Computer Science is the study of computation and its embodiment in artifacts. This includes the study of computer hardware systems, methods for specifying the algorithms these systems run (computer programs) and analysis of the properties of algorithms, computing systems, and their interrelationship.
The Computer Science Program provides a wide range of experiences including programming languages and hardware systems. The Department maintains both Unix workstation and Macintosh computer laboratories for student use, and students have access to additional computing systems. Graduates are well prepared for a wide range of positions in the computing sciences, including Web site development, database administration, computer programming, information systems consulting and computer system administration.
Chad Jenkins receives PECASE Award
Dr. Chad Jenkins, a 1996 Alma alum, has been selected as one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research on the development of methods for autonomous robot control and perception. His work advances the idea that robot control and computational perception are better learned from human demonstration rather than by explicit computer programming.
The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
While at Alma, Chad majored in Computer Science and Mathematics. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Southern California in 2003 and has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown University since 2004. Read another version of this story. Read all the CS Notes and News.
Akron-Fairgrove Wins Challenge
In its first ever appearance in the Alma College Robotics Challenge, Akron-Fairgrove High School swept both first and second places! Pictured at right are the members of the first place team. Check out the photo album for this year's contest.
The Robotics Challenge is an invitational high school robotics
using the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Platform. Teams construct robots
which compete against each other in an attempt to gather eggs and
them to their nest. The Fifth Annual Alma College Robotics
Challenge will be coming up in the spring of 2008. Read more on our contest webpage,
or contact Dr. Myles McNally for information
on how your high school could participate.
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Posted: Tue, April 3rd, 2007 at 3:21PM