Seminars & Colloquia

Jeffrey Forbes

Computer Science, Duke University

"Social Networks as an Introduction to Computer Science"

Friday March 05, 2010 11:00 AM
Location: 3211, EB 2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)



Despite exponential increases in computational power, examples used in computer science courses have remained largely unchanged and enrollments in introductory courses are often low relative to other sciences. The goal of the HarambeeNet project is to bring educators together to design modules that introduce computer science into existing courses in various disciplines in a way that increases interest for pursuing further study in computer science. We have chosen the Science of Networks as the overarching theme and Social Networks as our immediate focus on which to develop materials and modules that form an alternative introduction to computer science. One reason for choosing this theme is its roots in mathematics, computer science, sociology, and operations research. Another reason is that the topic grounds abstract concepts in a concrete setting immediately familiar, relevant, and intriguing to college students. In this talk, I will discuss the current status of our project: highlighting trends in networks courses and demonstrating tools and curricular modules that we have developed.

Short Bio:

Jeffrey R.N. Forbes is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His research interests include computer science education, intelligent agents, and the science of networks.

Host: George Rouskas, Computer Science

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