Computer Science Department

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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.”


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. (NOTE: Some courses are labeled ESD or VPA. These refer to Exploring Social Differences and Visual and Performing Arts, which are two of the five distribution requirements mandated by […]

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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.


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.


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.