By Leo Ureel, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Cognitive and Learning Sciences
The College of Computing at Michigan Technological University is thrilled to announce the launch of the Infinite Loop Online Journal for Undergraduate Research and Applied Computing. This initiative reflects the college’s commitment to fostering academic excellence, intellectual rigor, and research-based learning among undergraduate students. The Infinite Loop aims to serve as a premier platform for showcasing the research contributions of undergraduate students in the computing field and related disciplines.
The Infinite Loop website is live at https://loop.cs.mtu.edu
A distinguishing feature of the Infinite Loop Online Journal is its inclusivity. The Loop welcomes submissions from undergraduates of all majors. Its scope includes interdisciplinary research and applications of computing in diverse fields such as data science, health informatics, information technology, and digital humanities. This all-encompassing approach acknowledges the ubiquitous impact of computing technologies in various aspects of human life and societal progress.
Categories and Awards
To honor and motivate outstanding contributions, the journal is introducing awards for the following categories:
- Best Research Paper: Recognizing excellence in original research that contributes to the knowledge base in computing or related disciplines.
- Best Applied Computing Paper: Rewarding contributions that apply computing technologies to solve real-world problems.
- Best Interdisciplinary Paper: Celebrating research that bridges computing with other fields of study, resulting in innovative solutions or new understandings.
The Infinite Loop is seeking submissions of original undergraduate research papers. Papers should describe student research conducted at Michigan Tech or an independent applied computing project of significant depth.
The deadline for Fall 2023 submissions is November 3, 2023, at 11:59 AOE. All papers will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the highest standards of academic integrity and quality.
Submissions should be 1,000 to 8,000 words in length (not including references), conform to IEEE Style Guidelines, contain at least 10 references, and have at least 3 figures, tables, or code snippets.
The author is responsible for all submitted material. Authors should carefully review and edit their paper to ensure that it is correct, complete, and professional. They should be able to assert that there is no plagiarism in their paper, including in text and images produced by generative AI. Authors must ensure there is appropriate attribution of all quoted material, including full citations
More information about submission guidelines, paper templates, review process, and other details can be found on the Infinite Loop website: https://loop.cs.mtu.edu
Fostering a Culture of Research and Innovation
The establishment of the Infinite Loop Online Journal represents a significant milestone in the college’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of research and innovation among undergraduate students. Research has long been a cornerstone of higher education at Michigan Tech, offering benefits that extend beyond the acquisition of specific technical skills. We believe undergraduate research serves as a catalyst for educational innovation, complementing traditional pedagogical approaches with experiential learning. The Loop seeks to cultivate critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, and offer an outlet for creativity for students preparing for their future roles as leaders in technology and society.