possibilities in engaging all the senses.

The first concert will be dedicated to composer Elliott Carter featuring Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba, Dániel Péter Biró and the Lafayette Quartet. Virtuoso soloists Kris Covlin, Mark McGregor and Tzenka Dianova will present works by Avram, Biró, Newsome and Nicolescu. 20th Century classics Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg andGran Torso by Helmut Lachenmann will also be on the menu. A final concert will feature Canadian premieres of works by Czernowin, Grisey and Donatoni in coordination with the amazing dancing of the Suddenly Dance Theatre. Throughout the day long festival audience members will have a chance to talk with the composers and musicians about the concerts in a casual setting.

Audience members are welcome to enjoy cuisine and beverages while mingling with performers, composers and dancers during this daylong event. Food and drink, specially designed for the music, will be provided by Victoria Spirits.

 

Concert 1 at 11:30 a.m. Brunch with Elliott Carter
Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba, Dániel Péter Biró and the Lafayette Quartet perform works of this contemporary American master

Concert 2 at 3:30 p.m. New Virtuosity
Tzenka Dianova, Kris Covlin, Mark McGregor, Hannah Burton, Rob Phillips and Kevin Grady play works of Biró, Newsome, Maxwell (Canadian Premieres), Berio, Xenakis, Avram and Nicolescu

Concert 3 at 5:30 p.m. Response 1
Featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and a response-piece by German composer Annette Brosin Übersetzungen performed by Heather Harker, Crystal Yang, Liam Hockley, Nathan Friedman, Darren Miller, Emily Burton, Brooke Wilken, Monika Zaborowski and conducted by Alex Jang

Concert 4 at 7:00 p.m Response 2
Featuring Lachenmann’s famous string quartet Gran Torso and a response-piece by Canadian Composer Darren Miller for felipe de almeida ribeiro performed by Liz Massi, Deidre Carr, Jiten Beairsto and Chantal Bian

Concert 5 at 8:30 p.m. Dancing in the Sound of Light
Groundbreaking works by Donatoni, Grisey and Czernowin performed by the Tsilumos Ensemble conducted by Ajtony Csaba with special guests from the Suddenly Dance Theatre

Open Space Arts Society
510 Fort St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E6

V    250-383-8833
E    openspace@openspace.ca
W   openspace.ca

 

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Twestival Victoria set to Tweet. Meet. Give. 3/24

March 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm (Uncategorized)

Victoria’s Social Media Community unites
with Global Twitter-Based Charity Event
to raise Funds for Victoria Cool Aid Society

Thursday March 24th at 7pm, join the Victoria Twitter community (#yyj) for a fabulous evening of food, drink, music and conversation with performances by local talent plus door prizes and a silent auction. Connect with the movers and shakers in the local social media community at the Bengal Lounge of the Fairmont Empress Hotel to raise funds for Victoria’s Cool Aid Society, with all proceeds going directly to provide computer equipment and food to some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged citizens.

What is Twestival Victoria? http://www.twestival.victoria.com

Twestival Victoria began in 2009 when local twitterer and long time community volunteer Janis La Couvée met celebrated Vancouver blogger Miss 604, Rebecca Bollwitt.  La Couvée was immediately attracted to this new way of connecting those in need with those who can help.

“Can you imagine an organizing committee of ten members putting together an event to fundraise with sponsors, donors, volunteers, entertainment and venue – ALL in 6 weeks? Twestival Victoria, #yyjtwestival, incorporates traditional fundraising methods and the power of social media to accelerate the connecting of people and the cause.”

Since 2009, Twestival Victoria has raised over $13,000 for local (Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society) and international (Concern Worldwide) charities. In March 2010, Victoria ranked #8 worldwide in funds raised per capita, and 16th in total funds raised. The #yyjtwestival team is excited to see the possibilities in 2011 to increase fundraising levels.

Committee members include: José Albis, Chris Burdge, Jason Finnerty, Scott Garman, Janis La Couvée, Scott McDonald, Asmâa Methqal, Theresa Scholes, and Jaryd Zinkewich.

The Victoria Cool Aid Society http://www.CoolAid.org

 

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“Victoria-Bench by Bench” book launch!

October 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm (literature, Reading)

My books have arrived and I am excited to share my creation with you. Please join me if you can on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora, across from the McPherson Theatre). The invitation is below – if it doesn’t show properly in your email, let me know.

booklaunch.jpg

At about 7:15 I will give a little talk about how I got to have a self-published book in my hands. Maybe it will inspire some of you to give form to the ideas swimming in your head.

So far the books are available at Munro’s on Government St., Russell Books on Fort,  the Overleaf Cafe-Bookshop on Pandora at Cook (Medical Arts Bldg), and Tanner’s in Sidney.

It is also available for sale on my website or for “Green dollars” through LETS – the Local Exchange Trading System (http://www.lets.victoria.bc.ca/)

I look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Kennel

Please RSVP by email or phone: 250-508-2554

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World Drum in Victoria for 11 days 7/20 – 7/31

July 19, 2010 at 10:58 am (performance)

The World Drum will be in Victoria for 11 days and so far we have five events planned.  If anyone would like to organize something during the free days, please let me know.

Introduction to Victoria:
July 20, 7pm~ 9pm,
353 Windermere Place/Moss Rock Park

Royal Roads University
July 22, 12 noon ~ 1
Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, outside the Grant Building at the Neptune Stairs that connect the Grant Building with Hatley Castle, followed by walking the Drum through the university grounds.

12 noon, welcome by Allan Cahoon, President of RRU (if available)
and Greg Sam
Introduction of World Drum and its purpose by the Drum Hosts.
Greg Sam invites Aboriginal drummers and singers to play the World Drum and a chance for all participants to use the World Drum
Closing remarks by Greg Sam followed by walking the Drum through the Royal Roads grounds to connect to the earth and the amazing restoration work that has been done.

Ocean & Sunset Drumming Ceremony:
July 24, 4pm ~ sunset
Willow’s Beach, Oak Bay

International Water Day,
July 25,
please inquire regarding time and location

Blessings & Sending off ceremony
July 31, 1pm ~ 3pm
Moss Rock Park

World Drum Hostess for Greater Victoria: Marianne Sämann-Wyss
Email: marianne [at] soulofthedrum.ca
Phone: 250-382-3582

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Dept. of CS Colloquium Recent Research at ETS, Montreal in Visualizing Trees and Graphs 6/25

June 22, 2010 at 10:38 am (lecture)

D E P A R T M E N T   O F   C O M P U T E R   S C I E N C E
C O L L O Q U I U M

Topic: Recent Research at ETS, Montreal in Visualizing Trees and Graphs

Presented By: Michael McGuffin
From: École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Quebec
Biography: Michael McGuffin is an Assistant Professor at ETS (“École de technologie supérieure”) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His research interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), currently focusing on information visualization. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI; Division of Signaling Biology), working on visualization and user interfaces for bioinformatics, within Dr. Igor Jurisica’s lab. He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where his homebase was the Dynamic Graphics Project (DGP) lab, and where his advisor was Prof. Ravin Balakrishnan. During his Ph.D. studies, he spent three years as an IBM CAS Fellowship Student at the IBM Toronto Lab. He also holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Computer Science from University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Computer Engineering with Software Engineering Option from the University of Waterloo. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as a software developer, creating user interfaces at Alias|wavefront in Toronto and Discreet Logic in Montreal (both companies now part of Autodesk), and CAE in Montreal. Michael hails from Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada; enjoys living in a trilingual household; and dabbles in piano and karate.

Sponsored By: Dr. Melanie Tory, Assistant Professor
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Friday, June 25, 2010
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Engineering Office Wing (EOW), Room 430

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Dept. of CS C O L L O Q U I U M Self-Assembling Distributed Internet Software 6/3

June 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm (Uncategorized) ()

D E P A R T M E N T O F C O M P U T E R S C I E N C E
C O L L O Q U I U M

Topic: Self-Assembling Distributed Internet Software

Presented By: Dr. Yuriy Brun
From: University of Washingon, USA
Biography: Yuriy Brun is an NSF CRA postdoctoral Computing Innovation Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 from the University of Southern California, as an Andrew Viterbi Fellow, and his M.Eng. degree in 2003 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral research was a finalist in the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition in 2008. Brun’s research interests are in the area of engineering self-adaptive and self-managing software systems. His work combines theoretical computer science approaches to modeling nature-inspired algorithms and software engineering approaches to leveraging those algorithms to build systems.

Sponsored By: Dr. Hausi Muller, Professor and Associate Dean Research
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Thursday, June 03, 2010
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 660

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Dept. of CS Colloquium Self-Assembling Distributed Internet Software 6/3

May 21, 2010 at 11:17 am (lecture)

D E P A R T M E N T   O F   C O M P U T E R   S C I E N C E  C O L L O Q U I U M

Topic: Self-Assembling Distributed Internet Software

Presented By: Dr. Yuriy Brun
From: University of Washingon, USA
Biography: Yuriy Brun is an NSF CRA postdoctoral Computing Innovation Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 from the University of Southern California, as an Andrew Viterbi Fellow, and his M.Eng. degree in 2003 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral research was a finalist in the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition in 2008. Brun’s research interests are in the area of engineering self-adaptive and self-managing software systems. His work combines theoretical computer science approaches to modeling nature-inspired algorithms and software engineering approaches to leveraging those algorithms to build systems.

Sponsored By: Dr. Hausi Muller, Professor and Associate Dean Research
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Thursday, June 03, 2010

Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 660

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Dept. of CS Colloquium Recovered Unified Process Views 5/21

May 17, 2010 at 10:40 am (lecture, Uncategorized)

D E P A R T M E N T   O F   C O M P U T E R   S C I E N C E
C O L L O Q U I U M

Topic: Recovered Unified Process Views

Presented By: Abram Hindle
From: University of Waterloo
Biography: Abram Hindle is a Ph D candidate at the University of Waterloo.

Sponsored By: Daniel German

Date: Friday, May 21, 2010
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS)  660

ABSTRACT:
Abstract: The development process for a given software system is acombination of an idealized, prescribed model and a messy set of ad hoc practices.  To some degree, process compliance can be enforced by supporting tools that require various steps be followed in order; however, this approach is often perceived as heavyweight and inflexible by developers, who generally prefer that tools support their desired work habits rather than limit their choices.  An alternative approach to monitoring process compliance is to instrument the various tools and repositories that developers use — such as source control systems, bug-trackers, and mailing-list archives — and to build models of the de facto development process through observation, analysis, and inference.  In this talk, we present a technique for recovering a project’s software development processes from a variety of existing artifacts.  We first apply unsupervised and supervised techniques — including word-bags, topic analysis, summary statistics, and Bayesian classifiers — to annotate software artifacts by related topics, maintenance types, and non-functional requirements.  We map the analysis results onto a time-line Unified Process development model, which we call Recovered
Unified Process Views.  We demonstrate our approach for
extracting these process views from two case studies: FreeBSD and SQLite.

Announced By: Carol Harkness

Computer Science Dept., University of Victoria
Engineering/Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 504

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Dept. of CS Seminar Automated Testing of Modern Web Applications 4/20

April 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm (lecture)

D E P A R T M E N T   O F   C O M P U T E R   S C I E N C E
S E M I N A R

Topic: Automated Testing of Modern Web Applications

Presented By: Arie van Deursen, Professor and Ali Mesbah, Delft University of Technology
From: Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Biography: Arie van Deursen is a professor at Delft University of Technology where he leads the Software Engineering Research Group.  His research interests include software testing, software architecture, program comprehension, and the use of Web 2.0 techniques in software engineering.  He is co-founder of the Software Improvement Group, an Amsterdam-based company specialized in software risk assessments and software quality monitoring.  He is currently on a 5 month sabbatical leave at the University of Victoria, working with the CHISEL group in the area of collaborative software engineering.

Sponsored By: Dr. M. Storey, Professor and CRC Chair,
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room # 660

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Dept. of CS Seminar Creating First-Person, Interactive Narratives Apr 1

March 30, 2010 at 9:50 am (lecture)

D E P A R T M E N T   O F   C O M P U T E R   S C I E N C E
S E M I N A R

Topic: Creating First-Person, Interactive Narratives

Presented By: Andrew Glassner, Ph.D., Writer, Director, Consultant
From: Coyote Wind Studios, Seattle, WA. USA
Biography: Dr. Andrew Glassner, Ph.D., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC., is a writer, director, and a consultant in video game design.

He carried out research in 3D computer graphics at Bell Communications Research, the IBM Watson Research Lab, Xerox PARC, and Microsoft Research.  He has written many papers and books in computer graphics, including the textbook “Principles of Digital Image Synthesis” and the three volumes of “Andrew Glassner’s Notebook.”

He created the “Graphics Gems” series, founded the Journal of Graphics Tools, served as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics, and was Papers Chair for SIGGRAPH ’94, where he created the Sketches venue.  As a writer-director, he created, wrote, and directed the multiplayer Internet game “Dead Air” for the Microsoft Network, as well as the animated short “Chicken Crossing” and several live-action short films.  His book “Interactive Storytelling” speaks to the future of narrative, and his upcoming book on “Processing for Artists and Designers” invites a new generation of creators to embrace software as an artistic medium.  Glassner is now a full-time writer-director, and a consultant in storytelling and interactive fiction to the computer game and online entertainment industries.

Sponsored By: Dr. Brian Wyvill, Professor and Canada Research Chair
From: Department  of Computer Science,  University of Victoria

Date: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room # 660

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