Students and Faculty Give Presentations at Computer Science Conference

March 15, 2013

Michael Graf at SIGCSE 2103
Knox College student Michael Graf discusses research at SIGCSE conference

Students and faculty from the Knox College Department of Computer Science recently spoke and presented research at a national conference on computer science in education. The 44th Technical Symposium of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) was held March 6-9 in Denver, Colorado.

Presentations were given by Knox professors David Bunde and Jaime Spacco; and Michael Graf, a junior from Mascoutah, Illinois; Andrei Papancea, a senior from Romania; David Lucas, a and Casey Samoore, a 2012 graduate from Springfield, Illinois. Samoore is a post-baccalaureate fellow in the Knox computer science department who also presented at the 2012 SIGCSE conference and the 2012 Knox College "Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity."

Bunde was a panelist for a session, "Strategies for Adding the Emerging CS 2013 PDC Curriculum Recommendations into CS Courses." He discussed research that he did with Samoore and Papancea at Knox and colleagues at other colleges to expand the study of parallel computing. Their work examined the use of "high-level" parallel programming languages, which handle some of the more mundane details of parallel programming and allow both instructors and students to focus on the main ideas.

Dooley was a member of the Conference Committee and the Program Committee and chaired a session on "Security and Secure Programming."

Presentations:

"How We Teach Impacts Student Learning: Peer Instruction vs. Lecture in CS0," Jaime Spacco of Knox College and Beth Simon and Julian Parris, both of University of California at San Diego.

"Selecting and Using a Parallel Programming Language," presented by David Bunde, Michael Graf and David Lucas of Knox College; Jens Mache of Lewis & Clark College; and David Ely of The Ohio State University.

"CloudCoder: Building a Community for Creating, Assigning, Evaluating, and Sharing Programming Exercises", presented by Jaime Spacco and Andrei Papancea of Knox College, David Hovemeyer of York College, Matthew Hertz of Canisius College, and Paul Denny of the University of Auckland.