Friday, October 28, 2011

Opp: Join us for the 2012 Google GRAD CS Forum!

Looks like a great opportunity. Open to non-citizens and masters students, deadline nov 14. Abstract only. 

Google Student Blog
We are happy to announce that the 2012 GRAD CS Forum application is now open!

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging students of underrepresented backgrounds in technology to pursue graduate study, we are pleased to host the 2012 Google Graduate Researchers in Academia of Diverse backgrounds (GRAD) CS Forum. This forum will bring together students who are historically underrepresented in the field to connect with one another and with Google.


January 2010 brought the launch of the initial Google Graduate Researchers in Academia of Diverse backgrounds (GRAD) CS Forum. Over 70 students from universities across North America came together to meet Googler developers and researchers to discuss topics ranging from security, to databases, and machine learning.

During the second day, researchers mapped out their own research topics during the “unconference” style portion.

The 2012 GRAD CS Forum will invite up to 75 computer scientists to an all-expenses paid forum that will run Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon on January 18–20 at Google’s offices in Mountain View, CA and San Francisco, CA.

The Google GRAD CS Forum will include technical talks from established researchers – both from Google and universities – and a unique occasion to build and strengthen networks with other emerging researchers. Students will also enjoy tours of the Googleplex, have the opportunity to meet with Google engineers in their focus areas, and have fun exploring the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:
  • be a computer science (or related technical discipline) graduate student currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program at a university in North America
  • demonstrate academic excellence and leadership in the computing field
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 4.3 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program
How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to provide:
  • a current copy of your resume
  • unofficial or official copies of your transcripts from both your undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institutions
  • brief thesis abstract or description of your current research (500 words or less)
Please note that recommendation letters are not required.

The forum is open to all qualified graduate students, and is committed to addressing diversity in our company and in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically under-represented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply, including women, Native American, African American and Hispanic students as well as students with disabilities.

Please send any questions directly to We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Apply today!

Posted by Liz Arnold, University Programs Specialist

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest: Clayton Coleman from IBM

Will make it up for missing us last time on Monday.

He'll be helping us out with critiques. There are only a few teams left that haven't done critiques yet -- please be ready.



Viz: Google Ripples

Google+ launched ripples feature that can be used to visualize the spreading of a post or user activity using a network diagram. This is an example visualization of Dalai Lama's hangout with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The visualization can be seen here:

What is your birth number?

Whats your birth number on Earth -

The site gives your birth number as well the count of your birth since history began. The calculation- as mentioned on the site, is done as follows:

"Both numbers have been calculated using UN Population Division figures. The first is an estimate of how many people were alive on your date of birth. It is one possible value based on global population figures and estimates of growth rates over time. Data before 1950 is less accurate than figures after that date. The second number includes calculations based on the methodology of scholar Carl Haub, who estimated how many people had been alive since 50,000 B.C. His calculation has been amended by the UN to include additional points in time."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Job: trading firm

Via Dr. Rouskas
Dr. Rouskas,

I am a Corporate Recruiter for Quantlab Financial, a Houston-based, quantitative, high frequency trading firm.  One of my coworkers and Research leads, Aaron George, recommended I reach out to you to pass along information about our Spring internship and Post Doctoral opportunities around your network as he is an Alma Mater of NCSU.  We are looking to hire Computational Science Interns and Post Doctoral Scientists for the Spring to work in our Research department and information is included below.  We would appreciate any assistance you can provide in forwarding this out to your network and/or posting anywhere you see fit.  We’d love to build a relationship with you and NCSU!

Thank you for any assistance you can provide!
Paige Edwards
713.400.5948 Direct
713.261.3478 Blackberry
713.333.5464 Fax
Quantlab Financial LLC
4200 Montrose Blvd
Suite 200
Houston Texas 77006

Quantlab is hiring Paid Interns and Post Doc Scientists for Spring 2012 and on!  We’d like to ask if this information can be posted on your bulletin boards for current PhD students, recent PhDs andPost Docs. 

Guest: Chris Healey


I'm out of town, so Prof. Healey will be filling in for me, and lecturing on geospatial visualization -- maps and such. He may touch on charts again as well.



Monday, October 24, 2011

Viz: Google Announces New Data Visualization Tools for Analytics

Reminds me of manyeyes word trees. I wonder if Wattenberg was involved? 

Google Announces New Data Visualization Tools for Analytics

Google on Wednesday announced a new data visualization tool for Google Analytics that can show the path people take through a Web site and the ads they will see.

Find: Seven things for 10/10/11

Nice webgl demos. 

Seven things for 10/10/11

  • If you can get WebGL running properly on your browser, check out Shader Toy. Coolest thing is that you can edit any shader and immediately try it out.

  • Another odd little WebGL application is a random spaceship maker, with a direct tie-in to Shapeways to buy a 3D version of any model you make.

  • Speaking of Shapeways, I liked their “one coffee cup a day project“. The low-resolution cup is particularly good for computer graphics people, though I’m told that in real life it’s a fair bit more rounded off, due to the way the ceramic sets. Ironic. Also, note that these cups are actually quite small in real life (smaller than even espresso cups), which is too bad. Still, clever.

  • Source code for iOS versions of Castle Wolfenstein and the original DOOM is now available.

  • Patrick Cozzi has a nice rundown of his days at SIGGRAPH this August, with a particular emphasis on OpenGL and mobile. The links for each day are at the bottom of the entry.

  • Nice fractal video generated in near-real time (300 ms/frame) running a GLSL shader using this code. Reddit thread here, about an earlier video now pulled back online.

  • This site gives a darn long list of educational institutions offering videogame design degrees. It’s at least a place to start, if you’re looking for such things. That said, I’ve heard counterarguments from game company professionals to such specialized degrees, “just learn to program well and we’ll teach you the videogames business”.
  • Bonus thing: Draw a curve of your data for a number of years and see what it most closely correlates. Peculiar.

Guest: Clayton Coleman from IBM again!


Clayton Coleman from IBM will be visiting again, this time to help out with critique. Please make sure you explain the basic idea this time round for Clayton's sake.