CI Begins Preparing For Proposed Engineering Program

A university on the South Coast is preparing for a new engineering program it hopes to have in place within the next two years.Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo proposed to launch an engineering program last summer. University officials say they’re still awaiting final approval from the CSU Chancellor’s Office, but they expect to get a green light soon.

So, they’ve begun the planning process for a program focused on mechatronics, which is a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering.

“The animation of mechanical devices by software” said Michael Soltys, chair of the Computer Science Department, which mechatronics will be housed under.

He said few engineering programs have an emphasis in this field.“We’re thinking of starting mechatronics with small robotic mobility, like drones, like underwater robots. Robots that move, that walk, that drive,” he said.

The university has begun hiring faculty and designing courses. The goal is to start the engineering program in the fall of 2018 with 24 students.

Source: South Coast University Begins Preparing For Proposed Engineering Program | KCLU

Indeterminates in London

Today my masters student Joel Helling presented our joint work, Constructing an Indeterminate String from its Associated Graph,  co-authored with P.J. Ryan, W.F. Smyth, at the LSD & LAW 2017 conference. This work started with the visit of W.F. Smyth at CSU Channel Islands in March 2016 – see here, when Joel, Bill and I started working on an initial algorithm designed by Joel; this algorithm computed a labeling for a graph such that any two nodes that shared an edge would also share a label, and would not share a label otherwise. Of course, the easy way to do this is to assign each edge a unique label; but there are better ways of doing it, in the sense that fewer labels may be required (for example, imagine a clique: then a single label would do it). This problem is directly related to indeterminate strings; strings that arise in bio-informatics, where certain positions may consist of several possible symbols. For example, {a,b}ab{a,b,c}{b,c}a, where the first position is not determined (it could be a or b), the second position is a, the third b, the fourth is again not determined (it could be a or b or c), etc. Such strings are well suited to represent genetic
information which often contains “noise”. The paper is now accepted for publication in Elsevier’s journal of Theoretical Computer Science,  as well as presented by Joel at the conference.

I would like to express my gratitude to the British Royal Society for awarding us an exchange grant, CSU Channel Islands / King’s College London, which financed the trip of Joel Helling.

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Participate in Programming Competitions with CS!

Professor Brian Thoms will be holding a meeting for students interested in programming competitions (ACM and GURU). It will be in Sierra Hall 1131, Friday Sept 23 at 12.

This is a great way to make friends, learn coding, and participate in an exciting competition.

We have done very well in the past:

http://compsci.csuci.edu/about/news-and-events/acm-programming-results-2015.htm

Mechatronics Engineering Launch at CI

28458926065_ae45658ca8_z 28458926955_c09f6c0347_zYesterday we participated in the launch of Mechatronics Engineering at CI. This new program will be housed under Computer Science, and the first group of students is going to be admitted in the Fall 2018.

We were honored to have Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin who helped secure the funds to start engineering at CI, and the event was presided by President Rush, in one of his last appearances before his retirement.

The event was held in the lobby of Sierra Hall, the new STEM building, with Computer Science labs on the first floor, and demos of faculty/student projects in the Robotics lab and the Embedded systems lab.

Computer Science Talk in Mobile Robotics

On November 4th, at 6pm, in the Petit Salon, Computer Science is organizing an event to which everyone is invited, especially current and prospective graduate students. There is going to be food, good company, and an exciting talk by Dr. Quintero (see ad below). For more information, please contact David Claveau <david.claveau@csuci.edu>.

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