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 and made available to current students and faculty/staff in this Google Drive folder (requires 1Hope login).
- September 6, 2018 - Andrew Van Pernis, Dreamworks Animation
Andrew Van Pernis
Technology at DWA: Developing Artistic Tools in a Collaborative Environment
In this talk, I'll present a brief overview of the pipeline for producing animated feature films at DreamWorks Animation and explore some of the technology challenges faced by that pipeline. We'll dive in on DreamWorks' Academy Award winning animation tool Premo to discuss how several teams collaborated to create a fast and intuitive application.
Andrew is a project manager with a focus on building artist-centric applications with C++, Python, OpenGL and Qt.
He has worked on both visual effects production and animated films. He has experience in creating the user interface and experience for applications as well as the core technologies to drive those applications.
Andrew grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in Ashland, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hope College in 1996. Andrew then went on to Clemson University where he obtained a Master’s degree in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2004 in Computer Science. His Ph.D. thesis was titled Global Diffuse Illumination for Image Sequences and focused on creating realistic lighting for animated virtual environments.
Andrew started his career in visual effects and animation in 2004 with the startup In-Three, Inc. which provided stereoscopic conversion for several Disney films including Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 he joined DreamWorks Animation as a Senior Software Engineer on the Animation Tools team. He has had the incredible pleasure of working on every film since How To Train Your Dragon. During that time, Andrew has helped to build a state-of-the-art animation tool, Premo, that was first used on How To Train Your Dragon 2 and he is currently working on a cutting edge tool for character setup and rigging, Luna. Andrew works directly with the Software Engineers, Animators and Character TDs to create solutions for the technical and creative challenges they encounter. This close collaboration with productions has allowed DreamWorks to create fast, intuitive and immersive tools that are best in class.
Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, camping, and playing video games and board games.
- September 20, 2018 - Hope Summer Research projects
Phil Caris, Jori Gelbaugh, Dennis Towns - Vitalis, an Electronic Medical Record for Nursing Education. Watch a video of this presentation.
Josiah Brett and Josiah Brouwer - Parallel Programming on GPUs using CUDA
Louis Kopp and Caleb Tallquist - Android Bilancio and TreesApp
- October 4, 2018 - Nathan Vance, Graduate Student at University of Notre Dame
Life as a graduate student in Computer Science at Notre Dame
In this talk, Nathan will describe his current research at the University of Notre Dame as a computer science graduate student and will describe what being a graduate student is like. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience, so make sure to bring your questions with you!
Nathan Vance graduated from Hope College in May 2017 with majors in computer science and chemistry. While at Hope, he worked closely with Dr. Will Polik in the chemistry department to build high throughput computing systems ranging from cluster computers to dynamically allocated cloud systems.
Nathan started graduate school at the Univeristy of Notre Dame in the Fall of 2017. He is part of Dr. Dong Wang's research group, which focuses on social sensing, edge computing, machine learning and cyberphysical-human systems. Nathan is particularly interested in edge computing, which applies the concepts of cloud, cluster and ubiquitous computing to commodity hardware in close proximity to the data being processed.
In his spare time, Nathan is involved with his church, plays board games and attempts at carpentry.
Watch a video of Nathan's presentation (due to a technical difficulty, this recording starts in the middle of the presentation)
- October 18, 2018 - Victoria Gonda, Buffer
Exploring Functional Programming
Being an Android developer, much of my work has been using Java in an object-oriented paradigm style. Recently, many aspects of functional programming have become standard in the community with the adoption of Kotlin and RxJava. But what does it mean to use functional paradigm properties, and how can it be helpful? I decided to explore some of the fundamentals of functional programming, and what it might look like coming from Java. In this presentation, I'll share with you what I found!
Victoria started her software development journey at Hope College studying dance and computer science. After graduating from Hope in 2016, she began her career at Collective Idea in Holland, MI working on Android and Ruby on Rails applications. Since deciding to focus on mobile development, she now works remotely as an Android developer at Buffer. She is also an author for RayWenderlich.com, and is active in the Android community as a conference speaker.
When not traveling for work or play, you can find her at her home in Chicago. She enjoys playing board games with her partner, Tyler, or attending dance classes. Relaxing looks like curling up with a good book and some tea, while cuddling her cat and hedgehog.
- November 1, 2018 - J. Tower, Trailhead Technologies
J. Tower, Trailhead technology partners
Why Microsoft is the #1 Company Developers Should be Watching
For many years, development was pretty simple. You could realistically learn everything there was to know about your technology of choice, you did all your work on your own computer, and the development world was split neatly into two camps: enterprise and open-source. Today, all of those lines have blurred into each other.--development rarely happens without use of the cloud, enterprise frameworks like Microsoft's .NET have gone open-source, and virtually no one can afford to only develop using a single technology. During this transition, Microsoft made some deft technology moves that, in my opinion, make it the most important company for professional software developers to watch.
In this talk, I'll give you a quick survey of some of the most important technologies coming out of Microsoft today, including .NET Core, Xamarin, and Blazor for doing cross-platform development, great tooling like Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Code, and some of Microsoft's game-changing cloud services like Azure Functions, Machine Learning, AI, and Azure DevOps. Even if you currently know nothing about Microsoft's development technologies, you will walk away with a good overview of what's happening at software development's most important company.
- November 15, 2018 - Rachael McQuater & Taylor Vanden Hoek, Atomic Object
Rachael McQuater & Taylor Vanden Hoek
Integrating Design and Development to Make Great Software
Atomic Object is a consultancy that works with clients to create custom software to help them do what they do best — better. Armed with the right software, our clients have made pipelines safer, cities greener, healthcare smarter, and old products new again.
Design and development are deeply intertwined at Atomic. We believe that designers and developers each bring an important lens to the problem space, and the more we can empathize and collaborate with one another, the more value we can create. In this talk, we'll dive into the Atomic process and see how software gets made, how our teams work together, and how we create the best experiences we can for our customers.
Rachael is a Software Consultant and Developer at Atomic Object. She's been building software and consulting with Atomic clients since 2016. She brings technical perspectives to the human-centered problems that her customers face.
Taylor is a Software Consultant and Designer at Atomic Object. She works alongside Atomic’s clients and development teams to design and create great software solutions that work for the people who use them.
- November 29, 2018 - Sanethia Thomas, PhD Candidate at the University of Florida
I AM PRO: A Career Identity Tool for Athlete Development using a Human Centered Computing Approach
In this talk I will discuss how used I the Human Centered Computing (HCC) approach to create I AM PRO, a technology that assists athletes in transition by helping them identify a career for life after sport. I will present an overview of HCC and explain how it can be applied to develop more effective and usable technologies for specialized populations. I will conclude with a demo of I AM PRO and a review of the preliminary findings from my dissertation research.
Sanethia Thomas is a PhD Candidate, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, and GEM fellow at the University of Florida in the Human Experience Research Lab under Dr. Juan Gilbert. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Texas El Paso and a Masters in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University, where she graduated in the top ten percent and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was also inducted into the first African American Honor Society Beta Eta Sigma and Golden Key International Honor Society for the top fifteen percent of graduate students.
She has represented the United States of America by playing basketball in Amsterdam, Belgium, and Paris. Her basketball experiences have fueled her research in developing technologies that will assist athletes in transitional skills and mental health. Her research is interdisciplinary as it includes the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Athlete Development, Artificial Intelligence and Affective Computing. Specifically, she explores the concept using Natural Language Interfaces and Intelligent Embodied Conversational Agents to help athletes. Her research also touches areas in User Experience, Human-Centered Computing, Educational Technologies, and Athlete Development. Sanethia Thomas has made notable contributions by publishing in the Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation and several conference venues.
Her experiences have spanned across the private and public sector, from America Online (AOL) to Government and to K-12. Outside of graduate school, Sanethia has helped over 500 students and student-athletes prepare college by helping them increase their SAT/ACT scores through her non-profit organization Score High Coach.
- December 6, 2018 - Senior Project Showcase
- In this showcase, students in CSCI 481, Senior Project Seminar, will demonstrate what they've accomplished for their senior projects.
- January 17, 2019 - Summer Research Opportunities
- At this seminar, faculty from the computer science department will present the summer research opportunities for 2019.
- February 7, 2019 - James Herrick, Hope College Department of Communication
James A. Herrick
AI is an issue of increasingly urgent international import. In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that the control of artificial intelligence will be crucial to global power. In a “science lesson” to start the Russian school year, Putin said that artificial intelligence is “the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind.” Tech writer Kevin Kelly calls AI, “the ur-force in our future. The term artificial intelligence came into wide use among computer scientists after MIT researcher John McCarthy imagined in 1960 the possibility of computers not simply managing data, but thinking like human beings. In 1989 mathematician Roger Penrose defined the “objectives” of AI as “to imitate, by means of machines…as much of human mental activity as possible, and perhaps to improve upon human abilities in these respects.”
Despite such assessments--and despite the fact that the stakes could not be higher—AI remains enigmatic and poorly understood by the public. The language we employ to describe AI will have important consequences for the technology’s future development and regulation. As a result, efforts to craft linguistic frames for AI are in full swing. Journalist Andrea Morris writes that “we may need a vernacular to talk about non-biological superintelligent agents who display highly skilled behaviors.” That new vernacular is being forged in contemporary public discourse about AI. This presentation will explore six prominent efforts to frame AI for contemporary audiences, and the implications of each.
James A. Herrick (MA University of California-Davis, PhD University of Wisconsin) is the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication at Hope. Professor Herrick is the author or editor of three books on the rhetoric of technology. He writes and speaks about the history of rhetoric, new religious movements, and the human enhancement movement.
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- February 21,2019 - Jim Leamer, Wycliffe Bible Translators
Mr. Jim Leamer
Using technology in missions
Jim will be presenting “How technology is used in missions”. Some of the topics include lasers that are used for shooting mosquitos, mobile devices, machine learning for Bible translation, satellites, and other technologies. It is exciting to see how these technologies will increasingly impact world missions.
Jim joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1977. He was involved in the design of the first portable computer to be used in the field by Bible translators. Other projects included part of the team that designed Wycliffe’s communications network and installation of major business software.
He met his wife at Wycliffe’s technical center in North Carolina, and they have two daughters. In 1983 Jim and Jeanne worked in Nairobi, Kenya where Jim was involved in defining a computing strategy for East Africa. After 15 years of involvement in the area of computers, his family moved to the Wycliffe office in Atlanta, Georgia where Jim is involved in recruitment of technical personnel. His goal is to challenge students to use their skills in the critical need of Information Technology in missions.
Since moving to Atlanta, Jim has made presentations on more than 75 college campuses and spoken at many conferences and churches. His excitement about missions and how God can use anyone is evident as he shares the possibilities with students.
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- March 7, 2019 - Valerie Taylor, Argonne National Laboratory (Bultman Student Center, Schaap Auditorium)
Dr. Valerie Taylor
Exploring the Tradeoffs Between Performance and Power for Parallel Applications
The demand for computational power continues to drive the deployment of ever-growing parallel systems. Production parallel systems with hundreds of thousands of components are being designed and deployed. Future parallel systems are expected to have millions of processors and hundreds of millions of cores, with power requirements. The complexity of these systems is increasing, with hierarchically configured manycore processors and accelerators, together with a deep and complex memory hierarchy. As a result of the complexity, applications face an enormous challenge in exploiting the necessary parameters for efficient execution. While reducing execution time is still the major objective for high performance computing, future systems and applications will have additional power requirements that represent a multidimensional tuning challenge. To embrace these key challenges, we must understand the complicated tradeoffs among runtime and power, and in some cases resilience strategies. This talk will present our methods and analyses to explore these tradeoffs for parallel applications.
The lectureship is supported by a multi-year grant from the Kavli Foundation of Oxnard, California, to bring prominent scientists to campus.
Dr. Taylor is the director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Previously, she served at Texas A&M University as head of the computer science and engineering departments, senior associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering, and also a Regents Professor and the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Dr. Taylor was a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University for 11 years.
Her research is in the area of high-performance computing, with a focus on performance analysis and modeling of parallel, scientific applications. She is also the chief executive officer and president of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT), and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery.
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- March 28, 2019 - Maria Glenski, University of Notre Dame
Social Media Consumers and Curators
People frequently rely on social media as their primary source of news and information. Tasked with curating an ever-increasing amount of content, providers leverage user interaction feedback to make decisions about which content to display, highlight, and hide. User interactions such as likes, votes, clicks, and views are assumed to be a proxy of a content's quality, popularity, or news-worthiness. Users in turn rely on the anonymous, aggregate ratings of others to make important decisions about which products to buy, movies to watch, news to read, or even political candidates to support. The sheer volume of new information being produced and consumed only increases the reliance that individuals place on anonymous others to curate and sort massive amounts of information. As crowd-sourced curation of news and information have become the norm, it is important to understand not only how individuals consume information through social news Web sites, but also how they contribute to their ranking systems and to the spread and reception of news and misinformation.
Maria Glenski is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Arthur J Schmitt Leadership in Science and Engineering Fellow, a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), and has served on the program committee for the international AAAI conference on web and social media (ICWSM).
Her research in social news, social media analysis, and rating systems has been published in top tier venues including the ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, and the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. During her time at the University of Notre Dame, she has also been an NSF EASPSI fellow in Beijing, China; a Rome Global Gateway Research Fellow in residence; and a National Security Internship Program (NSIP) intern at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington.
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- April 2, 2019 - Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Principal, Rare Union (4PM in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall)
Inclusive Design, Ethical Tech, and All of Us
We all want design to be a force for good—we want to make things welcoming, seamless, and maybe even fun to use. But without a process for ensuring our design decisions are also inclusive, equitable, and fair, our products can end up with all sorts of biases embedded in them. At best, these biases leave people out or let them down, like a “smart scale” that assumes everyone wants to lose weight, or a celebratory notification sent out to a grieving user. At worst, they can cause lasting harm: résumé-review algorithms trained to weed out women candidates, facial-recognition services that fail for people of color, “recommended content” features that put increasingly disturbing and violent content in front of kids.
In this talk, we’ll look at the ways tech and design have gone wrong—and then talk about what needs to happen to prevent these problems in our own work, and to push tech companies to adopt a more ethical and inclusive way forward.
Sara Wachter-Boettcher is the principal of Rare Union, a digital product and content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia, and the co-host of Strong Feelings, a weekly podcast about living your best feminist life at work. Her most recent book, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech (W.W. Norton, 2017), was named one of the best tech books of the year by Wired, and one of the top business books of the year by Fast Company.
Sara is also the co-author, with Eric Meyer, of Design for Real Life (A Book Apart, 2016), a book about creating products and interfaces that are more inclusive and compassionate, and the author of Content Everywhere (Rosenfeld Media, 2012), a book about designing flexible, mobile-ready content.
Sara speaks about design, tech, and digital publishing at conferences around the world, and consults with startups, Fortune 100 companies, and academic institutions. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Slate, The Guardian, Salon, McSweeney’s, and more. Find her on Twitter @sara_ann_marie or at sarawb.com.
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- April 18, 2019 - Pranay Rajgarhia, Solid Circle
Information Painful Wonderful
The fear of change and failure is leading organizations across the world to adapt off-the- shelf software systems. Does this impact business processes? Does this meet the users need? How does the business get impacted? What can you do?
In the presentation we will discuss the answers to the above questions and look at how to become a software development Rockstar that can help organization grow and improve processes. Additionally, we will investigate the new role an Information Technology department plays in the complex new corporate world.
Pranay Rajgarhia is the founder of SolidCircle, a business process improvement company based in West Michigan. Pranay possesses over 25 years of experience within government, information technology, manufacturing, and international business. His expertise lies in Custom Off-the-shelf Software Development (COTS), Business Process Management, Software Implementation Strategy and Leadership.
Pranay founded SolidCircle in 2004 to find simple solutions to complex business problems and to provide the highest quality of customer service. He focuses on maximizing client business productivity with process improvement, seamless information flow and sustainability. As founder of the company, Pranay responsibility includes business planning, strategy-formulation, marketing, finance, legal, vendor management, alliance management, and the management of human capital.
Under Pranay’s leadership, SolidCircle has created a software to streamline the Justice System (Justice Suite), formed strategic partnerships to provide document management, created a data conversion application (Integration Platform), and designed methodology to easily transfer information from peripheral systems.
SolidCircle has provided services to public and private sector clients, including the Ottawa County Sheriff Office, Ottawa County Courts, Benzie County Sheriff Office, Mackinac County Sheriff Office, Montmorency County Sheriff Office, City of Ypsilanti, Arnie’s Restaurant and Bakery, and Holy Cross Services, among others. Pranay and his team pride himself on thoroughly evaluating each client’s business needs and recommending solutions that assist organizations in improving their processes and information sharing to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
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- April 25, 2019 - Dr. Doug VanWieren, Google
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