Two Great Programs, One Department
The math and computer science programs are flexible—tailored to best meet the needs of our students.
Student-Faculty Research Collaborations
Our department has an active research program involving students and faculty collaborating on a number of research projects in both mathematics and computer science. 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
- Charles Peabody, mentored by Dr. Jennifer Seitzer, created a self-programming robot by building a grammatical evolution system that generates robot controllers for the Finch robot. See http://myweb.rollins.edu/JSEITZER/Finch.html
- Eric Ciminelli, mentored by Dr. Jennifer Seitzer, created a Cloud-savvy app that regularly automatically searched the Internet and informed subscribers of new and interesting information related to their chosen topic. See http://myweb.rollins.edu/JSEITZER/RDC.html
- Erik Ander and Dr. Zeynep Teymuroglu addressed the role of media awareness on the spread and persistence of a drinking behavior in a community in their project entitled, Alcoholism-A Mathematical Model with Media Awareness Programs.
- Shiying Gu, Felipe Quiroga, and Charles E. Hedges, mentored by Dr. Mark Anderson, develop a new graph recoloring game while doing collaborative research over the summer of 2014.
- Jordan Rickman (class of 2014) and Jay Yellen presented their research paper, Course Timetabling Using Graph Coloring and A.I. Techniques, at an international conference in York, England in August 2014.
- 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' 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
- A 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