Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Acrobatic performance shows the art of image science

Two female performers with digital images projected onto them.

The wires of state-of-the-art Christie Digital projectors have been crossed with circus high wires in a new innovative artistic endeavour featuring Waterloo students.

Sara Greenberg, an MASc student in Systems Design Engineering, has paired her thesis work on tracking the human body from depth images to her passion in the circus arts. Over the last year, Greenberg, fellow graduate student and PhD candidate Audrey Chung and Waterloo alumna Valerie Arthur have combined these disparate interests into multimedia performance art pieces that fuse computational vision and intelligence technologies developed in the Vision and Image Processing Research Group with a unique brand of high-flying artistic flair.

The performance piece, Auras, is a science-art crossover aerial live performance that artistically explores pendulum motion, elastic and inelastic collisions, and orbital relationships through the interaction of two human bodies. It was choreographed and performed by Greenberg and Arthur, with live projection mapping created by Greenberg and executed by Chung.

The Auras piece has been performed at the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto showcase in September, where it earned the Emerging Artist honour.

Greenberg also recently performed at the Hercinia Arts October Art Party on Friday, October 28 and is scheduled to perform at Cirque-It in Toronto on December 1.

Greenberg and Chung are graduate students in the Vision and Image Processing Research Group. 

An Inside Scoop on WaterlooWorks

by Clare Cummins

This January, WaterlooWorks will officially replace JobMine and other CECA administrative systems. As the implementation date nears, the WaterlooWorks team is working hard to finalize the technology, processes, communications and training material.

Students, employers and CECA staff can look forward to a variety of enhancements with the new system, including 24/7 access and an improved user interface.

We recently sat down with Danielle Poirier, a second-year Arts and Business student who has had a first-hand look at the new system during her co-op term as a technical writer on the WaterlooWorks team.

Question: Tell me a little bit about your job and how you interact with WaterlooWorks.

Danielle: I create, edit and update student and employer help documents for WaterlooWorks. I also facilitate staff training events like webinars and hands-on sessions. I work on several projects at a time and my priorities are constantly shifting, which is an exciting and refreshing way to approach work. There is no boring routine to fall into. New and exciting projects are being developed every day that I get to help out with.  

Q: Was WaterlooWorks easy to get used to?

D: Yes, it’s very user-friendly. It took me one or two sessions at most. The system is similar enough to how JobMine was organized in that it’s really easy to find the pages you want and need. I’ve been working with WaterlooWorks for almost three months, and have developed a clear understanding of the system; not only as a student, but in the role of a test employer and CECA staff member. Obviously, students won’t need to know the depth that I know, but the system is so easy to use that they will pick up the concepts and layout extremely quickly. That said, if they need help, I wrote some of the help documents to assist anyone if they need support!

Q: What did you learn working on the WaterlooWorks team that other students might not know yet?

D: I can’t wait to use it as a student looking for a work term. I know that next term, the job search process is going to be so much easier! I’m sure finding and applying to jobs will be much simpler thanks to the advanced search functionality. I’m also happy to know a bit more about what it takes to put together a system of this size – I’ve been involved in some really cool meetings and really got a sense of the types, and amount of, decisions that need to be made. It was cool to see how much actually goes in to developing the help material and the training sessions, and getting to be a part of that.

Q: What feature(s) are you most excited about?

D: It’s hard to pick just one. They are all so cool! The 24/7 access is pretty sweet. You don’t have to stress about taking screen shots of job postings the night before to review for your interview first thing in the morning. The search functionality is also really helpful. You can filter out jobs that aren’t applicable, or ones you don’t qualify for and mark the ones you aren’t interested in, which is going to save students a lot of time. Also, the maps are really cool. I always look my jobs up on Google maps anyway, but now WaterlooWorks can do that for me. Oh and one more- the back button works!

For more information about the system and to learn more about the benefits of WaterlooWorks, visit CECA's Systems Strategy website.

COP22 Climate Change Summit drop-in info sessions

COP22 info session poster.The University is sending five students to this year’s COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco later this week. The students are from four faculties – Environment, Science, Arts and Engineering – all with diverse opinions of climate change and what actions are needed in the coming years.

If you’re interested in learning more about the steps being taken to make a global environmental impact, you are invited to attend an information session today to share your views with the delegates who will be representing Waterloo on the world stage.

At the information sessions, attendees can learn about the conference, Canada's role in the climate talks and give your feedback to the Waterloo delegation.

The drop-in sessions will be held:

  • From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the EV3 lobby; and
  • From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the SCL Vendor Alley.

Input from students, faculty and staff is welcome.

You can also follow the delegation during the conference, which will be held from November 7 to 18 on Twitter: @ClimateStudents.

Wednesday's notes

Human Resources has announced the following faculty retirements, effective October 1, 2016:

  • Professor Helen Campbell, who started her career at Waterloo in June 1998 as research associate professor, retires from the School of Public Health and Health Systems/Propel
  • Professor Paul Thagard, who joined Waterloo in July 1992 and retires as Professor in the Philosophy department

The following staff members retired effective October 1, 2016:

  • Diane Wojnowski, who started at the University in September 1992, retires from housekeeping in Village 1;
  • Anna Belan, who joined Waterloo in August 2001, retires as housekeeper in Housing and Residences;
  • George Keta, who began working at the University in January 1986, retires as Building Serviceperson in Plant Operations;
  • Mary Ellen Acorn, who started at Waterloo in February 1977, retires as Research Finance Manager in the Office of Research.

The following staff retired effective November 1, 2016:

  • Letitia Burca, who began working at Waterloo in February 2008, retires as Custodian II in Plant Operations;
  • Jane Holbrook, who started at the University in September 2003, retires as Senior Instructional Developer, Blended Learning at the Centre for Teaching Excellence;
  • Hoa Mloc Phuong, who began working at Waterloo in January 1990, retires as Cook in Food Services.

The following faculty members retired as of November 1, 2016:

  • Professor James Frank, who joined the University in 1982. Frank was a professor of kinesiology at Waterloo from 1982 to 2005, serving as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology from 1992 to 1998, and as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 2000 to 2003. From 2006 to 2011, he served as Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor. Frank returned to Waterloo to serve as the Vice-President, Academic and Dean at St. Jerome's University from 2011 to 2013, and was Interim Associate Provost, Graduate Studies from July 2014 to June 2016. He retires as Professor of Kinesiology.
  • Professor Peter Forsyth, who started at Waterloo in June 1987, retires as Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Congratulations all!

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include KPMG and Ernst & Young. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.

Here are some more Halloween photos from across campus:

A collage from the annual Psychology Monster Mash, with all proceeds from the bake sale and whodunnit murder mystery going to the United Way.

A collage of costume images from the Psychology Monster Mash.

Housing and Residences:

Housing and Residences staff dressed in costumes for Halloween.

The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology Centre:

Conrad staff dressed up for Halloween.

Quest migration begins on November 4

What is happening? Information Systems & Technology (IST) is migrating the Quest system infrastructure to a new environment for better disaster recovery support. As part of this project, Quest will be unavailable for the specified period below.

When is this happening? Friday, November 4 from 4:00 p.m. to Tuesday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. Quest may be available sooner if the migration completes earlier than scheduled, in that event notifications will be issued.

What is the impact?

  • New student accounts cannot be created
  • Updates to existing student records cannot be made
  • Updates to class lists cannot be made
  • Through this outage period OAT (Online Academic Tools) and Portal data will be valid from Thursday November 3 at midnight.

Note: Existing features or functionality will not be affected.

Questions or concerns? Please contact Mike Gaspic,

Link of the day

80 years ago: the CBC/Radio-Canada

When and where

Complete the Annual Travel Survey, Monday, October 24 to Friday, November 4.

Waterloo Store Pop Up Shop, Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

CBB seminar featuring Dr. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, Professor of information systems in the University of Oulu, Finland, “Persuasive systems design for health,” Wednesday, November 2, 2:00 p.m., E5 6127.

The Faculty of Mathematics and HeForShe present a public lecture by Brianna Wu, “Gamergate and the War Against Women in Tech,” Wednesday, November 2, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302. QNC 0101. Please note the new location.

Men’s Hockey Battle of Waterloo at the Aud, Wednesday, November 2, 7:15 p.m., Kitchener Auditorium.

Open Metrics: Leveraging Altmetric Data to Capture Online Attention to Your Research, Thursday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., LIB 329.

CBB seminar featuring Dr. Lisette van Gemert, Professor, Persuasive Health Technology, Head of the Centre for eHealth & Wellbeing Research, University of Twente, The Netherlands “Big data and big health: Personalized health as a paradigm shift,” Thursday, November 3, 2:00 p.m., E5 6111.

SJU HeForShe lecture featuring Erin Wunker, “Confessions of a feminist killjoy,” Thursday, November 3, 2:30 p.m., SJ1-3014.

Water Institute Public Lecture, “Help ensure a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Canada,” Thursday, November 3, 2:30 p.m., STC 0040.

2016-2017 UW/SJU Medieval Lecture Series featuring Professor Nicholas Everett, History Department and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, “The Knowledge and Practice of Pharmacy in the Early Middle Ages,” Thursday, November 3, 4:30 p.m., SJU Academic Building Room 1002.

Random Act of Kindness Day, Friday, November 4.

Hack4Health 2016, Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 6.

Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I.B.M.B.) Seminar Series featuring Dr. John Katsaras, Senior Scientist Biological Systems, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, “Model Membranes, Living Organisms and Lateral Membrane Organization” Friday, November 4, 10:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

Department of Anthropology Sally Weaver Award Guest Lecture, presented by Douglas Hunter, PhD, “White Tribism: Writing Europeans into Ancient North America”, Friday, November 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., EV3 4412.

Knowledge Integration seminar featuring Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), "Driving a Revolution in ‘Affordable Energy for Humanity", Friday, November 4, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Professor Jason Hein, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, “Looking Deeply into Catalytic Systems: Mechanism and Optimization using Laboratory Automation,” Friday, November 4, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.

Dream, Girl screeningFriday, November 4, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Fall Open House, Saturday, November 5.

Dream, Girl screening, Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto.

Mathematics Graduate Information Session, Tuesday, November 8, 4:30 p.m., MC 5501.

Pizza with the Profs featuring Dr. Ning Jiang, Systems Design Engineering, “Brain computer interfaces for motor rehabilitation,” Wednesday, November 9. For more information or registration email Chekema Prince.

Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We To The Edge?lecture, featuring Anthony D. Barnosky and Elizabeth A. Hadly, Stanford University, Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m., CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb St. W.

Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11

The Contested World of Celebrity Diplomacy keynote lecture, featuring Andrew Cooper, University of Waterloo, Friday, November 11, 7:00 p.m., CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb St. W.

Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Dr. Melanie Campbell, Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, “Amyloid as a Biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease in the Retina," Thursday, November 17, 2:30 p.m., STC 1019. Register online.

Senate meeting, Monday, November 21, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

President's Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, November 22, 10:30 a.m., Federation Hall.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2016-1270 – Department Assistant – Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, USG 4
  • Job ID# 2016-1259 – eResources Access Associate – Library, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2016-1297 – Manager, Admissions – Registrar, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2016 – 1289 – Manager, International Student Experience – International Student Office, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2016-1267 – Web Application Developer – Federation of Students, USG 7

Internal secondments:

  • Job id# 2016-1258 – Administrative Manager – Dean of Math Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2016-1306 – Communications Associate, Donor Relations and Stewardship – Office of Advancement, USG 8