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  1. 1. Computer Science Professional Advisory Board Meeting #17 Hosted by Steve Gilliom PHD, Inc. December 13, 2007
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>A Small Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Bring IT On” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RoboCup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website revamp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiential learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Big Change </li></ul><ul><li>A Big Mystery </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Small Review: “Bring IT On!” <ul><li>Held Oct 26-28 at IU Bloomington </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by School of Informatics </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop K-12 outreach program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore research opportunities in computing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faculty member Tammy Toscos, a Ph. D. candidate in Informatics, was a member of the organizing committee. </li></ul>IPFW’s participants Prof. S. Jessica Walker Karen Negron Jason Polubinsky
  4. 4. “ Bring IT On!” Near-term Goals <ul><li>Create IPFW brand </li></ul><ul><li>Complete presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design website </li></ul><ul><li>Give at least one presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Attend refresher workshop in Spring </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate into existing ETCS outreach activities (Future Cities, First Lego League) </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Small Review: RoboCup <ul><li>Received over $15,000 in gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased first robot </li></ul><ul><li>Supervising two student project teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Control software to Identify, maneuver and kick (R. Sedlmeyer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design and implement kicking mechanism (Y. Liu) </li></ul></ul>Soccer-playing robot goal of IPFW group Engineers design athletic android By Kelly Soderlund The Journal Gazette November 7, 2007
  6. 6. RoboCup Near-term Goals <ul><li>Demonstrate capstone student projects in May </li></ul><ul><li>Expand team to include more professional engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Publish architecture paper derived from Bodenschatz’s Masters Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Design robotics-oriented introductory course sequence </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit corporate sponsors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Companion robot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom robot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional sensors (“bumpers”) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. A Small Review: Website revamp <ul><li>Ongoing audit of content </li></ul><ul><li>Concerted effort to keep content fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Simple admin site created </li></ul><ul><li>Need photos and bios! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Website: Near-term goals <ul><li>Complete admin site </li></ul><ul><li>Train additional content managers </li></ul><ul><li>Supply content for critical areas (course descriptions, alumni locator, student opportunities) </li></ul>
  9. 9. A Small Review: Student Life
  10. 10. A Small Review: Experiential Learning Opportunities <ul><li>Co-op, internship and part-time positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aptera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transworks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity Alliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Axle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vera Bradley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redwood IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visionary Web Design </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capstone projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IPFW Basketball Recruit Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IPFW Mastodon Card Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raytheon Task Organization Visualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RoboCup </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Experiential Learning Opportunities: Near-term Goals <ul><li>Increase number of students participating in co-op </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with PAB to create additional opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Identify 3-4 external projects for 2008-09 capstone course </li></ul>
  12. 12. A Big Change <ul><li>On November 2, Dean Voland announced a major reorganization of the College of ETCS </li></ul>I am very pleased to announce that the Information Systems program…will be moving administratively from the Department of Computer Science into a new academic department together with the programs in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.
  13. 13. A Big Change: Structure CS CEIT Three faculty and approximately 75 majors will be moving to CEIT BS CS MS CS Informatics BS IS BS CPET BS IT BS EET MS Tech
  14. 14. A Big Change: Good News <ul><li>More distinct branding </li></ul><ul><li>More homogeneous faculty </li></ul><ul><li>More capable students </li></ul><ul><li>More freedom in curriculum design </li></ul><ul><li>More focus on research </li></ul><ul><li>More aggressive in seeking external funding </li></ul><ul><li>More involvement with Centers of Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>More collaboration with Engineering </li></ul>
  15. 15. A Big Change: Curriculum <ul><li>Software engineering (BS, MS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Object-oriented systems analysis and design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web application development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service-oriented architectures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information Visualization (BS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2D and 3D Modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traditional (BS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation for Graduate School </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embedded systems (BS, MS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless & sensor networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge systems (MS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data mining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligent agents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantic web technologies </li></ul></ul>Your participation in curriculum design and review is welcomed!
  16. 16. A Big Change: Near-term Goals <ul><li>Ensure smooth transition of faculty and students to new department </li></ul><ul><li>Write new mission statement and program objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate possible curriculum alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Devise branding strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Revise assessment process in preparation for next ABET visit </li></ul>
  17. 17. A Big Mystery or Two <ul><li>Why are we having so much trouble filling our positions? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are we having so much trouble filling our classrooms? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we inspire more students to pursue computing degrees? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Projected employment by major occupational group, 2006 - 2016 <ul><ul><li>Fastest growth among the eight professional subgroups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in almost all industries as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated and complex technologies. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Projected growth of computer-related occupations <ul><li>Among the 30 fastest growing occupations and those projected to have the greatest numeric growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Median annual wages of $46,360 or more </li></ul>Projected % Growth 2006-2016 Category 28.2 Computer software engineers, application 29.0 Computer systems analysts 44.6 Computer software engineers, application 53.4 Network systems and data communication analysts
  20. 20. Indiana Fastest Growing Occupations with Employment of at Least 100 in 2004
  21. 21. BS Total Enrollment <ul><li>14% decrease from previous year </li></ul><ul><li>40% decrease from four years ago </li></ul><ul><li>IPFW numbers are similar </li></ul>
  22. 22. Newly declared CS majors <ul><li>Up slightly, possibly signaling renewed interest </li></ul><ul><li>One year does not a trend make…. </li></ul><ul><li>IPFW numbers continue to decline </li></ul>
  23. 23. Major Choice Goal Model <ul><li>Self-Efficacy – Judgment of capability to perform effectively as a CM </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome Expectations – Judgment regarding likelihood that valued rewards will occur as a result of pursuing a CM </li></ul><ul><li>Interest – Emotion that arouses attention to, curiosity about, and concern with a CM </li></ul><ul><li>Choice Goals – Aspirations to choose a CM </li></ul>Self-Efficacy Outcome Expectations Interest Choice Goals
  24. 24. The Bottom Line Students are more likely to develop interests in a computing major when they feel confident about their capabilities to succeed, and believe that favorable consequences are likely to occur as a result of pursuing the major. -- Akbulut and Looney 2007 77% of [high school] teachers think that there are a number of qualified students who are not taking CS courses…. The main reason…is that many students see [them] as less important or less interesting than other core courses. -- Judith Gal-Ezer 2007
  25. 25. So – What can we do? <ul><li>Suggestions from 4/26/06 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New degree programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants to support labs or student experiences (e.g., NSF REU) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-site presentations of IPFW CS programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-site presentations of employment opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. So – What can we do?