Day: October 8, 2019

MTRI to Present Research Seminars October 14

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems will present four brief seminars by researchers from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) on Monday, October 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in EERC 122.  MTRI research and outreach focuses on the development of technology to sense and understand natural and manmade environments.

Sarah Kitchen is a mathematician with background in algebraic geometry and representation theory. Her recent research interests include algebraic structures underlying optimization problems and applications of emerging statistical tools to signal processing and source separation problems. Her talk, “Collaborative Autonomy,” will discuss some considerations in centralized, semi-centralized, and decentralized decision-making methods for autonomous systems.

Susan Janiszewski is a mathematician specializing in graph theory and combinatorics. Her research interests lie in applying concepts from discrete mathematics to machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. Her talk, “Combining Natural Language Processing and Scalable Graph Analytics,” takes up the fast-growing field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), i.e. the development of algorithms to process large amounts of textual data. Janiszewski will discuss ways to combine common NLP and graph theoretic algorithms in a scalable manner for the purpose of creating overarching computational systems such as recommendation engines or machine common sense capabilities.

Joel LeBlanc has 10 years of experience in statistical signal processing. His research interests include information theoretic approaches to inverse imaging, and computational techniques for solving large inverse problems. LeBlanc’s talk, “Testing for Local Minima of the Likelihood Using Reparameterized Embeddings,” addresses the question: “Given a local maximum of a non-linear and non-convex log-likelihood equation, how should one test for global convergence?” LeBlanc will discuss a new strategy for identifying globally optimal solutions using standard gradient-based optimization techniques.

Meryl Spencer is a physicist with a background in complex systems and network theory. Her research interests include machine learning for image processing, applications of graph algorithms, and self-organization. Her talk, “Computational modeling of collaborative multiagent systems,” will discuss her previous work on modeling self organization in cellular networks, and some areas of interest for future work.

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College to Host Computing Week Events

The Michigan Tech College of Computing invites the campus community and the public to a series of special events the week of October 12 to 17, 2019. All events are free and open to the public.

“Computing Week events will formally introduce the College of Computing, and present opportunities to learn about Computing degrees, research, teaching, and career opportunities,” said Adrienne Minerick, dean of the College. “We’ll also launch a new recruitment video that we are very excited about.”

For students, Computing Week starts Saturday, October 12, with a Google Cloud Hero competition. In this fun experience, students will use Google Cloud Platform solutions to gain cloud skills and compete for best scores. Pre-registration is required at

On Monday, 10/14, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in EERC 122, researchers from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) will present four brief seminars on their work and outreach, which focuses on the development of technology to sense and understand natural and manmade environments. This event is sponsored by the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC). MTRI researchers are Sarah Kitchen, Susan Janiszewski, Joel LeBlanc, and Meryl Spencer.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the College will showcase its own teaching and research. Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Rozsa Center lobby, President Koubek, Dean Minerick, and alumnus Dave House will speak and a new recruitment video will be unveiled, followed by an ICC TechTalks research forum and a research poster session. Computing and ICC researchers will be on hand for discussion and Q & A. Refreshments and cash bar.

On Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Rozsa Center lobby, the College of Computing will host an Open House for which College programs and research will be on display. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., a Faculty Forum will present and discuss innovative teaching and learning methods and curriculum being used in the College.

“Faculty from across campus are invited to engage and learn more about the content in the College of Computing degree programs,” said Dean Minerick. “One-on-one conversations are encouraged around possible course and curricular coordinations to infuse computing into other disciplines. Faculty are welcome to come and go as their schedules allow.”


Saturday, 10/12, 12-3 pm: Google Cloud Hero
Location: Wadsworth Hall Annex, Room G11W.

In this fun learning experience, become familiar with key Google Cloud Platform solutions and gain cloud skills through a hands-on competitive lab experience. Register at

Monday, 10/14, 11am-12 pm: MTRI Research Forum
Location: EERC 122. Researchers from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) will present four brief seminars on their work and outreach, which focuses on the development of technology to sense and understand natural and manmade environments. Hosted by the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC).

Wednesday, 10/16,  3-5 pm: Keynote, Research Forum, Video Launch
Location: Rozsa Center Lobby.

  • 3:00-3:30 pm: ICC TechTalks
    3:30-4:00 pm: Remarks from President Koubek, Dean Minerick, alumnus Dave House and Video Release
  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Posters and Q & A with researchers and faculty
  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Complementary Food, Cash Bar

Thursday, 10/17, 10 am-12 pm: Open House and Faculty Forum
Location: Rozsa Center Lobby.

  • 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.: Faculty Forum. Learn about innovative teaching and College of Computing programs and initiatives.
  • Network with Computing industry employers.
  • Virtual Reality Demonstrations
  • Occulus Glasses Demonstrations
  • Robot Demonstrations
  • HIDE Enterprise Demonstrations
  • Free donuts while they last!

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