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Ebco/Epic Visiting Chairs

The School of Computing Science is committed to maintaining a top-ranked research environment, and such an environment requires new ideas, people, and connections to other universities worldwide. The Ebco/Epic Visiting Chairs program supports the School of Computing Science in hosting many scientists of national and international prominence. The program is funded by an endowment from Hugo and Helmut Eppich. The Ebco/Epic endowment is leveraged with research funds from an SFU faculty host and support that the Visitors receive from their home institutions to offer attractive conditions for top-quality outside researchers. The visiting researchers stay for a least a month to collaborate with SFU faculty and students. Each visitor gives a lecture as part of the Ebco/Epic seminar series that brings cutting-edge ideas in computer science to SFU.

2009

 

Sauerwald, Thomas

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: School of Computing Science, SFU (eff Oct/09)

Area: Randomized algorithms, Stochastic processes, Parallel and distributed algorithms, Graph theory, Game theory.

Dates of Visit: October 1/09 - September 30 /10 Hosts: Berenbrink, Petra

SFU Location: Contact Information: sauerwal @ upb.de

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Bruckner, Stefan

Title: Postdoctoral FellowHome Institution: Vienna University of Technology

Area: Visualization of high-dimensional data

Dates of Visit: July 1/09 - July 1/10 Hosts: Möller, Torsten

SFU Location: Contact Information: bruckner @ cg.tuwien.ac.at

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Li, Zongpeng

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution:University of Calgary

Area: Computer Networks, network coding in peer-to-peer streaming systems

Dates of Visit:J uly 1/09 - July 31/09 Hosts: Liu, Jiangchuan

SFU Location: Contact Information: zongpeng@cpsc.ucalgary.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Constraints, MMSNP and Expander Relational Structures


 

Tamaki, Hisao

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution: Meiji University, Japan

Area: Algorithmic Graph Theory

Dates of Visit: July 1/09 - July 31/09 Hosts: Gu, Qianping

SFU Location: Contact Information: tamaki @ cs.meiji.ac.jp

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Condat , Laurent

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution: French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Area: Image Processing

Dates of Visit: June 1/09 - July 31/09 Hosts: Möller , Torsten

SFU Location: Contact Information: laurent.condat @ greyc.ensicaen.fr

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Cooper, Colin

Title: Senior Lecturer Home Institution: King's College, University of London

Area: Random structures and algorithms

Dates of Visit: April 12/09 - May 12/09 Hosts: Berenbrink, Petra

SFU Location: Contact Information: colin.cooper @ kcl.ac.uk

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Bochman, Alexander

Title: Visiting ScholarHome Institution: Holon Institute of Technology

Area: Formal aspects of knowledge representation

Dates of Visit: April 1/09 - April 30/09 Hosts: Delgrande, James P.

SFU Location: Contact Information: bochmana@hit.ac.il

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


2008

 

Carvalho, Catarina

Title: Research Associate Home Institution: University of Durham

Area: Applications of Algebra to Theoretical Computer Science

Dates of Visit: Oct 1/08 - Apr 30/09 Hosts: Bulatov, Andrei

SFU Location: Contact Information: c.a.carvalha @ durham.ac.uk

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Schönhuth, Alexander

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, PIMS Home Institution: School of Computing Science, SFU

Area: Mathematics/Statistics, Biological Applications

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/08 - Aug 31/09 Hosts: Ester, Martin

SFU Location: TASC1 9207 Contact Information: asa86@cs.sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Gabizon, Ariel

Title: PhD Student Home Institution: Weizmann Institute of Science

Area: Explicit constructions of pseudorandom objects, in particular randomness extractors

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/08 - Aug 31/09 Hosts: Kabanets, Valentine

SFU Location: Contact Information: ariel.gabizon @ gmail.com

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Schaub, Torsten

Title: Adjunct Professor Home Institution: University of Potsdam

Area: Theoretic foundations to the practical implementation of methods for reasoning from incomplete and/or inconsistent information, in particular Answer set programming.

Dates of Visit: Aug 20/08 - Sept 20/08 Hosts: Delgrande, James P.

SFU Location: Contact Information: torsten @ cs.umi-potsdam.de

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Coudert, David

Title: Research Associate Home Institution: INRIA Sophia Antipolis

Area: Combinatorial optimization: from graph theory to integer programming, Exact and approximate algorithms, Design of fault tolerant networks, reliability, Traffic grooming, routing and wavelength assignment, Sustainable wireless network design and provisioning

Dates of Visit: Aug 1/08 - Aug 31/08 Hosts: Peters, Joseph

SFU Location: TASC1 9205Contact Information: David.Coudert @ sophia.inria.fr

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Du, Hongfei

Title: Reseach Consultant Home Institution: CREATE-NET International Research Consortium

Area: Random structures and algorithms

Dates of Visit: July 1/08 - June 30/09 Hosts: Liu, Jiangchuan

SFU Location: Contact Information: hongfei.du @ ieee.org

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Van De Ville, Dimitri

Title: Senior Research Associate Home Institution: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

Area: Medical imaging: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), EEG, PET, functional imaging, Mathematical imaging: compartmental modeling, extended depth-of-field, fluorescent particle tracing, object-model based deconvolution, inverse problems, Interpolation and multi-resolution: splines, wavelets, alternative sampling grids.

Dates of Visit: Jul 1/08 - Jul 31/08 Hosts: Möller, Torsten

SFU Location: TASC1 9409Contact Information: dimitri.vandeville @ epfl.ch

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Abd-Almageed, Wael

Title: Assistant Research Scientist Home Institution: University of Maryland, College Park

Area: Computer/Robot Vision, Sensor Networks, Medical Image Processing

Dates of Visit: Jun 15/08 - Jul 30/08 Hosts: Hefeeda, Mohamed

SFU Location: SurreyContact Information: wamageed @ umiacs.umd.edu

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Cohen-Or, Daniel

Title: Professor Home Institution: Tel Aviv University

Area: Computer Graphics

Dates of Visit: Jun 1/08 - Aug 31/08 Hosts: Zhang, Richard (Hao)

SFU Location: TASC1 9205Contact Information: dcor @ tau.ac.il

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Shi, Weisong

Title: Visiting Faculty Home Institution: Wayne State University

Area: High performance computing, distributed systems and mobile computing

Dates of Visit: May 1/08 - May 31/08 Hosts:Liu, Jiangchuan

SFU Location: Contact Information: weisong @ cs.wayne.edu

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Roshan, Usman W.

Title: Visiting Faculty Home Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Area: Comparative bioinformatics, sequence alignment, phylogeny reconstruction, and phylogenomics

Dates of Visit: Jan/08 - Feb 1 /08 Hosts: Sahinalp, Cenk

SFU Location: Contact Information: usman @ cs.njit.edu

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Simonyi, Gábor

Title: Visiting Faculty Home Institution: Rényi Institute of Mathematics

Area: Graph theory, information theory, extremal combinatorics, and particulary, the behaviour of information theoretic functionals on graphs

Dates of Visit: Jan 1 /08 - Apr 30 /08 Hosts: Tardos, Gabor

SFU Location: Contact Information: simonyi @ renyi.hu

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: SFU Discrete Math Day @ IRMACS


 

Ynnerman, Anders

Title: Visiting Faculty Home Institution: Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing

Area: Computer Graphics and visualization

Dates of Visit: Jan 1/08 - Mar 15 /08 Hosts: Möller, Torsten

SFU Location: Contact Information: Anders.Ynnerman @ itn.liu.se

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Rendering and Interacting with Large Scale Volumetric Data for Medical applications


 

Samavati, Faramarz Famil

Title: Associate Professor Home Institution: Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

Area: Computer Graphics (Modeling, Rendering, Animation and Interaction), Scientific Computations, Visualization

Dates of Visit: Jan 1/08 - Feb 28/08 Hosts: Moller/Zhang

SFU Location: Contact Information: samavat @ cpsc.ucalgary.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


2007

 

Cui, Yong

Title:  Assistant Professor   Home Institution: Tsinghua University

Area: Networking, Internet development

Dates of Visit: Nov 20/07 - Dec 20/07 Hosts: Liu, Jiangchuan

SFU Location: Contact Information: cuiyong @ tsinghua.edu.cn

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Shannigrahi, Saswata

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Area: Graph Algorithm

Dates of Visit: Oct 2/07 - Nov 30/07 Hosts: Krishnamurti, Ramesh

SFU Location: Contact Information: saswata @ tcs.tifr.res.in

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Mancini, Toni

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution: University of Rome, "La Sapienza"

Area: Theoretical, methodological, experimental, and application-directed issues in various branches of Artificial Intelligence, in particular in the areas of knowledge representation, automated reasoning, and combinatorial problem solving. Also, Automated negotiation among intelligent agents, Game theory, Software engineering, and Cognitive robotics.

Dates of Visit: Sept 20/07 - Jan 20/08 Hosts: Mitchell, David

SFU Location: Contact Information: tmancini @ dis.uniroma1.it

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Shur, Arseny

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: Ural State Univeristy

Area: Combinatorial Complexity of Formal Languages, Combinatorics of Partial Words, Combinatorics of ()-free Words and Languages, Syntactic semigroups

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/07 - Dec 31/07 Hosts: Bulatov, Andrei

SFU Location: Contact Information: Arseny.Shur @ usu.ru

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Kolokolova, Antonina

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: Simon Fraser University

Area: Bounded arithmetic, finite model theory, descriptive complexity, computational logic and complexity theory

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/06 - Aug 31/07 Hosts: Ternovska, Eugenia

SFU Location: Contact Information:  akol @ cs sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: On complexity of fragments of existential second-order logic


 

Kranakis, Evangelos

Title:  Professor        . Home Institution: Carleton University

Area: Theoretical computer science, bioinformatics, computer security, and computer networks

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/07 - Aug 31/08 Host: Krishnamurti, Ramesh

SFU Location: Contact Information: kranakis @ scs.carleton.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Kun, Gabor

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: 

Area: Constraint Satisfaction Problem, Universal Algebra, Graph Theory

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/07 - Aug 31/08 Hosts: Bulatov, Andrei

SFU Location: Contact Information: kungabor @ cs.elte.hu

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Constraints, MMSNP and Expander Relational Structures


 

Rafieey-Hafshejani, Arash

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: Royal Holloway University of London

Area: Graph Theory, Graph Homomorphism, Computational Biology, Algorithms in Digraphs, Probabilistic Method, Combinatorial optimization and Extremal graph theory

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/07 - Aug 31/08 Hosts: GUPTA/HELL

SFU Location: Contact Information: arafieyh @ cs.sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Schönhuth , Alexander

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: University of Cologne

Area: Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (Markovian Sources, Information Theory, Statistical Modeling/Learning and Networks

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/07 - Aug 30/08 Hosts: Ester, Martin

SFU Location: Contact Information: schoenhuth @ cs.sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Chitsaz, Hamid

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: School of Computing Science, SFU

Area: I am interested in applying motion planning tools to problems in structural molecular biology, specifically RNA structure prediction and RNA-RNA and RNA-Protein interaction prediction

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/07 - Aug 1/08 Hosts: Sahinalp, Cenk

SFU Location: TASC1 9209 Contact Information: hrc4 @ sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Pérennes, Stéphane

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution: Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis

Area: Modeling practical issues by combinatorial structures (mainly graphs) and solving and studying the theoretical problems so defined. Main application of my work is telecommunication networks

Dates of Visit: June 10/07 - July 10/07 Host: PETERS, Joseph

SFU Location: Contact Information: Stephane.Perennes @ inria.fr

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Fault Tolerant Flow Networks


 

Santhanam, Rahul

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: University of Chicago

Area: Computational Complexity, Derandomization, Algorithms, Theory of Networks

Dates of Visit: May 1/07 - Apr 30/08 Hosts: Kabanets, Valentine

SFU Location: Contact Information: rsanthan @ cs.sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Circuit Lower Bounds Within the Polynomial Hierarchy


 

Greiner, Russell

Title: Full Professor Home Institution: University of Alberta

Area: Computational Decision Theory

Dates of Visit: Feb 14/07 - March 14/07 Host: Schulte, Oliver

SFU Location: TASC 9023 Contact Information: greiner @ ualberta.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: An Alternative Approach to Designing Clinical Trials: Budgeted Learning of Probabilistic Classifiers


2006

 

Keszegh, Balazs

Title: Visiting Scholar Home Institution:

Area: Computational complexity, propositional proof complexity, approximation algorithms, derandomization

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/06 - Dec 31/06 Hosts: Tardos, Gabor

SFU Location: Contact Information:  deszegh @ eotvoscollegium.hu

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Coloring the Delaunay-graph with respect to simple regions


 

Jin, Yi

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: 

Area: Reasoning about Actions, Belief Revision and Update, Non-monotonic Reasoning, Computational Complexity

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/06 - Aug 31/06 Hosts: Delgrande, James P.

SFU Location: Contact Information:

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


Ackerman, Eyal

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Home Institution: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Area: Combinatorics, Discrete and Computational Geometry

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/06 - Aug 31/07 Hosts: Tardos, Gabor

SFU Location: Contact Information: ackerman @ cs.technion.ac.il

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: On the maximum number of edges in $k$-quasi-planar graphs


 

Buresh-Oppenheim, Joshua

Title: Senior Performance Engineer Home Institution:

Area: Computational complexity, propositional proof complexity, approximation algorithms, derandomization

Dates of Visit: Sept 1/06 - Aug 31/07 Hosts: Mitchell, David

SFU Location: Contact Information: jburesho @ cs.sfu.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Making Hard Problems Harder


 

Chu, Xiaowen

Title: Assistant Professor Home Institution: University of Alberta

Area: Building algorithms that learn from experience, to be able to perform their tasks better. Most of my current work has a strong application pull -- ie., is motivated by some specific tasks. Some other projects are more technology push -- where the goal is more exploring some fouondation or mathematical framework, rather than solving some application

Dates of Visit: Jun 1/06 - Jun 28/06 Hosts: Liu, Jianchuan

SFU Location: Contact Information: chxw@comp.hkbu.edu.hk

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Luo, Yaochuan

Title: Professor Home Institution: Shandong Economic University

Area: Networking technologies and applications

Dates of Visit: Feb 1/07 - July 31/07 Hosts: Gu, Qianping

SFU Location: Contact Information: 

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available


 

Bentahar, Jamal

Title: Assistant Professor Home Institution: Laval University

Area: Intelligent agents and multi-agent systems, Agent-based software engineering, Multi-agent interaction, dialogue and argumentation, Formal methods, Validation and automatic verification (Model Checking), Non-classical logics (Temporal logic, Spatial logic, Dynamic logic, Epistemic logic), Temporal and spatial reasoning, Decision Theory, Artificial intelligence and knowledge representation, Security in multi-agent systems and Semantic Web and semantic grid computing.

Dates of Visit: 2006 Hosts: Delgrande, James P.

SFU Location: Contact Information: jamal.bentahar @ ift.ulaval.ca

Ebco/Epic Seminar Title: Not Available