Friday, October 28, 2011

Opp: Join us for the 2012 Google GRAD CS Forum!

Looks like a great opportunity. Open to non-citizens and masters students, deadline nov 14. Abstract only. 

Google Student Blog
We are happy to announce that the 2012 GRAD CS Forum application is now open!

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging students of underrepresented backgrounds in technology to pursue graduate study, we are pleased to host the 2012 Google Graduate Researchers in Academia of Diverse backgrounds (GRAD) CS Forum. This forum will bring together students who are historically underrepresented in the field to connect with one another and with Google.


January 2010 brought the launch of the initial Google Graduate Researchers in Academia of Diverse backgrounds (GRAD) CS Forum. Over 70 students from universities across North America came together to meet Googler developers and researchers to discuss topics ranging from security, to databases, and machine learning.

During the second day, researchers mapped out their own research topics during the “unconference” style portion.

The 2012 GRAD CS Forum will invite up to 75 computer scientists to an all-expenses paid forum that will run Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon on January 18–20 at Google’s offices in Mountain View, CA and San Francisco, CA.

The Google GRAD CS Forum will include technical talks from established researchers – both from Google and universities – and a unique occasion to build and strengthen networks with other emerging researchers. Students will also enjoy tours of the Googleplex, have the opportunity to meet with Google engineers in their focus areas, and have fun exploring the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:
  • be a computer science (or related technical discipline) graduate student currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program at a university in North America
  • demonstrate academic excellence and leadership in the computing field
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 4.3 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program
How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to provide:
  • a current copy of your resume
  • unofficial or official copies of your transcripts from both your undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institutions
  • brief thesis abstract or description of your current research (500 words or less)
Please note that recommendation letters are not required.

The forum is open to all qualified graduate students, and is committed to addressing diversity in our company and in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically under-represented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply, including women, Native American, African American and Hispanic students as well as students with disabilities.

Please send any questions directly to We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Apply today!

Posted by Liz Arnold, University Programs Specialist

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Job: Viz faculty at Texas am

TAMU_Visualization_Search_CS.pdf Download this file

Texas am has a good viz program

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Job: trading firm

Via Dr. Rouskas


Dr. Rouskas,
I am a Corporate Recruiter for Quantlab Financial, a Houston-based, quantitative, high frequency trading firm.  One of my coworkers and Research leads, Aaron George, recommended I reach out to you to pass along information about our Spring internship and Post Doctoral opportunities around your network as he is an Alma Mater of NCSU.  We are looking to hire Computational Science Interns and Post Doctoral Scientists for the Spring to work in our Research department and information is included below.  We would appreciate any assistance you can provide in forwarding this out to your network and/or posting anywhere you see fit.  We’d love to build a relationship with you and NCSU!
Thank you for any assistance you can provide!
Paige Edwards
713.400.5948 Direct
713.261.3478 Blackberry
713.333.5464 Fax
Quantlab Financial LLC
4200 Montrose Blvd
Suite 200
Houston Texas 77006
Quantlab is hiring Paid Interns and Post Doc Scientists for Spring 2012 and on!  We’d like to ask if this information can be posted on your bulletin boards for current PhD students, recent PhDs andPost Docs. 


Founded in 1998, Quantlab is a dynamic, technology-driven firm supporting a large-scale quantitative trading operation across a wide range of global financial markets.  In an effort to explore new research directions, we are currently seeking Research Interns and Post Doctoral Scientists for the Spring of 2012.  In collaboration with Quantlab’s Research teams, you will work on challenging, results-oriented projects using an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems in data modeling and computational finance.  In addition, you will enjoy an informal and intellectually stimulating environment while working with accomplished Quantitative Researchers who have a record for developing highly successful, quantitative trading strategies.  Perks include great pay, catered lunches and free beverages, an informal and close-knit environment, as well as networking activities and company events.
Prior exposure to quantitative finance is useful but not required.

Graduate work in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or related fields.
Exceptional analytical skills and experience in computational science. 
Strong technical communication skills and the discipline to document your work.
Research Interns are 2-6 month appointments with a stipend of $5,000/month.
Post Doctoral Scientists are one year appointments and stipends will be based on experience.

It’s easy to apply!  Simply follow the appropriate link, fill out our application and submit your resume!
Quantlab Computational Science Intern -
Post Doctoral Computational Scientist -
Quantlab Financial is headquartered in Houston, TX, recently ranked 2011’s Number One Best City in America for IT Jobs by Modis, and Fast Company magazine’s 2011 City of the Year.  Our office space is located in the Montrose area of Houston, a diverse and pedestrian-friendly area close to downtown, the museum district, two major universities, and within walking distance of some of Houston’s best restaurants. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Find: Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design

Dieter Rams is an industrial designer, but these principles are
universal: they apply to interfaces, visualization, and code.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Find: Toshiba 6.1" Display with Resolution of 2560x1600, 495ppi -- 2x iPhone display res

A 12x9 array of these please.

Toshiba Releases 6.1" Display with Resolution of 2560x1600

Pretty much ever since the iPhone 4 with retina display was launched, resolutions have played a major role in smartphone market. In September, Samsung unveiled Galaxy S II HD LTE, which sports a 4.65" 1280x720 display. That was the first smartphone with HD resolution (720p). Now there are already a few phones with HD resolution, for example Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Optimus LTE. Higher resolutions are not only courtesy of smartphones as "retina" displays are coming to tablets as well. On May, Samsung showed off a 10.1" panel with resolution of 2560x1600 - resolution that's only seen in high-end 30" monitors.

Toshiba is taking the resolution battle one step further by releasing a 6.1" LCD with 2560x1600 resolution. In terms of pixels per inch (PPI), that is 495. Below is a table comparing displays and their PPIs.

Comparison of display PPIs

Screen Size



iPhone 4/4S




Samsung Nexus




Samsung's Unreleased Tablet Panel




Toshiba's New Panel




As you can see, Toshiba's new panel is a clear winner, and its PPI is 50% greater than iPhone 4/4S's, which has the second highest PPI. There is no word on the panel type but the viewing angles are 176 degrees, which hints toward IPS. Toshiba also claims 1000:1 contrast ratio and 61% NTSC color gamut.

Find: Lytro's new light field camera lets you focus after you take a picture

One of the more exciting ideas out of siggraph is recent years is becoming product. Exciting that it's so small and cheap. Mention of mobile possibilities. 

Lytro's new light field camera lets you focus after you take a picture

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Course: Advanced Computer Graphics for Game Engines

CSC 591
Advanced Computer Graphics for Game Engines

The realism race in interactive graphics continues apace. How do the designers and engineers at gaming companies such as Epic and EA create such amazing visual simulations? Take this course to find out how, and to prepare yourself for working with and extending their technology, whether in the gaming industry itself, or in any of the many new fields in which it is being applied.

Ben Watson, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Content and structure:
This course is an introduction to advanced graphics techniques used in computer game engines. Students will learn about game engines, spatial hierarchy, collision detection, physics, animation, lighting and shader programming. Guest experts from the RTP gaming community, including companies such as Epic Games and Sparkplug Games, will provide real world context.

This is a mixed format course that includes lectures, readings, student presentations, lab work and a significant programming project that occupies roughly half of the semester. The course will meet twice a week. The first day each week will be dedicated to lecture, while the second will be a reading, discussion and lab day: student presentation and discussion of readings, of current assignment or project state, and bootstrapping lab work.

562 (introductory graphics) or equivalent

Spring 2012, MoWe 1250 to 205p

Course: visual interfaces for mobile devices

CSC 495
Visual Interfaces for Mobile Devices

Mobiles are the future
  • Today's phones have as much processing power as the original Xbox 
  • There are over 5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, 3/4 of those are in developing nations 
  • Nearly two billion phones were sold worldwide in 2010, vs. only 350 million PCs 
  • Mobile sales are growing 10x faster than PC sales 

To succeed in that future, you need to know how to 
  • Build mobile apps 
  • Create graphics for mobiles 
  • Create effective mobile interfaces 
  • Work in teams 
Our course is designed to give you those skills

Ben Watson, Associate Professor, Computer Science

This course is an intensive introduction to the design and development of mobile interfaces and applications. By the course's end, student teams will design and build an interactive mobile app prototype for platforms such as iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android (Nexus, Galaxy Tab). Along the way, students will learn mobile design technique, including ideation, rapid prototyping, and evaluation; and mobile technology, including hardware, usage environment, graphics, interfaces and programming. Guest experts from the RTP interaction design community, such as Allscripts, IBM and Epic Games will provide real world context.

CSC students: CSC 316

Spring 2012, MW 350p-505p

Enroll now!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Job: web developer @ IBM


A job opportunity at IBM in the Triangle. Chris Paul is a regular visitor to our classes.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Hi Ben: I hope you are well.

I have a university hiring slot for a web developer. The project is LotusLive ( and the effort, essentially, is development duties on the team responsible for this site....not the cloud services. This individual would also work with the design team as part of our UI Innovation Initiative.

Any Dec grad candidates?

Paper: Developing and evaluating Quilts for depiction of large layered graphs

Ju Hee Bae just had her paper "Developing and evaluating Quilts for depiction of
large layered graphs" accepted to the IEEE Information Visualization conference, a conference with a 26% acceptance rate. This paper shows that in many cases, complex layered graphs (like those used for genealogies, but larger) are best visualized with the DGL's new visualization, Quilts. Congratulations, Ju Hee!

Ju Hee Bae and Benjamin Watson. 2011. Developing and evaluating Quilts for depiction of large layered graphsIEEE Trans. Visualization and Computer Graphics, to appear. (project page).

Spotted: Using Normalized Compression Distance for image similaritymeasurement: an experimental study

Not a bad idea, seems results were mixed.

Using Normalized Compression Distance for image similarity measurement: an experimental study


Similarity metrics are widely used in computer graphics. In this paper, we will concentrate on a new, algorithmic complexity-based metric called Normalized Compression Distance. It is a universal distance used to compare strings. This measure has also been used in computer graphics for image registration or viewpoint selection. However, there is no previous study on how the measure should be used: which compressor and image format are the most suitable. This paper presents a practical study of the Normalized Compression Distance (NCD) applied to color images. The questions we try to answer are: Is NCD a suitable metric for image comparison? How robust is it to rotation, translation, and scaling? Which are the most adequate image formats and compression algorithms? The results of our study show that NCD can be used to address some of the selected image comparison problems, but care must be taken on the compressor and image format selected.Content Type Journal Article

Monday, October 17, 2011

Talk: Jud Bowman of Appia to Speak Tuesday, 10/25 @ 6pm in 1231 EB2

Bowman runs a triangle-leading mobiles company focused on app stores.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Opp: SMART Scholarships from ASEE / DoD

US citizens, deadline December 1, service at DoD facility for a while when done.


The SMART scholarship program is a very attractive program providing full tuition and education-related fees for US citizens pursuing graduate degrees in engineering, including Computer Science.  There is a service requirement requiring employment at a Department of Defense sponsoring facility for a defined period following graduation.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2011.  

More information is at

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Course: spring 2012 undergraduate mobile techs course

Ad477_S12.pdf Download this file

Opp: 2012 NSF Asia and Pacific Fellowship Program Now Open

This is a great program I took part in back in maybe 93?
Eligible for US citizens or US residents. Odds are very good (maybe 50%).
Funds travel, language training, and more for 10 weeks.
Let me know if you're interested, deadline November 9.

Course: Spring 2012 Mobile Technologies graduate seminar

Ad547_S12.pdf Download this file

From: Adriana de Souza e Silva <>

Hi David, Pat, Michael and Ben,

I'm teaching two courses in the spring on Mobile Technologies. One is a graduate seminar (flyer attached). The other one is a 400-level course. If you could please distribute this flyer to interested students, I'd appreciate it. I'm sending the undergraduate class flyer shortly.


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Spotted: HPG '11 -- acm high performance graphics symposium

Premier event in gpu rendering. Nice looking papers on global illumination. 

HPG '11