What cuisine do you prefer to be served in the CSGS Welcome Back Party?

43% (16 votes)
5% (2 votes)
19% (7 votes)
0% (0 votes)
8% (3 votes)
19% (7 votes)
5% (2 votes)
Total votes: 37

Fourth CSGS Beach Volleyball Tournament

4th CSGS Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held on August 17, 2012 3pm-5pm at the Volleydome (2825 24th Ave NW, Calgary).

The cost for the event will be $6. There is no charge for cancellation up to 72 hours before the tournament (i.e. Tuesday, August 14, 5pm). Your team will be counting on you, so we regret to say that cancellation after August 14 5pm will be charged the full amount of $6.

Please sign up by sending an email at csgs@cpsc.ucalgary.ca.
CSGS is looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

7th Annual CSGS Golf Tournament

7th Annual CSGS Golf Tournament was held on Friday, July 20, 2012 in McCall Lake Golf Course. Computer Science students gathered together and had a great day playing Golf in a sunny summer day. After playing golf in a 9-hole course, we went back to campus and met again in LDL to announce the winner and award the prizes. The winner team consisted of Brad (captain), Ahmad, Arash and Hossein. Related photos could be found in CSGS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2264744634/

This tournament was the first event held by the new CSGS executives. CSGS looks forward to seeing all CSGS members in the next events.

Career Planning Seminars

CSGS and the Department of Computer Science are pleased to present two career planning seminars this month.
Event #1: Thursday, April 5, 4 PM @ ICT 516
Non-Academic Career planning: Making the Move from Academia to Industry
We have some great speakers lined up and they're going to show you:
* how to prepare for your job search (resume and cover letter writing, networking)
* what companies are looking for from graduate students (how to prepare for interviews, leveraging your training, making your job search a career search)
* how to extend your training even further (further certifications, lifelong learning)
Julie Brown is the GSA's Employer Relations and Transitions Coordinator, who helps graduate students transition to permanent careers during and after the completion of

CSGS Photo Contest

Here is the photos submitted to the CSGS photo contest. Click on a photo to go to its page. You can view the original size photo by clicking on the "original" tab (down right) in this page.
To vote for a photo, email its ID (e.g. Nxx, Pyy, ..) to csgs@cpsc.ucalgary.ca. You can vote for up to 3 photos in any categories:

Photos in Nature category:

CSGS Photography Contest, Ferburay 2012

CSGS is organizing a Photography contest and we’re looking for the best photos in the department!. The contest is open to all current graduate students of Department of Computer Science.

Alan Turing Centenary 2012

The University of Calgary will offer a series of talks on Turing's work throughout the Winter and Fall 2012 terms.  The lectures will be aimed at a general audience and are open to the public. Later in the year, Telus Spark will also host some events related to Turing as part of their Adults Only Thursday night series and the Calgary Science Café.

You can watch previous talks on mathtube.

Winter 2012 CSGS Welcome Back Party

Hi everybody,

We hope everyone had a good holiday break!

The CSGS will be holding a welcome back party
on Thursday, January the 26th, at 12:00 pm (noon) in ICT 516.  There will
be chelo-kabob as the main dish and other snacks/refreshments (there
will be vegetarian options as well). This is a great opportunity for new
graduate students to meet and mingle with other graduate students,
staff and faculty, while returning graduate students get to catch up
with each

WHAT: CSGS Winter Welcome Back Party
WHEN: Thursday, January the 26th at 12:00 pm (noon)

We hope to see everyone there!

Pason programming contest

The ECE department has hooked up with Pason Systems to sponsor a programming contest on Feb 4. Open to ECE and CPSC students (ugrad/grad). Poster is by the ICT elevators on ground floor. Generous cash prizes!!


There are prizes of up to $1000 in the grad student category now, even though the poster does not show it.

CSGS Annual Food Drive - 2011

The annual campus food drive is an important event for students in need here at the University of Calgary. In previous years, grad students have accounted for as much as 60% of those who must patronize services such as the food bank. For a couple of years, all proceeds has been going to the Campus Food Bank. CSGS will be participating in the GSA's Holiday Food Drive. The Departmental Graduate Association which gathers the greatest number of donations will receive a sizeable gift certificate for the Last Defense, so help us compete for the department!

CSGS is organizing a food drive by getting all computer science labs to donate. Items like food and toiletries are the most welcome towards helping students in need. CSGS is also pleased to offer the lab which donates the most points (as outlined below) the honour of receiving the one and only Soup Can Cup, as well as a small prize of their own. Each item your lab donates to the cause is worth points, as listed below:

Food Drive Item Points awarded
Expired, damaged, or opened/unsealed goods -2 / -5 *
Dry pasta, rice, lentils and cereal (>=500g) 5
Household supplies (detergent, toilet paper, paper towels) 4
Peanut butter, juice, soy or rice milk (>= 750g or 750mL) 3
Feminine hygiene or family planning products (>=12ct) 3
Toiletries (full-sized toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, shaving products) 2
Pre-prepared complete meals (Kraft Dinner, Stag Chili), pasta sauce and other meal helpers (marinades, condiments, prepared side dishes) 2
Canned beans and vegetables 2
Canned or dry soup, instant noodles 1
Canned seafood or fruit 1
Other 1 **

* The penalty for such (unusable) items is -2 EA, for the first three, and -5 EA thereafter. The policy is put to encourage labs to double-check their collection of items before the collection date.
** Cash donations will be accepted on December 6 and 7 only, at a value of 1 point per dollar.

Labeled boxes should arrive in your lab by November 18, 2011, for the generous donations of you and your labmates. Here follows a list of currently known box locations:.

Lab Box Location
AI ICT 716
Computer Vision ICT 715
Database ICT 515
iLab MS 680
Networking ICT 720
Programming Languages ICT 618A
Theory ICT 625
iCIS ICT 617
General CSGS lounge ***

*** Should you wish to donate to the food drive, but are unable to find your box, a donation box will also be left inside the CSGS lounge.

The lab with the most points will win "The Soup Can Cup"! More importantly, it will mark your lab as the most caring and generous lab in the department. Donations will be collected on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

For more information, you may contact us at csgs@cpsc.ucalgary.ca, or alternately, talk to your lab rep to get your lab organized.

Please help us help your fellow students, and make campus a better place!