Newsletter Week 2

Newsletter Week 2!

A special mention for the first years, and anybody else doing COMP courses: we are running InstallFest tomorrow where we can help you install any software you will be needing for your courses. See the event below for details.

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Upcoming Events
    • Installfest (with Pizza)
    • Jane Street - Estimathon
    • CSSA and ESA Present: Monthly Munchies!
  • Other Events
    • Mars Society Australia Meeting
    • Cyber Security Challenge Australia Roadshow Information Session
    • PARSA and CECS Welcome Afternoon Tea
    • Girl Geek Coffees March Get-Together
    • CECS HDR Camp: Kioloa
  • Regular Events
  • Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events

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We’ll have a team of experienced people ready to set up your personal computers for the next semester of COMP courses. Afterwards you can choose to come to ANUbar or stay in CSIT for Minecraft.

NOTE: If you’re coming planning to set up another OS on your computer, make sure you backup your computer first! We can’t promise everything will go smoothly with some computers.

Time: Friday, 28th February 2014, 14:00 - 18:00
Location: Ian Ross R221

Jane Street - Estimathon (RSVP required) Webpage

Jane Street is a proprietary trading firm that operates around the clock and around the globe focusing primarily on equities and equity derivatives. Founded in 2000, Jane Street employs over 360 people in offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

The environment at Jane Street is open, informal, intellectual and fun. You can wear a t-shirt and jeans to the office every day, the kitchen is stocked, and discussions are always lively. Teaching and learning are central activities through classes, mentoring and discussion.

Event Description

We will be running an Estimathon on Monday March 17 from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Hanna Neumann Seminar Room.

“What’s an Estimathon” you ask?! It’s a team contest where the goal is to create confidence intervals to difficult math and science questions. e.g., what’s the volume of the earth’s oceans (in cubic km); or, how many prime number contain strictly increasing digits. It’s a very interactive game, and focuses on some ideas that are central to what we do at Jane Street: thinking about hard problems, assessing confidence levels, trying to strike a balance between quick-and-rough estimates versus more refined solutions. The game is pretty mathematically driven, but we welcome anyone interested in giving it a shot!

Spaces are limited so please RSVP soon if you’re interested. The details of the event and confirmation of attendance will be sent via email closer to the event. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Trading Information Session

Time: Monday, 17th March 2014, 12:00
Location: Hanna Neumann Seminar Room

Technology Information Session

Time: Tuesday, 18th March 2014, 12:00
Location: Hanna Neumann Seminar Room

CSSA and ESA Present: Monthly Munchies!

The regular Monthly Munchies postgrad event will be happening on the 21st of March, so pencil it in!

Come and catch up with other students and enjoy FREE finger food, cakes and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in a relaxed atmosphere. Vegetarian options available.

Stay tuned for more info!

Time: Friday, 21st March 2014, 16:00
Location: TBA

Other Events

Mars Society Australia Meeting

We’re holding a Mars Society Australia meeting at the Brian Kenyon Student Space in Union Court next week, Thurs 27 Feb, 7:30pm - 9:00pm. We’ll have several brief presentations followed by a Q&A session so that students can find out more about how they can participate in Mars related research and projects here in Canberra. Our presentions include:

  • Dr Jon Clark, President of Mars Society Australia, Geoscience Australia, Meeting introduction
  • Dr Liam Waldron , Senior Lecturer, ANU Research School of Engineering, Interior and systems design of the Mars-OZ Analogue Research Station
  • Andrew Marriott, Managing Director/Partner & Douglas Kirk, Director/Sr Editor, Silversun Pictures, “The Mission”, a feature film. Currently in development with assistance from ScreenACT.
  • Steven Hobbs, PhD candidate, University of New South Wales, Mars’O Bot: A Mars Society Australia Robotics Project
  • Lisa Stewart (ANU), PhD candidate, ANU Research School of Psychology, Human factors and long-term spaceflight

Time: Thursday, 27th February 2014, 19:30 - 21:00
Location: Brian Kenyon Student Space in Union Court

Cyber Security Challenge Australia Roadshow Information Session Webpage

CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It’s designed to excite, inspire, attract and help Australia’s talented people to become our next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

The Australian Government in cooperation with Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers will hold information presentations on the Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014 at selected universities around Australia. These presentations will provide more information about the competition and possible future employment opportunities for cyber professionals. This will be a valuable opportunity to ask competition designers and organisers about the Challenge.

See more details at

Time: Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 14:00
Location: CSIT N101

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CECS Postgrads, welcome to 2014!

CECS and PARSA take great pleasure in inviting all CECS postgraduates to: PARSA + CECS Welcome Afternoon Tea

Come by for FREE scones, cakes, sandwiches, spring rolls, tea, coffee, juice, etc.

This is great opportunity to meet other postgraduate CECS students, staff members from CECS and PARSA Representatives.

Don’t forget about the fortnightly PARSA Drinks happening straight afterwards!

Time: Friday, 7th March 2014, 16:00 - 17:00
Location: Vivaldi’s @ ANU Union Court

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The Canberra Girl Geek Coffee (GGC) club is providing free muffins and coffee/hot chocolate/milkshakes, etc, to females interested in computer science and engineering. Come along for a chat in a relaxing environment over some free food! There’ll also be plenty of swag and giveaways. Feel free to bring a supportive male, eg. husband/partner/friend!

Time: Tuesday, 11th March 2014, 16:00
Location: Street Theatre Cafe

CECS HDR Camp: Kioloa Webpage

The retreat provides sessions aimed to give you information to succeed as a research student (PhD or MPhil) in CECS.

Are you a first year PhD or MPhil student? The retreat will give you valuable information on succeeding in your research degree and you’ll get to make friends at ANU.

Are you a second year/third year or above PhD or MPhil student? It’s likely you’ll still learn something from the camp even if you’ve got some publications under your belt already. Come join us for a great social experience!

We are planning some awesome events as part of the retreat including a trivia night, games and drinks and plenty of time at the beach, so don’t miss out

The retreat is just $20, which includes everything: transport, accommodation and food. We must have solid numbers by the end of the week so register and pay today!

If you have any questions, email, or ask us on facebook

Time: Wednesday - Friday, 12th - 14th March 2014
Location: Kioloa

Regular Events

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Take a Ticket to Ride and Come Settle in our Dominion at CSSA board games night! CSSA board games night is Articulate. Other board game nights are Absolute Balderdash.

Time: Wednesdays, 19:00 - Late
Location: CSIT N101

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