Seminars

See all upcoming seminars in LäsIT and seminar web pages at the homepage for the PhD studentseminars, TDB, Vi2, Theory and Applications Seminars (TAS) @ UpMARC., Department of Mathematics and The Stockholm Logic Seminar.

UpCERG seminar
Thursday 27 Sep
Hilde G. Corneliussen: Programming and IT – who would have thought that would become a field for men?
Location: ITC 4307, Time: 10:30-11:30

The first electronic computer, ENIAC, was programmed by six women in 1945. The software industry attracted a larger proportion of women in the decades after Second World War than it does today. One of the pioneer women working as a programmer during the 1960s said in an interview: "It really amazed me that these men were programmers, because I thought it was women's work!" Thus, it was not obvious from the beginning that IT and programming would become a male dominated field. So why did it lose the impression of being "women's work"? And why do we still find so few women in computing, even in Scandinavian countries that are rated among the best in the world in gender equality? Corneliussen will share insights and findings from her research on women in technology, including findings from the Nordic Centre of Excellence Nordwit (2017-2022), where University of Uppsala, University of Tampere and Western Norway Research Institute collaborate in a study about women in technology related careers.

Bio
Hilde G. Corneliussen has a doctoral degree in Humanistic Informatics (2003). She held a position as Associate Professor in Humanistic Informatics and Digital Culture at University of Bergen between 1998 and 2016 and is currently a senior researcher in Technology & Society at Vestlandsforsking – Western Norway Research Institute. Her research topics include computing education, computer history and digital competence with a special focus on gender, minorities and inclusion. Corneliussen is the author of the monograph Gender-Technology Relations: Exploring Stability and Change (2011, Palgrave Macmillan). Her latest publications include articles on programming for children and gaming among immigrants: "Programming in Secondary Schools in Norway – a Wasted Opportunity for Inclusion" (with Tveranger, 2018), "Gaming and identity construction among immigrant youth in Norway: Convergent glocal contexts" (with Dralega, 2018).

Organised by UpCERG with funding from the Equal Opportunities Group

SysCon seminar
Thursday 27 Sep
Martin Danelljan, Computer Vision Laboratory, Linköping University: Learning Convolution Operators for Visual Tracking
Location: ITC 4306, Time: 13:15-14:00

Abstract:
Visual tracking is one of the fundamental problems in computer vision. Its numerous applications include robotics, autonomous driving, augmented reality and 3D reconstruction. In its most general form, no prior knowledge about the object of interest or environment is given, except for the initial target location. This general form of tracking is known as  generic visual tracking. The unconstrained nature of this problem makes it particularly difficult, yet applicable to a wider range of scenarios. As no prior knowledge is given, the tracker must learn an appearance model of the target on-the-fly. Cast as a machine learning problem, it imposes several major challenges.

This talk focuses on the, so called, Discriminative Correlation Filter (DCF) framework, as it has shown to be particularly suitable for the tracking application. By utilizing properties of the Fourier transform, a correlation filter is discriminatively learned by efficiently minimizing a least-squares objective. The resulting filter is then applied to a new image in order to estimate the target location. In the talk, I will give an overview of the DCF framework and present some of the key contributions that have led to state-of-the-art tracking performance in the recent years. These include, spatial regularization, efficient optimizers, a continuous-space formulation and the use of powerful deep features.

Language: English

Disputation / Dissertation
Friday 28 Sep
Slobodan Milovanovic: Radial Basis Function generated Finite Difference Methods for Pricing of Financial Derivatives
Location: ITC 2446, Time: 10:15

Slobodan Milovanovic will present and defend his PhD thesis Radial Basis Function generated Finite Difference Methods for Pricing of Financial Derivatives. The opponent will be Professor Bertram Düring, Department of Mathematics, University of Sussex. Lina von Sydow has been the main advisor and Elisabeth Larsson co-advisor.

DiVA includes abstract and full text.

Student Conference
3 October
: The Student Conference in Science and Technology 2018
Location: EBC in Ekmansalen and Friessalen, Time: 13:15-15:00

Two invited speakers from the faculty of Science and Technology together with students will give talks. The students will also receive feedback on their presentations.

Invited speakers:

Felix Ho, Senior Lecurer in Chemistry.
Title: The humble but mighty proton - not just for pH calculations!

Ginevra Castellano, Senior lecturer in Information Technology
Titel: Social human-robot interaction

More information

TDB Seminar
4 October
Johan Tordsson- Ass. Prof. Umeå University: AI and the self-driving cloud
Location: ITC, room 2247, Time: 10:15-11:30

Today, we see a wave of applications of AI across virtually all industries, with promise of e.g., smart cities, smart farming, and self-driving cars. However, little attention is paid to the large-scale cloud infrastructures required to deliver all these smart services. Operation of cloud applications and infrastructure is a tedious process that is surprisingly manual today. This talk argues for self-management of clouds, discusses the role of AI to achieve this, and shares example results of intelligent steering of cloud infrastructures and applications.

Short bio: Johan Tordsson is Associate Professor at Umeå University as well as CTO and co-founder of Elastisys. He is passionate about cloud automation, DevOps, and autonomic computing and is a strong believer that artificial intelligent will revolutionize IT operations. After his PhD, Tordsson worked as developer, chief architect, and scientific coordinator in multiple large-scale European research projects on cloud resource management. In 2016, he won the Nordea Scientific Award for his research contributions within self-optimizing and self-healing data centers.

Pedagogic Lunch Seminar
9 October
: Aspects of Openness
Location: ITC 4308, Time: 12:15-14:00

You are kindly invited to the IT Pedagogic Lunch Seminar

This month's topic: Aspects of Openness: a tool to plan difficulty and progression in education

Place: ITC 4308
Time: 12.15-13.00, with extra time for discussion until 14.00.

You can find more and updated information in Medarbetarportalen.

If you’d like us to arrange lunch for you, you should sign up here at least two days before the seminar.

Disputation / Dissertation
12 October
Andreas Svensson: Machine learning with state-space models, Gaussian processes and Monte Carlo methods
Location: ITC 2446, Time: 10:15

Andreas Svensson will present and defend his PhD thesis Machine learning with state-space models, Gaussian processes and Monte Carlo methods. The opponent will be Professor Carl Edward Rasmussen, University of Cambridge. Thomas Schön and Fredrik Lindsten has been supervisors.

DiVA includes an abstract and the full text of the thesis.

Equal Opportunities Group - Monthly Meeting
25 October
Equal Opportunities Group: Supporting Women in Post Doc-, Associate Senior Lecturers- or Senior Lecturers Positions
Location: ITC 4307, Time: 13:30-15:30

ON THE AGENDA: Applications + Supporting Women in Post Doc-, Associate Senior Lecturers- or Senior Lecturers Positions (section 3.4 in the action plan)

Pedagogic Lunch Seminar
13 November
: Ideas and inspiration from NU 2018
Location: ITC 4308, Time: 12:15-14:00

You are kindly invited to the IT Pedagogic Lunch Seminar

This month's topic: Ideas and inspiration from NU 2018 (http://nu2018.se)

Place: ITC 4308
Time: 12.15-13.00, with extra time for discussion until 14.00.

You can find more and updated information in Medarbetarportalen.

If you’d like us to arrange lunch for you, you should sign up here at least two days before the seminar.

Equal Opportunities Group - Monthly Meeting
22 November
Equal Opportunities Group: TBA
Location: ITC 4307, Time: 13:30-14:30

ON THE AGENDA: TBA

Pedagogic Lunch Seminar
11 December
: IOOPM: A Learning-centered Course
Location: ITC 4308, Time: 12:15-14:00

You are kindly invited to the IT Pedagogic Lunch Seminar

This month's topic: IOOPM: A Learning-centered Course

Place: ITC 4308
Time: 12.15-13.00, with extra time for discussion until 14.00.

You can find more and updated information in Medarbetarportalen.

If you’d like us to arrange lunch for you, you should sign up here at least two days before the seminar.

See also the list of all upcoming seminars.

Internal seminars. Lecturers may be either internal or external.

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