We bring in a variety of speakers to campus to talk about things that might not normally be covered in our classes. When possible, these seminars are recorded. Those videos are available below.
- September 7, 2017: Summer research presentations
Students from the 2017 summer research program will present their work. Amber Carnahan and Jori Gelbaugh will present Articulus, a Chrome extension whose goal is to allow readers of a web page to adjust the reading level required to understand the page’s content.
View a video of Amber and Jori's presentation
Melissa Bazany and Cordell Engbers will present their work on the continued development of enhancing the Student Assessment of Learning and Teaching (SALT), a web application used by students at Hope to provide feedback about the effectiveness of their courses.
- September 21, 2017: Raspberry Pi showcase
- Last spring several students took Raspberry Pi kits home with them to learn how to develop applications on them. These students will have a chance to show off their work at this seminar!
- October 5, 2017: Maria Eguiluz, General Electric
Maria Eguiluz, General Electric
We don’t have to have everything figured out all the time. Exploration, experimentation and the unknown are things that should be welcomed and embraced, not shunned and avoided. I’m hoping my sharing my journey so far and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help you on your journey both in and out of work.
After graduating from Hope with a B.A. in computer science, biology and Spanish, Maria started working for GE Digital as part of their two-year Digital Technology Leadership Program. This program provided her the opportunity to explore front-end development as well as experiencing what working on enterprise Java applications is really like. Since ending the program, Maria has started learning and working in user experience design. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Cosmo, traveling and reading.
Watch a video of Maria's presentation (note - battery died about 30 minutes in unfortunately).
- October 19, 2017: Paige Rodeghero, University of Notre Dame
Learning Programmer Behavior to Improve Automatic Documentation Generation Algorithms
Programmers depend on documentation to quickly understand source code. A 'source code summary' is a small (typically one–three sentences) amount of text explaining what the source code does or how it can be used. Unfortunately, source code summaries are time-consuming to write. Recently, efforts to automatically generate documentation have proliferated. My research seeks to improve the quality of automatically generated summaries by 1) studying how programmers write documentation, in order to 2) write algorithms that mimic their process.
Paige Rodeghero is a 5th-year Ph.D. candiate at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include software engineering, program comprehension, autogenerated source code documentation and the gamification of software engineering. She publishes at venues such as ICSE, TSE and ESME. She currently holds the title of Instructor of Record and is teaching “Educational Game Design” at the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she dances with the University of Notre Dame Dance Company.
View a video of Paige's presentation (first 15 minutes unfortunately not recorded).
- November 2, 2017: Will Polik, Hope College Chemistry
Dr. Will Polik, Hope College Department of Chemistry
Developing Software to Broaden Accessibility and Lower Cost
Computation has the power to lead innovation and change lives. Some system and application software has been widely adopted, while other software has not. Strategies that lead to broad adoption of software will be identified. Examples of software developed by Hope students (Discus, WebMO, CLuster In the Cloud) are used to illustrate these themes. Opportunities with several ongoing projects will be described.
Dr. Will Polik is a professor of chemistry at Hope College. His scholarship spans chemistry, physics, mathematics and computation. He has worked with 76 undergraduate research students, of whom 32 are co-authors on publications and 21 have subsequently received Ph.D.s. He is a co-developer of WebMO software used by over 2,400 research groups and academic institutions worldwide and co-founder of the Midwestern Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium (MU3C).
- November 16, 2017: Rachel McQuater, Atomic Object
Making Data Make Sense: Choosing the Right Visualization
Where words and numbers fail, visualizations can make dense technical information decipherable. We use graphs, images, diagrams, et cetera to understand our data, to explain our points to others and to attempt to grasp the significance and implications of all of the masses of data that we generate. Those enormous quantities of data tend to have more than two interesting dimensions, so why are we still looking from line graph to line graph to try and unravel the mysteries of complex systems? We'll be talking about how visualization channels affect viewers' understanding of data, how to take advantage of multidimensional visualizations for multidimensional data and how to choose the right input and output systems to demonstrate your findings to others.
Rachael McQuater is a Software Developer & Consultant at Atomic Object. Prior to joining Atomic, she worked with the University of Michigan 3D Lab as a human-centered computing consultant, where she worked with various artists, researchers and technologists to build interaction systems for complex data and simulations in virtual reality. Today, she builds custom software at Atomic Object, with a focus on accessibility and usability. She continues to explore emerging technologies in virtual and augmented reality, and is excited to see how these powerful tools will impact our daily lives. Outside of technology she is an avid tabletop gamer and aspiring aerialist.
- December 7, 2017 (10:30 a.m.): Senior Project Seminar final project presentations
Students from the Senior Project Seminar course will present their work on their capstone projects. Note that these presentations will start at 10:30 a.m.
- January 18, 2018: Derek Schuurman, Calvin College
Introducing Open Source and the Raspberry Pi to Schools in Developing Nations
This talk describes experiences with service projects to assist with computing in various schools in developing countries. Some of the common challenges that were encountered are shared along with lessons that were learned. The underlying philosophical presuppositions about the role of technology in some development projects are examined and contrasted with how a Christian perspective can inform our approach. Some encouraging stories from recent projects using open source software and the Raspberry Pi will be shared along with thoughts on possible future work.
Derek C. Schuurman worked as an electrical engineer for several years and later returned to school to complete a Ph.D. in the area of robotics and computer vision. He has taught computer science at both Dordt College and Redeemer University College and is now professor of computer science at Calvin College and the current William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar-in-Residence chair. Dr. Schuurman is a fellow in technology at St. George’s Centre for Biblical and Public Theology and is a member of the board for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS). He has written about faith and technology issues and is the author of the book Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology published by InterVarsity Press.
- February 1, 2018: Summer Research Opportunities
At this seminar, faculty from the computer science department will present the summer research opportunities for 2018. Additionally, graduating seniors recognized by the Sigma Xi honorary society will be recognized.
- February 15, 2018: Palmer D'Orazio
On Meetings ...
Ever had a bad meeting? ...I thought so. To get things done, we need to spend time talking with other human beings. But it's easy for meetings to get off-topic, lengthy, or just plain boring. In this seminar, we'll talk about some ways to make meetings engaging and productive, no matter who's in the room.
Palmer D'Orazio recently completed a Master's of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. During his time at Hope, Palmer studied computer science, earned a minor in music and worked as a graphic designer on campus. He eventually discovered the broader field of design, which allowed him to combine his interests. Currently, he is a User Experience Designer at JazzHR in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He's working to build a robust user research practice, gradually overhaul the app's UI, and make UX design work alongside Agile development. He has a cat named Bernadette.
- March 13, 2018: Matt Johnson, Open Systems Technologies
Keep Your Eye on the Ball – A Practical Application of Computer Vision for Ball Tracking
Have you ever wondered how self-driving cars can successfully navigate public roads in real time, or how professional tennis can review shots with 90% accuracy? Take a dive into the world of Computer Vision, specifically being able to track a golf ball with nothing more than cameras and software. Learn the process and the challenges involved with accurately identifying a moving object from multiple video feeds and translating that into valuable data that you can visualize.
Matt Johnson is a software development consultant for Open Systems Technologies (OST) in Grand Rapids. Over his almost four years at OST, he has worked on development projects for clients both small and large in a vast array of industries. Matt has gained experience on large teams and even on solo projects developing internal and public facing websites using the latest web development technologies. Matt started at OST after graduating from Hope in 2014 as a computer science and mathematics major. He was a sprinter and javelin thrower for Hope’s men’s track and field team, and still maintains a passion for sports. When the weather is warmer, you can find Matt running, longboarding or even car racing.
- March 29, 2018: Student Research presentations
- At this seminar, students Grace DuMez, Michael Kiley and Mark Powers will present the work they did during the summer of 2017.
- April 5, 2018: Arun Ross, Michigan State University
- Title, abstract, and bio to be determined
- April 19, 2018: Dinner and trivia at Dr. Cusack's house
- Students and faculty from the computer science department will get together at Dr. Cusack's house to honor our graduating seniors, chat and participate in a computer science competition, Jeopardy style.
- March 30 2017: Exploring Bioinformations through Distributed Computing | Nicholas Hazekamp
- March 2 2017: American Self-Defense in Cyberspace | Dr. Josiah Dykstra and Dr. Joel Toppen
- February 16 2017: Student Presentations | Nathan Gingrich and Dane Linsky
- October 27 2016: Everything is "in the cloud" ... so what's the big deal? | Anita Bateman
- October 27 2016: The W. Mich. Anti-Fraud Research Collaboration | Dr. Tim Bergsma
- October 6, 2016: Learning how to Learn — Studying Deep Learning as a Graduate Student in Computer Science | Joel Brogan