Computer Science Workshop

Thursday, February 4, 2016
4:00 pm in Noyce 3813

In this workshop you will learn the basics of text formatting and typesetting with LaTeX. The workshop will start promptly at 4:00.

Thursday Extra on 1/28: Summer Research at Grinnell

Thursday, January 28, 2016
4:15 pm in Noyce 3821

Computer Science faculty will discuss summer research opportunities at Grinnell.

Refreshments at 4:00 in the CS Commons (Noyce 3817), followed by the discussion at 4:15 in Noyce 3821.

Thursday Extra on 12/10: Summer Opportunities in CS

Thursday, December 10, 2015
4:15 pm in Noyce 3821

Computer Science faculty will present the department's annual discussion of summer opportunities in CS.

If you enjoy computer science (or at least computer programming), summer is an opportunity to explore new approaches, to develop new skills, and perhaps even to make some money. But what kinds of things can you do? While students tend to focus on a few options (e.g., research with faculty), a wide variety of opportunities are available. In this session, we will discuss goals you might set for the summer and some opportunities that can help you achieve those goals. Handouts will be available for those who cannot attend the talk.

Refreshments at 4:00 in the CS Commons (Noyce 3817), followed by the talk at 4:15 in Noyce 3821.

CS Table on 12/8: Comics


Instead of discussing deep technical topics, political issues, and the downfall of society, we’ll be reading (and discussing) comics about technical topics, political issues, and the downfall of society. There is no “assigned” reading this week, but please bring or email Prof. Curtsinger a link to a web comic. A good starting point for your comics search is XKCD (, but other comics are welcome.

Discussion starts at noon on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Thursday Extra: "Bioinformatics Research Internship at Michigan State University"

On Thursday, December 3, Giang Nguyen 2017 will describe her summer internship on bioinformatics, inferring phylogenetic relationships from protein and DNA sequences.

At 4:00 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Computer Science Commons. The talk, “Bioinformatics Research Internship at Michigan State University,” will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

CS Table for 12/1: The Story of Mel

This week in CS Table we'll discuss a light-hearted affair in comparison to the heavier topics we've discussed of late: The Story of Mel. Come join the discussion on hacks, their beauty, and their repercussions!

CS Table for Tuesday, November 24: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

We will be discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership—specifically its implications for computing, intellectual property—at CS Table next week. There has been a lot of news coverage of this agreement recently, but we have selected a summary from the New York Times along with arguments in favor and against from Qualcomm and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, respectively:

CS SEPC hosts Résumé Workshop

The Computer Science SEPC will be hosting a workshop this Thursday (19 November) that will revolve around getting your resumes ready for internships and jobs in the technology field. This event is for students of all class years. We'll be meeting at 4:30pm in SCI 3821. Bring a few copies of your resume to take notes on. If you don't have one, that's fine too! We can provide samples or suggest ways to start making your own resume. It'll be great! Please email [sepc-cs] if you have any questions!

CS Table for 11/17: Social Media and Emergency Response

This week we will discuss the power of social media to assist first-respondents, law enforcement and medical staff, and individuals in responding to emergencies and natural disasters. Computer science table (CS Table) is a weekly meeting of Grinnell College community members (students, faculty, staff, etc.) interested in discussing topics related to computing and computer science. CS Table meets Tuesdays from 12:00-12:45 in JRC 224C. Contact the CS faculty for the weekly reading. Students on meal plans, faculty, and staff are expected to cover the cost of their meals. Visitors to the College and students not on meal plans can charge their meals to the department. For the up-to-date CS Table schedule, please visit http://www.cs.grinnell/cs-table.

Thursday Extra on 11/12: Mobile Sensing Applications

Octav Chipara will present "Developing and Deploying Mobile Sensing Applications."

Thursday, November 12
4:15 pm in Science 3821
Refreshments beforehand in the CS Commons

Octav Chipara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Iowa and part of the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative.

Mobile sensing applications are an emerging class of mobile applications that take advantage of the increasing sensing, computational, storage, and networking capabilities of mobile devices. Chipara's research focuses on the systems, networking, and software engineering aspects of developing mobile health (mHealth) systems that continuously monitor and infer the health status of patients. His work combines the design of communication protocols, middleware, and programming tools with large-scale real-world deployments of working systems.

In this talk, Chipara will describe AudioSense – a novel mobile sensing application that allows audiologists to assess the performance of the hearing aids in the real-world. A key limitation of traditional laboratory and survey methods employed by audiologists is that they fail to predict when a hearing aid user will be dissatisfied with its performance in the real-world. In contrast with these techniques, AudioSense jointly characterizes both the user's auditory context and the performance of the hearing aid in that context. The second part of the talk will cover some of the tools his team has created to simplify the development of mobile sensing applications. The focus is one of coordinating when different hardware resources (e.g., WiFi, 3G) are turned on and off to save energy without hindering user experience. A lightweight annotation language and middleware service will be presented that can be used to build energy-efficient mobile sensing applications for Android.

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