Distinguished Lecture Series: Algorithms Meet Art, Puzzles, and Magic - Erik Demaine

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 3:30pm

When I was six years old, my father Martin Demaine and I designed and made puzzles as the Erik and Dad Puzzle Company, which distributed to toy stores across Canada. So began our journey into the interactions between algorithms and the arts (here, puzzle design). More and more, we find that our mathematical research and artistic projects converge, with the artistic side inspiring the mathematical side and vice versa. Mathematics itself is an art form, and through other media such as sculpture, puzzles, and magic, the beauty of mathematics can be brought to a wider audience.

UBC's ACM Team Places 4th at Regionals

ACM ICPC World Finals 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden

Every year, the ACM ICPC draws students from over 1,800 universities around the world to rack their brains in intense, mind-twisting competition. For six out of the last seven years, UBC has won the regional contest. Last year, they placed 18th in the World Finals in Harbin, China. This year they placed fourth in the Pacific Northwest Regional Competition - congratulations! 

More information on UBC's team.

Gail Murphy Named 2010 ACM Distinguished Member

CS Prof Dr. Gail Murphy

Dr. Murphy's research and teaching area of expertise is software engineering.

As part of the Software Practices Laboratory, her research focuses on developing methods and tools to help software developers manage, evolve and collaborate on the structure of the systems they are developing at design time and in source code.

Visit Dr. Murphy's homepage here.

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Activities in Diversity and Equity

  • Recruitment and Retention in Computer Science Study
  • 1st Year Undergrad Surveys
  • Statistics
  • Movie Night
  • ChicTech
  • High School Outreach Program
  • Alumni Panel
  • The CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women Workshop
  • Paper for the Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education


(L - R) Lesley Shannon, Elizabeth Croft, Anne Condon, Maria Klawe

Above: Four Generations of NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC/Yukon

We're always looking for grad and undergrad reps. If you're interested in joining the committee, please email Michele Ng

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UBC Snow Policy 68 outlines how to handle most snow situations.

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Plan for 72 hours

The department maintains a small number of flash lights, first aid kits, and blankets on hand for emergencies. We do not store water or food in case of longer emergencies. It is recommended that building occupants make personal emergency disaster kits to last for 72 hours.

Here is shortlist of items recommended for a personal Emergency Disaster Kit..

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Assistant Emergency Director: Ming Lau151B

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