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  • Month: November 2011

    CS Creativity Contest

    The Computer Science Department is hosting a Creativity Contest, looking for artwork, designs, and anything creative to adorn the walls of Rekhi Hall. The contest is open to Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems Science, and Computer Engineering students of all levels, as well as department faculty and staff. Any questions can be sent to or posted on the Michigan Tech CSCC Facebook wall (

    Submissions will be accepted until November 27th at 11:59pm. When submitting a piece, the following will need to be provided:

    * Name of Student, Faculty or Staff Member
    * Major of Student, or Faculty/Staff title
    * Name of Piece/Entry
    * Category for Entry to be placed in: Artwork, Digital Artwork, Computer Art, Photography, and Other Pieces.
    * A short description of the piece.
    * Finally a Thumbnail, snapshot, or photograph of the piece. The actual piece does not have to be scanned in to be submitted. For example: Photographs of paintings are acceptable for submission.

    Winning entries will be placed throughout Rekhi Hall to help bring a more creative and inspirational mood to the Computer Science building!

    All entries, including those sent to, will be placed in albums on the Facebook page. Judging for entries will be both based on the amount of “Likes” the entry receives from Michigan Tech Students and the collaborative opinions of the CS Department Faculty and Staff.  All entries will receive a free MTU/CS Dept T-shirt.

    WiCs Receives $500 NCWIT/Return Path Inc. Award

    Women in Computing Science (WiCS), a student organization supported by the Department of Computer Science (CS) recently received a $500 award from the National Center for Women in Information Technology and Return Path, Inc. through the NCWIT Academic Alliance Student Seed Fund program. The purpose of these awards are to help student-run programs and initiatives that promote increased participation of women in computing and IT programs. WiCS is developing outreach programs for high school students with the purpose of raising their interest in computing especially among pre-college age girls.

    The WiCS program is being designed to provide high school students with specific examples of the career opportunities available to them with a degree in CS. Many high school students, especially those who may be interested in a career in computing, have minimal or incorrect knowledge about the career opportunities in CS-related fields. WiCS is working closely with Michigan Tech Computer Science alumni to gather information about the broad range of fields that use computer science skills, including technology, health care, design and manufacturing, financial, and entertainment.

    WiCS expects to present their program to both local and downstate high schools. Downstate visits to high schools will primarily occur during the break between semesters.

    GPU “Just in Time” Compiler (aka “Shader Compiler”)

    The Computer Science Department & the Center for Computer Systems Research will sponsor a seminar Friday, November 4, 2011, in Rekhi Hall, Room 214 featuring  Dr. Gang Chen.  Dr. Chen from AMD Boston Design Center,  will talk about the just-in-time compiler shipped with every AMD GPU and APU product, what it is and why it is an essential component of the GPU. The talk will include a brief overview of GPU architecture, focusing on the differences from CPU, a brief overview of the JIT’s internal structure, and interesting compiler issues that may not be seen with a typical CPU compiler along with some tips about performance tuning, and some of our ongoing and future works.

    Gang Chen is currently the lead engineer for AMD’s GPU just-in-time compiler, and responsible for developing a new compiler for AMD’s next-generation GPU. He has been working in this field for AMD/ATI since 2002. Before that, he worked on a DSP C compiler at StarCore Technology Center for Agere from 2001 to 2002. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science in 2001 from Harvard University, his BE and ME in 1991 and 1993 from Tsinghua University, Beijing.