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    Computer Science Faculty, Students Awarded Best Poster at ITiCSE


    Department of Computer Science faculty and students presented two posters, a paper, and chaired a session at the 26th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), conducted online June 26 to July 1, 2021.

    “A Visualization for Teaching Integer Coercion,” a poster presented by James Walker with Steven Carr, Ahmed Radwan, Yu-Hsiang Hu, Yu Chin Cheng, Jean Mayo, and Ching-Kuang Shene, was one of three posters that received the conference’s Best Poster Award.

    The poster describes the Expression Evaluation (EE) visualization tool. The tool is designed to aid students in understanding type conversions that take place implicitly in C. Understanding type conversions is essential to avoid Integer errors in C which continue to be a source of security vulnerabilities.

    An additional paper and poster were presented at the conference, below. Dr. Linda Ott chaired a conference session on Students: Diversity.


    Poster: Modeling the Growth and Spread of Infectious Diseases to Teach Computational Thinking by Meara Pellar-Kosbar, Dylan Gaines, Lauren Monroe, Alec Rospierski, Alexander Martin, Ben Vigna, Devin Stewart, Jared Perttunen, Calvin Voss, Robert Pastel and Leo Ureel II

    The poster discusses a simulation model developed to teach middle school students about the spread of infectious diseases augmented with affordances to help students develop computational thinking skills. The simulation was partially developed as a Citizen Science project in the courses CS4760 and CS5760, User Interface Design and Human Computer Interaction.

    Presentation: Frozen in the Past: When it Comes to Analogy Fears, It’s Time For Us to “Let it Go” by Briana Bettin and Linda Ott

    This position paper describes a fundamental difference in attitudes toward the use of analogy in the computer science education community versus other STEM education communities. Additionally, it provides suggestions for how to address concerns in the CS education research community in order to advance research into the use of analogy in computing education

    The 26th annual conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) was sponsored by ACM, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computing Education (SIGCSE), the ACM Europe Council, and Informatics Europe.


    Computer Science Adds Faculty, Research Expertise


    The College of Computing is pleased to welcome new Department of Computer Science faculty members Dr. Dukka KC and Dr. Xinyu Lei.

    Dr. KC, associate professor, comes to Michigan Tech from Wichita State University (WSU); he was also on the faculty at North Carolina A&T University. His expertise is in applied deep learning and bioinformatics.

    Dr. Xinyu Lei, assistant professor, joins Michigan Tech directly following his PhD completion at Michigan State University. Dr. Lei’s speciality is cybersecurity.


    Dennis Livesay, Dave House Dean of Computing, has known Dr. KC for more than 20 years. “Most recently, we worked together at WSU,” Livesay says. “Dukka built the WSU Data Science programs and a number of large interdisciplinary research teams, including a high-profile disaster resiliency effort that enables formation of research clusters to address some of today’s most pressing challenges.”

    “Michigan Tech and the College’s research successes are drawing world-class faculty to our campus, and creating exciting new learning and research opportunities for our students,” Livesay notes.

    Dean Livesay, who joined MTU earlier this year, is pursuing a steep growth trajectory for the College. Hiring additional faculty bolsters both student success and research capacity, two of Livesay’s four strategic areas of emphasis in the College’s growth initiative, “Forward Together.” Additional strategic initiatives are growing diversity and inclusion and expanding partnerships with industry.


    Dean Liveay’s Open Office Hours to Resume August 24, 2-3 pm


    College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay will resume in-person open drop-in office hours every Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., beginning Friday, August 24, 2021, through the spring 2022 semester, while classes are in session.

    All faculty, staff, and students who wish to chat with Dr. Livesay are invited to “drop in.” Appointments are not needed.

    Dean Livesay’s office is in Rekhi Hall, Room 223. Email the dean at dlivesay@mtu.edu.