Consider this a special invitation to undergraduate students that would
like to attend CUMC 2012! For those of you that are not familiar with
CUMC, it is the Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, and is
being held this year at UBC Okanagan Campus, in Kelowna, British Columbia.
(A gorgeous city, especially in the summer!)
It will be a great experience for all those interested in mathematics.
Regardless of your personal ability in mathematics, the conference is
aimed at an undergraduate level, and all undergraduate mathematics
students will be able to take something away from it.
We will be departing by plane on Tuesday, July 10th in the afternoon, and
will be returning in the evening on Sunday, July 15. All airfare and
accommodations are generously funded by the Mathematics Endowment Fund
(MEF), the Mathematics Society (MathSoc), and the Dean's Office.
If you are interested in attending, please contact either myself directly
(ehashman(a)uwaterloo.ca), Joseph Horan (jahoran(a)uwaterloo.ca), or email
cumc2012(a)mathsoc.uwaterloo.ca. Joseph will also be operating a booth on
the third floor of the MC during lunchtimes, right outside the CSC, if you
have any questions.
You will need to pay your conference fee online before we can consider you
officially signed up. You can do this at http://cumc.math.ca . The
conference fee is $95. We may have to levy a small additional
transportation fee for buses (~$25) if our funding does not cover costs
entirely. You'll also be responsibile for your own personal incidental
expenses, but everything else should be covered!
We have limited space for 40 students, so please make sure that you pay
your conference fee and contact either myself or Joseph as soon as
I hope to see you boarding a plane with me in a little over a month,
CUMC 2012 UW Trip Planning Committee
The following CSC hosts will be down for scheduled maintenance from 2AM-6AM
on Tuesday, May 15th:
Details of maintenance include:
- migrating mail to its own container
- This means that caffeine and mail will no longer point to the same
host. If you are currently using caffeine.csclub as your mail host to
send/receive mail, *please change* this to mail.csclub ASAP. This includes
related services such as imap, pop3, and webmail. Forwarded mail will be
- migrating mailman to the new mail.csclub
- aliasing mailman.csclub to mail.csclub
- miscellaneous fixes to caffeine
The following services will be affected:
If you are currently logged into caffeine for general-purpose computing
(irc, etc.) please transition to a different CSC server before Tuesday.
There will be another reminder on Monday evening.
Hello all! I hope you had a nice break between terms. We're going to kick
off the spring term fast, so get ready.
ELECTIONS: Thursday, May 10, 4:30 PM, Comfy Lounge (MC 3001)
Calum T. Dalek asked me to relay the details of the election. We will be
holding the election at 4:30 PM in the Comfy Lounge on May 10th.
Nominations are now open, so feel free to write your nominations on the
whiteboard in the CSC office, or email them to cro(a)csclub.uwaterloo.ca.
PALANTIR TECH TALK: "mmap and the Mortgage Crisis" by Palantir Engineers;
Monday, May 7, 6:00 PM, DC 1302
Palantir is a Palo Alto-based intelligence analysis software company that
has partnered with the CSC to put on a tech talk and social. There will be
free food, free drinks, and for one lucky winner, a free iPad, so why not
come on out?
In the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis, large banks have been saddled
with the prospect of foreclosing on millions of distressed mortgages, at a
financial cost of billions of dollars and an incalculable social cost.
Crucial to solving this problem is the ability to model and analyze these
millions of loans in real time, enabling lenders to price homes so that
they can find effective and mutually beneficial alternatives to foreclosure.
In this talk, we'll describe how engineers at Palantir are working on a
calculation engine that supports such analyses. We’ll outline our design
goals of constructing a platform that supports queries against large sets
of data at interactive speeds and exposes a high-level object-oriented
interface that enables analysts to construct models intuitively without
having to worry about the underlying implementation details. We’ll describe
the different architectures we explored in prototyping the system, demo how
to use our product to analyze massive datasets, and discuss how we've
ultimately deployed it in the field.
Monday, May 7th
6:00 - 7:30pm
Free dinner and drinks after the talk at McGinnis FrontRow!
For more details about Palantir and information about their info session
earlier in the day, please see their csc-industry post:
Good luck in all your classes this semester, or whatever endeavors you may
be enjoying the next few months. I hope to see you out at the elections and
talk---mark your calendars! ^_^
Vice-President, Winter 2012
Computer Science Club
University of Waterloo