Computer Programming Contests at IUPUI Will Be Jam Packed with High School Students

Release Date: 
Mar 14 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011
IUPUI Campus Center
IUPUI Science Building

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. In fact, by 2018, almost 75% of new science and engineering jobs will be in computer science. To keep pace, Central Indiana must encourage students and teachers to embrace the science behind the technologies that are at the heart of the new economy—Computer Science Day at IUPUI does just that. Students, teachers and parents from around the state and region will come together to learn about the exciting possibilities of computer science at the 5th annual Computer Science Day on Friday, March 18, 2011 on the IUPUI campus. With a full day of high school programming competitions, teacher training and panel discussions, this event has something for everyone!

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HS Students Pack Programming Contests to Test Knowledge & Develop Skills

Over100 high school students will battle it out in three competition groups: traditional programming and problem solving, web development, and game development. Tasked with identifying solutions to real-life programming problems in timed competitions, these high school students will develop communication and business skills as well as a deeper understanding of the fundamental ideas that enable the technologies we use every day.

Keynote Speaker James Hill Will Speak About His Journey from Track Star to Graduate School

His keynote will serve as an inspirational call to action for students interested in computer science. Dr. James H. Hill is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Hill received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, earning one of the few PhDs awarded to African American males in 2009 in the field of computer science. Hill earned his M.S. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University in May 2006, and his B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College in May 2004.

“Computer science has opened a world of opportunities for me,” Dr. Hill notes. “From working with eBay and other top companies, to helping to ensure our homeland’s security through robust software systems and software development tools; the work computer scientists do has an impact on nearly every facet of our lives. I look forward to sharing with students my personal story.”

IUPUI Computer Science Student Presentation: Biometrics and Facial Recognition

On the cutting edge of science, the Department of Computer & Information Science offers a course on Biometrics—capturing and using physiological and behavioral characteristics for personal identification. This course introduces computational methods for the implementation of biometric technologies including face and voice recognition, fingerprint and iris identification, and DNA matching. Senior Elliott Dicus will present the work from this semesters’ class.

“We [our group] have over 1200 video photos in our database,” said Dicus. “While a larger collection of photos would make for more accurate ‘average face’, our current program compares the measurement from new images, which we capture on a webcam, with the average face and the database of models.” Dicus added that the smaller class sizes allow for one on one attention and interaction with professors in all of his computer science courses.

“This event is for students and prepared by our own computer science undergraduates,” Department Chair Dr. Shiaofen Fang adds. “They have taken ownership of Computer Science Day, and in so doing have developed leadership and teamwork skills that will serve them well in industry and further study. We are pleased to have high school students join us from around Central Indiana, and look forward to an exciting day of competition and collaboration.”

Participating Teachers Earn Three Certification Renewal Units

Free workshops for teachers will offer the latest computer science teaching tools and methods as vehicles to teach difficult math and programming concepts. IUPUI faculty will present useful tips and tools that can be used in Indiana classrooms to meet state standards on courses such as Computer Programming and Computer Applications. Participation in the full day earns a teacher 3 CRUs.

The IUPUI Computer Science Club and Department of Computer & Information Science are the primary sponsors of this event as part of the School of Science’s commitment to advancing scientific minds, and fostering community interest in the sciences. Through this event, the department is committed to educating students, teachers, and parents about all the career paths possible through computer science.

The School of Science is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy.