Summer Classes
۱۹ تیر · Classes

Summer Classes
Web Design (HTML & CSS), PHP, Java, MatLab, ASP.NET, C#, Advanced Linux, OpenGL (Basic & Advanced)

Starting Date: Jul. 10, 2011 (Tir 19, 1390)
ECE Department - New Building

Summer Classes 2011

Summer Classes
۱۹ تیر · Classes

Summer Classes:
Web Design | Java | PHP | ASP.NET | MATLAB | C# | Advanced Linux | OpenGL(Basic & Advanced)

July 10, 2011 (Tir 19, 1390) - School of ECE
Summer Classes
How to Apply? Workshop
۰۷ تیر · Classes

How to Apply?
for all students of faculty of engineering

Sunday - June 28, 2011 (Tir 7, 1390) - 09:30 AM - Faculty of Engineering Amphitheatre

The workshop was started at Tuesday, Tir 7th, 1390, 9:50 A.M. in the central theatre of the school of engineering of university of Tehran and was continued until 2:00 P.M. 235 students was registered to attend this workshop. Due to capacity limitation of the theatre, we could not accept to register any more.

The workshop speakers were from the highest ranked universities of the world in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering fields, though most of them were from the first three aforementioned fields. Also Prof. Mohajerzadeh and Prof. Moradi, two UT ECE department professors, presented a short talk to students.

Finally, all of attendants were invited to a Yahoo group, namely “acm_how_to_apply”. The presentation slides of the workshop were uploaded to the group page.

Besides, 160 poll sheets were received and the results are the following:

1. How was the “How to Apply” workshop?
oExcellent          oGood          oMiddle          oWeak
If we assign numbers 1 to 4 to Weak to Excellent choices, respectively, the result of this question was 3.275/4.

2. How were the workshop speakers?
oExcellent          oGood          oMiddle          oWeak
Average: 3.29/4

3. How was the workshop holding time?
oExcellent          oGood          oMiddle          oWeak
Average: 2.95/4

4. Do you wish to attend a similar workshop in the next year?
oYes                      oNo
122 people were selected the first choice.

Workshop: How to Apply?
۰۷ تیر · Classes

How to Apply?

Sunday - June 28, 2011 (Tir 7, 1390) - 09:30 AM - Faculty of Engineering Amphitheatre

ACM Picnic to Golpaygan
۰۹ خرداد · Classes

In case you are interested in our program please enroll in the form below.
Registration fee: 25000 Toman You should pay this while confirming your registration at ACM room.

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Linux Feast
۲۸ اردیبهشت · Classes

In case you are interested in our program please enroll in the form below.
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F1 - No. 1
۲۰ فروردین · Classes

Cover page
F1 No. 1 - Cover Page

Table of Contents:
F1 No. 1 - Table of Contents
Director Manager:
Farzaneh Ghods

Editor in Chief:
Shadi Hossein-Nejad

Shadi Hossein-Nejad, Negar Hasanpour, Maryam Mirzaei

Page Designer:
Negar Hasanpour

Cover Designer:
Mahsa Mohammad-Khani

Staff Writer:
Ali Abbasi-Nasab, Elaheh Abolhasani, Sepideh Akhavan, Neda Derakhshani, Ghazal Fahimi, Nazanin Farahpour, Farzaneh Ghods, Shadi Hossein-Nejad, Sara Kashani, Maryam Mirzaei, Mahsa Mohammad-Khani, Samira Sadat-Akhavi, Seyyed-Shamim Taheri, Arvin Zakerian

Apply [Behzad Golshan]
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-Behzad Golshan
-Before college I was just a normal student in sampaad school.
-my ranking in national university entrance exam was about 650.
-I’ll send you my files later.

-I decided to continue my education in a foreign country in midsummer. I registered for IBT and GRE exams immediately. I took the TOEFL test in September and took GRE in October. It took me about a month to prepare for those exams.
After taking those exams I started to build a personal website and wrote my resume and SOP and most importantly I started to contact faculty members of the universities I wanted to apply to. It is worth to mention that I did all of those things simultaneously.
In March of 2010 I received my unofficial admission from Boston University.
-Most of the times my emails to the faculty members were not replied. I received only 3 good emails from professors and I think it is pretty random.
-I think it’s a good question. You know if I wanted to apply again, I would still be confused. I think most of the process of applying is not straightforward at all and is different each year. I think applying to more universities will increase your chance to get an admission.
-I got admitted to BU, SFU and Ohio State University with a monthly stipend of 2350$, 1300$ and 1700$ respectively.

-I’m pretty satisfied with my university and I am glad that its improving.
-I recommend the computer science department of BU because of its faculty and fast improvement over the years.
-I am a little homesick obviously!
-If you consider being TA and RA, working, I do have a job.
-I’ve heard that there are plenty of jobs here for CS majors.
-Boston has a somewhat windy climate and cold winters but judging from what I have seen so far I think its weather is close to Tehran.
-I think around 1500$ per month.
-Generally Photonics branch of Electrical Engineering, but in CS I think Human Computer Interaction and Algorithm should be good.
-It’s pretty much like everywhere else, just send in your documents and fill the online application.
-There are a lot of Iranians in Boston but BU itself has about 20 Iranian students.

-I have seen no ACM contests in University of Tehran.

Apply [Mahdi Milanifard]
۱۲ فروردین · Classes

Mahdi Milanifar
McGill University (for MS and PhD)
Born in Mashhad
Before university: Programming Contests, Robotics, and Khwarizmi Youth Award
Konkour rank: 230
BS GPA: 18.65

The Steps he took in order to apply for his university:
- Searching for a university
- Contacting some of the professors
- Surveying admission possibility
- Applying
- Getting prepared for the GRE and the TOEFL exam at the same time
Some useful experiences: Canadian Universities offer admissions in good conditions and they offer fund as well. Even if you didn't get the fund there's a high possibility that you get it from your professor in the upcoming terms after your admission.
Some informative experiences: applying for universities in the USA is roughly too hard for the MS degree, because they usually don't offer funds for MS degree so beware if you need the fund don't apply for universities in the USA unless for PhD degree.
If I wanted to take the steps of my apply process again I wouldn't change anything except for that informative experience.
I got the admission of the following universities however I didn't get any funds:
Texas Austin University, Rutgers University,
I got the admission and the fund of the following universities:
McGill University, University of Alberta and the EPFL University.

My paper base TOEFL mark was 653 it's equal to 115 in internet base TOEFL .
I got complete mark in Math part of the GRE. I got 400 for verbal. And my percentage in GRE subject was %99.

I'm very pleased of my university.
I suggest applying for McGill University, but beware it requires a high GPA.
My life is better than a mediocre student life and I'm happy with my life.
I don't feel nostalgic.
I don't work fund is far more than sufficient.
It seems that the work market is not bad, but I have no idea.
Canadian people treat very well in almost all over the country.
The weather is cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, but it's tolerable.
Unfortunately I have no idea about any other student branches except for ACM.
The money I spend in the month is about 1500 to 2000 Canadian dollars (I spent about 1000 dollars in the first year, but as the fund increased the money I spent increased as well).
Search for apply steps in the McGill university website because it changes every year.
There are a few Iranian students in McGill University. You can find 3 or 4 in each class.
It seems that ACM is active, but not much.
They attend ACM Contests. I don't have much information about ACM student branch activities.
I suggest you to play Ted Talk or any other successful representations for students.
One memory:
The last ten minutes of ACM Contest in 2005 held in Sharif University. Perhaps one of the best chances for University of Tehran to go to the worldwide final contest:
Another memory:
We were told not to play video games in the computer site, but we always did every morning till night and sometimes some nights till morning. We used to play Age of Empires. We also invited students from other universities to play with us (and of course we won every time). One day Ms. Adl Pour (in charge of the computer site) came to me with a wide smile on his face and said: "Someone called from AmirKabir University and asked whether the Age of Empires Competition would be held today or not." :D (Don't blame them they are AmirKabirian :D :P)
A Short Memory
My friends and I were busy playing video games when suddenly Prof. Jobbehdar showed up. Everyone understood and started to act normally except one. Prof. Jobbehdar approached him and got his hand on his shoulder when suddenly that idiot shouted: "Don't drop worms don't you see? I'm under attack" you guess the rest of the story....
A Shorter Memory
One day I told Dr. Lucas that in my Statistics course project I want to prove Dr. Jobbehdar that he should separate Electrical Students and Computer Students when winning the marks on the chart. He bent his neck a little to the left or right and simply answered: "Ok."
God bless him.

-- Interview by Nazanin Razi & Farzin Akbar

Seminar on Models of Computation and Computational Models
۱۱ اسفند · Classes

The covered issues were among the most well-done projects for the course "Theory of Formal Languages and Automata" during the last six semesters. Topics include Quantum Computing, Chemical Computing, DNA computing, Cloud Computing, Cuda Computing, and Computational Theory of mind.

Number of Participants: 75

Download scheduling table

Agent-based Dots and Boxes!
۲۰ دی · Classes

The first part of this commentary reviews a number of artificial intelligence contests that our chapter has held during the last eight years in the department. The second part contains a description of this contest, as well as how it was held. Finally, the last part summarizes our plan to keep on holding these contests in the future.

1. A Review on Artificial Intelligence Contests in University of Tehran

Formerly, the members of ACM student Chapter, under supervision of faculty members of artificial intelligence group, held some competitions based on analysis and design of algorithms. The following paragraphs include their brief accounts.

1.1 Dots and Boxes Contest

The contest was held in February 2005 as the final project of Artificial Intelligence course (presented in the spring semester of 2005), in which 30 students (from freshman to seniors) participated. The Contest began in the early morning at the computer center of the department with a video projector, to make it visible on the wall of the computer center. It then continued according to a timetable for the matches, which had been designed before the contest, and finished at noon. The final match held in the presence of the department dean, who awarded the prizes of the first three teams.

It is noteworthy that the core of the game was implemented by some students according to the rules of the game. The teams who had applied learning algorithms in their codes were given a bonus.

1.2 Othello

This was the famous game known as Othello, in which two players play with pieces that have two distinct faces on an 8*8 square. These pieces are like coins with black and white faces, with each face representing one of the players. The core of the game was written by one of the students and the implementation of the intelligent agent was assigned to the participants.

The contest was held in December 2006 in the presence of 100 students of our department with two video projectors, and sixteen teams of students from freshmen to seniors participated in it. It lasted for two hours. The winner and the best team of the-first-two-years students were each awarded a gold coin, and a flash memory was the award of the next two teams. The contest was totally financed by some faculty members of the department.

1.3 Multiplicative Squares

This was an online competition in the webpage in March 2007, in which players were ought to find an arrangement of numbers from 1 to N2 and put them in an N*N table to maximum or minimum a given expression.

In this contest, 12 students from second-year students to seniors participated. It was a great challenge, and efficient algorithms in local search that are not introduced in artificial intelligence courses were applied by competitors. The first two teams were awarded by the chapter.

2. Description of the Dots and Boxes Contest

ACM student Chapter held the dots and boxes competition in fall semester of 2010. The core of this game was written by a number of students, and competitors were supposed to implement the part of the game related to the decision making process. A graphical user interface was also fully implemented and was provided to participants as well as the core.

2.1 Call for the Contest

As other programs held by the chapter, several posters were prepared. Also, considering the experience of similar contests in the past and the unfamiliarity of students with these kinds of contests, we introduced the whole process and demonstrated a sample match three weeks before the main contest. The program started at 1 pm, in which two intelligent agents competed in an exciting atmosphere.

The fact that the graphical sections and the core of the game had already been implemented motivated many lower age students to participate. Although the contest was mainly designed for computer engineering students, it also grasped the attention of some students of electrical engineering. After this call, interested students had the opportunity to implement their intelligent agent and upload their codes in the website in three weeks.

2.2 Holding the Contest

The contest began in January 10, 2011 at 1 pm, and intelligent agents implemented by students played with each other through the server. During the contest, the players movements were shown by video projectors on the walls of the department computer center, and so students had the chance to discuss about the algorithms and share their knowledge of the algorithms implemented.

Around 60 students came to watch matches. The total number of participants was 33 individuals in the form of two- to four-member teams. Totally 13 teams were involved in the contest. To be fair, intelligent agents were to play twice, each play beginning with one of the players. The contest ended after about four hours.

There was a lot of excitement among the teams of second-year students during the contest, and surprisingly, one of them won the contest. After the contest, the top three teams were awarded as follows.

• The first team: $100 Gift Card

• The second team: $50 Gift Card

• The third team: $25 Gift Card

These were financed by Fanap Corporation. However, in order to encourage second-year students, we gave a special gift to their first team, which was a $ 25 Gift Card.

2.3 Relevant Theoretical Fields

The algorithmic basis of the contest is related with some of the issues raised in Data Structure, Algorithm Design and Artificial Intelligence courses. However, due to the simplicity of implementation of this program, basic knowledge from the first two courses was sufficient for participation in the contest.

3. Future Plan

Considering the permanent need for motivating students to employ their academic studies in algorithm design, ACM Student Chapter at University of Tehran intends to hold annually artificial intelligence contests in two phases. The first is going to be held locally (participants form University of Tehran) every year in October, while the second will be held countrywide in March.

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