Recently, UM announced a new program, “Take a Faculty to Lunch”. This program allows Freshman to dine with faculty at one of our campus options. The College of Humanities and Sciences sponsors the lunch, and Instructor Trish Duce for arranged it. CS freshmen James Gladden (left) and Johnny Wright (middle) had lunch with Associate Professor Rob Smith (right). Both students are interested in starting their own high tech companies, and were able to field questions about the challenges and benefits of doing so. They also spoke about specific employment opportunities for computer science students in Missoula that matched their interests, such as drones.
Missoula area Workiva software engineer Smai Fullerton (left) joined UM CS Students Kaitlin Carey (center) and Sarah Walling (right) at the 2018 Grace Hooper Celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. This year’s celebration was in Houston, Texas where UM students were joined by instructor Trish Duce. UM CS is proud to sponsor our student’s participation because we share the celebration’s vision of a future where: “the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build it.”
The UM Office of Student Success now offers evening “Study Jam” sessions for Computer Science students. Hours for the study jams are posted on the study jam Facebook page. Assistant Professor Wheeler’s Data Structures course is currently a study jam favorite, providing our students with challenges that take them well into the evening.
Students and faculty gathered on a crisp and clear Thursday evening to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Many interesting and tasty dishes were on offer, including spicy Asian noodles attributed to Assistant Professor Serang, some amazing chocolate chip cookies, and delicious Double Front fried chicken – a Missoula staple for over 50 years. A good number of games were enjoyed by students and faculty alike. The entire department is thankful to Instructor Trisha Duce for her organization and spike ball skills.
On September 18th, 2018 Professor Frith delivered a talk titled “Fast and accurate search for sequence similarity”. Frith made a set of topics related to building indices for search accessible to CS students and relevant in terms of the application of data structures. One student commented, “Science without floating point arithmetic, where do I sign up?”
Brody Huval visited our Department today to give a guest lecture in Assistant Professor Douglas Brinkerhoff’s Machine Learning course. The presentation was incredibly engaging, providing an insider’s view of the technologies behind autonomous vehicles as well as winning strategies for startups. Brody facilitated many conversations with students, ranging from the ethics of AI, to the hazards of predicting pedestrian behavior.
Huval is a co-founder and board member of drive.ai which spun out of Stanford’s AI lab. He has years of experience with AI and working with data infrastructure to support deep learning. He spent four years as a PhD student in Andrew Ng’s lab at Stanford researching deep learning within NLP and computer vision before dropping out to co-found drive.ai. At drive.ai he has worked on perception, mapping & localization, and the infrastructure to support deep learning.