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<!-- Fall 2009 -->
<eventitem date="2009-10-14" time="2:30 PM" room="DC1304" title="UofT Graduate School Information Session">
<short><p> "Is Graduate School for You?" Get the answers to your grad school questions - and have a bite to eat, our treat</p>
</short>
<abstract><p> Join Prof. Greg Wilson, faculty member in the Software Engineering research group in the UofT's Department of Computer Science,
as he gives insight into studying at the graduate level-what can be expected, what does UofT offer, is it right for you? Pizza and pop will
be served. <b>Come see what grad school is all about!</b>. All undergraduate students are welcome; registration is not required.</p>
<p>For any questions about the program, visit <a href="http://www.cs.toronto.edu/dcs/prospective-grad.html">UofT's website</a>. This
event is not run by the CS Club, and is announced here for the benefit of our members.</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-10-03" time="10:00 AM" edate="2009-10-03" etime="3:30 PM" room="DC1301 FishBowl" title="Linux Install Fest">
<short><p>Interested in trying Linux but don't know where to start?
Come to the Linux install fest to demo Linux, get help installing it
on your computer, either stand alone or a dual boot, and help setting
up your fresh install. Have lunch and hang around if you like, or just come in for a CD.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>Interested in trying Linux but don't know where to start?
Come to the Linux install fest to demo Linux, get help installing it on
your computer, either stand alone or a dual boot, and help setting
up your fresh install. Have lunch and hang around if you like, or just
come in for a qick install.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-10-01" time="4:30 PM" room="MC3003" title="UNIX 102">
<short><p>The next installment in the CS Club's popular Unix tutorials UNIX 102 introduces powerful text editing tools for programming and document formatting.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>Unix 102 is a follow up to Unix 101, requiring basic knowledge of the shell.
If you missed Unix101 but still know your way around you should be fine.
Topics covered include: "real" editors, document typesetting with LaTeX
(great for assignments!), bulk editing, spellchecking, and printing in the
student environment and elsewhere.
</p><p>If you aren't interested or feel comfortable with these taskes, watch out for
Unix 103 and 104 to get more depth in power programming tools on Unix.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-09-28" time="4:30 PM" edate="2009-10-09" etime="11:59 OM" room="MC3003" title="AI Programming Contest sponsored by Google">
<short><p>Come learn how to write an intelligent game-playing program.
No past experience necessary. Submit your program using the <a href="http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/contest/">online web interface</a>
to watch it battle against other people's programs. Beginners and experts welcome! Prizes provided by google,
including the delivery of your resume to google recruiters.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>Come learn how to write an intelligent game-playing program.
No past experience necessary. Submit your program using the <a href="http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/contest/">online
web interface</a> to watch it battle against other people's programs.
Beginners and experts welcome!
</p><p>The contest is sponsored by Google, so be sure to compete for a chance
to get noticed by them.
</p><p>Prizes for the top programs:
<ul><li>$100 in Cash Prizes</li>
<li> Google t-shirts</li>
<li>Fame and recognition</li>
<li>Your resume directly to a Google recruiter</li>
</ul>
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-09-24" time="4:30 PM" room="MC3003" title="UNIX 101">
<short><p>
New to Unix? No problem, we'll teach you to power use circles around your friends!
</p></short>
<abstract><p>
New to Unix? No problem, we'll teach you to power use circles around your friends!
</p><p>
This first tutorial is an introduction to the Unix shell environment, both on the student
servers and on other Unix environments. Topics covered include: using the shell, both basic
interaction and advanced topics like scripting and job control, the filesystem and manipulating
it, and ssh. If you feel you're already familiar with these topics don't hesitate to come
to Unix 102 to learn about documents, editing, and other related tasks, or watch out
for Unix 103 and 104 that get much more in depth into power programming tools on Unix.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-09-15" time="5:00PM" edate="2009-09-15" etime="6:00 PM"
room="Comfy Lounge" title="Elections">
<short><p>
Nominations are open now, either place your name on the nominees board or
e-mail <a href="mailto:cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca">the CRO</a>
to nominate someone for a position.
Come to the Comfy Lounge to elect your fall term executive. Contact
<a href="mailto:cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca">the CRO</a> if you have questions.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<!-- Spring 2009 -->
<eventitem date="2009-07-23" time="4:30 PM" edate="2009-07-23" etime="6:00 PM"
room="MC 3003" title="Unix 103">
<short><p>
In this long-awaited third installment of the popular Unix Tutorials the dark
mages of the CSC will train you in the not-so-arcane magick of version control.
You will learn the purpose and use of two different Version Control Systems
(git and subversion). This tutorial will advise you in the discipline of
managing the source code of your projects and enable you to quickly learn new
Version Control Systems in the work place -- a skill that is much sought after
by employers.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-07-17" time="7:00 PM" edate="2009-07-18" etime="4:00 AM"
room="MC 3001" title="Code Party">
<short><p>
Have an assignment or project you need to work on? We
will be coding from 7:00pm until 4:00am starting on Friday, July 17th
in the Comfy lounge. Join us!
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-07-07" time="3:00 PM" etime="5:00 PM" room="DC 1302"
title="History of CS Curriculum at UW">
<short><p>
This talk provides a personal overview of the evolution of the
undergraduate computer science curriculum at UW over the past forty
years, concluding with an audience discussion of possible future
developments.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-06-22" time="4:30 PM" etime="6:30 PM" room="MC 4041"
title="Paper Club">
<short><p> Come and drink tea and read an academic CS paper with
the Paper Club. We will be meeting from 4:30pm until 6:30pm on
Monday, June 22th on the 4th floor of the MC (exact room number
TBA). See http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/~paper
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-06-19" time="5:30 PM" room="Dooly's" title="Dooly's Night">
<short><p>
The CSC will be playing pool at Dooly's. Join us for only a few dollars.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-06-05" time="7:00 PM" edate="2009-06-06" etime="4:00 AM"
room="MC 3001" title="Code Party">
<short><p>
Have an assignment or project you need to work on? We
will be coding from 7:00pm until 7:00am starting on Friday, June 5th
in the Comfy lounge. Join us!
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-06-02" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="Unix 101">
<short><p>
Need to use the UNIX environment for a course, want to overcome your fears of
the command line, or just curious? Come and learn the arcane secrets of the
UNIX command line interface from CSC mages. After this tutorial you will be
comfortable with the essentials of navigating, manipulating and viewing files,
and processing data at the UNIX shell prompt.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-05-12" time="12:00 PM" room="MC 2034" title="PHP on Windows">
<short><p>PHP Programming Contest Info Session</p></short>
<abstract><p>
Port or create a new PHP web application and you could win a prize
of up to $10k. Microsoft is running a programming contest for PHP
developers willing to support the Windows platform. The contest is
ongoing; this will be a short introduction to it by
representatives of Microsoft and an opportunity to ask questions.
Pizza and pop will be provided.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Winter 2009 -->
<eventitem date="2009-04-02" time="4:30 PM" room="DC1302" title="Rapid prototyping and mathematical art">
<short><p>A talk by Craig S. Kaplan.</p></short>
<abstract><p>The combination of computer graphics, geometry, and rapid
prototyping technology has created a wide range of exciting
opportunities for using the computer as a medium for creative
expression. In this talk, I will describe the most popular
technologies for computer-aided manufacturing, discuss
applications of these devices in art and design, and survey
the work of contemporary artists working in the area (with a
focus on mathematical art). The talk will be primarily
non-technical, but I will mention some of the mathematical
and computational techniques that come into play.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-04-03" time="6:00 PM" edate="2009-04-04"
etime="6:00 AM" room="TBA" title="CTRL-D">
<short>
<p>
Join the Club That Really Likes Dinner for the End Of Term
party! Inquire closer to the date for details.
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This is not an official club event and receives no funding.
Bring food, drinks, deserts, etc.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-03-27" time="6:00 PM" edate="2009-03-28"
etime="12:00 PM" room="Comfy Lounge (MC)"
title="Code Party">
<short>
<p>
CSC Code Party! Same as always - no sleep, lots of caffeine,
and really nerdy entertainment. Bonus: Free Cake!
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This code party will have the usual, plus it will double as the
closing of the programming contest. Our experts will be
available to help you polish off your submission.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-03-19" time="4:30 PM" edate="2009-03-28"
etime="12:00 PM" room="MC2061"
title="Artificial Intelligence Contest">
<short>
<p>
Come out and try your hand at writing a computer program that
plays Minesweeper Flags, a two-player variant of the classic
computer game, Minesweeper. Once you're done, your program
will compete head-to-head against the other entries in a
fierce Minesweeper Flags tournament. There will be a contest
kick-off session on Thursday March 19 at 4:30 PM in room
MC3036. Submissions will be accepted until Saturday March 28.
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Come out and try your hand at writing a computer program that
plays Minesweeper Flags, a two-player variant of the classic
computer game, Minesweeper. Once you're done, your program
will compete head-to-head against the other entries in a
fierce Minesweeper Flags tournament. There will be a contest
kick-off session on Thursday March 19 at 4:30 PM in room
MC3036. Submissions will be accepted until Saturday March 28.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-03-05" time="4:30 PM" edate="2009-03-05"
etime="6:30 PM" room="Comfy Lounge"
title="SIGGRAPH Night">
<short>
<p>
Come out and watch the SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on
Graphics) conference video review. A video of insane, amazing,
and mind blowing computer graphics. .
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics) hosts a
conference yearly in which the latest and greatest in computer
graphics premier. They record video and as a result produce a
very nice Video Review of the conference. Come join us watching
these videos, as well as a few professors from the UW Computer
Graphics Lab. There will be some kind of food and drink, and its
guranteed to be dazzling.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-03-12" time="8:00 AM" edate="2009-03-13"
etime="9:00 PM" room="Toronto Hilton"
title="Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference">
<short>
<p>
See <a href="http://www.cutc.ca">cutc.ca</a> for more details.
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference is Canada's
largest student-run conference. From humble roots it has emerged
as a venue that offers an environment for students to grow
socially, academically, and professionally. We target to exceed
our past record of 600 students from 47 respected institutions
nationwide. The event mingles ambitious as well as talented
students with leaders from academia and industry to offer
memorable experiences and valuable opportunities.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-03-09" time="3:00 PM" room="DC1302"
title="Prabhakar Ragde">
<short><p>
Functional Lexing and Parsing</p></short>
<abstract>
<p>
This talk will describe a non-traditional functional approach
to the classical problems of lexing (breaking a stream of
characters into "words" or tokens) and parsing (identifying
tree structure in a stream of tokens based on a grammar,
e.g. for a programming language that needs to be compiled or
interpreted). The functional approach can clarify and organize
a number of algorithms that tend to be opaque in their
conventional imperative presentation. No prior background in
functional programming, lexing, or parsing is assumed.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-03-12" time="5:00 PM" etime="7:00 PM" room="RAC2009"
title="IQC - Programming Quantum Computers">
<short>
<p>
A brief intro to Quantum Computing and why it matters,
followed by a talk on programming quantum computers. Meet at
the CSC at 4:00PM for a guided walk to the RAC.
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Raymond Laflamme is the director of the Institute for Quantum
Computing at the University of Waterloo and holds the Canada
Research Chair in Quantum Information. He will give a brief
introduction to quantum computing and why it matters, followed
by a talk on programming quantum computers. There will be
tours of the IQC labs at the end, and pizza will be provided
back at the CSC for all attendees.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-02-27" time="5:00 PM" etime="7:00 PM" room="CSC Office: MC3036" title="Dooly's Night">
<short><p>
Come join the CSC as we head to Dooly's.</p></short>
<abstract><p>
Meet us at the Club office as we head to Dooly's for cheap tables and good times.</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-02-05" time="5:30 PM" room="MC2062 and MC2063" title="UNIX 101 and 102">
<short><p>
Continuing the popular Unix Tutorials with a rerun of 101 and the debut of 102.</p></short>
<abstract><p>
Unix 101 is an introduction to the Unix shell environment, both on the student
servers and on other Unix environments. Topics covered include: using the shell, both basic
interaction and advanced topics like scripting and job control, the filesystem and manipulating
it, and ssh. </p><p>
Unix 102 is a follow up to Unix 101, requiring basic knowledge of the shell.
If you missed Unix101 but still know your way around you should be fine.
Topics covered include: "real" editors, document typesetting with LaTeX
(great for assignments!), bulk editing, spellchecking, and printing in the
student environment and elsewhere. </p><p>
If you aren't interested or feel comfortable with these taskes, watch out for
Unix 103 and 104 to get more depth in power programming tools on Unix. </p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-02-03" time="5:30 PM" room="MC3003" title="UNIX 101">
<short><p> New to Unix? No problem, we'll teach you to power use circles around your friends!</p></short>
<abstract><p>This first tutorial is an introduction to the Unix shell environment, both on the student
servers and on other Unix environments. Topics covered include: using the shell, both basic
interaction and advanced topics like scripting and job control, the filesystem and manipulating
it, and ssh. If you feel you're already familiar with these topics don't hesitate to come
to Unix 102 to learn about documents, editing, and other related tasks, or watch out
for Unix 103 and 104 that get much more in depth into power programming tools on Unix.</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-02-06" time="7:00 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="Code Party!">
<short>
<p>
There is a CSC Code Party starting at 7:00PM (19:00). Come out
and enjoy some good old programming and meet others interested
in writing code! Free energy drinks and snacks for all. Plus,
we have lots of things that need to be done if you're looking
for a project to work on!
</p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Code Party. Awesome. Need we say more?
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-01-16" time="7:30 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="Code party !!11!!1!!">
<short><p>There is a CSC Code Party Tonight starting at 7:30PM
(1930) until we get bored (likely in the early in morning). Come
out for fun hacking times, spreading Intertube memes (optional),
hacking on the OpenMoko, creating music mixes, and other general
classyness. If we manage to swing it, there will be delicious
energy drinks for your consumption! Alternatively, if we don't we
will have each other as well as some delicious tea and
coffee. Perhaps a crumpet
</p></short>
<abstract><p>There is a CSC Code Party Tonight starting at 7:30PM
(1930) until we get bored (likely in the early in
morning). Come out for fun hacking times, spreading Intertube
memes (optional), hacking on the OpenMoko, creating music
mixes, and other general classyness. If we manage to swing it,
there will be delicious energy drinks for your consumption!
Alternatively, if we don't we will have each other as well as
some delicious tea and coffee. Perhaps a crumpet
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-01-29" time="6:30 PM" room="Modern Languages Theatre" title="Richard M. Stallman">
<short><p> The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System </p>
</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Richard Stallman will speak about the Free Software Movement, which
campaigns for freedom so that computer users can cooperate to
control their own computing activities. The Free Software Movement
developed the GNU operating system, often erroneously referred to as
Linux, specifically to establish these freedoms.</p>
<p><b>About Richard Stallman:</b>
Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system (see
<a href="http://www.gnu.org">www.gnu.org</a>) in 1984. GNU is free
software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it,
as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux
system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used
on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the
ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the
Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, and the the Takeda
Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary
doctorates.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-01-22" time="12:00 PM" room="MC5136" title="Joel Spolsky">
<short><p> Joel Spolsky, of <a href="http://www.joelonsoftware.com">Joel on Software</a> will be giving a talk entitled "Computer Science Education and the Software Industry".</p>
</short>
<abstract><p><b>About Joel Spolsky:</b> Joel Spolsky is a
globally-recognized expert on the software development process. His
website <em>Joel on Software</em>
(<a href="http://www.joelonsoftware.com/">www.joelonsoftware.com</a>)
is popular with software developers around the world and has been
translated into over thirty languages. As the founder
of <a href="http://www.fogcreek.com/">Fog Creek Software</a> in New
York City, he
created <a href="http://www.fogcreek.com/FogBugz">FogBugz</a>, a
popular project management system for software teams. He is the
co-creator of <a href="http://stackoverflow.com/">Stack
Overflow</a>, a programmer Q&amp;A site. Joel has worked at
Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and
at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by
millions. He has
written <a href="http://www.joelonsoftware.com/BuytheBooks.html">four
books</a>: <em>User Interface Design for Programmers</em> (Apress,
2001), <em>Joel on Software</em> (Apress, 2004), <em>More Joel on
Software </em>(Apress, 2008), and <em>Smart and Gets Things Done:
Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical
Talent </em>(Apress, 2007). He also writes a monthly column
for<strong> </strong><em><a href="http://www.inc.com/">Inc
Magazine</a>. </em>Joel holds a BS from Yale in Computer
Science. Before college he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a
paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2009-01-13" time="4:20 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="Term Elections">
<short><p>Winter Elections</p>
</short>
</eventitem>
<!-- Fall 2008 -->
<eventitem date="2008-11-15" time="6:30 AM" room="Toronto" title="Changing the World Conference">
<short><p>Organized by Queen's students, Changing the World aims to bring together the world's greatest visionaries to inspire people to innovate and better our world. Among these speakers include Nobel Peace Prize winner, Eric Chivian. He was a recipient for his work on stopping nuclear war.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>Organized by Queen's students, Changing the World
aims to bring together the world's greatest visionaries to
inspire people to innovate and better our world. Among these
speakers include Nobel Peace Prize winner, Eric Chivian. He
was a recipient for his work on stopping nuclear war.
</p><p>The conference is modeled after TED (Technology,
Entertainment, Design), an annual conference uniting the
world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, and like TED,
each speaker is given 18 minutes to give the talk of their
lives.
</p><p>Specifically for students in CS/Math, 50 tickets have
been reserved (non-students: $500). For those who would like
to attend, please pick up your ticket in the Computer Science
Club office. The tickets are limited and they are first come
first serve.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-11-06" time="10:00 AM" room="SLC Multipurpose Room" title="Linux Install Fest">
<short><p>Come join the CSC in celebrating the new releases of
Ubuntu Linux, Free BSD and Open BSD, and get a hand installing one
of them on your own system.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>Come join the CSC in celebrating the new releases of
Ubuntu Linux, Free BSD and Open BSD, and get a hand installing
one of them on your own system.
</p><p>This is an event to celebrate the releases of new
versions of Ubuntu Linux, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD. CDs will be
available and everyone is invited to bring their PC or laptop
to get help installing any of these Free operating
systems. Knowledgeable CSC members will be available to help
with any installation troubles, or to troubleshooting any
existing problems that users may have.
</p><p>This event will also promote gaming on Linux, as well as
FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) in general. We may
also have a special guest (Ian Darwin, of OpenBSD and OpenMoko
fame).
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-11-10" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4061" title="Functional Programming">
<short><p>This talk will survey concepts, techniques, and
languages for functional programming from both historical and
contemporary perspectives, with reference to Lisp, Scheme, ML,
Haskell, and Erlang. No prior background is assumed.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>This talk will survey concepts, techniques, and
languages for functional programming from both historical and
contemporary perspectives, with reference to Lisp, Scheme, ML,
Haskell, and Erlang. No prior background is assumed.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-10-24" time="6:00 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="Code Party">
<abstract><p>
Come join us for a night of coding. Get in touch with more experianced coders,
advertize for/bug squash on your favourite open source project, write that personal
project you were planning to do for a while but haven't found the time. Don't
have any ideas but want to sit and hack? We can find something for you to do.
</p></abstract>
<short><p>
A fevered night of code, friends, fun, free energy drinks, and the CSC.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-10-16" time="4:30 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="SIGGRAPH Night">
<short><p>
Come out and watch the SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics) conference video
review. A video of insane, amazing, and mind blowing computer graphics.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>
The ACM SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics) hosts a conference yearly
in which the latest and greatest in computer graphics premier. They record video
and as a result produce a very nice Video Review of the conference. Come join us
watching these videos, as well as a few professors from the UW Computer Graphics
Lab. There will be some kind of food and drink, and its guranteed to be dazzling.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-09-12" time="4:30 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="Meet the CSC">
<short><p>
Come out and meet other CSC members, find out about the CSC, meet the executive
nominees, and join if you like what you see. Nominees should plan on attending.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-09-16" time="4:30 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="CSClub Elections">
<short><p>
Elections are scheduled for Tues, Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm in the comfy lounge.
The nomination period closes on Mon, Sep 15 @ 4:30 pm. Nominations may be
sent to cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca. Candidates should not engage in
campaigning after the nomination period has closed.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-09-25" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037" title="Unix 101">
<short><p>
New to Unix? No problem, we'll teach you to power use circles around your friends!
</p></short>
<abstract><p>
This first tutorial is an introduction to the Unix shell environment, both on the student
servers and on other Unix environments. Topics covered include: using the shell, both basic
interaction and advanced topics like scripting and job control, the filesystem and manipulating
it, and ssh. If you feel you're already familiar with these topics don't hesitate to come
to Unix 102 to learn about documents, editing, and other related tasks, or watch out
for Unix 103 and 104 that get much more in depth into power programming tools on Unix.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-10-07" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037" title="Unix 101">
<short><p>
New to Unix? No problem, we'll teach you to power use circles around your friends!
</p></short>
<abstract><p>
This first tutorial is an introduction to the Unix shell environment, both on the student
servers and on other Unix environments. Topics covered include: using the shell, both basic
interaction and advanced topics like scripting and job control, the filesystem and manipulating
it, and ssh. If you feel you're already familiar with these topics don't hesitate to come
to Unix 102 to learn about documents, editing, and other related tasks, or watch out
for Unix 103 and 104 that get much more in depth into power programming tools on Unix.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-10-09" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037" title="Unix 102">
<short><p>
Want more from Unix? No problem, we'll teach you to create and quickly edit high quality documents.
</p></short>
<abstract><p>
This is a follow up to Unix 101, requiring basic knowledge of the shell. If you missed
Unix101 but still know your way around you should be fine. Topics covered include: "real" editors,
document typesetting with LaTeX (great for assignments!), bulk editing, spellchecking, and printing
in the student environment and elsewhere. If you aren't interested or feel comfortable with these
taskes, watch out for Unix 103 and 104 to get more depth in power programming tools on Unix. If you
don't think you're ready go to Unix 101 on Tuesday to get familiarized with the shell environment.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-10-03" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2065" title="Game Sketching">
<short><p>Juancho Buchanan, CTO Relic Entertainment</p></short>
<abstract><p>
In this talk I will give an overview of the history of Relic and our
development philosophy. The Talk will then proceed to talk about work
that is being pursued in the area of early game prototyping with the
introduction of game sketching methodology.
</p>
<p>
Bio:
Fired from his first job for playing Video Games Juancho Buchanan is
currently the director of Technology for Relic Entertainment. Juancho
Buchanan Wrote his first game in 1984 but then pursued other interests
which included a master's in Program Visualization, A Doctorate in
Computer Graphics, a stint as a professor at the University of Alberta
where he pioneered early work in Non photo realistic rendering, A stint
at Electronic Arts as Director, Advanced Technology, A stint at EA as
the University Liaison Dude, A stint at Carnegie Mellon University where
he researched the Game Sketching idea. His current role at Relic has
him working with the soon to be released Dawn of War II.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-10-02" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4021" title="General Meeting 2">
<short><p>
The second official general meeting of the term. Items on the adgenda are CSC Merch,
upcoming talks, and other possible planned events, as well as the announcement of
a librarian and planning of an office cleanout and a library organization day.
</p></short>
</eventitem>
<!-- Spring 2008 -->
<!-- Winter 2008 -->
<eventitem date="2008-02-08" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4042" title="A Brief History of Blackberry and the Wireless Data Telecom Industry">
<short>Tyler Lessard</short>
<abstract><p>
Tyler Lessard from RIM will present a brief history of BlackBerry
technology and will discuss how the evolution of BlackBerry as an
end-to-end hardware, software and services platform has been
instrumental to its success and growth in the market. Find out how the
BlackBerry service components integrate with wireless carrier networks
and get a sneak peek at where the wireless data market is going.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-02-29" time="5:00 PM" room="BFG2125" title="Quantum Information Processing">
<short>Raymond Laflamme</short>
<abstract><p>
Information processing devices are pervasive in our society; from the 5
dollar watches to multi-billions satellite network. These devices have
allowed the information revolution which is developing around us. It has
transformed not only the way we communicate or entertain ourselves but
also the way we do science and even the way we think. All this
information is manipulated using the classical approximation to the laws
of physics, but we know that there is a better approximation: the
quantum mechanical laws. Would using quantum mechanics for information
processing be an impediment or could it be an advantage? This is the
fundamental question at the heart of quantum information processing
(QIP). QIP is a young field with an incredible potential impact reaching
from the way we understand fundamental physics to technological
applications. I will give an overview of the Institute for Quantum
Computing, comment on the effort in this field at Waterloo and in
Canada and, time permitted visit some of the IQC labs.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-02-14" time="4:00PM" room="MC2061" title="CSC Programming Contest 1">
<short>Yes, we know this is Valentine's Day.</short>
<abstract><p>
Contestants will be writing an artificial intelligence to play Risk. The
prize will be awarded to the intelligence which wins the most
head-to-head matches against competing entries. We're providing easy
APIs for several languages, as well as full documentation of the game
protocol so contestants can write wrappers for any additional language
they wish to work in.
</p>
<p>
We officially support entries in Scheme, Perl, Java, C, and C++. If you
would like help developing an API for some other language contact us
through the systems committee mailing list (we will require that your API
is made available to all entrants).
</p>
<p>
To kick off the contest we're hosting an in-house coding session starting
at 4:00PM on Thursday, February 14th in MC2061. Members of our contest
administration team will be available to help you work out the details of
our APIs, answer questions, and provide the necessities of life (ie,
pizza). Submissions will open no later than 5:00PM on February 14th
and will close no earlier than 12:00PM on February 17th.
</p>
<p>
Visit our contest site <a href="http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/contest/"> here!</a>
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-01-23" time="5:00 PM" room="MC 4020" title="Creating Distributed Applications with TIPC">
<short>Elmer Horvath</short>
<abstract><p>
The problem: coordinating and communicating between multiple processors
in a distributed system (possibly containing heterogeneous elements)
</p><p>
The open source TIPC (transparent interprocess communication) protocol
has been incorporated into the Linux kernel and is available in VxWorks
and, soon, other OSes. This emerging protocol has a number of
advantages in a clustered environment to simplify application
development while maintaining a familiar socket programming interface.
The service oriented capabilities of TIPC help in applications easily
finding required services in a system. The location transparent aspect
of TIPC allows services to be located anywhere in the system as well as
allowing redundant services for both load reduction and backup.
Learn about the emerging cluster protocol.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2008-01-15" time="4:30 PM" room="Comfy Lounge" title="CSClub Elections">
<abstract><p>
Elections are scheduled for Tues, Jan 15 @ 4:30 pm in the comfy lounge.
The nomination period closes on Mon, Jan 14 @ 4:30 pm. Candidates should
not engage in campaigning after the nomination period has closed.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- fall 2007 -->
<eventitem date="2007-10-19" time="5:00 PM" room="MC4058" title="General Meeting">
<abstract>
<p>
There is a general meeting scheduled for Friday, October 19, 2007 at 17:00.
</p>
<p>
This is a chance to bring out any ideas and concerns about CSC happenings into the open, as well as a chance to make sure all CSC staff is up to speed on current CSC doings. The current agenda can be found at <a href="http://wiki.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/wiki/Friday_19_October_2007">http://wiki.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/wiki/Friday_19_October_2007.</a>
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-09-25" time="1:30 PM" room="DC 1302" title="Virtual Reality, Real Law: The regulation of Property in Video Games">
<short>Susan Abramovitch</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This talk is run by the School of Computer Science
</p>
<p>
How should virtual property created in games, such as weapons used in
games like Mir 3 and real estate or clothing created or acquired in
games like Second Life, be treated in law. Although the videogaming
industry continues to multiply in value, virtual property created in
virtual worlds has not been formally recognized by any North American
court or legislature. A bridge has been taking shape from gaming's
virtual economies to real world economies, for example, through
unauthorized copying of designer clothes sold on Second Life for in-game
cash, or real court damages awarded against deletion of player-earned
swords in Mir 3. The trading of virtual property is important to a
large number of people and property rights in virtual property are
currently being recognized by some foreign legal bodies.
</p>
<p>
Susan Abramovitch will explain the legal considerations in determining
how virtual property can or should be governed, and ways it can be
legally similar to tangible property. Virtual property can carry both
physical and intellectual property rights. Typically video game
developers retain these rights via online agreements, but Ms.
Abramovitch questions whether these rights are ultimately enforceable
and will describe policy issues that may impact law makers in deciding
how to treat virtual property under such agreements.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-10-02" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4061" title="Putting the fun into Functional Languages and Useful Programming with OCaml/F#">
<short>Brennan Taylor</short>
<abstract>
<p>A lecture on why functional languages are important, practical applications, and some neat examples. Starting with an introduction to
basic functional programming with ML syntax, continuing with the strengths of OCaml and F#, followed by some exciting examples. Examples include GUI
programming with F#, Web Crawlers with F#, and OpenGL/GTK programming with OCaml. This lecture aims to display how powerful functional languages can
be.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-10-09" time="4:45 PM" room="MC 4060" title="Join-Calculus with JoCaml. Concurrent programming that doesn't fry your brain">
<short>Brennan Taylor</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A lecture on the fundamentals of Pi-Calculus followed by an introduction
to Join-Calculus in JoCaml with some great examples. Various concurrent
control structures are explored, as well as the current limitations of
JoCaml. The examples section will mostly be concurrent programming,
however some basic distributed examples will be explored. This lecture
focuses on how easy concurrent programming can be.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-10-15" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4041" title="Off-the-Record Messaging: Useful Security and Privacy for IM">
<short>Ian Goldberg</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Instant messaging (IM) is an increasingly popular mode of communication
on the Internet. Although it is used for personal and private
conversations, it is not at all a private medium. Not only are all of
the messages unencrypted and unauthenticated, but they are all
routedthrough a central server, forming a convenient interception point
for an attacker. Users would benefit from being able to have truly
private conversations over IM, combining the features of encryption,
authentication, deniability, and forward secrecy, while working within
their existing IM infrastructure.
</p>
<p>
In this talk, I will discuss "Off-the-Record Messaging" (OTR), a widely
used software tool for secure and private instant messaging. I will
outline the properties of Useful Security and Privacy Technologies that
motivated OTR's design, compare it to other IM security mechanisms, and
talk about its ongoing development directions.
</p>
<p>
Ian Goldberg is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the
University of Waterloo, where he is a founding member of the
Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research group. He holds a
Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he discovered
serious weaknesses in a number of widely deployed security systems,
including those used by cellular phones and wireless networks. He also
studied systems for protecting the personal privacy of Internet users,
which led to his role as Chief Scientist at Zero-Knowledge Systems (now
known as Radialpoint), where he commercialized his research as the
Freedom Network.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-11-20" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 4041" title="Why you should care about functional programming with Haskell *New-er Date*">
<short>Andrei Barbu</short>
<abstract>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-11-22" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 4041" title="More Haskell functional programming fun!">
<short>Andrei Barbu</short>
<abstract>
Haskell is a modern lazy, strongly typed functional language with type inferrence. This talk will focus on multiple monads, existential types,
lambda expressions, infix operators and more. Along the way we'll see a parser and interpreter for lambda calculus using monadic parsers. STM,
software transactional memory, a new approach to concurrency, will also be discussed. Before the end we'll also see the solution to an ACM problem
to get a hands on feeling for the language. Don't worry if you haven't seen the first talk, you should be fine for this one anyway!
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-11-29" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 4061" title="Concurrent / Distributed programming with JoCaml">
<short>Brennan Taylor</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A lecture on the fundamentals of Pi-Calculus followed by an introduction to Join-Calculus in JoCaml with some great examples.
Various concurrent control structures are explored, as well as the current limitations of JoCaml. The examples section will
mostly be concurrent programming, however some basic distributed examples will be explored. This lecture focuses on how easy
concurrent programming can be.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-12-04" time="4:30 PM" room="TBA" title="PE Executable Translation: A solution for legacy games on linux (Postponed)">
<short>David Tenty</short>
<abstract>
<p>
With today's fast growing linux user base, a large porportion of legacy applications have established open-source equivalents or ports.
However, legacy games provided an intresting problem to gamers who might be inclinded to migrate to linux or other open platforms.
PE executable translation software will be presented that provides a solution to this dilema and will be contrasted with the windows compatiblity framwork Wine.
Postponed to a later date.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-12-01" time="1:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="Programming Contest">
<short>Win Prizes!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science club is holding a programming contest from 1:00 to 6:30 open to all! C++,C,Perl,Scheme are allowed.
Prizes totalling in value of $75 will be distributed. You can participate online! For more information, including source files visit <a href="http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/contest">http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/contest</a>
</p>
<p>
And Free Pizzaa for all who attend!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-12-02" time="2:30 PM" room="TBA" title="Multi-Player Linux games for Linux awarness week">
<short>Multi-Player Gaming with Linux [Possibly Pizza!]</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Come out for multi-player gaming on Linux. If you don't have linux on your machine, we will have LiveCDs available.
Lots of fun! Possible Pizzaa!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-10-04" time="4:30 PM" room="TBA" title="Distributed Programming with Erlang">
<short>Brennan Taylor</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A quick introduction on the current state of distributed programming and various grid computing projects. Followed by some
history and features of the Erlang language and finishing with distributed examples including operating on a cluster.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-12-05" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 4061" title="Google Summer of Code, a look back on 2007">
<short>Holden Karau</short>
<abstract>
<p>
An overview on Google Summer of Code 2007. This talk will look at some of the Summer of Code projects, the project organization, etc.
</p>
<p>
Holden Karau participated in Google Summer of Code 2007 as a student on the subversion team. He created a set of scheme bindings for the
subversion project.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!--spring 2007-->
<eventitem date="2007-07-17" time="7:00 PM" room="AL 116" title="C++0x - An Overview">
<short>Bjarne Stroustrup</short>
<abstract><p>
A good programming language is far more than a simple collection of
features. My ideal is to provide a set of facilities that smoothly work
together to support design and programming styles of a generality beyond
my imagination. Here, I briefly outline rules of thumb (guidelines,
principles) that are being applied in the design of C++0x. Then, I
present the state of the standards process (we are aiming for C++09) and
give examples of a few of the proposals such as concepts, generalized
initialization, being considered in the ISO C++ standards committee.
Since there are far more proposals than could be presented in an hour,
I'll take questions.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-07-06" time="4:30 PM" room="AL 116" title="Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks">
<short>Richard Stallman</short>
<abstract><p>
Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed
to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing
press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer
networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.
</p><p>
The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for
draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while
suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to
serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright--to promote progress, for
the benefit of the public--then we must make changes in the other
direction.
</p><p>
The CSC would like to thank MEF and Mathsoc for funding this talk.
</p><p>
<a href="http://www.fsf.org/events/waterloo20070706">The Freedom Software Foundation's description</a><br />
<a href="http://www.defectivebydesign.org">FSF's anti-DRM campaign</a><br />
<a href="http://www.badvista.org">Why you shouldn't use Microsoft Vista</a><br />
<a href="http://www.gnu.org">The GNU's Not Unix Project</a><br />
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-06-27" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 4042" title="Usability in the wild">
<short>A talk by Michael Terry</short>
<abstract><p>
What is the typical monitor resolution of a GIMP user? How many monitors
do they have? What size images do they work on? How many layers are in
their images? The answers to these questions are generally unknown: No
means currently exist for open source applications to collect usage
data. In this talk, I will present ingimp, a version of GIMP that has
been instrumented to automatically collect usage data from real-world
users. I will discuss ingimp's design, the type of data we collect, how
we make the data available on the web, and initial results that begin to
answer the motivating questions.
</p><p>
ingimp can be found at http://www.ingimp.org.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-06-22" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC 4042"
title="Email encryption for the masses">
<short>Ken Ho</short>
<abstract><p>
E-mail transactions and confirmations have become commonplace and the
information therein can often be sensitive. We use email for purposes as
mundane as inbound marketing, to as sensitive as account passwords and
financial transactions. And nearly all our email is sent in clear text;
we trust only that others will not eavesdrop or modify our messages. But
why rely on the goodness or apathy of your fellow man when you can
ensure your message's confidentiality with encryption so strong not even
the NSA can break? Speaker (Kenneth Ho) will discuss email encryption,
and GNU Privacy Guard to ensure that your messages are sent, knowing
that only your intended recipient can receive it.
</p><p>An optional code-signing party will be held immediately
afterwards; if you already have a PGP or GPG key and wish to
participate, please submit the public key to
<a href="mailto:gpg-keys@csclub.uwaterloo.ca">
gpg-keys@csclub.uwaterloo.ca</a>.
</p><p>
Laptop users are invited also to participate in key-pair sharing
on-site, though it is preferable to send keys ahead of time.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-06-18" time="4:30 PM"
room="DC 4040" title="Fedspulse.ca, Web 3.0, Portals and the Metaverse">
<short>Peter Macdonald</short>
<abstract><p>
The purpose of the talk is to address how students interact with the
internet, and possibilities for how they could do so more efficiently.
Information on events and happenings on UW campus is currently hosted
on a desperate, series of internet applications. Interactions with
WatSFIC is done over a Yahoo! mailing list, GLOW is organized through a
Facebook group, campus information at large comes from
<a href="http://imprint.uwaterloo.ca">imprint.uwaterloo.ca</a>. There
has been historical pressures from various bodies, including some
thinkers in feds and the administration, to centralize these issues. To
create a one stop shop for students on campus.
</p><p>
It is not through confining data in cages that we will finally link all
student activities together, instead it is by truly freeing it. When
data can be anywhere, then it will be everywhere students need it. This
is the underlying concept behind metadata, data that is freed from the
confines of it's technical imprisonment. Metadata is the extension of
people, organizations, and activities onto the internet in a way that is
above the traditional understanding of how people interact with their
networks. The talk will explore how Metadata can exist freely on the
internet, how this affects concepts like Web 3.0, and how the university
and the federation are poised to take advantage of this burgeoning new
technology through adoptions of portals which will allow students to
interact with a metaverse of data.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Winter 2007 -->
<eventitem date="2007-04-11" time="3:30 PM" room="Hagey Hall" title="The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System">
<short>A talk by Richard M. Stallman (RMS) <b>[CANCELLED]</b></short>
<abstract><p>
Richard Stallman has cancelled his trip to Canada.
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-04-08" time="4:30pm" room="MC 4041" title="Loop Optimizations">
<short>A talk by Simina Branzei</short>
<abstract><p>
Abstract coming soon!
</p></abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-04-01" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 3036" title="Surprise
Bill Gates Visit">
<abstract>
<p>
While reading Slashdot, Bill came across the recently digitized audio
recording of his 1989 talk at the Computer Science Club. As Bill has always
had a soft-spot for the Computer Science Club, he has decided to pay us a
surprise visit.
</p><p>
Bill promises to give away free copies of Windows Vista Ultimate, because
frankly, nobody here (except j2simpso) wants to pay for a frisbee. Be sure
to bring your resumes kids, because Bill will be recruiting for some
exciting new positions at Microsoft, including Mindless Drone, Junior Code
Monkey, and Assistant Human Cannonball.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-03-28" time="5:30 PM"
room="MC 1056" title="Computational Physics Simulations">
<short>A talk by David Tenty and Alex Parent</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Coming Soon!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-03-29" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC 1056" title="All The Code">
<short>A demo/introduction to a new source code search engine. A talk by Holden Karau</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Source code search engines are a relatively new phenomenon . The general idea of most source code search engines is helping programmers find
pre-existing code. So if you were writing some code and you wanted to find a csv library, for example, you could search for csv.
<a href="http://www.allthecode.com/">All The Code</a> is a
next generation source code search engine. Unlike earlier generations of source code search engines, it considers how code is used to help determine
relevance of code.
</p>
<p>
The talk will primarily be a demo of <a href="http://www.allthecode.com">All The Code</a>,
along with a brief discussion of some of the technology behind it.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-04-04" time="4:00 PM"
room="MC 1056" title="Data Analysis with Kernels: [an introduction]">
<short>A talk by Michael Biggs. This talk is RESCHEDULED due to unexpected
circumstances</short>
<abstract>
<p>
I am going to take an intuitive, CS-style approach to a discussion about the
use of kernels in modern data analysis. This approach often lends us
efficient ways to consider a dataset under various choices of inner product,
which is roughly comparable to a measure of "similarity". Many new tools in
AI arise from kernel methods, such as the infamous Support Vector Machines for
classification, and kernel-PCA for nonlinear dimensionality reduction. I will
attempt to highlight, and provide visualization for some of the math involved
in these methods while keeping the material at an accessible, undergraduate
level.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-02-26" time="4:30 pm"
room="DC 1350" title="ReactOS: An Open Source OS Platform for Learning">
<short>A talk by Alex Ionescu</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The ReactOS operating system has been in development for over eight years and aims to provide users
with a fully functional and Windows-compatible distribution under the GPL license. ReactOS comes with
its own Windows 2003-based kernel and system utilities and applications, resulting in an environment
identical to Windows, both visually and internally.
</p><p>
More than just an alternative to Windows, ReactOS is a powerful platform for academia, allowing
students to learn a variety of skills useful to software testing, development and management, as well as
providing a rich and clean implementation of Windows NT, with a kernel compatible to published
internals book on the subject.
</p><p>
This talk will introduce the ReactOS project, as well as the various software engineering challenges
behind it. The building platform and development philosophies and utilities will be shown, and
attendees will grasp the vast amount of effort and organization that needs to go into building an
operating system or any other similarly large project. The speaker will gladly answer questions related to
his background, experience and interests and information on joining the project, as well as any other
related information.
</p><p>
<strong>Speaker Bio</strong>
</p><p>
Alex Ionescu is currently studying in Software Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec
and is a Microsoft Technical Student Ambassador. He is the lead kernel developer of the ReactOS Project
and project leader of TinyKRNL. He regularly speaks at Linux and Open Source conferences around the
world and will be a lecturer at the 8th International Free Software Forum in Brazil this April, as well as
providing hands-on workshops and lectures on Windows NT internals and security to various companies.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-02-15" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC 2065" title="An Introduction to Recognizing Regular Expressions in Haskell">
<short>A talk by James deBoer</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This talk will introduce the Haskell programming language and and walk
through building a recognizer for regular languages. The talk will
include a quick overview of regular expressions, an introduction to
Haskell and finally a line by line analysis of a regular language
recognizer.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-02-09" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC 4041" title="Introduction to 3-d Graphics">
<short>A talk by Chris "The Prof" Evensen</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A talk for those interested in 3-dimensional graphics but unsure of where to
start. Covers the basic math and theory behind projecting 3-dimensional
polygons on screen, as well as simple cropping techniques to improve
efficiency. Translation and rotation of polygons will also be discussed.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-02-09" time="8:30 PM"
room="DC 1351" title="Writing World Class Software">
<short>A talk by James Simpson</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A common misconception amongst software developers is that top quality software
encompasses certain platforms, is driven by a particular new piece of
technology, or relies solely on a particular programming language. However as
developers we tend to miss the less hyped issues and techniques involved in
writing world class software. These techniques are universal to all
programming languages, platforms and deployed technologies but are often times
viewed as being so obvious that they are ignored by the typical developer. The
topics covered in this lecture will include:
</p><p>
- Writing bug-free to extremely low bug count software in real-time<br/>
- The concept of single-source, universal platform software<br/>
- Programming language interoperability<br/>
<br/>
... and other less hyped yet vitally important concepts to writing
World Class Software
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-02-08" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC 2066" title="UW Software Start-ups: What Worked and What Did Not">
<short>A talk by Larry Smith</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A discussion of software start-ups founded by UW students and what they did
that helped them grow and what failed to help. In order to share the most
insights and guard the confidences of the individuals involved, none of the
companies will be identified.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2007-02-07" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC 4041" title="Riding The Multi-core Revolution">
<short>How a Waterloo software company is changing the way people program computers.
A talk by Stefanus Du Toit</short>
<abstract>
<p>
For decades, mainstream parallel processing has been thought of as
inevitable. Up until recent years, however, improvements in
manufacturing processes and increases in clock speed have provided
software with free Moore's Law-scale performance improvements on
traditional single-core CPUs. As per-core CPU speed increases have
slowed to a halt, processor vendors are embracing parallelism by
multiplying the number of cores on CPUs, following what Graphics
Processing Unit (GPU) vendors have been doing for years. The Multi-
core revolution promises to provide unparalleled increases in
performance, but it comes with a catch: traditional serial
programming methods are not at all suited to programming these
processors and methods such as multi-threading are cumbersome and
rarely scale beyond a few cores. Learn how, with hundreds of cores in
desktop computers on the horizon, a local software company is looking
to revolutionize the way software is written to deliver on the
promise multi-core holds.
</p>
<p>
Refreshments (and possible pizza!) will be provided.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
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room="TBA" title="TBA">
<short>A talk by Reg Quinton</short>
<abstract>
<p>
To be announced
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
-->
<eventitem date="2007-01-31" time="4:00 PM"
room="MC 4041" title="Network Security -- Intrusion Detection">
<short>A talk by Reg Quinton</short>
<abstract>
<p>
IST monitors the campus network for vulnerabilities and scans
systems for security problems.
This informal presentation will look behind the scenes to show the
strategies and technologies used and to show the problem magnitude. We
will review the IST Security web site with an emphasis on these pages
</p><p>
<a href="http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/vulnerable/">http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/vulnerable/</a><br/>
<a href="http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/security-wg/reports/20061101.html">http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/security-wg/reports/20061101.html</a><br/>
<a href="http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/position/20050524/">http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/security/position/20050524/</a><br/>
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!--
<eventitem date="2007-01-31" time="4:30 PM"
room="TBA" title="An Brief Introduction to Projection Graphics">
<short>A talk by Christopher Evensen</short>
<abstract>
<p>
To be announced
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
-->
<!-- Fall 2006 -->
<!-- Nothing happened :( -->
<!-- Spring 2006 -->
<eventitem date="2006-07-29" title="CTRL D" time="7:00pm" room="East Side Mario">
<short>Come out for the Club that Really Likes Dinner</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Summer: the sparrows whistle through the teapot-steam breeze. The
ubiquitous construction team tears the same pavement up for the third
time, hammering passers-by with dust and noise: our shirts, worn for
the third time, noisome from competing heat and shame. As Nature
continues her Keynesian rotation of policy, and as society decrees yet
another parting of ways, it is proper for the common victims to have
an evening to themselves, looking both back and ahead, imagining new
opportunities, and recognising those long since missed. God fucking
damn it.
</p>
<p>
This term's CTRL-D end-of-term dinner is taking place tomorrow
(Saturday) at 7:00 P.M. at East Side Mario's, in the plaza. Meet in
the C.S.C. fifteen minutes beforehand, so they don't take away our
seats or anything nasty like that.
</p>
<p>
A lot of people wanted to go to the Mongolian Grill, but I'm pretty
sure this place has a similar price-to-tasty ratio; what's more,
they'll actually grant us a reservation more than four nights a week.
I've confirmed that the crazy allergenic peanuts no longer exist
(sad), and they have a good vegetarian selection, which is likely
coincides with their kosher and halal menus.
</p>
<p>
Come out for the tasty and the awesome! If you pretend it's your
birthday, everyone's a loser! Tell your friends, because I told the
telephone I wanted to reserve for 10 to 12 people, and I don't wish to
sully Calum T. Dalek's good name!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-26" title="Lemmings Day" time="3:30pm" room="MC Comfy Lounge">
<short>Come out for some retro Amiga-style Lemmings gaming action!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Does being in CS make you feel like a lemming? Is linear algebra driving you
into walls? Do you pace back and forth, constantly, regardless of whatever's
in your path? Then you should come out to CSC Lemmings Day. This time, we're
playing the pseudo-sequel: Oh No! More Lemmings!
</p>
<ul>
<li>Old-skool retro gaming, Amiga-style (2 mice, 2 players!)</li>
<li>Projector screen: the pixels are man-sized!</li>
<li>Enjoy classic Lemmings tunes</li>
</ul>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-25" title="Linux Installfest!" time="1:00pm" room ="DC Fishbowk">
<short>A part of Linux Awareness Week</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club is once again stepping forward to fulfill its ancient duty to the people-this time by installing one of the many
fine distributions of Linux for you.
</p>
<p>
Ubuntu? Debian? Gentoo? Fedora? We might not have them all, but we seem to have an awful lot! Bring your boxen down to the D.C. Fishbowl for
the awesome!
</p>
<p>
Install Linux on your machine-install fear in your opponents!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-24" title="Software development gets on the Cluetrain" time="4:30pm" room ="MC 4063">
<short>or How communities of interest drive modern software development.</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Simon Law leads the Quality teams for Ubuntu, a free-software operating
system built on Debian GNU/Linux. As such, he leads one of the largest
community-based testing efforts for a software product. This does get a
bit busy sometimes.
</p>
<p>
In this talk, we'll be exploring how the Internet is changing how
software is developed. Concepts like open source and technologies like
message forums are blurring the lines between producer and consumer.
And this melting pot of people is causing people to take note, and
changing the way they sling code.
</p>
<p>
Co-Sponsored with CS-Commons Committee
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-21" time="5:30 PM"
room="MC1085" title="March of the Penguins">
<short>The Computer Science Club will be showing March of the Penguins</short>
<abstract>
<p>
<a href="http://wip.warnerbros.com/marchofthepenguins/">March of the Penguins</a> , an epic nature documentary, as dictated
by some guy with a funny voice is being shown by the Computer Science club because penguins are cute and were bored [that and the
whole Linux awareness week that forgot to tell people about].
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-20" time="5:30 PM"
room="MC4041" title="Cool Stuff to do With Python">
<short>Albert O'Connor will be introducing the joys of programming in python</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Albert O'Connor, a UW grad, will be giving a ~30 minute talk on introducing the joys of programming python. Python is an open source
object-oriented programming language which is most awesome.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-20" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC4041" title="Simulating multi-tasking on an embedded architecture">
<short>Alex Tsay will look at the common hack used to simulate multi-processing in a real time embedded environment.</short>
<abstract>
<p>
In an embedded environment resources are fairly limited, especially. Typically an embedded system has strict time constraints in which it must
respond to hardware driven interrupts and do some processing of its own. A full fledged OS would consume most of the available resources, hence
crazy hacks must be used to get the benefits without paying the high costs. This talk will look at the common hack used to simulate multi-processing
in a real time embedded environment.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-19" title="Semacode: Image recognition on mobile camera phones" time="4:30 PM" room ="MC1085">
<short>Simon Woodside, founder of Semacode, comes to discuss image what it is like to start a business and how imaging code works</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Could you write a good image recognizer for a 100 MHz mobile phone
processor with 1 MB heap, 320x240 image, on a poorly-optimized Java
stack? It needs to locate and read two-dimensional barcodes made up of
square modules which might be no more than a few pixels in size. We
had to do that in order to establish Semacode, a local start up
company that makes a software barcode reader for cell phones. The
applications vary from ubiquitous computing to advertising. Simon
Woodside (founder) will discuss what it's like to start a business and
how the imaging code works.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-07-17" time="11:59 PM"
room="MC3036" title="Midnight Madness, Alpha Edition">
<short>Come out to discuss current &amp; future plans/projects for the Club</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club (CSClub) has "new" DEC Alphas which are most awesome. Come out, help take them part, put them back
together, solder, and eat free food (probably pizza).
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-06-21" time="4:30 PM"
room="MC4042" title="CSC General Meeting">
<short>Come out to discuss current &amp; future plans/projects for the Club</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The venue will include:</p>
<p><ul>
<li><p>Computer usage agreement discussion (Holden has some changes he'd like to propose)</p></li>
<li><p>Web site - Juti is redesigning the web site (you can see <a href="beta/">a beta here</a> - ideas are welcome.</p></li>
<li><p>Frosh Linux cd's that could be put in frosh math faculty kits.</p></li>
<li><p>VoIP "not phone services" ideas.</p></li>
<li><p>Ideas for talks (people, topics, etc...). We requested Steve Jobs and Steve Balmer, so no idea is too crazy.</p></li>
<li><p>Ideas for books.</p></li>
<li><p>General improvements/comments for the club.</p></li>
</ul></p>
<p>
If you have ideas, but can't attend, please email them to <a href="mailto:president@csclub.uwaterloo.ca">president@csclub.uwaterloo.ca</a> and they will be read them at the meeting.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-05-25" time="4:00 PM" room="MC 4060" title="Eighteen Years in the Software Tools Business">
<short>Eighteen Years in the Software Tools Business at Microsoft, a talk by Rico Mariani, (BMath CS/EEE 1988)</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Rico Mariani, (BMath CS/EEE 1988) now an (almost) 18 year Microsoft veteran but then a CSC president comes to talk to us about the
evolution of software tools for microcomputers. This talk promises to be a little bit about history and perspective (at least from
the Microsoft side of things) as well as the evolution of software engineers, different types of programmers and their needs, and what
it's like to try to make the software industry more effective at what it does, and sometimes succeed!
</p>
<p>
A video of the talk is available for download in our <a href="media/">media</a> section.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-05-14" time="1:00 PM" room="CSC" title="Unix 101 and 102 Recording">
<short>Unix 101 and 102 recording</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Have you heard of our famous Unix 101 and Unix 102 tutorials. We've decided to try
and put them on the web. This Sunday we will be doing a first take.
At the same time, we're going to be looking at adding new material
that we haven't covered in the past. </p>
<p>
Why should you come out? Not only will you get to hang out with a wonderful group of people,
you can help impart your knowledge to the world. Don't know anything about Unix? That's cool too,
we need people to make sure its easy to follow along and hopefully keep us from leaving something
out by mistake.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-05-13" time="1:00 PM" room="CSC" title="Video 4 Linux Day">
<short> We don't know enough about V4L</short>
<abstract>
<p>
We don't know Video 4 Linux, but increasingly people are wanting to do interesting stuff with our webcam which
could benefit from a better understanding of Video 4 Linux. So, this Saturday a number of us will be trying to learn
as much as possible about Video 4 Linux and doing weird things with webcam(s).
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-05-08" time="4:30 PM" room="The Comfy Lounge" title="CSC
Elections">
<short>Come out and vote for the Spring 2006 executive!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club will be holding its elections for the Spring 2006
term on Monday, May 8th. The elections will be held at 4:30 PM in the
Comfy Lounge, on the 3rd floor of the MC. Please remember to come out and
vote!
</p>
<p>
We are accepting nominations for the following positions: President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The nomination period continues
until 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 7th. If you are interested in running for
a position, or would like to nominate someone else, please email
cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca before the deadline.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Winter 2006 -->
<eventitem date="2006-03-06" time="4:45 PM"
room="Physics 145" title="Creating Killer Applications">
<short>A talk by Larry Smith</short>
<abstract>
<p>
A discussion of how software creators can identify application opportunities
that offer the promise of great social and commercial significance. Particular
attention will be paid to the challenge of acquiring cross domain knowledge
and setting up effective collaboration.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2006-02-09" time="5:30 PM" room="Bombshelter Pub" title="Pints With Profs">
<short>Come out and meet your professors. Free food provided!</short>
<abstract>
<p>Come out and meet your professors! This is a great opportunity to
mingle with your professors before midterms or find out who you might
have for future courses. All are welcome!</p>
<p>Best of all, there will be <strong>free food!</strong></p>
<p>You can pick up invitations for your professors at the Computer Science
Club office in MC 3036.</p>
<p>Pints with Profs will be held this term on Thursday, 9 February 2006
from 5:30 to 8:00 PM in the Bombshelter.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Fall 2005 -->
<eventitem date="2005-11-29" time="5:30 PM"
room="TBA" title="Programming Contest">
<short>Come out, program, and win shiny things!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science club is holding a programming contest open to all students on Tuesday the 29th of November at 5:30PM. C++,C,Perl,Scheme* are allowed. Prizes totalling in value of $75 will be distributed.
</p>
<p>And best of all... free food!!!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-10-17" time="5:30 PM"
room="Fishbowl" title="Party with Profs!">
<short>Get to know your profs and be the envy of your
friends!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Come out and meet your professors!! This is a great opportunity to
meet professors for Undergraduate Research jobs or to find out who
you might have for future courses. One and all are welcome!
</p>
<p>And best of all... free food!!!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-10-11" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 103: Scripting Unix">
<short>You Too Can Be a Unix Taskmaster</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This is the third in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
UNIX Operating System. UNIX is used in a variety of applications, both
in academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on experience
with the Math Faculty's UNIX environment in this tutorial.
</p><p>
Topics that will be discussed include:
<ul>
<li>Shell scripting</li>
<li>Searching through text files</li>
<li>Batch editing text files</li>
</ul>
</p><p>
If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent to
you for the duration of this class.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-10-06" time="4:30 PM" room="MC3D 2037" title="UNIX 102">
<short>Fun with Unix</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This is the second in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
Unix Operating System. Unix is used in a variety of
applications, both in academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on
experience with the Math Faculty's Unix environment in this tutorial.
</p>
<p>
Topics that will be discussed include:
<ul>
<li>Interacting with Bourne and C shells</li>
<li>Editing text using the vi text editor</li>
<li>Editing text using the Emacs display editor</li>
<li>Multi-tasking and the screen multiplexer</li>
</ul>
</p>
<p>
If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent to
you for the duration of this class.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-10-04" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 101">
<short>First UNIX tutorial</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The CSC UNIX tutorials are intended to help first year CS and other
interested learn UNIX and the CS UNIX environment.
</p>
<p>
This is the first in a series of two or three tutorials. It will cover basic shell
use, and simple text editors.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Summer 2005 -->
<eventitem date="2005-06-02" time="3:30 PM" room="DC 1302" title="Programming and Verifying the Interactive Web">
<short>Shriram Krishnamurthi will be talking about continuations in Web Programming</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Server-side Web applications have grown increasingly common, sometimes
even replacing brick and mortar as the principal interface of
corporations. Correspondingly, Web browsers grow ever more powerful,
empowering users to attach bookmarks, switch between pages, clone
windows, and so forth. As a result, Web interactions are not
straight-line dialogs but complex nets of interaction steps.
</p>
<p>
In practice, programmers are unaware of or are unable to handle these
nets of interaction, making the Web interfaces of even major
organizations buggy and thus unreliable. Even when programmers do
address these constraints, the resulting programs have a seemingly
mangled structure, making them difficult to develop and hard to
maintain.
</p>
<p>
In this talk, I will describe these interactions and then show how
programming language ideas can shed light on the resulting problems
and present solutions at various levels. I will also describe some
challenges these programs pose to computer-aided verification, and
present solutions to these problems.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-06-07" time="4:00 PM" room="MC 4042" title="UW's CS curriculum: past, present, and future">
<short>Come out to here Prabhakar Ragde talk about our UW's CS curriculum</short>
<abstract>
<p>
I'll survey the evolution of our computer science curriculum over the
past thirty-five years to try to convey the reasons (not always entirely
rational) behind our current mix of courses and their division into core
and optional. After some remarks about constraints and opportunities in
the near future, I'll open the floor to discussion, and hope to hear
some candid comments about the state of CS at UW and how it might be
improved.
</p>
<p>
About the speaker:
</p>
<p>
Prabhakar Ragde is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at UW.
He was Associate Chair for Curricula during the period that saw the
creation of the Bioinformatics and Software Engineering programs, the
creation of the BCS degree, and the strengthening of the BMath/CS degree.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Winter 2005 -->
<eventitem date="2005-03-15" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 4060" title="Oh No! More Lemmings Day!">
<short>Come out for some retro Amiga-style Lemmings gaming action!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Does being in CS make you feel like a lemming? Is linear algebra driving you
into walls? Do you pace back and forth, constantly, regardless of whatever's
in your path? Then you should come out to CSC Lemmings Day. This time, we're
playing the pseudo-sequel: Oh No! More Lemmings!
</p>
<ul>
<li>Old-skool retro gaming, Amiga-style (2 mice, 2 players!)</li>
<li>Projector screen: the pixels are man-sized!</li>
<li>Live-Action Lemmings (the rules are better this time)</li>
<li>Lemmings look-alike contest</li>
<li>Enjoy classic Lemmings tunes</li>
</ul>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-02-01" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 102">
<short>Fun with Unix</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This is the second in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
Unix Operating System. Unix is used in a variety of
applications, both in academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on
experience with the Math Faculty's Unix environment in this tutorial.
</p>
<p>
Topics that will be discussed include:
<ul>
<li>Interacting with Bourne and C shells</li>
<li>Editing text using the vi text editor</li>
<li>Editing text using the Emacs display editor</li>
<li>Multi-tasking and the screen multiplexer</li>
</ul>
</p>
<p>
If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent to
you for the duration of this class.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-01-25" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 101">
<short>First UNIX tutorial</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The CSC UNIX tutorials are intended to help first year CS and other
interested learn UNIX and the CS UNIX environment.
</p>
<p>
This is the first in a series of two or three tutorials. It will cover basic shell
use, and simple text editors.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2005-01-13" time="4:30 PM" room="The Comfy Lounge" title="CSC
Elections">
<short>Come out and vote for the Winter 2005 executive!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club will be holding its elections for the Winter 2005
term on Thursday, January 13. The elections will be held at 4:30 PM in the
Comfy Lounge, on the 3rd floor of the MC. Please remember to come out and
vote!
</p>
<p>
We are accepting nominations for the following positions: President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The nomination period continues
until 4:30 PM on Wednesday, January 12. If you are interested in running for
a position, or would like to nominate someone else, please email
cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca before the deadline.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Fall 2004 -->
<eventitem date="2004-12-08" time="4:30 PM" room="Mongolian Grill"
title="CTRL-D">
<short> This semesters CTRL-D (or the club that really likes
dinner) is going to be at Mongolian grill. Be there or be square</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Come to the end of term CTRL-D (club that really likes dinner) meeting.
Remember : food is good
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-12-01" time="2:30 PM" room="MC 4058" title="Knitting needles, hairpins and other tangled objects">
<short>In this talk, I'll study linkages (objects built from sticks that are connected with flexible joints), and explain some
interesting examples that can or cannot be straightened out</short>
<abstract>
<p>
In this talk, I'll study linkages (objects built from sticks that are connected with flexible joints), and explain some
interesting examples that can or cannot be straightened out</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-11-24" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2066" title="Eclipse">
<short>How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the IDE</short>
<abstract>
<p>
How I stopped worrying and Learned to Love the IDE
</p>
<p>
Audience: anyone who as ever used the Java programming language to do anything. Especially if you don't like
the IDEs you've seen so far or still use (g)Vi(m) or (X)Emacs.
</p>
<p>
I'll go through some of the coolest features of the best IDE (which stands for "IDEs Don't Eat" or
"Integrated Development Environment") I've seen. For the first year and seasoned almost-grad alike!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-11-18" time="5:00 PM" room="MC 2066" title="GracefulTavi">
<short>Wiki software in PHP+MySQL</short>
<abstract>
<p>
GracefulTavi is an open source wiki programmed by Net Integration
Technologies Inc. It is used internally by more than 25 people, and is
the primary internal wiki for NITI's R&amp;D and QA.
</p>
<p>
I'll start with a very brief introduction to wikis in general, then
show off our special features: super-condensed formatting syntax,
hierarchy management, version control, highlighted diffs, SchedUlator,
the Table of Contents generator. As part of this, we'll explain the
simple plugin architecture and show people how to write a basic wiki
plugin.
</p>
<p>
As well, I will show some of the "waterloo specific" macros that have
been coded, and explain future plans for GracefulTavi.
</p>
<p>
If time permits, I will explain how gracefulTavi can be easily used
for a personal calendar and notepad system on your laptop.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-11-12" time="2:30 PM" room="MC 4063" title="Lemmings Day!">
<short>Everyone else is doing it!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Does being in CS make you feel like a lemming? Is linear algebra driving you into walls? Do you pace back and forth , constantly ,
regardless of whatever's in your path? Then you should come out to CSC Lemmings Day!
</p><p>
<ul>
<li>Play some old-skool Lemmings, Amiga-style</li>
<li>Live-action lemmings</li>
<li>Lemmings look-alike contest</li>
<li>Enjoy classic Lemmings tunes</li>
</ul>
</p><p>
Everyone else is doing it!
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-10-23" time="11:00 PM" room="MC 2037" title="CSC Programming Contest">
<short>CSC Programming Contest</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club will be hosting a programming competition.
You have the entire afternoon to design and implement an AI for a simple
game. The competition will run until 5pm.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-10-18" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 103: Scripting Unix">
<short>You Too Can Be a Unix Taskmaster</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This is the third in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
UNIX Operating System. UNIX is used in a variety of applications, both
in academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on experience
with the Math Faculty's UNIX environment in this tutorial.
</p><p>
Topics that will be discussed include:
<ul>
<li>Shell scripting</li>
<li>Searching through text files</li>
<li>Batch editing text files</li>
</ul>
</p><p>
If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent to
you for the duration of this class.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-10-04" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 102">
<short>Fun with Unix</short>
<abstract>
<p>
This is the second in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
Unix Operating System. Unix is used in a variety of
applications, both in academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on
experience with the Math Faculty's Unix environment in this tutorial.
</p>
<p>
Topics that will be discussed include:
<ul>
<li>Interacting with Bourne and C shells</li>
<li>Editing text using the vi text editor</li>
<li>Editing text using the Emacs display editor</li>
<li>Multi-tasking and the screen multiplexer</li>
</ul>
</p>
<p>
If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent to
you for the duration of this class.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Spring 2004 -->
<eventitem date="2004-09-27" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2037" title="UNIX 101">
<short>First UNIX tutorial</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The CSC UNIX tutorials are intended to help first year CS and other
interested learn UNIX and the CS UNIX environment.
</p>
<p>
This is the first in a series of three tutorials. It will cover basic shell
use, and simple text editors.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-09-17" time="4:00 PM" room="The Comfy Lounge" title="CSC
Elections">
<short>Come out and vote for the Fall 2004 executive!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club will be holding its elections for the Fall 2004
term on Friday, September 17. The elections will be held at 4:00 PM in the
Comfy Lounge, on the 3rd floor of the MC. Please remember to come out and
vote!
</p>
<p>
We are accepting nominations for the following positions: President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The nomination period continues
until 4:30 PM on Thursday, September 16. If you are interested in running
for a position, or would like to nominate someone else, please email
cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca before the deadline.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-07-27" time="4:30 PM" room="MC 2065"
title="Game Complexity Theorists Ponder, by Jonathan Buss">
<short>Attention AI buffs: Game Complexity presentation</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Why are some games hard to play well? The study of computational
complexity gives one answer: the games encode long computations.</p>
<p>Any computation can be interpreted as an abstract game. Playing the
game perfectly requires performing the computation. Remarkably, some
natural games can encode these abstract games and thus simulate
general computations. The more complex the game, the more complex the
computations it can encode; games that can encode intractable problems
are themselves intractable.</p>
<p>
I will describe how games can encode computations, and discuss some
examples of both provably hard games (checkers, chess, go, etc.) and
games that are believed to be hard (hex, jigsaw puzzles, etc.).
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-07-17" time="11:30 AM" room="RCH 308"
title="Case Modding Workshop!">
<short>Come and learn how to make your computer 1337!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Are you bored of beige?<br />
Tired of an overheating computer?<br />
Is your computer's noise level on par with a jet engine?
</p>
<p>
Got a nifty modded case?<br />
Want one?
</p>
<p>
The Computer Science Club will be holding a Case Modding Workshop
to help answer these questions.
</p>
<p>
There will be demonstrations on how to make a case window, how
to paint your case, managing cables and keeping your computer
quiet and cool.
</p>
<p>
The event is FREE and there will be FREE PIZZA. All are welcome!
</p>
<p>
To help you on your way to getting a wicked computer case, we have a limited
number of "Case Modding Starters Kits" available. They come with an LED fan,
a fan grill, a sheet of Plexan, thumbscrews, wire ties, and more! They're
only $10 and will be on sale at the event. Here's a <a
href="redkit.jpg">picture</a>.
</p>
<p>
If you already have a modded case, we encourage you to bring it out
and show it off! There will be a prize for the best case!!
</p>
<p>
We hope to see you there!
</p>
<p>
This event is sponsored by Bigfoot Computers.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-06-17" time="4:00 PM" room="MC 2066"
title="``Optical Snow'': Motion parallax and heading computation in densely cluttered scenes. -or- Why Computer Vision needs the Fourier Transform!">
<short>A talk by Richard Mann; School of Computer Science</short>
<abstract>
<p>
When an observer moves through a 3D scene, nearby surfaces move faster in the
image than do distant surfaces. This effect, called motion parallax, provides
an observer with information both about their own motion relative the scene,
and about the spatial layout and depth of surfaces in the scene.
</p>
<p>
Classical methods for measuring image motion by computer have concentrated on
the cases of optical flow in which the motion field is continuous, or layered
motion in which the motion field is piecewise continuous. Here we introduce a
third natural category which we call ``optical snow''. Optical snow arises in
many natural situations such as camera motion in a highly cluttered 3-D scene,
or a passive observer watching a snowfall. Optical snow yields dense motion
parallax with depth discontinuities occurring near all image points. As such,
constraints on smoothness or even smoothness in layers do not apply.
</p>
<p>
We present a Fourier analysis of optical snow. In particular we show that,
while such scenes appear complex in the time domain, there is a simple
structure in the frequency domain, and this may be used to determine the
direction of motion and the range of depths of objects in the scenes. Finally
we show how Fourier analysis of two or more image regions may be combined to
estimate heading direction.
</p>
<p>
This talk will present current research at the undergraduate level. All are
welcome to attend.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-05-26" time="5:30 PM"
room="DC 1350" title="Computing's Next Great Empires: The True Future of Software">
<short>A talk by Larry Smith</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Larry will challenge conventional assumptions about the directions of
computing and software. The role of AI, expert systems, communications
software and business applications will be presented both from a
functional and commercial point of view. The great gaps in the
marketplace will be highlighted, together with an indication of how
these vacant fields will become home to new empires.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-05-12" time="4:30 PM"
room="The Comfy Lounge" title="CSC Elections">
<short>Come out and vote for the Spring 2004 executive!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The Computer Science Club will be holding its elections for the Spring
2004 term on Wednesday, May 12. The elections will be held at 4:30 PM in
the Comfy Lounge, on the 3rd floor of the MC. Please remember to come out
and vote!
</p>
<p>
We are accepting nominations for the following positions: President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The nomination period continues
until 4:30 PM on Tuesday, May 11. If you are interested in running
for a position, or would like to nominate someone else, please email
cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca before the deadline.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Winter 2004 -->
<eventitem date="2004-03-29" time="6:00 PM"
room="MC 4058" title="LaTeXing your work report">
<short>A talk by Simon Law</short>
<abstract>
<p>
The work report is a familiar chore for any co-op student. Not only is
there a report to write, but to add insult to injury, your report is
returned if you do not follow your departmental guidelines.
</p>
<p>
Fear no more! In this talk, you will learn how to use LaTeX and a
specially developed class to automatically format your work reports.
This talk is especially useful to Mathematics, Computer Science,
Electrical &amp; Computer Engineering, and Software Engineeering co-op
students about to go on work term.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-03-30" time="5:30 PM"
room="The Grad House" title="Pints with Profs!">
<short>Get to know your profs and be the envy of your
friends!</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Come out and meet your professors!! This is a great opportunity to
meet professors for Undergraduate Research jobs or to find out who
you might have for future courses. One and all are welcome!
</p>
<p>And best of all... free food!!!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-03-23" time="6:00 PM"
room="MC4058" title="Extending LaTeX with packages">
<short>A talk by Simon Law</short>
<abstract>
<p>
LaTeX is a document processing system. What this means is you describe
the structure of your document, and LaTeX typesets it appealingly.
However, LaTeX was developed in the late-80s and is now showing its age.
</p>
<p>
How does it compete against modern systems? By being easily extensible,
of course. This talk will describe the fundamentals of typesetting in
LaTeX, and will then show you how to extend it with freely available
packages. You will learn how to teach yourself LaTeX and how to find
extensions that do what you want.
</p>
<p>
As well, there will be a short introduction on creating your own
packages, for your own personal use.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-03-16" time="6:00 PM"
room="MC4058" title="Distributed programming for CS and Engineering
students">
<short>A talk by Simon Law</short>
<abstract>
<p>
If you've ever worked with other group members, you know how difficult
it is to code simultaneously. You might be working on one part of your
assignment, and you need to send your source code to everyone else. Or
you might be fixing a bug in someone else's part, and need to merge in
the change. What a mess!
</p>
<p>
This talk will explain some Best Practices for developing code in a
distributed fashion. Whether you're working side-by-side in the lab, or
developing from home, these methods can apply to your team. You will
learn how to apply these techniques in the Unix environment using GNU
Make, CVS, GNU diff and patch.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-03-15" time="5:30 PM"
room="MC4040" title="SPARC Architecture">
<short>A talk by James Morrison</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Making a compiler? Bored? Think CISC sucks and RISC rules?
</p>
<p>
This talk will run through the SPARC v8, IEEE-P1754, architecture.
Including all the fun that can be had with register windows and the
SPARC instruction set including the basic instructions, floating
point instructions, and vector instructions.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-03-09" time="6:00 PM"
room="MC4062" title="Managing your home directory using CVS">
<short>A talk by Simon Law</short>
<abstract>
<p>
If you have used Unix for a while, you know that you've created
configuration files, or dotfiles. Each program seems to want its own
particular settings, and you want to customize your environment. In a
power-user's directory, you could have hundreds of these files.
</p>
<p>
Isn't it annoying to migrate your configuration if you login to another
machine? What if you build a new computer? Or perhaps you made a
mistake to one of your configuration files, and want to undo it?
</p>
<p>
In this talk, I will show you how to manage your home directory using
CVS, the Concurrent Versions System. You can manage your files, revert
to old versions in the past, and even send them over the network to
another machine. I'll also discuss how to keep your configuration files
portable, so they'll work even on different Unices, with different
software installed.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-03-02" time="6:00 PM"
room="MC4042" title="Graphing webs-of-trust">
<short>A talk by Simon Law</short>
<abstract>
<p>
In today's world, people have hundreds of connexions. And you can
express these connexions with a graph. For instance, you may wish to
represent the network of your friends.
</p>
<p>
Originally, webs-of-trust were directed acyclic graphs of people who had
identified each other. This way, if there was a path between you and
the person who want to identify, then you could assume that each person
along that path had verified the next person's identity.
</p>
<p>
I will show you how to generate your own web-of-trust graph using Free
Software. Of course, you can also use this knowledge to graph anything
you like.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-02-18" time="7:00 PM"
room="DC2305" title="KW Perl Mongers">
<short>Perl Modules: A look under the hood</short>
<abstract>
<p>In Perl, a module is the basic unit of code-reuse. The talk will be
mostly a look into GD::Text::Arc, a module written to draw TrueType text
around the edge of a circle. The talk will consider:</p>
<ul>
<li>using and writing object-oriented perl code</li>
<li>the Virtue of Laziness: or, reusing other peoples' code.</li>
<li>writing tests while coding</li>
<li>beer coasters</li>
</ul>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-02-05" time="3:30 PM"
room="MC4041" title="Constitutional Change">
<short>Vote to change the CSC Constitution</short>
<abstract>
<p>During the General Meeting on 19 January 2004, a proposed constitution
change was passed around. This change is in response to a change in the
MathSoc Clubs Policy (Policy 4, Section 3, Sub-section f).</p>
<p>This general meeting is called to vote on this proposed change. We must
have quorum of 15 Full Members vote on this change. The following text was
presented at the CSC Winter 2004 Elections.</p>
<pre>We propose to make a Constitutional change on this day, 19 January 2004.
The proposed change is to section 3.1 of the constitution which
currently reads:
In compliance with MathSoc regulations and in recognition of the
club being primarily targeted at undergraduate students, full
membership is open to all undergraduate students in the Faculty of
Mathematics and restricted to the same.
Since MathSoc has changed its requirements for club membership, we
propose that it be changed to:
In compliance with MathSoc regulations and in recognition of the
club being primarily targeted at undergraduate students, full
membership is open to all Social Members of the Mathematics Society
and restricted to the same.</pre>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2004-01-12" time="3:00 PM"
room="DC1301" title="InstallFest">
<short>See <a href="http://uw-dig.uwaterloo.ca/installfest/">http://uw-dig.uwaterloo.ca/installfest/</a></short>
<abstract>
<p>An Installfest is an opportunity to install software on your computer.
People come with computers. Other people come with experience. The people
get together and (when all goes well) everybody leaves satisfied.</p>
<p>You are invited to our first installfest of the year. Come to get some
software or to learn more about Open Source Software and why it is relevant
to your life. The event is free, but you may want to bring blank CDs and/or
money to purchase some open source action for your computer at home.</p>
<p>See the <a href="http://uw-dig.uwaterloo.ca/installfest/">UW-DIG
website</a> for more details.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Fall 2003 -->
<eventitem date="2003-12-01" time="7:00 PM"
room="RCH 101" title="Jon 'maddog' Hall: Free and Open Source: Its uses in Business and Education">
<short> Free and Open Source software has been around for a long
time, even longer then shrink-wrapped code.</short>
<abstract>
<p>Free and Open Source software has been around for a long time, even
longer then shrink-wrapped code. It has a long and noble history in the annals
of education. Even more than ever, due to the drop of hardware prices and the
increase of worldwide communications, Free and Open Source can open new
avenues of teaching and doing research, not only in computer science, but in
other university fields as well.</p>
<p>Learn how Linux as an operating system can
run on anything from a PDA to a supercomputer, and how Linux is reducing the
cost of computing dramatically as the fastest growing operating system in the
world. Learn how other Free and Open Source projects, such as office suites,
audio and video editing and playing software, relational databases, etc. are
created and are freely available.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/~cpbell/">Map and directions</a></p>
<h3>Speaker's Biography</h3>
<p>Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of <a href="http://www.li.org/">Linux International</a>,
a non-profit association of computer vendors who wish to support and promote
the Linux Operating System. During his career which spans over thirty years,
Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator,
product manager, technical marketing manager and educator. He has
worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and
Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems,
and is currently funded by SGI.</p>
<p>He has taught at Hartford State Technical College, Merrimack College and
Daniel Webster College. He still likes talking to students over pizza and beer
(the pizza can be optional).</p>
<p>Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many
presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies".</p>
<p>Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit
organizations, including the USENIX Association.</p>
<p>Mr. Hall has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of Open Source
Software, and received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel
University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.</p>
<p>In his spare time maddog is working on his retirement project:</p>
<center>maddog's monastery for microcomputing and microbrewing</center>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-11-05" time="4:30 PM - 8:30 PM"
room="Grad House Pub (Green Room)" title="CS Pints With Profs">
<short>Come have a pint with your favourite CS profs!</short>
<abstract>
<p>Come meet CS profs in a relaxed atmosphere this Wednesday at
the Grad House (by South Campus Hall). This is your chance to meet those CS profs
you enjoyed in lectures in person, have a chat with them
and find out what they're doing outside the lecture halls.</p>
<p>We'll be providing free food, including hamburgers and nachos,
and the Grad House offers a great selection of drinks.</p>
<p>If you'd like to invite a particular prof, stop by on the third
floor of the MC (outside of the Comfy) to pick up an invitation.</p>
<p>Persons of all ages are welcome!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-10-21" time="4:30 PM - 5:30 PM" room="MC2065"
title=".NET &amp; Linux: When Worlds Collide">
<short>A talk by James Perry</short>
<abstract>
<p>.NET is Microsoft's new development platform, including amongst
other things a language called C# and a class library for various
operating system services. .NET aims to be portable, although it is
currently mostly only used on Windows systems.</p>
<p>With the full backing of Microsoft, it seems unlikely that .NET
will disappear any time soon. There are several efforts underway to
bring .NET to the GNU/Linux platform. Hosted by the Computer Science
Club, this talk will discuss a number of the issues surrounding .NET
and Linux.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-10-22" time="4:30 PM - 5:30 PM" room="MC4061"
title="Real-Time Graphics Compilers">
<short>Sh is a GPU metaprogramming language developed at the UW
Computer Graphics Lab</short>
<abstract>
<p>Sh is a GPU metaprogramming language developed at the University of
Waterloo Computer Graphics Lab. It allows graphics programmers to
write programs which run directly on the GPU (Graphics Processing
Unit) using familiar C++ syntax. Furthermore, it allows
metaprogramming of such programs, that is, writing programs which
generate other programs, in an easy and natural manner.</p>
<p>This talk will give a brief overview of how Sh works, the design of
its intermediate representation and the (still somewhat simplistic)
optimizer that the current reference implementation has and problems
with applying traditional compiler optimizations.</p>
<p>Stefanus Du Toit is an undergraduate student at the University of
Waterloo. He is also a Research Assistant for Michael McCool from the
University of Waterloo Graphics Lab. Over the Summer of 2003 Stefanus
reimplemented the Sh reference implementation and designed and
implemented the current Sh optimizer.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-10-17" time="3:00 PM" room="MC3001 (Comfy)"
title="Poster Team Meeting">
<short>More free pizza from the Poster Team</short>
<abstract>
<p>Are you interested in getting involved in the Computer Science
Club?</p>
<p>Come on out to the second meeting of our Poster Team, a bunch of
students helping out with promotion for our events. The agenda for
this meeting will include painting posters, designing event
invitations, and organizing poster runs. Once again, we will be
serving free pizza!</p>
<p>See you there!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-10-16" time="4:00 PM - 5:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="UNIX 103: Development Tools">
<short>GCC, GDB, Make</short>
<abstract>
<p>This tutorial will provide you with a practical introduction to GNU
development tools on Unix such as the gcc compiler, the gdb debugger
and the GNU make build tool.</p>
<p>This talk is geared primarily at those mostly unfamiliar with these
tools. Amongst other things we will introduce:</p>
<ul>
<li>gcc options, version differences, and peculiarities</li>
<li>using gdb to debug segfaults, set breakpoints and find out what's
wrong</li>
<li>tiny Makefiles that will compile all of your 2nd and 3rd year CS
projects.</li>
</ul>
<p>If you're in second year CS and unfamiliar with UNIX development it
is highly recommended you go to this talk. All are welcome, including
non-math students.</p>
<p>Arrive early!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-10-02" time="4:00 PM - 5:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="UNIX 101: Text Editors">
<short>vi vs. emacs: The Ultimate Showdown</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Have you ever wondered how those cryptic UNIX text editors work? Have you
ever woken up at night with a cold sweat wondering "Is it CTRL-A, or CTRL-X
CTRL-A?" Do you just hate pico with a passion?</p>
<p>Then come to this tutorial and learn how to use vi and emacs!</p>
<p>Basic UNIX commands will also be covered. This tutorial will be especially
useful for first and second year students.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-10-06" time="4:00 PM" room="MC3001 (Comfy)"
title="Poster Team Meeting">
<short>Join the Poster Team and get Free Pizza!</short>
<abstract>
<ul>
<li>Do you like computer science?</li>
<li>Do you like posters?</li>
<li>Do you like free pizza?</li>
</ul>
<p>If the answer to one of these questions is yes, then come
out to the first meeting of the Computer Science Club Poster Team! The
CSC is looking for interested students to help out with promotion and
publicity for this term's events. We promise good times and free
pizza!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-09-17" time="4:30 PM" room="MC3001 (Comfy)"
title="CSC Elections">
<short>CSC Fall 2003 Elections</short>
<abstract>
<p>Elections will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 4:30 PM in the
Comfy Lounge, MC3001.</p>
<p>I invite you to nominate yourself or others for executive positions,
starting immediately. Simply e-mail me at cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca
with the name of the person who is to be nominated and the position
they're nominated for.</p>
<p>Nominees must be full-time undergraduate students in Math. Sorry!</p>
<p>Positions open for elections are:</p>
<ul><li>President: Organises the club, appoints committees, keeps everyone busy.
If you have lots of ideas about the club in general and like bossing
people around, go for it!</li>
<li>Vice President: Organises events, acts as the president if he's not
available. If you have lots of ideas for events, and spare time, go
for it!</li>
<li>Treasurer: Keeps track of the club's finances. Gets to sign cheques
and stuff. If you enjoy dealing with money and have ideas on how to
spend it, go for it!</li>
<li>Secretary: Takes care of minutes and outside correspondence. If you
enjoy writing things down and want to use our nifty new letterhead
style, go for it!</li></ul>
<p>Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, September 16 at 4:30 PM.</p>
<p>Additionally, a Sysadmin will be appointed after the elections. If you
like working with Unix systems and have experience setting up and
maintaining them, go for it!</p>
<p>I hope that lots of people will show up; hopefully we'll have a great
term with plenty of events. We always need other volunteers, so if you
want to get involved just talk to the new exec after the
meeting. Librarians, webmasters, poster runners, etc. are always
sought after!</p>
<p>There will also be free pop.</p>
<p>Memberships can be purchased at the elections or at least half an hour
prior to at the CSC. Only undergrad math members can vote, but anyone can
become a member.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Spring 2003 -->
<eventitem date="2003-07-31" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4064"
title="LaTeX and Work Reports">
<short>Writing beautiful work reports</short>
<abstract>
<p>The work report is a familiar chore for any co-op student. Not only is
there a report to write, but to add insult to injury, your report is
returned if you do not follow your departmental guidelines.</p>
<p>Fear no more! In this talk, you will learn how to use LaTeX and a
specially developed class to automatically format your work reports.
This talk is especially useful to Mathematics, Computer Science,
Electrical &amp; Computer Engineering, and Software Engineeering co-op
students about to go on work term.</p>
<p><a
href="http://www.eng.uwaterloo.ca/~sfllaw/programs/uw-wkrpt/">http://www.eng.uwaterloo.ca/~sfllaw/programs/uw-wkrpt/</a></p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-07-24" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="vi: the visual editor">
<short>It's not 6.</short>
<abstract>
<p>In 1976, a University of California Berkeley student by the name of
Bill Joy got sick of his text editor, ex. So he hacked it such that
he could read his document as he wrote it. The result was "vi", which
stands for VIsual editor. Today, it is shipped with every modern
Unix system, due to its global influence.</p>
<p>In this talk, you will learn how to use vi to edit documents
quickly and efficiently. At the end, you should be able to:</p>
<ul>
<li>Navigate and search through documents</li>
<li>Cut, copy, and paste across documents</li>
<li>Search and replace regular expressions</li>
</ul>
<p>If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent
to you for the duration of this class.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-07-24" time="3:00 PM" room="CSC Office" title="July
Exec Meeting">
<short> See Abstract for minutes </short>
<abstract>
<pre>
--paying Simon for Sugar
-Unanimous yea.
-ACTION ITEM: Mark
Expense this to MathSoc in lieu of foreign speaker.
--We currently have (including CD-R and pop-income not
currently in safe) $972.85
-We have $359.02 on budget that we can expense to MathSoc.
--We got MEF money for books and video card. Funding for
wireless microphone is dependent on whether MFCF is
willing to host it.
-Funding for casters was denied.
-Shopping for the Video card.
-Expecting it after August (Stefanus shopping for it.)
-Will have to hear back regarding the microphone, best to
delay that now, discuss it with MEF.
-Better to do it this term, so it doesn't get lost.
-Let MFCF know about this concern.
-Regarding books, can be done anytime before September.
--Events feedback
-Generally, Jim Eliot talk when really well.
-Apparently he was generally offensive.
-When was the LaTeX talk? End of the month.
-Kegger at Jim's place on the 16th.
--Getting people in on the 6th, 7th, 8th for csc commercials
filmed by Jason
-Hang out in here, and he'll make a CSC commercial.
-Co-ordinate when everyone should be in here, so we can email Jason.
--CEO progress
-CEO needs it's database changed to use ISBN as a primary key.
-Needs functionality to take out/return books.
--Mark just entered financial stuff into GNUcash
--Choose CRO for next term.
-Stefanus has expressed desire not to be CRO.
-Gary Simmons was suggested (and he accepted)
-Unanimous yea
--Mike Biggs has to get here naked.
-Four unanimous votes.
-Nakedness only applies to getting here, not being here.
From last meeting:
ACTION ITEM: Biggs and Cass
-get labelmaker tape, masking tape
whiteboard makers, coloured paper, CD sleeves
-keep receipts for CSC office expenses.
How is the progress on allowing executives and voters to be non-math
members?
-The vote is coming up Monday.
-Proposal: Anyone who is a paying member can be a member
-So you can either do two things:
Pay MathSoc fees, or
Get your faculty society to recognize CSC as a club.
Stefanus wanted to mention that we should talk to Yolanda,
Craig or Louie about a EYT event for frosh week.
-Organized by Meg.
-Sugar Mountain trying to hook all the Frosh
ACTION ITEM: Jim
-Email Meg
Reminder for Next Year's executive.
-September 16th @ 5:00pm, get a table for Clubs day, and 17th
and 18th, maintain the booth (full day events).
-Update pamphlets.
ACTION ITEM: Gary
-There should be executive before then
Note: There needs to be a private section in the CSC Procedures Manual.
(Only accessible by shell)
ACTION ITEM: Simon
-Do it.
ACTION ITEM: Mike
-Talk to Plantops about:
-Locks on doors
-Mounting corkboard.
-Talk about CSC Sign
</pre>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-27" time="2:30 PM" room="DC1302"
title="Friday Flicks">
<short> SIGGRAPH Electronic Theatre Showing </short>
<abstract>
<p>
SIGGRAPH is the ACM's Special Interest Group for Graphics and
simultaneously the world's largest graphics conference and
exhibition, where the cutting edge of graphics research is presented
every year.
</p><p>
With support from UW's Computer Graphics Lab, the CSC invites you to
capture a glimpse of SIGGRAPH 2002. We will be presenting the
Electronic Theatre showings from 2002, demonstrating the best of the
animated, CG-produced movies presented at SIGGRAPH.
</p><p> Don't miss this free showing!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-07-08" time="4:00 PM" room="MC2065"
title="Mainframes and Linux">
<short>A talk by Jim Elliott. Jim is responsible for IBM's in Open Source
activities and IBM's mainframe operating systems for Canada and the
Carribbean.</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Linux and Open Source have become a significant reality in the
working world of Information Technology. An indirect result has been a
"rebirth" of the mainframe as a strategic platform for enterprise
computing. In this session Jim Elliott, IBM's Linux Advocate, will provide
an overview of these technologies and an inside look at IBM's participation
in the community. Jim will examine Linux usage on the desktop, embedded
systems and servers, a reality check on the common misconceptions that
surround Linux and Open Source, and an overview of the history and current
design of IBM's mainframe servers.</p>
<p>
Jim Elliott is the Linux Advocate for IBM Canada. He is responsible
for IBM's participation in Linux and Open Source activities and IBM's
mainframe operating systems in Canada and the Caribbean. Jim is a popular
speaker on Linux and Open Source at conferences and user groups across the
Americas and Europe and has spoken to over 300 organizations over the past
three years. Over his 30 years with IBM he has been the co-author of over
15 IBM publications and he also coordinated the launch of Linux on IBM
mainframes in the Americas. In his spare time, Jim is addicted to reading
historical mystery novels and travel to their locales.
</p>
<p><a href="http://www.vm.ibm.com/devpages/jelliott/events.html">Slides</a>
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-07-04" time="3:30 PM" room="University of Guelph"
title="Guelph Trip">
<short>Come Visit the University of Guelph's Computer Science Club</short>
<abstract><p>
The University of Waterloo Computer Science Club is going to visit the
University of Guelph Computer Science Club. There will be a talk given
as well as dinner with a fun social atmosphere.</p><p>Drivers Wanted</p>
<p>Cancelled -- sorry Guelph cancelled on us.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-07-17" time="4:30 PM" room="MC4064"
title="Sh">
<short>Metaprogramming your way to stunning effects.</short>
<abstract>
<p>
Modern graphics processors allow developers to upload small "shader
programs" to the GPU, which can be executed per-vertex or even
per-pixel during the rendering. Such shaders allow stunning effects to
be performed in real-time, but unfortunately aren't very easy to
program since one generally has to write them at the assembly level.
</p><p>
Recently a few high-level languages for shader programming have become
available. Sh, a result of research at UW, is one such language. It
allows programming powerful shaders in simple and intuitive ways. Sh
is particularly interesting because of the way it is
implemented. Instead of coming up with a language grammar and writing
a full-fledged compiler, Sh is implemented as a C++ library, and
shader programs are effectively written in C++. The actual compilation
then takes place in a manner similar to JIT (Just-in-time)
compilers. This has many advantages over the traditional approach,
including C++'s familiar syntax for users, and much less work for the
Sh implementers.
</p><p>
In this talk I will give an overview of GPUs and the Sh language as
well as some interesting details on how Sh was implemented.
</p><p> <!-- Is there a bio tag -->
Stefanus Du Toit is a research assistant at the University of
Waterloo. He has implemented the current version of Sh from scratch
and is actively developing it under supervision of Michael McCool, the
original designer of the language.
</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-19" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="vi: the visual editor">
<short>It's not 6.</short>
<abstract>
<p>In 1976, a University of California Berkeley student by the name of
Bill Joy got sick of his text editor, ex. So he hacked it such that
he could read his document as he wrote it. The result was "vi", which
stands for VIsual editor. Today, it is shipped with every modern
Unix system, due to its global influence.</p>
<p>In this talk, you will learn how to use vi to edit documents
quickly and efficiently. At the end, you should be able to:</p>
<ul>
<li>Navigate and search through documents</li>
<li>Cut, copy, and paste across documents</li>
<li>Search and replace regular expressions</li>
</ul>
<p>If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent
to you for the duration of this class.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-12" time="3:30 PM" room="MC3036 CSC Office" title="June 12 Exec Meeting">
<short>Have an issue that should be brought up? We'd love to hear it!</short>
<abstract>
<pre>
Budget: All the money we requested
--No money from Pints from Profs
--MathSoc has promised us $1250
Feedback from Completed Events
UNIX Talks: 17 people for first
--12 people for second
--Things going well
--Last talk today
--VI next week
IPsec
--Sparse crowd
--People Jim didn't know talked to him for 1/2 hour
History of CSC talk went well
--Good variety of people
Pints with Profs
--NO CS Profs
--Only 1 E&amp; CE prof
--Only 2 Math profs
--Jim will harass the profs at the School of CS Council meeting.
We're starting to fall behind in planning
RoShamBo rules
--Got a web site up
--Might have to move RSB back
--International site has a few test samples
--Stefanus had some ideas
--Coding will probably take an afternoon/evening
--We need volunteers to run the competition
--We have volunteers to code: Phil and Stefanus
ACTION ITEM: Phil and Stefanus
--code whatever you volunteered to code for.
--Mike intends to visit classes and directly advertise
--Email Christina Hotz
--GH guy: Mike has an abstract, will have posters by tomorrow
CSC Movie Night
--Mathnet, Hackers, Wargames, Tron
--Mike will get a room
--Will be closed member
Mike McCool is offering rooms for showing SIGGRAPH
ACTION ITEM: Jim
-check with Mike McCool.
ACTION ITEM: Mike
-Make posters for Movie Nights
When is other movie night? (Will plan some time in July)
Who is our foreign speaker?
Action Item: jelliot@ca.ibm.com (Check name first) about
getting a foreign speaker -- Note: Has already been contacted.
Simon got money from Engsoc
Cass needs coloured paper (CSC is out)
ACTION ITEM: Cass and Mark
--get labelmaker tape, masking tape,
whiteboard makers, coloured paper
--keep receipts for CSC office expenses
NOTICE: Mike is now Imapd
Simon distributed budget list
Mark got the money from Mathsoc for last budget, deposited it.
ACTION ITEM:Mark
--Get MEF funding by July 4th (equipment)
ACTION ITEM: Simon
--Get WEEF funding by June 27th (book)
Jim still working on allowing executives and voters to be
non-math members
We get free photocopying from MathSoc
ACTION ITEM: Mike
--write down code for free photocopying from MathSoc
Simon has been able to get into the cscdisk account, still
looking into getting into the cscceo account.
Damien got an e-mail stating that the files for cscdisk are
out of date.
ACTION ITEM: Simon
--provide SSH key to Phil for getting into cscdisk, cscceo, etc...
--Renumber bootup scripts for sugar and powerpc so that they
boot up happily.
ACTION ITEM: Mike needs to do all the plantops stuff again.
ACTION ITEM: Mike -- &quot;Stapler if you say please&quot; sign.
CVS Tree for CEO has been exported.
Damien has volunteered to finish CEO (found by Cass)
All books with barcodes have been scanned
All books without barcodes need to be bar-coded.
ACTION ITEM: Mark
--Find a Credit-card with a $500 or less limit.
Note: There needs to be a private section in the
CSC Procedures Manual. (Only accessible by shell)
Stefanus Wanted to mention that we should talk to
Yolanda, Craig or Louie about a EYT event for Frosh Week.
</pre>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-10" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2066"
title="A Brief History of Computer Science">
<abstract>
<p>War, insanity, espionage, beauty, domination, sacrifice, and tragic
death... not what one might associate with the history of computer
science. In this talk I will focus on the origin of our discipline in
the fields of engineering, mathematics, and science, and on the
complicated personalities that shaped its evolution. No advanced
technical knowledge is required.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-09" time="5:00 - 9:00 PM" room="The Grad House"
title="Pints with Profs!">
<short>Get to know your profs and be the envy of your friends!</short>
<abstract>
<p>Come out and meet your professors!! This is a great opportunity to
meet professors for Undergraduate Research jobs or to find out who you might
have for future courses. One and all are welcome!</p>
<p>Best of all... free food!!!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-05-29" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="Unix 101: First Steps With Unix">
<short>Learn Unix and be the envy of your friends!</short>
<abstract>
<p>This is the first in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
Unix Operating System. Unix is used in a variety of applications, both
in academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on experience
with the Math Faculty's Unix environment in this seminar.</p>
<p>Topics that will be discussed include:</p>
<ul>
<li>Navigating the Unix environment</li>
<li>Using common Unix commands</li>
<li>Using the PICO text editor</li>
<li>Reading electronic mail and news with PINE</li>
</ul>
<p>If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be lent
to you for the duration of this class.</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-05" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="Unix 102: Fun With Unix">
<short>Talking to your Unix can be fun and profitable</short>
<abstract>
<p>This is the second in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
Unix Operating System. Unix is used in a variety of applications, both in
academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on experience with
the Math Faculty's Unix environment in this tutorial.</p>
<p>Topics that will be discussed include:</p>
<ul>
<li>Interacting with Bourne and C shells</li>
<li>Editing text with the vi text editor</li>
<li>Editing text with the Emacs display editor</li>
<li>Multi-tasking and the screen multiplexer</li>
</ul>
<p>If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be
lent to you for the duration of this class</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-06-12" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="Unix 103: Scripting Unix">
<short>You too can be a Unix taskmaster</short>
<abstract>
<p>This is the third in a series of seminars that cover the use of the
Unix Operating System. Unix is used in a variety of applications, both in
academia and industry. We will provide you with hands-on experience with
the Math Faculty's Unix environment in this tutorial.</p>
<p>Topics that will be discussed include:</p>
<ul>
<li>Shell scripting</li>
<li>Searching through text files</li>
<li>Batch editing text files</li>
</ul>
<p>If you do not have a Math computer account, don't panic; one will be
lent to you for the duration of this class</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-05-22" time="4:30 PM" room="MC3036 CSC Office" title="May 22 Exec Meeting">
<short>The execs discuss what needs discussion</short>
<abstract>
<pre>
Minutes for CSC Exec Meeting
May 22, 2003
* Add staff to burners group.
-- Only office staff (people who do stuff) on burners list
-- No objections from executives
* We still need a webmaster, imapd
-- Action Item: Mike
--Check for pop delivery services (Like Grocery Gateway)
so that we can replace imapd with an automated cronjob
-- If this gets implemented, we must make sure that
someone is around to receive the pop whenever it is
delivered.
* Budgets
Action Item: Simon
-- Make sure execs receive a copy of the proposed budget
Action Item: Mark
-- Look into claiming money from Mathsoc for the last
term.
--Will be looked over the week after next Monday at the Mathsoc
Budget meeting.
--June 27th is the WEF (Engineering Endowment Fund) deadline
--EngSoc proposal for donations by the end of the month
-- Around 15 events planned
--Foreign Speaker
--CS Departmant will pay for flight
-- We can pay local expenses
--Pints with Profs
--Ro-Sham-Bo
*Changes in the MathSoc Clubs Policy
Action Item: Jim and Stefanus
--Bring thus up with MathSoc
--Might be good to talk to Bioinformatics about this, as
they have science faculty members to take care of as well.
--Major issue: People who revoke their Mathsoc fees can still be
voting members
--We want it so that only people who have paid dues to Mathsoc
can vote.
--Execs should not take back fees, as that is bad form.
--All execs unanimously agreed with this proposal
*Confirming that we have free printing and photocopying
Action Item: Mark
--Does Faculty of Math billing code apply to CSC
(as Faculty of Math department?)
-- Procedures manual has a billing code, but it should
be confirmed.
-- Ask MUO, then Shirley after that.
Action Item: Simon
--Apparently there is a special Watcard that provides
free printing from MFCF
--We do not know what account it is mapped to,
or the password.
* Getting csc_disk, csc, csc_ceo accounts on undergrad to work again.
Action Item: Phil
-- Get csc-disk back up for student use.
-- What group permissions do we need?
-- CSC-Disk should be used as a repository for custom
window managers, Mozilla, etc... (selling factor for
CSC accounts)
-- We should also have an announcement (MOTD, perhaps?)
that we are providing and supporting this software.
--Consider: Having university-wide accessible
binaries might be a pain, as different machines
might require different compilations.
-- CSC-Disk is full of user data. Should that be blown away?
*Getting locker #7 from MathSoc (Don't we already have lockers 788 and
789?)
--Why were the locks snipped? (Bring up at council meeting)
--We would prefer one combo-lock and one key-lock.
* Review of the CSC office organization
Action Item: Damien
--Give Mike sudo access for shutdown
--Will be rewiring stuff on Saturday
--involves re-plugging machines
Action Item: Simon
--Get rubber wheels for chairs
Action Item: Mike
-- Ask PlantOps about:
--Waxing floors
--Installing Electronic Lock (asap)
--According to Faculty of Math,
we shouldn't need keys.
--Currently, we still need keys
--It is kosher to install Electronic lock
--This provides access right control as
compared to key-control.
--Might be long term project.
--Will green men do it?
--Steam-clean chairs (at least once a term)
--Cork-board
--Making ugly wall prettier
--PlantOps knows about office
organization, making environment better.
--Whiteboards need to be put up
--Proposal: Cork-board on pillar (no objections)
--Metal frames on Whiteboard will be in least annoying place
*Do we provide public stapler access?
--People are often unappreciative and rude
--Sign - "Stapler if you say please" -- Unanimously voted
stapler policy
*MathSoc Sign
--Action Item: Jim
--Find out where to get CSC sign before Monday so we
can claim it in old budget.
* Librarian's Report
--Action Item: Jim
--Find perl volunteer to finish CEO
--Force Stefanus to export CVS tree and put onto Peri
--Books were scanned into system with help of Mark
--All books with valid barcodes entered into system on
May 20th
--Books without valid barcodes are not in system
--Someone needs to do it
--Plan is to implement Dewey decimal system
--May be inefficient as all books are about CS
--We will figure out a system later
--No plans to purchase new books
--Librarian's Request: Office Staff should not lend out books
that do not have barcodes (No objects to request)
--We are still using /media/iso/request to track books
--Should be charge late fees for books?
--We should have money in budget for repairing,maintaining books
--Before spending money on maintaining books, check if DC will
do it
--will it be cheaper/easier/better?
*Setting up extra quota for fun and profit.
-- We don't implement quota properly right now
-- Low demand for extra quota
-- Counterpoint: Old CSC made tons of money
-- Counter-counter-point: It's not that necessary for extra
quota nowadays.
-- Executives voted against proposal.
*Jim will spam with an update about the term
--Consider making it opt-in
--One email from a service you are using should be considered
reasonable mass mailing
*Should Jim bring anything up at the MathSoc meeting?**
-- Has a list
* Student branches for ACM and IEEE
Action Item: Gaelan
--Contact IEEE Computing Society in UW and ask if they want
to merge or transfer society to us
--Simon volunteers to be put down as exec for ACM
--ACM rules state requirement that exec is a ACM member
--Do we renew Calum's ACM membership?
--Yes (3 Yes; 1 No; 1 Abstention)
--ACM membership money in budget
--ACM Student chapter form has not come in
* What to do with the donated Procedures Manual?
--Term Task for webpage:
--Put procedures manual on web-page.
--Merge with current manual
--We don't have a hard copy
--Would be a good thing to read.
--Many parts need updating
</pre>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<eventitem date="2003-05-14" time="4:30 PM" room="MC3001 Comfy Lounge"
title="Spring 2003 Elections">
<short>Come on out and vote for your exec!</short>
<abstract>
<p>Elections will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 4:30 PM in the
Comfy Lounge, MC3001.</p>
<p>I invite you to nominate yourself or others for executive positions,
starting immediately. Simply e-mail me at sjdutoit@uwaterloo.ca or
cro@csclub.uwaterloo.ca with the name of the person who is to be
nominated and the position they're nominated for.</p>
<p>Nominees must be full-time undergraduate students in Math. Sorry!</p>
<p>Positions open for elections are:</p>
<ul>
<li>
President: Organises the club, appoints committees, keeps everyone busy.
If you have lots of ideas about the club in general and like bossing
people around, go for it!
</li>
<li>
Vice President: Organises events, acts as the president if he's not
available. If you have lots of ideas for events, and spare time, go
for it!
</li>
<li>
Treasurer: Keeps track of the club's finances. Gets to sign cheques
and stuff. If you enjoy dealing with money and have ideas on how to
spend it, go for it!
</li>
<li>
Secretary: Takes care of minutes and outside correspondence. If you
enjoy writing things down and want to use our nifty new letterhead
style, go for it!
</li>
</ul>
<p>Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, May 13 at 4:30 PM.</p>
<p>Additionally, a Sysadmin will be appointed after the elections. If you
like working with Unix systems and have experience setting up and
maintaining them, go for it!</p>
<p>I hope that lots of people will show up; hopefully we'll have a great
term with plenty of events. We always need other volunteers, so if you
want to get involved just talk to the new exec after the
meeting. Librarians, webmasters, poster runners, etc. are always
sought after!</p>
<p>There will also be free pop, and if I remember, timbits :).</p>
<p>Memberships can be purchased at the elections. Only undergrad math
members can vote, but anyone can become a member.</p>
<p>Don't forget! Mark it on your calendar/wrist watch/PDA/brain implant!</p>
</abstract>
</eventitem>
<!-- Winter 2003 -->
<eventitem date="2003-02-04" time="4:30 PM" room="MC2037"
title="Unix 101 Tutorial">
<short>Learn Unix and be the envy of your friends!</short>
<abstract>