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EECS Weekly News: November 30, 2015


Graduate Research Expo
Tuesday, March 1, 1 – 4 p.m., Portland Art Museum
Grad students: Submit your abstracts to present your research at the College of Engineering's Graduate Research Expo. Share your work through poster presentations with industry partners, alumni, the media, prospective students, peers, other academic institutions and more. Spaces are limited. Deadline to submit abstracts is December 11, 2015.


This is the biggest shift going on in artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making huge strides in problems that have traditionally plagued the field by harnessing the power of machine learning, a statistical method that relies on a lot of data. But as the approach to intelligence has changed, so has the definition of intelligence. According to Thomas Dietterich, director of Intelligent Systems at Oregon State University, intelligence isn't a single trait — it "refers to many things." Business Insider

Google hires Tesla’s Autopilot Engineering Manager and former SpaceX Director of Flight Software
Robert Rose (BS CpE/BS CS '02, MS ECE '06) has an impressive resumé as a software engineer. It’s not clear if Rose joined Google to work on the company’s self-driving car project, since unlike for his other positions, he didn’t include a description of his role with the company other than “Software Engineer” at “Google Robotics.” 9to5


Corvallis keeps gold status for bicycle efforts
The League of American Bicyclists has again awarded Corvallis gold-level bicycle friendly status. Corvallis, which was joined at the gold level statewide by Ashland and Eugene, was first recognized as a bicycle-friendly community in 1999 and the city achieved the gold rating in 2003. Corvallis Gazette-Times


CS312: Linux System Administration
Winter 2016, MWF 1600-1650
It's that time of year again for anyone interested in learning more about Linux system administration. CS 312 will be available winter 2016 so be sure to sign up. To learn more, visit our website at http://osuosl.org/students/cs312.

BB485/585-Applied Bioinformatics
Winter 2016, MWF 4:00-4:50 pm, Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, BLAST, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery using small RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the Unix command line interface.

Computer Science projects from MindSumo
MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com.

Cognitive Computing Challenge
This is a $200,000 USD incentive prize to build a cognitive system that can read a document, then accurately load a database with what it finds. Essentially, to teach a computer to mimic the human brain. Currently, a huge amount of information is locked in written documents which is read and analyzed manually by humans. The solution to this challenge will eliminate repetitive tasks, reduce time and minimize errors. This world-wide challenge is sponsored by Dynamic Risk, whose focus is to improve pipeline safety and reduce environmental impact. However, this technology has broader applications across industries such as healthcare, security and emergency response. Submission deadline: January 11, 2016.


Computing for Humans
Monday, November 30, 4:00pm to 4:50pm, KEC 1003
Vicki Hanson, Distinguished Professor
College of Computing and Information Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology

Fault Tolerance for High Performance Computing: Is the Sky Falling?
Thursday, Dec 3, 3:30pm, 220 Deschutes Hall, University of Oregon
Kathryn Mohror Lawrence, Livermore National Laboratory
NOTE: This is not part of the EECS colloquium series.


PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – John McGlone
Wednesday, December 2, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, KEC 1007
Development of Amorphous Metal Thin Films for Thermal Inkjet Printing
Major Advisor: John Wager; Committee: John Conley, Douglas Keszler, Alan Wang; GCR: Oksana Ostroverkhova

MS Final Examination – Vikedo Terhuja
Thursday, December 3, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007
Automatic Detection of Possessions and Shots from Raw Basketball Videos
Major Advisor: Alan Fern; Committee: Sinisa Todorovic, Fuxin Li; GCR: Harry Yeh

PhD Final Oral Examination – Arash Abbasi
Monday, December 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 1007
Ultra-Wideband Relay Communication Systems
Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Raviv Raich, Mario Magaña, Committee: Arun Natarajan; GCR: Geoff Hollinger


Launch Party
Thursday, December 3, 10:00am - 11:45pm, KEC 1003
CS 195 Web Design students invite you to view their custom-built websites. View Casual Demonstrations of:

  • Writing in HTML5, CSS3, and PHP (to improve Search Engine Optimization)
  • Designing with color and vector graphics (to enhance beauty)
  • Incorporating JavaScripts (to improve the user experience)
  • Content worth reading about: Résumés, Web Comics, Games, Fine Art and Photography Portfolios, Sports and Hobbies, Health, Consulting, and more!

Refreshments will be served. 


Google - Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Women in Computer Science
The Scholarship encourages women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. The scholarship is for one year. Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible: Be a female student currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university. Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a university in the United States for the 2016-2017 academic year. Be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply. Application deadline: December 1, 2015.

National Security Agency Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS,AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

U.S. Department of Energy / Krell Institute - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
The DOE CSGF program funds students pursuing a Ph.D. in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. This research is conducted at DOE National Laboratories, which has high-performance computing programs in combustion, climate change, nuclear stockpile stewardship, materials sciences, resource recovery, health issues, fusion energy, DNA sequencing, and protein structures, among many others. The Fellowship is for four years, renewed annually. Application deadline: January 19, 2016


The Real Reason You Didn't Get That Job
At Human Workplace we teach our clients a five-step protocol to follow after every job interview. The first step is to go home and write down everything you can remember about the interview. LinkedIn

The Pre-Interview Job Research You Can't Afford to Ignore
If you walk into a job interview without a good answer to the question, "What do you know about us?" you are dead in the water. As far as most employers are concerned, if you don't impress them with your answer that question, the interview is over, and the opportunity is gone. Huffington Post

How to Negotiate Salary: 37 Tips You Need to Know
A survey by Salary.com revealed that only 37% of people always negotiate their salaries—while an astonishing 18% never do. Even worse, 44% of respondents claim to have never brought up the subject of a raise during their performance reviews. The biggest reason for not asking for more? Fear. The Muse


Student Web Programmer, CB Distributing
We are interested in bringing a web programmer onboard for a limited duration project lasting up to approximately 80 hours. The work schedule can be customize to fit the student lifestyle. The project will encompass working with existing PHP scripts that are integral to our eCommerce presence. We have multiple web sites that are interdependent. The code that will be targeted handles inventory, customer, and order management systems. The original programmer relied heavily upon procedural PHP using versions 4 & 5 but did not systematically implement error checking. Documentation of existing code and systems is severely lacking and would be a focus for the initial project.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Teaching Assistant
This position performs a wide variety of work that supports the quality of education in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the university. Positions include activities such as mentoring, grading, holding office hours, and/or helping with 2 2-hour labs.

Student Project Manager, OSU Open Source Lab
At the OSU Open Source Lab, we have many projects, with competing deadlines and dependencies. Your job is to keep track of those projects. You will track deliverables for projects, and follow up to keep an accurate picture of the pace of projects. You will facilitate communication between internal teams and with external stakeholders. Additionally, you'll closely manage project scope, help develop user stories, keep a pulse on the project schedules, and participate in long and short-term planning.

Student Information Technology, OSU College of Business
Responding to requests for technical help. Documenting support requests. Troubleshooting basic hardware and software problems while working directly with vendors and customers as necessary. Following designated escalation procedures for high level issues. Monitoring status of CRC systems and resources. Basic printer maintenance.

Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, Information Services - Enterprise Computing Services, Oregon State University
As a member of a technical team, this position would suit a Banner or java programmer/analyst with some database administration experience, an application or system administrator who has dealt with intertwined enterprise-class production systems or a database administrator with interest or experience in software development and shared systems. This position plays a pivotal role in ensuring the databases and applications used to support key administrative functions such as enrollment, registration, grading, employment, user authentication and payroll processes operate smoothly, securely and efficiently. 

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students:


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