|Professor Zhiheng Sun, part of a faculty delegation visiting UW-Parkside from BISTU, described the amazing growth of e-commerce and information technology throughout China.
As just one example, B2B e-commerce in China has increased 27 percent in the past year. The monetary value is measured in trillions. The strength of China's economy is found mostly in the southern and eastern portions of the country, centralized in cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, and the special economic zone city of Shenzhen. In 1982, the population of Shenzhen was just over 350,000. Today it exceeds 10 million.
|The CBEC and the CS Department hosted four visiting faculty from the Beijing Information Science and Technology University (BISTU) for three weeks. Profs. Zhiheng "David" Sun, Xiaomin "Megan" Wang, Chunhua Yin and Kongyu Yang, spent their time visiting classes, giving guest lectures, and sight seeing in SE Wisconsin, Chicago and the East coast. Their visit helped to solidify the recently signed 3 +1 +1 articulation agreement with BISTU, where BISTU students spend three years studying in China, then come to UW-Parkside for their senior year and an additional year of graduate work. Shown here with Dean Fred Ebeid.|
|UW-Parkside alumni Duy Huynh was a man on a mission.
A native of Vietnam, Huynh graduated in 2002 from the Computer Science program in little more than two years. He was a member of UW-Parkside's ACM programming team which placed 51st at the Intercollegiate Programming Contest World Finals held in Hawaii.
As a UW-Parkside graduate, he went on to work for IBM, which sponsored his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. He is now the president and CEO of a startup company called taap.it which was recently profiled on Fox News. To see a video of the profile, click taap.it and click the "Watch Us" tab.
|The Computer Science Department welcomes four international students from Beijing Information Science and Technology University (BISTU). FuPeng Song, Xiaowei "Lulu" Zhang, Weiwei Song and FangDi Quan are studying Computer Science and MSCIS. They are taking advantage of the new 3 +1 +1 agreement with BISTU. Under this agreement, students study for three years in Beijing, then complete their fourth year at UW-Parkside, and stay for an additional year to pursue an MSCIS degree.|
|CS Department is hosting three students from our sister institution, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Wolfenbuettel Germany. Thomas Will, Fabien Viertel, Fabian Kortum, are spending the Fall semester studying Computer Science at UW-Parkside. They live in the Global Village, a dedicated wing of Pike River Suites, where foreign students room with American students who have interests in learning about different cultures.|
|The Computer Science Department welcomes, Dr. Derek Riley, Assistant Professor. ~ Dr. Riley's courses include a broad range of topics such as software engineering, computer graphics, discrete math, operating systems, computing ethics, and more. The main focus of Derek's graduate school research at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN was modeling, simulation, and computational analysis of biochemical processes using stochastic techniques. His current research continues this work and also includes interdisciplinary work in mobile/distributed computing, computational efficiency, computer ethics, and computer science education. Dr. Riley also started the Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative in 2006 and continues to advocate for and study biodiesel.|
May 16-27 five UW-Parkside students attended the International Summer University which was held at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Students from five continents studied autonomous smart vehicles and artificial intelligence. Excursions took them to a mine in the Harz Mountains, the Volkswagen plant and headquarters in Wolfsburg and the German capital Berlin to name just a few. The trip was educational, fun and impossible to describe.
|Dr. Ubaldo Quevedo taught Artificial Intelligence Programming at Ostfalia University in Wolfenbuttel during the 2011 International Summer University. Different searches and their outcomes, including strengths, weaknesses and applications were discussed. Object recognition with machine vision and image processing were part of the lab exercises.|
|Connie Wheeler, Academic Department Associate in Computer Science/Business, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010-2011 Classified Staff Distinguished Service Award. Connie will be honored during a ceremony at Fall Convocation Thursday, Sept. 1.|
The Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium (MICS) was held at College of St. Scholasitca in Duluth, MN, on April 8 and 9.
UW-Parkside entered two teams in the robotics contest which was to have a robot solve a maze, finding a red square and return to its starting location, all in seven minutes or less.
|On the left, Jake Zalokar starts the bot of Team 1 consisting of Jake and John Tritten.
On the right, Team 2 consisting of Mark Koski, Todd Wierzchowski and Chris Elliott observe as as their bot does not complete the task.
They were not alone, however, as only 3 of the 28 teams entered successfully solved the maze. The main problem seems to have been the stage lighting, which was so bright that it interfered with the robots' sensors.
|The Parkside Programming Team 1 of Todd Wierzchowski, Christopher Elliott and Mark Koski solved 2 of the 7 problems in the allowed time, leaving them tied for 10th.|
|The Parkside Programming Team 2 of Jake Zolakar and John Tritten also solved 2 of the 7 problems in the allowed time, leaving them tied for 10th as well.|
|Anthony Dare (on the right in the photo) is spending Spring 2011 studying at our sister institution, Ostfalia University of Applied Science in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Tony is the first CS student to take advantage of our sister institution relationship to spend an entire semester at Ostfalia. Pictured with Tony is Tobias Sell, one of five Ostfalia CS students who has spent a semester at UW-Parkside.
In May, Tony will be joined by four additional UW-Parkside students when they travel to Germany to spend two weeks studying computer science and German language and culture.
|On Saturday, Feb. 12, the CS Department hosted the WSPE-Southeast MATHCOUNTS Competition. The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.
In addition to solving problems, UW-Parkside CS students put together a series of computer related demonstrations. Including, the Robotic Lego Flinger, as seen here.
|During the Fall semester, the CS Department hosted three students from our sister institution, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Hendrik Gülz, Tobias Sell and Jonathan Bergen spent the semester studying computer science and enjoying campus life at UW-Parkside. They lived in the International House, a special wing of the new dormitory, where foreign students room with American students who have interests in learning about different cultures.
During Christmas break the students headed in different directions, with one visiting Disney World and the others seeing the sights in Las Vegas. As far as we know, they still had adequate savings to return to Germany after their excursions.
On Saturday, Nov. 6, the CS Department and CS Computer Lab hosted a site for the regional ACM programming contest. The region is made up of 7 states and 2 Canadian provinces, so there are multiple sites which host the contest concurrently. UW-Parkside's site had a total of 12 teams from UW-Madison, Marquette, MSOE and UW-Parkside. A total of 225 teams participated across all sites in the region. UW-Parkside had three teams entered:
|The "Radioactive Flying Bananas" was made up of Scott Walter, Chris Elliott and Joe Bauer. They solved 4 problems in the allowed time, leaving them tied for 30th, or within the top 15% of all teams in the region.|
|The Null Pointers, made up of Jake Zalokar, Justin Helgesen and Todd Wierzchowski.|
|Team Whatever, made up of Anthony Dare, Adam Nelson and Enzo Yuen.|
|1976 UW-Parkside Computer Science graduate Craig S. Young, a Cincinnati, Ohio resident and co-founder of Ugive.org, was the Keynote Speaker at the university‘s Scholar and Donor Recognition Night. Ugive is a non-profit organization whose mission is to motivate and empower the next generation of student volunteers. Since 1995, Mr. Young has devoted his time to several business and philanthropic endeavors, including work in the venture capital and private equity industry, and as President of the Craig Young Family Foundation. Each year the UW-Parkside Craig Young Scholarship in Computer Science awards $2500 to one high achieving Computer Science student.|
|Professor Gert Bikker from Ostfalia University in Wolfenbuttel, Germany spent three weeks on campus teaching, Model-Based Development at the Graduate and undergraduate level. Model-based development means to use diagrams instead of code: Class or ER diagrams are used for data modeling, Statecharts or SDL process diagrams abstractly specify behavior. Students learned UML, the Unified Modeling Language It is a visual language for specifying, constructing, and documenting the artifacts of systems.|
|Dr. George Perdikaris, professor of computer science and engineering, retired after 40 years of service. He was instrumental in the growth of the Engineering Science Division with its Applied Science and Technology programs. Later he also helped establish the Computer Science and Engineering departments. Additionally, Dr. Perdikaris has been a consultant with several major companies throughout the region, including: Eaton Corporation, UNICO, Johnson Controls, Rockwell/Allen Bradley and Gettys-Gould Corporation. He was honored for his scholarship and research in areas that aid economic development by the Board of Regents as a UW-System Wisconsin Distinguished Professor (1989-1994.)|
|The robot programming team consisted of Gary Zalokar, Jake Zalokar and Velimir Genov. Their task was to cooperate with another robot to sweep Legos out of the field of play. In three rounds, they swept 51/60 Legos. This placed them sixth out of 17 teams.|
|UW-Parkside entered two teams in the programming contest. Gary, Jake and Velimir solved three problems within in the allotted time, placing them 12th out of 42 teams.|
|UW-Parkside's second team, consisting of Will Soderberg, Adam Ketterhagen and Kyle Kofoed solved two problems, placing them 16th.|