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News from the Faculty: June 2007


June 2007

Here are recent items of interest about Computer Science faculty members:

Clarence (Skip) Ellis is working with the African Virtual University to bring Afro-centric computer science curricula to selected sub-Saharan African countries. During the spring semesters of 2006 and 2007, Skip has been teaching and doing curriculum development in Ghana and Cameroon.

Michael Mozer is currently chair of the Cognitive Science Society, the main international organization that sponsors the major activities in the field.

Three highlights from Michael Main:

  • Michael and two undergrad students received a 2007-2008 grant from the Engineering Excellence Fund to build a hybrid (analog/digital) computer that will implement some new approaches to solving NP-hard problems.

  • PhD student Philipp Wetzler, the spring 2007 undergraduates in CSCI 3155, and Michael have redesigned the Principles of Programming Languages course so that each student designs and implements portions of a real programming language in order to learn about principles such as parameter passing, object-oriented programming and more.

  • Michael's first science fiction story (involving robots, of course) was published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine in 2006.

Alexander Repenning is on a sabbatical at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Surrounded by palm trees he has enjoyed a snow-free winter. Repenning got over one million dollars in funding from the European Commission, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Elizabeth Bradley spent the year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, recovering from being chair, reacquainting herself with her students and her research area, starting new projects (one with Amer Diwan, several at the boundaries between nonlinear dynamics and other fields, such as history and film-making), and developing/presenting a multichannel performance piece called Con/cantation, which involves a human dancer and computer-generated animations.

Clayton Lewis has spent 2006-2007 academic year as a sabbatical visitor at Assistive Technology Partners, a unit of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at CU's School of Medicine in Denver. ATP is headquarters for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies in which he participates, funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and CU's Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.

After seven years with the department (five as a student), Susanne Sherba has accepted an offer for a Lecturer position at the University of Denver. The position begins in September. She would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement during her time at CU.

Evi Nemeth periodically sends out long and entertaining messages about her world travels on her sailboat. Send her email to get on her mailing list.

Leysia Palen was awarded a ~$600K Early CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled Data in Disaster. The five year project will empirically examine how changing information generating and disseminating activities by response agencies and the public place new demands on technology development, acquisition and policy.

A paper, Instant messaging in teen life, co-authored by Leysia Palen has reached the ACM Digital Library top ten monthly downloads five times since 2005. For 2006, it ranked the 15th most downloaded paper out of a total of ~775,000 articles in the library.

Kenneth Anderson spent his sabbatical at the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark in 2005-2006 working with Professors Kaj Grønbæk and Niels Olof Bouvin and their students on contextual hypermedia systems, resulting in a paper at ACM Hypertext 2006 that received the Engelbart Best Paper award. Ken kept an Adventures in Aarhus blog documenting his family's time in Denmark.

In a slight departure from normal faculty duties, Bruce Sanders officiated the wedding ceremony of former Senior Project student and Computer Science alumnus Simone Nicolò and Jennifer Beltzer. The wedding was held at Denver's Cheesman Park with a follow-up reception at the Villa dei Quintili south of Rome.

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