Department of Computer Science

Computing conference opens doors for Missouri S&T students

Posted by on October 28, 2016

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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.

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‘The Future of Computing’ to be explored in seminar

Posted by on October 7, 2016

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.

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S&T researchers study crops from the air with UAVs

Posted by on September 22, 2016

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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.

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Wearable tracker could help patients, soldiers

Posted by on September 1, 2016

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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.

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

Posted by on August 31, 2016

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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.

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

Posted by on August 26, 2016

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

Posted by on May 19, 2016

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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.

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Missouri S&T co-sponsors IEEE SMARTCOMP 2016

Posted by on April 25, 2016

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.

Missouri S&T is a co-sponsor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP 2016) held May 18-20 in St. Louis. Dr. Sajal K. Das, the Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair and department chair of computer science at Missouri S&T, is on the steering committee and is the conference’s co-chair.

“We wanted to bring IEEE SMARTCOMP 2016 to St. Louis because Smart Living is one of our signature areas, and I think this will give Missouri S&T a lot of visibility,” says Das, who attended the first IEEE SMARTCOMP conference in 2014 in Hong Kong. “This conference will continue to grow over time.”

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Harvey Mudd president to discuss getting more women into tech careers

Posted by on April 20, 2016

Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and creator of an initiative to get more women to study computer science, will visit Missouri University of Science and Technology on Monday, April 25, to deliver a public lecture titled “Getting more women into tech careers.”

Klawe will speak at 10 a.m. Monday in the Carver-Turner Room of the Havener Center on campus. The event is open to the public.

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Missouri S&T computer science department hosts distinguished speaker series

Posted by on February 12, 2016

As part of its yearlong Golden Jubilee, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s computer science department is highlighting world-renowned faculty and government and national campus leaders through its Distinguished Colloquium Speaker series.

The series, which runs March 7 to May 2, features six speakers from around the country.

“They all are top-class computer scientists and hold very respected positions,” says Dr. Sajal Das, professor and chair of computer science and the Daniel C. St. Clair Endowed Chair in computer science at Missouri S&T.

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