Entries tagged with “grants” from Computer Science Department News

The University of Massachusetts President’s Office recently made a Creative Economy Award to Profs. Yi Yang and Steven Tello (Management) and Prof. Guanling Chen (Computer Science).  

Their project, Online Social Networks and Nascent Entrepreneur Success, is meant to examine how early stage entrepreneurs use electronic social networks, like LinkedIn and Facebook, to build their business.

The PIs are specifically interested in how entrepreneurs connect with other people in the electronic network to secure the many resources needed to start their business (e.g., money, labor, knowledge).  

This project extends an earlier project funded through the UMass Lowell Provost’s Office that examined how technology entrepreneurs used networks associated with business incubators.  

These new funds will allow the PIs to focus on how entrepreneurs building the “Creative Economy” gather needed startup resources.   

The successful outcome of the project is expected to be useful for developing recommendations regarding where new entrepreneurs should focus networking time and effort for the success of their venture.
With support of a $15,000 grant from Google, Prof. Fred Martin has organized a two-day workshop and conference for regional middle- and high-school computer science, mathematics, and technology teachers.

The event is sponsored as part of Google's CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) initiative, intended to “promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in high school and middle school curricula.” UMass Lowell joins an elite group of schools to that have received funding to organize a CS4HS event, including MIT, CMU, and ETH Zurich.

UMass Lowell's program will be held Monday June 27 and Tuesday June 28, 2011. It includes three hands-on workshops, five research talks, and sessions for teachers to network and share ideas around topics of mutual interest.  

The research talks will be given by CS department faculty members James Canning, Karen Daniels, Georges Grinstein, Haim Levkowitz, and Benyuan Liu. Faculty members Jesse Heines and Alex Ruthmann (Music) will present a workshop on computing and music, and Byung Kim will present a workshop on media computing with Python.

Prof. Martin was excited to receive the funding. “It's great to have the support and endorsement of Google,” he says. “Based on our years of work with area teachers, we've already had a great response, and we expect teachers will bring lots of ideas back to their classrooms.”

For more information or to register for the event, go to www.cs.uml.edu/cs4hs.

CS4HS @ UML logo designed by Adam Norton

Dr. Jie Wang received a donation of $16,000 from the Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA). The donation will be used to support his research. 

Prof. Wang played an important role in assisting the MAIA, which opened a facility in Marlborough, MA.  MAIA's mission is to bring Chinese students directly to the United States for English-language courses and cultural acclimatization. UMass Lowell has a partnership with the school.

MAIA is owned by CERNET Education of China.  
Professor Fred Martin has received a $50,000 award from Google's education group to create resources for users of App Inventor for Android.

App Inventor is a system developed by Google to allow novice programmers to develop applications for their Android phones with an easy-to-use visual programming environment.

With the award, Dr. Martin's group will develop a web site for App Inventor users to publish and share their projects.  This “Community Gallery” site is being modeled after MIT's successful Scratch site.

The project team includes faculty and students from Wellesley College, Mills College, Trinity College, the University of San Francisco, and MIT.
Professor Benyuan Liu was chosen by Microsoft Research as part of a university engagement program for an equipment grant.  

UMass Lowell is one of twenty schools selected for an award.  The grant consists of a dozen Windows 7 phones, development SDK, and free access to Windows Azure and other cloud services.

Prof. Liu is using the equipment this spring's graduate course 91.564 - Data Communications II, and for his research in mobile cloud computing.

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