Archives—December 2014

“Hour of Code” Brings Computer Programming to Houghton High School

Hour of CodeThis is Computer Science Education Week, and computer science students and faculty from Michigan Tech are bringing the thrill of computer coding to Houghton High School every day. It’s part of a worldwide initiative called Hour of Code, designed to interest young people in computer coding.  

Associate Professor Charles Wallace and Lecturer Leo Ureel, along with three of their undergraduate computer science students, are using a program called SketchPad to get teacher Jennifer Rubin’s technology class coding. SketchPad uses a computer language something like Java, Wallace said.
You are invited to come to Houghton High School between 10 and 11 a.m. today or tomorrow to watch the computer science students and faculty from Michigan Tech show high school students how exciting coding can be.
Just go to the Houghton High School office and ask for Jennifer Rubin’s technology class.

IEEE GlobalSIP 2014 – Dr. Min Song Gives Keynote Talk

Dr. Min Song gave the keynote talk at IEEE GlobalSIP 2014 on December 5. The talk is titled “A Transparent Spectrum Co-Access Protocol for Primary and Secondary Users.” In this talk, Dr. Song introduced a novel wireless network protocol, termed spectrum co-access protocol (SCAP), for secondary users to transparently and simultaneously access the spectrum with primary users. SCAP enables mutually beneficial coexistence between primary user network and secondary user network. More details can be found at


Laura Brown and High Performance Computing

Laura Brown
Laura Brown

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Laura Brown’s research is centered broadly on the application and design of methods in artificial intelligence and machine learning. This work spans from the theoretical design of algorithms for feature selection and learning Bayesian networks, to the application of methods across domains including clinical healthcare, biomedicine, power distribution networks, electric microgrids, and computer systems research.

Read more at Michigan Tech’s Research in Computing & Visualization.