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  • microcars | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    Graduate Programs Undergraduate programs Scholarship Award Opportunities Summer RA awards Research Connect Industrial Affiliates Student Job Listings CS Job Fair Programming Contests Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Give microcars UW Madison receives electric microcars for sustainability research Submitted by Jennifer Smith on Mon 06 23 2014 2 19pm Associate Professor Suman Banerjee will lead research using all electric microcars Tags electric vehicles microcars sustainability Read more about UW Madison receives electric microcars

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/taxonomy/term/287 (2015-02-22)
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  • sustainability | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    using all electric microcars Tags electric vehicles microcars sustainability Read more about UW Madison receives electric microcars for sustainability research NSF funds sustainability project studying human component of green buildings Submitted by Jennifer Smith on Wed 12 18 2013 4 30pm In 2012 the National Science Foundation NSF awarded 1 9 million in funds for a sustainability project that explores the role of human mediation in improving buildings energy efficiency

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/taxonomy/term/186 (2015-02-22)
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  • Hatching innovative ideas through CS NEST | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    watching trends in Asia and Europe Last fall Patel shared his experience with students in Starting a Software Company a course taught by fellow computer sciences professors Remzi Arpaci Dusseau and Paul Barford The course is part of a wider effort within the department and across the university to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit I m grateful for the supportive climate at UW towards startups Patel told the class The willingness to tackle big challenges and the broad thinking that one finds in academia transfer well to startup culture he says Patel s own effort to help students chase their creative dreams is the CS NEST contest NEST for Emerging Software Technologies which he has organized each academic year since 2009 10 Now with NEST s fifth year concluded Patel can look back on a program that has produced not just innovative ideas but also real world businesses like EatStreet In its infancy EatStreet then known as BadgerBites com won third place in the 2010 11 competition Now people in over 50 markets nationwide can order food through its website or mobile app and the company is growing rapidly What separates NEST from an ordinary contest is Patel s devoted mentoring and the chance for students to be judged by experts who share a genuine interest in the success of fellow Badgers Students also compete for cash prizes Abhinav Gupta RocketFuel Pavan Nigam Inspovation Ventures Badger Entrepreneurship Forum and Greg Tracy Propeller Health all UW computer sciences alumni made up this year s trio of judges With the dramatic increase in innovative ideas and startups emerging out of college campuses it is impressive to see UW Madison encourage this trend said Nigam who is instrumental in the Silicon Valley tech scene NEST is a fine example of that I was truly inspired by the entrepreneurial zeal of the participating teams as well as the practical quality of their ideas This year s NEST contestants offered up a smorgasboard of concepts from the light hearted a fantasy football app and a houseplant that sends its owner snarky tweets to business tools that could help brands analyze customer perceptions on Twitter or help companies rank and evaluate job applicants Microsoft and Intuit sponsored this year s contest Redbird created by James Hadar and Christopher Stiles claimed the top prize Redbird uses sensors to monitor the atmospheric conditions of an enclosed space The device sends text messages to the user when predetermined limits for temperature and humidity have been breached Users can also determine how often they want readings to be taken Relatively inexpensive to make this device could be used by consumers in a wide range of settings such as wine cellars or humidors greenhouses or grain silos The judges praised Redbird s easy to use interface and variety of potential applications Hadar and Stiles graduated in May 2014 with degrees in sociology and civil engineering respectively Second prize went to Horton the plant with an attitude created by Nick Heindl and Mitchell

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/features/2014-06-09-hatching-innovative-ideas-through-cs-nest (2015-02-22)
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  • Programming team headed to Russia for ICPC World Finals | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    Jay Yang and Saurabh Aggarwal have helped van Melkebeek train the programming team during the 2013 14 academic year Diehl who taught for two years at Siena College in New York returned to Madison to become a software developer for Google s Madison offices While teaching at Siena he coached its programming teams and he was happy to become involved with the UW team again at van Melkebeek s invitation Diehl had both competed on a team and helped coach during his time as a UW student Training for competition helps students grow their skills in a number of areas says Diehl They learn how to communicate effectively work as a team and hold up under pressure They also develop as computer scientists It s a really great opportunity for students to develop algorithmically and to write high performance code that doesn t just work but works quickly says Diehl We definitely have algorithm courses in the department but often they don t have a sizable component that requires students to write a large volume of code that exercises those algorithms in an efficient way Andrew Morgan a December 2013 graduate in computer sciences and math is excited about his team s upcoming international trip He plans to begin graduate school in the fall and the competition will certainly keep his skills sharp I enjoy problem solving says Morgan Competing in the ICPC is also a prestigious item to include on one s résumé It is the oldest largest and most famous of programming competitions existing in its current format since 1977 It was begun by the Association for Computing Machinery ACM the leading professional organization in computing Over 30 000 students worldwide have participated in the current competition cycle These students represent over two thousand universities in 94 countries

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/features/2014-04-30-programming-team-headed-russia-icpc-world-finals (2015-02-22)
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  • CS 638 students showcase creative software projects during demo days | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    taken on some very ambitious projects based on proposals they originated And they have only a few months to make the magic happen It s really quite a mad rush to get everything done on time The lessons Liblit imparts are twofold By the end of the semester they should leave my class with two valuable things First they have some impressive software system that they can be proud of Second they have had a fairly intense experience of being part of a large software engineering team They ve learned a lot about the technical and human factors that decide whether such a team is successful They can take those two things and go out into the professional world ready to make an impact ready to be part of real successful software engineering teams that will make the great software that everyone wants and needs Students faculty and the general public have a chance to get a taste of each project during special demo days The demonstrations will be held Tuesday May 6 and Thursday May 8 in the first floor lobby of the Computer Sciences Building at 1210 W Dayton St near the elevators The schedule is as follows Tuesday May 6 2 30 3 45 p m Dewey Decibel Database D3 D3 will help student radio station WSUM replace its antiquated system of organizing music Through a web app D3 users will be able to search songs artists and albums and DJs will be able to create playlists Minecraft RPG Expansion Enthusiasts of the popular computer game Minecraft have created their own modifications and added features to the game such as special spells Above is a screenshot of the team s work Online Board Game This simulation toolkit lets users combine virtual game elements dice cards pieces etc

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/features/2014-04-29-cs-638-students-showcase-creative-software-projects-during-demo-days (2015-02-22)
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  • Students and faculty recognized at 2014 departmental awards ceremony | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    Award Opportunities Summer RA awards Research Connect Industrial Affiliates Student Job Listings CS Job Fair Programming Contests Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Give Students and faculty recognized at 2014 departmental awards ceremony Submitted by Jennifer Smith on Wed 04 23 2014 2 40pm On Wednesday April 23 the Department of Computer Sciences held its annual Computer Sciences Majors and Awards Lunch at Varsity Hall in Union South Honorees were as follows DeWitt Undergraduate Scholarship Xiang Zhi Tan Summer RAships Rex Fernando Steven Johnson Xiang Zhi Tan Service Award WACM ACM s Women in Computing Graduate Student Instructor Award Aaron Gember Landweber NCR Graduate Fellowship in Distributed Systems Wenfei Wu Klug NCR Graduate Fellowship in Database Systems Yinan Li for a second year Rosner Award for Excellence in Teaching Professor Paul Barford Graduate Research Award Aditya Thakur Balasubramanian Sivan shared Additionally SACM Wisconsin s student chapter of ACM presented its Student Choice Professor of the Year Award also known as the cow award which is based on student votes and recognizes excellence in classroom teaching This year s honor was shared between Professor Jeff Naughton and Professor Jignesh Patel Congratulations to all for their hard work and accomplishments Tags awards honors About Location

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/features/2014-04-23-students-and-faculty-recognized-2014-departmental-awards-ceremony (2015-02-22)
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  • HCI Lab bridges uncanny valley between humans and robots | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    flat child like voice Is it silver she asked Nao the humanoid robot made by a Parisian company Aldebaran Robotics Nao repeated its response and the back and forth exchange continued until the girl guessed correctly which of the objects the robot had chosen It congratulated her with the exuberance of an 8 year old In the next room over on the third floor of the Computer Sciences building Casey Dezonia ordered sushi from a white and orange Nao stationed in front of a mock serving table Per Casey s request the robot located the sesame tofu made from wooden blocks and placed it on a plate in front of him I want to know how the hands look so realistic Casey said while his father and computer sciences graduate student Chien Ming Huang looked on Can you build a robot with the same number of fingers as humans Every now and then the computer program running the robot would crash and the student scientists would hurry to fix it There are so many things going on here sometimes the computer inside will crash Huang explained Normally a person might wear special glasses that help human and robot share gaze but on this day the glasses weren t working consistently And though Nao can be programmed to respond to verbal commands the constant hum of conversation in the room sometimes confused the robot A computer sciences undergraduate Jing Jing instead played the wizard behind the curtain and helped Nao along Huang explained the purpose of the HCI Lab s work If a robot can behave human like then people don t have to learn a new way to interact he said using as an example the learning curve many experience when they buy a new smartphone Researchers in the HCI

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/features/2014-04-23-hci-lab-bridges-uncanny-valley-between-humans-and-robots (2015-02-22)
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  • National Computing Collaboration: WID and UW expand advanced computing in research | UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department
    larger scale resources we can offer they can maybe transform the way they do their research The unique program announced in March will fund 12 new facilitator positions two at each university to serve as a bridge between researchers and advanced computing resources both on and off their campuses One of these national resources is the Open Science Grid Other participating campuses in the 5 3 million NSF award include lead institution Clemson University Harvard University the University of Utah the University of Hawaii and Southern California University The two positions for UW Madison will triple the current capacity of facilitators on the campus These positions will consult with researchers to identify custom hardware and software solutions to meet research needs and guide the development of new capabilities Miron Livny chief technology officer for WID and the Morgridge Institute for Research serves as chief scientist for the consortium Livny s Center for High Throughput Computing CHTC has been offering this type of facilitation services for more than a decade In 2013 CHTC supported more than 100 campus research projects and delivered more than 110 million hours of computing time I always say that if the issue is hardware the problem is already solved Livny says Hardware is easy It is people who are the glue that bring the power of our advanced computing capabilities to the domain scientists The facilitators will work to execute each project in a way that limits the time commitment and cost for researchers For us the key metric is not how long it took to get the computing done but how many human interventions were needed to complete the task Livny says We re trying to push the number of human interventions to zero Lauren Michael research computing facilitator for CHTC says the diversity of

    Original URL path: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/features/2014-04-09-national-computing-collaboration-wid-and-uw-expand-advanced-computing-research (2015-02-22)
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