OCWiC 2015

February 24th, 2015

Last weekend 6 students (Christine Antonsen, Elizabeth Bentivegna, Ilona Brand, Nora Hayes, Sam Mater, and Amanda Strominger) as well as professor Cynthia Taylor attended the 2015 Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing in Sandusky, OH. Christine Antonsen's poster on "Dynamic Selfish Routing" was a winner for the poster session.  Sam Mater's poster on "The Use and Misuse of Disposable Email" received an honorable mention.  Congratulations to them all!

LaFentres ’14 presents at Tapia 2015

February 22nd, 2015

Last week during the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, recent alumna Krista LaFentres '14 presented a poster on her work with Professor Cynthia Taylor on The Use and Misuse of Disposable Email. LaFentres-Tapia-2015

On-campus summer CS research opportunities!

March 18th, 2014

There are a number of CS research projects that will be happening on campus this summer.  If you are an Oberlin student (including those graduating this year) and are interested in getting paid to do work on nifty CS projects, check out the project descriptions and fill out this Google form
Research time in the lab

Research time in the lab

On-campus summer CS research/systems opportunity

March 20th, 2013

I am looking for 2 students interested in doing paid, on-campus research/systems work with me this summer. I have funding to support 2 students for 10 weeks at up to 40 hours per week, and there is some flexibility in terms of schedule. The primary project will be updating and improving XenLabs to get it ready for use in class next year. XenLabs is built on a Python/Xen/Linux base, and I expect that most of our work will be done at a scripting level.  Useful background could include Linux/Unix experience, Python programming, shell scripting, security topics, system administration, and/or basic computer networking. However, this is an educational experience, so a 2xx level CS background and a willingness to learn is what is really needed. If you are interested in working on this project, send an email to Benjamin.Kuperman@oberlin.edu with your relevant background (preferably sometime this week). Feel free to email or talk to me if you have questions about the project or just want more info.


November 21st, 2011

Senior computer science major Claire Nelson presented a paper on "An Interactive Software Tool for Parsing English Sentences" at the Midstates Conference on Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics (MCURCSM), held at Denison University on November 19, 2011. The paper was based on the work that she did this past summer in collaboration with fellow senior computer science major Becky Punch and their faculty mentor professor John Donaldson.
Claire Nelson at MCURCSM 2011

Claire Nelson at MCURCSM 2011

REU Summer 2011 Research

December 3rd, 2010

I am happy to announce the fifth year of Ohio Wesleyan University’s REU program in scientific computation, with projects in astronomy, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Attached is a flyer with information for you to share with students in your department. We hope that you will encourage your students to consider our program. Questions can be directed to Professor Brad Trees at brtrees@owu.edu or at the following telephone number, 740-368-3776. Research Experience for Undergraduates, Summer 2011, Ohio Wesleyan University Ohio Wesleyan University announces the fifth year of its NSF-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program in scientific computation. Projects are available in astronomy, computer science, mathematics, and physics. The program is for ten weeks starting on May 16, 2011. Review of applications will begin March 14, 2011 and will continue until all positions are filled. For more information, including an on-line application form, please see our website at http://reu.owu.edu or contact Dr. Brad Trees at brtrees@owu.edu. Thank you for helping us bring this opportunity to the attention of your students. Kathy Boger Administrative Assistant Department of Physics and Astronomy Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH 43015

2010 Five Colleges of Ohio Summer Science Research Symposium

July 30th, 2010

On July 23, 2010, three CS students (along with their research advisors) travelled down to Ohio Wesleyan University to present their summer research as part of the 2010 Five Colleges of Ohio Summer Science Research Symposium.
L to R in front are the student presenters Garrett Robinson, Jason Kimmel, and Becky Punch.  Back row has the faculty advisors Ben Kuperman, Rich Salter, and John Donaldson.

L to R in front are the student presenters Garrett Robinson, Jason Kimmel, and Becky Punch. Back row has the faculty advisors Ben Kuperman, Rich Salter, and John Donaldson.


On-campus summer research opportunities in Security and Systems

March 4th, 2010

Professor Kuperman is looking for students interested in doing paid, on-campus research work in CS this summer. Funding is for 8-10 weeks of work, up to 40 hours per week, with some flexibility as to scheduling. I have 3 different projects I'll be working on this summer. They are all systems or security related: 1. Testing and releasing a security monitoring tool as an open-source project 2. Refining an isolated virtual network lab environment for the security course 3. Network measurement and troubleshooting (in conjunction w. Case Western) Useful background could include C/systems programming, Linux/Unix experience, Python programming, shell scripting, security topics, system administration, and/or computer networking. Each project has different needs, and you only need a subset of these topics and motivation to learn more to be able to help. If you are interested in any of these projects send me an email (Benjamin.Kuperman@oberlin.edu) letting me know which projects you are interested in and your relevant background. Also email me if you have questions or just want more info. Graduating seniors are eligible to participate.

2010 Summer Research Opportunities

January 12th, 2010

  • Computational Social Science at Carleton College with Alexa, Tom, and David
Alexa Sharp and Tom Wexler are looking for a total of up to 2 or 3 students interested in a seven-week program on Computational Social Sciences at Carleton during Summer 2010 (June 21st through August 6th). The program will focus on the application of (both theory- and implementation-based) computer science to social networks and game theory, and it will be co-advised by Alexa, Tom, and David Liben-Nowell (Carleton College). The program will primarily involve students of Carleton and Oberlin, and we hope to include one or two students from other similar liberal arts schools in the program if circumstances permit. Students will work in groups of three or four on computational problems related to social networks and algorithmic game theory, working closely with all three faculty members. Groups will have different focuses: some will be more implementation based (working with real large-scale social network data to better understand patterns of friendship), some will be more theoretical (for example, working to understand what the strategic implications of network structure are for certain types of network games). You should expect to read recently published papers, develop and attempt to prove conjectures about various problems or algorithms, write programs to generate and test hypotheses, and read about new techniques in computer science to tackle these questions. Students should have taken at least CS 150 and CS 151. For more theoretical groups, you'll want CS 280. More CS is better, as is more math, and knowledge of Game Theory and Discrete Mathematics and helpful, but these are not requirements. These are paid research positions, and travel and housing expenses will be subsidized. For details on how to apply, or further questions, please contact Alexa (alexa.sharp@oberlin.edu) or Tom (tom.wexler@oberlin.edu).
  • The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is running a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program over the summer of 2010. Participants will be paid a stipend for the 10 weeks of the program, and we will provide assistance in finding on-campus housing for the duration of their stay in St. Louis.   Deadline February 21. Program Dates: May 31-august 12, 2010
Check out more details of the Summer 2010 program, see the sorts of projects you could be working on, and send in an application.If you have any questions about the program that aren't answered on these web pages, send us an email at reu@cse.wustl.edu, and we can answer them for you.
  • Depauw University - REU summer Research. Stipend of $4,500
Information and application packet due March 15th.  Program runs from May 26-July 30,2010
  • Computing Research for Undergraduates
Socially Relevant Computing Summer 2010 at UNC Charlotte June 1-July 30, 2010 Application deadline: March 15, 2010 June 6-July 30, 2010. Application deadline: April 15, 2010

Kuksenok selected for Honorable Mention in CRA 2010 Undergraduate Research Award

December 4th, 2009

Katie Kuksenok

Katie Kuksenok

Congratulations to Katie Kuksenok for being selected for an Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award competition for 2010! Katie worked with Oberlin CS alum, Professor Jennifer Mankoff at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.  Their project explored how individuals with chronic illness, and their caregivers, use online resources such as social websites. More information can be found at the Research on Chronic Illness on the Web website and on Katie's Summer 2009 DREU Research Journal. http://www.cra.org/Activities/awards/undergrad/