Opening Talk – Secrets of the Doctoral Game

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 9:30-10:30am

Speaker: Dr. James R. Cordy, Professor, Queen’s University

Top Secret talk for Grad Students only! The material cannot be shared here for fear of these secrets escaping. Just make sure you attend to hear all the details you need to know to survive your graduate degree. Don’t worry, it applies to Masters Students as well.


Invited Student Speaker – Sequence-to-Sequence Deep Learning using Recurrent Visual Attention

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 1:00-1:20pm

Speaker: Mengye Ren, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Recent advances of recurrent neural networks have opened up many possibilities for sequential reasoning and outputs. Attention-based mechanism embedded in these recurrent architectures is biologically inspired, and also effectively decomposes the core computation sequentially by attending to the most informative inputs. In this talk, I will go over two recent advances in recurrent attention architectures on image and text generation, as well as my contribution in instance segmentation and object counting using recurrent attention mechanism. I will also propose some potential future directions on this topic.


Keynote Talk – Misconceptions and Failings of Cyber Security

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 3:00-4:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Ron Smith, Professor, Royal Military College

This talk provides an all-inclusive definition of cyberspace in the modern era. The important difference between broad spectrum and targeted attacks will be examined. It will dispel some of the key misconceptions and failings of current cyber security, such as the “death” of antivirus, the impossibility of securing a network, the paradox of encryption, and the inevitable failure of perimeter defence. An alternative approach to cyber security will be suggested based upon an threat-based risk management approach. The talk concludes by stressing the importance of the people dimension to this international problem and highlight the critical role that computing education must play.