Upcoming Events

Mar
8
2024
CS Seminar: Exploring the Intersection of AI and Entrepreneurship: Lessons and Insights from Silicon Valley to Acadia University (Seminar held with the LaunchBox) (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Talk by Dr. Junwei Zhang
Tech Lead Engineer/Investment Director

Date: March 8th
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Online
Teams link: Click here to join the meeting
Profile: LinkedIn
Email: junweizhang23@gmail.com

Abstract: In our rapidly evolving digital age, the impact of Artificial Intelligence on industries and the dynamism of startup ecosystems offer a unique canvas for innovation. Junwei Zhang, who has contributed to technology and venture capital through roles at companies including Uber, Microsoft, and DoorDash, shares insights into the integration of AI with entrepreneurial ventures, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities this convergence presents.
Drawing from a solid foundation in computer vision and parallel computing, alongside practical involvement in tech project leadership, Zhang aims to share his pathway and insights gained from navigating the vibrant tech and investment landscape of Silicon Valley. The discussion will allocate a thoughtful portion to AI — addressing its current frontiers and challenges — while also delving into the realms of startup development and venture capital, informed by Zhang's direct experiences and collaborative endeavors.
This session is designed to be an exchange of learnings rather than a highlight of personal accolades. It seeks to offer a nuanced understanding of how technology and entrepreneurship intersect, providing valuable perspectives for those interested in shaping the future of tech and business. Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the AI landscape, alongside practical advice on entrepreneurship and investment, fostering a spirit of innovation and growth.
Join us for a journey through the complexities and triumphs of merging AI with entrepreneurship, guided by the shared experiences from Silicon Valley's ecosystem to the academic and entrepreneurial communities at Acadia University.

Brief Bio: I am Junwei Zhang, and I am both an engineer and a venture capital investor with a robust background in technology and research. I earned my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University in New York. My journey in the tech industry began prior to the Uber IPO when I joined Uber as a software engineer. Following this, I embarked on roles within the Microsoft Azure Cloud + AI team and the DoorDash Growth team, contributing to significant projects and innovations. In addition to my industry experience, I serve as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT), where I oversee contributions in areas pivotal to our field. My academic contributions include over 10 papers published in top-tier conferences and journals such as ICCV, CAD, CAGD, and TPDS, covering a range of topics from computer vision to geometry processing and parallel computing.
Venture capital investment is another avenue through which I engage with the tech ecosystem. I have led investments in startups, including those that empower Stanford researchers to leverage new AI technologies for mental health initiatives. Moreover, I am an active board member of a Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneurship leadership community, where we organize monthly webinar discussions to foster innovation and leadership in the tech sector.

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Past Events

Nov
14
2014
Seminar - MINING AND VISUALIZING SOCIAL NETWORK DATA (2:30 pm - 4:00 pm)

Abstract: Social Network data analysis has become both an important research topic as well as a tool of modern business. We’ll discuss the characteristics of three major components of social data analysis: the acquisition, clustering and map/reducing, and visualization of data. Examples of benefits and drawbacks of various clustering algorithms and forms of visualization will be discussed, and we’ll present a workflow that shows off several of these techniques.

 

Nov
7
2014
CS Seminar - Faculty Research Presentations (2:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

FACULTY RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

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Oct
17
2014
CS Seminar - A rough guide to New Media in the Annapolis Valley (2:30 pm - 4:30 pm)
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2014
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other constraints. Risk Engineering is used by insurance and reinsurance
companies as part of their strategic planning and execution. Analytical
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intensive. Analyze Re provides Software-as-a-Service solutions for Risk
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an overview of the computational challenges that are involved in Risk
Engineering applications and discusses how some of them are being solved
with today's technologies.
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12
2014
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Come hear from students who have just finished summer work terms and find out what it’s really like to work in your field!

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5
2014
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