Pizza Lunch Mon. Nov 19 Noon

November 15th, 2012

Richard Berman, Career Services will discuss preparing for Job Searches & Internships.

Monday Nov 19 Noon-1pm In King 227

Sign up for Pizza in the CSCI office King 223

New Course: Social Networks

November 4th, 2012

Introducing CSCI 345: Social Networks a new course for Spring 2013 by Visiting Assistant Professor Steven Crain.  MWF 1:30-2:20

This is a course on the analysis of data gathered from social networks.  It will focus on algorithms for efficient strange and analysis of “big data,” which is commonly associated with social networks.  It will also survey applications of social network data, especially applications that support decisions based on such data.

Prerequisite: CSCI 241 or consent of the instructor.

"2010 - May - 18 - NodeXL - twitter social graph" by Mark Smith

“2010 – May – 18 – NodeXL – twitter social graph” by Mark Smith

Winter Term Organizational Meeting

November 2nd, 2012

The CS department will be hosting a winter term meeting on Tuesday, Nov 6 @ 4:30pm in King 237.

The purpose of this meeting is for students and faculty to come together to talk about possible group WT projects and see if any groups coalesce.  Last year’s meeting led to Prestissimo… what will this year bring?

Programming Skills Workshop

October 29th, 2012

CSMC presents… Programming Skills Workshop!

Thinking about applying for jobs or taking the CS GRE for grad school?  Worried that your data structures and algorithms knowledge is a bit rusty?  Never fear, the CSMC is here for you!

We will be hosting a set of programming skills workshops this semester. During these workshops we will tackle a variety of problems, write our solutions on paper, and then discuss the solutions. As a group, we’ll learn what challenges we face, what approaches to take, and what solutions work the best. Most importantly, however, we will become the best programmers we can be.

First meeting will be Saturday, November 3 from 4-6pm in the CS conference room.  Bring pencil and paper as we will be working out most of these problems by hand.

Students working on a tree problem

Your tree… it is unbalanced.

UPDATE: CSMC will be holding these workshops on a regular basis.  See for details.

Vim/Emacs Night

October 10th, 2012

Vim and Emacs

Penguins love Vim and Emacs!

Vim and Emacs tutorial night — this Thursday, October 11 at 9pm in the downstairs lab (King 137)

Have you ever been programming in one of the CS labs and happen to see that the person next to you is coding in some kind of mysterious black window with wonderful, brightly coloured text everywhere? Do you admire how quickly and effortlessly they seem to be editing their files? Well, that mysterious and beautiful program is probably either Vim or Emacs! And you too could be dazzled with pretty colours and divided windows. You too could experience the joy of macros, meta keys and modes.

You’ll learn the basics of either Vim or Emacs — your choice.  We’ll walk you through a tutorial, give tips and pointers, and give you some exercises to complete at the end of the night.

Presented by the CSMC – now with cookies!

2012 Denison Programming Contest

February 27th, 2012

This past weekend, 2 teams of Oberlin students competed in the 23rd annual Denison University Programming Contest. They won 3rd and 7th place out of 18 teams from Denison, Baldwin-Walace, Oberlin, Muskingum, Ohio Wesleyan, U of Toledo/LCCC, Wittenberg, and U of Akron. Teams of students competed to be the fastest (and most accurate) at solving 6 problems during the 4-hour contest.

Emma Conner, Alex Amlie-Wolf, Alvaro Atienza, Joaquin Ruales, and Zach Levine

Intro to Unix

February 21st, 2012

Hackers can turn your home computer into a bomb!

Unleash the power of computing!

There will be a student run Intro to Unix session on Thursday, February 23 at 9pm in the downstairs lab (King 135). Learn how to use the command line, copy files from your laptop, and other tricks to help you get your CS labs done faster.

Cookies might be provided.

Honors Proposals for 2012-2013

February 15th, 2012

Junior CSCI majors are invited to apply for 2012-13 Honors. The deadline for project proposals is Monday, April 9.

Contact your advisor for more information and to see if you meet the requirements.

Welcome Back to Campus CSCI Majors Pizza Party

February 2nd, 2012

A Welcome Back Pizza Party is planned for Wed, Feb. 8  at 4:30 in the CSCI Office King 223.

All Computer Science Majors are Welcome!  Let’s start the Spring semester off right!

New Course for Spring 2012 – Visualization

January 20th, 2012

CSCI 356-01Visualization  will be taught this Spring by Matthew Boggus.

Tues & Thurs 9:30-10:45 CRN 15803.

This course introduces students to the topic of visual display of data. Primary focus is on using Processing (a Java-like programming language) to create images and design practices used to create effective visualizations. Other topics include interaction techniques, human perception and mental modeling, data analysis, and case studies in information visualization research.  Prerequisites: CSCI 150 and CSCI 151 or consent of instructor.