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Baltimore Code Craftsmanship Feb. Meetup, 7pm Thr Feb 20, UMBC

The Baltimore Code Craftsmanship meetup group, organized by the UMBC ACM student chapter, will hold its monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 20 in the Sondheim Building, Room # 107 on the UMBC Campus. The meetup is for the students, faculty and software developers in the Baltimore area that care about the quality of their work and want to practice and improve their programming skills, share what they know and learn new things from others.

This is a hands on coding user group with no presentations. Each meeting will be a dojo where we will go through a challenging software craftsmanship exercise that focuses on clean code, test-driven development, design patterns, and refactoring. We will pair up and practice on a kata in order to learn and apply the values, principles, and disciplines of software craftsmanship. Come with your laptop equipped with your favorite programming and automated unit testing environment. If you don’t have a laptop, come anyway, we will need only one laptop for every two people. Be prepared to pair up, learn, share and have fun!

Join the meetup and register to attend here :

UMBC’s 36th Graduate Research Conference

UMBC’s annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) is back and will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 ! The GRC provides graduate students an opportunity to showcase their work and research in form of poster and oral presentations to the UMBC community. Graduate students are invited to present their ongoing or previously published research as posters or oral presentations. Students are also encouraged to convert their class projects into poster or oral presentations. For the recently joined graduate students, it is an opportunity to learn what your fellow colleagues are working on.

Please consider submitting and presenting your work at the GRC as it provides you an opportunity to gain valuable experience in communicating and presenting your work, especially to people outside your field. To participate, submit your abstract by March 1 here :

Attendees and presenters both need to register, also by March 1 here :

UMBC’s Graduate Research Conference is organaized by UMBC’s Graduate Student Association. More information about this year’s Graduate Research Conference can be found here :

ACM Free Webcast on January 23

Announcement of January 23 Webcast with Don Gotterbarn and Keith Miller.* Please note that it is an ACM event and not an UMBC ACM Chapter event.

Register TODAY for the next free ACM Webcast, “Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil…and Why It Is Complicated to Do that in Computing,” presented on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1 pm ET (noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT/6 pm GMT) by Don Gotterbarn, Director of the Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute and Chair of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics. The talk will be followed by a live question and answer session moderated by Keith Miller of the University of Missouri – St. Louis. (If you’d like to attend but can’t make it to the virtual event, you still need to register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.)

Note: You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.)

Most computing professionals want to avoid evil and to do the right thing. But that isn’t always easy. Sometimes doing the right thing exacts a difficult price from the individual professional. Other times, it is difficult to know exactly what the right thing is.

In this presentation, we will try to help with both problems. Difficulties with these two problems contribute to failed systems, derailed projects, and significant negative impacts on society. We will introduce ways to migrate these risks based on current research in computing, ethics, and psychology.

We will put this into a larger perspective by discussing the international efforts to professionalize computing. These efforts are a mixed blessing, but they point to the importance of professional ethics in computing.

The duration of the webcast is 60 minutes. Speaker Profiles and registration details can be found here. Be sure to share this with friends and colleagues who may be interested in this topic. And check out our past events, all available on demand.

* Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V from ACM Learning Webinar Announcement mail.

Welcome to the new website of UMBC ACM

We are extremely please to bring to you the new website for the UMBC ACM Student Chapter. Our team has been working very hard on the website and we hope that it would become a platform for information dispersal, about the events being organized by the chapter.

We have been tirelessly working towards starting new events on the campus some of which are already displayed on the main page of this website.

We would love to hear your opinions and advice in order to improve the website. Please email us at our ACM Officer’s list.

Final Hi-Tea for Fall 2013!

We have one last Hi Tea this Friday December 6 to award a 1st-place and 2nd-place winner. The winners are:

Team CoRaL (Steve, Jeff, and Hang) in 1st-place with a $100 gift card.
Team MPSS (Stan, David, and Alex) in 2nd-place with a $75 gift card.

Come out to congratulate these two teams on Friday at 3.00 pm, outside ITE-325 !  They persevered and made a positive contribution to the CSEE Department this semester.

For questions regarding this event, please contact:
Genaro: genaroh1 at

Update: Photos for this event are available here :

hackUMBC: The First UMBC Hackathon!

hackUMBC is the first campus wide hackathon that is being organized at UMBC. It is a 24 hour hackathon for UMBC students held in the UMBC Skylight room from 7:00pm Friday December 6 to 7:00pm Saturday December 7. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and caffeine will be provided. This event is being organized in collaboration with the UMBC Cryptocurrency Club, the UMBC ACM Student Chapter and innovateUMBC. You can read the details about the event on their official website:

If you’re not familiar with hackathons, they are basically 24-48 hour coding competitions meant to foster innovation, bring communities together, and increase the visibility of sponsoring organizations while providing potential employment opportunities.

Baltimore Code Craftsmanship meetup: Get Ready for Global Day of Code Retreat

Hello everyone,

Decemeber is here and this means we have the Global Day of Code Retreat coming up soon. The Global Day of Code Retreat is a whole day event similar in the format to our meetings, but it lasts the entire day. It is pretty much about 6 of our meetings squashed together. This event is hosted on the same day of December 14th at multiple locations around the globe.

To make way for the Code Retreat, we will not having the regular Baltimore Code Craftsmanship meetup at UMBC this month. If you enjoyed our previous meetups, we would highly recommend you to attend this event. The closest location to UMBC or Baltimore would be in Columbia. More information about the event is here. Also, for the folks who live further south, you may consider attending one in Reston. We hope to see you there on December 14th.

P.S: We would be resuming our regular meetups in January. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions or suggestions about the meetup, email Primal Pappachan <primal1@umbc {DOT} edu> or Vladimir Korolev <vkorol1@umbc {DOT} edu>

TechTalk: Dr. Kalpakis on Sensor Networks and Distributed time series analytics

The UMBC ACM Tech Talk series is back. This academic year, the tech talk series will be thematic. The goal of the talks will be to connect students with subject matter experts and practitioners in niche areas of computing science. We will kick off with the theme Research@CSEE, designed to create awareness about current research efforts as well as future research interests of faculty and affiliated research labs in the Computer Science and Electrical Enigeering (CSEE) department at UMBC.

The Research@CSEE will kick off this Friday, December 6, with Dr. Kostas Kalpakis, talking about Sensor networks and distributed time series analytics. Join us for discussion with Dr. Kalpakis on his current research interests and grab some pizza and soda while you’re at it.

Event Details:
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 10.30 am
Venue: ITE – 346, UMBC

RSVP on myUMBC or Facebook.

Thanks to everyone who attended this talk. Pictures from this talk are available here :

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