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1 day, 2 Colloquiums: "Artificial Intelligence & Research" and "Effective Learning of Probabilistic Models from Structured Data"

09/22/2014



TWO COMPUTER SCIENCE COLLOQUIUMS


Presented by
Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

School of Informatics & Computing Indiana University
 
Both topics will be on

Friday, September 26, 2014
UMD, Engr 290




topic One:
9:00 A.M. - Effective Learning of Probabilistic Models from Structured Data


Abstract:
Statistical Relational Learning (SRL) Models combine the powerful formalisms of probability theory and first-order logic to handle uncertainty in large, complex problems. In this talk, I will review the progress in this area. First, I will provide a historical outlook of this field by covering some of the seminal work in the area. Then, I will discuss state-of-the-art learning method in this area that is representation independent. I will also discuss about how this learning can leverage from rich human interaction. Finally I will conclude by discussing some of the possible "killer apps" for this area.


TOPIC TWO
12:00 P.M. - Artificial Intelligence and Research      

Abstract: 
Dr. Natarajan will discuss some exciting new directions in research and also about attending graduate school for interested students.

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Professor Doug Dunham' Artwork on Exhibit

09/17/2014


Three prints, designed by Professor Doug Dunham and John Shier, were selected to be displayed at the conference art exhibit at the Bridges 2014 Conference in Seoul Korea, August 14-19, 2014.

"Yin-Yangs in a Circle",
"Circles in a Yin-Yang", and
"Yin-Yangs in Yin-Yang"
can be viewed at the Mathematical Art Gallery at:
http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/exhibitions/2014-bridges-conference/ddunham.

One of them, "Circles in a Yin-Yang" was chosen as the background for the
cover of both the conference proceedings and the art exhibit catalog.

The cover of the proceedings can be seen at:
http://archive.bridgesmathart.org/2014/index.html.

In addition, the three prints were donated as Object 4,
"Aesthetic Fractals", to the IMU

(International Mathematical Union) "DonAuction"
(http://donauction.org/), an auction to raise funds for the IMU
program called “Adopt a Mathematics Graduate Student”, to help young,
talented students from developing countries to gain access to assistantships
in other developing countries.
The three prints raised $500 for the program.

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CS Udergraduate Publication

09/17/2014



Computer Science undergraduates with SIGSOFT publication success

Laura Krebs and Brandon Paulsen, along with their supervisor Dr Andrew Brooks, have had an article on their beta-testing of a requirements analysis tool published by the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering. Laura and Brandon worked as beta-testers while funded as summer research assistants through a grant held by Dr Andrew Brooks.

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Henry Helgen Thesis Defense

04/24/2014





Congratulations to Henry Helgen on his thesis defense!


Human Computer Collaboration
in Ranking Images

Henry Helgen 

Computer Science Graduate Student

ABSTRACT:

The general class of problem is how software can rank images. Artificial intelligence is still at the point where expert judgment has to be painstakingly programmed. Software can measure accurately a limited number of known conditions.  But the software cannot match the subjective judgment of a human over potentially limitless conditions. The task still requires human expertise to interpret most images efficiently.  This project leverages the best abilities of human experts and computers to sort images. Humans provide expert judgment. Computers provide randomization, access speed, calculation, and storage.  This software system provides a researcher with an efficient, repeatable method of assigning a numeric rank to each image of a set. Researchers can use this numeric rank to perform statistical
analysis on the images.

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SciTech Experiene Scholarships

04/07/2014



MN High Tech Association's
SciTech Experience Scholarships

SciTechsperience is an internship program specifically designed to connect college students in STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, and math) with paid internship opportunities in small Minnesota companies.

 SciTechsperienceis a state-funded program that provides a matching grant to companies to cover half of the intern's wages. This match is a powerful incentive for companies to hire students through our program. There are no fees for students or the companies to participate.

We currently have about 70 summer internships posted on our job board. Many companies are hiring more than one student. Companies are located around the state in the following industries:
* Aerospace and Defense;
* Agriculture, Food, Forestry;
* Biotechnology & Life Sciences;
* Engineering Services;
* Fuels, Energy, Energy Management;
* IT/Computer Technology;
* Mining, Materials, Manufacturing and Processing

Undergraduates are eligible if the student is:
* A Minnesota resident or attending college in Minnesota
* 18 years of age or older
* In good academic standing (2.50+ GPA)
* A college junior or senior with 60 credits completed, or a technical/community college student in the second year of an associate's degree program
* Enrolled in an accredited U.S. college and pursuing a qualifying science, technology, engineering or math degree

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Computer Science Undergrad Scholarships

03/27/2014



The UMD Department of Computer Science is pleased to offer several scholarships for next year. Applications are due Friday, April 11.

For additional information, and to apply, go to



Dr Hudson Turner
Head, Computer Science Department
University of Minnesota Duluth

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Prof. Doug Dunham Presented Paper & Art at 2014 joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore

02/19/2014



Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland, in January.  He gave a paper, "Patterns with Color Symmetry on Triply Periodic Polyhedra" and had two items accepted for the Art Exhibition:  "A {3,8} D-Polyhedron with Butterflies", a repeating polyhedron decorated with a butterfly pattern, and a related pattern in the hyperbolic plane, "Hyperbolic {3,8} Butterfly Pattern". The art works can be viewed at:  http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/exhibitions/2014-joint-mathematics-meetings/ddunhamIn addition Dunham was appointed Chair of SIGMAA-ARTS,  the special interested group of the Mathematical Association of America for those MAA members interested in mathematics and the arts.

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Three UMD CS Students Receive Awards!

02/19/2014

The UMD Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that the following scholarships have been awarded for academic year 2013-14:

Scott Redig received the US Steel Computer Science Scholarship which is awarded to a graduate of a high school located in the United States who is enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at UMD majoring in Computer Science with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.80.

Adam Peterson and Alexandra Taylor each received the Saturn Systems Computer Science Scholarship which is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student at UMD majoring in Computer Science who is from Minnesota or Wisconsin.

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