/ Computer Science Department

Seminar Schedule

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.

View a video of Melissa and Cordell's presentation

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

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

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:  Dr. Will Polik, Hope College Chemistry

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).

View a video of Dr. Polik's presentation

November 16, 2017:  Rachel McQuater, Atomic Object

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.

View a video of Rachael's presentation

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.

View a video of these students' presentations.

January 18, 2018:  Dr. Derek Schuurman, Calvin College

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.

View a video of Dr. Schuurman's presentation

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.

View a video of the research opportunity presentations

February 15, 2018: Palmer D'Orazio

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.

View a video of Palmer's Presentation

Palmer's Slides
March 13, 2018: Matt Johnson, Open Systems Technologies

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.

See a video of Matt's presentation (requires password, see email from Computer Science Community forum post for password)

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.

Watch a video of these presentations

April 5, 2018: Dr. Arun Ross, Michigan State University

Arun Ross is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, and is the director of the Integrated Pattern Recognition and Biometrics (iPRoBe) Lab. He conducts research on the topic of biometrics, privacy, computer vision and pattern recognition. He is a recipient of the JK Aggarwal Prize and the Young Biometrics Investigator Award from the International Association of Pattern Recognition for his contributions to the field of Pattern Recognition and Biometrics. He was designated a Kavli Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences by virtue of his presentation at the 2006 Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposia. Ross is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the 2005 Biennial Pattern Recognition Journal Best Paper Award and the Five Year Highly Cited BTAS 2009 Paper Award. He is a co-author of the monograph “Handbook of Multibiometrics” and the textbook Introduction to Biometrics.

Watch a video of Dr. Ross' presentation

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.

RSVP here by the end of the day on Monday, April 16 to let us know you're coming!


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