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2020-2021 Computer Literacy Seminars

Have you ever wondered where your data goes when it is saved to the cloud?

Do you know how easy it is to steal your personal information online?

Or have you ever thought that your microwave can be online?


The Center for Data Science and the Information Technology department brings you answers to all these questions & many more with our computer literacy seminar series…

The UWT Information Technology department partners with the Center for Data Science to bring UWT students, faculty and staff a series of Computer Literacy Seminars.  The Seminars address new and relevant topics such as Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT), and BIG Data in a manner that is friendly to all backgrounds, technical or not.  These seminars are funded by the Student Technology Fee and are Free to all UWT students, faculty and staff.  See below for the upcoming seminars:

Wix: Bring your ideas to life – RSVP Today!

Hey there Huskies! Looking for a creative way to display your work? Wix has a variety of user-friendly tools to support your professional endeavors. What better way to advertise your work than your own dedicated website! Guest speaker Caitlin Herring will walk us through the step-by-step process, from planning to designing the look of your website.

Wednesday January 20th - 12:30 - 1:20pm

          Presented by  Caitlin Herring, Academic partnership manager with Wix.

Intro to Amazon Web Services (AWS) – RSVP Today!

Fellow Huskies! Join Amazon representatives, Jeff Lawson and Joel Morgan, as they provide an overview of today's cloud computing technology and how Amazon Web Services (AWS) can support your various technological needs. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster. Tune in as our guests cover the Amazon services and trainings UW Tacoma members have access to. No prior AWS experience is needed.

Wednesday January 27th - 12:20 - 1:20 pm

          Presented by Amazon representatives Jeff Lawson and Joel Morgan.

Portfolium Information Session– Recording!

Wednesday December 2nd - 12:30 - 1:20pm

          Presented by Chris Fuentes, lead in the Computer Literacy Seminar Department.


How Quantum Computers Will Affect Internet Security –  Recording!

Wednesday November 18 - 12:20-1:20pm via Zoom​

Presented by Anderson C. A. Nascimento, Endowed UWT Professor in Information Technology and Information Security


Cybersmart: Best Practices to Secure UW Data  

Wednesday October 14 - 12:20-1:20pm via Zoom​

Presented by Melissa Albin-Wurzer, Information Security Analyst, UW Office of the CISO


Digital Threat: A look into Ransomware 

Monday October 19 - 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom​

Presented by Cindy Jenkins, Senior Security Engineer, UW Medicine IT Services


2020 Cyberthreat Landscape: A look into Today’s Cyberthreats  

Wednesday October 21 - 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom​​

Presented by Chester Wisniewski, Principal Research Scientist, Sophos




Check out what happened in the previous years below!


2019 - 2020 Seminars

Introduction to Microsoft Teams 

Part 1

Friday May 15: Watch the Recording!

The Computer Literacy Team will be covering the following topics:

• Setup & Customize a Team

• Collaborate in Teams

• Posts & Messages

• File Management

• Chats & Calls

Part 2

Friday May 22 : Watch the Recording!

The Computer Literacy Team will be covering the following topics:

• Manage Meetings

• Live Events

• Explore Apps & Tools

• Managing Activity Feeds

• Teams on the Go



Cloud Computing Seminar 

Friday May 1: The Cloud Constructor Game - In this game, players take the role of a cloud architect where they are tasked with keeping up with user demand. Players build and maintain computers that offer increasing capacity and speed. The game introduces Cloud Computing and Networking concepts as players advance through multiple levels that gradually increase in difficulty. After playing the game, session participants will optionally complete a survey to assess their learning of cloud computing concepts. The session concludes with a short discussion on cloud computing and a Q&A discussion with the game developer.

Presented by Robert Cordingly & Wes Lloyd, SET



Adobe Photoshop Seminar 

Wednesday January 15: Kick Off Your YouTube Channel - Learn the basics from the UWT Multimedia Lab while following along Live!

Presented by the Multimedia Lab team



Social Media 

Wednesday January 15: Kick Off Your YouTube Channel - Learn YouTube basics, from idea generation to tech and equipment - Missed it? Watch the recording!

Presented by The Computer Literacy Team

Wednesday January 22: Grow Your YouTube Presence - Learn how to grow your YouTube channel, from marketing to monetization - Missed it? Watch the recording!

Presented by The Computer Literacy Team

Wednesday January 29: Podcasting is Easier than You Think - A podcast 101 session, from getting started to making the most of your show. Have something you want to talk about? - Missed it? Watch the recording!

Do you have a phone? If so, then you have most of what you need to start your own podcast. In this session we’ll talk about what else you’ll need to start your own show and present different ways to grow your audience.

Presented by Eric E. Wilson-Edge, UW-T Advancement Content Specialist



Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday November 13: IBM Power9 & AI Use Cases

IBM guest speaker, Brandon Jones, will be presenting on leveraging Power9 for data, computation intensive AI use-cases.

About the Speaker:

Brandon Jones - Client Architect

Experienced Technologist with a demonstrated skills of working in the computer hardware industry. Skilled in Compute, Storage, Analytics, Capacity Planning, Economic Forecasting, and Monitoring. With a strong focus on economics to drive customer success through innovative solutions. 


Wednesday November 20: Processing Medical Images With Deep Learning

UWT Graduate Students will be presenting on using Deep Learning techniques for Medical Image Segmentation. 


2018 - 2019 Seminars


Wednesday November 28: An Introduction to Portfolium on UW-Tacoma Campus

As part of the Computer Literacy Seminar series, UW Tacoma IT department will be hosting an informational session for Portfolium. The session will cover the basics of Portfolium, review some great examples and address any questions. Experienced users from Portfolium and California State University, Northridge will be joining the session. For more information about Portfolium on UW Tacoma campus, visit:



Cybersecurity Seminar

Wednesday January 16: Key Concepts in Cybersecurity

This session will introduce key concepts around cybersecurity such as confidentiality, integrity and availability. In addition, the concepts of authenticity and accountability will also be briefly discussed. This seminar will be presented by Assistant Professor Wei Cheng.


Wednesday January 23: Worldwide Cyber Threat Cases

The goal of session two is to recap key concepts introduced in session one through studying a series of real-world examples. The discussion will cover serious cyber threats from around the world since 2014.



Deep Learning Seminar

Artificial intelligence is a growing technology that continues to break boundaries when it comes machine learning. This includes machines now performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. In this seminar, we will focus on the deep learning and how machines learn through the inspiration of the human brain.

Wednesday February 20: Deep Learning

What is Deep Learning and how it relates to the broader field of Machine Learning.


Wednesday February 20: Deep Learning in Practice

An overview of some of the deep learning applications in healthcare, self-driving cars, social media, games, etc.


Wednesday February 27: Building AI Models with NeoPulse- Guest Speaker

CEO of DimensionalMechanics, Rajeev Dutt, will be talking about Neopulse, an AI framework for the creation, deployment, and distribution of custom AI models.


(Photo by Rachel Coward)

Rajeev Dutt is the CEO of DimensionalMechanics where he is focused on developing new artificial intelligence technology that transforms the way users build applications, share media and leverage the cloud for their AI initiatives. Their trademark product NeoPulse is an AI solution that enables the creation, deployment and distribution of custom AI models. Rajeev has 17 years of experience in the technology sector. He launched his first company at 26, and has also held leadership positions with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Intel.



Big Data Seminar

Wednesday April 17: An Introduction to Big Data

The term "Big Data" has been explosively hot and highly inspiring in recent years. From the tech world and business arena to healthcare and entertainment, Big Data has been the driving force for countless industries and academic researches. So, what is Big Data?


Wednesday April 24: Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization

Guest speaker, Vadym Tymchenko, Senior Staff Data Scientist at Infoblox, will be sharing examples to better understand data, generation processes, and the use of visualizations to make decisions.



Cloud Computing Seminar

Wednesday May 8: Serverless Computing - The Next Generation of Cloud Computing

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

Presented by Assistant Professor Wes Lloyd from the UW-Tacoma School of Engineering and Technology


Wednesday May 15: Cloud for Everyone - An Introduction to Cloud Computing

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

Presented by Graduate Students from UW-Tacoma School of Engineering and Technology


Wednesday May 22: Microsoft Azure Cloud - A Global Leading Cloud Provider

Guest speaker, Shruti Ramesh, Software Engineer II at Microsoft


2017 - 2018 Seminars

Cloud Computing Seminar 


Wednesday April 4: Cloud Computing: How Cloud Computing is Helping Accelerate the Pace of Science

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

This session will start with an overview of the general concepts of cloud computing, and then focus on how scientists are leveraging the computational power of cloud computing to help solve problems and accelerate scientific discovery.


Wednesday April 11: The Amazon Cloud

In the mid-2000s Amazon, based in Seattle, Washington, introduced the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) services.  These service offerings are considered by many as the services that launched the "invention of cloud computing" creating the multi-billion dollar cloud computing industry of today.  This session will feature an overview of the general concepts of cloud computing from the perspective of two guest speakers from Amazon.  The session will include an open question and answer (Q&A) forum with our guest speakers from Amazon.  The guest speakers include:

Aaron Bucher

Aaron Bucher is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and assists large research universities in adopting AWS and architecting cloud environments. He specializes in working with higher education and optimizing high-performance computing (HPC) environments.

Aaron joined AWS from the University of Minnesota where he served in both administrative and collegiate roles during his time there. Most recently, he was responsible for enterprise architecture and technology planning for their five campuses. Previously, he led UNIX and network operations for the College of Science and Engineering for their general-purpose, production environments and high-performance, research environments. Before returning to the University of Minnesota, Aaron worked in the private sector doing systems programming for an enterprise firewall product. He focused on algorithmic libraries and distributed systems for parallel processing of network traffic.

Aaron holds a bachelor in Computer Engineering and a masters in the Management of Technology.


Lori Clithero

Lori Clithero is a Sr. Account Executive for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and assists large research universities in adopting AWS and architecting cloud environments.

Lori joined AWS from Monsanto Company where she ran a mobile development and strategy group. Prior to Monsanto, Lori spent 15 years in various vendor and application development organizations focused on working with customers in medical, agriculture and higher education institutions. Her experiences are in organizational change management, mobile application development architecture and project management.

Lori holds a Project Management Certificate from Stanford University, an MBA from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.


Wednesday April 18: Cloud Computing Concepts for Everyone

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

When you mention "the cloud" many people think of the "iCloud" for music, or "Dropbox" for files, but in reality cloud computing encompasses much more.  This session will provide an introduction to cloud computing concepts and terminology in a lecture and activity based format, to help convey the concepts of cloud computing and to communicate what the cloud offers for everyone. 


Cybersecurity Seminar - Cryptography 


Wednesday May 2: Cryptography: Past, Present and Future

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

In this talk, we will give an introduction to cryptography aimed at a general audience. We will see how encryption has played a significant role throughout history, from ancient Rome till World War II and present days. We will briefly cover basic encryption techniques and how they are deployed in modern communication systems. Finally, we will see how quantum computers will impact the security of current cryptosystems and what cryptographers are doing to address this threat.


Wednesday May 9: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

In this talk, we will present an overview of modern cryptocurrencies with a focus on bitcoin. We will cover the basics of the blockchain technology, proof of work (mining), digital signatures and how these can be used to solve the double spending problem in e-cash. We will briefly discuss limitations of current cryptocurrencies and survey new technologies such as cryptocurrencies based on proof of steak (PoS).


Internet of Things (IoT) Seminar  


Monday May 14: The IoT Revolution: New Opportunities Brings Challenges

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging paradigm for connecting objects. These objects or “things” can collect, send and exchange data with minimal or no human intervention. This seminar session focuses on introducing the fundamental concepts of the IoT paradigm, trends, opportunities and challenges that this new wave of technology is bringing to our everyday lives.


Wednesday May 23rd: Internet of Everything: From Fiction to Reality

Did you miss it or want to recap?  Watch the session recording HERE!

Do you have a “smart” wristband to track your workout? Do you wish to live in a “smart” house where you can manage and optimize energy consumption easily from your smartphone? Have you thought about creating your own “smart” things at home? In this session, we will discuss state-of-the-art IoT applications and promising use cases. We will also demonstrate how you can turn ordinary objects into smart “things.”


Wednesday May 30th: Data Fusion in IoT Applications

The IoT technologies enable the digitization of the physical world. The power of knowledge unlocked from digitizing the physical world changes how we interact with the world significantly and opens windows to new opportunities, experiences and applications, e.g., self-driving cars, self-checkout Amazon Go, smart grid, smart city and smart home, etc. However, there are lots of challenges in digitizing the physical world environment and extracting knowledge from various sources of sensor data due to the partially observable, stochastic and dynamic nature of the physical world environment. 

The goal of data fusion is to synergistically combine data from multiple sensors and prior knowledge to provide more accurate and reliable estimation of interest so that it is better than would be possible if the data sources were used individually. More specifically, data fusion allows better spatial and temporal coverage, reduced estimation uncertainty, better estimation accuracy, and increased robustness to sensor and algorithmic failures. 


In this talk, we are going to discuss some state-of-the-art data fusion technologies and how they are being applied in real-world IoT applications.