Q: What is SECES about?
A: The Series of Electrical & Computer Engineering Seminars (SECES) is a series of invited/distinguished technical talks and lectures organized by the ECE department at FIT. The series is held during the Fall and Spring semesters and features academicians, researchers and scientists from outside organizations and institutions, as well as from the inside, namely, FIT faculty. Typically, the series hosts about 12 talks per year; all of them take place on the main FIT campus in Melbourne, Florida.
Q: What is a distinguished lecture?
A: Occasionally, SECES is able to invite speakers that have distinguished themselves in their respective research field and that enjoy wide recognition by their peers due to the significant impact of their accomplishments. We refer to these talks as distinguished lectures.
Q: What is this website about?
A: The website offers you detailed information about SECES Upcoming talks (title, abstract, speaker bio/photo, date, location) , Past talks, Location and Parking information. It also allows you to keep track of which talks you plan to attend, among other things.
Q: Who can attend SECES talks?
A: SECES talks are free and open to the public; anyone can attend them. We only ask you to Register through this website and RSVP for the talks you are planning to attend ahead of time.
Q: What is RSVP?
A: It is an acronym for the French expression "répondez s'il vous plaît", meaning "please respond." In our context we mean it as “confirm your attendance.”
Q: Why do you require RSVPing for the seminar talks?
A: By having interested people RSVP for talks, we hope to obtain good attendance level estimates. This will allow us to make better arrangements prior to the talk and improve various aspects of our seminar series in the future. Besides, registering with our website allows its users to receive automatic alerts for event changes, receive automatic reminders for upcoming RSVPed talks and participate in the Starz competition.
Q: What are Starz?
A: Once you have registered with our website and filled out your profile indicating your attendee type (e.g. student, faculty, etc.), you can earn Starz each time your attendance at a talk is confirmed. The amount of Starz you will earn per attended talk varies on what type of attendee you are according to the table shown on the Rules page. Also, you can check how many Starz you have earned so far by visiting your Starz page.
Q: How do I take part in the Starz competition?
A: If you indicate that you want to be included in the public Starz rankings under the Settings page, your name will appear according to your Starz rank on the relevant Hall of Fame pages.
Q: What are Commemorative Starz?
A: Each distinguished SECES lecture features its own unique, special edition star. If your attendance at a distinguished lecture is confirmed, you will be awarded the star commemorating that talk. Commemorative stars do not count towards your Starz ranking.
Q: Who do I contact, if I have further questions about SECES?
A: Please feel free to Contact Us via the department’s administrative assistant or the SECES coordinator.
Q: I am unable to RSVP for talks. What's wrong?
A: First, if you haven't done so already, you need to register via the Register page. You will then receive an email with a special access link. From then on you should use that special link to "log in" and visit this website, so it is a good idea to bookmark it in your browser. In order to RSVP for talks, you need to be "logged in", i.e. have reached this website via the special link we sent you.
Q: How do I know I am "logged in"?
A: When you go to the Home page, if you are indeed logged in, you will be greeted with your first name in boldface.
Q: After submitting my email address, I never received my special access link. What do I do?
A: Please make sure to first check your spam/junk mail folder just in case our automated email sent by 'email@example.com' landed in there. If this is not the case, please try resubmitting your email address. Please note that companies and organizations may block certain emails. In those cases, we recommend you use your personal email address to register. Finally, if you are still facing problems, please contact our Support.
Q: I lost/forgot my special access link for RSVPing on the website. What do I do?
A: Go to the Login page and resubmit your email address. Then, you will be emailed the same special access link again.
Q: I can't seem to find a way to request parking permits on the website. What's wrong?
A: First, you need to have registered and have filled out your profile indicating that you are a non-FIT person. Once you log in by accessing this website through your special link, a button labeled "Request Parking Permit" will be displayed on the Talk Info page of every talk you have RSVPed for.
Q: I do not show up in the Starz rankings. What's wrong?
A: First, make sure you have filled out your profile on the My Profile page. Next, ensure that the check box labeled "Include me in the public Starz rankings" under the Settings page is checked.
Q: What if I have more support/website-related questions not answered here?
A: Please feel free to contact our website’s Support team.