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UMD CS Undergraduate Researcher Designing Apps for Dementia


Bringing Memories to the Surface
March 28, 2017
Daniel Alvarado and Cheryl Reitan

UMD student designs app to help people with dementia
Undergraduate student, Yichen Wei, works with Dr. Arshia Khan on a UROP project designing an app that helps patients with dementia. It uses research, conducted by renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, in which he played music for patients with Alzheimer's which calmed them and helped them remember the past. "Those memories have not disappeared, they are just misconnected in the brain," says Yichen. The app will use resources such as personalized music libraries, a selection of family photos, newspaper headlines, music from different eras, and other cues that will help patients recall memories. 

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Jonathan Beaulieu and Manoj Naik Win UMD Award!


Two UMD CS Graduate students, Jonathan Beaulieu and Manoj Naik Prakash were among the 2017 UMD Student Awards recipients, recognized for their outstanding service and leadership to our campus and community by students. All recipients and nominees were honored at the annual Students Awards program, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Please join us in congratulating them!

Bulldog Award (Graduate Students)
Jonathan Beaulieu
Manoj Naik Prakash

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UMD CS Wins Big at MinneWIC 2017


UMD CS Takes Honors at MinneWIC 2017

On February 17 - 18, Professor Arshia Khan and a mix of 8 female graduate and undergraduate computer science students attended the MinneWIC 2017. MinneWIC is the ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing for the Upper MidWest. Of our 8 student attendees, six presented posters. Our students also brought home three of the five prizes awarded (certificate plus $100 per award)! Please join us in congratulating our team!

graduate category
* Xue Gao - WINNERMinneWIC 2017 Graduate Student Poster Honorable Prize
Title: "Effective User Interface With HoloLens For Group Decision Making".
Advisor: Pete Willemsen

* Xinru Yan
Title:  "#HashtagWars : Learning a Sense of Humor Language Models in Humor Detection".
Advisor: Ted Pedersen

* Rushmeet Bahra  
Title: "Monitoring Bipolar Disorder using Heart Rate, Sleep Pattern and Mood Changes".
Advisor: Arshia Khan

Undergraduate category
* Janna Madden -

WINNER: MinneWIC 2017 Best Undergraduate Poster Prize
Title: "Telemedicine adaption in rural hospitals and the national impact of telemedicine in rural care delivery".

* Kun Li - WINNER: MinneWIC 2017 Undergraduate Student Poster Honorable Prize 
Title: "Mobile autism application: informing care decisions and aiding children with autism in understanding emotions".

* Yichen Wei
Title: "Musicology: Aiding Recall of Deeply Embedded Memory"

Also: We are pleased to announce that UMD Computer Science will be hosting the next MinneWIC in two years!

MinneWIC brings together students, faculty, and computing professionals from across Minnesota and neighboring states to share experiences and strategies for recruiting and retaining women in computing fields, and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore career opportunities in computing, and to network with women from academia, industry and government. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions.


Author: cford


2 CS Dpt. Undergraduate Papers Accepted at NCUR31!


We are pleased to announce that papers by two UMD CS undergraduates have been selected, from more than 4,000 submissions, for presentation at NCUR 31 (National Conference on Undergraduate Research). Janna Madden's "Implications of Telemedical Technology Use on Rural Healthcare Delivery and Management" and Yichen Wei's "Technological Solution: Apply Musicology to Helping Alzheimer's Patients," will be presented at the University of Memphis, April 6-8, 2017.
For more information on the conference, please go to

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Cross-Disciplinary Digital Arts Presentation


Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities
Cross-Disciplinary Program
Friday, February 3, 8:00am
Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda

 "Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) is a cross-disciplinary program supporting faculty and students working with digital methodologies and technologies in research, teaching, and artistic projects." Some DASH offerings include individual consultations with experts, guides on digital technologies, project support for ideas big and small, help with research design and much more!

DASH Presenters
Benjamin Wiggins, Program Director of Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) for the University Libraries at the University of Minnesota.
Jennie Burroughs, Director for Arts & Humanities for Libraries Research & Learning  

For more information please contact Jodi Grebinoski at or 218-726-7880

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Professor Dunham Receives Art Award


Mathematics and Art
Recognition & Awards   January 18, 2017

Computer Science Professor Douglas Dunham's work "Fractal Monarchs" receives Mathematical Art Exhibition Award.

Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, along with his colleague John Shier, had their work Fractal Monarchs (detail of image above) honored at the 2017 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards for best photograph, painting, or print.

The award was given at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta, Ga in January "for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art."

Dunham and Shier's piece, which is a 30 x 40 cm digital print, was one of three works selected from the exhibition of juried works in various media by 73 mathematicians and artists from around the world.

"The goal of our art is to create aesthetically pleasing fractal patterns," stated Dunham. "This is a fractal pattern whose motifs are monarch butterflies. We modify our usual rule that motifs cannot overlap by allowing the antennas - but not the rest of the butterfly - to overlap another butterfly. For the randomly placed butterflies to exactly fill the rectangular region in the limit, their areas must decrease in size according to a precise formula: the area of the n-th butterfly is given by A/(zeta(c,N)(N+n)^c), where A is the area of the rectangle, and zeta(c,N) is the Hurwitz zeta function. For this pattern c = 1.26, N = 1.5, and 150 butterflies fill 72% of the rectangle."

The Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards were established in 2008 through an endowment provided to the American Mathematical Society by an anonymous donor who wished to acknowledge those whose works demonstrate the beauty and elegance of mathematics expressed in a visual art form.

The American Mathematical Society, located in Providence, R.I., was founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship.

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