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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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 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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Lúz Gallery is pleased to present Paris Showrooms 3/4

March 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Lúz Gallery is pleased to present Paris Showrooms, new works by Vikky Alexander.

Opening Reception:  7-9 pm Thursday, March 4th

VIKKY ALEXANDER  PARIS SHOWROOMS
Opening Reception Thursday March 4 / 7-9pm
Exhibition runs through March 28, 2010

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Dept. of CS Seminar Small Grid Drawings 12/21

December 10, 2009 at 3:43 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
Distinguished Lecture Series

Topic: Small Grid Drawings of Planar Graphs with Balanced Bipartition

Presented By: Takao Nishizeki, Dean and Professor
From: Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan
Biography: Professor Takao Nishizeki, currently Dean and Professor of algorithm theory in the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University in Japan, was born in Fukushima, northeastern part of Japan, in 1947. He received the B. E., M. E. and D. E. degrees in electrical communication engineering from Tohoku University, one of the most prominent universities in Japan, in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty at Tohoku University, where in 1988 he was appointed to the current professorship.

Date: Monday, December 21, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room # 660

ABSTRACT:
In a grid drawing of a planar graph, every vertex is located at a grid point, and every edge is drawn as a straight-line segment without any edge-intersection. It has been known that every planar graph G of n vertices has a grid drawing on an (n-2)x(n-2) integer grid and such a drawing can be found in linear time. In this talk, we show that if a planar graph G has a balanced bipartition then G has a grid drawing with small grid area. More precisely, if a separation pair bipartitions G into two edge-disjoint subgraphs G_1 and G_2, then G has a grid drawing on a WxH grid such that both the width W and height H are smaller than the larger number of vertices in G_1 and in G_2. In particular, we show that every series-parallel graph G has a grid drawing on a (2n/3)x(2n/3) grid and such a drawing can be found in linear time.

Note: Refreshments will be served immediately following the lecture in the ECS room # 668 adjacent to room 660.
All are welcome!

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Dept. of CS Seminar Cloud Computing with Dryad and DryadLINQ 11/17

November 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Presented By: Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, External Research
From: Microsoft Research, Redmond, U.S.A.
Biography: Judith Bishop is Director of Computer Science in External Research at Microsoft Research, based in Redmond, USA. She leads a team of Principal Research Managers in her role to create strong links between Microsoft’s research groups and universities globally. In her previous career as a professor of Computer Science, her research interests were in programming languages and distributed systems, with a strong practical bias and an interest in compilers and design patterns. After doing her undergraduate degrees at Rhodes and Natal in South Africa, she received her PhD from the University of Southampton in 1977 on the relationship of languages to computerarchitecture. She has over 90 publications including 15 books on programming languages that are available in six languages and read worldwide. She was previously chair of IFIP WG2.4 (1997-2002) and Editor of IEE Software (2000-2005) from Judith serves frequently on international editorial, programme and award committees, and has received numerous awards and distinctions, in particular the IFIP Outstanding Service Award in 2009, the South African Computer Society Fellowship Award in 2008, and one of 100 Leading Mind Awards from her University in its Centenary Year 2008. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Royal Society of South Africa and of many other prestigious bodies. In 2010, she is Co-General Chair of ICSE.

Sponsored By: D. Damian, Associate Professor and N. Horspool, Professor
From: Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, University of Victoria

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room #660

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Dept. of CS Seminar Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments 10/7

October 5, 2009 at 5:23 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
S E M I N A R

Topic: Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments

Presented By: Georg Essl, Assistant Professor
From: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as Music, University of Michigan, USA
Biography: Georg Essl is Assistant Professor for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Princeton University in 2002 with Perry Cook as advisor. His thesis described banded waveguide synthesis, an efficient method to render sounds in solids that can be excited non-linearily. He was Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the University of Florida between 2002 and 2003 working in the area of digital sound synthesis and teaching in the interdisciplinary Digital
Arts and Science program as well as in Computer Science and Information Engineering. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked as Research Scientist at MIT Medial Lab Europe in Dublin Ireland with Sile O’Modhrain on tangible and tactile user interfaces and structural problems in sound synthesis.
>From 2005 to 2009 he worked as Senior Research Scientist at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, TU-Berlin, where he helped launch the field of interactive music performance with mobile smart phones and developed new mobile interaction paradigms and technologies joint with Michael Rohs.
He has also advised the successful iPhone app startup-company Smule in its formative year.

Sponsored By: G. Tzanetakis, Assistant Professor
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room # 660

ABSTRACT:
Mobile smart phones become ever more powerful and expressive in their sensor technologies. It has been an ongoing research endeavor to turn these devices into platforms for interactive musical expression. In this
talk, I will trace the history of this work from around 2005 until now and show how the evolution of technology  from early camera based interactions towards large ensemble-based mobile phone ensembles.

Announced By: Isabel Campos

Computer Science Dept., University of Victoria
Engineering/Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 504
PO Box 3055, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  CANADA    V8W 3P6

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Pay What You Can benefit performance for Eagle Bay Memorial at Belfry 10/6

September 28, 2009 at 8:15 am (Uncategorized) ()

NEWS RELEASE
Friday, September 25, 2009
For immediate release

Pay What You Can benefit performance for Eagle Bay Memorial
Proceeds from Tuesday, October 6 benefit performance of Bordertown Cafe to go to the Eagle Bay Memorial Trust Fund.

Victoria, BC…The Belfry Theatre announced today that proceeds from a Pay What You Can benefit performance of Bordertown Cafe (Tuesday, October 6) will go to the Eagle Bay Memorial Trust Fund.

“On July 23, 2009, in the small hours of the morning, three sleeping children were engulfed in a flash cabin fire. They were Fergus Conway, Phoebe Conway and Azra Young. Long time summer residents of Eagle Bay, they spent their last day joyfully swimming in the glistening waters of Shuswap Lake. They will be unimaginably missed.”

Azra was the daughter of Kim Collier (Director / Creator) and Jonathon Young (Actor / Creator) from last season’s acclaimed production of Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla here at the Belfry. Fergus and Phoebe were Azra’s cousins.

The Eagle Bay Memorial Trust Fund was set up to help build a memorial scholarship in the children’s memory. For more information on the fund – http://www.eaglebaymemorial.com/

For more information on the play, Bordertown Cafe – http://www.belfry.bc.ca/shows-outreach/bordertown-cafe/


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Dept. of CS Seminar Engineering an Electronic Medical Record System in the Developing World 10/2

September 23, 2009 at 11:01 am (Uncategorized)

Topic: Engineering an Electronic Medical Record System in the Developing World – Necessity is the Mother of Invention’

Presented By: Dr. G. Douglas, Director and Co-Founder
From: Baobab Health, a non-profit organization based in Malawi
Biography: Gerry Douglas is the Director and Co-founder of Baobab Health, a non-profit organization based in Malawi with the mission of improving healthcare in lower-income countries. He holds a Diploma in Electronics, an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Information Science, and a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gerry focused his PhD research on the application of medical informatics principles to improving healthcare delivery in developing countries. His work focuses primarily on augmenting clinicians’ ability to deliver healthcare in resource-poor settings through the use of a point-of-care system; an approach that is novel in this setting.

Sponsored By: Jens Weber, Associate Professor and Director BSeng Program
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Friday, October 02, 2009
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Engineering Office Wing Building (ECS), Room # 660

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CELEBRATE THE BLUE BRIDGE: SUNDAY, SEPT. 20 @ 12 NOON

September 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm (Uncategorized)

Victoria artist Deryk Houston, the directors of the http://www.facebook.com/l/64c2d;johnsonstreetbridge.org, and our friends and supporters are holding

A VISUAL ART EVENT ON THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE

to celebrate the bridge’s heritage, and raise public awareness about flaws in the City of Victoria’s $63-million scheme to replace it.

Where: Reeson Park, at the corner of Wharf and Johnson streets

When: Sunday, September 20th, 2009
information booth from 11 am to 1 pm
12 noon walk to the bridge

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We will need at least 25 people to make the event work, but the more the merrier! Please RSVP to info@http://www.facebook.com/l/64c2d;johnsonstreetbridge.org so we know how many people to expect.

The event will happen rain or shine, so keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared. If you know photographers or kayakers, please ask them to be at the bridge before noon. Dress colourfully! Also, please bring red lipstick, if you have it! (We’ll explain why on Sunday.)

Deryk Houston (http://www.facebook.com/l/64c2d;www.derykhouston.com) is an internationally respected artist, and he approached us with the idea of creating a fun, vibrant event. This is not a “demonstration” or a “protest”, it’s an opportunity to create and record something visually interesting on the bridge, before it’s surrounded by construction – whether that is to repair it, or replace it.

Deryk has created sculptural installations in Iraq, Canada, and Scotland, in support of children’s rights. His work is featured in the 2003 documentary “From Baghdad to Peace Country,” produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

http://www.facebook.com/l/64c2d;Johnsonstreetbridge.org has obtained all necessary permits for this event from the City of Victoria, the Victoria Police Department, and the Provincial Capital Commission.

For further information please call:
Mat Wright, 250 686 5945
email: info@http://www.facebook.com/l/64c2d;johnsonstreetbridge.org
http://www.facebook.com/l/64c2d;www.johnsonstreetbridge.org

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