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Pace University Computer Science USACO Summer Camp

Part of Pace University Computer Science Magnet Initiative

July 20, 2015 – August 7, 2015

861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570

USA Computing Olympiad Contest

USA Computing Olympiad (usaco.org) is a nonprofit organization supporting computer science education in the USA and worldwide by identifying, motivating, and training high-school students in programming and problem-solving for its Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Each year it runs 4-6 online programming contests at all levels. With proper guidance, motivated students could pick up basic programming and problem-solving skills to pass the Bronze level in 6 months, and pass the Silver level in an additional 6 months. Students who have passed the Silver level have programming proficiency beyond that of typical computer science freshman, and they have priority for being admitted into top tier universities. Students who have performed well in the Gold level contests are nationally exceptional and have significant advantage in being admitted into top-tier universities, and the top 24 of them (also considering other factors like age) are invited to participate in an intensive summer training camp. The top four of these invited campers will then represent USA in the international programming contest called “International Olympiad in Informatics”.

While USACO has free online resources for preparing students in USACO contests, they are only meaningful to students who have already been engaged in the learning track. Most of the high schools do not have faculty to prepare their students for the advanced programming and problem-solving skills required to perform well in USACO contests. Around the nation there are many weekend and summer programs for training students in mathematics, but there are few programs for helping students in computer science problem-solving.

Pace University Computer Science USACO Summer Camp

Pace University Computer Science USACO Summer Camp aims at helping high school students in securing rigorous training in computational thinking applicable to any discipline, advanced programming and problem-solving skills for USACO contests and technology innovation; hands-on overview of current IT technologies including cloud computing, computing virtualization, mobile computing, and information assurance; and practical counselling on university application strategies.

Pace University Computer Science USACO Summer Camp is based on Pace University’s decades of leadership in professional education excellence and the success of Pace University Saturday USACO Programming Workshops. Pace University faculty and PhD students have developed unique strategies and courseware in teaching high school students programming skills and advanced algorithms to excel in USACO contests. Every Saturday, dozens of select high school students from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area attend custom-designed lectures and workshops at Pace University Pleasantville campus from 9am to 12pm, and work on USACO challenges together as a learning community. This learning community is also supported by dynamic and instructor-assisted discussion forums assisting students every day. Pace University USACO skill sheets (popularly called by high school students as Pace University USACO “cheat sheets”) in C++ and Java are summary of the most important programming skills and algorithms that are critically important in performing well in USACO contests, and they enable students to program in both C++ and Java based on existing advanced data structures in the shortest period of time.

Pace University Computer Science USACO Summer Camp has the following salient features:

  • It is backed by the Pace University Computer Science Department faculty and doctorate students who have first-hand experience in teaching high school student programming through its USACO Programming Workshops every weekend.
  • It has unique courseware, including USACO Skill Sheets in both C++ and Java, distilled from systematic solution of all available USACO training questions and past USACO contest questions at all levels, and proven effective.
  • It takes full advantage of the power of technology abstraction so students learn how to reuse existing powerful data structures and algorithms from the very beginning, and they can write concise and efficient solutions with minimal coding.
  • Integrated in the summer camp are hands-on technology overview of current IT technologies including cloud computing, computing virtualization, mobile computing, and information assurance; and practical counselling on university application strategies.
  • High school seniors who deliver excellent performance at this summer camp can be admitted into the BS in Computer Science program of select participating universities on and during the camp with significant merit-based scholarship awards, and SAT and TOEFL requirements could be waived for international students.

 

Pace University Summer Camp Structure

  • Duration: July 20, 2015 to August 7, 2015 for three weeks.
  • Location: Pace University Pleasantville campus. Street address: 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.
  • Levels: The summer camp courses are designed for three levels: Bronze classes for students with limited programming experience; Silver classes for students who have passed USACO Bronze contest; and Gold classes for students who have passed USACO Silver contest.
  • Student Types: The camp supports both local commuter (day) students and residential students out of the county, state or country.
    Accommodations:  Residential students will live in Pace University dormitories, with 2-3 students per room. Lodging and all meals are included in the residence fee.
  • Camp Counsellors: Camp counsellors will guide and protect the students all day long, organize sports and weekend activities, help the students in both study and living, and live with the students.
  • Schedule: 9am-12pm includes three 45-minute study and problem-solving workshops; 12pm-1:30pm for lunch and break; 1:30pm-4:30pm includes three 45-minute study and problem-solving workshops; 4:30pm-6:30pm for sports; 6:30pm-7pm for dinner, and 7pm-9pm for free activities.
  • Registration: Interested students should first indicate their interest by submitting the registration form at http://community.seidenberg.pace.edu/innovation/summer-camp (http://tiny.cc/usaco-camp). A confirmation email will be sent with further instructions including alternative payment methods for deposit, tuition and residence fee.
  • Deposit: Each student needs to pay $250 non-refundable deposit by March 31, 2015 to reserve space for this summer camp. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition. Registering and paying deposit after March 31, 2015 will be accepted until the spaces are full. Please check space availability after March 31, 2015 by email to Dr. Lixin Tao at ltao@pace.edu.
  • Tuition: $2,800. This tuition covers all lectures, workshops and courseware for each commuter student.
  • Residence Fee: $2,500. This residence fee covers lodging and 3 meals per day. The total cost for a residence student is tuition + residence fee or $5,300.
  • Discount: Students who pay off tuition and residence fee, if applicable, by March 31, 2015 will enjoy a 10% discount ($2,520 for a commuter student, and $4,770 for a residence student).
  • Healthcare Insurance: Each international student attending this summer camp must be properly covered by a healthcare insurance plan with unlimited medical/accident coverage. Each international student should email the scan of his/her healthcare insurance policy to Dr. Lixin Tao at ltao@pace.edu before July 20, 2015.
  • Parent/Guardian Authorization Form: Each student needs to email the scan of a signed parent/guardian authorization form to Dr. Lixin Tao at ltao@pace.edu before July 20, 2015.
  • Payment Methods: For deposit, tuition and residence fee, you can mail a check or money order, to the order of “USACO Education”, to “Dr. Lixin Tao, Seidenberg School, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570, USA”. Please mark student name on the check or money order. Additional payment methods will be available upon request after you register for this summer camp.
  • Courseware: All resources and courseware used by the camp, including the Pace University USACO Virtual Machine supporting both Java and C++ programming and mobile development, are included in the tuition.
  • USA B-2 Visa: Pace University will issue paper work to help international students who have paid the summer camp deposit to apply for USA B-2 visiting visa.
  • Group Registration: Please contact Dr. Lixin Tao at ltao@pace.edu for group registration.

 

Important Dates:

  • Now: Complete online registration at http://tiny.cc/usaco-camp to indicate your interest as soon as possible to receive further instructions. There is no payment requirement or commitment for this online registration.
  • March 31, 2015: Deadline for paying $250 deposit to reserve space for this summer camp. Also deadline for receiving 10% discount if full fees are paid by this date ($2,520 for a commuter student, and $4,770 for a residence student, deducting your paid deposit).
  • After March 31, 2015, registration and payments are accepted if summer camp space is available ($2,800 for a commuter student, and $5,300 for a residence student).

 

Pace University and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Pace University is nationally recognized for excellence of professional education. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is among the few and earliest universities that offer computer science programs in a school dedicated to computing. In 2013 US News & World Report ranked Pace University #1 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs out of a field of 237 colleges/universities, and Pace University’s MS in Internet Technology #13 for Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (Boston University #14, John Hopkins #16). Since 2004 Pace University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Main Contact: Dr. Lixin Tao, Chairperson of the Computer Science Department, Seidenberg School, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570, USA;  ltao@pace.edu

Summer Camp Web: http://community.seidenberg.pace.edu/innovation/summer-camp or http://tiny.cc/usaco-camp

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Pace Programming

USA Computing Olympiad Contest

USA Computing Olympiad (usaco.org) is a nonprofit organization supporting computer science education in the USA and worldwide by identifying, motivating, and training high-school students in programming and problem-solving for its Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Each year it runs 4-6 online programming contests at all levels. With proper guidance, motivated students could pick up basic programming and problem-solving skills to pass the Bronze level in 6 months, and pass the Silver level in an additional 6 months. Students who have passed the Silver level have programming proficiency beyond that of typical computer science freshman, and they have priority for being admitted into top tier universities. Students who have performed well in the Gold level contests are nationally exceptional and have significant advantage in being admitted into top-tier universities, and the top 24 of them (also considering other factors like age) are invited to participate in an intensive summer training camp. The top four of these invited campers will then represent USA in the international programming contest called “International Olympiad in Informatics”.

While USACO has free online resources for preparing students in USACO contests, they are only meaningful to students who have already been engaged in the learning track. Most of the high schools do not have faculty to prepare their students for the advanced programming and problem solving skills required to perform well in USACO contests. Around the nation there are many weekend and summer programs for training students in mathematics, but there are few programs for helping students in computer science problem-solving.

Pace University Saturday Programming Workshops

This program aims at high school students within one-hour driving distance from Pace University’s Pleasantville campus located at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Prior programming courses or skills are not required. The workshops will run every Saturday 9am – 12pm during the fall and spring semesters in computer labs at Goldstein Academic Center on the Pace University Pleasantville campus. Both Java and C++ are supported by our accomplished faculty and PhD students. Free study resources, including tutorials and the Seidenberg Portable Lab based on cloud computing technology, will be provided. Students can use the Seidenberg Portable Lab to practice on site, at school, and at home. This program will differentiate instruction based on students’ prior programming preparation. The main objective of this weekend program is to cultivate a local student community for the Summer USACO Training Camp to be hosted on the Pace University Pleasantville campus in summer 2015. In addition to programming, the workshops will also teach new technologies including mobile app development and web application development.

Pace University and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Pace University is nationally recognized for excellence of professional education. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is among the few and earliest universities that offer computer science programs in a school dedicated to computing. In 2013 US News & World Report ranked Pace University #1 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs out of a field of 237 colleges/universities, and Pace University’s MS in Internet Technology #13 for Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (Boston University #14, John Hopkins #16). Since 2004 Pace University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Registration: Please mail a signed parent/guardian authorization letter and a check of $200 registration fee, to the order of “Pace University”, to “Ms. Susan Downey, Seidenberg School, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570”. Purchasing orders are also accepted. 

Location: Rooms 300/314/315/320, Goldstein Academic Center, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.

Time: 9am-12pm, every Saturday from January 24 through May 9, 2015

Main Contact: Dr. Lixin Tao, Chairperson of Computer Science Department, Westchester; ltao@pace.edu

Web: http://community.seidenberg.pace.edu/innovation/weekend-programming or http://goo.gl/FHSRRn 

Seidenberg School Technology Day

Feb
14

PACE is IT!!!!
HOT DAY (Hands on Technology)

An Information Technology Event for High School Students and Their Parents
Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:00am – 1:00pm

 

The registration has closed. Please send email to seidenbergitday@pace.edu for more information.

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Telemedicine: Improving Patient Experience and Lowering Costs using Technology

Presented by: Dr. Amar Gupta
Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Pace University

Thursday, September 27
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Pace University
1 Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room
New York, NY

Lunch provided.

RSVP, by September 25, at www.pace.edu/TechTalk

Master the Mainframe 2012 Competition

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06

In the fall semester of 2012, IBM is running its eighth annual Master the Mainframe Contest for college and university students across the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec). High school students are also encouraged to compete!

No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit.

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2012 Watson Solutions Faculty Awards Program

Jul
02

IBM has announced its 2012 Watson Solutions Faculty Award Program with a call for proposals. The Watson Faculty Awards are cash awards that will be announced and awarded in November 2012. Each award recipient will receive a grant of $10,000 USD, with up to ten (10) awards in total. The purpose of the program is to support the development of world class curriculum development in machine learning, natural language processing, and Big Data analytics; and foster collaboration between academic faculty, students, and IBM Watson development and business teams.

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IBM Analytics Workshop

Jun
01

On May 22-23, 2012, Seidenberg Institute of Computing Innovation and IBM collaborated in delivering a two-day analytics workshop for Pace University faculty in room 300 of Goldstein Academic Building, Pleasantville campus. In the afternoon of May 22, Mr. Brian Snyder, IBM Cognos solution specialist, introduced Cognos with handson labs through Cognos instances deployed on IBM cloud servers. In the morning of May 23, Mr. John Norton, IBM SPSS solutions architect, delivered a comprehensive lecture on SPSS modeler and data mining with handson labs on a Windows XP virtual machine preinstalled for each attendee. Over 20 Pace university faculty and staff from Seidenberg, Dyson, Lubin, Library, and other university units attended the workshop. This workshop is a major step in introducing the latest analytics methodologies and technologies into Pace curricula.

We'd like to thank Mr. Robert Bry, IBM Academic Initiative representative for Pace University, for helping organize this workshop and working with us during the two-day workshop. We thank Mr. Brian Snyder and Mr. Mr. John Norton for traveling long distance to deliver the well-designed lectures. We also thank Mr. Thomas Reivik for helping us set up the SPSS virtual machines and arrange the recording of the Cognos workshop.

The following are IBM resources related to this workshop in particular and analytics in general. We hope they would be useful for you.

Workshop recording:  The Cognos workshop was recorded but has no audio. The SPSS workshop was not allowed to record.

Workshop handouts: Cognos workshop handsoutSPSS workshop handout

IBM Cognos cloud instances: Cognos cloud instance in Boulders, Cognos cloud instance in Toronto

SPSS Windows XP virtual machine:

  • If you us a Windows computer, you need to download the free VMware Player by right-clicking here and saving the target to your computer, then run it to install it. If you use a Mac computer, you need to buy a license of VMware Fusion, around $80-100, from vmware.com, an dinstall it on your Mac computer.
  • The SPSS Windows XP VM is in the form of a folder of 15GB files. Please contact Seidenberg staff Mr. Thomas Reivik at treivik@pace.edu set up an appointment, and bring over a laptop or external disk to copy the folder. It would help if you bring over a laptop that has VMware Player or VMware Fusion is installed so Thomas can show you how to run the virtual machine.
  • To run the virtual machine, double click file Windows XP Professional.vmx.
  • You can also contact Prof. Lixin Tao for help at ltao@pace.edu.

IBM analytics courseware: IBM analytics courseware list, IBM Cognos courseware, IBM SPSS courseware

IBM video tutorial: IBM SPSS video tutorial (dozens of hours)

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May
19

The yearly Pace University Faculty Institite was held on May 17-18, 2012. Prof. Lixin Tao and Prof. Hsui-lin Winkler of Seidenberg, Prof. Janice Kim Winch of Lubin, and Prof. Walter Morris of Dyson ran a Pace University Analytics Initiative session at 1:40PM of May 17. The main objective of the session is to share analytics courseware with our colleagues and integrate analytics into all Pace programs. Over 30 faculty and students attended the session. Prod. Tao introduced the history and objectives of this initiative. Prof. Winch introduced Lubin School's Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA) Program and course contents. Prof. Morris described the process that he developed the Dyson version of data mining course and his experience with the course. Prof. Winkler presented Seidenberg School's data mining courses and the achievements and satisfaction that students have achieved through these courses. This session is complimented by the two-day IBM Analytics Workshops on Cognos and SPSS on May 22-23, 2012.

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Seidenberg student Jay Thomas presents at Innovate 2012

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09

Jay Thomas has been interested in IBM mainframes since they were recommended by Dr. Lixin Tao at Pace University for him to complete in Master the Mainframe. He was a 2010 Master the Mainframe winner and an honourable mention in 2011. In his professional life Jay spends a lot of time with DB2 as an network operations analyst for TDS Telecom in Madison, WI. He is also a graduate student at Pace University studying Information Assurance. Attaches is the slides that Jay's team will use to present at Innovate 2012.

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