Copper Country Middle & High School Students: Sign Up for Free Computer Programming Lessons

The Department of Computer Science is offering local students free, hands-on instruction in the basics of computer programming and computer science.

Starting Sept. 13, Copper Country Programmers meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays during the academic year at the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Computer Science faculty and students will teach the fundamentals of programming, starting with simple languages like HTML and BASIC and progressing to the well known and widely used Java language.

Beginning students use their new programming skills to create their own games and computer art. They also get exposure to physical applications of programming, such as mobile computing, microcontrollers and 3D printing.

Advanced students can get involved in competitive programming, including the American Computer Science League and Michigan Tech’s famous BonzAI Brawl competition.

CC Programmers continues through late April. Organizers also plan to schedule an additional after-school meeting during the week.

PhD student John Earnest, Lecturer Leo Ureel and Associate Professor Charles Wallace lead the CC Programmers effort. “We also appreciate the work of our volunteer assistants, and we encourage more individuals from the Michigan Tech community to get involved,” said Wallace.

To register or for more information, contact Wallace at wallace@mtu.edu, 487-3431.

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Humane Interface Design Interviewed at 2015 Design Expo

Human Interface Design at Design Expo 2015
Human Interface Design at Design Expo 2015

The Enterprise team Human Interface Design (HIDE) presented at the 2015 Design Expo held at the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 16.

Team Leaders
Stephen Radachy, Computer Science and Seyedeh Maryam “Shabnam” Fakhrhosseini
Advisor
Robert Pastel, Computer Science
Sponsor
Humana
Project Overview
Our team provides students with an opportunity to design, develop, and evaluate interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. As a whole, HIDE works together to design and test different applications for our industry partners that can be used on Android, iPhone, and other devices. We accomplish these projects by combining knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g., computer science, psychology, and human factors). Students can get involved in various stages of the design process, from developing an app by programming to evaluation by designing usability tests and analyzing data.

WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW FOR MICHIGAN TECH EXPO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUkonSLVNuY

Husky Game Development Participates in 2015 Design Expo

Husky Game Development at Design Expo 2015
Husky Game Development at Design Expo 2015

The Enterprise team Husky Game Development presented at the 2015 Design Expo held at the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 16.

Team Leader
Mitch Davis, Computer Science and Ryan George, Computer Network and System Administration
Advisor
Scott Kuhl, Computer Science
Sponsors
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mel Visser (Michigan Tech Alumnus)
Project Overview
Husky Game Development is a growing enterprise that has been developing games for computers, gaming consoles, and mobile devices since 2004. Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices.

HGD

HGD

Workshop: Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will host the first workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research.” We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission.

Guest Speakers

  • Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
  • Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
  • Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

Registration
There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by Thursday, April 30.

Catered lunch and wine and cheese reception will be provided. The day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots and virtual environment.

Submission
Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by Thursday, May 14.

Research presentation is not mandatory. You can attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Department of Computer Science.

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Workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research”
Date and Location
When: May 28th 2015 Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Great Lake Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Tech

Brown, Ureel Selected as C-4 Winners

Canvas courses taught by Dr. Laura Brown and Leo Ureel (CS) were selected as two of the eight spring 2015 CTL Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4) winners. Their Canvas courses were recognized as effective by both students and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Both instructors will have the opportunity to record  a “video tour” of their courses to share as a model for new instructors or those looking for ideas to improve their Canvas courses. Please join us in congratulating Laura and Leo on creating courses that were so well received.

2015 BonzAI Brawl Results

Women in Computing Sciences (WiCS) and the Husky Game Development Enterprise (HGD) are excited to announce the results of the 8th annual BonzAI Brawl programming contest on Saturday April 11, 2015. Both groups put in hundreds of hours to develop the game and make the Brawl a success. More information about the event is available at: http://bonzai.cs.mtu.edu/

BonzAI is an day-long programming contest where small teams of students have eight hours to write software to compete in a custom-built competitive multiplayer game.  At the conclusion of the event, teams watch their programs “brawl” against each other to determine which is the most capable.  BonzAI student organizers have been working since September to develop the game and infrastructure for the event.
This year BonzAI is hosted over 50 teams and over 110 students from multiple departments across Michigan Tech’s campus, Northern Michigan University, and high-schoolers from the Copper Country Programmers club.  Additionally, teams will participate remotely from Western Michigan University.
After 8 hours of programming, each team’s AI was run against all other teams in a 3-on-3 round-robin format to get an initial ranking of the teams (over 18,000 matches run). The final tournament structure consisted of two parts.  First, using the initial ranking a ladder (or king-of-the-hill) tournament was run starting with the lowest ranked teams with the winner advancing to compete with the next ranked teams.  The top 9 teams then competed in an elimination tournament to determine the final top three teams.
In third place was Grayson Briggs, Jesse Moore, and Keith Atkinson for team “Jesse’s Girl”; team members are first-year computer science students at Michigan Tech. In second place was Ethan Novak, John Novak, and Mike Grimes, team “The Last Pizza Dogs”; team members are 4th year computer science and a graduate mathematics student at Michigan Tech. In first place was Andrew Shirtz and Justin Syria, team “Conways Claim of Life”; team members are senior computer science and mathematics majors from Northern Michigan University. The final match was very close with scores of 943, 1071, and 1097 respectively.
The final match can be viewed on Youtube.
BonzAI Brawl sponsors include: Lasalletech (Camerontec Group), Jackson National Life Insurance Company, ControlTec, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Humana, Epic, and UPPCO.

 

CS Student Accepted to the 2016 Byron Fellowship

AbhiCS graduate student, Abhilash Kantamneni, recently was accepted to the 2016 Byron Fellowship. Kantamneni, advised by Dr. Laura Brown (CS) and nominated by Dr. Joshua Pearce (EE/Materials Science), will participate in the Fellowship this summer.

The Byron Fellowship is a transformational experience and community of generative leaders co-creating a flourishing world.  Our program empowers the next generation of emerging leaders to engage their unique abilities in leading generative efforts within their own communities.

Each year, 20 exceptional fellows travel to Warren Wilson College near Asheville, North Carolina to learn alongside a collection of academic teachers and active practitioners, representing a wide spectrum of disciplines including the arts, natural science, social science, engineering, business, philosophy, and theology. The teaching methods include mindfulness exercises, collaborative dialogue, envisioning practices, deep individual and group reflection.  Byron fellows represent a diverse group entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and social entrepreneurs who are both making a profound difference in their own communities and keenly attuned to the challenges we share globally.

More information regarding the event is available at: http://www.byronfellowship.org

 

Hannah Wilder Selected as 2015 CS Departmental Scholar

Hannah Wilder
Hannah Wilder and CS Department Chair Dr. Min Song

CS student Hannah Wilder has been selected as the 2015 CS Department Scholar by the department faculty. This award is in recognition of Wilder’s outstanding academic accomplishments during her career at Michigan Tech. Hannah will be recognized, along with all other department scholars, on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the 21st Annual Student Leadership Awards.

Michigan Tech Sweeps Top Honors at NMU Programming Competition

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Michigan Tech placed 1st overall in the competition

On Saturday March 28th, thirty-six Michigan Tech students took part in the 16th Annual NMU Invitational Programming Contest.  The students sent a record number of 13 teams of up to three students to compete against 18 other teams from Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Algoma University, and The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN).  Michigan Tech also sponsored the first ever high school teams to compete in the NMU Invitational; two teams comprised of students who participate in the Copper Country Programmers.

Teams worked for five hours on six programming problems.  The final ranking is determined by the number of problems that are completed correctly with ties broken by the number of minutes taken to solve the problems.
The Michigan Tech team of Mitch Davis, Hurricane Hamilton, and Chad Meyers placed first solving five of the six problems.  Second place went to the team of Corey Bilski, Chris Wallis, and Eric Zimmer solving 4 problems.  Third place went to the team of Mike Grimes, Brendan Kerrigan, and John Novak.
The strong overall performance of the teams resulted in a 1st place school ranking for Michigan Tech.  The continued success of Michigan Tech teams at the NMU and ACM programming competitions has benefited greatly over the years from Prof. David Poplawski’s direction and creation of an elective course on competitive programming  (CS1090).
Additional information on the programming competition, rules, and full results are available at: http://philos.nmu.edu/NMUCONTEST16/

Nilufer Onder Publishes on Interplanetary Trajectory Planning

JAISAssistant Professor Ossama Abdelkhalik (MEEM), Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS) and Hui Meen Nyew who graduated with a CS PhD in summer 2014 published a paper titled, “Structured-Chromosome Evolutionary Algorithms for Variable-Size Autonomous Interplanetary Trajectory Planning Optimization,” in the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (pre-print doi: http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.I010272). The paper describes a new technique to represent and search for optimal solutions that are organized in sections

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