Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges — Northeastern Region

Last updated: April 24, 2014 13:04 PM EDT
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Providence College (Google map)
Providence, RI
April 25-26, 2014

Important Dates

11/11/13SubmissionPapers, Panels, Demos, Tutorials, Workshops
12/02/13ReviewPapers, Panels, Demos, Tutorials, Workshops
12/23/13NotificationPapers, Panels, Demos, Tutorials, Workshops
01/06/14SubmissionFaculty and Graduate Student Posters
01/20/14ReviewFaculty and Graduate Student Posters
01/24/14NotificationFaculty and Graduate Student Posters
01/31/14Camera ReadyPapers, Panels, Demos, Tutorials, Workshops, Posters
02/28/14SubmissionUndergraduate Student Poster Abstracts
03/21/14NotificationUndergraduate Student Posters
03/28/14Camera ReadyUndergraduate Student Poster Abstracts
04/04/14Early registration


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Big Data meets Computer Science

Jim Hendler
Director, Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Abstract: As “big data” moves from buzzword to practice, campus departments must increasingly figure out where data science fits into their curricula. Clearly such an interdisciplinary area crosses traditional boundaries ranging from statistics traditionally taught in mathematics or engineering departments, a new method of scientific discovery for biologists and chemists, a new challenge for ethicists and political scientists, and a new realm for design and electronic arts, etc.  Within computer science departments, it currently seems to reside in the machine learning and knowledge discovery areas where the metaphor of big data as “the new oil” to be mined is pursued.  In this talk, however, I opine that just as oil is important for the energy it generates, which powers the technologies of modern life, data is increasingly important for the information it generates, which will power the information applications of the future.  We will explore some of these emerging trends, ranging from high performance modeling to the Watson AI system, looking at what we might want to be teaching our students if they are to be leaders in this emerging area.

Bio: Jim Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI.  An early researcher in the “Semantic Web area,” Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the IEEE and the AAAS and was the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing editors for Science. Hendler  is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002.   In 2010, Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine and was selected as an “Internet Web Expert” by the US government. In 2012, he was one of the inaugural recipients of the Strata Conference “Big Data” awards for his work on large-scale open government data, and he is a columnist and associate editor of the Big Data journal. In 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Hendler to be New York State’s Open Data Advisor.

Computer Science Curricula for the Coming Decade

Mehran Sahami
Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department, and the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
Stanford University

The talk is supported by the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education.

Abstract: Interest in Computer Science has fluctuated dramatically in the past 20 years. Many factors have been cited for these enrollment dynamics, including changes in the high-tech economy and the general image of computing. In this talk, we begin by examining some of the factors affecting enrollments in CS, analyzing both historical and current trends. In light of this analysis, we then turn our attention to curricular issues, first examining significant changes made ​​in Stanford University’s undergraduate CS program, which aim to expand the scope of education in computer science and highlight the diversity of options available in the field. We discuss the results of these changes — a tripling in the number of CS majors in the past five years — and analyze some of the reasons why. We then look at CS curriculum development more broadly, discussing the recently released ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 (CS2013) guidelines. CS2013 seeks to provide concrete curricular guidance for the coming decade for undergraduate CS programs by redefining the knowledge areas in CS, rethinking the essentials necessary for a CS curriculum, and identifying working exemplars of courses and curricula.

Bio: Mehran Sahami is a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department, and the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google for several years. His research interests include computer science education, machine learning, and web search. He is co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-CS joint task force on Computer Science Curricula 2013 (CS2013). He has published over 40 technical papers and has over 20 patent filings. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Online registration will close on Monday, April 21, 2014

Early Registration (on or before Friday, April 4, 2014)
Full Registration: $125
Student Registration: $50

Late/On-Site Registration
Full Registration: $155
Student Registration: $50

Full registration includes
the conference banquet on Friday evening, admission to all sessions and pre-conference workshops, and one copy of the conference proceedings. It also includes membership in CCSC.
Luncheon on Saturday is NOT provided.

Student registration includes
the conference banquet on Friday evening, and admission to all sessions. Students who author regular papers or participate in the programming contest receive additional benefits. See the appropriate contest registration page for details.
Copies of the conference proceedings may be purchased for an additional fee.

Note: Tickets for the conference banquet depend on availability for late and on-site registrations. Banquet attendance is not guaranteed in these cases.

[note] The Programming Contest Registration process has changed.
Please review the information on the Programming Contest page before attempting to register your team.
[/note] [note] Registering for the Hackfest
Please follow the instructions on the Hackfest page.

Register and pay online

Use the CCSCNE Registration System

If you registered online for the CCSCNE 2012 or CCSCNE 2013, then you already have an account. Your e-mail is your user name.

If you already have an account, you may logon and register for CCSCNE 2014.

If you do not have an account, you need to create one, and then register for CCSCNE 2014.

You may pay by credit card or PayPal.

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Register and pay via U.S. mail

Print the appropriate form below and mail it along with check (payable to CCSC) to

Prof. Mark Hoffman
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Email: ude.c1441346789aipin1441346789niuq@1441346789namff1441346789oh.kr1441346789am1441346789
Phone: (203) 582-8449



Providence Downtown Marriott
$109 per room
free parking

To get the rate, call 866-807-2171 by April 3rd, 2014, and mention CCSCNE’14 as the group.

Travel & Parking

Direct ions to the campus our at the College site:

campus map with parking

Parking will be tight on Friday.  The security office has graciously opened a lot that is only used for special occasions.  This is shown of the map.

  1. All cars should enter at the Huxley Gate of the College unless directed to a different gate by the guard at the Huxley Gate.
  2. Parking is on the Tennis Courts on Friday.  The guards will direct you to the parking.
  3. If we run out of room in the tennis courts, we will use parking behind the Schneider Hockey Rink.  If we run out of that space, we will have parking on the road leading from the Huxley Gate to Slavin Center.
  4. Registration for programming contest teams and their advisers will start at 8  in the first floor lobby of Accinno (marked A on the map).  Enter Accdinno through the main doors, not the side door.
  5. Registration for workshops 1, 3 and 4 will start at 8 in Slavin Center (marked S on the map) in front of ’64 Hall.
  6. Registration for workshop 2will start at 8  in in the Phillips Library room 233  (marked L on the map).
  7. The main registration will begin at 10:00 in Slavin Center in front of ’64 Hall.

All entrances have a security guard on duty.  The guard will be able to direct you.

If you are coming from the hotel, please try to carpool on Friday.  The hotel has 2 12-person vans which can be used to get to PC and back.  Check at the hotel registration desk for how you reserve these.

Program Committee

Conferencegro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@sria1441346789hcfno1441346789c1441346789Frank Ford
Faculty Postersgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@sret1441346789sop-y1441346789tluca1441346789f1441346789Frank Ford
John P. Russo
Jim Teresco
Panels and Demosgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@slen1441346789ap1441346789 gro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@some1441346789d1441346789Susan Imberman
Yana Kortsarts
Papersgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@srep1441346789ap1441346789Ian MacDonald
Mark Bailey
Programming Contestgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@tset1441346789nocmg1441346789p1441346789Del Hart
Adam Villa
Namita Sarawagi
Publicitygro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@ytic1441346789ilbup1441346789Nadine Hanebutte
Registrationgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@noit1441346789artsi1441346789ger1441346789Lisa Michaud
Mark Hoffman
Reviewersgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@srew1441346789eiver1441346789Jim Teresco
Speakersgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@srek1441346789aeps1441346789Ingrid Russell
Val Kolesnikov
Undergraduate Posters and Research Competitiongro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@sret1441346789sop-t1441346789nedut1441346789s1441346789Jeremy Brown
Alice Fischer
Sandeep Mitra
Bob Dugan
Tutorials and Workshopsgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@slai1441346789rotut1441346789 gro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@spoh1441346789skrow1441346789Bonnie MacKellar
Krista Hill
Web Design Contestgro.e1441346789ncscc1441346789@tset1441346789nocbe1441346789w1441346789Darre Lim

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