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Women in Computing Day

image145224-rsideSixteen young women interested in computing careers will be on campus tomorrow for the fifth Women in Computing Day Visit.

The day-long program is a joint recruitment initiative between undergraduate admissions, computer science and electrical and computer engineering and is designed to increase awareness in the breadth and depth of computing careers while increasing diversity on campus.

Students will work in teams and independently to program a 3D virtual reality scene, build a working heart rate monitor, create a hologram and learn about embedded systems and programming by using computer code to control a robot. They will also hear about computing majors and minors and have the opportunity to talk with current students and faculty to learn more about Michigan Tech. Programming for parents and family members is also scheduled throughout the day.

Women in Computing Day is held biannually and attracts prospective students from across the Midwest. The fall program is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 27.



Google visits Computer Science

Google grad student presentation 2017
During the week of February 28, 2017, two Googlers, Eric Dalquist, who received his BS in Computer Science from Michigan Tech in 2004, and Kurt Dresner, visited the Computer Science Department.

They met with graduate students, faculty and staff and hosted a tech talk on campus for students who wanted to learn more about Google and opportunities they have for graduate students.

Eric and Kurt also hosted two workshops, a Resume workshop where students found out what Google looks for in a resume, and a Preparing for Technical Interview workshop where students could learn what they need to do to prepare for a technical interview.

Faculty and students also met with Eric for a question and answer hour about “Life at Google”


Code Ninjas Workshop Saturday

1474851781The Code Ninjas Workshop for middle school girls is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Rheki 112.

Interested in virtual reality? Code Ninjas is for girls interested in programming computers, making and playing games,concerned about the environment and you.

Participants will learn about bees, learn to program in Processing, learn how their program can make a difference, talk to role models who program in their jobs and meet other young women interested in programming.

This workshop will focus on learning to program with an environmental theme: What is happening to the bees?  We will design 3D simulations and games around the theme of bees.

Then participants will view the games in an Oculus Rift interactive virtual reality. Included in the workshop are sessions teaching girls how to program computers, an expert will discuss the environmental crisis facing bees, and panel of programmers from industry will discuss their experiences.

The following is a tentative schedule for the workshop.

9 – 10:30 a.m. Introduction to 3D Programming

Students will learn to draw simple 3D shapes.  We will teach them how to use setup and draw methods, data types, and variables. Students will use graphics and colors to make a simple scene.

10:30 – 11a.m. Presentation about bees

A Michigan Tech student who studies hive-collapse disorder will talk to girls about things that impact bees, and how they can help bees to continue to pollinate our food supply.

11 a.m. – noon Programming with Objects

Girls will be introduced to objects and classes.  They will learn to use objects and the functions and variables inside of classes.  Girls will learn how to make a plan for their simulation and divide in into smaller steps that can be done sequentially.

Noon – 1:00 Lunch

1 – 2 p.m.  Programming

Girls will program their own simulations and will work by themselves or in small groups.

2 – 2:30 p.m. Role-model Interviews

Girls will meet women who have careers/educational backgrounds in computer science, and will be able to ask them questions.

2:30 – 3 p.m. Programming

Girls will continue programming their own simulations and will work by themselves or in small groups.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Oculus Showcase!

Girls will demo their code in the Oculus Rift.   Parents are welcome to come at 4:00 to see their daughter’s simulation.

4:30 p.m. Parent pick-up.

Sarah Larkin-Driscoll and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, local high school students and Michigan regional winners of the prestigious NCWIT Aspirations Award, will present the workshop. They aim to teach middle school girls how to write programs that can be displayed in a 3D space.

This workshop is sponsored by an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and facilitated by the Michigan Technological University Computer Science Department.

Read more at Tech Today.


Pacesetters and Michigan Tech

Linda Ott Pacesetters
Interview with Linda Ott

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.


Tech to Host Regional ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

ACM ICPC Regional Map
ACM ICPC Regional Map

On Oct. 31, 2015, more than 20 three-student teams from Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State and Algoma College of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada will meet in Tech’s Rekhi Hall to compete in the 2015 North Central Regional Programming Contest for a spot in the world finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Teams will arrive around 10 a.m., settle in, get directions, have lunch and make final preparations. The contest starts at noon and runs for five hours. Michigan Tech has qualified teams for four world finals since 2004. This year’s world finals are in Thailand.

From Tech Today.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a multitier, team-based, programming competition operating under the auspices of ACM and headquartered at Baylor University.

Michigan Tech is a participant in the 2015 North Central North American Regional Contest, representing the geographic area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and the UP of Michigan. The Michigan Tech site director is Associate Professor Dave Poplawski.

The ACM North Central North America Regional Programming Contest is sponsored by IBM.


LIVE: Charles Wallace at White House Conference on Aging Monday Afternoon

2015 White House Conference on AgingProf. Charles Wallace was invited to the White House Conference on Aging because of his Breaking Digital Barriers project and the ongoing outreach to research, understand, and help bridge the technology gap experienced by older Americans. Wallace is participating on the Technology and the Future of Aging panel, which begins at 3:50pm July 13, 2015.

There is an official website for the White House Conference on Aging.
http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov

The conference is being streamed live at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

Online@Library is a joint outreach project between the Michigan Technological University Computer Science Department and the Portage Lake District Library that provides free computer help. These computer help sessions with individual tutors are held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the library through August. Student volunteers 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 help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have devices (such as laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, etc.) may bring them. Online@Library is free and everyone is welcome.

More information can be found at the Breaking Digital Barriers website:
http://www.mtu.edu/bdb

Charles Wallace
Charles Wallace, center, attends the White House Conference on Aging.

Financial Engines’ CEO Lawrence Raffone a Panelist at the White House Conference on Aging

The panel addressed Technology and the Future of Aging, and was moderated by Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Other panelists included Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Rachel Holt, Regional General Manager, East Coast, at Uber; Tom Parkinson, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, at Peapod LLC; Charles Wallace, Associate Professor, Computer Science, at Michigan Technological University; and Donna Levin, Co-Founder & VP, Policy, CSR and Global Workplace Solutions, at Care.com. United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez delivered the closing remarks.

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Chuck Wallace Shares How to Break Digital Barriers at White House Conference

“We’re looking at this from the user perspective,” Wallace says. “And we’re hoping to take this from an outreach, educational opportunity to build in more of a research component to better understand what’s happening with these users.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Allison Mills.

Aging Together: Students and seniors breaking down technology barriers

We’ll age out of the technology gap.

I think that’s an unspoken belief around helping seniors overcome technology barriers. Everyone today uses the Internet and owns a device. Barriers will fall as people of all ages get swept into the “cloud” and embrace the “Internet of Things.”

I may have felt the same until talking with Michigan Tech Professor Charles Wallace.

Read more at MLive, by Dustin Block.


Jeon Presents at International Conference on Auditory Display

ICAD 2015Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon (CLS/CS) and colleagues presented four research projects at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) in Graz, Austria: “Regulating drivers’ aggressiveness by sonifying emotional data,” “Subjective assessment of in-vehicle auditory warnings for rail grade crossings,” “Exploration of semiotics of new auditory displays: A comparative analysis with visual displays,” and “Cultural differences in preference of auditory emoticons: USA and South Korea.” Jeon also successfully hosted the workshop on “In-vehicle Auditory Interactions” at ICAD. This workshop was partly supported by MTTI.

From Tech Today.

ICAD 2015 – ICAD in Space: Interactive Spatial Sonification was held July 8-10.


New Associate Professor Spiros Bakiras

 

Spiros Bakiras
Spiros Bakiras

Spiros Bakiras received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, his M.S. degree in Telematics from the University of Surrey, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he was an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at John Jay College, City University of New York. Before that, he held teaching and research positions at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His current research interests include database security and privacy, applied cryptography, and mobile computing. He is a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award.


New Assistant Professor Keith Vertanen

Keith Vertanen
Keith Vertanen

Dr. Keith Vertanen specializes in designing intelligent interactive systems that leverage uncertain input technologies. A particular focus of his research is on systems that enhance the capabilities of users with permanent or situationally-induced disabilities. Dr. Vertanen’s broader interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), speech and language processing, mobile interfaces, and crowdsourcing. Dr. Vertanen received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Dr. Vertanen serves as associate editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vice-president for Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT), and was an associate chair for MobileHCI 2014 and IUI 2015.