Colloquium

Databases from a category-theoretic perspective

Abstract

Category theory arose in the 1940s as a way provide a single framework in which many different mathematical disciplines can be represented. A category roughly consists of objects and relationships between them, and a functor is a way of relating one category to another. This approach is both flexible and powerful, and is ubiquitous in mathematical research today. One might say that a category theorist studies the structure of mathematics.

Career Mentorship Colloquium: Career Opportunities in the SAP Ecosphere

Abstract

SAP is the largest software provider in the business application environment, and offers many very good job opportunities. This talk will provide an overview of SAP as a company, the three types of jobs in SAP: system administration (called BASIS), programming, and functional / business consultants. The talk will also discuss the three types of employers: consulting companies, private companies, and SAP itself.

Distinguished Lecture Series - Computerized Voting Machines: Who is Counting your Vote?

Abstract

As a result of Florida 2000, some people concluded that paper ballots simply couldn't be counted, even though businesses, banks, racetracks, lottery systems, and other entities in our society count and deal with paper all the time. Instead, paperless computerized voting systems (Direct Recording Electronic or DREs) were touted as the solution to "the Florida problem." 

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