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Custom software development advances LSA research

The LSA Technology Services Research Software Programming team has developed numerous custom desktop, web, and mobile applications for researchers in LSA. Programs developed by this group have helped with projects as varied as building robots, tracking monkey behavior, training mice to recognize patterns, and analyzing circadian rhythms.

Student programming team competes in North American Championship

By | March 13, 2020

At Michigan, coding has been a competitive sport since the late 1980s when teams of students began competing in Association for Computing Machinery collegiate programming contests. In these competitions, teams of three students work on a single computer to solve as many programming challenges as possible in a set amount of time.  This year, one U-M team qualified to advance… Read More »

“Mind reading” study connects spatial problem solving with computer science

By | August 6, 2019

A group of researchers led by engineering professor Westley Weimer and grad student Yu Huang used real-time fMRI readings to look inside coders’ brains while they program. This “mind reading” project studied whether manipulating data structures in a program (like balancing a tree) uses the same parts of the brain as spatial reasoning (rotating a map or turning… Read More »

Why everyone should know programming

By | November 26, 2018

Putting a bandage on a cut doesn’t mean you want to be a doctor. But in the world of computer science, people assume that everybody with an interest in programming wants to become a computer scientist. It is precisely this thought that Charles “Dr. Chuck” Severance, clinical associate professor at the School of Information, is trying to change. Speaking… Read More »

New tools may serve as virtual tutors for students in coding classes

Getting help in programming courses outside of instructors’ office hours can be difficult, but a new tool called “chat.codes” may help change that. Steve Oney, assistant professor of information at the U-M School of Information (UMSI) and of electrical engineering and computer science at the College of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation grant of $174,981 for his… Read More »

U-M, WCC will share programming course

By | December 22, 2017

Faculty at the School of Information and Washtenaw Community College will collaborate on an open-source course with the goal of encouraging more students to consider a U-M Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI) degree. The two institutions have teamed up to offer WCC students, particularly those underrepresented in STEM fields, an introductory class in the popular programming language… Read More »

Free beginner R workshop

By | February 22, 2017

Saturday & Sunday, March 4–5, 2017; 1–5 pm; Ann Arbor SPARK, 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI. The Ann Arbor R User Group is excited to host a free two-day beginner R workshop sponsored by SPARK. R is an open-source programming software, used widely in both industry and academia, for data processing, analysis, and visualization. This workshop is geared towards… Read More »

Pitfalls facing new programmers

By | January 23, 2017

Colleen Van Lent, a lecturer at U-M and an instructor at Web Design for Everybody, outlines four common pitfalls that new programmers face: A lack of confidence. Hesitance about putting in the time to learn about and utilize a good editor. Viewing setbacks as failures rather than commonplace events. Seeking out the wrong kind of help with questions. “A… Read More »