Newsletter Week 5

Newsletter Week 5

CSSA Times

Welcome to Week 5! RSS Webpage FB Email

Coming up this week (more details in upcoming events):
• Karaoke Night
• Higher Degree Extremely Rapid Presentations (HDERP)

We also have a new sponsor - Jane Street. And the ANUSA elections for the CECS Representatives are soon. More details below.

Special Notices

Upcoming ANUSA Elections Webpage

The 2013 elections for the ANU Students' Association are being held next week.

As you may be aware, most ANUSA positions have been won uncontested, but there will be a vote for the positions of two Engineering and Computer Science Representatives.

The CECS Representatives are our link to ANUSA and advocate to ANUSA and the University on behalf of all CECS students. We strongly encourage all CS students to get out and vote!

Polling will be held from Monday 26 August - Thursday 29 August. For more information about polling times, see the ANUSA website:

The candidates and tickets are:

• Alan Babaei - Bounce
• Probie Offner - COMPUTER SCIENCE
• Ramya Raghavan - Bounce

For more information about these tickets:


Change in Sponsors - Jane Street

We have some good news in terms of sponsorship. Accenture is now a GOLD level sponsor and we have a new sponsor Jane street, a quantitative trading firm. Read more about them below.

Jane Street Webpage

Jane Street is a proprietary trading firm that operates around the clock and around the globe. We bring a deep understanding of markets, a scientific approach, and innovative technology to trade in the world's highly competitive financial markets, focusing primarily on equities and equity derivatives.
Founded in 2000, Jane Street employs over 320 people in offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. Our entrepreneurial culture is driven by our talented team of traders and programmers.
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.

We also have extensive benefits, including:
• Free lunch delivered daily from a selection of restaurants
• Catered breakfasts and fresh brewed coffee
• An on-site, private gym with towel service
• Kitchens fully stocked with a variety of snack choices

Why we're interested in ANU students:
Trading is an intensely technological business, so writing good software is a critical part of Jane Street's operation. We are one of the world's biggest industrial users of functional programming, and we use it in every area of the firm: trading, research, risk management, system administration, accounting, and beyond. The work is challenging, and you will see the practical impact of your efforts in quick and dramatic terms. We focus on education, and you learn about software and trading via in-house classes, guest lectures, and on the job.
As one of the top universities in Australia where functional programming is taught, we are very interested in hiring ANU students to be part of our growing team! We mainly hire for three positions and offer both internship and full time opportunities depending on when you graduate: Quantitative Trading, Software Development and Quantitative Research.

Upcoming Events

Karaoke Night Webpage FB RSVP

This event is subsidized and as a result it will be free to attend. As a result We require sign-ups. If you have a ticket and are unable to attend please inform us at least 2 days before the event.

We will be leaving CSIT at 7:40pm on the day, so if you do not know where the event is located join us in the walk to Civic.

There is a charge for taking BYO alcohol to the Venue, you are responsible for paying this charge if you choose to take alcohol. Snacks are fine to take with you.

Understand that you will be subject to the wrath of Chanakya if you do not turn up and thus prevent another member from attending.

Sign-ups are essential for attendance and places are capped at 25 people. Sign-ups are here.

Time: Friday 23rd August 2013, 19:40 - 22:00
Location: Starting from CSIT

Higher Degree Extremely Rapid Presentations (HDERP) Webpage FB

Postgrads, come and see what your peers are working on!

Undergrads, come and see what it's like to do research at ANU!

This event consists of three ten-minute lightning talks followed by a free lunch.

Three PhD students will present their work:
1. Analysis of Reading Comprehension using Eye Gaze, or: How Do People Read? - Leana Copeland
2. Using BDDs for Non-Classical Theorem Proving, or: Logics What Go Fast. - Jimmy Thomson
3. Discrete Logic Avionics for Reliable, Long Duration Unmanned Aircraft, or: UAVs Without Software - Ben Coughlan

Stick around after the talks for a free lunch.

All are welcome (Including Undergrads of course).

Time: Monday 26th August 2013, 11:00 - 13:00
Location: CSIT N101


Our Usual BBQ. We will have steaks again.

See you there :P

Volunteers Needed.

Time: Tuesday 27th August 2013, 12:30 - 13:30
Location: CSIT BBQ Area

2013 Annual General Meeting & Board Games Webpage FB


CSSA Committee Elections 2013 - Nominations now open!

Want to help run one of the ANU's finest* student organisations?

Think you could make the CSSA even better?

The CSSA Committee needs you!

The CSSA is looking for a new group of leaders to take us in to 2014. We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to run the club for the next year. It's not a job for everyone - we need people with plenty of initiative and ability to manage one of the ANU's most active societies. However, you don't need experience, and there'll be plenty of support around to help you out.

We are particularly looking for international and postgraduate students for our brand-new positions of International Rep and Postgraduate Rep!

The election will be conducted at the AGM on 29 August (more details below) - you will have the chance to speak at the meeting and convince everyone that you're the best person for the job!

If you wish to nominate, please complete the nomination form linked below. More information about the process can be found in the Constitution, and more information about the different committee roles can be found in the Committee By-Laws.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Returning Officer, Buck Shlegeris, at

And then... board games, and free pizza!

Nomination Form:

Constitution (including Electoral Regulations):

Committee By-Laws:

Time: Thursday 29th August 2013, 17:30
Location: CSIT N101

* in our totally unbiased opinion

Other News

CompCon Webpage FB

CompCon 2013 will be the inaugural national conference for students of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology and related technology disciplines. CompCon is run by students, for students!

At CompCon you can explore new areas of the varied and diverse world of computing. You’ll get the opportunity to explore some areas of computer science that you don’t cover in the curriculum, with talks about leading-edge research and workshops introducing you to new programming languages and other interesting technical concepts!

Early bird registrations available now.

Conference will be held at:
Time: 28th - 30th September
Location: ANU

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