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Computer Science Department

Current and past events


November 8, 2019: Industry Talk by Mike Zinni, Director of Software Development, Davin Workforce Solutions
Coding Techniques for Secure Web Sites

We will present how to develop secure websites. Topics covered include what hackers look for, the most prevalent web site security issues, and examples of coding techniques for preventing some of the simplest and common hacks.

October 15, 2019: Research Talk by Dr. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Associate Professor (by special appointment) of Religious Studies, Hamilton College
The Spiritual Life of Dolls: The Technological Quest for the Soul from Adam to Barbie to AI.

In the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, God formed the first human from the dust of the earth, and then breathed life into the creature. Since that time, humans have attempted to do the same by fashioning raw materials into bodies that look like ours: dolls, automatons, figurines, puppets, marionettes, and robots. But it is not enough to make them look human, we also want them to behave like humans, and so we make these bodies walk and talk, move their arms and heads, and even pray. In recent years, as we create ever more artificially intelligent robots, we push them to answer questions and hold conversations. In so doing, we animate the figures through technological means. Technology is our breath, the animating force of Homo sapiens, and dolls are vital technological tools that find their way into our rituals, personal devotional lives, workplaces, and social spaces. By outlining a human history of engagement with dolls, Professor Plate provides a historical-religious framework to think through our cyborgian futures by showing how we have always been cyborgs, always merging with our technology.

Talk was sponsored by the Religious Studies department, and co-sponsored by Computer Science along with American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Classics, History, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Sociology.

September 13, 2019: Preparing for internships and graduate school in Computer Science
The CS department is hosting a discussion about strategies for finding internships and jobs in CS, and information about going to CS grad school.


May 2, 2019

Computer Science department and Mathematics and Statistics department annual end of semester picnic.
Join us for food, chit-chat, and hopefully, weather permitting, a game of Frisbee!

May 1, 2019: Academic Festival

A poster session that showcases student research projects from the Computer Science Department.
Presenters:  Matt Clark '21, Ping Lin '19, Ha Linh Nguyen '22, Asia Quinones '21, Ruben Ruiz '21, Emily Xiao '21, Kun Zhou '19

March 22, 2019: Research talk by Dr. Suzanne Matthews, Associate Professor of Computer Science, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

Maximizing Computing on Minimal Hardware
Single board computers (SBCs) such as the Raspberry Pi have gained popularity in recent years. But, the multicore capabilities of SBCs make them powerful platforms for energy-efficient computation. In this talk, I discuss how we can leverage the multiple cores of an SBC to solve certain problems faster (and at lower total energy) than normal computers, and how to use SBCs to engage and inspire the next generation of computer scientists.

March 6, 2019: CS Exploremore

Interested in finding out about Computer Science at Skidmore?
Meet the faculty and current majors to learn about CS course offerings, the CS major and minor and other CS-related opportunities.

February 26, 2019: Research talk by Dr. David Kotz, Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College

Securing the Life-Cycle of Smart Environments
The homes, offices, and vehicles of tomorrow will be embedded with numerous “Smart Things,” networked with each other and with the Internet. Many of these Things interact with their environment, with other devices, and with human users – and yet most of their communications occur invisibly via wireless networks.  How can users express their intent about which devices should communicate – especially in situations when those devices have never encountered each other before?   We present our work exploring novel combinations of physical proximity and user interaction to ensure user intent in establishing and securing device interactions.
What happens when an occupant moves out or transfers ownership of her Smart Environment?  How does an occupant identify and decommission all the Things in an environment before she moves out?  How does a new occupant discover, identify, validate, and configure all the Things in the environment he adopts?  When a person moves from smart home to smart office to smart hotel, how is a new environment vetted for safety and security, how are personal settings migrated, and how are they securely deleted on departure?  When the original vendor of a Thing (or the service behind it) disappears, how can that Thing (and its data, and its configuration) be transferred to a new service provider?  What interface can enable lay people to manage these complex challenges, and be assured of their privacy, security, and safety?   We present a list of key research questions to address these important challenges.


November 14, 2018: Research talk by Dr. Mariya Zheleva, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at University at Albany, State University of New York

Mobile Wireless Networks of the Future
In this talk, I will introduce my work on future mobile wireless networks. I will begin by motivating the need Gbps, sub-millisecond communication. I will then talk about my work on spectrum sensing and characterization for Dynamic Spectrum Access policy and technology. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss challenges that inhibit mobile wireless network advances in infrastructure-challenged environments. I will talk about several of the systems I have developed to bridge the connectivity gap in infrastructure-challenged environments including Kwiizya for rural area communications, HybridCell for communications in refugee camps and other displaced persons scenarios, and FarmNet for smart and connected farms.

November 7, 2018: CS Open house
Come to the open house to learn about the introductory courses offered by the department (CS 102, 106 and 206), interact with CS faculty and students and try out fun activities related to computer science. All students welcome.
September 28, 2018: Preparing for internships and graduate school in Computer Science
The CS department is hosting a discussion about strategies for finding internships and jobs in CS, and information about going to CS grad school.