UW Day 2006 planning information

Task Assignments for UW Day 2006

Dear UW Day helpers

Thank you all for volunteering to help at UW day on this Saturday, November 4! I have contacted most of you about your schedule individually, and I hope that your assigned duties are consistent with your availability (there are some minor changes here, so please read carefully). If things do not work, please let me know as soon as possible. I also have included information on what you need to do before and during the day. I have listed the various activities and the people assigned to each. At the very bottom of the message is a summary, by volunteer, of activities throughout the day followed by a list of the name tags I am ordering.

Please read the general information, search for your name in the volunteer schedule, summary by name, and name tag list, and make sure that everything is correct. If I have made an error, please let me know ASAP, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please send them my way.

Thanks again.


-- MarkGiesbrecht - 01 Nov 2006

General Information -- Please read this now

Arrival at UW Day

  • please arrive at your specified location a few minutes in advance.
  • please try to read the CS FAQ (linked here), and CS Undergraduate Brochure. Lorna has copies of the latter, which you can pick up with your T-shirt and badge.
  • for the University-wide UW guide see uwdayguide_final.pdf.
  • the invitation to CS UW Day events is here.


We will be providing UW CS shirts for all volunteers who do not have them ; please see Lorna Kropf in DC2317 (CS Main Office) on Friday, November 3 to pick up your shirt. Her office will be open 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30.

Name tags

  • Graduate students and faculty will have their name tags put in their mailboxes on Friday.
  • Undergraduates: please pick up your name tag from Lorna (same times a place as for your T-shirt)


The CS FAQ is linked here, and should answer many of the questions you might be asked. There will also be copies of the CS Brochure available, and copies may be obtained in advance from Lorna Kropf. The Student Life Centre will have booths about general UW information such as residences, so any such questions can be directed there. We should be encouraging people to attend the presentations, since a lot of details will be explained there.

For students interested in business, questions about the BCFM (Computing and Financial Management) can be directed to Colleen Morrow, who will be in SLC, or Duane Kennedy outside MC2065.

For students interested in Software Engineering, students can be informed about the SE option (detailed in the brochure) or, if they are interested in the degree program, they can be sent to Andrew Morton who will divide his time between the CS and ECE booths in the Student Life Centre.


Computer Science will be hosting a reception from 12:30-2:00pm in MC5158. Food will be available for all volunteers from noon until 2:00pm, so please come by to eat and chat while you can. This is a prime time to talk to parents and students.

Volunteer Schedule for UW Day

Student Life Centre: 9:00am-4:00pm

People here will hand out the CS Brochure and information leaflets about the events of the day. They will also encourage people to attend the CS sessions and lunch in MC.

  • Peter Van Beek (9:00-12:00)
  • Jeff Verkoeyen (9:00-12:00)
  • Troy Vasiga (9:30-1:00)
  • Jack ZhengMing Jiang (9:30-12:30)
  • Yury Drozdyuk (10:30-1:00)
  • Kamil Tusznio (11:00-1:00)
  • Rita Ackerman (12:00-1:00)
  • Sevag Gharibian (12:00-1:00)
  • Yubo Luo (12:30-2:00)
  • Ian McKillop (12:30-4:00)
  • David (Kuo) Lee (12:30-4:00)
  • Yuying Li (2:00-4:00)
  • Alan Leung (2:00-4:00)
  • Earl Oliver (2:00-4:00)

MC 2065: 10:00am-4:00pm

There will be talks given 11:00-12:30 and again from 2:00-3:30; people here will be available to give out brochures and provide information. From 12:15 to 12:30 people will guide visitors to MC 5158 for the CS reception and lab tours.

  • Ming Li (10:00-1:00)
  • Prabhakar Ragde (10:00-1:00)
  • Tricia Williams (10:00-1:00)
  • Alexandre Karpov (11:00-2:00) - take a lunch break!
  • Aniket Kate (12:00-3:00) - take a lunch break!
  • Ondrej Lhotak (12:30-3:00)
  • Douglas Szeto (12:30-3:00)
  • Jeremy Barbay (2:30-4)
  • Ge Zhong (2:00-4:00)
  • Dave Loker (2:30-4:00)

CS Lunch Reception

We will have a pizza lunch in MC5136, a slide show going on in MC5158, and brochures and research directories. Everyone working on UW Day for CS is both welcomed and encouraged to come to the lunch reception, to eat and talk to parents and students. The lunch will be arranged by Tian Kou, so please contact her if there are questions.

Lunch hosts

Available in DC 12:00-2:00 to talk to people over lunch. Everyone available (faculty and students) and tour guides not on tours should come and chat over lunch.

  • Tian Kou (11:00-3:00)
  • Ge Zhong (12:30-2:00)
  • Earl Oliver (12:00-2:00)
  • Yuri Drozdyuk (1:00-2:00)

Tour guides

Available in DC 12:30-2:30 taking people to labs (that is, helping people find their way to the places they are interested in visiting), directing people, and when not needed for that, mingling with people at lunch in the fishbowl. There will also be maps for "self-guided" tours.

  • Jack ZhenMing Jiang (12:30-2:30)
  • Sevag Gharibian (1:00-2:30)
  • Dave Loker (12:30-2:30)
  • Alan Leung (12:30-2:30)
  • Rita Ackerman (1:00-2:30)
  • Xiaoting Sun (12:30-2:00)
  • Kamil Tusznio (1:00-2:00)
  • All other students are welcome to help out leading tours!


Available 12:30-2:30 to show demos and explain research to visitors who come to the lab. The list of names here is partial. Please email me any others who are helping out in the labs.

  • Algorithms and Complexity: Jeremy Barbay, Alex Lopez-Ortiz, Alejandro Salinger, Arash Farzan
  • AI: Peter van Beek, Allan Caine, Martin Talbot, Greg Hines
  • Graphics: Andrew Lauritzen, Jaime Ruiz
  • Shoshin: Jay Black, Hao Chen
  • Tetherless: Aaditeshwar Seth, Shimin Guo
  • SCG: George Labahn, Daniel Roche, David Tausky
  • Bioinformatics: Forbes Burkowski, Shuo Xiang, William Wong
  • Trains: Kyle Larose


Help will be gratefully accepted: this entails filling garbage bags with lunch leavings, taking down signs, and rearranging furniture.

Summary of Activities by Name

  • Jeremy Barbay (12:30-2:30 - Lab, 2:30-4:00 - MC)
  • Peter van Beek (9:00-12:00 - SLC, 12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Jay Black (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Forbes Burkowski (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Allan Caine (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Yury Drozdyuk (10:30-1:00 - SLC, 1:00-2:30 - Tour Guide)
  • Arash Farzan (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Sevag Gharibian (12:00-1:00 - SLC, 1:00-2:30 - Tour Guide)
  • Hao Chen (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Greg Hines (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Jack ZhengMing Jiang (9:30-12:30 - SLC, 12:30-2:30 - Tour Guide)
  • Alexandre Karpov (11:00-2:00 - MC)
  • Aniket Kate (12:00-3:00 - MC)
  • Keshav (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Tian Kou (11:00-3:00 - MC5158)
  • George Labahn (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Kyle Larose (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Andrew Lauritzen (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • David (Kuo) Lee (12:30-4:00 - SLC)
  • Alan Leung (12:30-2:30 - Tour Guide, 2:00-4:00 - SLC)
  • Ondrej Lhotak (12:30-3:00 - MC)
  • Ming Li (10:00-1:00 - MC)
  • Yuying Li (2:00-4:00 - SLC)
  • Dave Loker (12:30-2:30 - Tour Guide, 2:30-4:00 - MC)
  • Alex Lopez-Ortiz (12:30-2:30, Lab)
  • Yubo Luo (12:30-2:00 - SLC)
  • Ian McKillop (12:30-4:00 - SLC)
  • Earl Oliver (12:00-2:00 - Lunch Host, 2:00-4:00 -SLC)
  • Prabhakar Ragde (10:00-1:00 - MC)
  • Daniel Roche (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Jaime Ruiz (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Alejandro Salinger (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Xiaoting Sun (12:30-2:00 - Tour Guide)
  • Douglas Szeto (12:30-3:00 - MC)
  • Martin Talbot (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • David Tausky (12:30-2:30 - Lab)
  • Troy Vasiga (9:30-1:00 - SLC)
  • Jeff Verkoeyen (9:00-12:00 - SLC)
  • Tricia Williams (10:00-1:00 - MC)
  • William Wong (Lab: 12:30-2:30)
  • Shuo Xiang (Lab: 12:30-2:30)
  • Ge Zhong (12:30-2:00 - Lunch Host, 2:00-4:00 - MC)

Name Tags

Name tags will be labeled with undergrad student/grad student/professor and "Computer Science"


  • Jeremy Barbay
  • Peter van Beek
  • Jay Black
  • Forbes Burkowski
  • Mark Giesbrecht
  • Keshav
  • Tian Kou
  • George Labahn
  • Ondrej Lhotak
  • Ming Li
  • Yuying Li
  • Alex Lopez-Ortiz
  • Ian McKillop
  • Prabhakar Ragde
  • Troy Vasiga


  • Lorna Kropf

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • David Tausky

Graduate Students

  • Allan Caine
  • Hao Chen
  • Arash Farzan
  • Sevag Gharibian
  • Shimin Guo
  • Greg Hines
  • Jack ZhengMing Jiang
  • Aniket Kate
  • Andrew Lauritzen
  • Alan Leung
  • Dave Loker
  • Earl Oliver
  • Daniel Roche
  • Jaime Ruiz
  • Alejandro Salinger
  • Aaditeshwar Seth
  • Xiaoting Sun
  • Martin Talbot
  • William Wong
  • Shuo Xiang
  • Ge Zhong

Undergraduate Students

  • Yury Drozdyuk
  • Alexandre Karpov
  • Kyle Larose
  • David (Kuo) Lee
  • Yubo Luo
  • Douglas Szeto
  • Kamil Tusznio
  • Jeff Verkoeyen
  • Tricia Williams

Schedule of events for CS (initial cut, October 16, 2006)

I will add details as they become known (and in answers to people's questions)

  • Student Life Centre booth
    • Open all day (9:00 - 4:00pm)
    • Peak times when presentations are not going on
    • Predicted loads (adjustments welcome):
      • 9:00-11:00 (heavy)
      • 11:00-12:30 (light - direct people to presentation)
      • 12:30-2:30 (medium - direct people to pizza lunch/tours)
      • 2:30-4:00 (light - direct people to presentation)
  • Outside MC2065-6 Faculty presentations 11-12:30, 2:30-4:00
    • Answering questions outside presentations
    • Predicted loads
      • 9:00-10:00 light
      • 10:00-11:00 heavy
      • 11:00-12:00 medium
      • 12:00-2:00 heavy (send to CS lunch if interested)
      • 2:00-3:00 medium
      • 3:00-4:00 light
  • Pizza lunch
    • 12:30-2:00 (open at noon for volunteers)
    • In MC 5136, 5158
    • Slide presentation to take place during the lunch
  • Slide presentation
  • Lab tours
    • 12:30-2:00
    • Leaving from the MC 5158, say every 5-10 minutes
  • Materials to be supplied
    • Name tags, as suggested for the Ontario Universities Fair
    • Information for helpers (how to redirect questions)
    • Brochures
    • Research directories

Suggestions (2006)

  • Your thoughts here.

Suggestions (from 2005)

  1. Slideshow:
    • Projector: Shouldn't you project it on a large screen rather than to show it on a laptop screen? --Jeremy
    • Yes, I'm working on it. NN
    • Graphics: if anything else, a compilation of the images computed by the Grad course on Graphics would be nice?--Jeremy
    • Yes, I'm working on this too. NN
  2. Display in fishbowl:
    • Can we collect some research posters to display in the fishbowl? --Jeremy
    • If you would like to take this on, that would be great.NN
    • LOL, people will make less suggestions if they have to assume them! I will see what I can do, time will be short till the 4th for me. Jeremy
  3. Name Tags:
    • Group(s): would it make sense to have the Group(s) name(s) on the name tag, so that someone from AC doesn't look too stupid when he is asked an AI question, and vice-versa? -- Jeremy
    • There is a tradeoff between having too little and too much information on a name tag. I doubt that most questions will be about particular areas in CS, so I would lean towards not making this distinction. NN
  4. Dressing Code:
    • Should we agree on a common dress code? Should we wear the shirt from the University? Are there some available for those who don't own one? Is it a problem if the people from the Database group wear their group's shirts? --Jeremy
    • I will contact Gayle to see if we can get Faculty of Math shirts for all volunteers. NN

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