Four Student Success and Transitions staffers present at NACADA national conference

Four members of the Student Success and Transitions team presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Atlanta, October 5-8.

 Corrie Fox, associate director, and Karen Case, academic advisor and coordinator of peer leadership, presented a concurrent session titled 50 Shades of Gray: Ethics in Advising. 

Kim Myers, academic advisor, and Cassie Antos, academic advisor, presented a pre-conference workshop titled Advising for Learning: Proactive Advising of Academically At-Risk Students.

Aleshia Hayes Presents at Purdue West Lafayette Technology Conference

unknownAleshia Hayes, assistant professor of computer science, presented a session titled “The Future of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality” at Purdue West Lafayette’s Dawn or Doom Conference on October 3-4.

The conference examines the future of technology and whether it represents a bright dawn or humanity’s doom.

From the presentation abstract:

There are so many emerging technologies that promise to revolutionize our lives. The application of VR/AR/and MR technology had significant potential to progress and even revolutionize education. How will this manifest itself? Should we embrace this? What are the benefits and the unintended consequences.

Math professors, alumnus attend and present at Mathfest

Lowell Beineke, Jack W. Schrey professor of mathematics; Adam Coffman, acting chair and professor of mathematics; and alumnus Lingxi Wu (’16) attended Mathfest 2016, the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, in Columbus, Ohio.

Coffman gave a talk on “Perturbing Isolated Points of Real Algebraic Space Curves.”

Wu’s talk, “Computational Mathematics and Minimizing Energy,” was based on research he did at IPFW under the supervision of Peter Dragnev, professor of mathematics.

Wu’s attendance at Mathfest was supported in part by a grant from Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

Nancy Mann gives continuing education course in Philippines, partners with McMillen Center CEO on international presentation

isdhNancy Mann, clinical professor of dental hygiene, presented a full day continuing education course in Manila, Philippines at the Philippine Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session. The topic was Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy. She was invited to speak by the Philippine Society of Periodontology.

Mann also partnered with Dr. Holli Seabury, CEO of the Fort Wayne McMillen Center, to present a poster and white paper at the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene in Basel, Switzerland.

isdh_june_2016The topic of the presentations was “Brush to Text: A Multimedia text messaging intervention to improve the oral health of rural Head Start children.”

Twenty-three countries were represented at the peer reviewed conference, which is held once every three years.

John Licato presents at two international conferences

John Licato, assistant professor of computer science, recently presented papers at international computing conferences in Italy and Netherlands.

At the 2016 International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) in Ferrara, Italy, he presented “Formalizing Confidence Propagation in Analogico-Inductive Reasoning.”

During the 2016 ECAI Workshop for Evaluating General-Purpose Artificial Intelligence (EGPAI) in The Hague, Netherlands, he presented “A Physically Realistic, General-Purpose Simulation Environment for Developmental AI Systems.”

From the abstracts:

Formalizing Confidence Propagation in Analogico-Inductive Reasoning — Although argument by analogy is studied and featured in many computational models, less appreciated is the ability to reason over analogies (RoA); i.e., not only being able to produce inferences in accordance with arguments by analogy, but having the ability to negate analogies, recognize and learn to avoid bad analogies, compare the relative strengths of analogies, reason about them nonmonotonically, evaluate hypothetical analogies, and so on. To do all of these things, one needs the ability to represent analogies (and not just the products of analogies) in such a way that the analogies themselves can be objects of reasoning processes (including analogy). We take a first step toward the full ability to reason over analogies by presenting a formalization, based on the cognitive event calculus, that treats analogical mappings and hypothetical inferences as objects between which confidence can be propagated. We will argue that computational models of analogy (both descriptive and normative) will need to use such a formalization, and then we show that our formalization provides a new way to evaluate analogical arguments.

A Physically Realistic, General-Purpose Simulation Environment for Developmental AI Systems —  There has long been a need for a simulation environment rich enough to support the development of an AI system sufficiently knowledgeable about physical causality to pass certain tests of Psychometric Artificial Intelligence (PAI) and Psychometric Artificial General Intelligence (PAGI). In this article, we present a simulation environment, PAGI World, which is: cross-platform (as it can be run on all major operating systems); open-source (and thus completely free of charge to use); able to work with AI systems written in almost any programming language; as agnostic as possible regarding which AI approach is used; and easy to set up and get started with. It is our hope that PAGI World will give rise to AI systems that develop truly rich knowledge and representation about how to interact with the world, and will allow AI researchers to test their already-developed systems without the additional overhead of developing a simulation environment of their own. After clarifying both PAI and PAGI, we summarize arguments that there is great need for a simulation environment like PAGI World. We present multiple examples of already-available PAI and PAGI tasks in PAGI World, covering a wide range of research areas of interest to the general-purpose AI community.

Augusto De Venanzi presents at the Forum of the International Sociological Association

Augusto De Venanzi, professor of sociology, presented at the third Forum of the International Sociological Association in Vienna, Austria, on July 10-14. His presentation was titled “Corruption and Cheating as the Tragedy of Modern Culture.”

From the abstract:

Increased political corruption, and cheating in a wide diversity of activities such as sports and academic examinations are becoming two of the most important problems affecting the life of contemporary societies.

The literature on corruption and cheating concurs in that these forms of deviance occur within the framework of particular sub-cultures that work to normalize or legitimate such practices. Some forms of corruption are accepted among political circles. Also, studies on cheating at exams show that many students justify helping friends they are close to, whereas in professional sports many athletes see “fair play” like an expression of amateurism.

Normative frameworks have been put in place to curb dishonesty such as the UN Convention Against Corruption. Severe punishment now awaits exam cheaters, and new screening techniques are used to detect doping in sports. However, beyond such disciplinary responses lies the need to acquire a deeper understanding of the cultural forces driving these harmful trends. It is my contention that the work of George Simmel on the Tragedy of Culture, which duels on the massive growth of objective cultural products, and their overwhelming impact over the subjective culture of individuals, can shed light on the problem at hand.  

Alumnus Kevin O’Brian Receives SVA Leadership Institute Scholarship

Kevin O’Brian (B.G.S. ’16) received a full scholarship to attend a Student Veterans of America 2016 Leadership Institute. He will join over 100 other student veteran leaders for the four-day conference in Dallas, Texas, on September 29-October 2, 2016.

From the web Student Veterans of America web site:

SVA’s Local Leadership Summits bring student veterans together to exchange chapter best practices and to explore campus-level concepts that can ease a veteran’s transition from the military to higher education and then to the workforce. These events are hosted in multiple locations throughout the country every summer. Each Summit is hosted with an SVA corporate partner, which gives veterans the opportunity to network and learn from business leaders.