University of Calgary

Computer Science Education Week - December 4 - 10, 2011

Submitted by admin on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 10:40.

View photos of our CSEdWeek 2011 tour on Dec. 9th of some of our computer sicence research labs for local High School students.

Computer Science Education Week (Dec 4 - 10, 2011) is an international event designated by the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels. The development of CSEdWeek is a joint effort led by ACM with the cooperation and deep involvement of the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Computing Research Association, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the Anita Borg Institute, the National Science Foundation, Google Inc., Intel, and Microsoft. More background information about this can be found at

In the 2010 celebration, we had 23 Canadian universities participating in this event. You may find more information about the Canadian version of CSEdWeek here ( This year, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary would like to offer two special events to high school students and teachers. Space is limited, please reserve your spot ( ASAP to join the CSEdWeek tour at the University of Calgary.. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Mea Wang either via email (meawang AT or phone (403-220-6785). We look forward to your requests.

1. A Speaker's Bureau Campaign:

The mission of our Speaker's Bureau is to engage our department in the high school computer science curricula development and to share our knowledge and exciting experience in computer science with high school students. Our faculty and staff members, as well as industrial professionals, can deliver talks either in your classroom or on the U of C campus. If you are interested in bringing a computer scientist to your school during the week of Dec 4, please visit our Speaker's Bureau page and send your preferred Speaker's name and preferred date and time to

2. A Tour in the Department of Computer Science (Friday, December 9. 2011)

In this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the top Canadian research labs as well as the computing facilities in our department. Below is the schedule for the tour:

  • 9:45am - 9:55am: Welcome session
  • 10:00am - 10:50am: LINDSAY Lab (7th floor)
  • 11:00am - 11:50am: SurfNet Lab (5th floor)
  • 12:00am - 12:50pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 1:50pm: iLab (6th floor MS)
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Computer labs (A tour in our undergraduate computer lab in MS.)

During the tour, our faculty members and research staff will provide inside view of their fascinating research projects. You will also have a chance to interact with state-of-the-art computing facilities.

Here are the descriptions of the lab tours:

LINDSAY Lab — Virtual Human: Bringing Virtual Anatomy and Physiology to Life

In this presentation we will introduce a cutting-edge project between a team of computer scientists and medical researchers and educators. LINDSAY Virtual Human is a 3-dimensional, interactive computer model. LINDSAY is being designed to illustrate male and female anatomy as well as physiology. LINDSAY is currently used in select Medical Education classes at the University of Calgary.

Apart from learning from and collaborating with medical educators and physicians, the LINDSAY project has many interesting challenges in the field of computer science, such as: fast and high-resolution rendering of 3D computer models; control and navigation through gesture- and video-based input (Kinect game controller); using mobile and touch-based devices (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad); graphical user interface design; cloud computing.

During our presentation we will highlight some of these aspects and explain how computer science contributes to creating such an exciting new learning tool. There will be "hands-on" opportunities to experience LINDSAY Virtual Human yourself. And, may be, we will get you excited enough to see you join our LINDSAY team — some day in the near future!

More information about LINDSAY can be found at its dedicated web site:

SufNet Lab

The SurfNet Network is a Canadian research alliance of academic researchers, industry partners, and government collaborators. The goal of SurfNet is to improve the development, performance, and usability of software applications for surface computing environments: nontraditional digital display surfaces including multi-touch screens, tabletops, and wall-sized displays. Surfaces naturally support group work and collaboration.

SurfNet's fundamental research is guided by the needs of industrial applications. Applications also provide test beds and case studies for the research conduct by the SurfNet team. The four SurfNet application areas were developed in collaboration with industry partners, and provide direction for promising vertical markets for the development of digital surfaces. SurfNet researchers are currently working with industrial partners on the projects listed in the following application areas:

  • Planning, Monitoring and Control Environments
  • Learning, Gaming, New Media and Digital Homes
  • Software Team Rooms
  • Health Technologies

More information can be found about our research projects at the following sites:

Interactions Lab (iLab)

The Interactions Lab is a multi-disciplinary research laboratory, where we explore the intersection of people and technology. We focus on the question of how we can design and build technology interfaces that respect us as humans.

Our current research spans projects in four domains: group interaction over highly interactive wall-sized displays and tables; integration of technology into our homes and daily lives; interaction with sociable robots, and visualization of complex data. This research combines our interests in both Computer Science and the arts.

More information can be found about our research projects at the following sites: