Talk by Robert Westberg on Leadership in Engineering

Technical-Leadership

Books recommended at the talk:

  • Lincoln on Leadership, by Donald T. Phillips
  • The Founding Fathers on Leadership, by Donald T. Phillips
  • The one minute manager builds high performance teams, by Ken Blanchard
  • The Serving Leader, by Ken Jennings and Stahl-Wert
  • The Secret, by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller
  • Leading Change, by John P. Kotter
  • The Leadership Challenge, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Geetanjali Agarwal successfully defended her MSCS thesis on image recognition

My student Geetanjali (Geet) Agarwal defended her masters thesis titled Aneka – Wavelet Image Hashing Algorithm, see announcement, where the contribution is a framework of hashing algorithms for image recognition. This important work is done in collaboration with the SoCal High Technology Task Force (HTTF). Geet deployed the AWS to accomplish her results, including EC2 instances and MySQL databases used to run experiments on thousands of images. Geet’s thesis will be available after the final draft is ready.

AWS/CSU Research in the Cloud series

It was a pleasure to speak at the AWS/CSU Research in the Cloud series. By nature I am not a strong promoter of any technology, and the browser, OS or editor “wars” frankly bore me; I sometimes use a “lesser” technology because it happens to be more convenient, or because I don’t have the time to learn a “better” technology, or many other good reasons.

However, as a researcher and teacher I am absolutely thrilled with what AWS has to offer. I regularly give tours of our computer labs at CSU CI (to local companies, prospective graduate students, CSU trustees, fundraising prospects, etc.), and I explain that three things make it possible for a relatively small and unknown campus like ours to compete in scientific & engineering output in the national and international arena:

  1. How cheap embedded systems have become; a Google Raspberry Pi is $35, and it comes with Linux and GPIO that makes it into a universal controller.
  2. How cheap 3D printing has become, and in turn this frees us to some extent from having to build an expensive manufacturing lab.
  3. And AWS: Amazon Cloud Computing Services. Instead of buying, maintaining, cooling and powering expensive servers, we can immediately utilize the required services, and pay as we go. This works very well for a university because we do not have to make up-front capital investments, and our usage is not always the same (e.g., practically no classes in the summer).

Material related to the talk

  1. Examples of AWS related projects that my students and I have undertaken over the last year: http://prof.msoltys.com/?tag=aws.
  2. AWS presentation slides.
  3. Video of the presentation (my talk start at about 12min)

Comp Sci @CSUCI seminar on algorithms by Marina Lepikhina @TheTradeDesk

Speaker: Marina Lepikhina, Principal Software Engineer at The Trade Desk
Title: Forecasting for advertising campaigns. How we utilize HyperLogLog and Minhash algorithms to estimate number of available impressions.
Bio: At The Trade Desk Marina Lepikhina designs and executes solutions for a complex business problems involving data at a large scale.
When/Where: Tuesday May 1st at 7pm in Sierra Hall 2422
Marina will be introduces by Zak Stengel, Senior Vice President of Engineering.
From the Trade Desk site:

Every day, media is becoming more fragmented as old models are reinvented digitally. This new landscape makes it harder for advertisers to reach their audience and requires an unbiased partner with powerful technology to help media buyers coordinate campaigns across digital channels.

With The Trade Desk, buyers can value each impression like traders value stocks, using first and third party data to decide which impression to buy and how much to pay. Customers can also use our APIs to build their own proprietary analytic insights or access our bidders to create specialty DSP offerings.