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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 10 for AY 2008/09

February 23 2009

by Dr. Alvaro Monge

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Around Campus

Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair

From an announcement in the Career Development Center's website.

The Elements for Success - Engineering, Science & Technology Job Fair takes place this Thursday, February 26, 12:00 to 4:00pm in the University Student Union (USU) Ballroom. Employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time jobs, internships, and seasonal opportunities. Bring resumes and dress in business attire. Prepare for the fair by attending a workshop in the Career Development Center. Visit for details.

In conjunction with the job fair, the Green Vendor Fair will be held at the USU Courtyard, 11:00am to 3:00pm. Learn about green products and services.

President's Forum on International Human Rights

"Exploring Challenges to Free Expression and Belief" is the theme of the second annual President's Forum on International Human Rights at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). The three-day event is set for March 4-6 with most events taking place in the University Student Union

Advising Corner

Mandatory Advising for Freshman and Transfer Students

First-year students who joined CSULB Fall 2008 have second semester mandatory advising. Please visit the the Engineering Recruitment and Retention Center's website for more details.

Transfer students who joined CSULB Spring 2009 have transfer mandatory advising. To enforce this new policy, every new transfer student will have an advisement hold preventing them from registering for the Fall 2009 semester. In order to clear this hold, new transfer students must be advised by their major advisor and also for General Education. Major advising is done by Dr. Alvaro Monge for Computer Science and by Dr. Michael Chelian for Computer Engineering. Be sure to let your adviser know that you are a new transfer student so that the adviser can clear the registration hold after the advising session.

Important Note: Every first-year student and Spring 2009 transfer student has an advising hold that prevents them from registering for the coming Fall 2009 semester. Once you fulfill this mandatory advising requirement, the advising hold will be lifted and you'll be able to register at your appointed time.

Industry News


Swiss Summer University coming to San Jose, CA

In the summers of 2007 and 2008, a total of nineteen students participated in the Swiss Summer University. This three week summer program brings students and faculty from US Universities together with students and faculty from HEIG-VD, a University in Switzerland. These past two summers, the program has been hosted at HEIG-VD near the major city of Lausanne in Switzerland.

This Summer University continues to take place and this coming summer 2009, the program will be hosted by San Jose State University from July 13 to August 7. As in previous summers, students will be compensated for travel and accommodations during the program. Organizers with HEIG-VD and at San Jose State University are preparing an exciting program which will include visits to Google, IBM, Juniper, Nvidia, Accenture, etc. along with social activities including visits to the Technology Museum, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. The academic program will include courses on Bioinformatics, Web Development, Software Engineering, Ubiquitous Computing, etc.

Dr. Alvaro Monge is the point of contact for CSULB students. As in the previous summer, students will have the opportunity to earn 3 units of undergraduate elective credit towards their degree (in the form of enrollment in CECS 497). At this point, interested students are asked to send an e-mail to Dr. Monge expressing your interest in the program and indicating the likelihood of participating if chosen.

Interested students may want to view the Summer 2008 web site I created; a page for the upcoming program will be prepared as more information becomes available.

Engineering Scholarships

The College website lists a number of scholarships for Engineering students. While the application deadline for these is April 2nd 2009, students should review the descriptions of the scholarships to determine eligibility.

NSF REU Programs

Invitation to Apply to the HMC Summer REU Program

NSF has a program to provide Research Experience for Undergraduates. The deadlines to these programs is typically early February. If you're interested in these positions, you should view the list of REU Sites in Computer and Information Science and Engineering. In California, there are REU Sites at Harvey Mudd College (the nearest one to Long Beach), UCLA, Humboldt State, and USC.

Harvey Mudd REU

In this ten-week summer research program (which begins on June 8, 2009, and runs until August 14, 2009), we recruit ten undergraduate students (typically juniors) to work on three research projects.

Part of our goal in this program is to recreate key elements of the graduate-school experience in a ten-week summer program. Whether you are merely curious about better understanding what research in graduate school would be like, or planning to apply to graduate school but want concrete research experience to improve your attractiveness to top schools, our program is likely to be attractive to you.

One of Harvey Mudd College's claims to fame is that we treat our undergraduates like graduate students – undergraduates are the primary research collaborators for many of our faculty. That aspect of Mudd has never been more true than in this program. In the REU, you will be a major part of advancing the state of the art in a given field – you won't be on the sidelines filling in an inconsequential piece of the puzzle, instead your work will be front and center, much as it would be in graduate school. A hallmark of our REU program is that student researchers and faculty mentors work very closely together and typically meet every day, with the ultimate goal of making a significant contribution to their field.

Our summer REU site has projects that fall under a broad "computer systems" umbrella, with specific projects in:

  • Garbage Collection (great for students who enjoyed programming-languages or operating-systems classes)
  • Robot Vision (great for students who enjoyed AI and systems classes)
  • Intelligent Music Software (great for students who enjoyed AI, software development, and are interested in how computers can help enhance musical creativity)
  • Algorithmic Aspects of Computational Biology.

Feedback from the previous four years of our program indicate that students feel that our program is intellectually demanding but also satisfying and enormously fun.

Students should submit their electronic application before March 1, 2009. All other application materials (including the letters of recommendation, and official transcripts) must be received by March 6, 2009.

For more details (e.g., project details, stipends, on-site accommodation, etc.) and to apply, please visit the Harvey Mudd REU website


The USC REU site runs for 10 weeks during the summer months of 2008-2010. In 2009, the site will be active from June 01, 2009 till August 07, 2009. Students will work with faculty mentors at the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. A training program in ethics is planned as are three external research visits to local research labs in the Los Angeles area. A vibrant social program is planned wherein students will interact with participants in other summer internship programs on the USC campus.

Students participating in the program will have a chance to work on projects spanning robotics, agents and artificial intelligence, networks and systems, algorithms and modeling, and software engineering.

The REU site runs for 10 weeks during the summer months of 2008-2010. Students will be housed on the USC campus. Applications are invited from undergraduates as described by the eligibility requirements. We are especially interested in attracting participation in the USC Computer Science REU site from: 1. academically talented students from traditionally underserved colleges and universities as well as 2. traditionally underrepresented minorities in engineering, including women.

Applications are due by March 06, 2009 however we encourage early applications since decisions will be made as completed applications are received.

The USC REU website contains all the details including the application.

Supercomputing Undergraduate Program in Maine

The NSF/DoD Sponsored Supercomputing Undergraduate Program in Maine (SuperMe) provides scientific exploration ranging from engineering to sciences with a coherent intellectual focus on scientific computing. With integrated expertise of ten faculty researchers from both computer systems and domain applications, SuperMe allows each undergraduate to conduct meaningful research, such as developing supercomputing techniques and tools, and solving cutting-edge research problems through parallel computing and scientific visualization.

Some important information:

  1. Ten-week summer program: June 1 - August 7, 2009 (tentative)
  2. Application deadline: March 16, 2009 (Monday)
  3. $4,000 stipend, $1,600 housing and food, $500 travel support
  4. Eligibility: US citizen or permanent residence required
  5. Online application available at the SuperMe website

Quote of the Week

Programmer's Drinking Song (sung to the tune of "100 Bottles of Beer"):

 99 little bugs in the code,
 99 bugs in the code,
 fix one bug, compile it again,
 101 little bugs in the code.
 101 little bugs in the code....
 (Repeat until BUGS = 0)

Anonymous, as found in Quotes for Software Engineers

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