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Professors Holly Yanco and Benyuan Liu were invited guests at the twelfth Microsoft Faculty Summit, held from July 18 to 20, 2011, in Redmond, Washington.

Yanco and Liu have each received an award from Microsoft Research, and were among an elite group of only 300 computer science researchers world-wide who were invited to the Summit.

Prof. Liu recently received an equipment grant from Microsoft Research to introduce Windows 7 phones and mobile cloud services (Project Hawaii) in his offering of 91.564 Data Communications II. Students were very excited about the opportunity to use the advanced mobile cloud technologies from Microsoft Research, and developed a variety of mobile app projects ranging from smartphone RSS news reader to providing various services for the community.

Prof. Yanco was at the Faculty Summit as part of her collaboration with Microsoft on human-robot interaction using the Microsoft Surface. While there, she learned more about Microsoft’s ongoing research in Natural User Interfaces (NUI), including the recent SDK release for the Kinect.  

Microsoft produced a special news video and blog posting describing the work that Yanco’s Robotics Lab has conducted using the Microsoft Surface. The video, entitled “Learn How Robots Can Help When Disaster Strikes,” can be viewed here.

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Robotics Lab’s “DREAM Controller” system for interacting with a robot, implemented on Microsoft Surface. (Image from “Learn How Robots Can Help When Disaster Strikes” video.)
At the end of the Spring 2011 semester, eighteen students in Prof. Holly Yanco's 91.550 Multi-Touch Computing class presented their final projects.  

In the course, students learned how to program the Microsoft Surface, multi-touch product from Microsoft that allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of gesture recognition.

In addition to creating projects for the Surface, Yanco's students read extensively from literature in the field.

Student projects included multi-touch versions of poker, Bananagrams, Tetris, curling, photo editing, painting, backgammon, four person pinball, and other games.  Also, one student combined the Surface with the Microsoft Kinect, a low-cost 3D scanner.

A sampling of projects can be seen in videos below.  Over the summer, all of the project movies will be edited and put on the Robotics Lab's YouTube channel.

Grudge Battle by Dante Kappotis


Multi-Touch Photo Editor by John Fertitta


Attack of the Insects by Chris Granz


Texas Touch 'Em by Jim Dalphond


Fleurs du Ma by Abe Shultz

Prof. Benyuan Liu recently received an equipment grant from Microsoft Research to introduce Windows 7 phones and related mobile cloud services in 91.564 Data Communications II. The grant was received in time for the Spring 2011 semester, and Liu integrated the technologies into his course. 

Prof. Liu reported that “students were very excited about the opportunity to use the advanced mobile cloud technologies from Microsoft Research, and learned a great amount about the principles and practice of wireless networking and mobile computing through the smart phone application developments.”

On May 18, students demonstrated the applications they have developed for the course projects, ranging from smartphone RSS news reader to providing various services for the community. The projects were:

  • UML Parking Finder by Peng Xia and Shan Lu, for finding parking spaces at UMass Lowell.
  • ZurianSwap by Steve Bilozur, Swapnil Gewande and Ian White for sign translation using smartphones.
  • iBridge: Augmenting Reality with Barcode by Ke Huang and Liuying Peng, to scan product barcodes with smartphone and obtain relevant information (e.g., stores nearby, compare price, nutrition analysis, etc).
  • UML Shuttle Tracker by Jason Chan, I-Hsuan Lin and Xiawei Liu, a user friendly smartphone  application to look up the shuttle bus’s location in real time.
  • SleepSafe by Bhanu Kaushik, a smartphone based approach for sleepwalking detection.
  • Language Translator by Darshan Darbari and Rachit Mathur, language translator on smartphones for storing translated text.
  • UML App by Kavya Kona, Prathiba Dyavegowda and Sunil Kumar Balaganchi Thammaiah, All-you-want  to know information about UMass Lowell (shuttle services, dining services, on-campus residence, athletic centers, libraries, emergence notifications, etc)
  • UML 4-Ride by Malav Parikh, Purva Patil, Puneet Agrawal and Pragya Singhal, providing UML students with ride service at ease with smart phones.
  • RSS Reader by Naiem Sleiman and Naji Dagher, RSS Reader for keeping up with news and information on smartphones.
Liu commented that “as smart phones are quickly becoming indispensible communication and computing devices in people’s daily lives, it is exciting to see students become facile with these technologies.”

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Peng Xia explains his “UML Parking Finder” app, designed with collaborator Shan Lu.

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