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McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging Symposium

21Sep201608:00



30th anniversary celebration
McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging

“Advances in Research on Brain Health”

The New Spam: Machine learning can be used to write human-like tweets

Phishing messages typically get 5-10% response rates, but a new system has boosted its rate to 40%. John Seymour and Phil Tully, two data scientists from the security company ZeroFOX, presented their system SNAP_R at Black Hat, a Las Vegas conference on cyber-security, on August 4. SNAP_R uses a deep neural net to study a person's past tweets and then mimics that person's writing style using a Markov model, generating a phishing tweet. So far, there is no reason to think that criminals are using a similar system, but Seymour and Tully's work show how it might be done.

Published: 5Aug2016

Detecting hate speech on the Internet

Online bullying and trolls are the darker side of social media. Twitter's Chief Executive Officer stated in a February 2015 memo that he wanted to make it a corporate priority to detect abuse and hate speech on Twitter.

Published: 2Aug2016

RSVP NOW: Ending AIDS, TB and Malaria as Epidemics: How can Canada help?

15Sep201616:00
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Redpath Hall Recital Hall, 3461 rue McTavish (McTavish Gates), Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6, CA

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Writing data on atoms: researchers have found a way to write and retrieve data at the atomic level

A team of researchers in the Netherlands has developed the means to store data at the atomic level. This technique would allow 502 terabytes of data to fit into one square inch. According to the authors, "[t]ranslating the two-dimensional storage density presented here to three dimensions, would ... allow the storage of the entire US Library of Congress in a cube 100 µm wide." At the moment, the memory array can operate up to a temperature of 77 K (about -210 C), meaning that the technology would be restricted to data centres capable of maintaining such temperatures.

Published: 26Jul2016

From ore mining to data mining: the economy of Western Labrador diversifies for the 21st Century

An item in today's CBC News reports on towns in Labrador West that are repositioning their economies for the 21st Century. These local economies once relied on mining minerals but are now housing data centres. The cheaper power and cooler air of the area make them ideal for data warehousing, since such centres use a lot of electricity and cause machines to heat up. Great North Data, a company based out of St.

Published: 26Jul2016

Save the date - Department of Psychiatry Departmental Day

2Dec201612:00
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Save the Date

Department of Psychiatry Departmental Day

Friday, December 2 (12:00-17:00)

Centre Mont-Royal (2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal QC, H3A 3R8)

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