ICS Students Win Big at AT&T Hackathon

ICS students and alumni swept almost all categories, including the Grand Prize, at the 2017 UH-AT&T Hackathon.

Grand Prize – Overall, Entertainment/Gaming 1st Place
Clay Nakamura (ICS) for DJ Reddit, a stuffed animal outfitted with a Raspberry PI and small speakers. DJ Reddit uses the Reddit API to download and play newly posted songs from /r/listentothis.

Entertainment/Gaming 2nd Place
Tony Gaskell (ICS Alumnus), Brandon Bards, Joelle Torneros, Sean Nakamura, and Joseph Carlson for Gapcha. 

Best Use of M2X, Best IoT 1st Place
Terry Palomares (ICS), Jonathan Robello (ICS), Brian Mayeshiro (ICS), Austin Haruki (ICS Alumnus) and Torsten Vaivai-Soderberg for Demeter, a Raspberry PI outfitted with humidity, temperature, and light sensors. A corresponding app gamifies gardening by awarding badges and achievements for providing appropriate sunlight and water.

Best IoT 2nd Place
Davis McKay for Maka’ala

Most Technical
Andrew Yamamoto (ICS), Aisis Chen, and Bradford Baris for Multipass

UI/UX
Il Ung Jeong (ICS) and Gina Watanabe for Village, a localized, micro-task application that enables users to create and view tasks in the neighborhood that will make a direct difference to their community.

Interested in participating next year? Here’s some thoughts from the winners:

  • I firmly believe that knowledge gained from experiences like the Hackathon will out-value any short-term monetary gain. (Brian Mayeshiro)
  • I highly recommend you attend the event regardless of your skill level. Focus on building up a skill or a personal project that school has prevented you from doing. (Clay Nakamura)
  • My favorite part of the Hackathon was not having to worry about my part-time job or my homework and just immersing myself in coding. (Il Ung Jeong)
  • I learned that you can accomplish a lot within 24 hours. (Jonathan Robello)
  • Definitely be ambitious, even if it means you have to stay up for the full 24 hours and be driven by coffee and energy drinks. (Terry Palomares)

Judges were State Senator Glenn Wakai, Chair of the Senate committee overseeing technology, Mark Wong, CIO of the City and County of Honolulu, Garret Yoshimi, UH CIO and VP for Information Technology, and Mark Quezada, CTO of local tech startup Hobnob. Congratulations to all!

ACM Student Chapter Sponsors Teresa Nededog for Wetware Wednesday

The UH Manoa Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is sponsoring February’s WetWare Wednesday! This is a group that is all about problem solving with any kind of tech under the sun. Come early to hear Teresa Nededog and her experience as a software developer.

ACM will also be demonstrating awesome projects (Arduino, Vive, 3D Printing)!

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5pm
Where: UH Manoa iLab Building 37
Cost: FREE

Free Appetizers and refreshments
Parking available on campus

WetWare Wednesday is a networking event targeting local software developers and system engineers, students and faculty.

Town Hall Meeting between ICS Faculty and Students

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Students participating on the Town Hall meeting.

ICS faculty and students held a “town hall” meeting in ICSpace to discuss issues. Among the topics discussed were the “no repeat” policy for introductory classes, the “B-or-better” policy in introductory classes for majoring in ICS, the availability of writing intensive and oral intensive courses within ICS, class scheduling, and changes on the prerequisite structure.

Faulty members also introduced themselves to students and highlighted their research.

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Faculty participating in the Town Hall meeting.

Beyond issues of the curriculum, the most lively discussion ensued around the question of why a student should pursue a degree in computer science instead of some kind of technical certification from a programming bootcamp. This is a complex issue that deserves thought, and we were happy to explore it.

Oh, and there was pizza.

Many thanks to the students and faculty who participated. A special mahalo to the Academic Advising staff who also participated.

 

Counselors

Academic counselors participated in the Town Hall meeting.

 

Missed it?  We will be having regular meetings of this type as long as students keep showing up.

Grad Student William Wright Named ARCS Scholar

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Newly minted ARCS Scholar, William Wright.

Graduate Student William Wright has been named an ARCS Scholar and received the organization’s Sarah Ann Martin Award in Information and Computer Science. Wright looks for clues about personality in people’s writing, such as what word choices and grammar structures say about how extraverted a person is. Potential benefits range from timely adjustments in teaching strategies and improved technology interfaces to diagnosis and treatment of stroke and autism spectrum disorder and detection of criminal or terroristic activities. Wright’s advisor is Professor David Chin.

ARCS® Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization started and run entirely by women who boost American leadership and aid advancement in science and technology.  The Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.

Related post: ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

 

 

ACM Student Chapter hosts high school events

The UH ACM Student Chapter (ACManoa) hosted two outreach workshops in ICSpace (POST 318B) earlier this month. The workshops provided students from the UH Information and Computer Science (ICS) program with the opportunity to mentor high school students interested in programming. Members of ACManoa took the opportunity to give back to the community and foster interest in the ICS program at the University.

For more details, see this posting.

Seminar, Alex Cabello, “Introduction to AlgorithmHub and the Technology Behind the Platform”

AlgorithmHub is a cloud based service that promotes the development, sharing and publishing of algorithms. AlgorithmHub creates communities around algorithms, thus minimizing reinvention and accelerating the adoption of algorithms. During the seminar we will provide a brief tutorial of AlgorithmHub and some of the open source technologies behind the platform, including Docker, Node, and React. Please bring a computer if you would like to follow along with the tutorial.

https://www.algorithmhub.com/

Thursday, Feb 25th, 4:30pm5:30pm in POST 126.

Bio: Alex Cabello is a founder of AlgorithmHub, which is a recent graduate from XLR8UH. He is a UH alumnus.

LAVA hosts Mid Pacific High School LiDAR Showcase of Historical Hawaiʻian Site

January 21, 2016

The Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA) worked with Mid Pacific High School to showcase their students’ LiDAR scans of Kaniakapupu ruins – the summer palace of King Kamehameha III.

The centerpiece of the showcase was a life-sized stereoscopic 3D virtual reality walkthrough of the historical site using LAVA’s 20-foot, 2x4K resolution CyberCANOE (the Cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment). The demonstration was created through a collaboration between Mid Pacific students and LAVA Master’s student, Eric Wu.

LiDAR Visualization in CyberCANOE Mid Pacific at LAVA  Mid Pacific at LAVA Mid Pacific at LAVA

Students also showed 360-degree images of the site that were taken with a 360-degree GoPro camera system. Viewers were able to see the location in full 360 degree surround using Samsung Gear Virtual Reality headsets.

Mid Pacific Institute students at LAVA

The LiDAR scanner and 360-degree camera were donated by the CyArk Foundation and GoPro. This work was also partially funded by a National Science Foundation project entitled “Development of the Sensor Environment Imaging (SENSEI) Instrument”  to build the SENSEI (SENSor Environment Imaging) instrument that will capture still and motion, 3D full-sphere omnidirectional stereoscopic video and images of real-world scenes, to be viewed in collaboration-enabled, nationally networked, 3D virtual-reality systems. Additional funding for supporting the CyberCANOE was provided by the Academy for Creative Media System at the University of Hawaiʻi.

Mid Pacific Institute's LiDAR scanner at LAVA Mid Pacific Institute's 360 camera at LAVA

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HiCHI in the news: How Does Social Media Affect Our Political Decisions?

Social media affects political decisions – for better or worse, University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers say.

As the election season heats up, it’s important to understand how sites like Facebook and Twitter could be affecting voters’ political opinions. UH researchers from the Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab recently produced a study that looked at how adults born after 1980 make decisions about candidates by using social media.

The group of researchers — Sara Douglas, Roxanne Raine, Misa Maruyama, Bryan Semaan and Scott Robertson — found that posts on social media can change millennials’ stances on issues and the way they feel about how public officials serve the community.

For the full story, see the Civil Beat article.