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“Hour of Code” Brings Computer Programming to Houghton High School

Hour of CodeThis is Computer Science Education Week, and computer science students and faculty from Michigan Tech are bringing the thrill of computer coding to Houghton High School every day. It’s part of a worldwide initiative called Hour of Code, designed to interest young people in computer coding.  

Associate Professor Charles Wallace and Lecturer Leo Ureel, along with three of their undergraduate computer science students, are using a program called SketchPad to get teacher Jennifer Rubin’s technology class coding. SketchPad uses a computer language something like Java, Wallace said.
You are invited to come to Houghton High School between 10 and 11 a.m. today or tomorrow to watch the computer science students and faculty from Michigan Tech show high school students how exciting coding can be.
Just go to the Houghton High School office and ask for Jennifer Rubin’s technology class.

IEEE GlobalSIP 2014 – Dr. Min Song Gives Keynote Talk

Min Song
Min Song

Dr. Min Song gave the keynote talk at IEEE GlobalSIP 2014 on December 5. The talk is titled “A Transparent Spectrum Co-Access Protocol for Primary and Secondary Users.” In this talk, Dr. Song introduced a novel wireless network protocol, termed spectrum co-access protocol (SCAP), for secondary users to transparently and simultaneously access the spectrum with primary users. SCAP enables mutually beneficial coexistence between primary user network and secondary user network. More details can be found at http://www.ieeeglobalsip.org/symposium/all-keynotes.html.


Laura Brown and High Performance Computing

Laura Brown
Laura Brown

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Laura Brown’s research is centered broadly on the application and design of methods in artificial intelligence and machine learning. This work spans from the theoretical design of algorithms for feature selection and learning Bayesian networks, to the application of methods across domains including clinical healthcare, biomedicine, power distribution networks, electric microgrids, and computer systems research.

Read more at Michigan Tech’s Research in Computing & Visualization.


CS Department Chair to Hold Seminar Nov. 24

Min Song
Min Song

Dr. Min Song, new chair of the Department of Computer Science and former program director at NSF, will hold a research seminar on Monday, November 24th from 11:00am – Noon in 101 Rekhi. The talk will first explore the critical elements that could strengthen a research proposal and then illustrate a list of typical mistakes that PIs make. At the end of the presentation, samples of programs in the area of computer information science and engineering will be discussed.


Computer Science Groups to Participate in Campus World Usability Day Events

World Usability Day (WUD) is an annual event highlighting the importance of humans as participants in technology. In a world where basic infrastructures (including health, education and finance) depend on rapidly changing technologies, World Usability Day organizers call for ways to serve people first.

We are taking the spirit of WUD to the Upper Peninsula with WUD-UP. If you are interested in research, education or service that is associated with human factors, human-centered design, usability, ergonomics or other fields related to humans and technology, you are invited to attend.

Here’s what’s on tap for WUD-UP on Thursday, Nov. 13:

9:30-11a.m.: Tour of the Mind Music Machine Lab

  • Meese Building: Indoor wayfinding for the blind; Brain-computer interfaces; Interactive robots for children with autism; Advanced auditory menus
  • MEEM 128: Driving research
  • EERC 510: Immersive interactive sonification

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Open House, Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE)

Rekhi 116: Join HIDE members for an open house, which will feature a driving simulator and a new technology that will soon be competing for our attention—the Google Glass.

2-3 p.m.: Lab Tours, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (begins at the SDC ticket counter)

  • Exercise Physiology Lab: Come try the cycling workstation (integrated exercise bike and computer desk), designed to facilitate increased physical activity and recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Neuromechanics Lab: Get a free report on your segmental body composition, muscle strength and power. You can compare your strength and power with Michigan Tech student-athletes, and you will find our players are very powerful!
  • Integrative Physiology Lab: Research in this lab primarily focuses on neural control of circulation in humans. These studies aim to better understand the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and orthostatic hypotension, with the goal of uncovering methods for reducing their incidence.

7-8:30 p.m.: “Cyber-Seniors” Screening and Discussion

East Reading Room, Van Pelt and Opie Library: A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, “Cyber-Seniors” adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyberspace under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally reconnecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.

Following the screening, we will have a discussion of the Cyber-Seniors project and ideas for implementation in the Copper Country. Teachers from the Copper Country Intermediate School District and members of Michigan Tech’s Breaking Digital Barriers group will participate.

From Tech Today, November 11, 2014


Making energy efficient in the UP

Abhilash Kantamneni, a Computer Science Ph.D. candidate, presented research on solar energy in the Upper Peninsula at the Solar Powering Michigan conference. See the complete Michigan Land Use Institute article here.

Also, see the October 2, 2014 Keweenaw Now article about Abhilash Kantamneni’s community presentation at the Keweenaw Research Center.

Kantamneni was also featured in the October 6, 2014 article in Midwest Energy News where he discusses renewable energy options. Kantamneni’s work in solar energy with Michigan Tech’s Keweenaw Research Center has led to a Federal Economic Development Assistance grant in collaboration with CUPPAD. See the associated TV interview about the grant.