Computer Science

Maine cybersecurity expert named computer science chair at Missouri S&T

Posted by on June 5, 2017

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Dr. George Markowsky, a computer science professor at the University of Maine with a background in entrepreneurship, international education and cybersecurity research, has been named chair of the Missouri University of Science and Technology computer science department. The appointment takes effect July 1.

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Missouri S&T students host 24-hour artificial intelligence coding competition

Posted by on April 3, 2017

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Sleep will be at a premium this weekend at Missouri University of Science and Technology as a computer science student group hosts a 24-hour artificial intelligence coding competition. The twice-annual MegaMiner event requires participants to write AI code for a computer game created by the Association of Computing Machinery students. Missouri S&T has hosted the competition, which is considered one of the largest in the Midwest, since 2007.

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Robotics expert to speak about robots that teach

Posted by on January 26, 2017

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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.”

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S&T students help homeless in GlobalHack

Posted by on November 14, 2016

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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.

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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

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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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