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 Blurring Boundaries 2/15

February 10, 2010 at 11:15 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: Blurring Boundaries: Mixing Input Modes to Enhance Interactions in Digital Environments

Presented By: P. Irani, Associate Professor
From: Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba
Biography: Pourang Irani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, where he conducts research in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). He works on a variety of fields in HCI, including Information Visualization, Interaction Techniques, Animated Displays, Document Navigation, Interfaces for Ubiquitous Devices, Input Devices, Gaming Applications, Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).

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

Date: Monday, February 15, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS),Room # 660

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Dept. of CS Chasing the Negawatt 2/5

February 4, 2010 at 11:41 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: Chasing the Negawatt: Human-Centred Systems for Sustainable Living

Presented By: L.Bartram, Assistant Professor  and R. Woodbury, Professor
From: School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, B.C.
Biography: Lyn Bartram is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she is a co-founder and Director of the HVILab. Her theoretical research interests span perception, computational aesthetics and design principles – all applied to information visualization and human-computer interaction. In particular she is interested in how the rich visual modality of motion and animation can be used in information visualization and affective interfaces.

Rob Woodbury is a Professor also in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include design space exploration, parametric modeling, design grammars, design patterns, design collaboration, visual analytics, knowledge visualization, and research methods for design.

Sponsored By: M. Tory, Assistant Professor

From: Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria

Date: Friday, February 05, 2010
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

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Dept. of CS Seminar Classifying Web Pages by Genre 2/15

February 4, 2010 at 11:35 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: Classifying Web Pages by Genre

Presented By: J. Mason,  PhD
From: Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Biography: Jane Mason recently completed her PhD with the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her PhD research investigated the classification of Web pages by genre, using n-gram representations of the Web pages and Web page genres. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and research awards, including first place(graduate division)in the grand finals of the
2005 ACM international student research competition. Her research interests include machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, and numerical linear algebra.

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

Date: Monday, February 15, 2010
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 660

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Dept. of CS Colloquium From DNA to Jay-Z 2/10

January 29, 2010 at 4:18 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
C O L L O Q U I U M

Topic: From DNA to Jay-Z: How Ideas from Bioinformatics Can Automate Finding Rhymes in Rap Music

Presented By: D. Brown, Associate Professor
From: Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Biography: Dan Brown is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he has been since 2001.  From 2000 to 2001, he worked on the human and mouse genome projects at the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research.  His interests are in algorithms for understanding the information in discrete sequences, particularly identifying patterns in DNA and protein sequences.

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

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS), Room 660

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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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Transformational Lecture Series featuring Dale Mikkelson (Victoria) 10/21

October 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm (lecture)

Off-grid on a Mountain Top – UniverCity’s Journey Towards a Living Building

Dale is the manager of planning and sustainability for the UniverCity Project at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus. The UniverCity community is being developed around “Four Cornerstones of Sustainability”, including Environment, Equity, Education, and Economy.  Mikkelsen and the Trust’s team are making significant and innovative contributions toward the creation of independent and universal green building standards to ensure a high level of urban design and environmental performance.  Mikkelsen is charged with raising the bar of sustainable community planning to ensure UniverCity remains on the leading edge of energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building. Prior to working with SFU Community Trust, he was the lead project planner for the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Athlete’s Village. He also acted as the City’s Green Building Planner.

Doors open at 5:00pm, lecture starts at 5:30pm.

COST

Cascadia Members and students: Free
Non-members:
$10

October 21, 2009  from 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm

St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria

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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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