Student-Faculty Research Collaborations
Our department has an active research program involving students and faculty collaborating on a number of research projects over the last decade. Much of this research takes place during the summer, with qualified students receiving research stipends from the College. Often, the summer research leads into or follows up on independent-study courses in which students receive course credit while working one-on-one with faculty members.
A sampling of recent and/or ongoing activities:
- David Meyers started exploring mapping algorithms for a robot to map an unknown space using appropriate sensors and Bluetooth communication between the robot and the computer.
- Addison Sims and Taylor Hanson are creating a graphical simulator for the Lego Mindstorms NXT robots. Students will be able to work on robotics assignments outside of class using the simulator.
- Ashley Toth’s involvement in the department’s weekly research seminar in graph theory resulted in her presenting at a conference in Oregon some of the results of a paper she coauthored with four department faculty.
- Anthony Wehrer is working on a course-timetabling decision-support system for the Science Division courses at Rollins that is already producing sample course schedules much better than our existing schedule. Anthony’s work resulted in presentations at international conferences in Daytona Beach and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Jonathon Norcross and Alex Ramirez created a set of Rollins related applications for the iPhone. They include a campus map, which finds the shortest route to any campus building using Rollins’s walkways; a degree planner and some Rollins related games. Jonathon continued the work throughout the year, and the application is now available to the Rollins community through Apple’s iPhone Apps store.
A sampling of projects from previous and continuing collaborations:
- System to track medical supplies for the Winter Park Fire Department,
- Collaboration with Microsoft Corporation on the application of a graph theory model to software testing,
- Event scheduling for the Orlando Fringe Festival,
- Portfolio optimization using methods from deterministic and stochastic operations research,
- A program for visualization of the Scheme programming language to aid in learning functional programming,
- A program for 3D graphics visualization of functions of two variables for use in calculus classes.