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  • Dale Denis, MSc Thesis Defence, Computing Science
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    October 6, 2014
    M.SC. THESIS DEFENCE Dale Denis B.A., Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, 1988 B.Tech. (with Honors), British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC, 2005 Monday, October 6 th , 2014 11:00 a.m. SURREY Campus Room 4040 Title HIGH-PERFORMANCE REGULAR EXPRESSION MATCHING WITH PARABIX AND LLVM Abstract This thesis investigates the feasibility of constructing a high-performance, Unicode-capable, regular expression search tool by combining parallel bit stream technologies and algorithms together with the dynamic compilation capabilities of the LLVM compiler infrastructure. A prototype implementation of icGREP successfully demonstrates the feasibility of this undertaking, with asymptotic performance fully in line with that predicted by earlier prototyping work. The icGREP implementation extends the Parabix regular expression algorithms to include new techniques for efficient Unicode character matching. Performance evaluations in comparison with other Unicode-capable regular expression search tools show asymptotic performance advantages that are often over 10X, although the overhead of dynamic compilation techniques confines the benefits to relatively large input files. M.Sc. Examining Committee: Dr. Robert Cameron, Senior Supervisor Dr. Thomas C. Shermer, Supervisor Dr. Nick Sumner, Supervisor Dr. Anoop Sarkar, Examiner Dr. Arthur (Ted) Kirkpatrick, Chair
  • Adrienne Peters, PhD Thesis Defence, Criminology
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    October 8, 2014
    Senior Supervisor: Raymond Corrado Thesis Title: Finding an Appropriate Balance: A Comparison of Specialized and Traditional Probation Caseloads and their Related Outcomes for Young Offenders in British Columbia Abstract: A major youth justice policy issue in Canada is the management of young offenders who are mentally disordered, violent, and/or gang-involved. As probation is the most commonly applied youth sentence in Canada, specialized youth probation caseloads were introduced to meet the unique needs of these young offenders. These youth probation officers are assigned reduced caseloads, thereby facilitating more intensive supervision and individualized case management plans. The present study focuses on two specialized youth probation caseloads in Vancouver, British Columbia: the Serious-Violent/Gang-Involved Young Offender Caseload and the Mentally Disordered Young Offender Caseload. To determine whether the supervision received and the outcomes of specially supervised youth are different than those for youth supervised on traditional caseloads, this dissertation relies on data from 192 youth probationers’ case files assigned to a specialized or a traditional caseload in the Lower Mainland, between 2004 and 2013, and who had a mental health condition, a serious-violent conviction, or who were associated with a criminal organization. In addition, it includes 7 semi-structured qualitative interviews with the youth probation officers who supervised the specialized caseloads. This mixed methodology permitted a careful examination of the in-depth profiles and specific typologies of the youth probationers; an evaluation of the practices employed by the specialist officers; and finally, an assessment of the outcomes of the youth probationers supervised by specialist probation officers compared to youth supervised by traditional probation officers, as measured through recidivism, chronic offending, and changes in risk assessment ratings. Several of the proposed research hypotheses were confirmed, as specially supervised youth probationers, overall, received more intensive supervision, as compared to youth who were assigned to traditional caseloads. Moreover, they had reduced probabilities of recidivism, had lower likelihoods of becoming chronic offenders, and had comparatively better risk assessment ratings than the traditionally managed young offenders. This research provides important implications related to the community supervision of mentally disordered and violent/gang young offenders, and recommendations for continued and future youth probation practices and policies are offered. Keywords: Specialized youth probation; reduced caseloads; intensive supervision; mentally disordered young offenders; serious-violent young offenders; gang-involved young offenders Location: Faculty Conference room, SWH 10121
  • Jason Brogran, MSc Thesis Defence, Biological Sciences
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    October 14, 2014
    Senior Supervisor: Dr. Ronald Ydenberg Thesis Title: Sources and effects of persistent organic pollutants and flame retardants in Cooper's hawks of Vancouver, British Columbia
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  • Job Posting: The Environmental Fellows Program at Harvard University October 01, 2014
    The Environmental Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Center for the Environment is inviting applications for their 2015 cohort.

  • Info Session: DAAD Funding Opportunities September 30, 2014
    The DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service will be at SFU on Wednesday, October 15th for an information session on the scholarships and grants it has on offer for students from all disciplines who are interested in pursuing study or research opportunities in Germany.