Tuesday, November 14, 2006

WALCOM 2007 Call for papers

Call for Papers

Workshop on Algorithms and Computation-2007

Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) is organizing a workshop on algorithms and computation on 12th February, 2007. Professor Takao Nishizeki of Tohoku University, Japan, one of the renowned scientists in the field of Theoretical Computer Science, has kindly consented to present an invited talk at the workshop. Some other renowned researchers are also expected to present their invited talks. There are eight to ten slots for contributed talks in this workshop for which papers describing original and outstanding research results are sought.


The range of topics within the scope of the workshop of algorithms and computation includes (but is not limited to):

· Algorithm and data structures

· Graph algorithms

· Graph drawing

· Combinatorial algorithms

· Computational geometry

· Graphs in bioinformatics

· String Algorithms

· Computational biology

· Parallel and distributed algorithms


Takao Nishizeki (Tohoku University, Japan)


Shin-ichi Nakano (Gunma University, Japan)
Subhas Chandra Nandi (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)
Xiao Zhou (Tohoku University, Japan)
Y. Kusakari (Akita Prefectural University, Japan)

Takehiro Ito (Tohoku University, Japan)


Authors are invited to submit papers describing original research of theoretical or practical significance to algorithms and computation. Authors should submit an extended abstract not exceeding 12 single-spaced pages on A4 paper, including references, figures, title, authors name and affiliation, e-mail address, and a short abstract. Use reasonable margins and at least 11-point font. Please use LATEX for preparing manuscript. We will have eight to ten slots for contributed talks in this workshop. Please submit PS or PDF files of the manuscript to walcom2007@gmail.com. LATEX source files will be required for preparing proceedings after acceptance of the paper. See http://teacher.buet.ac.bd/saidurrahman/walcom2007/ for details.


· Submissions of contributed papers: December 15, 2006

· Notification of acceptance: January 12, 2006

· Workshop: February 12, 2007


The workshop will be held in Bangladesh Computer Council Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


M. Shamsher Ali, President of BAS (Workshop Chair)

Naiyyum Choudhury, Secretary of BAS (Organizing Co-Chair)

A. M. Choudhury, Executive Director of BCC (Organizing Co-Chair)

M. Kaykobad, BUET (Program Co-Chair)

Md. Saidur Rahman, BUET (Program Co-Chair)


Costas S. Iliopoulos (KCL, UK)

Md. Abul Kashem (BUET, Bangladesh)

M. Kaykobad (BUET, Bangladesh) Co-chair

Manzur M. Murshed (Monash University, Australia)

Petra Mutzel (University of Dortmund, Germany)

Shin-ichi Nakano (Gunma University, Japan)

Subhas Chandra Nandi (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)

Md. Saidur Rahman (BUET, Bangladesh) Co-chair

William F. Smyth (McMaster University, Canada)

Hsu-Chun Yen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)


Dr. Naiyyum Choudhury


Bangladesh Academy of Sciences


Dr. M. Kaykobad

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh,

E-mail: kaykobad@cse.buet.ac.bd

Dr. Md. Saidur Rahman

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh,

E-mail: saidurrahman@cse.buet.ac.bd

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Steve jobs commencement speech at Stanford

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976. Apple leads the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook Mac computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also leading the digital music revolution with over 50 million of its iPod portable music players sold and over 1 billion songs legally downloaded from its iTunes online music store.

Steve also co-founded Pixar Animation Studios in 1986. Pixar has created six of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Pixar has won 20 Academy Awards and its films have grossed more than $3.2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Pixar merged with The Walt Disney Company in 2006 and Steve now serves on their board of directors.

Steve grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and still lives there with his wife and three children.

This post is not to introduce steve jobs... this is for one of his excellent speech at Stanford...

Here goes Steve jobs commencement speech at Stanford....

Here is the download link..: Steve jobs speech

Computer science still a good career

Moshe Vardi, professor of Computer Science at Rice University, visited UIUC last year, and gave a very captivating talk on the history of logic. Face to face, he is a pretty amazing speaker ... I am not "into" Theory, but I enjoyed his whole talk very much.

On Nov 6, Stanford University Forums discussed the job prospects in Computer Science. Prof. Vardi commented that

"There is a huge mismatch between perception and reality. There are more IT jobs now than there were six years ago at the height of the IT boom."

From the report,

Vardi presented results from a study on the global migration of software jobs commissioned by the Association for Computing Machinery, the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society.

He co-chaired a task force of economists, social scientists and computer scientists who spent a year reviewing all the available data on the global impact of offshoring for the information technology industry to reveal computing is still a viable field of study and work.

"IT is still a good career," Vardi said. "We have nothing to fear but the fear of competition itself.""

So, in a way, this report affirms what I've been saying all along, the Computer Science industry is still strong, and will likely to remain so for many more years. I hope this will at least allay the fears many prospective BUET students have about the CSE department, and that it will dispell some of the rumors many parents have been hearing all the time.

The complete report from Stanford Univ Forums can be found here.