17.555 cybernetics conference; seminar on women and non-majors in CS

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Jan 22 2004 - 04:09:40 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 555.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

   [1] From: cis_ram2004 <cis_ram2004@evolab.ece.nus.edu.sg> (34)

   [2] From: "W.N. Martin" <martin@virginia.edu> (36)
         Subject: Seminar possibly of interest

         Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 08:44:31 +0000
         From: cis_ram2004 <cis_ram2004@evolab.ece.nus.edu.sg>

                  December 1 - 3, 2004, Singapore

                           Organized by:
                  IEEE SMC Singapore Chapter
                  IEEE R&A Singapore Chapter

                           Supported by:
          Centre for Intelligent Control, NUS
          Centre for Intelligent Machines, NTU

                         CALL FOR PAPERS

The goal of the CIS 2004 is to bring together experts from the field of
cybernetics and intelligent systems to discuss on the state-of-the-art and
to present new research findings and perspectives of future developments
with respect to the conference themes. The CIS 2004 is organized by the
IEEE SMC Singapore Chapter, and is hold in together with the IEEE
Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM 2004). The
conference welcomes paper submissions from researchers, practitioners, and
students worldwide in but not limited to the following areas:

Computational Intelligence, Soft Computing, Fuzzy Systems, Neuro-Fuzzy
Systems, Neural Networks (NN), Genetic Algorithm (GA), Evolutionary
Computation (EC), Hybrid CI Algorithms, DNA Computing, Evolutionary
Logistics, Evolutionary Systems, Adaptive Computing Systems, Data Mining
and Management, Decision Support Systems, Informatics, Environmental
Systems, Expert and Knowledge Base Systems, Human/Computer Interaction,
Human/Machine Systems, Image Processing, Computer Vision, Information
Assurance and Security, Intelligent Communications, Intelligent Systems,
Intelligent Transportation Systems, Internet/Electronic Commerce, Knowledge
Acquisition and Engineering, Manufacturing Systems, Optimization, Pattern
Recognition, Quality/Reliability & Systems Engineering, Service Systems and
Organizations, Socio-Technical Systems Design, Autonomous Systems, etc.

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         Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 08:54:15 +0000
         From: "W.N. Martin" <martin@virginia.edu>
         Subject: Seminar possibly of interest

Seminar announcement:

Title: Constructing Media as a Context for Teaching Computing and Motivating
Women and Non-Majors

Speaker: Mark Guzdial
           College of Computing/GVU
           Georgia Tech

Day: Monday, February 2, 2004
Time: 3:30pm
Room: Olsson Hall 009


To address the high rates of failure among women and non-majors in
introductory computer science classes, we developed a CS1 course centered
around media and communications. Introduction to Media Computation
introduces programming and computing ideas through students programming
image filters, splicing and reversing sounds, implementing digital video
special effects, building Web searching tools, and writing programs that
generate text. We support the course with a textbook (available now through
Pearson), a programming environment (for Python), and a collaborative
website on which students can share their media creations. In the two
semesters that the course has been offered, over 400 students have taken
the course, 2/3 of whom were female, with a WDF rate of 12%. Students
report that they find the course relevant and creative, with a rich social
context. The course and components of it are currently being tested in two
and four year schools outside of Georgia Tech. In this talk, I describe the
course, our evaluation, and our future directions, including a second
course, a CS minor, and a pathway into the CS major through media computation.

Bio:Dr. Mark Guzdial is an Associate Professor in the College of
Computing/GVU at Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the
Collaborative Software Laboratory. His research focuses on the creation
and evaluation of collaborative Dynabooks: Learning through exploring and
constructing multimedia in a collaborative setting. His lab developed and
supports CoWeb/Swiki, one of the most popular of the WikiWikiWeb
implementations. He is the author and co-editor of two books on Squeak, a
language designed for multimedia and learning. He is just completing a
book on introducing programming in a media context with collaborative
infrastructure. He is on the editorial boards of "Interactive Learning
Environments" and "Journal of the Learning Sciences."

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