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CSE Events Calendar

For October 2014

Oct 2, 14

The Dynamics of Social Learning and Sensing

Vikram Krishnamurthy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , University of British Columbia will present "The Dynamics of Social Learning and Sensing" at the DTC Seminar Series.

Statistical inference via social networks presents several unique challenges from a statistical signal processing point of view. Agents (viewed as social sensors) interact with and influence other agents. Also agents usually reveal decisions and not private observations. There is strong motivation to construct models that capture the interacting dynamics of multiple agents in social networks, together with algorithms that can be used to estimate events of interest. This talk is comprised of three highly stylized examples involving social learning, asymptotic approximations to large random graphs and game-theoretic learning.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Time: 2:20 p.m. reception; 2:45 p.m. seminar

Location: 401/402 Walter Library

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 13, 14

Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference

Manufacturers, OEMs, researchers and media from around the nation will convene in Nashville, TN, from October 13-16 for an extended series of educational events hosted by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The event will feature collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of local research laboratories, and panel-discussions on the technologies and workforce skills transforming the fluid power industry.

Event Highlights:


  • Premier fluid power technical conference

  • High caliber panel on public-private partnerships in innovation, teaching and learning and research to marketplace

  • Meet one-on-one with fluid power experienced students

  • Over 40 fluid power technical research posters and presentations

  • Tour of Vanderbilt University fluid power laboratories

  • Special visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dates: Oct. 13–16, 2014

Location: Nashville, TN

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 13, 14

The Mount Simon Aquifer

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Jim Berg, M.Sc., Hydro Geologist, Minnesota DNR, will present "The Mount Simon Aquifer."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 16, 14

Why Technical Leaders Should Embrace Playfulness and Humor

This interactive talk will discuss connections between creativity, prolific idea generation, humor, and play. Specifically, humor and creativity both involve making non-obvious connections between seemingly unrelated things. In controlled, time-limited idea generation studies, we found that improvisational comedians produce more creative ideas than professional designers and engineers. Furthermore, people can generate significantly more ideas after improvisational training.

Researchers have found that a playful attitude is helpful in creative problem solving. When we play, we are fully engaged in an activity; we can look at problems in different ways and suggest less obvious solutions. Unfortunately people tend to play less as we age especially in work environments. If we want to be creative technical leaders, we need to encourage and embrace play and humor.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 17, 14

CSE Alumni Homecoming Celebration

Celebrate Homecoming with CSE alumni and friends at our annual pre-parade gathering. Have your picture taken with Goldy, enjoy a dinner buffet and cash bar, and participate in activities for the whole family.

Registration includes:

• Dinner buffet,

• Photo booth,

• Interactive student and department demonstrations,

• Face painting and balloon art,

• Appearance by Goldy Gopher and

New this year- cash bar, commemorative gift for each attendee, plus the chance to win additional prizes!

The festivities are conveniently located at the end of the official U of M Homecoming Parade route. Wear your maroon and gold and head out the back door to University Avenue at 7 p.m. to continue to show your Gopher spirit!

Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 9.

Date: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Time: 5–7 p.m. Barbecue; 7 p.m. Homecoming Parade

Location: University Recreation and Wellness Center, North Gym

FFI: Register online.


Oct 18, 14

Ski-U-Mania All-Alumni Pregame Celebration

Celebrate 100 years of Homecoming at the premier all-alumni pregame celebration.

Ski-U-Mania features fun for the whole family with food, entertainment, and special appearances by the U of M Spirit Squads, Goldy, and the Alumni Band along with coronation of the Homecoming king and queen.

Be a part of the fun for only $10. Registration includes:


  • $15 in vouchers to any D'Amico concession within the event

  • Commemorative Goldy bandanna/rally rag

  • Access to exclusive seating within McNamara

  • Purchasing Ski-U-Mania tickets also entitles you to buy a Homecoming football game ticket in the alumni section. Just follow the Ski-U-mania registration link and the football ticket option will appear.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Time: 8–11 a.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website and register online.


Oct 21, 14

Cyber Security Summit 2014

The Cyber Security Summit seeks to change the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, focusing on demystifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation's government and business operations. The mission of the Summit is to establish a multi-stakeholder consortium that brings together industry, government, and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level.

The 2013 Cyber Security Summit is open to representatives of public sector organizations, private sector organizations, and those interested on this topic. Great savings are available for faculty and staff from any college or university who register before Sunday, Sept. 15. Cost: Rates vary; Discounts for faculty and staff before Sept. 15 and students before Oct. 18.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 21–Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Time: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

FFI: Visit the website and register online.


Oct 27, 14

Geothermal Energy, Energy from the Earth

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Joel Renner, M.Sc., Idaho National Lab (retired), will present "Geothermal Energy, Energy from the Earth."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.