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Free Mobile App-Development Camp for Middle School Girls

This summer, the Computer Science Department will be hosting a mobile app development and technology entrepreneurship program for middle school girls.The program, funded by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), is free to participants and will be held during the weeks of June 19th – 23rd and June 26th – 30th on Forcina Hall’s fourth floor. Registration is required.

For registration information and more, please visit the TechGirls website and review the TechGirls Summer Program Flyer.

HackTCNJ 2017 Celebrates Student Innovation in Coding

On February 25 & 26th TCNJ’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) finished its 5th annual hackathon which featured around 200 talented student developers from several colleges, universities, and high schools from the tri-state area.

During this 24 hour event, student engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs came together to work on innovative software projects. HackTCNJ gives students of all levels the opportunity to learn additional skills outside the classroom, and to discover recruiting opportunities from great companies.

TCNJ’s ACM chapter hosted this hackathon with MLH, Linode, JHC Technology, McCarter & English, SRI International, Particle, Bloomberg, and Dodge Data. TCNJ’s ACM chapter is incredibly thankful to have such great sponsors to help make this event a great success.

HackTCNJ’s judges selected winners based on the following categories: Best Technical Achievement, Best User Experience, Funniest Hack, Best Social Good Hack, Best First Hackathon Project, Best use of IoT, and Best Hardware Hack.

Category Winners Project Prizes for each team member
Best Technical Achievement Ridhwaan Anayetullah, Darshan Kalola, Noor Syed, Daniel Zhou Exposed: An app designed to encourage friends and group members to arrive promptly at events with a novel twist. ( Echo Dot
Best User Experience Christopher Beyer Text Me in an Emergency: a simple chatbot program to assist a user when a friend is in need if you cant call 911 from where you are. ( Keyboard
Funniest Hack Henry Shen, Jabari Brown Stack Overflow Counter: Measures how many times you go to Stack overflow ( Chromecast + Netflix Gift Certificate
Best Social Good Hack Thomas Giulianelli, Sam Chang HereToStay: A handy resource for those who want/need information to help them resist oppression. ( Bluetooth Speakers + What if? (book)
Best First Hackathon Project Kristen Crasto, Ethan Crasto, Elisa Idrobo, Mun Kim Shoot for the Mun: A GUI for Twitter Sentiment Analysis: Sony MDR V6 Headphones
Best use of IoT Ryan Rosenberger, Sean Kelly, Jacob Douglass gitHug: Get some hugs with the Photon Particle Board! ( Particle Photon Kit
Best Hardware Hack Hunter Dubel, Richard Levenson, Dan Sarnelli, Jeremy Leon Harassment Monitor: Fighting harassment on string array at a time! ( Particle Photon Kit

Thanks again to the hackers and sponsors for a great weekend!

All submissions are available to view here:

Photos are available to view here:

Dr. Salgian Participating in Artificial Intelligence Panel Discussion

Dr. Andrea Salgian will serve as a panel member at the Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence Interdisciplinary event being held at Rutgers University on Tuesday, April 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

This event features presentations from panel members, a Q&A session, and interdisciplinary dialogue.  Dinner will be served.   All interested students are encouraged to attend.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information:

Computer Science Colloquium, April 18

On Tuesday, April 18, the Computer Science Department will host its final colloquium of the Spring 2017 semester.  Mr. Andy Keep, a technical lead from Cisco Systems, Inc., will give a talk entitled “Writing Compilers in Industry“.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Forcina 408 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.

There will be pizza!!!

Compilers are an important tool for working programmers, but few realize the important role compiler researchers and developers continue to play. Having a basic understanding of how a modern compiler works, and what it can (and cannot) do, can help any programmer better understand the performance characteristics of a program. Compilers, both for new languages and existing ones, continue to be developed in industry. Clang has replaced GCC as the C compiler for macOS, and new general purposes languages like Swift and Rust are building on a similar platform. Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) are another important area where compiler technology is brought to bear in industry. In addition to new languages, compilers are also being used to target new devices, including Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), which is making these traditionally task specific devices into the realm of everyday use.

In this talk I will discuss my experience learning about compilers as a graduate student at Indiana University, and describe how I continue to apply that skill set at Cisco Systems, where I have spent the last three years working on compilers for networking oriented DSLs, most recently P4, a language for specifying the operation of a networking data plane.

Andy Keep is a Technical Lead at Cisco Systems, Inc. where he has spent the better part of the last three years as a compiler engineer, working on compilers for networking related Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). His most recent efforts have focused on a compiler for P4, a DSL for programming network data planes. He is also a maintainer for Chez Scheme, a compiler for the Scheme programming language, originally developed by Andy’s Ph.D. advisor Kent Dybvig, which Cisco released as an open source project in April, 2016. Prior to joining Cisco, Andy spent a year as a post doctoral researcher at the University of Utah, working for Matt Might on static analysis. Andy started working with Matt after finishing his Ph.D. at Indiana University, where he re-wrote the compiler for Chez Scheme, along with his advisor Kent Dybvig, using the nanopass compiler framework.

Internship Informational Sessions (Spring 2017)

Two informational sessions will be held this semester regarding the CSC 399 – Internship in Computer Science course. The majority of the content presented concerns the for-credit experience, though Dr. Papamichail, internship coordinator, will touch on material relevant to non-credit-bearing experiences.

This semester, the two info sessions will be held as follows:

* Wednesday 3/8, 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Forcina 408
* Wednesday 3/22, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Forcina 409

Students MUST attend ONE informational session at any time in their curriculum prior to applying for an internship for credit. If you don’t plan to do an internship for credit you need not attend.

The information sessions will highlight departmental policies regarding internships. In preparation for the session, please review this informational web page and bring your questions.

Computer Science Colloquium, February 3

On Friday, February 3 the Computer Science Department will host its first colloquium of the Spring 2017 semester.  Dr. Steven Skiena, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, will give a talk entitled “Applications of Word Embeddings“.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Forcina 408 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Distributed word embeddings (word2vec) provides a powerful way to reduce large text corpora to concise features readily applicable to a variety of problems in NLP and data science. I will introduce word embedings, and review several of our recent efforts in my talk, including:

(1) Multilingual NLP — Our Polyglot project employs deep learning and other techniques to build a basic NLP pipeline (including entity recognition, POS tagging, and sentiment analysis) for over 100 different languages. We train our systems over each language’s Wikipedia edition, providing unified data resources in the absence of explicitly annotated data, but substantial challenges in interpretation and evaluation.

(2) Detecting Historical Shifts in Word Meaning — Words like “gay” and “mouse” have substantially shifted their meanings over time in response to societal and technological changes. We use word embeddings trained over texts drawn from different time periods to detect changes in word meanings. This is part of our efforts in historical trends analysis.

(3) Deep Learning for Feature Extraction from Graphs — We present DeepWalk, a novel approach for learning latent representations of vertices in a network. DeepWalk uses local information on truncated random walks to learn embeddings, by treating walks as the equivalent of sentences in a language. It is suitable for a broad class of applications such as network classification and anomaly detection.

This is joint work with Rami al-Rfou, Bryan Perozzi, Vivek Kulkarni, Yanqing Chen, and Charles Ward.

Steven Skiena is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. His research interests include the design of graph, string, and geometric algorithms, and their applications (particularly to biology). He is the author of five books, including “The Algorithm Design Manual” and “Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank”. He was co-founder and Chief Scientist at General Sentiment, a media measurement company based on his Lydia text analysis system.

Skiena received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1988, and the author of over 150 technical papers. He is a former Fulbright scholar, and recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award and the IEEE Computer Science and Engineer Teaching Award. More info at

Google Returning to Campus on October 19

GoogleLogoAttention CS Students:  Google is returning to TCNJ’s campus on
Wednesday, October 19!

Events for October 19

Life at Google –  Opportunities & How To Apply (Information Event)

Time:  4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location:  The 1855 Room
Want to hear about what it’s like to work at Google and some of the cool stuff that our full time engineers and interns work on? Come learn firsthand from a Google Software Engineer! We’ll also share info about some of the opportunities we have for technical students.

Googler to Student Mock Interview Demo (Interview Workshop, Application Required)

Time:  1:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Forcina 410
Practice the art of the technical interview and build confidence writing code with a Google engineer in a fun and interactive way through a Mock Interview Demo. Mock Interviews provide a fun and safe environment where students can practice the skills of working through a coding problem, ask questions, and get direct feedback from a Google engineer!

Interested in participating in the mock interviews?

You must RSVP here:
Click here to view the event flyer.

Google Hosting Women in Technology Event: October 19

GoogleLogo-300x101Google will be returning to the TCNJ campus on Wednesday, October 19 and has specifically asked to meet with CS women majors over lunch!

Women in Technology Event

The lunch is open to all CS women majors and will include a talk about Women in Technology: Combating Unconscious Bias & Creating an Inclusive Environment.  Discussion and a meet and greet event will follow.  Registration is free but is required since space is limited and food needs to be ordered.

October 19:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Forcina 409

RSVP Deadline:  October 12.

Interested students are required to sign up for these events on two forms – one for Google and one for the Computer Science Department.

Note: If you complete the CS form for the Women in Technology Event, you will not have complete the CS form for the other events.

While CS majors get priority for signing up, events will open up to other majors in mid-October if seats are available.  Sign up before October 12 to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

Computer Science Department Awards 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-2016 Computer Science Department Awards, Computer Science Service Awards, and the Computer Science Leadership Awards!

Photo taken by Lindsey Abramson ©


The Computer Science Department awardees are selected by the faculty based not only on their exemplary performance in CS courses, but also on their significant contributions to the department.

Freshman Award –   Emily Kazenmayer and Edward Kennedy

Sophomore Award –  Elisa Idrobo and Brittany Reedman

Junior Award –  Angela Huang

Senior Award – Kylie Gorman,  Brandon Gottlob, Benjamin Meyer, and Matthew Steuerer

Computer Science Service Awards are given to students who have taken part in the organization of department events and whose leadership efforts have enriched the TCNJ CS community. This year, Lindsey Abramson, Alexander Cretella, Beau LaManna, Michael, PackiWarren Seto, and Henry Shen received CS Service Awards.

Student recipients of the Computer Science Leadership Awards have made integral contributions as leaders of the department’s student community, including the student organizations (ACM, WICS, UPE), and have strengthened the College’s community through organization of professional development opportunities, outreach programs, and other service engagements.  This year, Kylie Gorman, Brandon Gottlob, and Brittany Reedman received CS Leadership Awards.

Celebration of Computing Schedule: Spring 2016

Please view the schedule of presentations and list of student evaluators for the Celebration of Computing (coinciding with TCNJ’s Celebration of Student Achievement).   All presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 5 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM on Forcina’s 4th floor.

Schedule of Presentations (Spring 2016)

List of Student Evaluators (Spring 2016)

Please contact if you have any additional questions.