DCS held its first ever Symposium on Trends in Computing
(TIC). The inaugural event showcased graduate students from the different
research groups within DCS, as well as three keynote speakers, all DCS alumni. The
event attracted close to 150 registered guests.
The symposium was organized by DCS graduate students with
the goals of:
- presenting cutting-edge research from DCS
- fostering interaction and collaboration across all research
areas of computer science and to stimulate interdisciplinary research with
other departments at the University of Toronto
The event was held on May 19-20, 2010 at Knox College on
the UofT campus. The keynote speakers included: Michiel van de Panne
(University of British Columbia), Chul Lee (Thoora.com), and Stefan Saroiu (Microsoft Research).
As part of the symposium, an award was given for the best
presentation. The winner of the best presentation award was Derek
Nowrouzezahrai for his presentation on "Rendering: an Artist's Nightmare
(and a Researcher's Dream)." Derek did an outstanding job in presenting
the "big picture research challenges" in rendering, the different
solution approaches to the problem, and the importance of the problem for
real-world applications. Congratulations Derek! The runner-ups for the award
were, Marcus Brubaker and Nikos Sarkas, for their outstanding presentations on
"Physics Based Human Motion Understanding" and "Querying,
Exploring and Mining Rich Textual Data."
Congratulations to the graduate student committee: Hanieh
Bastan, Clement Chung, Patrick Coleman, Torsten Hahmann, Shahan Khatchadourian,
Christian Muise, Gerald Quon, Shirin Sohrabi, and Lee Zamparo, for organizing
such a terrific event.
The symposium received generous financial support from Autodesk.
More information about the Symposium can be found at: http://www.cs.utoronto.ca/tic2010/.