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View the 2012 CSIS Newsletter
Rachel Decker and Derek McNeil (pictured above) are UNK student interns at the Buckle in Kearney. (Please click on the picture to enlarge)
Congratulations to the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) who received a $150,000 gift from The Buckle, Inc. This gift endows two $3,000 scholarships for two new CSIS students who meet certain academic requirements each year. For a full story please click on the link:
The CSIS Department recently was informed that NorthWestern Energy will be providing a $1000 per year scholarship for a CSIS student at UNK beginning this fall. This scholarship will help support an upper-level CSIS student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Below is an
excerpt from the website:
Gruntled Employee” describes how to improve employee morale, how to deal with
work stress and how to be an effective manager. The book gives you techniques,
tools and case studies for the understanding necessary to address business
success factors and employee morale. Whether you are an employee, manager or
executive, you will benefit by the holistic approach in “The Gruntled Employee”
for creating success and happiness at work. Disgruntledness doesn’t have to be
over 30 years of management and consulting experience.
Two of the UNK robots competed in the robotics competition at the
Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) in Cedar Falls, IA on
April 13th, 2012. The robot designed and
implemented by Rikiya Ishizaki took third place at the MICS regional
competition. Shown below is Jeonghoon Yun, Dr. Sherri Harms, and Rikiya
Ishizaki at MICS.
The text below is from an March 1, 2012 Kearney Hub article, http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/local/article_f64197ca-63ce-11e1-b7e5-001871e3ce6c.html. The text in brackets has been added.
Two seniors in the department of computer science and information systems at the University of Nebraska at Kearney have designed and programmed an Android map application of the UNK campus. Michael Sall of Holdrege and Joel Meyer of Norfolk created the app to help people find buildings, departments and student services offices on campus. “When started, this app will capture the user’s current GPS location and through menus, allow the user to choose a destination on campus,” said department chair Sherri Harms. “The person can then follow the sidewalks or roads to reach their destination.”
The app, called Wobini MApps, is built upon the Android Software Development Kit and uses the Google Maps Application Programming Interface to display the map and geo-locations, according to Meyer. The app is available for $.99 at www.wobinimapps.com. There is also a quick response code and printed material on the website so the app can be provided to others.
“Wobini is capable of a variety of advertising elements built into the system,” Meyer said. “These capabilities are available to the individual customer and allow for the MApp (Map App) to provide a source of revenue and to quickly gain a return on investment.” “It is important for new technology to be tested by real users and feedback provided to the student developers for improvements,” Harms said. To provide feedback about the app, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
["Wobini" is a German slang word for "where am I?" Also in the spring of 2012, 10/11 news interviewed students about the UNK map application created by Joel and Mike. Their goal is to develop this kind of application for businesses, other schools, real-estate offices, etc.]
The CSIS Department, together with the MIS and Telecommunications programs, once again sponsored an Information Technology breakfast for students and business professionals on the morning of the spring UNK Career Fairs in February 2012. Over thirty companies were in attendance—the largest number of companies yet. Companies represented included: Buckle Inc., Cabela’s, Chief Industries, Diamond Plastics, ESU-10, Intellicom, Inc., MIPS Inc., NPPD, Sandhills Publishing, and Xpanxion. This event is always a great opportunity for students to seek internships and full-time employment. Kelsey Bard, CSIS student, served as the CSIS MC for the event.
Rob Harbols, Manager of Web Systems Development at Buckle Inc., was awarded the Friend of the CSIS Department
for 2012. This award goes to a person or organization that has gone above and beyond in support of our programs and students.
Rob is a member of the CSIS Advisory Council. He has employed numerous CSIS students and alumni. Rob started the Buckle IT-careers internship program. He also observes and evaluates CSIS student project presentations and has made classroom presentations. The CSIS faculty is truly appreciative of all the ways Rob is a friend of the CSIS Department.
CSIS held a free, public Interactive and Generative Art Exhibition on May 3, 2011. This exhibition was a diverse showcase of unique projects completed this semester by CSIS students. Projects included a motion-sensing Nerf turret, electronics built into clothing and augmented reality air hockey.
A "Made in Nebraska" NTV video describing the event is available at: http://fb.me/Zxjvz0Hq.
UNK students who exhibited their projects are listed below alphabetically by hometown: Amherst- Tyler Adelung; Columbus- Tyler McConville; Cozad- Ryan Levell; Elm Creek- Garrett Kearney; Gering- Patrick Mooney; Grand Island- Jennifer Dieckhoff and Joshua Wilson; Kearney- Paden Hogeland, Jason Webb and Adam Zheng; and North Platte- Scott Tallmage II. More information on these projects can be found at cs.unk.edu/~csis495.
A new agreement between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will put some students on a fast-track to graduate school.
CSIS and the UNL Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in January 2011 that will speed up the admissions process for UNK students who enter the UNL-CSE graduate program.
Dr. Sherri Harms, UNK CSIS chair, sees the MOU as an opportunity for both universities and the state. “The MOU offers a high-quality graduate program for UNK students," she said. “It provides UNL with in-state students prepared for graduate-level research, and it provides Nebraska with computer science professionals who will likely stay in the state.”
Dr. Harms pointed out that there is a high demand for computer science professionals in Nebraska. “For the past several years, we have had a 100 percent placement rate for our students. The jobs are rewarding and diverse,” she said.
This trend can be seen in the growth of the CSIS program at UNK. According to Dr. Harms, there has been a 71 percent increase in student credit hour production since 2007.
"It's the people that I've been working with for many years, and we felt that the programs were aligned enough to streamline the admission process similar to what they'd been doing for their own students at UNL," Harms said.
UNK computer science students with a 3.65 GPA or higher after their junior year will be eligible for the program and will have the Graduate Record Evaluation (GRE) requirement waived. In addition, the UNL application fee will be reimbursed once the students join the UNL-CSE graduate program.
The related Omaha World-Herald article is available at: tinyurl.com/UNKUNLMOU. The TV Channels 10/11 story is available at: tinyurl.com/fastTrackUNL
Dr. John Hastings and the CSIS Department received 15 Verizon DROID phones from Google's AndroidEDU program in the spring of 2010. Teams of students in the software engineering class this fall developed Android applications using these phones. The two projects were a campus tour application and a location-tracking workout application (both with GPS).
The 2011 UNK Student Research Day guest presenter was Dr. Jay Powell. Dr. Powell graduated from UNK with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004. He majored in computer science and mathematics, with a minor in philosophy. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Indiana University in 2007 and earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in February of 2011. His research work at Indiana focused on artificial intelligence and data mining. Jay has also worked at the United States Naval Research Laboratory under the Student Temporary Employment Program as a Computer Scientist. Following graduate school, Jay began work at PerkinElmer in the research and development division in Downers Grove, IL. At PerkinElmer Jay works with software that interfaces with equipment designed to assist researchers in health and life sciences laboratories.
While a student at UNK, Jay spent four years developing software for Ward Laboratories, Inc., a local agricultural laboratory. Jay also delved into artificial intelligence research with Dr. John Hastings. This work, in partial collaboration with fellow students Brandon Hauff and Siva Kommuri, was presented at several top-tier national and international conferences. These conferences include the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR-05), the Nineteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-04), the Sixth International Conference on Case-based Reasoning (ICCBR-05), and the Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-06).
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