Upcoming Events

Fall 2015

The next meeting of the semester will be Tuesday October 6th, 12:30- 1:50 p.m. in Forcina 409.

Field Trip !!

Where: National Cryptologic Museum
When: Saturday, October 17th.
Time: Leave from TCNJ at 8 a.m.
Plan: Arrive at the museum by around 11 a.m.; guided tour from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.; stop in Baltimore on the way back to visit the science museum and for dinner.
Find out more about the museum here:  https://www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic_heritage/museum/index.shtml.

Meeting dates:

10/06/2015 – large group meeting in Forcina 409, 12:30- 1:50 p.m.

9/25/2015 – large group meeting in Forcina 409, 12:30- 1:50 p.m.

9/11/2015 – large group meeting in Forcina 409, 12:30- 1:50 p.m.

– T-Shirt design final vote, discussed article “Data Science and Prediction” by Vasant Dhar

8/28/2015– large group meeting in Forcina 409, 12:30- 1:50 p.m.

– Welcome session, T-shirt design preliminary vote


 Spring 2015

Past dates:

4/ 21/2015 – Guest Speaker from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. in Forcina 408
There will be pizza
3/24/2015 – large group meeting in Forcina 409
Week of 3/17/15 – Spring Break
Week of 3/9/15 – small group project meetings
3/3/2015 – large group meeting in Forcina 409
2/28/15 – 3/1/15 HackTCNJ
Week of 2/23/15 – small group project meetings
2/17/2015 –  large group meeting in Forcina 409
Week of 2/9/15 – small group project meetings
Dr. Ko Nishino, Associate Professor
Department of Computing
College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University
Recognizing Materials in Images
Information regarding what an object is made of – its material – can provide crucial clues for image understanding. If a robot, for instance, detects soft dirt or a smooth metal surface ahead, it can adjust its movement in advance.  Recognizing materials solely from images, however, has proven to be a difficult problem. In this talk, I will present our research geared towards visual material recognition. I will first discuss about a generative approach, in which we aim to decompose the image into its building blocks–geometry, illumination, and reflectance–so that we can later use the reflectance estimate to deduce the material. I will show how the space of real-world reflectance can be faithfully encoded with a novel reflectance model and be exploited to estimate reflectance in complex real-world environments. I will then discuss a discriminative approach in which we directly try to classify each pixel of an image into different materials. For this, we introduce a novel intermediate representation, called visual material traits, that represent the appearance of material properties like “smooth” and “shiny,” and use them to recognize materials locally without any knowledge of the object. Finally, I will show some preliminary results on using material as visual context for image understanding.
4/ 22/2015 – Guest Speaker, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in SCP 229
Dr. Rachel Ward
Title: Geometric Clustering: Efficient Algorithm and Guaranteed Optimality
Abstract: http://mathstat.tcnj.edu/2015/04/13/department-seminar-speaker-dr-rachel-ward-geometric-clustering-efficient-algorithm-and-guaranteed-optimality/