September 2, 2014 –
Our Engineering Socials
(affectionately referred to as e-Socials)
kick off TODAY!
Goergen Hall Atrium
These theme-based informal events, popular among Hajim School faculty, staff and students, feature free food & drinks, live music, and contests. This year's first e-Social will feature a special pie-eating contest coordinated by Tau Beta Pi, University of Rochester's engineering honor society and other engineering student organizations. Be sure to wear your Full Spectrum t-shirt to show your Hajim spirit!
In addition to sponsoring e-Socials, many of our Hajim School student organizations provide opportunities to learn what engineering entails by coordinating a number of engineering design projects throughout the year, organizing trips to local companies and professional conferences, bringing speakers to campus, and facilitating outreach activities for pre-college students. We encourage you to get involved with at least one of the Hajim School student groups once you get settled on campus. Get started by meeting their leaders & members at this afternoon’s e-Social!
September 5, 2014
We will be holding a Fellowships Workshop on Friday Sept. 5 at 10AM in the Computer Studies Building, Room 209. This is a great workshop to provide you some insight into the logistics of applying for fellowships as well as tips for how to be successful. There will also be a panel of graduate students who have been successful in winning fellowships. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by completing this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZFxOZcOJcvdKqzNe4JQzUUPon5in0lSttfgOcn-1cGU/viewform?usp=send_form Breakfast will be served! In the meantime, please check out our in-house fellowships database, which has information about a large number of fellowship opportunities: http://www.rochester.edu/college/fellowships/
September 11, 2014 –
NSF Fellowships Workshop
We are also holding a workshop specifically targeted at the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This workshop will be held on Thursday September 11, 4:00-5:30PM, Dewey Hall, Room 1-101. In addition to discussing the procedures for applying for the NSF Fellowship, we will have a panel of faculty as well as students who have received the NSF Fellowship, providing tips on how best to answer the specific questions (intellectual merit and broader impact) that NSF requires, as well as ways to be successful in your application. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by completing this form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MO6CIH8mBiTl8SQp3HaR15n9-LJc9gSaG-23Z_ErbTk/viewform?usp=send_form Snacks will be served!
September 11, 2014 –
This workshop will be held on Thursday September 11, 4:00-5:30PM, Dewey Hall, Room 1-101. In addition to discussing the procedures for applying for the NSF Fellowship, we will have a panel of faculty as well as students who have received the NSF Fellowship, providing tips on how best to answer the specific questions (intellectual merit and broader impact) that NSF requires, as well as ways to be successful in your application. Snacks will be served!
Professor Philip Guo, Computer Science, has put together a webpage with advice on applying for science and engineering related fellowships:
September 12, 2014 –
On Friday, September 12th, the UR SPIE student chapter will be hosting a General Interest Meeting for those people who are generally interested in the science of light. We will be providing FREE LUNCH, as well as awarding prizes for the best talks given at our summer colloquium series. There will also be a raffle for various SPIE goodies!
The purpose of the meeting is to introduce students to SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. We will describe the role of the UofR SPIE student chapter, the benefits of joining SPIE, and the activities we have planned for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Who: Anyone with interest in optics/photonics (both undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc)
Where: Goergen 108
When: 9/12/14 @ Noon - 2 pm
We hope to see you there!
UR SPIE Student Chapter
September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Computer Studies Bldg. Room 209
Georgia Institute of Technology
Parallel machine learning approaches for reverse engineering genome-scale networks
Reverse engineering whole-genome networks from large-scale gene expression measurements and analyzing them to extract biologically valid hypotheses are important challenges in systems biology. While simpler models easily scale to large number of genes and gene expression datasets, more accurate models are compute intensive limiting their scale of applicability. In this talk, I will present our research on the development of parallel mutual information and Bayesian network based structure learning methods to eliminate such bottlenecks and facilitate genome-scale network inference. As a demonstration, we reconstructed genome-scale networks of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana from 11,700 microarray experiments using 1.57 million cores of the Tianhe-2 Supercomputer.
Bio: Srinivas Aluru is a professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Earlier, he held faculty positions at Iowa State University, Indian Institute of Technology, New Mexico State University, and Syracuse University. He conducts research in high performance computing, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms. He pioneered the development of parallel methods in computational biology, and contributed to the assembly and analysis of complex plant genomes. Aluru is a recipient of the NSF career award, IBM faculty award, Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Government of India, and the mid-career and outstanding research achievement awards from Iowa State University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
September 15, 2014
University of Rochester
September 15, 2014 –
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Master’s Thesis Defense
Monday, September 15, 2014
Computer Studies Building 426
Scaling Trends of Power Supply Noise in TSV-Based
Three-Dimensional Integrated Circuits
Professor Eby Friedman
The purpose of this thesis is to efficiently analyze power supply noise in three-dimensional integrated circuits (3-D ICs) when considering CMOS (Complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) and through silicon via (TSV) technology scaling. The effects of different 3-D IC fabrication processes such as different 3-D manufacture methods and TSV technologies on power noise is discussed in this thesis. A TSV and inductance aware cell-based 3-D power network model is proposed and evaluated in Cadence Spectre. Constant TSV aspect ratio and constant TSV area overhead scaling, as two scenarios of TSV technology scaling, are discussed. A comparison of the power noise among via-first, via-middle, and via-last TSV technologies with CMOS scaling is also presented. It is demonstrated that larger TSV aspect ratios and areas are more effective methods than TSV length scaling to lower inductive power noise in 3-D ICs. When the TSV technology becomes the primary performance or cost bottleneck for high performance 3-D ICs, increasing TSV area should be adopted to produce lower power noise. Tradeoffs among the TSV area, TSV technology, and power supply noise in 3-D ICs should therefore be carefully considered during the design of a 3-D power network. As a promising TSV technology, via-middle TSVs are shown to produce the lowest power noise considering CMOS technology scaling.
September 16, 2014
University of Rochester
Department of Biomedical Engineering
“Regenerative Medicine and the Pathological Intervertebral Disc”
Lori A. Setton, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
& Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am
Robert B. Goergen Hall
Sloan Auditorium, Room 101
Low back pain now ranks as #1 for disease impact in the USA, due in part to intervertebral disc disorders that contribute to pain and disability in millions of affected individuals. Pathological processes for resident cells of the intervertebral disc, the nucleus pulposus cells, contribute to a dysfunctional production of inflammatory cytokines and premature cell death that can drive loss of intervertebral disc height, tissue destruction and herniation. Inflammatory cytokines produced by resident cells and recruited monocytes are known to mediate the painful symptoms of intervertebral disc herniation, although systemic treatment with inflammatory antagonists (e.g., tumor necrosis factor “blockers”) has failed to date. Our laboratory has developed in situ forming drug depots for local delivery of “TNF blockers” and other inflammatory antagonists to increase drug residence time and bioactivity in the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation. Our laboratory has also advanced knowledge of environmental cues that are necessary to maintain healthy, biosynthetically active nucleus pulposus cells, factors that can be manipulated to attenuate inflammatory cytokine expression, promote matrix biosynthesis, and control progenitor cell differentiation. In this talk, we will describe our work with engineering substrates and protein-conjugated biomaterials to deliver cells to the disc, and drugs to the perineural space, for regeneration purposes.
September 26, 2014 –
Dust off your top hats and canes, perfect those finger waves and pouty red lips, because Groove Juice Swing’s Roaring Twenties Ball is sure to bring you back in time!
Attend a Charleston lesson beginning at 7pm to learn the high-energy dance popularized by flappers in the 1920s. Come with or without a partner, no experience necessary.
After practicing some solo and partnered Charleston, dance the night away to DJ Phil Bourassa (Toronto) playing the sweet and hot sounds of twenties jazz artists from 8-11pm.
NEW THIS YEAR:
Be sure to stop by and get your picture taken at our vintage-inspired photo booth! Period-themed costumes encouraged!
General Admission: $7
GSA members get in FREE!
Respond to the event on Facebook.
September 29, 2014 –
University of Rochester
Monday, September 29, 2014
Promoting Service Design as the Next Wave in HCI
In the past three decades, we have seen topics of research within HCI migrate from the desktop to complex, societal problems that Horst Rittel called "wicked problems" and Russell Ackoff dubbed "messes." We also see in our research and practice that HCI designers are increasingly being asked to design points in a product service systems, such as mobile apps.
In this talk, I argue that current HCI approaches, inspired by UX and UCD, are insufficient to appropriately take on these new challenges. I propose, instead, that our community considers a service design framing to complement what is already being done in HCI. I introduce the benefits and limitations of service design, and provide a few examples of how of service design framings have benefitted HCI projects and products in the research and commercial domain. I show that a service framing offers a systemic approach, yields outcomes in the form of product service systems, and addresses economics as a core element of the design.
Bio: Jodi Forlizzi is a Professor of Design and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA. Jodi's interaction design research and practice centers on notification systems ranging from peripheral displays to embodied robots, with a special focus on the social behavior evoked by these systems. She has received many awards for her design of technology products and services to improve human life, including an Association for Computing Machinery Lifetime Academy Award, the A. Nico Habermann Chair in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Robotics Research. Jodi has consulted with Disney Research, BodyMedia, General Motors, and Nurseweek to create innovative technology products and services.
September 30, 2014 –
“MATERIALS DESIGN FOR PROBING BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS
AND CLINICAL TRANSLATION”
Jennifer H. Elisseeff, PhD
Jules Stein Professor
Wilmer Eye Institute and Biomedical Engineering
Translational Tissue Engineering Center
Johns Hopkins University
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Robert B. Goergen Hall
Sloan Auditorium, Room 101
Polymer chemistry provides the basic tools to create materials with specific desired properties for biomedical applications. Biomaterials are employed to create scaffold systems to probe mechanisms of cellular and tissue behavior and for addressing clinical challenges. Controlled synthetic and biological microenvironments can be created to probe cell behavior. However, in the case of biomaterials for regenerative medicine, there is a lack of experience in clinical translation and ultimately the mechanisms of action, design criteria and required functional properties of materials. Examples will be provided of our work in biomaterials development to create scaffold microenvironments for understanding stem cell differentiation and cancer cell behavior along with case studies of clinical translation in orthopedic and soft tissue reconstruction.
October 1, 2014 –
The Data Breach at Target Stores:
How hackers used big data extraction techniques
to pull off the most sophisticated cybercrime in US history
Presented by Mark Weiner '88, Reliant Info Security
Wednesday, October 1
6:00-7:00pm Note new time!
RSVP's appreciated in CareerLink (Log in to your student account, and under Events, select Info Sessions)
October 2, 2014
University Of Rochester
Behavioral Imaging and the Study of Autism
Beginning in infancy, individuals acquire the social and communication skills that are vital for a healthy and productive life. Children with developmental delays face great challenges in acquiring these skills, resulting in substantial lifetime risks. Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) represent a particularly significant risk category, due both to the increasing rate of diagnosis of ASD and its consequences. Since the genetic basis for ASD is unclear, the diagnosis, treatment, and study of the disorder depends fundamentally on the observation of behavior. In this talk, I will describe our research agenda in Behavioral Imaging, which targets the capture, modeling, and analysis of social and communicative behaviors between children and their caregivers and peers. We are developing computational methods and statistical models for the analysis of vision, audio, and wearable sensor data. Our goal is to develop a new set of capabilities for the large-scale collection and interpretation of behavioral data. I will describe several research challenges in multi-modal sensor fusion and statistical modeling which arise in this area, and present illustrative results from the analysis of social interactions with children.
Bio: James M. Rehg (pronounced "ray") is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Imaging and co-Director of the Computational Perception Lab. He received his Ph.D. from CMU in 1995 and worked at the Cambridge Research Lab of DEC (and then Compaq) from 1995-2001, where he managed the computer vision research group. He received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2001, and the Raytheon Faculty Fellowship from Georgia Tech in 2005. He and his students have received a number of best paper awards, including best student paper awards at ICML 2005 and BMVC 2010, and a method of the year award from Nature Methods in 2012. Dr. Rehg is active in the organizing committees of the major conferences in computer vision, serving as a Program co-Chair for ACCV 2012 and CVPR 2017. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds 23 issued US patents. Dr. Rehg is currently leading a multi-institution effort to develop the science and technology of Behavioral Imaging, funded by an NSF Expedition award (see www.cbs.gatech.edu for details).