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Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, was an invited participant in the Creative Futures workshop and the Crazy Futures III workshop, both held in the Danube Delta, Romania, in August. His talk for the Crazy Futures III workshop was entitled "The horizon isn't found in a dictionary : Identifying emerging word senses and identities in raw text." Prior to that talk, he worked with a team of Romanian students and faculty to envision possible futures for the mining industry in that country as a part of the Creative Futures workshop.

Author: cford


Google on Campus Oct. 19th!


Hello University of Minnesota Duluth students!
It's now time to apply for an internship or full-time position for 2016.

Tech Talk - Innovative ideas in Bringing the Next Billion Users Online
Date: Monday, October 19th
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Kirby Ballroom
Flyer is attached and registration is required.

Office Hours with Googlers - Drop by for casual Q&A about interviewing, applying or working in the tech industry
Date: Monday, October 19th
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Career Resource Center - Solon Campus Center 22

RSVP and/or sign up to be contacted by Google Recruiters here:

We're hiring! Most of our available opportunities for technical students are within our software engineering teams so check out our full-time roles and all other opportunities at You can also apply directly through the links below:

[Google will also conduct mock interviews when they are here. Mock interviews give students a chance to refine their interviewing skills and get valuable feedback and advice. Mock Interviews are open to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students majoring in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics and Linguistics. Mock interviews will take place between 9:00-11:00 and 2:00-4:00. Sign up today! You must have an active GoldPASS account and a current resume.]
We look forward to seeing you there!
There will be food and swag!

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Doug Dunham Paper Presentations Summer 2015


Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, gave talks at three conferences this summer. Click on links to papers to view artwork.

The first paper, "Patterns on Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at the joint 2015 International Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, the European Mathematical Society, and the Sociedade Portugusa de Matematica.

The second paper with John Shier, "Fractal Wallpaper Patterns," was presented at the Bridges 2015 Conference, Baltimore, Md., in July and appears in the conference proceedings.

The third paper, "Artistic Patterns on Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at MathFest 2015, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C., in August. In addition, three mathematical models designed by Dunham: "The {3,12} Polyhedron Decorated with a Fractal Circle Pattern," "Angels and Devils on a {4,5} Polyhedron," and "Butterflies on a {3,8} Polyhedron" were selected for display at the Bridges Art Exhibit. The first two of those models were also selected for display at the "Connections Between Mathematics and Art (Juried Exhibition)" at Towson University Center for the Arts, June 27- July 25, and at the Art Exhibit at MathFest.

Author: cford


UROP Info Session


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Information Session

Thursday, September 10th
5:00 PM Bohannon 90

Proposal deadline
Monday October 5th

* Up to $1,400 as Scholarship
*Up to $300 for expenses

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UMD Student in NASA Program


Kirsi Kutti, UMD Computer Science & Electrical Engineering major advances real-world NASA projects. Here's the main story link:

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CS Colloquium - Mounika Alla


 An Interactive Java Program for Creating Regular Repeating Hyperbolic Patterns 

Mounika Alla

Computer Science Graduate Student

Plan B Project Report

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
2:00 pm

HH 306


Repeating patterns in art is the repetition of lines, shapes, colors and forms. A popular Dutch artist named M.C. Escher created repeated patterns by hand which was very tedious and time consuming process. Later algorithms were developed to solve this problem and different programs exist to generate the repeating patterns in less time. The proposed work is an extension of an existing work for generating regular repeated hyperbolic patterns developed by Maneesha Vejendla in java. The Java program accepts a data file which has all the information for creating patterns or it allows the users to create a new data file. It then applies the algorithm on the data and displays the output on the interface. The user will be able to modify the pattern at a later stage. The output will also be saved as a post script file. The main objective of this project is to extend the capabilities of the java program to provide better usability for users. Previous work requires the users must know the exact Poincare coordinates to draw different shapes. But the current work allows the users to specify the coordinates just with a single mouse click. It also checks the error conditions when drawing different shapes such as circles, polygons. It also supports different colors for drawing the shapes which is very useful when creating a new data file.

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Professor Ted Pedersen in the News


Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, developed systems that participated in two shared tasks recently. These events invite researchers from around the world to evaluate their systems on the same tasks and data during a limited period of time. The first concluded in December and involved automatically creating dictionary entries for words based on written samples of text. This was a part of the Semeval-2015 Semantic Evaluation exercise. The second wrapped up in March and automatically screened Twitter users for signs of Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This event was held in preparation for the 2nd Annual Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology Workshop.

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UMD CS Scholarship Donation Page


NEW! UMD CS Giving Page!

Please support UMD Computer Science students? Make a Gift Online! UMD CS now has an online Giving Page. If you would like to support the UMD Computer Science Department Scholarship Fund please visit our Computer Science Giving Page link below. For other options and additional information contact Carrie Kayes in the the SCSE Development Office. The giving page link is also on our CS webpage. Click the "How You Can Help" button to the left.

Author: cford


UMD MMAD Lab - Media in Motion Across Disciplines Lab


Updated: 04/03/2015 7:14 PM
Created: 04/03/2015 7:07 PM
By: Heidi Enninga

UMD is now home to technologies that seem almost like science fiction, but the university said students and faculty will use creative technology in a new Motion and Media Across the Disciplines or MMAD Lab to solve the 21st century's most complex problems.

The new state-of-the-art MMAD Lab is designed to be a crossover space where faculty, students and even community members can collaborate for creative and innovative research across areas of study from dance to exercise science.

Students and faculty showcased the MMAD Lab at a ribbon cutting Friday morning.

A ballerina performed a choreographed number in sync with a digital version of herself to showcase motion capture technology and a collaboration between the theatre and exercise science departments.

The technology uses data from sensors attached to a person's joints. As the person moves, motion capture cameras use infrared light reflecting from the cameras to the sensors to detect and plot movement in a computer system. The coordinated data then can show where the plot points are in a -D model.

Those same cameras and infrared lights can be a transport to virtual reality. Pete Willemson teaches computer science at UMD. His students programmed a virtual environment that people can actually explore and interact with.

"It's like taking Skype to the next level, of 3-D Skype where you are in a space with someone. You are in that social experience with someone," Willemson said. "I think it's pretty spectacular."

The virtual reality technology is often used for 3-D movies and games. Willemson said it can also be used for when a theatre group wants to design and build a set. They can build a virtual model and actors can actually walk and interact in the virtual set before a physical set is ever created.

UMD graduate students Logan Sales is studying computer science and working in the lab, and he said the effectiveness of virtual reality don't stop with entertainment.

"A lot of other uses are in therapy dealing with phobias or PTSD, things that people can be trained to deal with better without actually having to experience it physically," Sales said.

The addition of the MMAD lab, Sales said, has helped him experience what he's building on the computer, and he said it's made limitations on creativity and innovation because of systems a thing of the past.

"Whatever you want to experience, with enough time, we can make it happen," Sales said.

Funds for this lab came from a grant prepared by faculty from five different disciplines at UMD.

"We can explore the future here," Willemson said."It's a support of for doing the types of research that we want to do at this university."

Here are some news links. Each one is a little different.

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