ACM Weekly — Week of 10/16/2017

G’day, ACM! We hope you all had a relaxing Fall Break! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Don’t forget to sign up for an advising appointment! Registration starts in just a few weeks, and advising is required before you’re eligible to register!

-Next Tuesday, Workiva will be giving a Tech Talk on cloud computing. Make sure your schedule is free, because you won’t want to miss it!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  TigerDev member Ethan Lindblom will be speaking about the history of video game music and the theory behind what makes the most memorable video game music great. Then, he’ll give a live demonstration of how to create a music track for a video game. We all know video game music is some of the coolest music there is, so come check out the talk and learn more about how it’s made!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Ethical Hacking Club will be talking about KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) and why almost all devices connected to a WPA2 router are vulnerable right now. If that sounds slightly concerning, come out Wednesday night to learn about the problem and how to fix it!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will discuss some logistics for ICPC next month, including the rosters for the teams that will be competing. Following that, they’ll discuss some more graph algorithms, including Dijkstra’s and Tarjan’s algorithms. Think about how disappointed Dijkstra would be if you missed practice this week!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma G’s on Thach:  Come on out to Tea Time Thursday night and have a delicious dinner with your fellow ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be holding another mock competition this Sunday. Come compete and get some great problem-solving practice!

That’s it for now!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 10/9/2017

Buongiorno, ACM! Congrats on surviving the semester so far! Hang in there; Fall Break is almost here! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Yesterday, eight members of TigerDev returned from SIEGE Con, the largest professional game development conference in the South. Today, they’ll briefly share with the club what they learned over the weekend. Then, we’ll have a discussion about the role of iteration in game development. The first prototype of a game is rarely good, so developers have to iterate on their initial ideas in order to create great games. Come on out and join our discussion on game development!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, we’ll have guest presentations from members of the hacking club on various topics in cybersecurity. Come on out and listen to what your fellow hackers have to say!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week’s Programming Practice will serve as the second qualifier for ICPC, so if you’re interested in competing in one of our teams next month, be sure to come Wednesday night!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Fall Break starts Thursday, but if you’re in town, we’ll still be having Tea Time! Come celebrate Fall Break with your fellow ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, we’ll be having our first team mock competition! Come on out and get some great practice solving problems with a team!

That’s all for this week!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 10/2/2017

Greetings, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Advising has begun for the spring semester! Don’t wait to set up an advising appointment, because time slots are already filling up fast!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today will be TigerDev’s first project progress update of the semester! Our four teams have been working hard on their semester-long game development projects, and today’s the day they get to show the club what they’ve accomplished thus far! Even if you’re not a regular TigerDev attendee, come check out our teams’ progress if you’re interested!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  Hacking club will last from 5PM until our stomachs make us stop in Shelby 2117. We’ll be setting up IoT, Bluetooth, wireless, and network labs that people can try to exploit. It’s an open-ended session, so don’t worry about being late. It’s like a weekly hacking fest, so come have some fun!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will be covering an introduction to graphs. Graph theory is important to many problems that pop up in programming competitions and in everyday applications, so come get a solid primer on it!

Thursday: TigerDev Guest Speaker — 6:00 PM in Lowder 129:  TigerDev will be hosting Todd Deery, the communication and admission director for UCF’s graduate game development program. He’ll speak about the video game industry in general and about UCF’s graduate program. In addition, he’ll be bringing in a fellow faculty member from UCF to talk about the game industry more in depth. This is an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in game development, so come check it out!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Tea Time, what a wonderful time! If you don’t plan on coming to TigerDev’s guest speaker event, come grab a bite to eat with your fellow ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week’s mock competition will serve as the first qualifying round for the International Collegiate Programming Contest, which the Programming Team will attend in November. If you’re interested in competing at ICPC, be sure to come to the mock this week!

That’s all for this week!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 9/25/2017

Bonjour, ACM! Here’s your weekly order of ACM announcements:

-Advising has begun for the spring semester! Don’t wait to set up an advising appointment, because time slots are already filling up fast!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129 A bad first impression is all it takes to make most people give up on your game. Today, TigerDev will be holding a presentation on how to avoid that by creating a great tutorial level for your game! 

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  Hacking club will last from 5PM until our stomachs make us stop in Shelby 2117. We’ll be setting up IoT, Bluetooth, wireless, and network labs that people can try to exploit. It’s an open-ended session, so don’t worry about being late. It’s like a weekly hacking fest, so come have some fun!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will cover dynamic programming, a concept that shows up often in programming competitions. Some say learning dynamic programming is one of the keys to achieving Enlightenment, so come check it out!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  Momma Goldberg says you have to get your weekly dose of Tea Time or else you’ll never reach your full potential as a programmer. Even if you don’t trust us, trust Momma G!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will hold another mock competition this week. If you haven’t had a chance to attend one yet, come check it out this week and get some great practice solving problems quickly!

That’s all for this week!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 9/18/2017

Ciao, ACM! Here’s our schedule for the week!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129 Today, Marcus Woodard will be giving a presentation on game design basics. This will include an interactive demo in which we collectively design the foundation of a small game, so come with your creativity caps on! It will be a fun and informative presentation, so come check it out!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Ethical Hacking Club will be going more in-depth into the EVAPI process this week with specific examples and demos. If you missed the last meeting, check it out at http://auctf.github.io/!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week the Programming Team will review last week’s mock competition and discuss what went well and what didn’t. Afterward, they’ll cover more advanced data structures including union finds and prefix trees. Good stuff for any programmer!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Nothing soothes the soul quite like pizza does! Come grab a bite to eat with your fellow ACMers this Thursday night!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will hold another mock competition this Sunday, so come on out to get some great problem-solving practice!

That’s all for this week!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 9/11/2017

Aloha, ACM! We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing day off yesterday! Here’s our schedule for this week:

-For those interested in competitive programming, Google Code Jam will be coming up in the spring! Stay tuned for more announcements as details become available!

-TigerDev’s meeting was canceled Monday due to the storm, but project team meetings will still be happening this week! It’s still not too late to join a project if you’d like! Just email us at autigerdev@gmail.com and we’ll get you plugged into a team.

Tuesday: Tech Talk— 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129 This week, Brandon Morris will give a presentation called “Building and Breaking Deep Neural Networks with TensorFlow.” He’ll teach the basics of deep learning and TensorFlow, then he’ll walk through how to build an MNIST handwritten digit classifier. 

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  At Ethical Hacking Club this week, we’ll discuss the recent Equifax hack a bit. Then, we’ll make sure everyone is set up with a virtual machine and talk about how to do exploitation. This is a great chance to dive into the basics of cybersecurity!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be covering basic data structures such as lists, sets, and maps this week. This is a good practice for students of all levels to attend to get a solid foundation of data structure fundamentals!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  Come on out to Momma G’s this Thursday and spend some time with your fellow ACMers over dinner! 

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  It’s time for the Programming Team’s first mock competition of the semester! This is a great way to get comfortable with competitive programming and get some great practice with solving problems quickly!

That’s all for this week!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 9/4/2017

Hey there, ACM! We hope you all had a good Labor Day Weekend! Last week we held our general ACM kickoff, but this is the week of kickoffs for the individual ACM events. Here’s our schedule for this week:

Tuesday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Since Google will be visiting us on Thursday, Tea Time has been rescheduled for tonight. Come on out and get some food with us!

Tuesday: TigerDev Kickoff— 7:00 PM in Shelby 3129 Today will be TigerDev’s first full meeting of the semester! We’ve selected our team leaders for this semester’s game development projects, and today we will hold project volunteering. Attendees will be able to select a project team to join for the semester. This can give you great experience with working on a long-term project, which is very valuable to employers. If you’d like to work on one of our project teams but cannot attend the kickoff meeting, email us at autigerdev@gmail.com, and we will help you join a team!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club Kickoff — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Ethical Hacking Club will be holding their first meeting of the semester! If you’re itching for some cybersecurity fun with friends, come out to the kickoff meeting to learn what the EHC is all about and what they do week-to-week. 

Wednesday: Programming Practice Kickoff — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  For the first Programming Practice of the semester, we will give an introduction to competitive programming. This will include an explanation of our online judge system and an introduction to how programming contests work, along with some programming basics such as how to compile and how to perform I/O.

Thursday: Life at Google — 6:00 PM in Shelby 1103:  Come join and listen to 3 Google engineers and AU alums give an overview of what life is like at Google and give you a peek into the work culture that attracts some of the brightest minds from around the world.

Thursday: Technical Interview Prep with Google — 7:00 PM in Shelby 1103:  Hear from Google engineers about developing your technical career and preparing for technical interviews. We’ll also be giving a live demo of a technical interview so you know what to expect.

Friday: Google Gauntlet — 6:00 PM in Shelby 1126:  We want to go out in a bang and and what better way to do it than a coding
competition!? Programmers of all levels are invited to try and tackle our coding problems to win fun prizes. We won’t have many spare laptops, but we’ll be bringing plenty of food, so don’t forget your laptop and appetite!

That’s all for now!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 8/28/2017

Hello, ACM, and welcome to another beautiful fall on the Plains! We hope everybody has had a great start of the school year so far, because it’s time to kick off our ACM events for the semester! Check out our schedule for the week below, and if you aren’t familiar with our weekly ACM events, keep reading for a description of all the various activities we sponsor each week.

Monday: TigerDev Team Leader Interest Meeting — 7:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Tonight TigerDev’s officers will be meeting with potential team leaders to determine this semester’s game development projects. If you’d like to lead a semester-long game development project through TigerDev, fill out the form at this link as soon as you can: https://goo.gl/forms/wZyebee1yqvziDmy1. If you are unable to meet with us tonight, please email us at autigerdev@gmail.com to arrange an alternate time to meet with us.

Wednesday: ACM Kickoff — 6:00 PM in Shelby 1103:  This Wednesday will be our ACM Kickoff event for the semester. Come on out to learn more about all the various ACM events and get connected with the officers that oversee those events!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  There’s no better way to connect with fellow ACM members than by bonding over food! Come on out to Momma G’s Thursday night to make some new friends and maybe talk about something other programming!

 

If any of that was confusing, this should clear things up. The Student Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery, or ACM, sponsors a variety of weekly events for students to dive deeper into the field of computer science in their areas of interest. The following is a description of each of our weekly events:

-TigerDev:  TigerDev is an organization made up of students that are passionate about video game development. The club is not exclusively made up of programmers, but rather has four focal areas: programming, art, sound, and design. TigerDev holds weekly presentations on various topics within video game development and conducts semester-long game development projects in small teams. Meetings are held Mondays at 6pm.

-Tech Talks:  Tech Talks are presentations usually given by students on a special interest topic within computer science. Sometimes, presenters from external companies or organizations will come in to give a talk. Tech Talks are held Tuesdays at 6pm.

-Ethical Hacking Club:  The Ethical Hacking Club is an organization made up of students interested in the field of cybersecurity. Common activities include educationally exploiting vulnerable software and competing in Digital Capture the Flag events. Of course, it’s all done ethically! Meetings are held Wednesdays at 5pm.

-Programming Practice:  The Programming Team competes in a large programming competition at the end of every fall called the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Our team consistently performs well, and the whole semester is spent preparing for the event. In addition, weekly Programming Practice is a great way to get great experience with programming. Programming Practice is held Wednesdays at 6pm.

Tea Time:  Tea Time is a time each week when various ACM members gather for dinner together at a restaurant near campus and have discussions related or not-so-related to computer science. Tea Time is held Thursdays at 6pm.

Mock Programming Competitions:  In order to prepare for the real programming competition at the end of the semester, the Programming Team generally holds a Mock Programming Competition each Sunday at 2pm.

 

That’s the lowdown on our weekly events. Be sure to check your weekly ACM schedule so that you know what’s happening each week!

 

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ACM Weekly — Week of 4/24/2017

Ciao, ACM! The semester is almost over, but we have a few events left for you guys! Here’s our plan for the week:

-Graduating seniors, exit interviews will be held on April 25 and 26 from 4 to 5pm in the Seminar Room. Please plan on coming to one of these sessions!

Monday: TigerDev Project Presentations— 6:00 PM in Shelby 1126 Today at TigerDev, our teams will be giving their final presentations for the game development projects they’ve been working on all semester. If you’d like to see the hard work our teams have put in, come out tonight to see their final products!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  We know things tend to get busy as finals approach, but take a break from studying this Thursday to get dinner with your fellow ACMers! 

That’s all for this week!

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ACM Weekly — Week of 4/17/2017

Hello, ACM! We hope you all had a good Easter weekend! Here’s our plan for the week:

-Representatives from Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, based in Huntsville, Alabama, will be coming to Auburn to speak with computer science and engineering students this Wednesday, April 19 from 5-6pm in Shelby 3129. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided!

-ACM officer elections for the Fall 2017 semester were held last Wednesday. The new officers are as follows:

Chair: John Harrison
Co-chair: Brandon Morris
Secretary: Jeromy Swann
Treasurer: Matt Bonsall
Programming Coach: Mitch Price

Congratulations to our newly elected ACM officers!

-Graduating seniors, exit interviews will be held on April 25 and 26 from 4 to 5pm in the Seminar Room. Please plan on coming to one of these sessions!

Monday: TigerDev Meeting — 6:00 PM in Shelby 1126 Today, Ethan Lindblom will be giving a presentation on music in video games. He will talk about a few popular video game soundtracks and what makes them great, and then he will give a live demonstration of how to create a looping music track for use in a video game. This should be an awesome presentation, so come check it out!

Wednesday: ACM Basketball Night — 6:00 PM at the Rec Center:  It’s that time of the semester! Meet in the front lobby of the Recreation and Wellness Center at 6pm to shoot some hoops with your favorite computing club! If you plan to arrive later than 6pm, just head into the Rec Center basketball courts and look around for the gaggle of geeks attempting to play basketball. We’ll be hard to miss.

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Getting dinner with friends is a great way to relieve stress as the semester wraps up. Come on out to Tea Time this Thursday to take your mind off your end-of-semester woes!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Join us this Sunday for another mock programming competition! A few hours of high-intensity competitive programming each week is good for the soul!

That’s all for this week!

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