its mission to support and strengthen
diversity within computing at RPI.
According to their chair, Sarabeth
Jaffe, “We have been very active all
this time. Last semester, we partnered
with NYISO to put on a Toastmasters
workshop to help our members master the art of public speaking. Some of
our members attended the inaugural
GHC event hosted by ABI in New York,
a one-day immersive event modeled
after the Grace Hopper Celebration
of Women in Computing Conference.
Chapter members also attended NYC-WiC hosted in Syracuse, NY, a conference aimed at promoting the academic, social, and professional growth of
its participants by bringing together
talented students, faculty, and industry leaders.” Sarabeth adds, “Our
members networked with some of the
biggest names in tech and even got
the chance to have dinner with ACM-W Chair and Union College Professor
of Computer Science, Valerie Barr.
This semester, we’ve held a women in
CS meetup geared toward creating a
supportive environment for freshmen
CS majors.” This past October, the
chapter sent more than 27 students
and faculty members to the 2015
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women
in Computing in Houston, TX.
Vassilis Kalantzis received his computer engineering
diploma in 2011 and his master’s degree in computer
science and technology in 2014, both from the Computer
Engineering and Informatics Department, University of
Patras, Greece. Since 2013 he has been a Ph. D. candidate
with the Computer Science and Engineering Department
at the University of Minnesota. His research interests
span the areas of numerical linear algebra and parallel
computing with applications in the fields of big data
analytics and physics.
The Internet of Things (Io T) encompasses many interacting
components including item identification, networks,
sensors, and communications protocols. Presented are a
few key inventions that have helped drive the field for ward.
1948 Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver begin exploring early bulls-eye shaped barcodes,
which will later allow retailers, such as grocery stores, to
automatically track product information and inventory.
1968 Ted Paraskevakos develops a method on top of the telephone system to automatically
identify callers—the predecessor to our modern-day
caller ID. Paraskevakos’s system is one of the earliest
demonstrations of machine-to-machine communication.
1982 Carnegie Mellon students connect their Coke vending machine to the Internet. They
can view the quantity and temperature of the sodas from
their computer terminals.
1999 Kevin Ashton, who coined the phrase “Internet of Things,” co-founds the Auto-ID Labs at MIT. The primary goal of the lab is to further
develop radio-frequency identification (RFID) as pervasive,
inexpensive identifiers for individual items.
2011 Nest Labs releases their Learning Thermostat product. This thermostat is
sensor-driven and Wi-Fi connected, and is one of the most
recognizable domestic Io T innovations today.
— Jay Patel
Machines can tune in to the sound
of their engines, learn from other
machines what a failure sounds like,
and if necessary, alert their owner.