IN THE NEWS

Tom Dietterich: Smart Software in a World with Risk (DARPA "Wait, What?")
Dr. Tom Dietterich, President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University, delves into the challenges of ensuring that artificial intelligence performs safely and properly in the face of programming errors, cyberattacks and other risks. He spoke at DARPA's "Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum" on Sept. 10, 2015. DARPAtv

DARPA Tech Forum Previews National Security Future
During a talk on artificial intelligence, Tom Dietterich discussed autonomous AI systems like those that operate some hedge funds, and like the fully autonomous financial systems that run Wall Street trading. Other examples are self-driving cars and automated surgical assistants. AI is enabling technology for such applications, all of which involve high-stakes decision-making about matters of life and death, severe injury or huge amounts of money, Dieterrich said. DARPA

Why AI's future is risky (but not scary)
“I think the danger of AI is not so much in the artificial intelligence itself, but in the autonomy,” [Tom] Dietterich said. “We should never create fully autonomous systems. By definition, a fully autonomous system is one in which we have no control over. I don’t think we ever want to be in that situation.” FedScoop

EECS’s Tom Dietterich at the Forefront of AI Dialog
Tom Dietterich, president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and a distinguished professor of computer science at Oregon State University, has been busy this year giving the academic perspective on the issue for articles, video and radio. He also will be a plenary speaker at Wait What? a future technology forum hosted by DARPA on September 9-11, 2015, that will be live streamed. EECS

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Raytheon bets big on cybersecurity as it seeks to fill 'hundreds of jobs'
Raytheon, the Waltham-based defense contractor and technology firm, has invested $3.5 billion in cybersecurity initiatives over the past decade. It's a number that's expected to grow — rapidly — in the years ahead. Technology to combat and thwart cyber attacks is quickly becoming one of Raytheon's biggest priorities, said Michael Daly, chief technology officer of the company's cybersecurity and special missions division. Boston Business Journal

OPPORTUNITIES

The OSL is kicking off DevOps BootCamp again this year with DevOps DayCamp!
DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of educational sessions proposed by industry and community members for the more advanced DevOps crowd. For more information visit the event website. Submit an advanced track proposal. Deadline to submit proposals is September 14 at 12 pm.

America's Greatest Makers
America's Greatest Makers (working title) is coming to television in 2016. Are you ready to build the next truly amazing device? Bring your big ideas to life with Intel, in collaboration with Mark Burnett, United Artists Media Group, and Turner Broadcasting System. Competitors will vie for $1 million in prizes and the opportunity to bring their creations to market. For your chance to be on America's Greatest Makers, submit a video to tell us a little about yourself and your idea, and why you want to be part of the challenge. Deadline: October 2, 2015. Details

IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition
Saturday, October 24
IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members—advised and proctored by an IEEE member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch—compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. As a student member there are lots of great reasons to participate - fun, fame, prizes and to prove your coding skills to the world in this well-known international competition. Registration will be open between August 17 and October 12. Details

VentureWell E-Team Program Student Grants
VentureWell supports the development of technological innovations that are scalable, commercially promising, and have a positive impact on society and/or the environment. This program is for US-based college or university student-led teams, not for individual inventors. VentureWell encourages proposals that involve students and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines. Strong E-Team projects consist of multidisciplinary advisors, mentors with relevant industry experience and connections, strong partnerships (required if you are working outside the US), and experiential learning opportunities. Graduate and/or undergraduate students should serve as the entrepreneurial leaders of a team, regardless of the origin of the idea or invention. Application deadline: October 7. Details

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. Details

New course: CS 446 Biological Networks
Fall 2015, Stephen Ramsey
Big Data methods have become ubiquitous in life sciences research. To gain insights from massive biological datasets, computational proficiency in working with large networks is required. We will use examples from biology to learn how to: mathematically describe a network and its structure; computationally analyze the structure of a large network; infer the structure of a network using data-driven methods; use the software package igraph for network analysis. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Tuesday, September 15, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, KEC 4107. MS Final Examination – Ameneh Sarbaziazad. Major Advisor: Bella Bose; Committee: Lizhong Chen, Thinh Nguyen. "Shortest Node-Disjoint Paths in Higher Dimensional Gaussian Networks." Details

Thursday, September 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. MS Final Examination – Rithika Kiran Naik. Major Advisor: Carlos Jensen; Committee: Anita Sarma, Cindy Grimm; GCR: Kathy Mullet. "Visualizing Contribution Patterns in Open Source." Details

Friday, September 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Final Oral Examination – Weiyang Li. Major Advisor: Pallavi Dhagat; Committee: Albrecht Jander, Alan Wang, Janet Tate; GCR: Brady Gibbons. "Acoustically Assisted Magnetic Recording." Details

EVENTS

Technology and Hiring Trends in Portland & Silicon Valley
Tuesday, September 15, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Mozilla, San Francisco
The OSU Alumni Association has partnered with Portland State University and Technology Association of Oregon to bring you the opportunity to learn more about how Silicon Valley is expanding their technology footprint into places like Portland. With the expanding ecosystem of technology communities, how do companies choose where to open additional offices, and what resources are available? What resources are available to these other cities? Jim Cook, Mozilla's Chief Financial Officer and Jessica Mah, InDinero's Founder & Chief Executive Officer will lead a discussion to help answer some of these and other questions about technology and hiring trends in Portland and the Silicon Valley. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Glamour's 2016 Top 10 College Women Competition
We’re looking for dynamic young women with leadership experience, excellent grades, and inspiring goals. We’ll award one grand prize of $20,000 and nine $3,000 prizes. All winners will receive a celebratory trip to New York City and recognition in Glamour. Application deadline: September 15. Details

OpenStack® Scholarship Program: advancing the next generation of female technologists
The scholarship is a special program for college women pursuing a career in technology. This HP program awards four female candidates a scholarship of $10,000 USD each, plus mentorship and potential internship possibilities in the future. All women who are enrolled full time in an information systems or computer science (or equivalent) major course of study and are capable of developing a project using OpenStack technology and/or Cloud Foundry are eligible. Application deadline: September 30. Details

Xerox Minority Scholarships
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. This scholarship is available to US citizens and individuals with permanent resident visas. Application deadline: September 30. Details

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. This scholarship was created in honor of the late Richard E. Merwin, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, to recognize and reward student leadership. Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. Application deadline: September 30. Details

AfterCollege scholarships

  • National Security Agency Mathematics and Computer Science Student Scholarship
    $500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, or mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: September 30. Details
  • 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. Deadline: September 30. Details
  • 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. Deadline: September 30. Details

American Public Power Association (APPA) Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED)
Scholarships are worth $2,000 each and are paid directly to student's university. The scholarship provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. Applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or college undergraduate. Applicant must be a full-time student accepted or enrolled in a vocational school, or accredited college or university to be eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 15. Details

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Application deadline: October 27. Details

Intelligence Undergraduate Scholarships
Intelligence Scholarships of $2250 (undergraduate) will be awarded to students enrolled full-time in degree-granting programs in fields directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises, and/or foreign languages. Application deadline: November 15. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

The Best Interview Questions to Ask if You Want the Truth About Company Culture
There are specific questions you can ask to find out whether a company is right for you that will give you much more information than the standard, “What’s your culture like?” Of course, you won’t use all of the questions below with every interviewer, so pick the ones that are most important to you. The Muse

JOBS

Computer Programmer, EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program. Candidate shall assist in designing, building, testing and maintaining a new database inventory of community sustainability tools. In addition, the candidate may be asked to assist in other tool building efforts as well. Responsibilities will include: Working with other contractors designing and implementing initial tool prototypes. Working with EPA staff to design, implement and test multiple tool interfaces. Working with possible users of tools to create use cases and design requirements. Working with researchers to become familiar with decision making and natural resource management. Writing documentation for the tools. Implementing new tool features and bug fixes. Details

Analog/Mixed Signal IC Design Engineer, Voxtel Inc. Voxtel is actively seeking an experienced Analog/Mixed Signal Design Engineer to contribute to the research and development of integrated circuit solutions related to Voxtel’s innovative imaging technologies. This position requires participation in all aspects of readout integrated circuit design (ROIC) development including design specification, transistor level design, physical layout, top-level assembly/verification, and electrical/optical bench debug and characterization. Details

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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