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IEEE Tech Night Aug. 2013

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

IEEE Tech Night Aug. 2013

Date: August 23, 2013 (at 17:30)

Location: CSC 3-33 (Computing Science Centre, see the map)

Speakers: Daniel Haight President of Darkhorse Analytics and Michael Bowling Professor at Computing Science department of U of A

 

Daniel Haight walks the line between business and academia. He’s an award-winning sessional lecturerat the Alberta School of Business, managing director of a research centre, and the founding partner of Darkhorse Analytics. He started his career at Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto advising senior management and jet-setting around the continent. Subsequently, he nearly made millions of dollars in a small Internet startup. Instead, he enjoyed the magnificent failure of the dotcom bust. Along the way, he started a used car dealership, purchased a second-hand trampoline for fifteen dollars, recorded a rock video, convinced a beautiful woman to marry him, and fathered three children. His current work focuses on outsourced analytics with experience in sectors as diverse as emergency medical services, professional hockey, and pulp & paper. He is passionate about data visualization, family, meaningful work, and music. Dan graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Studies.

 

Michael Bowling is a professor at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on machine learning, games, and robotics. He is the leader of the Computer Poker Research Group (CPRG), which has built some of the best poker playing programs on the planet. The programs have won international AI competitions as well as being the first to beat top professional players in a meaningful competition. Michael received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. His research has been featured on the television programs Scientific American Frontiers, National Geographic Today, and Discovery Channel Canada, as well appearing in the New York Times, Wired, on CBC and BBC radio, and twice in exhibits at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC.

IEEE Tech Night August 2013 Flyer

 

 

IEEE Tech Night Feb. 2013

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

IEEE Tech Night Feb. 2013

Date: February 12, 2013

Location: CSC 3-33 (Computing Science Centre, see the map)

Speakers: Mack D. Male and Forrest Zeisler

 

Mack Male is a software developer, entrepreneur, and social media guy. He is the Software Engineering Manager for Questionmark Computing, a leading provider of testing and assessment technologies, and is the founder of Paramagnus Developments Inc. In 2009 Mack was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Edmonton, and in 2010 he was named one of Alberta’s Next 10 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture. Mack is currently a member of EEDC’s ONEdmonton Leadership Forum and Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, the Edmonton Journal’s Community Advisory Board, and numerous other boards and committees throughout the city.

 

Forrest Zeisler graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Computer Engineering degree with Software Specialization. He has worked as Lead Developer at Plainpeak North America and CTO of Smibs, Inc., before   co-founding Jobber, the leading cloud-based business management software for field service companies. In 2012 Jobber raised a seed round of investment funding from top name investors, and was named one of Canada’s Top 15 Startup Companies by MetaBridge.

IEEE Tech Night February 2013 Flyer

 

 

IEEE Tech Night Nov. 2012

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

IEEE Tech Night Nov. 2012

Date: November 19, 2012

Location: CSC 3-33 (Computing Science Centre, see the map)

Speakers: Cameron Schuler and Patrick Pilarski

 

Cameron Schuler is the Executive Director of the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML). His multifaceted career has touched on all aspects of business from start-ups to mature companies with roles having included COO, CFO, President & CEO and was an executive of a food manufacturer whose products lead to sales of 200+ million units throughout North America. He attained an MBA from Queen’s University, is a Certified Investment Manager and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.

 

Patrick Pilarski is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. He received his BSc and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include real-time machine learning, artificial intelligence, human-machine interfaces, robotics, and biomedical pattern analysis. Patrick is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, and is co-inventor of two international patent filings involving machine intelligence and pattern analysis for lab-on-a-chip medical devices.

IEEE Tech Night November 2012 Flyer