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Computer Science Faculty & Students Heading to SIGCSE 2016

Pictured: Matthew Steuerer (Class of 2016)
Pictured: Matthew Steuerer (Class of 2016)

Article written by Kyle Davis (Class of 2016)

Five CS Department faculty members and three CS majors – Matthew Steuerer, Andrew Miller, and Nathan Gould – will be attending this year’s SIGCSE conference in Memphis, Tennessee from Tuesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5.

Each of the attending students will present research papers alongside students from all over the country, some for the first time.  Andrew Miller and Nathan Gould will present their poster “Advances in Phylogenetic-based Stemma Construction”, completed under the supervision of Dr. Dimitris Papamichail.  Matthew Steuerer will present his poster “Implementing K-Means Clustering and Collaborative Filtering to Enhance Sustainability of Project Repositories”, done in collaboration with Dr. Monisha Pulimood.

Not only CS students will be discussing their research, however.  Both Dr. Deborah Knox and Dr. Pulimood will each present research related to their respective courses.  Dr. Knox will present a poster on how students can develop career skills prior to their capstone experiences; her presentation is based on her experience in teaching CSC 199, the department’s sophomore professional development seminar, for three years.  Dr. Pulimood will present her paper on the multi-disciplinary collaboration of CS and Journalism students in CSC 415 and CSC 315.

In addition being a conference where attendees from around the world can share perspectives on the field of computer and present individual research, SIGCSE  also provides attendees with many opportunities to learn new concepts in computer science.  Many of the department’s professors are excited to find new teaching techniques to incorporate into their own courses.   Dr. Papamichail is especially excited to learn effective and proven methods for teaching algorithms and other theoretical CS concepts which can often be difficulty for students to grasp.

“Computer science advances rapidly,” Papamichail stated, “and conferences of the magnitude and diversity of SIGCSE are contributing vastly in moving the CS education field forward.”

SIGCSE also provides an effective way of making connection in the CS world.  Dr. Pulimood believes the conference to be “very energizing” and feels that SIGCSE is “a wonderful venue to meet new colleagues and connect with people [she] know[s]”.

The department would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Osborn, Dean of the School of Science, for supporting faculty and student travel, and for making it possible for nearly all of the CS faculty to attend SIGCSE this year.