•   When: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
  •   Speakers: Ulrich Norbisrath, Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University
  •   Location: ENGR 3507
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As some of you know, I am a frequent traveler and have recently taught in Kasachstan, Austria, Singapore, and Indonesia. I have had some very positive experiences which made me question the traditional way we teach introductions to programming. I was also exposed to local hacker and maker communities and was encouraged to approach teaching in a more hands-on (and hardware-focused) manner at the respective local institutions.

In this talk, I want to share my experiences and kindle an ongoing discussion on the way we teach beginner programming. I want to question whether giving the ability to shape the physical world with programming would facilitate more students continuing with programming topics. I have started to design a small Micropython Internet of Things (IoT) development kit and would enjoy showing it to you and welcome your feedback.


Professor Ulrich Norbisrath, PhD has more than 20 years of industrial and academic experience in Software Engineering and Systems Integration. He has supported the start-up of several software development companies as well as consulted tech companies in questions of Systems Integration, Mobile, and Cloud Computing. He provides a deep technical understanding of mobile technologies and their integration with cloud services -- both from an academic as well as an industrial perspective. He raised significant grants on Cloud, Mobile, and High Performance Computing at universities in Europe and Central Asia. He is a published book author in the area of Software and Requirements Engineering. Being connected through his immediate family to US Diplomatic services, he is very well traveled and can call on a worldwide network of international experts. He is currently employed as a professor at the University Applied Sciences Upper Austria in their Mobile Computing program. He received his PhD from one of the most renown engineering universities in Germany: RWTH Aachen University.

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