My grandfather Antoni Zbigniew Soltys-Kulinicz, middle, was an officer in the Polish army during World War II. He was imprisoned in a POW camps, and at the end of the war took the first deposition of the Katyń massacre, and thus helped to shed light on this Soviet atrocity against poles. He found himself in London after the war, but decided to return to his home country, now under Soviet occupation, and he lived there knowing that his connection to Katyń (a massacre that was hypocritically denied by the Soviets and the puppet regime in Poland) could cost him his freedom or his life. Especially, as he was mentioned in history books for his role in translating into English the depositions given to him by witnesses.
I plan to write a longer post about this fascinating history, but for now I will note that sadly history repeats itself, as new evidence is coming to light that the crash of the Polish airplane (April 10, 2010), carrying the entire head of the Polish government to Smolensk to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Katyń, took place with Russian involvement. Among the dead were President Lech Kaczyński and his wife, much of the president’s staff, 18 parliamentarians, 10 generals and admirals representing Poland’s top military leadership, and many other political notables. The disaster decapitated Warsaw. Read more here.
On May 10, 2018, the department of Computer Science, which is composed of four programs: Computer Science (CS), IT, Mechatronics and the masters program in CS (MSCS), held its second Advisory Board meeting. The first meeting took place on November 3, 2017.
The Advisory Board consists of leaders in the industry and public service in Ventura County, and its mission is to:
Champion the department in the community.
Help with placement of our students in internships and full time positions.
Support the curriculum.
Provide access to real world problems which can than be given to our students for senior capstones, projects and masters theses.
Form the constituents of the department, as for example required by ABET accreditation.
The meeting started with lunch at 12:30 (Handel Evans Conference Room, Broome Library Room 2533), and welcome words from Chris Meissner (Meissner filtration, and also a member of the CI Foundation Board), who outlined a vision for the board, and has kindly agreed to take the lead of a planning committee that will develop bylaws and membership. Dennis Gaiseer has also agreed to help in this effort. Chris’ remarks were followed by two faculty presentations, Profs. Brian Thoms and Houman Dallali, who briefly showcased their various research projects and how they involve CI students.
Lunch was followed by a tour of the new labs in Sierra Hall, with detailed visits in the Robotics, Embedded Systems and Networks & Security labs. At 3pm, in Sierra 1422, we held a planning meeting that started with a presentation by Michael Soltys; here are the slides:
The talk outlined the recent successes and accomplishments, e.g., starting of Mechatronics program in the fall 2018, student programming competitions, scholarly achievements (over a dozen publications arising from research in the department), as well as the rapid growth of the students majoring in Computer Science (at 400 currently, doubled in the last 3 years). We also mentioned some of the challenges, such as the leaving of several key tenure-track faculty (moving to other universities and retiring).
We also spoke about the push toward ABET accreditation, and that the Advisory Board will be key in that enterprise, as we are required to have one in order to maintain a discussion about the Program Educational Outcomes, which comprise a vision for our graduates, and which has to be examined by the constituents (i.e., Advisory Board) of the department. The department has a working document for its implementation of an ABET assessment program: https://goo.gl/jrvHft
Following that, Ritchie LeRoy from Advancement led a discussion about the following items:
Membership of the board
Roles and responsibilities
The day ended with the Capstone Showcase presentation 4-6pm in the Sierra Hall Lobby, held at the end of each term, presenting the magnificent senior projects of our students. The students were excited about the possibility of presenting their work to industry leaders.
This Cyber Security event might be of interest to your students
Associate Director of Information Security
CSU Channel Islands
One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
U.S. Cyber Challenge’s annual online competition, Cyber Quests, is now open to competitors! But, hurry and register at www.CyberQuests.org as the last day to register is Monday, April 30, 2018.
This year’s focus is on cryptography and everyone is welcome to participate –whether you are a student or professional; novice or highly-experienced; a US citizen or international, all are welcome! You have 3 chances to earn a top score & top performers who are US citizens and 18+ years old will be invited to attend one of U.S. Cyber Challenge’s week-long cyber camps this summer for intensive training & a CTF competition.
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The Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence of the Tilburg
School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, is looking for an enthusiastic
colleague for the position of Assistant Professor in the field of Artificial
Intelligence. The candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching and
research track ‘Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence’. Topics range
from, but are not limited to, research and development in natural language
technologies, brain-computer interaction, multi-agent systems and robotics,
serious games, and virtual and mixed reality. The Cognitive Science and
Artificial Intelligence track emphasizes innovative cutting-edge research in
those areas of cognitive science that bring together cognitive theories and
computational methodologies. The track is closely related to the university-wide
data science Master program Data Science: Business & Governance, as well as to
the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in Den Bosch. Faculty members in
the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence department have access to a
computer cluster with GPU computing capability, experimental lab facilities,
as well as robotics, virtual reality and sensing technologies.
The Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, is looking for an enthusiastic colleague for the position of Assistant Professor in the field of Cognitive Science. The candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching and research track ‘Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence’. This track emphasizes interdisciplinary research in the cognitive sciences including human cognition, (psycho)linguistics, anthropology, neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence. Topics of research include, but are not limited to, robotics and avatars, serious games, virtual and mixed reality, and language technologies. The Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence track emphasizes innovative cutting-edge research in those areas of cognitive science that bring together
psychological and computational theories and methodologies. The track is closely related to the university-wide data science Master program Data Science: Business & Governance, as well as to the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science. Faculty in the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence track have access to a computer cluster, experimental lab facilities, a robotics lab, as well as the DAF Technology Lab, a virtual and mixed reality lab and its sensing technologies.
The Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, is looking for an enthusiastic colleague for the position of Assistant Professor in the field of Educational Technology. The candidate is expected to initiate and conduct fundamental and applied research in Educational Technology, as well as contribute to teaching in the Bachelor program Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence and the Master’s program Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence. Researchers in the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence have access to a computer cluster with GPU computing capability, experimental lab facilities, a robotics lab, as well as virtual reality and sensing technologies. The department plays an important role in Mind Labs (www.mind-labs.eu), an initiative which fosters collaborations between knowledge institutions and corporations in the field of interactive technologies and behavior.