Author: Sue Hill

Invited Talk for Soner Onder in Switzerland

Soner Onder
Soner Onder

Professor Soner Onder (CS) will be giving an invited talk at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 16, 2015. The talk is entitled Breaking out of Control-Flow Jail: Single Assignment Compiler, Single-Assignment Architecture. EPFL is a research university that specializes in physical sciences and engineering. It is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world for engineering and sciences, ranking 17th overall and 10th in engineering according to 2015 QS World University Rankings.

University Establishes Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

ICCMichigan Tech recently established the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), a new research institute to promote research and learning experiences in the areas of mobile computing, cybersecurity, cyber physical systems, cyber human systems and computer systems. ICC is the research arm of the Alliance of Computing, Information and Automation (ACIA).

“The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems will be a focal point for research in computer-related areas, and fits well into the Michigan Tech model of research centers that reach across multiple academic boundaries,” says Dave Reed, Vice President for Research. “There has been some consolidation of existing research organizations on campus, and partly because of that I am optimistic that the ICC will achieve the critical mass necessary for major funding opportunities and external visibility.”

ICC is currently composed of three centers: Center of Mobile Computing and Cybersecurity (MCC), Center of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Center of Cyber Human Systems (CHS). The Center for Computer Systems Research (CCSR) will be folded into ICC.

“The ICC will bring our faculty and students together to discover innovative new knowledge in the fields of computing and cybersystems, and will foster interdisciplinary collaborations and enable our faculty to develop multidisciplinary proposals which otherwise would not be possible,” says Min Song, ICC Founding Director and member of the ACIA Executive Committee. “ICC will improve ACIA external visibility and create a platform for broad sets of national and international collaborations to make valuable contributions to the field.”

Daniel Fuhrmann, chair of the ACIA Executive Committee says, “We stand at the dawn of the era of the Internet of Everything, where computers, sensors and networks play an ever-increasing role in all aspects of our lives. In order for Michigan Tech to remain a national leader as a technological university, it is critical that we have robust, visible programs in computer science and computer engineering and all engineering fields that are touched by computing. I am delighted that we have Min Song here to lead that effort and that he has pulled together the people to create this organization on campus.”

“One of the original goals of ACIA was to provide a means to leverage the research capabilities of individual faculty members and researchers in order to provide an opportunity to develop larger, interdisciplinary projects,” says James Frendewey, member of the ACIA Executive Committee. “The ICC will provide an effective structure to allow researchers within the alliance and across the university to develop competitive proposals and conduct significant research.”

ICC is authorized for five years through December 2020.

Funding on Agile Communicators for Charles Wallace

Charles Wallace (CS) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $218,735 grant from the National Science Foundation. The title of the project is Agile Communicators: Preparing Students for Communication-Intensive Software Development through Inquiry, Critique and Reflection. Also involved with the project are Leo Ureel (CS) and Shreya Kumar (CS).

CS4ALL 2015: Workshop for Teaching Computer Science in K-12 Classroom

Google Computer Science for High SchoolCS4ALL Workshop

Michigan Tech, August 17-19, 2015

APPLICATION: Deadline is June 25, 2015.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Upper Peninsula teachers and administrators interested in teaching computer science and programming in their school or classroom.

COST: Attendance is free.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Meals will be provided while the workshop is in session. A stipend will be provided to cover travel and other expenses. Free accommodations are available for out of town participants.

FOLLOW UP SUPPORT: One year of assistance in CS instruction and course development from a Michigan Tech Computer Science graduate student.

Visit the Michigan Tech CS4ALL workshop website and apply for participation.

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Prof. Charles Wallace at

This workshop is made possible through a Google CS4HS grant. Learn more about Google Computer Science for High School.

Google Grant Supports Computer Science Training for Teachers

Three Michigan Tech faculty members have received a Google Computer Science for High School grant to develop a UP-wide community of K-12 teachers trained to teach computer science and programming.

Faculty members who developed this initiative and received the Google grant are Professor Linda Ott (CS), Associate Professor Charles Wallace (CS) and Lecturer Leo Ureel II (CS).

Google, like other Silicon Valley tech companies, is actively promoting computational thinking as a skill that needs to be taught to pre-college students.

The kick-off event is a workshop for K-12 teachers on computer science and computational thinking, August 17-19 at Michigan Tech.

The workshop is free and includes meals, a hotel room for teachers from out of town, a stipend to help cover travel expenses and a year of support from Michigan Tech’s Computer Science Department for computer science course development and instruction.

The workshop will begin with basic computer science principles, so teachers with little or no computer science experience are eligible. Up to 40 teachers can attend.

One of the workshop’s goals is to help teachers integrate computer programming into new or existing courses.

From Tech Today, by Jennifer Donovan.

Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults

The Portage Lake District Library and students from the Computer Science Department at Michigan Tech will provide free computer help for adults throughout the summer. These computer help sessions with individual tutors will be held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the library beginning now through August.

“Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults” will 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 will help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have laptops may bring them.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit the library at

Reposted from Events@PLDL.

Online at the Library helps bridge technological gaps

“It is really important to have these tutoring sessions because you always attempt to try and bridge that technological gap between the youth and the elderly” said Keith Atkinson, Michigan Tech sophomore and tutor. “Not everyone that comes in here is elderly though; some people just come and have a computer question. It is really important to bridge that gap.”

Read more and watch the video at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Rebecca Himmelstein.




Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton, County, Michigan

For those new to technology, the Computer Help for Adults program at Portage Lake District Library is unlocking the unknown. Residents come from Portage Lake in Houghton County, MI as well as surrounding towns to work one-on-one with students at Michigan Technological University (MTU) to learn about new devices. The Computer Help for Adults program is one of many initiatives in Houghton County that has awarded them status as a Connected certified community. Houghton County celebrates their achievement in June, becoming the second Connected certified community in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula.

Every Friday morning at the library, students at MTU become instructors and help participants navigate a variety of devices and applications. Instructors include both undergraduates and graduate-level students in Computer Science and technology-oriented Humanities majors. While the students have grown up immersed in the Information Age, to many of the participants of the program, everything is brand new.

“For people being presented with technology for the first time, it is a tremendous shock and there’s a lot to learn,” said Charles Wallace, associate professor of Computer Science at MTU and faculty organizer of the program. “Digital literacy is our number one priority.”

Read more at Connected, Powered by Connected Nation.

Promotions for Onder, Wang, and Kuhl

Michigan Tech Board of Control Adopts New Strategic Plan

At its regular meeting on Friday, May 1, 2015, the Board of Control promoted 11 associate professors with tenure to professor with tenure. Among them are Soner Onder and Zhenlin Wang.

The Board also promoted 18 assistant professors to associate professor with tenure and one associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure. Among them is Scott Kuhl.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

Zhenlin Wang
Zhenlin Wang
Soner Onder
Soner Onder
Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl

Scott Kuhl is a Co-Recipient of NSF Funding on Robotics Education

Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl won an award.

Aleksandr Sergeyev (SoT), Abdulnasser Alaraje (SoT) and Scott Kuhl (CS) have received a $702,324 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund their three-year research and development project, University, Community College and Industry Partnership: Revamping Robotics Education to Meet 21st Century Workforce Needs.

Mind Music Machine Lab Podcast in Distillations Magazine

tri-M-podcastResearchers involved with Michigan Tech’s Mind MusicMachine Lab were interviewed by reporter Allison Mills for a podcast in Distillations Magazine. The magazine is an online publication of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, which is a library, museum, and center for scholars.

The interview occupies about the first 12 minutes of Episode 198: Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind, Past and Present.

The interviewees for that segment include: