Villanova Department of Computing Sciences

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— Albert Einstein

Saturday, November 29, 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 NeuroSoccer

NeuroSoccer is the name of my project, and its goal is to implement the Q-Learning Algorithm, modified for a Neural Network, in a basic soccer game. Q-Learning works by exploring the state space of the game, and determining potential reward for each action. My plan is to train an individual player to kick the ball, and score a goal in the net. Then, multiple players will be grouped and will train together as a team. Once multiple teams are trained, I will have a round robin style tournament to determine the best team. Each team will have slightly different attributes such as amount of information relayed to the neural network, training time, number of neurons etc.The hope is to determine which attributes contribute most significantly to training time, and overall team performance. Technologies used will be Python. Graphics rendering will be done using the PyGame Library. Neural Networks will leverage a library called PyBrain, which is a general purpose machine learning library with a focus on neural networks. The game logic will all be hand coded, using PyGame simply for graphics rendering.

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