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Computer Science Colloquium: October 24

The second Computer Science Colloquium of the semester will be held on Friday, October 24.  Mr. Matthew Tom-Wolverton (TCNJ ’10) of Tumblr will give a talk entitled “Behind the Scenes at Tumblr”.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Education Building 113 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Curious about what it’s like to work on a site that has millions of users every day? I’ll give you a peek into life at Tumblr, my experiences scaling our advertising, and some of the other things I’ve done and learned here, as well as the journey of how I wound up here in the first place.

From the early days programming BASIC on an Atari 800XL, to his college years (TCNJ Class of ’10!), to currently leading the Ads Engineering team at Tumblr, Matthew has always had a passion for building cool stuff. His tools of choice include PHP, vi, and the Canon 6D.

Computer Science Colloquium: September 5

The Computer Science Department will be holding the first colloquium of the academic year on Friday, September 5.   Dr. David G. Cooper, adjunct professor and instructor of CSC 320: Information Retrieval, will be giving at talk entitled “Affect Detection for a Classroom Computerized Geometry Tutoring System”. Dr. Cooper’s biography and an abstract of his talk can be found below. Please join Dr. Cooper, faculty, and students on Friday in Forcina 408 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.  Pizza will be provided and all are welcome to attend.



Minimally invasive sensor technology is mature enough to equip classrooms of up to 25 students with four sensors at the same time while using a computer based intelligent tutoring system. The sensors, which are on each student’s chair, mouse, monitor, and wrist, provide data about posture, movement, grip tension, arousal, and facially expressed mental states. Accurate affect detection can provide an intelligent tutoring system with cues to give feedback to individual students using the system. We discuss a method to clarify classifier ranking for the purpose of affective models. The method begins with a careful collection of a training and testing set, each from a separate population, and concludes with a non-parametric ranking of the trained classifiers on the testing set. The talk will conclude with a discussion of future directions that affective sensing could go for education and beyond.


David G. Cooper is a lecturer at Ursinus College in the Math and Computer Science Department and at The College of New Jersey in the Department of Computer Science. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on computational affect (emotion) detection. He earned his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University. While working as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin, David was on a team to prototype distributed data fusion software for helicopter communication, and was able to test the software while in flight on a Black Hawk helicopter. David’s research has ranged from human robot interaction in the Robot Tug of War project to emotion detection for a computerized geometry tutor for middle and high school students.

Dr. Salgian to Present in Athens, Greece

On September 18, Dr. Andrea Salgian will present her paper “Teaching Robots to Conduct: Automatic Extraction of Conducting Information from Sheet Music” at the 40th International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece.  This year’s conference will be jointly held with the 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference and will run September 14 – 20.    Dr. Salgian’s paper was accepted for presentation by the International Computer Music Association (ICMA), an international organization of individual researchers and institutions who are involved in the technical, creative, and performance aspects of computer music.

Coauthored by TCNJ alumnus Laurence Agina and Dr. Teresa Nakra, Associate Professor in TCNJ’s Music Department, the paper was written as part of a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  Students who majored in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Interactive Multimedia worked together in a semester-long class to build robots that could conduct a real orchestra and were later utilized during performances by TCNJ’s music ensembles.  The culminating paper describes an algorithm that can parse sheet music encoded in MIDI files in order to extract conducting information such as tempo, dynamics, and entrance cues.  This process is the robotic equivalent of a human conductor reading the sheet music and deciding which gestures to perform and when. Current TCNJ students continue to work on improving the conducting robots technology in mentored research projects.

For more on the International Computer Music Conference, please visit the conference’s webpage:

Celebration of Computing, April 30

Celebration of Computing
As we do every spring, the Computer Science Department will celebrate the achievements of our students at the Celebration of Computing event on April 30, 2014, 12pm – 4 pm in Forcina, 4th floor.

Please Come Celebrate With Us!
Celebrate the wonderful achievements of CS students!
Celebrate yet another awesome semester in CS!
Celebrate the last week of classes for Spring 2014!


The tentative schedule is:

  • Computer Science lunch and activities, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Forcina Hall 4th Floor
  • Presentation of CS Department awards, 1:00 pm, Forcina Hall 4th Floor
  • Presentation of Goldberg-Neff award, 1:15 pm, Forcina Hall 4th Floor
  • Capstone Experience Presentations, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Brower Student Center
  • UPE Induction, 3:15 – 3:45 pm, Forcina Hall 4th Floor
Please follow the link below to complete a Qualtrics form to let us know of your participation so we can plan for the event, estimate space needs and order the appropriate quantity of food.
Access code: celeb14
Codebreaker, Feb 4 @7pm in Mayo Concert Hall

Codebreaker, Feb 4 @7pm in Mayo Concert Hall

The College of New Jersey Department of Computer Science Presents…


CODEBREAKER tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century’s most important people. Alan Turing set in mo9on the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the 9de of the Second World War.
Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.
Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in CODEBREAKER to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy.

Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, the School of Science, the Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Celebration of Computing, December 4th

Celebration of Computing
As we do every fall, the Computer Science Department will celebrate the achievements of our students at the Celebration of Computing event on December 4, 2013, 11:30am – 4 pm in Forcina, 4th floor.

Please Come Celebrate With Us!
Celebrate the wonderful achievements of CS students!
Celebrate yet another awesome semester in CS!
Celebrate the last week of classes for Fall 2013!


The schedule for the afternoon is below:

11:30am — 3:00pm Computing related games and other activities (some with prizes) : Forcina, 4th floor
- WICS and ACM are planning games, puzzles, brain teasers and other fun activities. Try them out and you could win a prize!

11:30am — 1pm Lunch
1pm — 3pm Student Poster Presentations
3:00 pm — 4:00pm UPE Induction Ceremony
- New members will be inducted into the national honor society of Computer Science, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).
- Society membership is by invitation and based on academic standing (juniors and above) and performance within one’s academic class.
- The ceremony is open to everyone.

See last years celebration,


Career Mock Interview Event

On Wednesday, 11/20, 1-4 p.m.,  the Computer Science Career Mock Interview Event will be held for 33 of our students.  There will be over 50 interviews conducted.  Companies participating in this event include

Johnson & Johnson (6 interviews)
Verizon Wireless (12 interviews)
Twitter (6 interviews)
CA (18 interviews)
Front Rush (5 interviews)
Vanguard (6 interviews)


Database multi-version concurrency

This Friday, November 15th, two guest speakers will be talking about multi-version concurrency in Dr. Pulimood’s Database Systems class from 10:00 to 11:20 a.m. in Forcina 408. The speakers, Bruce Momjian and Jim Mlodgenski, are developers and consultants working with Postgres and open source.

This will be a technical presentation, and you are invited to attend the lecture and meet our guests.

Date: Friday November 15th
Location: Forcina 408
Time: 10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Who: Bruce Momjian and Jim Mlodgenski, consultants and developers in Postgres and open source.
Topic: Multi-version Concurrency in Databases

10Gen/MongoDB (NoSQL) workshop

As we did last semester, the local chapter of the Association for
Computing Machinery is proudly hosting an educational evangelist from
10Gen, the company behind the popular NoSQL database, MongoDB.

This workshop will take place on the first reading day, Friday, May 3rd,
from noon to about 2:30 or 3pm and will cover installation, setup and
use of MongoDB. We also anticipate that a small sample application will
be built using MongoDB, as well as some discussion coverage of the
various drivers that connect from a technology stack (like PHP or Java,
etc.) to talk to MongoDB.

If you are interested in the wave of NoSQL databases, are a web
developer, or are technologically curious, this workshop may be for you!

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff from TCNJ, but seating
is limited, so sign ups are a must:  Please use the waiting list
if you can’t reserve a spot. If demand warrants, we can look into a
different location.

Refreshments will be provided.

Date: May 3, 2013
Time: Noon – 2:30 or 3pm
Location: New Education Building Rm 113

We look forward to seeing you there.

Peter J. DePasquale, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science


Hosted by the Department of Computer Science and the TCNJ ACM student chapter.

A technical creation and learning experience

March 16th and 17th, 2013
Brower Student Center, The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ 08628


Have you ever wanted to dedicate 24 hours to extend your knowledge and learn a new technology platform, framework, or area? HackTCNJ is the perfect time to jump into a new area. We’ll have development professionals on hand to engage, inspire and assist as much or as little as you wish.



We won’t be focusing on any particular theme or type of app. Come inspired and show us how creative you can be! Web app? You bet. Mobile app? Not a problem. No idea? We’ll do our best to inspire you and help you get creative in expanding your portfolio to show future employers.



HackTCNJ is open to currently enrolled students of all types (high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate). Don’t have friends joining you? Not a problem, we’re happy to help you join a team or make some introductions to others flying solo. Don’t be shy, we’ve been there too.

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