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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 September 19 through December 5, 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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Tech Talk - Telemedicine: Improving Patient Experience and Lowering Costs using Technology

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

Sep
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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Faculty Institute - Pace University Analytics Initiative

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

May
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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DealBook: Microsoft Deal Adds to E-Book Battle

May
03

DealBook: Microsoft Deal Adds to E-Book Battle
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and JULIE BOSMAN
The deal, which gives Microsoft a 17.6 percent stake, values the Nook unit at $1.7 billion - roughly double Barnes & Noble's entire market value as of last Friday - and bolsters the bookseller's efforts to make its digital business the linchpin of its future growth.

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MIT and Harvard launch a [FREE] ‘revolution in education’

May
03

MIT and Harvard launch a [FREE]‘revolution in education’ Online edX courses will open both universities’ classrooms to the world while enhancing on-campus learning. David L. Chandler, MIT News Office http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/edx-launched-0502.html

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