Dean's Update - September 2011
School of Computing and Software Engineering
Southern Polytechnic State University
Dean's Update September
CSE is pleased to welcome two visiting scholars for the 2011-2012 academic year. Both
come to us from China. Dr Shuhua Liu is visiting from North East Normal University
in Changchun. She will be doing research in the areas of computer vision, artificial
intelligence and robots and she will be working with Dr C. Hung in the Biometrics
Recognition Research Center. Dr Yanmin Chen is visiting from China Jiliang University
in Hangzhou. She will be working with Dr Venu Dasigi and Dr Orlando Karam in Artificial
Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.
WELCOME (BACK) PARTY
On September 13, CSE held a cook-out to welcome our new students and to welcome back
our returning students. The event was also used as an opportunity to connect our
students with the relevant student organizations on and off campus. Events such as
these help students engage both with CSE and SPSU and research from elsewhere strongly
suggests that the more engaged students are with their institution, the higher the
chances that they will complete their program of study. They are therefore important
factors in the success of our first strategic goal, namely to Increase the number
of CSE graduates who are well prepared for work and life to better serve the community.
Events such as these do not just happen; they require a dedicated effort on the part
of many, and I wanted to particularly mention Jeff Chastine, Pat Pierce-Roth and Paula
Stadnicki. We also received help from many students. Finally, thanks go to Susan
Bentzen-Gordet of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, we
were able to secure sponsorship for the event from the Southern Engineering Book store,
and I am of course most grateful to our sponsor and to Susan for securing the sponsorship.
Continuing on the theme of engaging students, CSE hosted its annual Georgia Game Jam
form September 23 to September 25. Some 120 students showed up to spend 48 hours
designing and creating games. While most of the participants were from SPSU, we also
hosted students from other Georgia schools. One of the innovations we tried very
successfully for the first time was a remote link with students at the Berklee College
of Music in Boston. Using Skype, participants at SPSU collaborated with students
at Berklee to add music scores and sound effects to their games. There are further
details about the event at http://www.spsu.edu/games/gamejam/index.htm
Again, events such as these require a lot of effort and I would like to thank Jon
Preston and Jeff Chastine, as well as Paula Stadnicki and a small army of student
volunteers to make this happen. Thanks are also due to the sponsors for the event,
, Georgia Entertainment Media
Jeff Chastine has been able to secure a donation of Perforce to CSE. Perforce is
a software configuration management system. While it is used in other industries,
it is widely used in the gaming industry, and examples of companies using Perforce
include Electronic Arts, Sony Online Entertainment, Nintendo, Valve, CCP Games, Sega
and Ubisoft. Thanks to Jeff for getting this software donated and giving our students,
and in particular our gaming students, the chance to work with industry best tools.
NSF GRANT FOR PRESTON
Jon Preston recently received a small NSF grant to help integrate coverage of parallel
and distributed computing into various courses in CSE at SPSU. The project will ensure
that all students in CSE stay on the cutting edge of computing.
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