Special Activities

Consult the schedule for class times and the approximate times of special events and excursions. Details of special events and excursions will be posted here.

Week I


All students are expected to attend the Orientation and Welcome meeting, which will be held on Monday, July 13 at 9:00 in MH523.

There will be a picnic on campus Monday evening at 17:00. The location is the picnic area on 7th street across from the Event Center.


The Summer University program was conceived of and funded by Ms. Anne-Catherine Lyon, the minister of higher education for the state of Vaud, Switzerland. She will be visiting the SJSU campus on Tuesday, July 14, with a delegation of Swiss dignitaries. There will be a special ceremony celebrating future collaborations between SJSU and the University of Applied Sciences. All conference participants are asked to attend this ceremony which will be from 11:00 – 12:00 in rooms 255 and 257 of the Martin Luther King Library.

Summer University faculty are invited to attend the working lunch that immediately follows this ceremony. (Sorry students.)

Details of the schedule can be found the Vaud Agenda.


Students should eat lunch then assemble at the corner of 8th Street and San Salvador Street by 13:15. At the time a bus will take us to the Google Campus for a tour and a brief presentation by John Toole. We will probably return to the SJSU campus by 4 PM.


This will be a full day at IBM's Almaden Research Facility. The full agenda can be found here. Please be at 8th Street and San Salvador Street by 8:00. Once at IBM, the group will break out into smaller groups. Please sign up for the group you want to join.


This will be a full day in Santa Cruz: redwoods, beach, and boardwalk.. Please be at 8th Street and San Salvador Street by 10:00. Bring sunscreen, a hat, something warm to wear in case of fog, comfortable walking shoes, and a swim suit (warning: the ocean is very cold.)

For more information, see Santa Cruz.


Week II


At 9:00 our buses will depart from 9th and San Salvador (not 8th and San Salvador as stated before.) We will arrive at Juniper networks for talks and a tour.

At 12:30 sharp we drive up to Life Technologies (formerly Applied BioSystems). Here’s the agenda:

Agenda (refreshments will be provided):

1:00pm - 1:15pm:  Check-in

1:30pm - 1:50pm:  Tour (training facility) - Groups A&B

2:00pm - 2:20pm:  Tour (training facility) - Groups C&D

2:30pm - 3:30pm:  Panel Discussion w/ Asim Siddiqui (Director, Bioinformatics), Pius Brzoska (Principal Scientist, Bioinformatics), David Woo (Sr. Manager, Software Technology) and Francisco De La Vega (Distinguished Scientific Fellow)

3:30:  Visit Concludes

Note that I have not budgeted time for lunch on Monday. Eat a big breakfast that day. Maybe bring a sandwich, granola bars, or fruit which you can eat on the bus.


We depart at 9:00 for Nvidia. Here’s the itinerary:

9:30am – 10:00am    Check-in & visitors badges, walk over to Bldg E

10:00am – 10:15am     Welcome & Introductions

10:15am – 11:15am     Corporate Overview / Tech Talk (TBD)

11:15am – 11:30am     Final Q&A

We will split into two groups of 30 to do the next part of the tour as 30 per session would be the maximum allowed.

11:30am – 12noon      Demo Room Tour and Silicon F&A Tour

12noon – 12:30pm      Demo Room Tour and Silicon F&A Tour

12:30pm         Head back to the front lobby of Bldg D for departure

Backpacks must be left on the bus. Nvidia also wants to see resumes. They have positions and internships open:


NVIDIA is looking for multiple software engineers to join the CUDA Developer Tools team. CUDA is NVIDIA's revolutionizing new technology that is helping move thousands of new applications to run on the GPU instead of the CPU. Important part of this role is to build a world class GPU debugger architecture that can help developers run and debug these applications on the GPU. This role requires interaction with CUDA driver and compiler teams within NVIDIA, and other developer teams within and outside of NVIDIA.

- BS or higher degree in Computer Science/Engineering.
- Minimum 3 years of industry or academic experience (or equivalent) in a related field.
- Strong knowledge of C and programming techniques.
- Familiar with CPU/GPU System architecture and OS fundamentals especially linux.
- Good communication skills required.
- Prior experience building user mode or kernel mode debuggers is a plus.
- Familiarity with Windows and/or Mac OS X is a plus.
- Experience with C++, OpenMP, and any parallel programming is a plus.
- A strong team player that is self motivated.


We will depart at 9:30 for Accenture. Here’s the agenda:

Overview of Accenture Technology Labs
Highlight of “Interesting Projects”
Office / Lab Tour


We will depart for San Francisco around 9:30. In the morning we will take a guided tour of the Chinatown and North Beach areas. (North Beach is the Italian district that was taken over by beatniks in the 1950s and nightclubs in the 1960s.) Students will have some free time to eat lunch and explore. There are many great restaurants and cafes in this area.

In the afternoon we will take a cruise on the bay. We will pass by Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

We will return by bus to San Jose around 17:00. The exact times will be posted later.

Week III

Week IV





9:00 Bus departs 9th and San Salvador for Cisco. We will be visiting the Cisco Telepresence Business Unit. Our host will be the Director of Software, Mike Hubenthal. This particular business unit does a lot of Java and C++ development.


Building #19
3550 Cisco Way