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ACM Distinguished Lecture, Is our software gender-inclusive? Speaker: Dr. Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University: 4/27/17 12:30 in Spahr Classroom: Pizza is Provided

Published on April 11th, 2017 by Victor Frost

ACM Distinguished Lecture Title: Is our software gender-inclusive? Speaker: Dr. Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University Place: Spahr Classroom Date: Thursday April 27, 2017 Time: 12:30-1:30 Pizza will be provided Margaret Burnett Abstract: Gender inclusiveness in the software workforce is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor—the software itself. Research into how individual differences cluster by gender shows that males and females tend to work differently with software that aims to help people solve problems (e.g., tools for debugging, for end-user programming, for game-based learning, and for visualizing information). However, many features of problem-solving software are (inadvertently) designed around the way males tend to problem-solve. In this talk, I’ll explain 5 facets of gender inclusiveness in software and how they tie to a large body of foundational work from computer science, psychology, education, communications, and women’s studies. I’ll also present emerging work on our GenderMag method, an inspection method that encapsulates these 5 facets into practitioner-ready form. Emerging empirical results suggest that GenderMag is remarkably effective at enabling software practitioners to pinpoint gender inclusiveness issues in their own software. Read more...


KU EECS Alumnus Receives Honors

Published on March 30th, 2017 by Victor Frost Featured

A KU EECS alumnus received a prestigious honor. Luiz DaSilva, Professor of Telecommunications in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Read more...


EECS Students Involved in KU Smash Club

Published on March 30th, 2017 by Victor Frost Featured

The KU Smash Club hosts and organizes events for Super Smash Bros. tournaments featuring Melee and Smash for Wii U. EECS lecturer Dr. John Gibbons is the club’s advisor. Read more...


Jayhackers Host Second Annual Cyber Defense Competition

Published on March 30th, 2017 by Victor Frost Featured

The Jayhackers, KU’s Information Security Club, hosted the second annual CyberBlitz cyber defense competition in Eaton Hall March 4-5. Electrical engineering and computer science and information technology students, high school students from Olathe Northwest and Lawrence High, as well as members of the First Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, competed in this virtual capture-the-flag type event. In this two-day event, teams learned the basics of attacking vulnerable machines to capture other team’s flags, while using their skills and knowledge to defend their own flags Read more...


EECS Professor Dr. Jim Miller Awarded Integrated Arts Research Initiative Faculty Research Fellowship

Published on March 30th, 2017 by Victor Frost Featured

Jim Miller, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was awarded an Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) faculty research fellowship for the spring 2017 semester. The IARI program was established with a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the KU Spencer Museum of Art. The focus of Miller’s fellowship will be the development of a suite of interactive capabilities that make the full extent of the Spencer’s holdings accessible to the community at large. Read more...


EECS Professor Elected Program Director of SIAM CS&E Activity Group

Published on February 3rd, 2017 by Victor Frost

EECS Professor Suzanne Shontz has been elected Secretary of the SIAM Activity Group on Computational Science and Engineering for January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018. SIAM is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and is a professional society that focuses on research in applied mathematics and computational science, as well as their applications. Read more...


EECS Professor Selected for Intel® Corporation Hardware Accelerator Research Program (HARP)

Published on February 3rd, 2017 by Victor Frost

Esam El-Araby, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been chosen to be part of the Intel's Hardware Accelerator Research Program (HARP). Intel will provide El-Araby and his students with access to computer systems containing Intel microprocessors and an Altera Arria®-10 FPGA in a multi-chip package (MCP) that incorporates Intel’s Accelerator Abstraction Layer Software. Read more...