Women in STEM Faculty Panel

February 11th, 2014

Roots & STEM logoJoin professors Kate Jones-Smith (physics & astronomy), Chelsea Martinez (chemistry), Cynthia Taylor (computer science), and Leslie Kwakye (neuroscience) for a panel discussion on their careers in the sciences.

We invite scientists and non-scientists alike to attend and participate in what we hope will be an interesting, informative, and fun event.

When: Tuesday, February 11 at 4:45pm to 6:00pm

Where: Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center

The session is part of the Roots & STEM events series exploring the human makeup of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


An Empirical View of DNS Complexity and Security

January 29th, 2014

Mark Allman, International Computer Science Institute will give a talk.  The Domain Name System (DNS) is a crucial piece of the Internet’s fabric, charged with mapping human-friendly names into network addresses.  This talk highlights several recent projects that aim to explore and understand how the modern DNS ecosystem has organically developed.  We will first tackle the complexity of the system and then illustrate how that complexity causes potential security vulnerabilities.  Finally, we will briefly sketch several possible mitigations to these security issues– which is the subject of ongoing work.

FEB. 11,  12:20 p.m. King 239 Refreshments will be served.


Welcome Back CSCI Majors Social Hour

January 29th, 2014

Feb. 5, 2014 4:30 King 135 Downstairs Lab.

Come Visit and get back into the swing of things.  Refreshments will be served!


2013-2014 CS T-shirt design contest

December 10th, 2013

Don’t forget to get your T-Shirt designs ready!2013-2014 CS T-shirt Contest

CSMC Presents "Python Night"

November 26th, 2013

Python logo
Peter F. and Dan B. will be hosting Python Night on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7pm.

Come an learn new tricks for programming in Python including:

  • list comprehensions
  • higher-order functions (+ map, filter, reduce)
  • sets and other useful data structures
  • with statements/context managers
  • decorators
  • the power of the python syntax
Now with Pizza!  RSVP via the form sent out by CSMC.  See you there!


Automated Identification of Text Message Author

November 12th, 2013

Matt Kretchmar, Denison University

Matt Kretchmar

On Thursday, November 14 there will be a talk by Dr. Matt Kretchmar of Denison University entitled Automated Identification of Text Message Authors: Was that really you who sent that text message?

Reception with light refreshments at 4:00pm in King 225, talk to follow at 4:30pm in King 239

Abstract: This talk is about the application of machine learning techniques to the problem of classifying authors of text messages. We use kernel-based support vector machines to build an automated classifier that uses statistical idiosyncrasies to distinguish one sender from others.

The talk is aimed at general undergraduate students in both mathematics and computer science.

CSCI MAJORS – Winter Term Informational Meeting

October 30th, 2013

Thursday, Nov. 7     12:15 p.m.  KING 327
Have a great idea for a Winter Term project, and want to recruit people?  Have no idea what to do for Winter Term, but think you might like it to involve Computer Science somehow?  We’ll be having an organizational meeting at 12:15 on Thursday Nov 7th, to allow people to come together and talk about what they would like to do for Winter Term, and see if any project groups coalesce.  
Deadline to register for Winter Term 2014 is Friday, Dec. 6

Opportunities for Machine Learning in Ecological Science and Ecosystem Management

October 30th, 2013

Wednesday, November 6 NOON King 237

Thomas G. Dietterich of Oregon State University will present:

Opportunities for Machine Learning in Ecological Science and Ecosystem Management
How can computer science address the many challenges of managing the
earth's ecosystems sustainably?  Viewed as a control problem, ecosystem
management is challenging for two reasons. First, we lack good models
of the function and structure of the earth's ecosystems.
Second, it is difficult to compute optimal management policies because ecosystems
exhibit complex spatio-temporal interactions at multiple scales.

This talk will discuss some of the many challenges and opportunities
for machine learning research in computational sustainability. These
include sensor placement, data interpretation, model fitting,
computing robust optimal policies, and finally executing those
policies successfully.  I'll provide examples from current work
and discuss open problems in each of these areas.

All of these sustainability problems involve spatial modeling and
optimization, and all of them can be usefully conceived in terms of
facilitating or preventing flows along edges in spatial networks. For
example, encouraging the recovery of endangered species involves
creating a network of suitable habitat and encouraging spread along
the edges of the network. Conversely, preventing the spread of
diseases, invasive species, and pollutants involves preventing flow
along edges of networks.  Addressing these problems will require
advances in several areas of machine learning and optimization.

Study Abroad In Budapest

October 28th, 2013

Information Session for CSCI Majors  Thursday, Oct. 31

12:15-1:15 King 327  Food and Drinks Provided

Have your questions answered by Staff and Faculty FROM AIT.

For more information about the program visit www.ait-budapest.com




2013 Muskingum University Programming Contest

October 1st, 2013

On Oct 5, 2013,  3 teams of Oberlin students competed at the 5th annual Muskingum University programming contest. Team “Albino Squirrels” (Jenny Ward ’14 and Nathan Klein ’16) took third place out of 15 teams from 6 institutions. Team “Uberlin” (Eli Stein ’14, Amanda Strominger ’15, Scott Hulver ’16) and “O(bees)” (Peter Fogg ’14, Oren Shoham ’14, Devon Wells ’14) also put in a strong showing.