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Bo Yu Selected to Receives Michigan Tech SURF Award

The Michigan Technological University Department of Computer Science is proud to announce that Bo Yu, a senior in the CS, as been selected to receive the Michigan Tech SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) award. Bo has received the maximum award given for this fellowship – $3300.

Bo’s research, under the mentoring of Dr. Ali Ebnenasir, is titled, “Towards Designing a Fault-Tolerant Scheduler for the OkL4 Microkernal.” OkL4 is a small microkernel found within millions of smart phones. The research involves studying the task queue of the OkL4 scheduler, analyzing the impact of transient faults on the task queue, designing recovery from transient faults, and refining recovery back to the level of the OkL4 source code.

Congratulations to Bo and Dr. Ali Ebnenasir!

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Computer Science Department Scholar Announced

John Bush has been selected as the Department Scholar for 2012. At the 18th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony being held on Friday, April 13, 2012, John will be recognized as the Computer Science Departmental Scholar and will receive a $200 cash award, along with a student from each academic department at Michigan Technological University.

In addition, one of the Departmental Scholars will be selected as as the Provost’s Award for Scholarship recipient and receive an additional $800 cash award. The Department congratulates you on your hard work.

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CS Department Scholar 2012 Nominations

At the 18th Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony being held on April 13, 2012, our department will recognize one CS student as its 2012 Department Scholar. This student will receive a $200 cash award from the university. In addition, from the collective 2012 department scholars, one student will be selected to receive the Provost’s Award for Scholarship. This is an additional $800 cash award.

Our department has selected the following nominees for the CS Department Scholar: John Bush, Jeanette Head, Sonya Hochkammer, Keith Jurek, Paul LaMotte and Zachary Wolberg

Each nominee has been selected by the CS faculty because the CS department sees them as meeting the criteria specified by the university in choosing one Department Scholar. The Department Scholar receives recognition based on these criteria: excellent academic performance, research and/or scholarly activities, intellectual curiosity, creativity and good communication skills. Even though only one CS student is chosen for this award, the CS department wishes to recognize all six CS students and congratulate them on their hard work and scholarly success at Michigan Tech.

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WiCs Receives $500 NCWIT/Return Path Inc. Award

Women in Computing Science (WiCS), a student organization supported by the Department of Computer Science (CS) recently received a $500 award from the National Center for Women in Information Technology and Return Path, Inc. through the NCWIT Academic Alliance Student Seed Fund program. The purpose of these awards are to help student-run programs and initiatives that promote increased participation of women in computing and IT programs. WiCS is developing outreach programs for high school students with the purpose of raising their interest in computing especially among pre-college age girls.

The WiCS program is being designed to provide high school students with specific examples of the career opportunities available to them with a degree in CS. Many high school students, especially those who may be interested in a career in computing, have minimal or incorrect knowledge about the career opportunities in CS-related fields. WiCS is working closely with Michigan Tech Computer Science alumni to gather information about the broad range of fields that use computer science skills, including technology, health care, design and manufacturing, financial, and entertainment.

WiCS expects to present their program to both local and downstate high schools. Downstate visits to high schools will primarily occur during the break between semesters.

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GPU “Just in Time” Compiler (aka “Shader Compiler”)

The Computer Science Department & the Center for Computer Systems Research will sponsor a seminar Friday, November 4, 2011, in Rekhi Hall, Room 214 featuring  Dr. Gang Chen.  Dr. Chen from AMD Boston Design Center,  will talk about the just-in-time compiler shipped with every AMD GPU and APU product, what it is and why it is an essential component of the GPU. The talk will include a brief overview of GPU architecture, focusing on the differences from CPU, a brief overview of the JIT’s internal structure, and interesting compiler issues that may not be seen with a typical CPU compiler along with some tips about performance tuning, and some of our ongoing and future works.

Gang Chen is currently the lead engineer for AMD’s GPU just-in-time compiler, and responsible for developing a new compiler for AMD’s next-generation GPU. He has been working in this field for AMD/ATI since 2002. Before that, he worked on a DSP C compiler at StarCore Technology Center for Agere from 2001 to 2002. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science in 2001 from Harvard University, his BE and ME in 1991 and 1993 from Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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