2015 Open House Schedule

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Memorial Hall

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Poster session

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Johnson Great Room

Welcome - Dean Steven Crouch
State of the Department - Mats Heimdahl
Keynote Address, "The Nonlinear Nature of Your Career" - Mike Connly, CIO Optum
Programming introduction following Keynote Address - George Karypis

12:00 am - 1:45 pm

Memorial Hall

Sandwich buffet and poster session

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Johnson Great Room

Presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards
Introduction to this year’s Awardees
Remarks from Awardees


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ski-U-Mah Room
Johnson Great Room

Panel Sessions

Computer Scientists in Non-Traditional Technology Companies: Opportunities & Challenges

A discussion panel focusing on the growing involvement of professionals with Computer Science education and skills in non-traditional Information Technology companies.  Perspectives from local industry will provide insight to the the drivers behind this trend; its benefits, opportunities, and various challenges associated with recruiting and integrating CS professionals; as well as being able to recommend/advise on how UMN can further/better this trend.

Maker Movement: Hands-On Exploration of Maker Technologies

Makers are people who use Computer Science, Engineering, and good old-fashioned MacGyvering to build new technologies for their everyday life.  During this maker demonstration, you will get hands-on experience with technologies like Arduino, eTextiles, and littleBits that will give you a taste of what is happening in the movement. Aspirants of all levels of experience are welcome to attend.

Note: This is a hands-on workshop which will require some preparation ahead of time. Specifically, we ask that you bring a laptop and install the Arduino environment on it before the workshop. Arduino is free and instructions for installation are found here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

Because of the hands-on nature of this workshop, we are limiting it to 40 participants. Beyond this number, we will do our best to accommodate everybody, but cannot guarantee a kit for each group.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Heritage Gallery

Reception for Vipin Kumar