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:
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.
How cheap 3D printing has become, and in turn this frees us to some extent from having to build an expensive manufacturing lab.
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).
As I am working through the AWS Academy Cloud Computing Architecture – Instructor Accreditation, we are going to offer COMP 529, our Cloud Computing course in the Computer Science masters program, using the AWS curriculum. This is a service offered through the AWS Academy. The students who complete the course will be ready to take the AWS Cloud Solutions Architect certification.
The first lecture will be on Thursday January 24, 2019, in Sierra Hall 1131 (the Computer Science Networking & Security Lab).
Zane Gittins is a Systems Security Engineer at Haas Automation and recently graduated from CSUCI with a bachelors in Computer Science. Zane started his journey at Haas as an intern through CSUCI partnerships with local business and was recently hired full time. During his undergraduate career he worked under Dr. Pilarcyzk as an assistant in research focused on Persistent Homology. During his capstone project he worked closely with Dr. Soltys to provide a security best practices document to Haas. He continues to expand his education in the CI masters of Computer Science program (MSCS).
Understanding “industry best practices” involves a simple process of distilling expectations for both cybersecurity and privacy requirements. This process is all part of identifying reasonable expectations that are “right-sized” for an organization, since every organization has unique requirements. It can be best to visualize “best practices” as a buffet of cybersecurity and privacy controls, where you select what is applicable to your organization, based on statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations.
Ventura College is currently in search for a CS faculty member. Initially to begin as an adjunct and then an opportunity to apply for tenure faculty. This is a good opportunity for our MSCS students. The contact is Lynn Wright at Ventura Collge. 805-289-6232.
Eric Gentry recently joined GBL Systems, a government contract company working with the Navy at Point Mugu Naval Base. GBL Systems (https://www.gblsys.com) is based in Camarillo and works with CSUCI to hire top performing Computer Science graduates. Eric leads a team of software developers in creating military grade RADAR system tools as the Senior Software Architect and Team Lead.
14 PhD fellowships in Computer Science at the University of Pisa, covering three years: Nov 2018 – Oct 2021
This PhD program is a joint collaboration between the University of Pisa and the Universities of Florence and Sienna. Among the 14 fellowships: one is specifically reserved to students which got their master degree outside Italy, one fellowship is devoted to researches on Cyber-security, one on the theme Big Data, and one onthe theme “Human-Robot Interaction”. The others cover the general theme “Computer Science”. We also have 4 more positions without fellowships.
Fellowships are increased by 50% for periods of research visits abroad. Extra funding is available for participation to international conferences, schools, workshops, and short research visits. The language of the PhD program is English.
The deadline for applications is 25 July 2018 (hr 13:00).
For more info on the call please look at the site: