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Humane Interface Design Interviewed at 2015 Design Expo

Human Interface Design at Design Expo 2015
Human Interface Design at Design Expo 2015

The Enterprise team Human Interface Design (HIDE) presented at the 2015 Design Expo held at the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 16.

Team Leaders
Stephen Radachy, Computer Science and Seyedeh Maryam “Shabnam” Fakhrhosseini
Robert Pastel, Computer Science
Project Overview
Our team provides students with an opportunity to design, develop, and evaluate interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. As a whole, HIDE works together to design and test different applications for our industry partners that can be used on Android, iPhone, and other devices. We accomplish these projects by combining knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g., computer science, psychology, and human factors). Students can get involved in various stages of the design process, from developing an app by programming to evaluation by designing usability tests and analyzing data.


Husky Game Development Participates in 2015 Design Expo

Husky Game Development at Design Expo 2015
Husky Game Development at Design Expo 2015

The Enterprise team Husky Game Development presented at the 2015 Design Expo held at the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 16.

Team Leader
Mitch Davis, Computer Science and Ryan George, Computer Network and System Administration
Scott Kuhl, Computer Science
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mel Visser (Michigan Tech Alumnus)
Project Overview
Husky Game Development is a growing enterprise that has been developing games for computers, gaming consoles, and mobile devices since 2004. Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices.



Workshop: Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will host the first workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research.” We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission.

Guest Speakers

  • Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
  • Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
  • Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer,, by Thursday, April 30.

Catered lunch and wine and cheese reception will be provided. The day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots and virtual environment.

Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer,, by Thursday, May 14.

Research presentation is not mandatory. You can attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Department of Computer Science.

From Tech Today.

Workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research”
Date and Location
When: May 28th 2015 Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Great Lake Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Tech

Nilufer Onder Publishes on Interplanetary Trajectory Planning

JAISAssistant Professor Ossama Abdelkhalik (MEEM), Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS) and Hui Meen Nyew who graduated with a CS PhD in summer 2014 published a paper titled, “Structured-Chromosome Evolutionary Algorithms for Variable-Size Autonomous Interplanetary Trajectory Planning Optimization,” in the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (pre-print doi: The paper describes a new technique to represent and search for optimal solutions that are organized in sections

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Houghton High School Girls Recognized for Computing Activities

Aspirations in Computing AwardA Houghton High School student who has been active in Michigan Tech’s Copper Country Programmers, a computer club for local teens, has been named winner of a Michigan regional award in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing competition. Another Houghton High School student is a runner-up.

Caitlyn McKenzie received a Michigan Regional Award. Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel was a runner-up. They were honored at an awards ceremony last weekend at the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference at the University of Michigan- Dearborn.

Both girls have been involved with the Copper Country Programmers for several years. They also work to help others in the community learn more about computers and coding.

“They have become role models for other young women,” said Leo Ureel, a lecturer in computer science at Michigan Tech and one of the faculty advisors to the computer club. Associate Professor Charles Wallace and computer science graduate student John Earnest also work with the teens.

Copper Country Programmers meets every Saturday in the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Wallace at

NCWIT is a national non-profit organization of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits and government agencies working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. Michigan Tech is one of NCWIT’s designated Pathways universities.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award honors high-school young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education. National and regional NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awards are given to generate support and visibility for young women’s participation in computing.

For more information about NCWIT, the Aspirations in Computing award or how young women can become engaged in computer science, contact Linda Ott,

From Tech Today.

Linda Ott appointed Associate Dean in CSA

Linda Ott
Linda Ott

The College of Sciences and Arts is very pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Ott as associate dean for special initiatives, focusing on diversity in computing. Ott’s appointment signals a renewed effort to increase the diversity of students in computing and information. The under-representation of women and ethnic minorities has been little affected by significant national efforts to introduce changes—indeed, there has been some backsliding on earlier gains.

National attention for the difficulties came from recent attention to the poor record of largest firms in Silicon Valley in recruiting and retaining women in these firms. Michigan Tech, like many universities, has worked steadily to increase the number of women enrolled in computer science, software engineering and computer engineering, but the five-year average enrollment of women stands at only 7.5 percent of the total student population in computer-related degree programs. Morevoer the situation has changed only a little since 2009. Clearly, progress is elusive.

Ott’s appointment will bring much more energy to efforts to recruit a more diverse population of students into computing fields. Bruce Seely, dean of the college, notes how the appointment builds off Ott’s long-standing commitment to addressing the lack of diversity in the field. Over the past two years, Linda led the effort to bring Michigan Tech into the Pacesetters progam of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). And for a much longer time she has engaged in activities with the Summer Youth Program and other outreach efforts at the state-level to raise the awareness of female students concerning the opportunity in computing. Seely noted that “Linda is perfectly positioned to explore and help implement ways to bring more students from diverse backgrounds to campus. This is her true passion.” She will continue these programmatic efforts and outreach initiatives while also studying the lower retention and persistence rates for all students—not just women—pursuing Tech degrees in computer science, computer engineering, network and systems administration and software engineering. In addition, she will compare and benchmark Tech’s efforts against other schools and national patterns, understand the retention of students in computing-related fields and seek external funding to support programs to address these issues.

Because many groups on campus are working on these questions, Ott will collaborate with different groups on campus, including academic departments, schools and colleges, admissions, development, alumni relations, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and WISE.

By allowing her to devote all of her time and effort to these tasks, Seely added, he hopes Michigan Tech can make real progress on diversity. “I am thrilled Linda is going to devote her time and energy to these important and challenging problems.”

She will begin her efforts Monday, March 16.

From Tech Today, by College of Sciences and Arts.

Jun Tao is an Outstanding Scholar

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Government proudly announce the 2014-2015 academic year winners.

CS graduate student Jun Tao received the Outstanding Scholarship Award. Jun was recognized among the graduate students who have exhibited academic performance in areas such as excellent GPA, originality in research, leadership and teamwork. Jun Tao is advised by Dr. Ching-Kuang Shene.

Read more at Tech Today.


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Murat Koksal is an Outstanding Teacher

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Government proudly announce the 2014-2015 academic year winners.

CS graduate student Murat Koksal received the Outstanding Teaching Award. Murat was recognized among the graduate students who have exhibited exceptional ability as a teacher, have received excellent evaluations from students, as well as gaining the respect of faculty in their departments. Murat Koksal is advised by Dr. Soner Onder.

Read more at Tech Today.

Abhilash Kantamneni is an Exceptional Student Leader

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Government proudly announce the 2014-2015 academic year winners.

CS graduate student Abhilash Kantamneni received the Merit Award for Exceptional Student Leader. Abhilash was recognized for the ability to work well with others, participation in extracurricular activities and achievements contributing to the overall graduate student community and representing a bearer of integrity to others. Abhilash Kantamneni is advised by Dr. Laura Brown.

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Abhilash also won the (3MT) Style Research Speech Competition. The (3MT) Style Research Speech Competition is a research communication competition where Master’s and PhD students can present their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The winner was selected by audience vote the night of the GRC Banquet and received $100 from the Graduate School.

Watch the 3-Minute Presentation Video by Abhilash Kantamneni