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$35K Gift from Google to Computer Science!

The Department of Computer Science, supported by a gift from Google, will hold a 3-day workshop to introduce female undergraduate students with an interest in computer science, to research experiences, provide them with information about graduate school, and provide them with an opportunity to interact with current graduate students.  The department has a long history of working to increase the enrollment of women in our undergraduate program,  This workshop expands those concerted efforts to our graduate program.  Special thanks to Google and the CS faculty Laura Brown, Jean Mayo, Linda Ott, and Leo Ureel.  The workshop will be held on the weekend of April 6 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Crowdsourced App Gauges Flood Waters

Top of Agate St, Houghton on the day of the flood.When flood waters rise, more data helps better predict and monitor changing conditions. And soon there will be an app for that.

The system is called the Integrated Flood Stage Observation Network (IFSON) and can take crowdsourced flood data, like smartphone photos, webcams and social media posts, then use image processing to assess flood stage and potential damage. Later versions of the app will use machine learning techniques. With those risks identified, IFSON can communicate flood information to first responders in real time. The platform will be adaptable for different neighborhoods and communities.

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.


Dylan Gaines receives 3rd place in the ACM ASSETS 2018 Student Research Competition

Dylan Gaines, a Computer Science undergraduate, received 3rd place in the ACM ASSETS 2018 Student Research Competition.  Dylan presented a poster and a talk on his work on Tap123, an interface for entering text without visual feedback.  Tap123 offers the potential for faster and easier to learn text input for users who are visually impaired.  ASSETS is the premier venue for research on assistive technologies and accessible computing.

Congratulations Dylan!


Come find out why Grad School is for you!

Graduate Rekhi Hall Fall (2)School is for you!  Come find out why!  October 24th at 6:00 pm in Rekhi Hall Room G009.  Meet the professors, learn the logistics of Computer Science MS, PhD, and Accelerated Master’s Programs and find out about tuition incentives at MTU!  Refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!


CS Professor, Soner Onder, receives NSF award

Congratulations Soner! 

Dr. Soner Onder received one of seven awards from an NSF/Intel Partnership program titled:  Foundational Micro-architecture Research (FoMR): Dependent ILP: Dynamic Hoisting and Eager Scheduling of Dependent Instructions.

Soner Onder
Soner Onder

This is a collaborative proposal with Florida State University, with a total project value of $439,868 where Michigan Tech is the lead institution. This project aims to increase instruction-level parallelism (ILP).  ILP in computing allows different machine-level instructions within an application to execute in parallel within a micro-processor. Exploitation of ILP has provided significant performance benefits in computing, but there has been little improvement in ILP in recent years. This project proposes a new approach called “eager execution” that could significantly increase ILP. The success of many applications depends on how efficiently they can be executed. The proposed eager execution technique will benefit applications that span those running on mobile devices to large data applications running on the ever-growing number of data centers. Enabling better systems at all scales will further enable the ubiquitous computing that continues to pervade lives.

 


Code Ninjas Rescheduled, Registration Open

The Code Ninjas Workshop, originally scheduled for June 18-23, was rescheduled due to this month’s flooding. New dates have been scheduled and registration is now open.

The Code Ninjas Workshop for middle school girls is July 16 – 21. Code Ninjas is for girls interested in programming computers, making websites and helping everyone use technology. Presenting the workshop are Sarah Larkin-Driscoll, a second-year student and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, an incoming freshman. Both are from the Computer Science Department.

Are you interested in web design? Building smartphone apps? Programming a video game? Do you wonder what it might be like to be color-blind? What about someone who can’t comfortably tap on an iPhone? How can computers help a speech-impaired person talk?

Join us for a week-long workshop where girls in grades 6 – 9 explore, design and program web pages and apps for special needs groups. They’ll make a web page with special settings for color-blind users. Explore using a mobile device from an elderly person’s point of view. Program a video game and then make custom controls. Make a web-based game with custom links and resizable text. Learn about careers in game development, web design and usability testing. Meet other girls interested in computing. Tour a research lab where people use computers to create better lives.

Workshop Dates:

  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. July 16—Web Design Basics
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. July 17—Web Design for the Visually Impaired
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. July 18—Web Design for Mobile Devices
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. July 19—Game design for special needs
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m. July 20—Make a game controller
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21—Design a program of your choice

The workshops are located in Rekhi Hall 112. Space is limited, so register for this free workshop by Monday, July 9. No prior programming experience is necessary. Questions? Contact aspire-l@mtu.edu .

This workshop is sponsored by an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and facilitated by the Michigan Tech Computer Science Department.


Code Ninjas Programming Workshop for Middle School Girls

The Code Ninjas Workshop for middle school girls is June 18 – 23. Code Ninjas is for girls interested in programming computers, making websites and helping everyone use technology.

Presenting the workshop are Sarah Larkin-Driscoll, a second-year student and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, an incoming freshman. Both are from the Computer Science Department.

Are you interested in web design? Building smartphone apps? Programming a video game? Do you wonder what it might be like to be color-blind? What about someone who can’t comfortably tap on an iPhone? How can computers help a speech-impaired person talk?

Join us for a week-long workshop where girls grades 6 – 9 explore, design and program web pages and apps for special needs groups.

Make a web page with special settings for color-blind users. Explore using a mobile device from an elderly person’s point of view. Program a video game and then make your own custom controls. Make a web-based game with custom links and resizable text. Learn about careers in game development, web design and usability testing. Meet other girls interested in computing. Tour a research lab where people use computers to create better lives.

Workshop Dates:

  • June 18: noon – 3:30 p.m. Web Design Basics
  • June 19: noon – 3:30 p.m.  Web Design for the Visually Impaired
  • June 20: noon – 3:30 p.m. Web Design for Mobile Devices
  • June 21: noon – 3:30 p.m. Game design for special needs
  • June 22: noon – 3:30 p.m. Make a game controller
  • June 23: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Design a program of your choice

These workshops are located in Rekhi Hall, room 112. Space is limited, so register for this free workshop by Sunday ( June 10). No prior programming experience is necessary. Questions? Contact aspire-l@mtu.edu

This workshop is sponsored by an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and facilitated by the Michigan Technological University Computer Science Department.


Two CS Instructors Receive Exceptional Scores

Keith Vertanen and Bo Chen have been identified as two of only 89 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” student evaluation score during Spring 2018. Their scores (Keith: 4.62 with an enrollment of 98; Bo: 4.79 with an enrollment of 9) are in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus. These excellent student evaluations reflect the tremendous efforts that Keith and Bo have put on their teaching.
Congratulations Keith and Bo. Please keep up the good work!


Alex Larkin, CS undergrad, achieves a national NCL ranking

FB_IMG_1525454724440Alex Larkin. Computer Science undergrad. Outstanding achievement.

Alex placed 36th out of 3,350 students/players in the 2018 National Cyber League (NCL) cyber competition!  CS Assistant Professor, Bo Chen, is the faculty coach.

The NCL was founded in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for collegiate students to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity skills. It is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. All participants play the games simultaneously during Preseason, Regular Season and Postseason.

Way to go Alex!