Congratulations Dave Poplawski!

Please join me in congratulating Dave for having been identified as one of only 91 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” student evaluation score during fall 2015 semester. Dave’s score was in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus.
This great achievement reflects Dave’s lifelong devotion to teaching and service to the Tech community.  Thank you Dave!
Congratulations, Dave!  We wish you all the best!
-Dr. Min Song

Philart receives 2nd year Initiative Funding from MTU Transportation Institute

Please join me in congratulating Philart on receiving the 2nd year Initiative Funding, $20,000 from Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, for a 3 year project entitled, “Building the ENGIN (Exploring Next Generation IN-vehicle INterfaces) Consortium at MTTI”.  This project aims to promote interdisciplinary driving research and education curriculum across campus and to secure external funding for driving research.

Congratulations Philart!
- Dr. Min Song

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Keith Vertanen receives Google Faculty Research Award!

Keith Vertanen
Keith Vertanen

Please join me in congratulating Keith on receiving a Google Faculty Research Award for $47,219. The project is titled, “Less is More:  Investigating Abbreviated Text Input via a Game”.  The project will use an Android game to answer four questions:  1) What sorts of abbreviations do users think they should use? 2) How do users change their abbreviations in response to recognition accuracy? 3) Can we train users to abbreviate intelligently to help the decoder? 4) Can we improve decoder accuracy on abbreviated input?

Keith joined the department last August, and has submitted three research proposals.

Congratulations Keith!  Keep the nice work up!

 

–Dr. Min Song

Ali Ebnenasir receives nomination of University’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award!

Ali Ebnenasir
Ali Ebnenasir

Please join me in congratulating Ali on receiving the nomination of University’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award! According to the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Ali has been chosen as one of the five finalists from among all Michigan Tech teaching faculty. Selection as a finalist automatically enrolls Ali as a member of the Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. Congratulations Ali! Thank you for your dedication to our students and your outstanding teaching performance.

-Min Song

Support Ali’s nomination with your comments!

Deadline is March 18, 2016.

Pacesetters and Michigan Tech

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University selected for program targeted at women in computer science

HOUGHTON — A national organization is committed to inspiring young women to enter the field of Computer Science and Michigan Tech is taking part in the effort.

Michigan Tech Professor Computer Science Dr. Linda Ott said, “We’re faced with a situation that most students haven’t had the opportunity to learn anything about computer science. They may have used computing but they haven’t been part of creating new software, creating computing tools and things like that.”

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 UP News, by Rick Allen.

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetters program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google and Qualcomm. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

BASIC – Building Adult Skills in Computing

Back to BASICs: Computer help group has new name, same drive to help build skills

HOUGHTON?- It’s an hour before the Portage Lake District Library opens, but if you enter through the side door, you’ll see a group of Tech students and community members already hard at work. They bow over smartphones, tablets and laptops, deep in conversation. They’re here to teach, and to learn.

This is BASIC (Building Adult Skills in Computing), formerly known as Online at the Library. The group meets on Saturday mornings while Tech is in session.

Though its name has changed, the group’s mission has remained the same – to help answer questions for, and teach computing skills to, community members.

Charles Wallace, associate professor and undergraduate program advisor in Michigan Tech’s computer science department, said one of the biggest changes since the program’s inception is the widening of platforms. While participants once brought in “almost exclusively” laptops, now they’re working on smartphones and tablets as well.

“Those provide some interesting challenges,” he said.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Meghan Marquardt. (Subscription required.)

Tech Alumnus Helps Create Award-winning Video Game

ABZUIn December of 2014, Steve Green was set to graduate from Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department. Armed with a degree in sound design, he knew he had a good job waiting for him just a few weeks and 1,800 miles away. What he didn’t know was that the coming year would not only be exciting and rewarding for him, but for the world he was entering, the world of video gaming.

Michigan Tech’s Enterprise program, Husky Games, also gave Green experience he needed outside of the classroom.

“Husky Games was a pretty great place to mainly learn the dynamics of the game-making process and what members of a team are responsible for,” Green says. “It allowed for some great hands-on experience with source control and the programming aspect of game development.”

Christopher Plummer (VPA) says the combination of class work and Enterprise opportunities prepare motivated students for a variety of industries. “We keep looking for opportunities to expose students to video game and film experiences,” Plummer says. “The Husky Games Enterprise continues to provide valuable experiences and student support. The process of finding and working with collaborators outside of Michigan Tech continues to be essential to students’ success and develops skills students need to network and continue to develop their career after graduation.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Mark Wilcox.

CS Hosts Local Hour of Code

Hour of CodeHOUGHTON — Houghton High School students are learning all about computer coding.

Students are being taught by none other than Michigan Tech’s Computer Science Department.

Faculty and students from Michigan Tech’s Computer Science Department are hosting the program Hour of Coding.

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Aleah Hordges.

Local students participate in ‘Hour of Code’

During Computer Science Education Week, tens of thousands of Hour of Code events are held around the world, like the one at Houghton Middle School.

Representatives from Michigan Tech introduced the wonders of coding to the students.

MTU Software Engineering Major Mitch Davis said, “They’re learning just the basic approaches of how programs run, the idea of a step by step instruction that if you want something done, you can’t just say ‘I want this done’, you have to say all of the minor details of how to get there in the first place.”

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 News, by Rick Allen.

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DOD-ARO Funding for Tim Havens

Timothy Havens
Timothy Havens

Timothy Havens received a research grant of $285,900 for the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $983,124. The work is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense-Army Research Office. Timothy Schulz of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is the project Co-PI. Havens has a joint appointment in both Computer Science and ECE.

The project is entitled “Heterogeneous Multisensor Buried Target Detection Using Spatiotemporal Feature Learning.” The project will investigate theory and algorithms for multisensor buried target detection that achieve high probability of detection and classification with low false-alarm-rate. The primary sensors of interest are multisensor FLGPR (i.e., FLGPR plus other sensor modalities, such as thermal video or LIDAR) and acoustic/seismic systems, although the methods will be applicable to other modalities as well.