News Archive (June '09 - June '10)

'Introduction to Game Programming' Class Scores Big Points

June 7, 2010 -- During Spring 2010 the students in CSS 490: Introduction to Game Programming worked in groups of one to four and produced nine high quality 2D games as their final projects. On the day of the final exam the class met in the CSS Windows Lab, invited four CSS alumni that are currently working as game developers as the judges, to play and evaluate the nine games produced. Each of the nine games was fired up on the newly purchased Core i7 machines in sequence such that everyone got to play (or, evaluate) each of the games. To support the difficult and serious game evaluation work, healthy food (vegetable and seven layer nacho dip), plenty of caffeine (Coke and Mountain Dew), and delicious cookies (compliments of a very generous fellow student in class) were provided. Mistaken the serious game evaluation process as part of a "finals-week game festivity" many other CSS students stopped by, enjoyed the food, participated in the game evaluation, and walked away wondering where they can purchase those awesome games! For more information on the games produced, please refer to:

Prof. Munehiro Fukuda Earns Int'l Grant

March 8, 2010 -- Prof. Munehiro Fukuda earned support for the UW Bothell/Shizuoka University Sensor-Grid Integration Project from the Maurice D. and Lois Schwartz Endowment for International Education.

Prof. Kelvin Sung Earns Grant

May 26, 2010 -- Prof. Kelvin Sung received a UW Bothell Teaching and Scholarship Enhancement Project (TSEP) grant for his proposal, "Transfer success from serious game development to secure support from local industry partner and to transform a lecture-based game to a community-based service learning format". In this project, his group will be developing mobile, augmented reality "serious games" to assess their impact on learning and investigate approaches that cross multiple platforms.

High-Performance Computing Donation

May 12, 2010 -- Profs. Kelvin Sung and Michael Stiber received a "Professor Partnership" donation from the NVIDIA Corporation. This gift, consisting of high-performance graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware, will be used to build out the CSS Program's "hydra" GPU computing platform for undergraduate research and for piloting curricula in multithreaded and parallel computing.

Prof. Alan Leong's New Publication Coming this Summer

April 20, 2010 -- Prof. Alan Leong is the second author of Medarex-Bristol Myers Squibb Company: Realizing It's Potential?, a chapter within "Building The Case for Biotechnology", a book to be released this coming summer. It assesses the strategic options facing Howard H. Pien, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medarex, on how to respond to a proposed acquisition offer from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009.

CSS Gets a YouTube Channel

April 5, 2010 -- The CSS Program is excited to announce the launch of its new YouTube channel. By posting videos of events and activities, such as their speaker series and quarterly colloquiums, the Program hopes to provide a better insight into what makes it so great.

Winter 2010 'Bits & Bytes' CSS Newsletter Hot off the Press

March 26, 2010 -- In our Winter 2010 edition, Prof. Frank Cioch discusses his approach to teaching agile and secure software development in his curricula at UW Bothell in our CSS Focus segment. Furthermore, CSS student, Juan Echevarria, explains his ongoing research with his Tulalip Tribe and UW Bothell in our Student Spotlight section. We also explore the new MSCSS Program through the eyes of two MPS and Master students.

You can pick-up your copy at the CSS office (UW1-360) or download it from our Newsletter webpage.

Dr. Olson Talks About Sabbatical and Research with NASA/JPL

January 8, 2010 -- Dr. Olson was featured in UW Bothell’s Research in Action where he talks about his recently completed sabbatical and his research with NASA/JPL. Check out his video on the UW Bothell YouTube channel.

Exciting Beginning of Year Events

January 2010 -- We are excited to have five very highly experienced and accomplished individuals present their research in January and February here at UW Bothell. Check out our Speaker Series and Events page for more information about our guests and an abstract on what they'll be presenting.

Prof. Carol Zander Receives SIGCSE Grant

December 12, 2009 -- Prof. Carol Zander, along with her Swedish research group, received a $5,000 SIGCSE special project grant to continue their study in "Informal Learning of Computing by Computing Students". The project is an exploratory investigation into how computer science students learn about computing topics through informal, self-directed learning. Understanding this process could inform our practice of formal education, particularly how we might integrate what and how we teach formally with what students can learn on their own.

Prof. Kelvin Sung Review Article Published in December Issue of Communications of the ACM

December 2009 -- Prof. Kelvin Sung publishes a review article titled “Computer games and traditional CS courses” for the December issue of Communications of the ACM. The article discusses how integrating game design into the computer science curriculum might be able to help attract and retain students.

Prof. Olson Presents Paper at 5th International Symposium on Visual Computing

November 30, 2009 -- Prof. Clark Olson will be presenting his paper, titled “Robust Registration of Aerial Image Sequences”, at the 5th International Symposium on Visual Computing through November 30, 2009 through December 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

You can check-out Prof. Olson’s paper here.

New Staff Position: Advanced Systems Engineer

September 15, 2009 -- The CSS Program is looking to fill a new position, that of Advanced Systems Engineer. This individual will act as part of the CSS faculty and staff team to design, plan, purchase and/or develop, configure, and maintain our academic computing environment, including undergraduate and graduate teaching labs and our research infrastructure. Position details and application procedures can be found on the University of Washington Employment Opportunities web site.

Prof. Erdly Works with Tulalip Tribes to Develop Rural Broadband Cooperative

September 14, 2009 -- Prof. Bill Erdly continues his ongoing collaboration with the Tulalip Tribes, which has seen him participate in the founding of Tulalip Data Services, in the development of the Washington State Rural Broadband Cooperative. His work was recently featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal (check out the photo of Greg Keith, UW Bothell CSS alumnus).

Prof. Sung's Recent & Upcoming Publications

September 1, 2009 -- Prof. Kelvin Sung has been keeping busy with following recent and upcoming publications;

  1. K. Sung, "Computer Games and Traditional Computer Science Courses," to appear in Communications of the ACM, December 2009 (invited paper and peer reviewed).
  2. K. Sung, "Breaking into the Game Industry the Educated Way," Invited Panelist, PAX | The Penny Arcade Expo!, Seattle, Washington, September 4th 2009.
  3. K. Sung, "Developing Game-Themed Applications for Teaching Introductory Programming Courses," Invited 2-day Workshop, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China, July 2009.
  4. K. Sung, "Alphabet Hero - A Game for Programming Binary Search Tree," Game DemoFes, The Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (ICFDG 2009), Orlando, Florida, April 2009.

CSS is Hiring!

August 26, 2009 -- We invite applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position with expertise in Software Engineering for a full-time, nine month, academic year appointment beginning Fall 2010. For more information and how to apply, please visit our Faculty Positions page.

MPS Application Now Available

August 8, 2009 -- We are now accepting applications for the Masters Preparation Sequence (MPS). For more information on how to apply, visit our MPS Application Process page.

Summer Undergraduate Colloquium

August 14, 2009 -- Bachelor of Science students will be presenting the results of their capstone internships at the 2009 CSS Summer Undergraduate Colloquium, held 1:00pm - 4:30pm in UW1 rooms 010 and 020. Posters and presentations will range from medical ultrasound to renewable energy. Stop by and see what our students have been up to.

CSS Gets a Facebook Page

August 5, 2009 -- Become our friend! We are proud to announce the launch of our very own CSS Facebook Page.

MSCSS Application Now Available

July 31, 2009 -- Applications for the Master of Science in Computing & Software Systems (MSCSS) degree program are now available at the UW Graduate School Website.

Summer '09 'Bits & Bytes' Newsletter Available

July 27, 2009 -- Our CSS 'Bits & Bytes' newsletter for Summer 2009 is now available. You can either stop by our office in UW1-360 to pick up a copy or download it at our CSS Newsletter page.

Prof. Zander Returns from NSF Review Panel for CCLI

July 14, 2009 -- Prof. Carol Zander just returned from being on a National Science Foundation (NSF) Review Panel for Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) type-1 grant proposals. The panel ran from July 13 through the 14.

Prof. Stiber Elevated to IEEE Senior Member

July 1, 2009 -- Prof. Michael Stiber was elevated to Senior Member by the IEEE, the leading professional association for the advancement of technology. This reflects his "professional maturity and significant professional achievements."