Robotics expert to speak about robots that teach

There are robots to sweep your floors and robots to sort packages at warehouse giants. But a Yale University professor says robots can do much more than just interact with people on a physical level — they can interact more personally, providing cues to guide social behavior.

Dr. Brian Scassellati, professor of computer science, cognitive science and mechanical engineering at Yale and direc¬tor of the National Science Foundation Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics, will visit Missouri University of Science and Technology on Feb. 6 to deliver a lecture titled “Building Robots That Teach.” [Read more…]

S&T students help homeless in GlobalHack

During GlobalHack VI in St. Louis, Missouri S&T student teams won $100,000 and $50,000 for designing ways to help the homeless. GlobalHack photo

During GlobalHack VI in St. Louis, Missouri S&T student teams won $100,000 and $50,000 for designing ways to help the homeless.
GlobalHack photo

Being civic-minded comes with rewards, both emotionally and — for Missouri University of Science and Technology students — financially.

Missouri S&T computer science and computer engineering students competed in GlobalHack 2016 in October in St. Louis, designing software to provide help to the homeless. The team ScoobyDoIt, with S&T juniors in computer science John Bagsby and Seth Kitchen, won the college division and a $100,000 prize. Also on the ScoobyDoIt team were Jacob Baird from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Tom Hood of Westminster College. [Read more…]

Computing conference opens doors for Missouri S&T students

Katrina Ward cracked the code.

Part of Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 12-student contingent at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference Oct. 18-21 in Houston, Ward showed how Amazon’s coding challenge didn’t compute — literally.

Her prize? A job offer. [Read more…]

‘The Future of Computing’ to be explored in seminar

Learn about the future of computing and its scientific, technical and social effects on a global society at a lecture on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus this month.

Dr. Daniel A. Reed, a 1978 Missouri S&T computer science graduate and vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa, will present the lecture as part of the computer science department’s 50th anniversary Distinguished Seminar Series. The lecture, titled “The Future of Computing,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in Room 104 Centennial Hall on the Missouri S&T campus. The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

S&T researchers study crops from the air with UAVs

As the Earth warms, changes in crop production can have profound effects on food scarcity and distribution, so a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher and his team are studying how climate change affects Missouri fields.

Dr. Simone Silvestri, assistant professor of computer science at Missouri S&T, is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor how crops respond to climate change and drought. [Read more…]

Wearable tracker could help patients, soldiers

A Missouri S&T team including, from left, graduate student Alec Bayliff, Dr. Debraj De and Dr. Sajal Das, created a wearable device for the wrist that can track a person’s movements, environment, bio-signals and more. Photo By Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

A Missouri S&T team including, from left, graduate student Alec Bayliff, Dr. Debraj De and Dr. Sajal Das, created a wearable device for the wrist that can track a person’s movements, environment, bio-signals and more. De is wearing the device. Photo By Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

It’s like a Fitbit on steroids.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a multi-modal sensing device that can track the fine-grained activities and behavior of people with dementia — and it could help in Army combat training, too. [Read more…]

‘Care Chair’ helps detect patients’ movements, mental state

Debraj De, a postdoctoral fellow at Missouri S&T, and S&T professor Sajal Das developed a chair that could help detect the daily behavior and mental health of elderly people at home or in assisted-living facilities — specifically rehabilitation patients and elderly people susceptible to levels of dementia.                   Photo By Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Debraj De, a postdoctoral fellow at Missouri S&T, and S&T professor Sajal Das developed a chair sensor device that can detect a person’s daily behavior — and their mental state. Photo By Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

The utilitarian chair. Its simple structure and function haven’t changed in millennia. But researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have made the humble chair a portal into not only a person’s movements, but also their mental state.

Dr. Debraj De, a postdoctoral fellow at Missouri S&T, and Dr. Sajal K. Das, the Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair and department chair of computer science at Missouri S&T, have developed a chair that could help detect the daily behavior and mental health of elderly people at home or in assisted-living facilities — specifically rehabilitation patients and elderly people susceptible to levels of dementia.  The “Care Chair” employs sensors to detect a user’s functional and emotion-based activities throughout a normal day. The device, which uses four sensors, slips over a chair’s backrest and back so that it’s unobtrusive. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T expert to present at Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit

Dr. Bruce McMillin

Dr. Bruce McMillin

A computer science professor from Missouri University of Science and Technology will join top government hackers, corporate risk managers and information technology professionals at the inaugural Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit in Jefferson City.

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Missouri S&T hosts GenCyber security camp for K-12 teachers

Associate Professor of Computer Science Dan Lin Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T associate professor of computer science Dan Lin is coordinating a cybersecurity camp June 1-9. It is the second year S&T has hosted the GenCyber camp. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

For the second consecutive year, an interactive summer workshop to promote cybersecurity awareness and educate Missouri K-12 teachers takes place next month at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The “GenCyber” camp is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Agency (NSA). It’s part of an NSF/NSA program to educate K-12 teachers about the need for more cybersecurity experts, and Missouri S&T is the only university in the state to host the camp. There are 73 camps sponsored throughout the country this year after 43 in last year’s pilot program. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T co-sponsors IEEE SMARTCOMP 2016

Missouri S&T professor Sajal K. Das is the co-chair of SMARTCOMP 2016 May 18-20 in St. Louis. The conference about smart computing tackles themes such as smart energy and big-data analytics.

Missouri S&T professor Sajal K. Das is the co-chair of SMARTCOMP 2016 May 18-20 in St. Louis. The conference about smart computing tackles themes such as smart energy and smart cities.

ROLLA, Mo. — Smart computing has weaved its way into people’s everyday lives, from heathcare to transportation, from security to social media, and Missouri University of Science and Technology is a leader in this growing field. [Read more…]