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NCIT Summer School 2014

NCIT Summer School - 11th Edition


High Performance Scientific Computing
Embedded Systems & Mobile Programming
Open Source Development

23 June - 15 August 2014

The 11th Edition of the NCIT Summer School will take place between June 23rd and August 15th 2014, at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. Students will work on projects on three tracks, namely: High Performance Scientific Computing, Embedded Systems & Mobile Programming (Android), and Open Source Code Development. The Summer School will begin with three weeks of intensive training (23.06 - 11.07), bootcamps and invited talks (to be announced) during which students will work individually or in teams. Following the success from previous years we plan on international participation, from several Universities from Europe and Asia. 

Computer Science & Engineering Department
Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers
University Politehnica of Bucharest

Room EF108, First Floor, EF Wing.
Room ED202, Second Floor, ED Wing.
Room ED218, Second Floor, ED Wing.
Room ED422, Fourth Floor, ED Wing.
Room EG106, First Floor, EG Wing. 

Proposed Agenda:
Daily program: 10AM-5PM
Lunch Break: 1-2PM

The summer-school will host five guest presentations as follows in room EF207:

On June the 24th we will have Razvan Dobre from Adobe presenting at 10AM Openstack, which is currently the largest opensource platform used in Cloud Computing. Among its developers we number RedHat, IBM, HP, Intel, Rackspace, etc. The presentation is available here:   icon 2014.06.24 - Razvan Dobre - Openstack

On June the 25th we will have Marius David from IBM/Lenovo at 10AM presenting VMWare technologies as follows: 
  • Introduction - what is virtualization
  • Server Virtualization
  • Virtual networking
  • Making the network VM-Aware with VMReady
  • VMReady Security – MAC Spoofing prevention – VMCheck
  • Standardized VM-Aware networking with 802.11 QBG
The presentations are available here: icon 2014.06.25 - VMReady_QBG icon 2014.06.25 - Implementing a VM-Aware Network Using VMready

On June the 26th we will have Radu Velea and Adrian Loteanu from Intel presenting at 10AM:
  • OpenCL theoretical presentation
  • OpenCL hands-on: matrix multiplication, image processing (if it fits the schedule)
  • Performance of the cache & memory subsystem (theory & hands-on)
  • Defining and analyzing performance. Performance optimizations. (theory & hands-on)
The presentations are available here: icon 2014.06.26 - Adrian Loteanu - Cache Performance icon 2014.06.26 - Adrian Loteanu - Performance and Optimization icon 2014.06.26 - Radu Velea - OpenCL Summer School

On July the 8th we will have Dr. Marius Leordeanu from IMAR presenting at 2:30PM Computer Vision - Boundary Detection Algorithms:

Boundary detection is a fundamental computer vision problem that is essential for a variety of tasks, such as contour and region segmentation, symmetry detection and object recognition and categorization. I will present our generalized formulation for boundary detection, with closed-form solution, applicable to the localization of different types of boundaries, such as object edges in natural images and occlusion boundaries from video. Our generalized boundary detection method (Gb) simultaneously combines low-level and mid-level image representations in a single eigenvalue problem and solves for the optimal continuous boundary orientation and strength. The closed-form solution to boundary detection enables our algorithm to achieve state of the art results at a significantly lower computational cost than current methods. We also propose two complementary novel components that can seamlessly be combined with Gb: first, we introduce a soft-segmentation procedure that provides region input layers to our boundary detection algorithm for a significant improvement in accuracy, at negligible computational cost; second, we present an efficient method for contour grouping and reasoning, which when applied as a final post-processing stage, further increases the boundary detection performance.

Webpage with more details, papers and code:

About the speaker:

Marius Leordeanu is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy and adjunct professor at University Politehnica of Bucharest, where he teaches graduate level Computer Vision. Marius received his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the City University of New York, in 2003. His research focuses on computer vision and machine learning, with contributions to learning and optimization for matching and probabilistic graphical models,
object category recognition, object tracking, 3D modeling of urban scenes, video understanding, human activity recognition and image boundary detection.


The presentation is available here: icon 2014.07.08 - MariusLeordeanu - Generalized Boundary Detection from Multiple Image Interpretations

On July the 10th we will have Cristi Cojocaru from HP presenting at 10AM "HPC in the future".
The presentations are available here:  icon 2014.07.10 - Cristian Cojocaru - 1 Intro to HPC icon 2014.07.10 - Cristian Cojocaru - 2 HP Servers for HPC icon 2014.07.10 - Cristian Cojocaru - 3 F1 Workload

The High Performance Scientific Computing track will mainly focus on the following topics:

  1. Automatic Differentiation of Java Programs
  2. Scientific Applications in Aerospace and Astrophysics
  3. Scientific Applications in Seismology
  4. Scientific Applications in Meteorology and Hydrology
  5. EagleEye - 3D model of Romania - satallite and map image processing
  6. Parallelization of the NS-3 Simulator
  7. Administration and performance tuning in large-scale Computing Clusters
The wiki of this section is hosted here:

The Embedded Systems and Mobile Programming track will concentrate on the following subjects:

  1. Quadcopter Control - autonomous flying robot
  2. Swarm Robotics - design, develop and test of swarm algorithms on existing robots
  3. Biometric Electromiograph Hand Control
  4. Wireless Sensor Networks - measure and monitor and upload environmental parameters to online repositories
  5. Robot Control - program and control an autonomous robot using the posture and gestures of a human operator
  6. Multicore Association MCAPI applications on distribute PCs (shared memory) and on PC+FPGA combination (message passing)
  7. M-learning (mobile learning): modern learning techniques take advantage of the opportunities offered by mobile technologies; besides mobility, portable devices offer native methods of enabling collaboration and information sharing;
  8. Remote Control: learn how the sensing capabilities of your mobile device (accelerometer, compass, touch screen) can provide the means to control a drone and a robotic arm;
  9. Games and multimedia: put the hardware capabilities of the mobile device to the test and see what it means to create graphical rich applications.

Working on mobile applications (for Android, Windows 8 and BlackBerry OS), students will learn and experiment with features, such as: camera, sensors (movement, light, compass etc.), graphics, text-to-speach, voice commands and many more. Moreover, the students will interact with participants from the other two tracks, gathering ideas for interdisciplinary applications, while working in a diverse and fun social environment. 

The Open Source track technical seminars will cover the topics below:

  1. Open Source Software Project Management: Wikis, Bug Tracking
  2. Version Control Systems
  3. Editors and Efficient Editing
  4. Code redability
  5. Python
  6. Web back-end
  7. Web front-end
  8. Java
  9. Object Oriented Programming
  10. Android development

The technical seminars will present tools and technologies coupled with practical activities where participants will get a grip of how and when should they be using them. The wiki of this section will be hosted here:

The NCIT-Summer School is supported by:
Google Inc.
Intel Romania
The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers - University Politehnica of Bucharest:  

Organizers & Hosts:

PhD. Nicolae Tapus - Professor

PhD. Emil Slusanschi - Professor

PhD. Razvan Rughinis - Professor

PhD. Dan Tudose - Lecturer 

PhD. Mircea Bardac - Lecturer  

PhD. Razvan Deaconescu - Lecturer

PhD. George Milescu - Lecturer

PhD. Voichita Iancu - Lecturer

MSc. Dan Dragomir - Assistant Professor

MSc. Alexandru Olteanu - Assistant Professor

MSc. Andrei Voinescu - Assistant Professor

MSc. Adriana Draghici - Assistant Professor 

MSc. Mihai Carabas - Assistant Professor 

MSc. Alexandru Herisanu - Assistant Professor

MSc. Silvia Stegaru - Assistant Professor 

Eng. Laura Vasilescu 

Eng. Alex Eftimie

Eng. Alex Morega 

Stud. Mihai Bivol

Stud. Sorina Sandu 

Stud. Gina Dobrescu

Stud. Andrei Duma

Stud. Andrei Mușat

Stud. Ioan Deaconu

Stud. Andrei Vasiliu

Stud. Antonel Dobre

Stud. Răzvan Prejbeanu

Stud. Cristian Iliescu