Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults

The Portage Lake District Library and students from the Computer Science Department at Michigan Tech will provide free computer help for adults throughout the summer. These computer help sessions with individual tutors will be held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the library beginning now through August.

“Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults” will show participants how to use the internet to keep in touch with people, share pictures and letters, find information, solve computer problems, and much more. Tutors will help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have laptops may bring them.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit the library at www.pldl.org.

Reposted from Events@PLDL.

Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton, County, Michigan

For those new to technology, the Computer Help for Adults program at Portage Lake District Library is unlocking the unknown. Residents come from Portage Lake in Houghton County, MI as well as surrounding towns to work one-on-one with students at Michigan Technological University (MTU) to learn about new devices. The Computer Help for Adults program is one of many initiatives in Houghton County that has awarded them status as a Connected certified community. Houghton County celebrates their achievement in June, becoming the second Connected certified community in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula.

Every Friday morning at the library, students at MTU become instructors and help participants navigate a variety of devices and applications. Instructors include both undergraduates and graduate-level students in Computer Science and technology-oriented Humanities majors. While the students have grown up immersed in the Information Age, to many of the participants of the program, everything is brand new.

“For people being presented with technology for the first time, it is a tremendous shock and there’s a lot to learn,” said Charles Wallace, associate professor of Computer Science at MTU and faculty organizer of the program. “Digital literacy is our number one priority.”

Read more at Connected, Powered by Connected Nation.

Promotions for Onder, Wang, and Kuhl

Michigan Tech Board of Control Adopts New Strategic Plan

At its regular meeting on Friday, May 1, 2015, the Board of Control promoted 11 associate professors with tenure to professor with tenure. Among them are Soner Onder and Zhenlin Wang.

The Board also promoted 18 assistant professors to associate professor with tenure and one associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure. Among them is Scott Kuhl.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

Soner Onder
Soner Onder
Zhenlin Wang
Zhenlin Wang
Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl

Mind Music Machine Lab Podcast in Distillations Magazine

tri-M-podcastResearchers involved with Michigan Tech’s Mind MusicMachine Lab were interviewed by reporter Allison Mills for a podcast in Distillations Magazine. The magazine is an online publication of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, which is a library, museum, and center for scholars.

The interview occupies about the first 12 minutes of Episode 198: Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind, Past and Present.

The interviewees for that segment include:

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.

From Tech Today.

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.