IN THE NEWS

NSF Workshop to Identify Interdisciplinary Data Science Approaches and Challenges to Enhance Understanding of Interactions of Food Systems with Energy and Water Systems
In the coming decades, the world population is projected to grow significantly resulting in increased strains on the world’s limited food, energy, water and other natural resources. AAAI President Prof. Tom Dietterich listed a variety of machine learning challenges including modeling of precipitation, which is clumped in space and time. CCC Blog / Computing Research News

For Oregon business, the view from Ireland is promising
Last week, I joined a group of companies and organizations from Oregon for a trade mission to Ireland. The focal point was raising the visibility of Oregon as a technology and startup hub in front of an international audience at Web Summit. The event featured “Twitter-famous” speakers such as Dave McClure of 500 Startups and Oregon’s own Alex Polvi, a graduate of Oregon State University. Portland Business Journal

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

How 3 Oregon tech firms plan to make the Internet of Things smarter — and less creepy
Computer science research and development firm Galois, mobile ticketing firm GlobeSherpa and smart home startup IOTAS are teaming up on a project funded by the federal National Institutes of Standards and Technology. The effort could lay the groundwork for Internet of Things applications that will be secure and protect privacy. Portland Business Journal

Tech boom drives Seattle to become fourth richest city in U.S.
According to a review of data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bloomberg found that the tech boom is shifting the richest cities in America to the West Coast. Three out of the top five land here with San Jose topping the charts. The tech boom helped Seattle catapult to No. 4 from its No. 6 spot in 2008 through 2011. Portland, Oregon (sometimes called Silicon Forest) climbed six spots. The Bloomberg report also states that these areas have “some of the densest concentrations of educated workers,” which helps drive GMP. GeekWire

Intel details how its Internet of Things efforts will drive the company
As Intel works to become the computing center of all our connecting things, the chip giant unveiled a new set of tools for companies and entrepreneurs. This week, the company hosted IoT Insights Day. The event highlighted new hardware architecture and software that helps others build products and services made possible by the Internet of Things. Portland Business Journal

Google open-sources machine learning to smarten up our apps
The system, dubbed TensorFlow, is smarter, faster and more flexible machine-learning software than Google has ever had before, according to Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, in a blog post. TensorFlow has been designed to adapt more easily to new research and new applications, according to Google. Computerworld

OPPORTUNITIES

Startup Weekend Corvallis
Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015, Austin Hall, Oregon State University
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Willamette designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback! Tweet @WillametteSW or post about us on Facebook to get a promo code for a free student ticket.

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.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

UO CIS Colloquium
Thursday, Nov 12, 3:30pm, 220 Deschutes Hall, University of Oregon (Note: This is NOT part of the EECS colloquium series.)
This week we continue our introduction to faculty research topics. We encourage all faculty members and PhD students to attend and hope these presentations would help students meet faculty members and get exposed to the full range of the research portfolio in our department. We feature the following three speakers this week:

  • Presentation #1: "Research Overview for CDUX: Computing and Data Understanding at eXtreme Scale" by Associate Professor Hank Childs
  • Presentation #2: "Semantic Data Mining and Its Applications" by Associate Professor Deijing Dou
  • Presentation #3: "Understanding and Optimizing the Behavior of High-Performance Software" by Associate Professor Boyana Norris

Regression Methods in Semantic Segmentation, Video Object Discovery and Tracking
Monday, November 16, 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM, KEC 1003
Fuxin Li, Assistant Professor
School of EECS, Oregon State University

Magnetic Nanowires: Revolutionizing Hard Drives, RAM, and Cancer Treatment
Thursday, November 19, 3:00pm to 3:50pm, KEC 1007
Bethanie Stadler, Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

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

EVENTS

Robotics Seminar Series
Friday, Nov. 13, 10 am, Rogers Hall 226
This week's Robotics Seminar Series features Dr. Kellar Autumn of Lewis & Clark College. The talk is entitled "Gecko Physics: Biological Inspiration for Smart Adhesives, Climbing Robots, and Future Superheros." Coffee and pastries served.

Tesla Tech Talk
Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Gilbert 224
Tesla Motors is coming to OSU for a presentation with the OSU Robotics Club. Everyone is welcome to attend. 4:00-Autopilot Tech Talk; 4:30–Roundtable/Open Forum; 5:00–Autopilot Demo & Test Drives.

Legislative Internship Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5 P.M., MU 211
Interested in pursuing a legislative internship in Salem or Washington, DC? Join us for a panel to hear from students who have served as interns on Capitol Hill and in Salem, meet congressional staff, learn about scholarships, and get answers about what it’s like to be an intern in our nation’s capital. The event is free, pizza will be provided, and students will have a chance to ask questions directly to those who have completed internships and those who are hiring interns.

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

AFCEA Cyber Studies Scholarship
$5000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students majoring in a field directly related to the support of U.S. cyber enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA such as cyber security, cyber attack, computer science, information technology, or electronic engineering. Must be an undergraduate student; attend a university, a four-year college or a two-year college; study full-time; US Citizen; minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: November 15, 2015.

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.

New Faces of Engineering - College Edition
This award recognizes the best and brightest whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact. You must be a member of a participating engineering society. You must be an undergraduate engineering student (3rd, 4th, 5th year). You must have a track record of engineering experiences (i.e., internships, volunteer, or work related). Your grade point average must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or 4.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale). Applications are due on Friday November 20, 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.

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

6 Steps to LinkedIn Success for College Students
Sources like Jobvite.com estimate as high as 96% of recruiters search for and contact employers by using LinkedIn. The fact is that college students should be building their network before they need it. YouTern

The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them
Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I've continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What's most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don't need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate. LinkedIn

4 Little Things That Make a Big Impact in Your First Job
Before setting foot in the office as a paid employee, I bet you’ve gotten some good advice. And it’s probably the big stuff—find a mentor, dress for success, go above and beyond with every assignment you’re given. And that’s all great—but what I often hear managers complaining about are the little things. The Muse

JOBS

Student web developers, AgBiz Logic
AgBiz Logic, based out of the Applied Economics department at OSU, is seeking to hire student web developers familiar with python, SQL, and Javascript.

High-Speed Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Test Engineering, Fidelis Companies
Fidelis Companies has multiple Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Test opportunities (with a focus on high-speed optical analog/mixed-signal Automated Test Engineering) in the Bay Area for MSEE students that are graduating in December 2015 with a minimum GPA of 3.5. You will be part of a high-powered analog design team that delivers the world’s fastest and highest performance optical communications ICs, but doing ATE testing (not design), using Verigy 93K.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Georgia
We are especially interested in candidates with research background in all aspects of Big Data Computing (acquisition, storage, management, analytics, and visualization), Biomedical Informatics, Brain Mapping, Cyber-Security, and Cyber-Physical Systems with emphasis on Smart Sensors and Robotics.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Georgia
We are especially interested in candidates with research background in Data and Communications Privacy. Highly qualified applicants in other areas related to Computer Security and Privacy will also be considered.

Assistant Professor – Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado Denver
While candidates in all areas of computer science will be considered, the areas of cybersecurity, semantic web, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and robotics or a related field are preferred. The current strengths of the faculty are in the areas of algorithms, artificial intelligence, computer networks, graphics, parallel and distributed systems, mobile systems, database and big data management and decision making, and theory.

Technology and Engineering faculty, Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University, the newest member of the State University System of Florida, is actively recruiting distinguished Technology and Engineering faculty, notably with laboratory experience. We encourage department heads and professors to forward this information to notable Ph.D. candidates who meet Florida Poly’s hiring credentials.

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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