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Deanna Rexe, EdD Thesis Examination
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 22, 2014Thesis Examinations are free and open to the public. Thesis Title: The Political Economy of Tuition Policy Formation in Canada Location: SFU Vancouver (HC) room 2200 Senior Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Nilson http://www.sfu.ca/education/gs/current-students/thesisexaminations.html
Milena Droumeva PhD Thesis Examination
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
October 22, 2014No Description
Ahmed Mohammed Abdelsadek Ahmed, MSc Thesis Defence, Computing Science
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 27, 2014M.SC. THESIS DEFENCE Ahmed Mohammed Abdelsadek Ahmed BSc. in Computer Science, Cairo University, Egypt, 2010 Monday, October 27 th , 2014 SURREY CAMPUS Room Title DISTRIBUTED INDEX FOR MATCHING MULTIMEDIA OBJECTS Abstract This thesis presents the design and evaluation of DIMO, a distributed system for matching multimedia objects. DIMO provides multimedia applications with the function of finding the nearest neighbors on large-scale datasets. It also allows multimedia applications to define application-specific functions to further process the computed nearest neighbors. DIMO presents novel methods for partitioning, searching, and storing high-dimensional datasets on distributed infrastructures that support the MapReduce programming model. We implemented DIMO and extensively evaluated it on Amazon clusters with up to 128 machines. We experimented with large datasets of sizes up to 160 million data points extracted from images. Our results show that DIMO produces high precision when compared against the ground-truth nearest neighbors and it can elastically utilize varying amounts of computing resources. Additionally, DIMO outperforms the closest system in the literature by a large margin (up to 20\%) in terms of the achieved average precision, and requires less storage. M.Sc. Examining Committee: Dr. Mohamed Hefeeda, Senior Supervisor Dr. Greg Mori, Supervisor Dr. Joseph Peters, Examiner Dr. William Sumner, Chair
Quitting without leaving it all behind: Tosha Tsang, former Sociology PhD Student on her alt-ac career path October 22, 2014
A Research Commons librarian on how starting--and leaving--her program lead her to a job she loves.
Public Presentation: Criminalization of the poor in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside October 22, 2014
This presentation by VANDU members and staff will show how the war on drugs, and the police process we call 'mining for crime' is being used to fill expanding, semi-privatized remand centres in British Columbia.
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