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Radical CS Curriculum Change at Ga Tech

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The Georgia Institute of Technology is today unveiling what some experts believe is a much broader approach to the problem. The institute has abolished the core curriculum for computer science undergraduates — a series of courses in hardware and software design, electrical engineering and mathematics. These courses, in various forms, have been the backbone of […]

The Geeked-Out Dorm Room

Monday, May 29th, 2006

MIDAS: Multifunction In-Dorm Automation System, designed by a couple of MIT students.  Complete with photos, videos, systems diagrams, and schematics.  You should really check it out!
Very cool.
(Hat tip: Instapundit)

“Without communications, all I control is my desk”

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

“Communications are the nervous system of the entire SAC organization, and their protection is therefore, of the greatest importance. I like to say that without communications, all I control is my desk, and that is not a very lethal weapon.”
– Gen. T.S. Power, CINCSAC, May 1959
found at the Federation of American Scientists […]

One Lecturer Down, One to Go

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

My Visiting Scholar (also my Ph.D. advisor) left yesterday after three days and six lectures (!!). He gave talks on Engineering Ethics, Computability, Research Plagiarism, and Cooperative Learning. He also met with personnel at our Faculty Center and was impressed with the value the university appears to place on quality teaching.
It was a […]

Second Week Down

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

In Mathematical Concepts, we talked a lot about probability. I tried to get students to understand how to figure out what the possible equally likely events were in a number of probability scenarios (coin tosses, dice throwing, card drawing, etc.). I blew one explanation near the end of Tuesday’s class and had to […]

Three-way, four-way, what’s the difference?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I forgot to mention a discovery I made yesterday while teaching Theory of Computation. yesterday. I was introducing the concept of a finite state machine to my students by modeling the states of a three-way bulb. You know: click - 50W - click - 100W - click - 150W - click - off […]

Zoomable User Interface Toolkit

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Human-Machine Interfaces is a subdiscipline of Computer Science that I keep thinking I’ll wander into (I know my students would love more courses in graphics and interfaces, since they all want jobs making stuff like this).
Anyway, in that spirit, check out Piccolo, a product of the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University […]

Just Assorted Stuff: End of Semester, Yoda-speak, and FiboNachos

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

I have finished grading finals and submitting final grades (what interesting symmetry that is), and so I am done with this dreadful semester. But I’m just not ready to talk about it yet.
Still, for your enjoyment, a couple of tidbits. Both fairly geeky.
First, something sent to me by one of my students a […]

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