Teaching

I am passionate about computer science and I strive to develop an inclusive learning environment where I can share my excitement for challenging ideas and problems, while being respectful of and responsive to student needs.


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An Introduction to Classification: A CS2 Object-Oriented Programming Project

Through a series of scaffolded steps, this CS2 project asks students to develop a flexible framework for evaluating classification algorithms. In each phase of the project, students are provided documentation, unit tests, and supporting compiled code. The focus is on object-oriented concepts, such that the application can "mix and match" any classification algorithm with any training/testing-pair evaluation dataset. The purpose of the project is for the students to apply principles of object-oriented programming to a relatively large-scale, real-world problem. Along the way students learn about basic machine learning concepts; issues and tradeoffs related to knowledge representation (e.g. the efficiency of sparse vs. dense feature vectors); and implement two basic supervised learning algorithms (1-NN, ZeroR), as well as a simple form of reservoir sampling.
  • Assignment Materials
    Published at EAAI 2016

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston

Course slides and evaluations
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    Summer 2017: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    COMP3770
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    Spring 2017: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    COMP3770
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    Spring 2017: Computer Science II
    COMP1050
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    Fall 2016: Computer Science I
    COMP1000
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    Spring 2016: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    COMP3770
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    Spring 2016: Databases
    COMP2650
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    Fall 2015: Machine Learning
    COMP4050
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    Fall 2015: Computer Science I
    COMP1000
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    Spring 2015: Database Management Systems
    COMP355
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    Spring 2015: Computer Science II
    COMP201
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    Fall 2014: Database Applications
    COMP570
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    Fall 2014: Computer Science I
    COMP128

EECS 280: Programming and Introductory Data Structures

Served as TA during Winter 2008 @ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Discussion Slides
    Weekly guides
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    Course Evaluations
    Section 11
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    Course Evaluations
    Section 13

Guest Lectures/Talks for Undergraduates

  • The Soar Cognitive Architecture: Towards Human-Level Intelligence
    Undergraduate AI Lab (MSaiL) @ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Basics of Web Development
    EECS 497 (Capstone Project Course) @ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • The Boundary Forest Algorithm for Fast Online Learning of High-Dimensional Data
    MATH 650 (Machine Learning) @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston
  • Machine Learning
    COMP 543 (Artificial Intelligence) @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston
  • The Boundary Forest Algorithm for Fast Online Learning of Large Datasets
    WIT Talks @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston
  • Optimize!
    Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston
  • Artificial Intelligence
    Faculty Spotlight @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston

Student Projects. Fun and learning.

Undergraduate Research @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston

At Wentworth I worked with numerous students on research that led to published articles.
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    Tologon Eshimkanov
    Automatic Score Keeper (ASK) for Cornhole via Computer Vision (AAAS-17)
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    Tyler Frasca
    A Comparison of Supervised Learning Algorithms for Telerobotic Control using Electromyography Signals (AAAI-16)

Service Learning @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston

At Wentworth I worked with numerous students on projects that balance traditional classroom experience with the rich lessons that come through external collaboration and community service.
  • Artur Janowiec
    GPA Calculator - allows students to quickly compute overall GPA based upon current classes and prior GPA.
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    Tyler Gauch, Nasser Eledroos, Matthew Stoker
    ChemDB - allows a set of academic institutions to easily, effectively, and safely log and monitor chemical usage.

CS1 @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston

COMP128/1000 is an introductory programming class in C++/Java. Several students have produced independent projects in such areas as [mobile] games, computer vision, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence.
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    Conner Theberge
    Settlers - a game to oversee a group of settlers and command them
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    James Desmond
    SmartDorm - provides a menu-driven system for RPi control
  • Jack Manning
    Air Rifle Target Score - uses OpenCV and novel algorithms to score pictures of targets
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    Jared Conroy
    Afroman - a sidescroller, music rhythm game, and maze all in one exciting race against the clock (Windows)

LEAD Engineering @ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

is a three-week residential summer program that brings under-represented K-12 students from around the US to take advanced engineering courses, develop leadership skills, and engage challenging projects from a variety of industry partners in 13 different departments.

I served as the head instructor in 2010, and lead an undergraduate student team to develop a curriculum for the computer science group: the students investigated the relationship between computer hardware, software, and energy consumption. In 2011 I was an assistant instructor and helped middle-school students develop Android apps.

  • Instructional Video
    Making a Homopolar Motor
  • LEAD Android Market
    Student App Inventor projects

SITE @ North Carolina State University, Raleigh

SITE was a residential summer program that brought high-school students to engage challenging engineering projects.

I served as a program instructor for the computer science camp in 2002: we developed and executed a curriculum whereby student groups learned film production software and produced their own movie, from capturing film, to audio mastering, to special effects.
  • Student Group Final Project
    Jedi Duel