May 3

Research Associate in Computer Science, Intelligent Systems Laboratory

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technologyat Virginia Tech is a university-level research center that reportsto the Vice President of Research and Innovation. Its mission is tocultivate the next generation of national security leaders bydeveloping and executing curricular, extracurricular, and researchopportunities to engage students. One of the fastest growingresearch centers at VT, sponsors and collaborators benefit fromboth highly-experienced student talent and senior technicalleadership that address some of our nation’s greatest securitychallenges. The Hume team executes research on behalf of a range ofnational security research sponsors, including Government agenciesand industry.This is a research and development position that may be based inBlacksburg or Arlington, Virginia and is part of the Hume Center’sIntelligent Systems Lab (ISL). ISL brings together researchers fromcomputer science, statistics, machine learning, networks, signalsprocessing and other fields to develop interdisciplinary solutionsto cutting-edge technological challenges. Successful candidates forthis position will have relevant experience in one or more of thefollowing areas: cybersecurity (network security, softwaresecurity), software engineering, machine learning/AI, computervision, big data.Specific responsibilities include the following:(1) support research conducted in ISL through algorithmdevelopment, coding prototype solutions, and programming newtools;(2) establish and support development environments for test andevaluation of research products;(3) contribute to technical documents/presentations andpeer-reviewed academic papers;(4) provide mentorship to students working on programs.Required Qualifications• US citizenship• An earned Master’s degree in Computer Science, ComputerEngineering, or related discipline; or an earned Bachelor’s degreein Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering,Mathematics, or related discipline and significant relatedexperience• Proficiency in multiple programming languages including at leastone object-oriented language (Java/C++) as well as Python• Experience with development environments and establishingworkflows• Experience applying computer science concepts in problem solvingthrough algorithm development and programming• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in executingresearch and/or development projects• Evidence of high potential for excellence in research anddevelopment as demonstrated through academic study orexperiencePreferred Qualifications• Active security clearance• Interest and/or experience in working effectively with a diversefaculty, staff and student population• Experience working in an academic environment• Experience executing on research and/or development programssupporting the federal governmentAppointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateAugust 31, 2020Additional InformationThis position may be located either in Blacksburg, VA or in theVirginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Sue Kass at [email protected] during regularbusiness hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: August 13, 2020Applications close:last_img read more

December 18

World Cup has inspired Africans: Zuma

first_img2 July 2010As the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ enters the home stretch, South African President Jacob Zuma says he believes the legacy of hosting the tournament will benefit the African continent for decades.In an exclusive interview with Fifa at his presidential residence in Pretoria this week, Zuma said the “Rainbow Nation” had exceeded expectations in its hosting of the tournament, confirming that Fifa’s trust in Africa was not misplaced.Fifa: Mr President, first of all thank you for your time. With only a week left in this 2010 Fifa World Cup, what are your impressions so far of the tournament?President Zuma: I think the tournament is going extremely well and we are very happy, South Africans are happy. You just have to see the reaction of the people at all the matches. I must also say that the international community is very happy about this tournament. I had an opportunity to be in Toronto at the G8 meeting, and the excitement I saw from other heads of state was unbelievable. You could have seen the emotions. This has been, undoubtedly a very successful tournament. I think we have proved that not only South Africa, but Africa is capable of hosting any major event.When you were in Robben Island, did you ever imagine that South Africa would host an event of this magnitude and you would oversee that period?Not at all, I don’t think any of us imagined that. As you might recall, at that time, we were campaigning for the isolation of apartheid South Africa. And, when Fifa took a decision to ban South Africa, it was a significant step. We only dreamt that one day, a free and equal South Africa would participate at international competitions. We never thought that South Africa, so early on, would host a World Cup. In any case, when I was in Robben Island I never thought I would be President. It is indeed a humbling experience if you take that into account.How important was it for South Africa to succeed at this Fifa World Cup following the doubts and scepticism that the country had been the subject of in some circles?I think it was very important for us to succeed. But you must remember that, as South Africans, we pride ourselves on the fact that we always rise up to any challenge. As a matter of fact, nobody believed that we would have a smooth transition from apartheid and we did it. As you know, a Fifa World Cup has never been hosted in Africa. When South Africa first declared its intentions to host the World Cup, some people said, “What is this country from Africa thinking”. Yes, we lost the first time [to Germany], but we knew that we would do it next time. That is what defines us as a country – our attitude and the belief that nothing is impossible. We knew we deserved it, but some continued to say, “impossible, they won’t be able to organise it” and they talked about a “plan B”. When we completed the stadiums, people started to talk about security and other issues, but we have had a great tournament. And today, a lot of people who are honest enough have come out and said: “We confess, we were wrong about your country”.Talking about the significance of the World Cup. We know that this tournament was also earmarked as an opportunity for nation building for this young democracy. Do you think that has been achieved?Absolutely, beyond expectations. This has been an important component for our nation building. It is for the first time in South Africa that we have seen this Rainbow Nation really coming together in a manner we have not witnessed before. For the first time, I have noticed that every South African is now flying our national flag. Everybody is just crazy about this tournament, both black and white. This tournament proved that sport is a tool for nation building.It has always been said that a successful hosting of the World Cup in South Africa will strengthen South Africa’s case to bid for more international events. Do you think that is the case?This has proved to the world that we are capable of hosting any international event, we have the resources and infrastructure. People are already talking about a possibility of bidding for major events and we are supporting this. The Olympics are an example, I don’t see why we can’t bid to host the Olympics in the future. It’s important for Africa.What lessons, as a government, have you learned from hosting this Fifa World Cup?There are many. Firstly, we learned a lot about how to work with strict timelines. We have embarked on a lot of development and we had to work within a tight schedule in order to deliver on time.You are someone who has declared his love for football. How many matches have you been able to watch so far and which team has impressed you so far?I have watched many games, I think this Fifa World Cup has been different. Football has been so unpredictable, we no longer have smaller countries now in football. Some of the countries who were favourites are now out of the tournament, and we see that gap between the so-called big teams and other teams narrowing. Of course, there are countries that have played well. Even though Bafana Bafana did not qualify, I think we played good football and I was happy. We were so close to qualifying. I was impressed with teams like Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Germany. I think the Germans have reinvented their game, they are playing with so much speed and it’s good to watch them. But the teams from Latin America have been great. Countries like Brazil and Argentina are a pleasure to watch. In Africa, we are all proud of Ghana, they have represented us very well.Mr President, we might as well put you on the spot and ask you to predict which team will win the tournament on 11 July?It’s difficult to say, but I think the winner will be amongst the teams I have counted [laughing].People often talk about the legacy of this Fifa World Cup. What legacy would you want it to leave for the South African child?Firstly, the world is aware that Africa has the capacity to host the World Cup. Everybody has seen that we are equal to the task. It has taken the economic development to a different level. One of the important things for Africa is education, and programmes like 1Goal are playing a vital role – that is legacy. This tournament has inspired Africans.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

December 12

Community Capacity Building: Say what??

first_imgThe MFLN consists of several concentration areas including Community Capacity Building (CCB). But many people wonder…what is CCB? What do those words even mean? Our FDEI team began to explore this idea through the lens of early childhood special education (ECSE) and early intervention (EI), and we discovered not only what the term means, but also how it can be used as a force multiplier for young children and their families in the Family Readiness mission.CCB is often defined as “people who feel a sense of shared responsibility and apply their strengths to achieve desired results” (Mancini & Bowen, 2014). Ultimately the goal of CCB is for both informal and formal support systems to work together to achieve positive result for members of the community.In the field of EI/ECSE, the desired result of our community (professionals and families who work together on behalf of young children with disabilities) is to see children learn and grow to their full potential through nurturing, enriched relationships with caregivers.  The informal supports within this community are parents, caregivers, extended family, friends, and other individuals who interact with the child in relatively intimate relationships. Formal supports include YOU – the EI/ECSE professional! This symbiotic relationship between informal and formal supports for children is a force multiplier that enhances outcomes for children. Like a rock thrown into a pond,CCB has a ripple effect that spreads wide and deep.As an ECSE/EI professional, you are in the position to equip caregivers with skills and knowledge to nurture a child’s growth and development. And FDEI is here to help you do just that. Community Capacity Building at its best: All of us using our strengths to achieve desired results. When one part of this formula is missing, the capacity of all decreases…so let’s work together to achieve remarkable outcomes.Created by R. DiPietro-Wells; Images from pixabay.com CC0How can we help support you? What kinds of information do you need to help support the military families you serve? What questions do you have? What resources do you need? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below or email us at [email protected] can learn even more about CCB and access an online training to increase your understanding of CCB here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

November 7

Sport Education – Coach and Referee course presenter update

first_imgTouch Football Australia has been undertaking a review of Sport Education courses and resources and is pleased to provide further update with regard to the process for release and trialling the updated Foundation Coach Course and Level 1 Referee Course.As part of this trial process, the educating and updating of Presenters with the new course material and requirements is vital. This will be undertaken through a targeted approach which will include the following steps:1. TFA and state offices to identify and target relevant level course presenters and communicate directly requirements listed below.2. Course Presenters to register to update their accreditation as per Course Presenter updating Registration process as outlined in the TFA Sport Education Guidelines3. Course Presenters are required to complete relevant ASC General Principles Course (coaching or officiating) http://learning.ausport.gov.au/ and provide certificate to complete currency update process to [email protected] Course Presenters are required to attend and complete webinar workshop to be updated on the changes to the materials and course processes. To register to attend the webinar please select the link from the list below for your preferred date.The following webinar options will be held throughout September/early October to update Course Presenters. Further dates or potential face to face opportunities will be provided in due course. Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/5942e7 Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/dd97b7 Registration Link Thursday 3rd October – 7pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course Monday 30th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/3d07e6 Thursday 26th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/9a3e1b Date & Time Presenter Update Tuesday 24th September – 8pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course For more information, please click on the attached memo.Related Filescoach_and_referee_course_presenter_update_-_webinar_registration-pdfRelated LinksSport Educationlast_img read more

October 13

BC finance minister says doubleA credit rating sign of continued stability

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Finance Minister Carole James says Dominion Bond Rating Service has confirmed the province’s double-A high credit rating, maintaining the rate the province has held since May 2007.The Ministry of Finance says in a news release that the rating recognizes B.C.’s growing economy, balanced fiscal policy and affordable debt.It calls the double-A high rating “a strong affirmation of the province’s direction and fiscal position.”Dominion’s report forecasts the provincial economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year before slowing to a “more sustainable pace” of around 2 per cent.The report comes in the wake of the new government’s budget update in September.The Finance Ministry says British Columbia remains the only province rated triple-A with all three international credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch.“The AA high rating recognizes that choices to invest in British Columbians will help chart a path to continued economic stability,” James says in the release.She says the investments being made by the New Democrat government lay the foundation for a better B.C.last_img read more

October 13

Australian leader says cybersecurity laws urgently needed

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s prime minister says new Australian cybersecurity laws that force global technology companies such as Facebook and Google to help police by unscrambling encrypted messages sent by extremists and other criminals were urgently needed to safeguard the nation.The legislation was passed by the Senate late Thursday, the last day the Parliament sat in 2018.The opposition Labor Party agreed to support the legislation as an emergency measure because extremists are expected to target Christmas-New Year crowds. But Labor Party lawmakers have said they want amendments passed when Parliament resumes.Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Labor’s decision to support the laws as a concession.Morrison told Nine Network television on Friday: “This was very important legislation to give police and security agencies the ability to get into encrypted communications.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12

AAP responds to EC directive for removing CM’s image from hoardings

first_imgNEW DELHI: Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures are widely in use under various pretexts, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday in its response to the Election Commission’s order said that a “level playing field” should be ensured for free and fair elections. In its order, the EC had directed removal or covering of pictures especially of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the words ‘aam aadmi’, citing deference to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsReplying to the order, AAP national spokesperson and Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha has argued that Modi’s pictures are plastered all over the city under various governmental/non-governmental pretexts and must be subject to the same standards and regulations as are being imposed on the Delhi Chief Minister. In his written reply to EC, Chadha said: “It is essential that if a level playing field is ensured, the directions ought to be issued across the board, to all parties. It is pertinent to point out that directions ought to be issued only in such a manner, to ensure free and fair elections.” Earlier on March 12, hoardings and banners containing Modi’s photographs were removed from petrol pumps in the national capital following the enforcement of MCC.last_img read more

October 12

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over ‘tense situation’

first_imgSeoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called a full meeting Wednesday of a top committee of the ruling Workers’ Party to address what he described as the “prevailing tense situation”, state media reported. The gathering of the Central Committee comes after Kim’s Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump broke up without agreement in February, and as South Korean President Moon Jae-in flies to Washington for talks with the US leader. But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) appeared to indicate that Kim may be focussing on Pyongyang’s continued push to develop its economy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn a meeting with senior officials Tuesday, Kim ordered them to display “an attitude befitting the masters of the revolution and construction under the prevailing tense situation and thus follow through on the new strategic line of the Party”, KCNA reported. Last April Kim declared that the ruling party’s “new strategic line” would be “socialist economic construction” and its quest for nuclear development was complete. Kim made “a deep analysis of the matters pending urgent solution in the party and state”, KCNA said, adding that at Wednesday’s meeting the central committee will “decide the new orientation and ways of struggle in line with the need of the prevailing revolutionary situation”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIt comes ahead of the opening of the country’s rubber stamp legislature on Thursday. Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute, said it would be difficult for Kim to lay out a new policy direction while Trump continues to express a willingness to maintain dialogue. Instead Wednesday’s meeting could involve a reshuffle of party officials including Kim Yong Chol, the North’s top envoy for talks with the US, who has been “blamed the most for the failure of the Hanoi summit”, he said. “It would signal a green light if he is replaced with a more flexible and practical figure, but if he stays, denuclearisation talks won’t be easy,” Cheong said. Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where the North Korean leader signed a vaguely-worded deal on the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.last_img read more