#HaliBA Holiday Social
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

#HaliBA Holiday Social

  • Harbour City Bar and Grill - Delta Halifax (map)
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t is that time of the year to celebrate! The IIBA Halifax Chapter cordially invites you to our annual Holiday Social. Please join the Board of Directors and fellow IIBA members for an evening containing light refreshments, entertaining company and great conversation. Come and enjoy this excellent opportunity to meet and network with our local CBAP certified professionals. This gathering is a special evening to bring existing, old, new and future members together to enjoy the benefits of our local IIBA Chapter. Do not miss this chance to meet colleagues from the Halifax business analysis, management consulting, service management and IT professional communities. Let's celebrate this year's accomplishments and prepare to make new commitments for the coming year. Chapter and non-chapter members are welcome.

Register in advance for complimentary drink ticket:
https://halifax.iiba.org/event/iiba-halifax-chapter-holiday-social-1

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CIPS-NS Winter Social and Special General Meeting
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

CIPS-NS Winter Social and Special General Meeting

CIPS NS is having it's winter social, drinks and appetizers to be provided at the Halifax Club.

All CIPS NS members and past members are cordially invited to attend.  This is a very important event for CIPS  as we look to build our community and we look forward to bringing more networking and learning opportunities to our local tech community.

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Declarative Performance: Automating Performance Ops with Kubernetes
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Declarative Performance: Automating Performance Ops with Kubernetes

Declarative Performance: Automating Performance Ops with Kubernetes
Domenic Rosati, Engineering @ Manifold

Performance management is really hard. There are lots of tools that help like APMs and other observability tools. Ensuring your system is highly available. Setting SLOs and observing SLIs.
Kubernetes helps by providing a self healing platform that reconciles current system state with declared ideal state. Is there a way to declare ideal performance and leverage Kubernetes to attempt to meet those objectives automatically?

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Can data science be ethical? And why should I care? On DNA, Gamergate, taxi rides, and sea rescue operations
Nov
29
11:30 AM11:30

Can data science be ethical? And why should I care? On DNA, Gamergate, taxi rides, and sea rescue operations

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, CS Auditorium (#127) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ethics is everywhere. We need to get our research plans approved by ethics boards, we now do ethical AI (based on ethics codes), the European Union makes data-science projects have an independent ethics advisor, and management now engages in ethical leadership. 


    Why is this, and what does ethics actually mean in the context of data science? In this talk, I will give a hands-on introduction to important schools of thought and questions from this fascinating subfield of philosophy. The “hands-on” means that we will, interactively, go through a number of real-life case studies from data science, study what values and rights are at stake and how they were and can be disregarded, respected, protected, and questioned.   


    In the second part of the talk, I will focus on a specific application of ethical questioning: the analysis of vehicle/human trajectory data, and a specific value: privacy. I will discuss two recent examples of the analysis of such data – the New York City taxi rides dataset, and the use of data from the maritime Automatic Information System (AIS) for mapping refugee movements on the Mediterranean Sea. The examples will illustrate a feature that engineers often find very difficult to deal with: the tension between allowing for different (and often mutually incompatible) ethical stances on the one hand, and requiring adherence to certain ethical norms that are considered non-negotiable on the other hand. But these examples will also illustrate why we should care, why it is intellectually stimulating to think about ethics, and why doing so requires us to also question ethics or “ethical” codes, boards and advisors, and certainly leaders.

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Deep Learning for Audio
Nov
27
11:30 AM11:30

Deep Learning for Audio

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, CS Auditorium (#127) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this talk, I will present two contrasting approaches to building generative models for audio with deep learning techniques:

1) In the TimbreTron system (developed in collaboration with students and faculty at U of Toronto and Vector), we learn to manipulate the timbre of a sound sample from one instrument to match that of another while preserving musical content such as pitch and rhythm. I will describe how we do this by combining a CycleGAN architecture, appropriate spectral representations and a conditional WaveNet synthesizer.

2) In PerformanceRNN (developed in collaboration with researchers at Google, and with subsequent developments in collaboration with undergraduate students at Dalhousie FCS), we work directly with MIDI data rather than raw audio, which allows us to treat music generation as language-modeling problem. We use a conditional LSTM to generate solo piano music based on a dataset of human performances.


I will also provide overviews as needed throughout the talk of concepts related both to audio generation (e.g. "What is MIDI? What are spectral representations?") as well as to deep learning techniques (e.g. "What is CycleGAN?”).

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Ethical AI: Where is the horizon & how do we get there?
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

Ethical AI: Where is the horizon & how do we get there?

  • Dalhousie University, Kenneth C. Rowe Building, Room 1020 (map)
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The panel will discuss the ethical challenges arising as artificial intelligence permeates our lives.

Many people believe that we need to open AI code and "training data" in order to be transparent about the important decisions being made when it comes to AI tools today. But, to achieve that level of transparency, we take the risk that these tools will be manipulated or abused.

If machine learning continues to progress, we'll be able to introduce and enforce ethics rules that regulate the development, training and use of AI tools - or, our "electronic children" - and maybe even reinforce these rules. Would these rules be universally accepted by all? Would groups or communities not bound by these rules break them to gain economic or political advantages?

Join us as we embark on this discussion with panelists:

  • Dr. Darren Abramson, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University

  • Dr. Fosca Giannotti, Director, Research at the Information Science and Technology Institute “A. Faedo” of the National Research Council, Pisa, Italy

  • Dr. Stan Matwin, Director, Institute for Big Data Analytics, Dalhousie University

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Reasoning on data and algorithmic bias: explaining the network effect in opinion dynamics and the training data bias in machine learning
Nov
23
2:30 PM14:30

Reasoning on data and algorithmic bias: explaining the network effect in opinion dynamics and the training data bias in machine learning

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, CIBC Auditorium (#127) (map)
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Data science is creating novel means to study the complexity of our societies and to measure, understand and predict social phenomena. My seminar gives an overview of recent research at the Knowledge Discovery (KDD) Lab in Pisa within the SoBigData.eu research infrastructure, targeted at explaining the effects of data and algorithmic bias in different domains, using both data-driven and model-driven arguments. 

First, I introduce a model showing how algorithmic bias instilled in an opinion diffusion process artificially yields increased polarisation, fragmentation and instability in a population. Second, I focus on the urgent open challenge of how to construct meaningful explanations of opaque AI/ML black-box decision systems, introducing the local-to-global framework for the explanation of ML classifiers.

The two cases show how the combination of data-driven and model-driven interdisciplinary research has a huge potential to shed new light on complex phenomena like discrimination and polarisation, as well as to explain how decision making black-boxes, both human and artificial, actually work. 

I conclude with an account of the open data science paradigm pursued in SoBigData.eu Research Infrastructure and its importance for interdisciplinary data driven science that impacts societal challenges.

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Institute for Big Data Analytics Anniversary Celebration
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Institute for Big Data Analytics Anniversary Celebration

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Atrium (map)
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The Institute for Big Data Analytics is turning five. Headquartered at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science, the Institute for Big Data Analytics has become an international hub of excellence in big data research – supporting local industry to use big data to make an impact and training the next generation of researchers and practitioners to advance this area of innovation.

As the Institute for Big Data Analytics reaches this milestone, we will acknowledge the progress made in this area for Dalhousie and the region, look back on the research advances made, and look ahead to the next five years. This is an opportunity to not only focus on the direction the Institute for Big Data Analytics will take to align with the university’s and regions’ strategic priorities, but also to discuss the future of big data and the opportunities and challenges we face as a society. 

Join us for speeches, student research poster presentations, and refreshments.

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Scrum Beers
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Scrum Beers

Let's meet-up at Economy Shoe Shop and discuss agile/scrum. Bring your challenges and your discussion items. Various group organizers will be in attendance and can speak informally regarding how we implement agile/scrum in our organizations.

This will be more an informal event compared to our last one but there will be more beer involved. :)

Also open to suggestions on what presentation topics people are interested in for future.

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Build A #HALIBA
Nov
22
5:30 PM17:30

Build A #HALIBA

Practice and develop your Business Analyst skill set by having a business date with the IIBA Halifax Chapter. Through the evening you and your fellow #HaliBAs will practice some of BABOK techniques that are less often used than the general Brainstorming and Requirements Facilitation Workshops. Come join us for an evening of fun, learning and laughter.

Agenda
5:30 - 6:00pm: Networking
20 mins: #HaliBA Certified - What does it take?
20 mins: What is #HaliBA?
20 mins: Living your best #HaliBA Life - How to Network
7:00 - 7:30pm: Networking

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Tech Leader Panel and Awards (Live on Tech and Beer)
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Tech Leader Panel and Awards (Live on Tech and Beer)

CIPS Nova Scotia is proud to host a very special event.

Join your us and engage with our IT leaders panel who will discuss trends, technologies and professionalism. Followed by awards for 2 of our great members/leaders.

There will be food, refreshments along with plenty of time for networking and discussion.

Our panel of IT Leaders are:

Giles Crouch: Giles is principal and CIO of Ekspansiv, a firm which helps businesses thrive in the digital age. He has over 25 years working with various technologies. As a polymath, Giles brings to bear marketing, digital anthropology, design thinking and behavioural economics, creating unique solutions to business challenges. He’s helped companies bring new and emerging tech to market globally. He has been deeply involved in Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence, social media, cybersecurity and digital transformations. Giles is regularly interviewed by news media on issues of technology and society.

Daya Pillay: Daya Pillay has over 40 years of experience in IT. Currently, he is the Manager of Information Services at Halifax Water. He has a varied background that includes both the private and public sectors. Daya has experience in the full gamut of IT jobs. He started as a programmer, moved on to be a business analyst, then project manager and ended up in management. He has usually been at the forefront of technology. His vision allowed the city of Halifax to be an early adopter of the web and he has presented at several conferences on trends on the web. He crafted a 5 year IT Strategy for Halifax Water and is currently implementing that Strategy.

Angela McCarthy: Angela is an IT Leader with 20 years experience building and leading technology teams. Her background is in Web Development, Quality Assurance, Project and Service Delivery Management with a focus on Service Delivery Excellence and Industry Best Practice. A seasoned ITIL Practioner with multiple Enterprise ITSM implementations under her belt. She has worked in many industries including Oil and Gas, HealthCare, Technology and Education. She enjoys giving back and works as a Mentor for Women in Tech and students considering technology careers.

It should be a great evening of discussion. Please note the dress code of business casual.

Register here: https://www.meetup.com/Halifax-IT-Technology-Meetup/events/254790303/

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Drones as an Engineering Tool
Oct
4
11:40 AM11:40

Drones as an Engineering Tool

We will be discussing how drones or UAVs have become an important tool for engineering purposes. Their versatility has made it possible to be implemented in almost every field. Applications go from construction, inspections, asset management, surveying, energy audits, and more. Everyday there are new uses in this ever expanding field. Join us as we discuss how they can be used and applied to a variety of engineering environments. 

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Introduction to TensorFlow Workshop
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to TensorFlow Workshop

  • Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building (Room 426, ShiftKey Labs) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you short on time to start from scratch to use deep learning to solve complex problems involving topics like neural networks and reinforcement learning? If yes, then this is the workshop to help you.

This workshop is designed to help you to overcome various data science problems by using efficient deep learning models built in TensorFlow.

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Complex Event Recognition for Maritime Monitoring
Sep
27
4:00 PM16:00

Complex Event Recognition for Maritime Monitoring

  • Slonim Conference Room (#430), Goldberg Computer Science Building, Dalhousie University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The aim of this talk is to present research results of the Complex Event Recognition lab (http://cer.iit.demokritos.gr/) of NCSR Demokritos (Athens, Greece), focusing on maritime applications. Maritime monitoring systems support safe shipping, through real-time detection of dangerous, suspicious and illegal vessel activities. We have been developing a complex event recognition system for maritime monitoring in the Event Calculus, allowing both for verification and real-time performance. The basic system is being developed through collaboration with domain experts, constructing effective patterns of maritime activity. In order to refine these patterns, we have developed online, relational learning techniques and applied them on AIS data streams. More recently, we have also been developing complex event forecasting techniques, allowing for predictive maritime analytics. In the talk, we will show results of our techniques on real AIS streams, covering large geographical areas.

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Science, Technology and Society in the 21st Century: Ethics, debates, and collaboration
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Science, Technology and Society in the 21st Century: Ethics, debates, and collaboration

  • Dalhousie University, Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building (map)
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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Computer Science, is pleased to invite you to a special panel event to introduce the three Donald Hill Family Postdoctoral Fellows.Their panel will discuss their research intentions and generate stimulating dialogue about the impact of emerging technology on society. 

Please join us for this panel event. All are welcome! 

Reception to follow.

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Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

PMI Nova Scotia Chapter 20th Anniversary Celebration

Our 20th Anniversary Event will be held this September 26th, 2018 at Pier 21. To kick things off, we will begin the evening with our AGM – with a new twist this year.

As part of its 20th Anniversary Year, PMI NS is launching online voting for Board Elections. Call for Nominations was issued July 23rd and is open for nominations until August 24th. Plan to attend our AGM for the firsthand announcement of our new 2019/2020 Board of Directors. In 2019 we are expanding our Board compliment to include two new Director positions: Director of Technology, and Director of Innovation.

PMI Nova Scotia Chapter’s Anniversary Party will feature a walking menu of Nova Scotia favorites old and new, cash bar, local live musicians, views of Halifax Harbour and even access to one of the interactive Pier 21 exhibits. There will be multiple door prizes to be won, gifts for attendees, and for one lucky winner a GRAND PRIZE! Stay tuned for details in the weeks ahead.

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Lessons on the Placement, Autonomy, and Fusion of Wireless Sensor Data
Sep
20
1:00 PM13:00

Lessons on the Placement, Autonomy, and Fusion of Wireless Sensor Data

  • CS Auditorium (#127), Goldberg Computer Science Building, Dalhousie University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We present a collection of lessons learned from the deployment of real world wireless sensor network applications and the corresponding research issues. Our experiences are based on our work with the SmartCondo environment and from residential building sensing. Namely, we will consider: sensor placement, seen as a variety of the "coverage" problem; sensor autonomy, seen from the niche of thermoelectric energy harvesting; and sensor "fusion" from combinations of anonymous and eponymous sensing. We will also address to some extent the problem of sensor data outages -- a phenomenon not uncommon in real environments -- caused by energy depletion or by the unpredictable nature of the wireless propagation environment. We will highlight previous as well as ongoing work to characterize and mitigate such outages.

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[Webinar] National industry engagement technical workshops for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector
Sep
6
8:30 AM08:30

[Webinar] National industry engagement technical workshops for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector

The CRA is launching a first: a series of national workshops aimed at directly supporting businesses conducting R&D in the ICT sector. During these workshops, businesses will gain valuable insights into how to best relate their innovation to SR&ED. Useful tips and best practices will also be provided which will help in ensuring businesses receive their full entitlements under the SR&ED program. Also this is an opportunity for businesses to engage directly with the CRA.

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[Conference] The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering
Aug
28
to Aug 31

[Conference] The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

  • Halifax Convention Centre (map)
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The 18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2018) seeks original research papers that focus on the design, implementation, development, management, use and evaluation of advanced systems where document and document collections play a key role. DocEng emphasizes innovative approaches to document engineering technology, use of documents and document collections in real-world applications, novel principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage, maintain, share, and productively use these. In particular, DocEng 2018 seeks works involving large-scale document engineering applications of industrial relevance.

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Spatial and temporal distribution of fishing activities in the Northern and Central Adriatic Sea using AIS data
Aug
24
1:30 PM13:30

Spatial and temporal distribution of fishing activities in the Northern and Central Adriatic Sea using AIS data

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Slonim Conference Room (#430) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trawling activities, such as bottom otter trawling, have occurred for centuries on large spatial scale and today are considered one of the main and widespread causes of anthropogenic disturbance and habitat alteration. In this context, the Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) suggests a long-term holistic approach to delineate when, where and how marine ecosystems have been perturbed and to delineate future management strategies in order to maintain biodiversity. In this study the spatial and temporal distribution of trawl fishing activities in the Northern and Central Adriatic Sea were investigated using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.

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Petri Nets for Modelling and Analysing Trophic Networks
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Petri Nets for Modelling and Analysing Trophic Networks

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Slonim Conference Room (#430) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We consider trophic networks, a kind of networks used in ecology to represent feeding interactions (what-eats-what) in an ecosystem. Starting from the observation that trophic networks can be naturally modelled as Petri nets, we explore the possibility of using Petri nets for the analysis and simulation of trophic networks. We define and discuss different continuous Petri net models, whose level of accuracy depends on the information available for the modelled trophic network. The simplest Petri net model we construct just relies on the topology of the network.

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Transportation Modes Classification Using Feature Engineering
Aug
24
11:00 AM11:00

Transportation Modes Classification Using Feature Engineering

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Building, Room 311 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trajectory mining has applications including but not limited to transportation mode detection, tourism, traffic congestion, smart cities management, animal behaviour analysis, environmental preservation, and traffic dynamics are some of the trajectory mining applications. Transportation modes prediction as one of the tasks in human mobility and vehicle mobility applications plays an important role in resource allocation, traffic management systems, tourism planning and accident detection. In this work, the proposed framework in Etemad et al. is extended to consider other aspects in the task of transportation modes prediction.

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Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

Amelia McNamara - Key Attributes of a Modern Statistical Computing Environment

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Jacob Slonim Roam (#430) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Statistical computing tools are often separated into one of either: professional or educational tools. R is clearly a professional tool yet much of the variety of its functionality stems from the education and research industry. For decades R has remained a category leader in its provision of a functional, data as a first-class-object programming environment. Additionally R maintains its flexibility through the CRAN repository of extensions for newly required features or updates to methods which prevents users from "experiencing out" and off of the platform. What other factors are there to consider which make R a great statistical computing environment?

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Introduction of Unicage
Aug
16
11:30 AM11:30

Introduction of Unicage

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Slonim Conference Room (#430) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Unicage" is a methodology of developing system for enterprise, featured by shell script, Uncage command and text file. This technology was born about 25years ago, and it may look old fashioned, but, this methodology has been refined eliminating redundancy and complex structure, and keeps its simplicity dedicated to Unix philosophy. Combination of each command which is turned up extremely enables scripts higher  speed of big data than existing other complex methodology. Command sets are now extended to IoT, SNS, and other fields and becoming unique glue technology staying under other various technology. This presentation is for everyone who wants to become splendid user, or universal researcher of Information technologies.

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Towards universality in IoT Design: From MAKER activities to Mono-gramming
Aug
16
11:30 AM11:30

Towards universality in IoT Design: From MAKER activities to Mono-gramming

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, Slonim Conference Room (#430) (map)
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Internet of Things(IoT) devices are steadily growing in the opportunities that they provide for programmers. As a result, countries around the world are witnessing a surge in the introduction of newer devices. The talk introduces two related topics.

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Detecting Search and Rescue missions from AIS data
Aug
2
11:30 AM11:30

Detecting Search and Rescue missions from AIS data

  • Dalhousie University, Goldberg Computer Science Building, CS Auditorium (#127) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The crossing of the Mediterranean by refugees has turned to be an extremely perilous activity. Human operators that handle Search and Rescue (SAR) missions need all the help they can muster in order to timely discover and assist in the coordination of the operations. In this work we present a tool that automatically detects SAR missions in the sea, by employing Automatic Identification System (AIS) data streams. The approach defines three steps to be taken: a) trajectory compression for affordable real time analysis in the presence of big data; b) detection of sub-operations to which a SAR mission is actually decomposed, and; c) synthesis of multiple vessels’ inferred behavior to determine an ongoing SAR mission and its details. The evaluation results are promising showing that AIS data carry highly valuable information even in the absence of any other type of data that could make the problem easier (e.g. coast guard signals).

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**CANCELLED** - Recursive Designs
Jul
24
11:30 AM11:30

**CANCELLED** - Recursive Designs

  • CS Auditorium (#127) Goldberg Computer Science Building Dalhousie University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

More than a hundred years ago, starting with G. Peano and followed by D. Hilbert, H. von Koch, W. Sierpiński, mathematicians were forced to realise that curves of potentially infinite length can be constructed by iterating simple geometric transformation rules, that these curves can be approximated by fractured lines and that some of these curves were space-filling as they could go arbitrarily close to any point in a closed region of the plane, as if they were two-dimensional. These curves, while only mathematical curiosities at first, were termed as monster curves for their peculiar properties such as being nowhere differentiable.

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