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The CWDS seminar series is centered around intellectual exchange and interaction, and the audience is encouraged to ask questions during presentations. The goal is a seminar that looks less like a lecture and more like a spirited discussion of issues raised in a relatively brief presentation of a paper or a research project.

All seminars will be held at 12:30 on Wednesdays in TLB 307B on the third floor of the Tioga Library Building. We will aim to conclude by 1:30.

If you are interested in learning more about our seminar series please contact Mohamed Ali.

Title Date of Presentation Speaker Affiliation Research Focus
Drug and genetic perturbations characterisations using network-based similarity method on the LINCS L1000 data 10/07/2015 Mushthofa Ghent University

Abstract - The LINCS L1000 data comprises of a large number of gene expression profiles of many cancer cell lines treated under drugs and genetic perturbation. In this works, we intend to derive a biologically valid characterisations of the drugs and the perturbation through the use of a graph kernel similarity method and the integration of prior knowledge in the form of gene interaction networks. Graph kernel algorithms are performed on top of the network representation of the data and prior knowledge to obtain similarity scores.

Ethical Hacking 10/14/2015 Yuri Kocharov eCommerce Foundation @ Nordstrom

Abstract - Given that security and privacy are under attack on daily basis, the need for ethical hackers is great. To be successful at defending your software and hardware systems from threats, one must first understand the mentality and motivation of “crackers”, learn their methods and then secure software utilizing defensive programming/engineering techniques. This talk will focus on an overview of threats, recent data and events, tools around penetration testing and a short near real-time demo of a penetration test.

Fan-based consumption and technology innovation: Case studies of an alternative design/innovation model from the East 10/21/2015 Huatong Sun University of Washington Tacoma

Abstract - In the age of big data more and more technology innovations are inspired by user’s creative consumption. Based on earlier findings from a research project sponsored by the RRF and IAS Research Fund, this talk will look at cultural consumption practices of users as fans from South Korea and China on various social media platforms and discuss how fan cultures at those sites contributed to local technology innovations for economic development.

Drug Interactions, Pharmacogenetics and the YouScript clinical decision support tool 10/28/2015 Rajeev Pany, Howard Coleman Genelex

Abstract - Optimizing commonly prescribed drug treatments is challenging because of the prevalence of genetic variation in drug metabolizing enzymes and the frequency of multiple interactions between drugs and genes. The talk will introduce the medication interaction landscape and computational approaches to evaluating pharmacogenetic impact on patient drug regimens. We will describe some of the challenging problems we face, both in terms of modelling as well as algorithmic complexity involved in solving these problems.

Deep Neural Network acoustic models for ASR 11/04/2015 Abdel-rahman Mohamed Speech & Dialogue group at Microsoft Research

Abstract - In the past few years, Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have achieved the state-of-the-art performance in acoustic modelling on many standard benchmarks breaking records long held by Gaussian mixture models (GMMs). In this talk, I will present our work in DNNs acoustic models and in understanding why DNNs are more sensible choice for acoustic modelling than GMMs.

Visual Analysis and Data Processing in Tableau 11/18/2015 Pawel Terlecki, Patrice Pelland Tableau Software

Abstract - Data visualization has been experiencing a rapid growth in recent years. An ability to predict and embrace many directions the market is taking greatly contributed to the current strong position of Tableau. An original research project has become a powerful visual framework to perform interactive exploration, reporting and storytelling over data.

Share Big Geodata at Web-Scale on AWS 12/02/2015 Mark Korver Amazon Web Services

Abstract - Amazon Web Services has changed the economics of IT and has more than a million active customers in 190 countries, including 1,700 government agencies and 4,500 education institutions. AWS customers benefit from massive economies of scale on shared infrastructure, but they most often mention the speed and agility afforded by deploying on AWS as its most important feature. One of the services that makes this possible is Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), our object store, and one of our first services.