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The primary mission of the GSU Student Chapter of the ACM is to provide a series of lectures, events, and field trips throughout the regular school year to promote the education and professional development of students as well as faculty members.

Georgia State Student Chapter of ACM

The primary mission of the GSU Student Chapter of the ACM is to provide a series of lectures, events, and field trips throughout the regular school year to promote the education and professional development of students as well as faculty members.

Upcoming Events

Topic Speaker Time
Microsoft Azure - Why you should learn cloud-native application development Ben Zadeh 09/27/2017 - 12:00pm
Google Cloud - serverless technology for data analytics and machine learning Robert Martin 10/12/2017 - 12:00pm
Artificial intelligence using GPU Kurt Schmidt and Jeff Layton 10/26/2017 - 12:00pm
HPCC - Big Data Platform and Use Cases Dr. Flavio Villanustre 11/08/2017 - 12:00pm

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Past Events

Experiences in the World of Venture Capital

Speaker: 
Sterling Wharton
Affiliation: 
Georgia Centers of Innovation
Time: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center Sinclair Suite
Fall
2010

Sterling G. Wharton, the Program Director for Georgia’s Centers of Innovation (COI) program, talks about experiences in the world of venture capital. Mr. Wharton manages a team of 20 staff members, coordinates all the activities of the centers and enables them to work effectively as a team with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), which houses the COI program. His focus is on program management and business development, forming strategic relationships and developing the various industries’ assets and resources.

Speaker's Bio: 

Sterling G. Wharton is the Program Director for Georgia’s Centers of Innovation (COI) program, which pairs high growth, technology-oriented businesses and entrepreneurs with applied research, technology connections and technology commercialization expertise to foster economic growth. The six Centers of Innovation offer industry-relevant research and a network of university and technical talent to industries within Georgia’s strategic industries. These strategic industries include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agribusiness, energy, life sciences and logistics.
Mr. Wharton manages a team of 20 staff members, coordinates all the activities of the centers and enables them to work effectively as a team with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), which houses the COI program. His focus is on program management and business development, forming strategic relationships and developing the various industries’ assets and resources. He works with the individual centers’ directors to coordinate strategic planning and strengthen their connections with Georgia’s university system, government organizations and communities. In addition, He also coordinates the response to industry-wide technology challenges, develops thought leadership within Georgia’s strategic industries and increases the visibility of the centers.
Mr. Wharton comes to the Centers of Innovation with an extensive background as an organizational leader. With educational degrees from Georgia State and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has consistently been successful at improving operations, increasing revenue, expanding market shares and promoting dynamic market growth. He has most recently served as the CEO for Unitrends in Columbia, S. C.
At Unitrends, he improved monthly revenue by more than 500 percent, virtually doubling year-over-year revenue growth for two consecutive years, while more than doubling gross margins. At Alteon WebSystems, where he was Director of Worldwide Channels & Business Partners, he spearheaded a highly successful Channel and Partner strategy launching industry-leading channel program securing over 200 premier partners in all regions of the world. He also led expansion into international markets that generated over $100 million in revenue. Most recently, he has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC).

Trip to Hi-Rez Studio

Speaker: 
Todd Harris
Affiliation: 
Hi-Rez Studio
Time: 
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
Location: 
34 Peachtree, 14th floor near the elevators
Fall
2010

The ACM student chapter is planning a trip to Hi-Rez Studios (http://www.hirezstudios.com/), the largest independent video game
development studio in Georgia. Established in 2005 with the mission to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, Hi-Rez's
first project and debut title is Global Agenda, a fast-paced, action-oriented massive multiplayer online game set in the Earth's near future -- a spy-fi world of technology and player-driven conflict.

Speaker's Bio: 

Todd Harris submitted his first computer game to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of his college application, since writing games was more fun than writing essays. After obtaining his BS in Computer Science from the same university, Todd entered the software engineering industry, eventually managing next-generation Product Development efforts at NCR, Radiant Systems, and BlueCube Software. BlueCube developed an online technology platform and international hosting capabilities, technology and services that are directly applicable to the development, deployment, and service challenges of massively multiplayer online games. With over 15 years of technology leadership experience, Todd is now an active contributor to the growing Georgia gaming industry, including advising area game and art schools on their programs.

Motivation, Emotion, and Learning for Human robot interaction

Speaker: 
Dr. Ronald Arkin
Affiliation: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center Lanier Suite
Fall
2010

The Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Laboratory has been studying the biological basis of behavior regarding its application to robotics systems for almost 25 years. This talk first presents a trajectory of relevant research drawn from our studies of motivational behavior and emotion using a schema-theoretic approach and its application to human-robot interaction. Included are brief overviews of
robotic models and implementations of:

•Tolman's schematic sowbug.

•Motivational systems for the praying mantis.

•Attachment theory as developed by Bowlby.

Speaker's Bio: 

Ronald C. Arkin received the B.S. Degree from the University of Michigan, the M.S. Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987. He then assumed the position of Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he now holds the rank of Regents' Professor and is the Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech since October 2008. During 1997-98, Professor Arkin served as STINT visiting Professor at the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. From June-September 2005, Prof. Arkin held a Sabbatical Chair at the Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan and then served as a member of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse, France from October 2005-August 2006.

Massive-scale analysis of streaming social networks

Speaker: 
Dr. David A. Bader
Affiliation: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Student Center Sinclair Suite
Fall
2010

Emerging real-world graph problems include detecting community structure in large social networks, improving the resilience of the electric power grid, and detecting and preventing disease in human populations.

Speaker's Bio: 

David A. Bader is a Full Professor in the School of Computational Science and Engineering, College of Computing, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from The University of Maryland, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Associateship in Experimental Computer Science. He is an NSF CAREER Award recipient, an investigator on several NSF and NIH awards, was a distinguished speaker in the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitors Program, and a member of the IBM PERCS team for the DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems program. Bader currently serves on the NVIDIA-Cray team under the DARPA Ubiquitous High Performance Computing program. Dr. Bader directed the Sony-Toshiba-IBM Center of Competence for the Cell Broadband Engine Processor. Dr. Bader also serves on the Research Advisory Council for Internet2, the Steering Committees of the IPDPS and HiPC conferences, and is the General Chair of IPDPS 2010 and Chair of SIAM PP12. He is an associate editor for several high impact publications including the ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics (JEA), IEEE DSOnline, and Parallel Computing, has been an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), is an IEEE Fellow and a Member of the ACM. Dr. Bader's interests are at the intersection of high-performance computing and computational biology and genomics. He has co-chaired a series of meetings, the IEEE International Workshop on High-Performance Computational Biology (HiCOMB), co-organized the NSF Workshop on Petascale Computing in the Biological Sciences, written several book chapters, and co-edited special issues of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC) and IEEE TPDS on high-performance computational biology. He has co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and his main areas of research are in parallel algorithms, combinatorial optimization, and computational biology and genomics.

Wearable Computing

Speaker: 
Dr. Thad Starner
Affiliation: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
University Center 470
Spring
2010

For the past 16 years, Thad has worn a computer as part of his everyday life. In this talk, Professor Starner will discuss his efforts to leverage principles of pattern recognition and mobile human-computer interaction (HCI) to make himself into a better “cyborg.” Wearable computing can augment a user’s memory, communication ability, and physical skills. Wearable computers that “see” as the user sees and “hear” as the user hears provide a unique first-person viewpoint of the user’s environment.

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Thad Starner is an associate professor in the College of Computing and the director of the Contextual Computing Group in Georgia Institute Of Technology.

Silverlight

Speaker: 
Tara Walker
Affiliation: 
Microsoft
Time: 
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center Lucerne Suite
Spring
2010

Come and learn about what Silverlight is, its history, and how you can leverage its capabilities to easily create browser-based applications. Silverlight has some very powerful media and graphics capabilities, and some compelling sites have been created using it. These sites include the NBC 2008 Olympics, the NCAA basketball tournament, and the 2009 U.S. Presidential inauguration. The era of RIA (Rich Internet Applications) is here; come learn how Silverlight is the entryway to this new world in browser applications.

Speaker's Bio: 

Tara is a Developer Solution Specialist developer & platform evangelism East Region Microsoft Corporation.

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