With all judges agreeing, the mobile app, WiFi-Honk, developed by SCE faculty and student researchers received the Best Video Award at the ACM Mobisys 2014 conference, a highly selective and premiere conference in mobile computing. The committee included renowned researchers from academia and industries such as Google and Microsoft Research.
Brian Hare, SCE Assistant Teaching Professor of Computer Science, presented his poster entitled “Classroom interventions to reduce failure in CS1” at ACM’s Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference. He presented data based on three consecutive semesters’ experience with peer mentoring and course support in CS 101 and its effects on reducing the withdrawal & failure rate. His results found that Intensive support definitely helped many students get better grades but didn’t affect the number of people dropping or failing the course. The biggest predictor of dropping or failing the course was being employed full time while also taking 12 or more credit hours. The significance of the work is that students often find that successfully completing their first semester at college is often one of the biggest hurdles they face. Finding ways to help students be more successful in courses that traditionally challenge freshman students pursuing a STEM degree, can lay the groundwork for future successes and can help prevent students from getting bogged down or behind schedule their freshman year. The SIGCSE conference, held March 6-9 in Denver, Colorado, attracted just over 3000 attendees from all over the world. There were over 150 papers, 11 panel discussions, twenty workshops before and during the conference, and over thirty exhibits associated with the SIGCSE conference.
Our Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department’s student programming team won third place in the March 31, 2012 programming contest sponsored by the Consortium for Computing Science in Colleges at its annual conference in Springfield, MO. Teams from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter competed. SCE is proud that our ACM student chapter programming team members took 3rd place in the competition. Sharing the $150.00 prize and bragging rights are Sarah Withee, Victoria Wu and Andrew Blackton. The School of Computing and Engineering congratulates Sarah, Victoria and Andrew!
Arthur Pemberton (BSCS 2009) was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) top prize, Best Overall Web Site, at the web programming contest held Saturday, April 5, 2008 during the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges: Central Plains Conference. The field of competition included both academic and non-academic websites with the common denominator being that all of these sites were designed, free of charge, by full-time college undergraduate or graduate students. Impressively, for the second year in a row, the judges concurred that our UMKC ACM chapter site at http://umkcacm.org/, designed and implemented by Arthur Pemberton, demonstrated the best use of technology, best visual design/layout and best content of all sites entered in this regional competition. Arthur has also been accepted into UMKC’s Masters Program in Computer Science.