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Martin Erwig's book, "Once Upon an Algorithm," is currently the #1 New Release on Amazon in the category Programming/Algorithm.

IN THE NEWS

Weller to lead OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Oregon State University College of Engineering has announced that Thomas Weller is the new head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, effective July 31. Weller comes to OSU from the University of South Florida, where he was chair of the Electrical Engineering Department and co-director of the Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems. OSU news release

OSU gymnastics: Beavers land scholastic honors
Thirteen Oregon State gymnasts were named Scholastic All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women. Among them is computer science student Mary Jacobsen, who received the award for the third time. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Squashing inclusivity bugs in open source software
Anita Sarma explains how GenderMag methodology identifies gender bias in software tools to help designers eliminate it.
When people talk about diversity and inclusion in open source, the discussion is usually about how to improve a project culture's inclusivity. But can the software itself be gender biased? Our research says it can. So, how do you know if your software is biased? And, if it is, how can you make it more inclusive? opensource.com

Roboticst at OSU uses performing arts to make robots more social
Heather Knight wants to make robots more charismatic. Knight, a roboticist, began teaching at OSU last year. She directs the CHARISMA (Collaborative Humans and Robots: Interaction, Sociability, Machine Learning, and Art) Research Lab, whose goal is to borrow on methods from the performing arts to create more socially intelligent robots. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Episode 21: Remember When Realnetworks Used to-- BUFFERING
Today, we’re talking to Lance Albertson, director of OSL at OSU. OSL does a variety of projects to provide private Clouds that are neutrally hosted on its premises. The lab also gives undergraduate students hands-on experience with DevOps skills, including dealing with configuration management, deploying applications, learning how applications deploy, working with projects, and troubleshooting issues. OSL is for any student who has a general interest or passion for it, and a willingness to learn. Screaming in the Cloud (podcast)

CEO with leadership is key to success for startup, says Chun P Chiu, senior advisor of InnoBridge
Technology only accounts for 25% of what makes a startup successful while the CEO's leadership can contribute to 50% of its success, said Chun P Chiu ('70 MS EE), national policy advisor to the president of Taiwan, InnoBridge Capital's Senior Advisor and an angel investor, who has funded more than 100 startups over a 20-year period. DigiTimes

OSU EECS Minute: Chairbot
Grad students Abrar Fallataah and Alison Shutterly talk about their chair robot. EECS YouTube

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

HP is making your office printer more secure with help from hackers
Companies need all the help they can get staying ahead of the security curve. It’s why HP is tapping security researchers around the globe — commonly called “white hat” or “ethical” hackers — to help them spot security risks before they can gain control of a connected device and compromise sensitive data. Ahead of the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, HP is opening the curtains to some of its code, with the hopes that transparency and some well-placed cash rewards will prompt creative hackers to find hidden vulnerabilities in office printers. HP is working with BugCrowd to help verify reported threats and reward security researchers (an industry word for hackers) based on the severity of the flaw, with incentives ranging from $500 to $10,000. It’s part of an ongoing effort by HP to design and develop products with security in mind from the hardware on up the stack. The Garage

15 Oregon tech companies that are hiring scores of workers
The number of open spots is among the highest since Portlandtech.org launched in 2015. It reached a high of 5,200 openings last year, said David Duncan, the WorkSource Oregon job search navigator who oversees it. All told, the tech jobs climate remains solid. Duncan offered these tips for those seeking work during these comparatively boom times. Portland Business Journal

Skyworks buys Beaverton-based Avnera for $405 million
Founded in 2004, privately held Avnera designs chips for wireless audio. Its clients include Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Harman, Sony and many others. Skyworks said it will use Avnera's technology for smart speakers, digital assistants, gaming controllers and driver controls inside vehicles. The Oregonian

OPPORTUNITIES

McAfee Advanced Threat Research Lab Opening
Wednesday, August 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm | McAfee ATR Lab, 5505 NE Moore Ct, Hillsboro, OR
The Advanced Threat Research (ATR) group is about to officially open their research lab here in Hillsboro, and wanted to extend an invitation for you to join them to see the work being done at the lab. Examples include Exploitation of Medical Devices; consumer electronics/IoT exploits; Adversarial Machine Learning, with a focus on vision based ADAS hardware; Cortana and Defender bypasses; Software defined radio based attacks on automotive systems; PLC and Industrial control system exploitation; soon to expand into full automotive research. All participants planning to attend should register with D.Kevin_McGrath@McAfee.com.

2018 Tech Tours: PDX Talent Match
Wednesday, Sept 19 | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Portland | Job Seeker: FREE
The week of Tech Tours Technology Association of Oregon invites job seekers and tech companies to participate in PDX Talent Match, an exclusive hiring fair designed to initiate personal introductions between local talent and technology companies who are actively hiring in the Portland-Metro area. Interested job seekers should submit their information through the Talent Match: Job Seeker Resume Portal by Friday, August 31st. Should a job seeker be chosen by a participating company, TAO will forward along an invitation to attend the PDX Talent Match networking event. Submitting a resume through the Talent Match Job Seeker Resume Portal does not guarantee an invitation to the Talent Match Networking Event.

PhD Student/ Research Assistant openings in Northeastern's Energy Circuits Lab
Aatmesh Shrivastava, Assistant professor at Northeastern University specializing in ultra-low power circuit design and system architecture, has three openings for funded PhD students or Graduate Research Assistants. Selected students will get to work on next generation ultra-low power computing systems, self-powered implanted devices that can reside deep inside the body, etc.

Assist Travel grant for attending 2018 SACNAS conference
There is still an opportunity to attend the 2018 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in San Antonio on a travel grant. The deadline for applying is Aug 12th. The awards are available to advanced graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty members.

Interate
August 13, 15, 20, 22 | 4 – 6 pm | Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute, Metolius Room (HP campus)
The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a four session workshop where budding entrepreneurs learn how to work with their business idea. The program is delivered in a hybrid format. Materials to read and review are online so we can spend the vast majority of the workshop time working on the business ideas. And, It’s free to all participants! This is great for faculty who have been toying with broader impacts of their research. Grad students and post docs will learn some new skills as well.

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
This exciting event will take place on September 13th, 2018 and is open to all undergraduates. Two presentation options are available: 3-minute lightning talks and poster presentations. Those selected to give 3-minute lightning talks will be required to attend a practice session on either September 6th or 7th between 9am-12pm. Additional details about this practice session will be distributed to those who are selected. The deadline to apply is August 21st at 11:59pm. Once we have received all applications, we will provide additional details about the exact timing and location of the symposium.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Watershed Characteristics Web-based Tool Development and Support - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
As a part of the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources National Research Program, EPA researchers have developed the StreamCat and LakeCat datasets. These contain an extensive collection of landscape metrics for about 2.6 million streams and 378 thousand lakes and associated catchments within the conterminous US. StreamCat and LakeCat data are currently stored on an EPA ftp site as csv files and available to the public. While these two datasets provide an important tool for researchers and managers to understand and characterize the Nation’s rivers, streams, and lakes, there is no user-friendly interface and so data are not easily accessible to non-specialists. To make the data more accessible to both technical and non-technical users, EPA would like to develop web-based software applications that will allow for simple interactive queries, easy-to-use batch retrievals, and basic tools that could be used for data analysis. This would likely involve development and/or use of a server database and web services. This effort could make use of a variety of programming languages and platforms, so we are looking for a candidate with a broad range of skills and a willingness and desire to learn new ones, though knowledge of Python, Java, Javascript, and PHP is desirable.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Learning to Learn: Overview of My Research Work at OSU and beyond
Friday, August 10 | 10:00am to 11:00am | KEC 1001
Hashem Nehrir, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Montana State University-Bozeman
This informal presentation will give a quick overview of Dr. Nehrir’s research work starting from what he did at Oregon State on real-time computer control of electric machines and on Synchronous Machine Modeling for inclusion in power system stability programs to diverse research projects in over three decades at Montana State on residential load modeling and control for distribution system peak load shaving, alternative energy power generation system modeling and control, microgrid power management, and on smart grid resiliency. He will focus on the value of his education at Oregon State, where he “learned how to learn.”

GRADUATE EXAMS

PhD Final Exam – Evgenia Chunikhina
Monday, August 13 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm | KEC 1114
Information Theoretical Analysis of Self-Similar Trees
Major Advisor: Juan Restrepo; Minor Advisor: David Koslicki; Committee: Bella Bose, Eric Walkingshaw; GCR: Merrick Haller

EVENTS

McAfee Advanced Threat Research Lab Opening
Wednesday, August 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm | McAfee ATR Lab, 5505 NE Moore Ct, Hillsboro, OR
The Advanced Threat Research (ATR) group is about to officially open their research lab here in Hillsboro, and wanted to extend an invitation for you to join them to see the work being done at the lab. Examples include Exploitation of Medical Devices; consumer electronics/IoT exploits; Adversarial Machine Learning, with a focus on vision based ADAS hardware; Cortana and Defender bypasses; Software defined radio based attacks on automotive systems; PLC and Industrial control system exploitation; soon to expand into full automotive research. All participants planning to attend should register with D.Kevin_McGrath@McAfee.com.

2018 Bend Tech Tour
Monday, Sep 17 | 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Downtown Bend & Beyond | Individual Tourist: $10; Student Tourist: $5
Tourists will wind their way through the city to find out what cool technology host companies like are working on, experience their company culture, network with other tourists, and find out about jobs available in the fastest growing industry in Oregon during our second annual event. The event will culminate with a Tech Tour party at 7:00 pm with more networking and prizes.

2018 Vancouver Tech Tour
Tuesday, Sept 18 | 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Vancouver, WA | Individual Tourist: $10; Student Tourist: $5
Tourists will wind their way through the city to find out what cool technology host companies like are working on, experience their company culture, network with other tourists, and find out about the 350+ jobs available at these companies during our second annual event. The event will culminate with a Tech Tour party at 7:00 pm with more networking and prizes.

2018 Tech Tours: PDX Talent Match
Wednesday, Sept 19 | 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Portland | Job Seeker: FREE
The week of Tech Tours Technology Association of Oregon invites job seekers and tech companies to participate in PDX Talent Match, an exclusive hiring fair designed to initiate personal introductions between local talent and technology companies who are actively hiring in the Portland-Metro area. Interested job seekers should submit their information through the Talent Match: Job Seeker Resume Portal by Friday, August 31st. Should a job seeker be chosen by a participating company, TAO will forward along an invitation to attend the PDX Talent Match networking event. Submitting a resume through the Talent Match Job Seeker Resume Portal does not guarantee an invitation to the Talent Match Networking Event.

2018 Eugene Tech Tour
Thursday, Sept 20 | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Eugene, OR | Individual Tourist: $10; Student Tourist: $5
Tourists will wind their way through the city to find out what cool technology host companies like are working on, experience their company culture, network with other tourists, and find out about jobs available in the fastest growing industry in Oregon during our second annual event. The event will culminate with a Tech Tour party at 8:00 pm with more networking and prizes.

JOBS

Student Tutor - OSU-Cascades
Specific areas desired are: College Algebra and Calculus, English Composition, General/Organic Chemistry, Biology/Biochemistry/Genetics, Statistics, and Physics. Tutor students in one-on-one and small group settings, enrich student understanding of time management and campus resources, and foster an atmosphere of fun and learning, serves as a role model to students, always conducting him/herself in the utmost professional manner, and maintaining appropriate boundaries. Assist students with the development of study skills, teach study skills that assist students in preparation for course work. Mentor students in the areas of academics. Provide and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and retaining material studied. Maintain accurate and timely records of student contact and maintain confidentiality.

Ecampus Tech - OSU Extended Campus
Course Development Student Worker works closely with various members of the Multimedia team of the Course Development and Training Unit of Ecampus to help with the process of creating and maintaining web multimedia resources for online courses through a variety of tasks. Evaluate and investigate web technologies, solutions, and vendors to create prototypes, and proofs-of-concept which could be used by the Multimedia team in courses and internal applications. Develop and maintain front-end web applications and services provided by the Multimedia team to Extended Campus.

Website and application development opportunity
Local entrepreneur who is currently building a brand needs some help with website and application development. The website is unique and would be a great challenge for students to take on such a project.

EECS TA (CS 16X) (Pooled Posting)
This recruitment will be used to hire a number of part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week for undergraduate students) Student Support Services positions for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU. This position preforms a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the university. Positions may include activities such as mentoring, checking off work, holding office hours, helping with recitation, and/or helping with 2 hour labs with direct guidance from the supervisor.

EECS TA (ECE 1XX/2XX) (ENGR 2XX) (Pooled Position)
This recruitment will be used to hire a number of part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week for undergraduate students) Student Support Services positions for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU. This position preforms a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the university. Positions may include activities such as mentoring, checking off work, holding office hours, helping with recitation, and/or helping with 2 hour labs with direct guidance from the supervisor.

MIME Student Information Support
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance.

Student programmer/developer at Oregon State University
OSU Institutional Analytics & Reporting (IAR) team offers a unique opportunity for a student developer to work in a fast-paced environment to assist in further development of GRS which is the legacy OSU grant reporting system accessed by over 2,500 users. IAR is working on the development of new functionality for determining current and future funding status of grants. This is a production application intended for deployment to support Principal Investigators/researchers (PIs) and Co-PIs at OSU in fall 2018. Apply at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/61098.

Research assistantship position for 2018/2019 M.S. graduates in the area of analog/RF IC design
The expected opening is in the Analog & Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit (AMSIC) Research Laboratory (http://www.ece.neu.edu/~monabajo), and includes the standard stipend and tuition coverage for the Ph.D. program at Northeastern University. It will be associated with a new sponsored research project involving the design of integrated circuits for wireless brain signal measurements and processing. A start at the beginning of the spring 2019 semester (Jan. 8, 2019) is preferred.

PHP WordPress Junior Web Developer Intern
All Pro Webworks is a Multi-State Web Development and Design company with offices in Salem Oregon and Issaquah Washington. Our clients range from small single employee businesses to multi-corporation conglomerates. We are looking for a PHP WordPress Junior Web Developer Intern or someone who can quickly learn PHP and WordPress. Our main office is in Salem, but we would consider allowing the intern to do remote work.

Assistant Director of IT - District Office - West Linn - Wilsonville Public Schools
The Assistant Director of Information Technology (Front-End Engineer) uses current web technologies (HTML5, php, CSS, SQL, javascript, etc) and other coding technologies to create and manipulate systems and interoperability frameworks to best fit the needs of the school district. The Assistant Director also provides leadership to the district Information Technology (IT) staff, helping the CIO to coordinate on-site IT staff and associated communication. The Assistant Director helps in the maintenance and management of the district network systems. He/She will ensure that district websites and web-based tools meet web accessibility guidelines.

Middleware Systems Administrator (Information Systems Specialist 6) - Oregon Department of Justice
The Department of Justice, Child Support Technology Team has been charged with implementing and maintaining a new case management system that's based on a Java EE and IBM stack. This enterprise-level opportunity is currently in its Pre-Pilot rollout phase. You'll be asked to: Configure or modify Java application servers and other middleware applications to support changed or re-engineered business processes; Integrate business applications with the web; Diagnose and respond to information system failures; Collaborate with vendors and technology team members regarding system problems and resolve or escalate as needed; Monitor and evaluate application performance and implement modifications or adjustments; and, Perform Microsoft Active Directory administration.

Tenure-track assistant or associate professor - University of Iowa Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Iowa invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems or Internet of Things. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the university-wide multidisciplinary Informatics Initiative encompassing research and education. The faculty candidate will complement existing University of Iowa expertise and help form the core of this initiative. The University of Iowa offers an exceptional environment for interdisciplinary collaboration with centers and institutes that include the Iowa Informatics Initiative, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative/Center on Aging, Water Sustainability Initiative/IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and Prevention Research Center.

IT Systems Specialist - OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
The Information Technology (IT) Systems Specialist serves as a member of the core team of scientists and students studying the Earth as an integrated system through an interdisciplinary approach and state-of-the-art technology and facilities, field experiments, theoretical investigations, numerical modeling and simulations. The IT Systems Specialist has specialized Information Technology knowledge to make recommendations for the course of action in the College. This position conducts research on new and emerging technologies and their application to Earth System Science. Through management of research and instructional computing for the College, the IT Systems Specialist assists faculty, staff and students in the quest for scientific understanding of the Earth’s systems, environmental challenges, the study coastal zones, and ocean and atmosphere processes and interactions.


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