CSGS invites speakers from the industry

CSGS was delighted to host George Bryson (CSTE, CBAP, ITIL, PSM, BSAC;  Senior Business Analyst and co-founder, MontGuide Inc. and VP РIIBA Chapter Montreal), and Betty Graff-Chechin (Betty Graff-Chechin (CBAP, LSS, ITIL) Senior Business Analyst at the National Bank of Canada and member of Secretary РIIBA Montreal Chapter).

Thanks to our VP Academics Rohit Verma for organizing this speaking event!

 

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CS grads support CSGS Space Initiative

CSGS is working on an initiative aimed at providing an exclusive space for CS grads (master, PhD and postdoc students) to meet up, socialize relax and maybe some a bit of reading too! There is shortage of space McGill-wide, but CSGS is trying to work with the department to secure this exclusive space and do everything possible to make that happen.

A majority of CS grads want this space to be used for both entertainment and academic use, which highlights the need for both. Below is a summary of stats of responses:

69% want the space to be utilized for both academic and entertainment purposes
25% want to be exclusively entertainment space (foosball, table tennis, dart board, comfy couches etc)
2% want it to a quite study space only.

56% of respondents were master student,
44% were PhD.

CSGS will continue to work with the department to secure this space, we hope that will happen soon, we’ll keep you posted!

Here is a scan of the responses:

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Seminar on Quantum annealing: from D-wave to optimization Hamiltonians

We were excited to host  Alessandro Ricottone, PhD Candidate at McGill Physics working on theoretical condensed matter, to deliver a seminar at SOCS.
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Talk abstract: Quantum annealers are a class of (non-universal) quantum computers devised to quickly find the minimum of a function by exploiting the quantum tunneling and entanglement. Recently D-wave started commercialize their quantum annealers. Describing the D-wave machine and showing how we can use it to find the solution to some famous mathematical optimization problems.

Thanks Alessandro!