Computer Science Department

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Students Organize First-ever Bowdoin Hackathon

Students interested in boosting Bowdoin’s computer programing culture are organizing the college’s first hackathon, on Feb. 6-8.


Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

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Van Gogh Painted Fluid Turbulence Before It Was a Thing

In 2004, the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of swirling eddies that reminded people of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” A nice observation – but it didn’t stop there.

“Investigation of UV Reflectance Patterns off the Scales of Carrasius auratus as an Important Factor for Female Mate Choice,” by Varun Wadia '15 and mentors Richmond Thompson and Madeleine Msall (photo by Catherine Yochum ’15)

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.

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Students Start Group for Bowdoin Women in Computing

Two sophomores interested in computer science wanted to provide more opportunities for women at Bowdoin to discover the joys of working with computers. So this fall, they formed the student group Bowdoin Women in Computer Science.


Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

Grab your lab coat and goggles. At Bowdoin, scientific research has a central place in the liberal arts.


Bowdoin Team Heads to Brazil for Robot Soccer World Cup

Now that the FIFA World Cup contenders have finished battling it out, another international soccer competition is just getting started in Brazil – only this time, the players aren’t human.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world.


Stork’s Computer Vision Revolutionizes the Study of Art

Digital investigator David Stork, who uses computer image analysis to solve mysteries that have previously eluded art historians, recently gave a talk at Bowdoin for the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.


Workshop Gives Faculty the Keys to a Digital World

Bowdoin faculty members take a turn as students in a short course titled “Digital Humanities @Bowdoin,” taught by Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher and Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown.


Bowdoin’s Oliveira Honored by White House

President Obama named Bowdoin’s Daniela Oliveira as one of 102 researchers nationwide to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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Panel Advises Aspiring Scientists on Finding Career Paths

Six professors and alumni held a panel conversation for students titled “What can I do with a degree in science?” in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union.

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Crystal Hall Reconstructs Galileo’s Library, Digitally

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Crystal Hall explored the challenges and opportunities of digital tools for humanities research, focusing particularly on her study of how poetry shaped Galileo’s philosophical ideas, in an Oct. 24 talk.

Tom Hazel ’05, a software engineer for Google

Google’s Tom Hazel ’05 Gives Career Talk on Campus

Bowdoin Career Planning recently invited Google Software Engineer Tom Hazel ’05 to give Bowdoin students a peek into working in the fast-paced world of Google.

Northern Bites Robocup poster, courtesy of Nick Edises ’13

Bowdoin’s Northern Bites Finishes RoboCup Competition in Top Eight

Northern Bites,  Bowdoin’s soccer-playing robot team, made it through the first rounds to advance to the quarterfinals at the international 2013 RoboCup, which was held this weekend in Eindhoven, a city in the Netherlands. Northern Bites landed in the top eight, automatically qualifying the team for the competition next year. In the round before quarterfinals, Northern […]

Ellis Ratner ’14 has received a prestigious Goldwater scholarship

Ellis Ratner ’14 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Since arriving at Bowdoin in 2010, junior Ellis Ratner has dedicated himself to robotics.


National Science Foundation Highlights Bowdoin CS Professor

The National Science Foundation’s CS Bits & Bytes Newsletter is featuring the research of Daniela Oliveira this month partly “in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.” Oliveira, as assistant professor, is from Brazil.

Min "Ivy" Xing '15 is developing code to calculate trust between people in online social network

C.S. Student Analyzes Trust in Online Relationships

Min Xing ’15 helped Computer Science Professor launch a project this summer to better assess the trust between people in online social networks.

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There’s a Bowdoin App for That: Rob Visentin ’14 Builds New Campus Guide

Rob Visentin ’14 has been awarded a Gibbons Summer Research Program grant to turn an app he developed in a computer science course last year into a multifaceted product that, when finished, will be available for free downloads from the Apple Store.

Zoe, Jayne, River and Wash - members of Northern Bites, Bowdoin's RoboCup soccer team - during halftime of the game they would win against the Taiwanese team, NTU-Robot-PAL.

Northern Bites Perform Well at 2012 RoboCup World Championship Games

The Northern Bites, Bowdoin’s robot soccer team, played well but was eliminated before final rounds at the 2012 RoboCup World Championship Games in Mexico City.