Min Song (CS) has received a $299,716 grant from the National Science Foundation for a research and development project titled, EAGER: NeTS: Under-Ice Mobile Networking: Exploratory Study of Network Cognition and Mobility Control. This is a two-year project.
Tim Havens (ECE/CS) presented two papers at the IEEE Int. Conference on Fuzzy Systems in Istanbul, Turkey. The first paper was entitled, “Feature and Decision Level Fusion Using Multiple Kernel Learning and Fuzzy Integrals,” authored by ECE PhD student Anthony Pinar and coauthored by Havens and Derek Anderson and Lequn Hu from Mississippi State University. The second paper was authored by Titilope Adeyeba (Miss. State), Anderson and Havens, entitled, “Insights and Characterization of L1-Norm Based Sparsity Learning of a Lexicographically Encoded Capacity Vector for the Choquet Integral.” Havens also served as an Area Chair and Session Chair at the conference.
The workshop, called CS4all, will help teachers learn to integrate computer science and computational thinking into their classrooms.
Sponsored by grants from Google, the workshop is the first step toward establishing an online “community of practice” to introduce computer science principles into schools.
The workshop will cover topics such as What is Computational Thinking, Student Engagement Activities, Encouraging Diversity in Computing and Computing Careers in Local Industry.
A guest speaker, Shannon Houtrouw, is part of Tuesday morning’s program. He is a former professor and software systems engineer who has taught computer science at the Kalamazoo Area Math Science Center, a magnet school.
“Preparing students for life in a fully computerized 21st century is one of the most important problems facing educators today,” says Leo Ureel, a lecturer in computer science at Michigan Tech and organizer of the workshop. “We are working to build a grassroots community of K-12 teachers who will support each other in achieving this goal.”
Michigan teachers learn all about computer science in Houghton
“Computer science is solely lacking from most k-12 educational opportunities,” says Michigan Tech University’s Computer Sciences Associate Dean, Linda Ott. “Particularly in the upper peninsula, very few schools offer any programming.”
Tech hosts computer science workshop for K-12 teachers
HOUGHTON – Computer science is one of the most useful skills a student can acquire as they prepare for the world.
Classes began with basic coding skills, including visual programming, where they input code not through language command, but by manipulating graphical elements.
“It’s easier to use, and it’s great for students, because the pieces of the code fit together like puzzle pieces, so you know if you’re putting things together correctly,” said Linda Ott, professor of computer science at Michigan Technological University and associate dean for special initiatives of the College of Sciences and Arts.
Min Song, Chair of Computer Sciences Department and Director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, chaired the 24th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN) held in Las Vegas in early August 2015. ICCCN is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel ideas and fundamental advances in the fields of computer communications and networks. ICCCN serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners with a common interest in improving communications and networking through scientific and technological innovation. Song was the panel chair of ICCCN 2014.
Soner Onder (CS) has received a $560,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation titled, XPS: FULL: FP: Collaborative Research: Sphinx: Combining Data and Instruction Level Parallelism through Demand Driven Execution of Imperative Programs. This is a four year project.
Prof. 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.
The conference is being streamed live at:
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:
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.”
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.
Myounghoon “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.
ICAD 2015 – ICAD in Space: Interactive Spatial Sonification was held July 8-10.
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.
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.