50th Anniversary Program

Note: For those who have grants that cover travel costs. We have created a special event, the 'Emerging Topics in Computing Symposium', which will be held concurrently on September 28th - October 1st and shares sessions with the Graduate Research Conference and Alumni Symposium.

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Thursday, September 28th - Welcome Reception & Undergraduate Demonstrations

Welcome Reception & Undergraduate Demonstrations

5:00pm to 8:00pm, Davis Hall

Join us for a welcome reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family are all encouraged to attend. Enjoy photo opportunities by our guestbook wall and tours of Davis Hall provided by our student volunteers. Undergraduate students will be presenting demonstrations and posters of their work and winners will be awarded near the end of the evening. Come to mingle and network as the Department of Computer Science and Engineering kicks off its 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Friday, September 29th - Graduate Research Conference, Golf Outing & Area Tours

Graduate Research Conference

8:30AM to 4:30PM, Center for the Arts
8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:30 AM Opening Remarks by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (to be confirmed)
9:00 AM Keynote Speaker - Victor Bahl
9:45 AM Session 1 - Invited Talks and Presentations
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Session 2 - Invited Talks and Presentations
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 Keynote Speaker - Jian Pei
1:45 PM Session 3 - Invited Talks and Presentations
2:45 PM Coffee Break
3:15 PM Keynote Speaker - Jin-Yi Cai
4:00 PM Session 4 - Presentations

Tours of Buffalo and Niagara Falls

10:00am, Various locations

Buffalo Open-Air Autobus Tour: Two 2-hour driving sessions (4 hours total) with a 1-hour break for lunch.

Niagara Falls Tour: A shuttle bus will drop-off and pick-up guests at Niagara Falls for 4-hours of self-guided touring of area attractions.

Tours of the City of Buffalo are provided by Open Air Buffalo and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.

Tour buses leave from the University at Buffalo North Campus at 10am and return at 4:30pm. Space is limited. Sign up for tours through our event registration form.

Golf Outing

11:30am, Glen Oak

Join us for a round of golf at the magnificent Glen Oak Golf Course. All alumni, family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. The format for the event is a 4 person scramble with prizes awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, a putting contest and winning foursome. All proceeds benefit the fund to support current and future CSE student activities. Please sign up through our event registration form.

Cook-out Dinner

5:30pm to 9:00pm, Glen Oak

A casual dinner reception at Glen Oak hosted by Dr. Chunming Qiao and featuring the Department of Computer Science and Engineering House Band. The welcome desk opens at 5:30pm with music and remarks from Dr. Qiao beginning at 6:00pm. Dinner at 7:00pm followed by an award ceremony with prizes for the winners of the Undergraduate Demonstrations and Graduate Research Conference. Join us in celebrating our students and alumni!

Saturday, September 30th - Alumni Symposium, 50th Anniversary Banquet

Alumni Symposium

8:30am to 6:00pm, Center for the Arts
8:30 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:50 AM Welcome: Chunming Qiao
9:05 AM Remarks: Liesl Folks
9:10 AM Remarks: Venu Govindaraju
9:15 AM Remarks: Satish Tripathi
9:20 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr.  Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang (MS, ’72)
10:00 AM Coffee Break
10:20 AM Panel 1a: Hot Topics (in Industry and Academia)
11:10 AM Panel 1b: Hot Topics (in Industry and Academia)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Panel 2: Entrepreneurship - Opportunities and Lessons Learned
1:45 PM Networking and State of the Department
2:15 PM Computing Research Poster Session
4:00 PM Panel 3: Vision for Computing, Academia and Industry
5:30 PM Concluding Remarks: Chunming Qiao

50th Anniversary Banquet

6:00pm, Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel

Our 50th Anniversary Banquet commences with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm with dinner to follow at 6:30pm. An interactive session of 'Best Memories about CSE' begins at 7:30pm, hosted by Roger Choplin and Sreenivas Gollapudi.

Sunday, October 1st - Brunch


9:00am to 12:00pm, Center for the Arts

Join us for networking, photo opportunities, and survey.