am a professor at
Fitchburg State University.
Fall 2015 teaching schedule:
My office is in Edgerley 312A, and I'm often willing to meet outside
office hours. You might also find me in Edgerly 101 or 203.
My office phone number is x3704. From off-campus, that's (978)665-3704.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
My home telephone is (508)867-9288.
- CSC 1500-04 in Edgerly 106
- CSC 3200-01 in Edgerly 102
- CSC 7011-51 Computer Engineering
- Courses I've taught in previous terms
Some schedules from past terms
- Spring 15
- Fall 14
- Summer 14
- Spring 14
- Fall 13
Spoken Arabic in Damascus
The 2009-2010 academic year, I was on sabbatical in Damascus, Syria,
studying the dialect of Arabic spoken there.
I collected a few recordings and wrote some programs to work with them.
Take a look at my
Research Groups and Independent Studies
- I'm looking for students to participate in a weekly or bi-weekly N(atural) L(anguage) P(rocessing)
research group. This area includes document summarization, question answering, and machine
translation. I hope that we'll read papers in these areas and write some programs and some papers
to submit to
various international workshops, perhaps TREC, DUC, and MT-EVAL. Student programs have been submitted in
the past to
DUC workshop and the TREC workshop.
- Over the course of the past year I have accumulated data in a number of different formats,
including digital recordings, an Access database, and text files in formats for various programs.
I'd be delighted to work with students who'd like to join me in teasing out relationships from the data.
Usually, Fitchburg State has fielded an undergraduate programming team, which has travelled to several
competitions a year throughout the Northeast. In Fall 2012 and 2013, we sent
two teams to the
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Preliminary.
In Fall 2014 we had three teams of three!
We almost always send a team to the CCSCNE contest in the spring.
Programming contests don't use exactly the same skills as regular programming
for one thing, time management and teamwork is
much more important in a contest, and for another
contest problems are usually designed to have a relatively short
solution, unlike real world problems. But the contests are a lot of fun,
a neat way to temporarily be an insider on another campus,
and a chance to meet other folks in the field.
They look good on the resume, too.
If you think you might have any interest, contact me.
Over the years, we've had several competitors in
the Firefighting Robot Contest
at Trinity College.
In spring13, Will Duthie entered this robot,
and in spring 2015 Paul Lefebvre built a robot for the contest.
High School Programming Contest
The Fall 2012 Fitchburgstate programming contest was held on December 7, 2012,
and the spring
contest was May 3, 2013.
The Fall 2013 Fitchburgstate programming contest was held on December 6, 2013,
and the spring
contest 2014 contest was May 2, 2014.
The Fall 2014 Fitchburgstate programming contest was held on December 5, 2014,
and the spring contest was on May 1, 2015
The Fall 2015 Fitchburg State High School Programming Contest will be held
on December 4, 2015.
We need student volunteers to help; it's a fun time.