Henry Kautz: Understanding Human Behaviour from Sensor Data

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The convergence of advances in algorithms for probabilistic reasoning and the development of low-cost, easily-deployed sensors is reviving the dream of AI to develop systems that can understand the narrative of ordinary human life. On the reasoning side, the AI community is developing techniques that bridge the gap between propositional Bayesian representations and hierarchical models of goals, plans, and actions. On the sensing side, new technologies such as RFID tags, GPS, motes, and wearable multi-modal sensors allow us to gather direct information about many aspects of human experience. I will describe recent work with my students and colleagues on developing systems that learn patterns of human activity for everyday tasks, both indoors and outdoors, using a variety of dynamic probabilistic models. I will then describe applications of these techniques to healthcare systems as part of the Assisted Cognition Project, a joint effort between our departments of computer science and rehabilitation medicine.

More information: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/events/seminars/csicics.shtml

When: 

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 15:00 to 16:30

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DMP 310

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Where: DMP 310 - 6245 Agronomy Rd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

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Geng Lin: Application-aware Networking: Evolution of Network Intelligence

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Traditionally communications network has been considered synonymous with connectivity. Focus for network research and development was majorly on bandwidth, availability and protocol interoperability. While these factors continue to play an important role in the future network R&D, a new set of business challenges and opportunities such as mission critical business applications, self-defending security networks, and network as a distributed computing platform, is emerging and requires the attention of network researchers and developers.

In this talk, we will discuss the evolution of network intelligence and its impact on distributed computing and distributed applications. This talk assumes the perspective of a business leader or an entrepreneur and examines the potential business opportunities that are associated with this technological transformation. In particular we will discuss business cases associated with emerging technologies such as content-based message routing, network deep packet inspection, network-as-distributed-database, network-enabled stateless server, etc.

For more information, see http://www.cs.ubc.ca/events/seminars/csicics.shtml

When: 

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 15:00 to 16:30

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DMP 310

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Where: DMP 310 - 6245 Agronomy Rd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

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In My Experience

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For those of you who didn’t attend this extremely popular event last year, In My Experience is basically the straight-dope on Computer Science. Hear from several CS students, in all stages of their degree and what they are doing. If you have that burning question, like, “Should I go into co-op?” (of course!), or “Should I do a double major or honours?” (well, duhhh…), this is the place to get your answers - from peers who’ve had to make those same choices.

What’s the state of CS in general? Hear why those naysayers who claim we’re doomed to be unemployed upon graduation are very wrong. All past participants have agreed that this was extremely helpful so don’t miss out!

And… ahem, where there be speakers, there be giveaways ;-) But even if you don’t get to snag a t-shirt or one of those newfangled cdroms, I guarantee you that you’ll definitely snag something way more valuable - helpful advice that could make a difference in your education or career. It’s what you make of it, and it’s your experience!

When: 

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 11:30 to 12:30

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CEME 1215

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Victor Yodaiken: Modularity and real-time programing in RTLinux

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FSMLabs produces RTLinux, the popular real-time operating system. Dr. Yodaiken is in Vancouver specifically to announce the formal opening of the company’s newly-established Vancouver office.

Modular programming is difficult in a real-time environment efficiency is critical and where interactions that change timing can cause hidden dependencies. RTLinux decouples real-time from non-real-time and provides the programmer some methods of separating programs into simpler components and the first part of this talk will cover the interfacing of real-time and non-real-time modules and connecting real-time software to networked services. The second part will look at modularity within real- time components particularly on limiting the global timing effects of synchronization.

If you are interested in meeting with Victor during his visit, please contact Hermie Lam [email protected]

When: 

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 15:30 to 17:00

Where: 

ICICS X736

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Where: ICICS X736 - 2366 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

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Chandu Thekkath: Distributed Storage Systems: Hints for Building them when you can’t dodge them

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It is often preferable to build a storage service out of a collection of individual components rather than out of a single monolithic server. The reasons for preferring such a structure are increased fault-tolerance, scalability, and economics. However, the distributed nature of the system can make it complex to design, difficult to implement, and nearly impossible to test making the whole enterprise a daunting one. One of the ways of reducing the complexity of distributed storage systems is to first design a set of simple abstractions and services that can then be composed easily to provide the required functionality. The talk will illustrate examples of this technique with reference to some systems – Petal ‘96, Frangipani ‘97, Boxwood ‘04, and Eclipse ‘05– on which I have worked. These systems demonstrate that it is feasible to build complex storage systems using a set of building blocks that are easy to design, implement, and test.

For more information about the speaker, see: http://research.microsoft.com/~thekkath/

When: 

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 16:00 to 17:30

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DMP 310

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