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New Assistant Professor Keith Vertanen

Keith Vertanen
Keith Vertanen

Keith Vertanen joins the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor. Prior to Michigan Tech, Vertanen was at Montana Tech, where he received the 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award. Vertanen received his PhD and Master’s of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

He has industry experience with Wildfire Communications and etrive, Inc. He specializes in designing intelligent interactive systems that leverage uncertain input technologies.

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New Lecturer Kim Tracy

Kim Tracy
Kim Tracy

Kim Tracy joins the Department of Computer Science as a lecturer. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Tracy was chief information officer at Northeastern Illinois University. Tracy earned a Master’s in Computer Science, specializing in artificial intelligence, from Stanford University and a dual Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

He has worked in industry for Monsanto Company, Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories and AT&T. He is also a senior member in IEEE and ACM.

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New Associate Professor Spiridon Bakiras

Spiros Bakiras
Spiros Bakiras

Spiridon Bakiras joins the Department of Computer Science as an associate professor. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Bakiras was at John Jay College at City University of New York. Bakiras received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Telematics from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.

He has a professional membership to the Association for Computing Machinery. He has also been published in GeoInformatica and Computer Communications.

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Ott Quoted in GoodCall

Linda Ott
Linda Ott

Professor Linda Ott (CS) is quoted extensively in an article on GoodCall, a website on education and consumer news, in an article on what factors predict success in a career in computer science.

From Tech Today.

Recent Survey Predicts Whether You Would Do Well in Computer Science

“A high percentage of the high school women who apply to our Women in Computer Science summer workshop are involved in music, and many are very accomplished musicians.” Ott says that campus musical groups will frequently have a disproportionately high number of computing majors as compared to other majors.

“I have heard numerous stories from young women who were surprised to discover how much they enjoyed coding.” Ott says that sometimes this occurred in a required computing course, but since most K-12 students are not required to take a computer science course, it usually occurs in an informal educational setting, such as a summer math or science camp, or an after school program.

Read more at GoodCall, by Terri Williams.

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Min Song to Direct IEEE Conference Operations

Min Song
Min Song

Min Song has been appointed the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Director of Conference Operations for 2016-2017. The IEEE Communications Society promotes the advancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines. It fosters presentation and exchange of information among its members and the technical community throughout the world. The Society maintains the highest standard of professionalism and technical competency.

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Razzmatazz Wins Locally in ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

Michigan Tech hosted the Regional ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest on October 31, 2015. There were 18 teams in attendance, including 9 teams from Michigan Tech, 3 from Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, 4 from Northern Michigan University, and 2 from Lake Superior State University.

The winning team of the local event was Razzmatazz, from Michigan Tech. They also finished 12th in the North Central region, which included over 200 teams from North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP, and western Ontario. They did not qualify for the world finals, but made a good showing nonetheless against top teams from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, and Iowa State University.

Tech Team Wins Programming Competition

Razzmatazz, a Michigan Tech computer programming student team, won a programming competition held at Tech on Oct. 31. Nine Michigan Tech teams competed with nine teams from three other universities: Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University and Algoma University College (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). The competition at Michigan Tech was one of several competitions held at different sites for regional awards and a chance to participate in the world finals. Razzmatazz took 12th place regionally, which did not qualify them for the world finals, but, said Dave Poplawski (CS), “it was a good showing nevertheless, since eight of the 11 teams ahead of them were from very large Big Ten or Big Twelve schools.” Michigan Tech teams have gone to the world finals four times.

From Tech Today, by Jennifer Dovovan.

Regional ACM 2015 Teams
Contest room with 18 teams busy working on problems. Photo by Dave Poplawski.
Regional ACM 2015 Winners
Winning team from Michigan Tech, Razzmatazz. From left to right: team members John Thomas, Chris Wilkerson, and Mitch Davis; presenter Dave Poplawski. Photo by Murat Koksal.

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Alumni Featured in Ford Careers Video

Two Michigan Tech alumni working for Ford Motor Company are featured in a new careers video. Wills Frantz, 2011 Computer Systems Science, and Molli Andor, 2015 Mechanical Engineering, were interviewed in the latest recruiting video. CS alumnus Wills Frantz, an IT Team Leader for web-based dealer ordering with Ford, is also serving on the brand new Michigan Tech CS advisory board.

Wills Franz

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Jaclyn Barnes Selected for Doctoral Consortium Presentation at ACM SIGACCESS

Assets 2015
Assets 2015

Jaclyn Barnes, a PhD student, advised by Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon, submitted a research proposal on musical robotic therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders that has been selected for the Doctoral Consortium at the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2015) going on in Lisbon, Portugal, this week, October 26-28, 2015.

From Tech Today.

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Charles Wallace Testifies on Behalf of Seniors for Digital Literacy

Associate Professor Charles Wallace (CS) testified Friday before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce about a digital literacy program for seniors, Online at the Library, led by Wallace and Michigan Tech students.

The hearing dealt with how to protect seniors from hacker fraud. Online at the Library provides free computer training to seniors at the Portage Lake District Library.

From Tech Today.

The hearing was entitled “Fighting Fraud Against the Elderly, an Update.” Wallace mentioned the Michigan Tech support site, Breaking Digital Barriers. He provided about 5 minutes of testimony during the 45 minute hearing, as well as answering questions and participating throughout. The testimony can be viewed in the hearing video.

Wallace Fighting Fraud Against the Elderly, an Update

E and C Fighting Fraud Against the Elderly, an Update

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