2024 Game Demo Day

Students in Professor Matthews CSCI 319 Video Game Design class  showcased their final games at the end of winter term.

Game Demo Day took place on Saturday, April 13 from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Science Center Great Hall.

It was a great turnout as lots of people came and played video games!

CS’s Capture the Flag (CtF) event

On November 2 , the Computer Science Department held its first ever Capture the Flag event.

Capture the Flag (CtF) in computer security is an exercise in which participants attempt to find text strings, called “flags”, which are secretly hidden in purposefully-vulnerable programs or websites.

From unraveling cryptic codes to identifying vulnerabilities in simulated systems, student teams showcased their skills in ethical hacking and digital defense.  CS’s CtF served to foster a dynamic cybersecurity community on campus.

The success of this initial session set the stage for future exciting and intellectually stimulating CtF competitions!

Professor Tolley explains the rules, while Professor Khan looks on.
Students receive CtF instructions.
Teams focused on their CtF objectives.
Students working to find the “flags”!

2023 CS Halloween Party

The Computer Science Dept. Halloween party took place on Nov. 7.  The party, held at Professor Matthews’ house,  was fun and festive!
Check out these party pics!

outside decorations – spooky!
costume contest winners (L-R). Han Huynh, Beza Mengistu
costume contest winners (L-R). Han Huynh (Little Bo Peep), Beza Mengistu (spider hat!)
Group photo! (l-r). first row: Prof. Sprenkle, Xander, Han, Bianca, Naka, Carolyn, Prof. Matthews second row: Beza, Lakpa, Janeet, Brenda, Prof. Watson, Evan, Billy, Colin and Danish
Colin (or, Ken) and Billy (channeling Ted Lasso), chatting
Mark and Michelle show off their CS-themed costumes.
 
 

 

W&L’s Lakpa Sherpa ’25 and Ignas Volcokas ’25 – 2nd place winners at Hackathon

Lakpa and Ignas came in second for best education hack at Hoo Hacks 2023 with their EsyLearn project.

During the hackathon, Lakpa and Ignas  were inspired to produce a personal learning assistant that would accept and adjust to the learning needs of its user.   

Lapka and Ignas pose, smiling, in front of the Welcome to HooHacks sign.
Welcome to HooHacks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EsyLearn

EsyLearn communicates with users via a web interface where the users can easily speak and get responses back, just like talking to another human being. Through natural language processing, it provides responses both in text and audio for better understanding.  Within 24 hours, Lakpa and Ignas essentially created a virtual assistant that is as smart as Jarvis in the Iron Man Movies.

Congratulations, Lakpa and Ignas!

You can learn more in the W&L feature story and in the Hook Hacks project gallery.

Computer Science Game Demo Day 2022!

Mark your calendar for Game Demo Day!

Students in Professor Matthews CSCI 319 Video Game Design class  will showcase their final games.

Game Demo Day will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Science Center Great Hall.

Everyone is welcome!

 

Computer Science Senior Celebration, 2021

The CS Department celebrated the Class of 2021 in a subdued, very-computer-science-y way this past Monday (5/17) at the Event tent in the Dell.  Senior gifts were handed out and a (slightly competitive) computer science  version of Pictionary was played… Fun!    Here are a few pics, courtesy of Professor Matthews:

Opening game of 10 Fingers
Opening game of 10 Fingers
Prof. Lu's team
Prof. Lu’s team
Prof. Lambert's team
Prof. Lambert’s team
Prof. Khan's team
Prof. Khan’s team
Prof. Levy's team
Prof. Levy’s team
Prof. Sprenkle adding up the scores
Prof. Sprenkle adding up the scores

 

 

 

Check out CSCI 319 Video Game Design Final Projects!

The students of CSCI 319 – Video Game Design have turned in their final projects!  See their hard work at https://student-games.academic.wlu.edu/ under the Fall 2020 Games Page. Instructions for how to run the programs can be found on the page, see individual game pages for how to play. Windows OS does not need to install anything, Mac OS may need to install pygame (instructions also on the page).

CSCI 2017 Senior Graduate Reception

The 2017 Senior Reception honoring the Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Great Hall of the Science Center.  The reception provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and their families gather and celebrate the students’ achievements.  Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!