Thanks to our partner AllPoints LLC, Dr David Ferucci visited SPSU on Friday October
25 to talk about Artificial Intelligence. As you will recall, Dr Ferucci led the
team that developed Watson, the program that beat the best human players in Jeopardy.
Dr Ferucci spoke about the lessons he and his team learned from the Watson experience,
the future of AI, and the relationship between intelligent machines and human cognition.
The Marietta Daily Journal covered the event (http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/23925187/article-Computer-whiz-reveals-artificial-intelligence-insight-to-students).
I was personally very impressed with the way in which Dr Ferucci was able to make
the talk accessible both to those who had no previous background in AI and to those
The presentation was followed by brief performances by Lindee Link and a new band
called The Rising. The occasion was the launch of A-OK Radio, a AllPoints app promoting
unsigned musicians and bands, and available from the Apple Store.
I wanted to express my appreciation to James Gosse from AllPoints for inviting Dr
Ferucci to come and speak at SPSU, and to Dr Ferucci himself for such a wonderful
POLYDAY AND KLAUS FAMILY FOUNDATION CHALLENGE GRANT
On October 15, President Lisa Rossbacher announced the results of our PolyDay fund
raising campaign. During PolyDay, SPSU approaches alumni, civic and professional
organizations and businesses in the Cobb county to help raise funds for scholarships
etc. This was the second year SPSU ran PolyDay, and the goal the Advancement Office
set for this event was $200,000. The actual amount raised totaled $309,109, including
$66,002 contributed by SPSU faculty and staff.
A significant amount of the contributions for CSE were reaction to the Klaus Family
Foundation Challenge Grant (http://alumni.spsu.edu/s/1375/images/editor_documents/hornets_nest_10.16.13/chris_klaus_challenge.pdf).
The Klaus Family Foundation has agreed to match any donations for the CSE endowment
that we raise before July 2014 up to $100,000. We are making steady progress but
we of course welcome any additional contributions. You can make a contribution by
going to alumni.spsu.edu/givenow, and clicking the Give Now button. Please make sure
that you type “CSE Endowment Fund” in the designation field.
JUNG RECOGNIZED BY INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED INTELLIGENCE
Among the many professional service activities that CSE faculty undertake is peer
review of paper submissions to journals. For those of you who are not familiar with
this process, most scientific journals rely on a peer review process by which submissions
are reviewed by independent experts in the field for correctness, relevance, appropriate
references to previous research, and so on, before they are accepted (or rejected)
for publication. Reviewing paper submissions is a time consuming and somewhat thankless
task that often goes unrecognized.
In light of this, I am pleased to report that Dr Edward Jung of our Department of
Computer Science and Software Engineering was recently recognized by the International
Journal of Applied Intelligence, Neural Networks, and Complex Problem-Solving Techniques
(http://www.springer.com/computer/ai/journal/10489) for his continued commitment and
Congratulations to Dr Jung.
AITP NCC KICK-OFF
AITP (the Association of Information Technology Professionals, http://www.aitp.org)
is holding its annual National Collegiate Conference (NCC) in Atlanta from April 10-13.
The event allows students in Information Technology or Information Systems to compete
in various competitions and to meet with potential employers.
AITP relies heavily on student chapters to help it organize its NCC, and, under the
leadership of Dawn Tatum and Jack Zheng, AITP NCC had its Georgia student chapter
kickoff meeting on Saturday, Oct 5 at SPSU. The event was attended by student representatives
from Central Georgia Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Gwinnett
College, Gwinnett Technical College, and of course Southern Polytechnic State University.
4 professional members also attended.
As has become customary, the meeting felt it necessary to improve on the Harlem Shake.
You can check it out at http://educate.spsu.edu/hreichge/aitp.mp4. I can only hope
that the event itself goes more smoothly than the shaking.
Thanks are of course due to Dawn and Jack.
SPSU TO HOST SIGITE AND RIIT 14
CSE will host SIGITE 2014, the 15th Annual Conference on IT education, and RIIT 2014,
the 3rd annual Research in IT Conference. The two conferences will be co-located
and will take place from October 16 to October 18, 2014. Dr Becky Rutherfoord and
I will be the local organizers, and we will start working soon on the local arrangements.
I wanted to thank Dr Rutherfoord for bringing this conference to SPSU. It is likely
to involve a lot of work but it will again raise the profile of CSE and SPSU within
the academic computing community.
HEALTH IT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
As I reported earlier, CSE is a sponsor of the 4th annual Health IT Leadership Summit.
The summit will take place on November 12 at the Fox Theatre. The Summit will once
again bring together a diverse group of leaders from nearly every part of the healthcare
industry, including providers, payers, vendors, government, academia and non-profits.
The daylong event will be filled with opportunities for networking and education via
seven sessions and three awards presentations. Featured speakers this year include
Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD and current CEO of online consumer engagement platform
Sharecare, and Reed Tuckson, MD,Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC
and Former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group.
You can learn more by visiting the Summit website at http://www.HealthITLeadershipSummit.org
and you can register here at http://ow.ly/pNVVq.
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