Villanova Department of Computing Sciences

Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.

— Donald Knuth

Friday, November 28, 2014

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The Villanova Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) was featured WHYY’s The Pulse. Professor Frank Klassner and Freshman Computer Science major Charles Walberg were both interviewed by WHYY's The Pulse to explore the CAVE's potential as a classroom facility. Villanova's CAVE comes courtesy of a $1.67 million National Science Foundation grant, which covers the cost of the unit, along with a $15,000 hi-resolution camera that can be used to create original content. During the interview Professor Klassner displayed a virtual model of a newly renovated lounge and study area on campus. Charles Walberg responded to his experience in the CAVE by stating, "I'm really blown away by a) how similar it looks to the room I've actually been in before, and then b) I guess, just how real it looks, how lifelike everything is." More...

Twenty-five Villanova women, which included eighteen Computer Science majors, two Computer Engineering majors, one Mathematics major and Computer Science minor, two Information Systems majors and two Management Information Systems majors, attended the 14th annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 8-10, 2014. Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, designed to connect, inspire, and guide women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. More...

VWCS 2014-2015 First Meeting

Posted: 2014/10/26

On Monday, Sep. 22, the Villanova Women in Computer Science (VWCS) club organized the first meeting of the year to meet the new members, discuss activities and goals, provide some information about the Grace Hopper Celebration, and network with other women from Information Sciences and Computer Engineering. The club will be meeting informally throughout the year in Mendel 290 and 4:30 pm for social interactions and support for academic development. More...

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Senior Projects 2014 Anthony DiValerio & Sang Cheon

For our Senior Project, we will be creating an interactive paint program using the Xbox 360 Kinect to control the various commands. Primarily, we will focus on working with GIMP, a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring, and/or Green Foot, an interactive Java development environment designed primarily for educational purposes at the high school and undergraduate level that allows for easy development of two-dimensional graphical applications, such as simulations and interactive games, to utilize the motion detection from the Xbox 360 Kinect to apply abstract paint functions such as splash. This will ultimately be a proof of concept and more showing how body motion can be detected to apply visual effects on a photo editing program such as GIMP. One of the main effects we would like to see is the paint splash effect on a photo with the effect intensity dependent on arm motion intensity. We would also like to further investigate other possibilities of free body motion that can be applied to our photo editing program which we believe may promote creativity.

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