Happy Monday!
Enrollment starts today and continues for the next three weeks. Now is the time to figuring out what you should be taking in spring. Read below for some topics classes we'll have in spring!
Monday: ColorStack Cross-Chapter Meet Up
Date: November 15
Time: 6:30 - 8 PM
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: UW ColorStack

Join us for a meet and greet with ColorStack at Stony Brook U! 
Monday: Common Pitfalls of Machine Learning in Quantitative Trading
Date: November 15
Time: 6 PM
Location: 1240 CS Building
Hosted by: UPL

This lightening talk with Shrey Shah will explore the causes of the high rates of failure of machine learning in quantitative trading. A basic understanding of calculus and statistics is recommended.
Tuesday: Creating your MVP
Date: November 16
Time: 6 PM
Location: Grainger Hall Room 2270
Hosted by: Transcend UW

Come join us on Tuesday to hear Max Fergus, CEO and Founder of LÜM, speak about his unique experience in starting and scaling his own company. Max graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Finance, Investment and Banking with a focus in healthcare ​and decided to pursue his dreams after with LÜM, a music streaming and discovery application built on a stand-alone social network that enables emerging artists to circulate their music and grow their fan base. Come hear more about his journey through startup and how he’s successfully grown his company over the past couple of years. 
Wednesday: Networking Workshop
Date: November 17
Time: 6 - 7 PM
Location: MSC 1210
Hosted by: Data Science Club

The Data Science Club will host Beth Karabin from L&S SuccessWorks for a workshop on Networking. We will discuss benefits as well as strategies for building a network and being in touch with everyone.
Thursday: Oracle Tech Chat
Date: November 18
Time: 4 - 5 PM
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: CDIS

Join Oracle Executive VP Chris Stone as he chats with CDIS Founding Director Tom Erickson about what is happening at this groundbreaking technology firm! Chris and Tom will discuss recent trends at Oracle in data and computer science, paths for graduates in private sector, and what big tech is looking for in UW students.
...and Things
Scholarship: Google Lime
The 2022 Google Lime Scholarship application is now LIVE and is open to current undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students with disabilities who are pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related degrees. Recipients will receive a monetary award for the 2022-2023 academic year ($10,000 USD for those studying in the US). Scholars will also be invited to attend a Google Lime Scholars gathering in Summer 2022 and be considered for internship opportunities with Google.
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 12th, 2021, at midnight PST / 2 am CST

A person with a disability is defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more activities that others may consider to be a daily function. This definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. Google knows that 90% of disabilities on campus (and 70% of disabilities among the general population) are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to join The Lime Network and take full advantage of the benefits it offers.
Internship: LightHouse Health Virtual Software Product Development Intern
While priority deadline has passed, International Internship Program is still taking applications for the Singapore-based company LightHouse Health, which pays a stipend of $250/month. Position is virtual; company is based out of Singapore. Apply here
Transcend Innovation Competition Applications Open
The competition sign-up form for the Transcend 2021-2022 Innovation Competition opens on Monday, November 15 and closes on February 28. The Transcend Innovation Competition is the largest student-run innovation competition in the nation with over $50,000 worth of equity-free prizes. Whether you just have an idea or have fleshed out a marketable product, come sign up! Sign-ups are open to all majors and are non binding
Application Deadline: Feb 28th, 2022 at 11:59 PM CDT
How to Sign-up: Link Here or Scan the QR Code

Job: CCAS Peer Advisor
Cross College Advising Services is hiring peer advisors! Applications are due November 21. Find details here!
...and some more Things
New Courses!
There are two new courses under the CS 639 topics course for spring. These courses can count as CS electives towards the major or as a course towards the CS certificate.

Foundations of Data Science (Lecture 001)
This course teaches theoretical foundations of data science, focusing on the computational aspects. The tentative list of topics includes: Gaussian random variables, central limit theorem, and concentration inequalities; select topics in learning and property testing; regression and classification; select topics from optimization; online learning. Course will also have examples and a programming component in Python. Python programming is not covered by this course; having taken either classes that cover Python programming or some of the introductory CS programming classes is assumed.

Pre-requisites: DS/CS undergrad and
(Math 320, 340, 341 or 375) AND
(MATH/STAT 309 or MATH/STAT 310 or STAT 311 or STAT 312 or STAT 324 or MATH/STAT 431 or CS/STAT 471) and
(CS 577 or CS/ISYE/MATH/STAT 525 or CS/Math 240 or CS/ISYE/Math 425 or CS/Math/STAT 475 or CS520)

Physics-Based Modeling and Simulations (Lecture 002)
This course is a review of current trends and technologies for physics based modeling and simulation, with applications to visual effects, interactive virtual environments and computer games. Topics to be covered in class include:
  • 2D elasticity : Cloth simulation, modeling of in-plane and bending stiffness, collision handling.
  • 3D elasticity : Finite element and mass-spring models, simulated character flesh, skin and muscles. Modeling of material fracture and tearing.
  • Discrete 3D geometry representations : Meshes, implicit surfaces and point clouds. Geometry editing and conversion between representations.
  • Time integration methods : Explicit and implicit Euler integrators, semi-implicit methods, quasi-static animation.
  • Introductory fluid dynamics : Computer-generated smoke, water and fire.
  • Rigid body simulation and dynamics of articulated systems.
  • Data structures for dynamic digital content: Pixar USD, OpenVDB.
In discussing these topics, particular emphasis will be placed on the efficiency, robustness and stability of numerical algorithms used in simulation tasks, and on the software engineering practices that facilitate scalability and parallelization. Lectures will straddle the following three threads of emphasis: Theory discussion will cover the mathematical foundations of modeling and simulation techniques. Implementation aspects will include software engineering and parallel programming considerations. The discussion of Tools will address third-party APIs and data structures that facilitate development of simulation and visualization codes.

Pre-requisites: none, but Calculus and Linear Algebra recommended
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