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Welcome to SFU CS. Richard Zhang Associate Professor Director of Graphics (GrUVi) Lab Graduate Program Director September 5, 2013, New Grad Orientation. Quiz #1. Which of the following is not true? “Simon Fraser” was named after a person

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Welcome to sfu cs

Welcome to SFU CS

Richard Zhang

Associate Professor

Director of Graphics (GrUVi) Lab

Graduate Program Director

September 5, 2013, New Grad Orientation

Quiz 1
Quiz #1

  • Which of the following is not true?

    • “Simon Fraser” was named after a person

    • SFU CS was ranked among the top 100 CS depts in the world in the 2012 AWRU university ranking

    • SFU was ranked as the best comprehensive university in Canada from 2008 to 2012

    • SFU was ranked as a top 10 college town in North America for live, play, and learn

    • Every one in this room has at most a three degrees of separation from an Olympic medalist

They are all true

Quiz 2
Quiz #2

  • Let x, y, and z be the number of faculties, grad students, and undergrad students in SFU CS. Which of the following closest describe x, y, z?

    • x, y, and z can form three sides of a triangle

    • x, y, and z approximately form an arithmetic series

    • x/10, y/10, and z/10 are denominations of the Canadian dollar bills

Sfu school of computing science
SFU School of Computing Science

  • around50 research faculty

  • more than 200 grad students

  • more than1000 undergrads

You …

  • More than 70 admitted for fall 2013

  • 18 Ph.D. and 59 M.Sc. (18 thesis; 28 course; 3 project) + currently 85 Ph.D. and 64 M.Sc.

  • 18 female and 59 male

  • From 13 countries (top 4: China, India, Iran, and Canada)

    - numbers are as of June 24, 2013 and are approximate

Important to know
Important to know

  • Important people to know and to consult

  • What funding is available to you

  • Opportunities: Co-op, Internship, International exchange, etc.

  • When you are expected to complete what milestones – “satisfactory progress”

  • Important dates in a year – deadlines

  • Quick advice …

Be resourceful faculty
Be resourceful: faculty

  • Resourceful = knowing what is available to you

  • Most Important Person (MIP): your supervisor

    • Meet him/her early

    • Go seek them and not let them chase after you

  • Other faculties

    • Make an impression, e.g., in courses

    • Collaborate them if you can (future reference!)

Be resourceful grad students
Be resourceful: grad students

  • Do not just make friends with your lab mates

  • Creativity often come from talking to people outside your field of research

  • Learn different cultures

Be resourceful undergrads
Be resourceful: undergrads

  • Be serious about TA-ing

  • If you can teach, then you really understood!

Be resourceful staff
Be resourceful: staff

  • Tracy, Val, Gerdi, and others

  • Val & Gerdi for most grad matters

    • They are the most experienced, not me 

Strive to be excellent
Strive to be excellent

  • A cliché

  • It is a mentality: look to the top and not settle for being average – come to the grad talk in the Faculty Colloquium (October 17)

  • Compete with the very best in the world

  • Sense of belonging: you make the difference!

Be quick
Be quick

  • Quick completion

  • Resourcefulness  excellence  quick completion

  • Slow progress has negative impact on funding

  • Quick: 2$,$$$ something  $$$,$$$

What do i do
What do I do?

  • Most of what I do you do not know that I do

  • Best if you never needed to see me personally to discuss anything

  • But I am available to chat about anything …

  • Meet me for badminton, volleyball, or playing go

Great place to live play learn
Great place to live, play & learn

  • Ranked 6th among 40 best college towns in North America (2003, Outside Magazine)