Computer Science Department

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Pilot Program Teaches Maine High Schoolers Robotics Through Bowdoin Upward Bound

A group of high school students from across Maine took part in a six week pilot program on the Bowdoin campus this summer to learn about robotics and computer coding.

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Where Computer Science Meets Abstract Art

Two computer science students are spending the summer working on computer programs that can imitate the work of two twentieth-century masters of abstract art: Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

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Five Years Out: From App Developer to Managing Director, Ben Johnson ’11

Bowdoin News presents a new series, “Five Years Out,” in which we catch up Bowdoin alumni to find out what they’re up to and where they’ve been since they earned their diploma five years ago.​

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Summer Fellowship Maps Congressional Behavior

The essence of Dieli’s work is to collate and organize congressional voting records in a way that will make it much easier to track the progress of a particular bill and find out who voted for it.

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Beyond the Saxophone: Mauceri Creates Multimedia Music

Many of Mauceri’s compositions explore the interface between the audio and the visual, between the human and the machine.

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Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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Bowdoin’s “Northern Bites” Place Second in RoboCup 2016 US Open FInal

After placing second in the RoboCup US Open, Bowdoin now prepares to head to Germany for the world championships at the end of June.

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Watch Live: Electronic ‘Athletes’ Gear Up For RoboCup US Open

The eventual goal is, by 2050, to have a team of robots that can perform as well as humans at soccer and compete with the real FIFA world champions.

Netflix Cofounder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83 on Campus

Netflix cofounder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83 visited campus March 10, 2016.

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Bowdoin’s Irfan Reacts to Mark Rothko Art Forgery Trial

“Once I learned that it duped the chairman of Sotheby’s, I was intrigued.”

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Nine New Courses Offered This Semester

The following is a complete list of new Bowdoin classes as they are described in the course catalog, plus comment from the faculty teaching the course.

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Machine Learning: How Computers Predict The Future

“Everyone wants to own data mining now and machine learning”, she says. “It’s because of the amount of data that are out there today”, she adds, noting that how many of our everyday transactions are now electronically logged.

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For First Time, Bowdoin RoboCup Team Led by Two Female Captains

Northern Bites this year it is being led by two women, Nicole Morin ’16 and Megan Maher ’16. The team this year also has more female members than it ever has had — four altogether.

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Repairing the ‘Leaky Pipeline’ of Women in STEM: Clare Boothe Luce Fellows Discuss Their Research

Megan Maher ’16 and Meg Freiberger ’16 are this year’s recipients of the Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship, which is targeted at women doing research in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Irfan Shares Expertise on Careers and Coding on MPBN

Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies and Computer Science Mohammad Irfan was on MPBN’s Maine Calling program earlier this week talking about what he knows best: coding.

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New Course to Introduce Students to World of Digital Humanities

A Bowdoin computer science professor and a digital humanities expert are teaming up to teach a new digital and computational course next fall. The class will tackle two major projects: for the first, students will recreate what General Joshua Chamberlain saw from Little Round Top in 1865. For the second, they will explore the notion of identity in the age of social media.

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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.

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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.

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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.