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Summer 2012 Courses on Android Smart Phone App Development

Posted by shankar March - 31 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off

Three courses at high school, undergraduate, and graduate level are planned for this summer ’12. We are also planning to offer 3 or 5 full day courses for company engineers. Here are the details:

ENG1935 (Mobile Applications for Google’s Android) is geared to high school students and has been offered during summer ’10 and summer ‘11. A total of 60  high school juniors and seniors with high GPA and diverse backgrounds, from 8 high schools,  have taken this course. They worked in teams of three and combined self-identified strengths in arts, science, and business, to develop commercially relevant applications. These teams also  competed for scholarships totaling $12,000 during the first year (No scholarship funds are available for this summer). See http://www.ceecs.fau.edu/news/nurturing-young-minds.. For videos of top three winners during summer ’11, see: http://vimeo.com/album/1660512. The syllabus is at  ENG 1935 Android Apps for High School Students

CEN 4214 (Software-Hardware CoDesign) – this popular undergraduate level course has been offered every semester since fall 2009, with a typical enrollment of 24. In this course, the students, in groups of two or three,  develop an Android application on gaming or social networking. They combine  functionality with aesthetics, animation, and/or promotional video, to enhance the App’s commercial potential.   Some of these projects are amenable to be carried forward as  ED (engineering Design) Capstone projects. These Apps also become platforms for high school students in ensuing summers to innovate with, as detailed below. We are offering this course as an eLearning course this summer ’12, concurrently with a course from the college of Arts & Letters that emphasizes Android Graphics aspects. We expect to team   engineering and graphics students to develop Apps that are both functional and aesthetic. This will bring in two groups of students with complementary strengths and also will build their team skills. The syllabus is at CEN 4214 Software Hardware Codesign (Summer 2012)

COT 6930 (Android  Components) – this was offered in spring ‘10 as a distance learning course and attracted 35 graduate and senior undergraduate students. The students in groups of one to three focused on the development of a  framework / library, or a component for their term project. This course will be offered this summer again. This is a graduate course and students are expected to explore advanced concepts. The syllabus is at COT6930 Android Components (Summer 2012)

Short 3-day/5-day courses for company engineers: We are equipped to train company engineers in a 3-day or 5-day course, as appropriate. Here is a customized syllabus we used last year for LexisNexis engineers:  Android Application Development for companies (example syllabus, used for LexisNexis)

If you are interested, please contact me at shankar@fau.edu


ESP Course Conclusion and Next Semester Android Plans

Posted by Charles Norona July - 22 - 2010 - Thursday Comments Off

We offered a 3-week course on Android Application development during 6/14/10 to 7/2/10 to 28 high school students, primarily from the Palm Beach and Broward school counties. A team of four faculty members (two each with background in engineering and arts/graphics), six engineering/business student mentors, and an administrator supported the intense effort. The students formed nine teams and presented their applications on 7/2 to a panel of eight judges (with background in engineering, business, and/or graphics). The students received scholarship amounts of $2,400 to $300 per group, depending upon their team rankings. One of these Applications will be posted on the Android market soon, while another six of them will be improved upon further before posting them. These Applications are available for licensing and further improvement. For photographs of the event, see FAU Facebook Group.

We plan to offer two Android courses in the fall’10 semester. The first one, entitled “Software-Hardware CoDesign” will have groups of 3 students who will develop marketable game/social applications on Android. The second course, entitled “Android Robotics” will focus on physical computing. In this latter course, the goal is to develop applications that can coordinate and control the activities of autonomous and concurrent robots.

Please contact me for more information. Thank you.

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Press: Nurturing Young Minds

-Dr. Ravi Shankar.

Ceremony Photos:

Group 1: Zubir Husein, Ravik Samaroo, and Devon Smith
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Group 2: Dhaval Khamar, Adityanarayanan Radhakrishnan, and Suneel Viralam
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Group 3: Samantha Lebofsky, Dorian Rossi, Kevin Stepanek, and John Trimble
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Group 4: Chase Perez, Matthew Rhon, and Steven Roth
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Group 5: Joseph Ryan, Sergio Ruiz, and Noah Spenser
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Group 6: Bryan Bravo, Darin Singh, and Gregory Tobar
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Group 7: Michael Capone, Christina Dixon, and Cynthia Hodge-Thorne
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Group 8: Rixon Fletcher, Albin Matthew, and Akilah Somersall
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Group 9: Jett Anderson, Aaron Klier, and Samuel Nason
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ESP Course: Week Two

Posted by Charles Norona June - 29 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off









Dr. Shankar overseeing student works. Dr. Shankar overseeing student works. Dr. Shankar overseeing student works.

By the closing of week two our students had made significant progress on their projects. In the first week the students only had conceptual designs and artwork while some had the beginnings of pre-rendered artwork created with the use of Autodesk Maya 2010. As week three began our FAU Android group started to see more and more progress as the conceptual thinking of our students slowly came to fruition on the development phones we provided them to work on.
The main focus of week two was finalizing and fleshing out the conceptual work the students had done. One by one Dr. Shankar along with Professors Norman Silva, Fran McAfee, and Dr. Georgian Carvalho met with each group along with their primary mentor to give a peer-mentor review and offer guidance. Most of the students had already implemented menus, settings menus, and/or splash screens but the common remaining task was the implementation of their game or the extension of their program’s main functionality. This would be the focus of week three.

Android Courses at FAU

Posted by shankar April - 28 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

We have been funded since September 2009 by SBA (Small Business Administration) to develop course material to help high school students develop applications that can be commercialized. This course is planned for summer ’10. To faciliate this, we developed several courses for our engineering graduate and undergraduate students.  Project details may be found in student blog links from this page. The course list follows….

CEN 4214 (Software-Hardware CoDesign) – this popular course was offered in fall ’09, spring ’10, and will be offered again in fall ’10, this time with a larger cap of 30.  In earlier offerings, the students, in groups of two or three,  developed an Android application on gaming or social networking. They combined functionality with aesthetics, animation, or promotional video, to enhance the App’s commercial potential. In Fall ’10, we will add Robotics applications to the list, and seek more sophistication in the other two topic areas. See SW-HW_Codesign_with_Android . Some of these projects will be amenable to be carried forward as  ED (engineering Design) Capstone projects.

COT 4930/ COT 6930 (Android Mobile Components) – this was offered in spring ’10 as a distance learning course and attracted 35 graduate and undergraduate students. The students in groups of one to three focused on the development of a  framework / library, or a component for their term project. See Android_Mobile_Components

ENG1935 (Mobile Applications for Google’s Android) is geared to high school students and will be offered during June 14, 2010 to July 2, 2010. Thirty high school juniors and seniors with high GPA and diverse backgrounds are scheduled to take this course. They will work in teams of three that combine strengths in arts, science, and business, to develop commercially relevant applications. Their teams will compete for scholarships totalling $12,000. See Android_HighSchoolStudents

COT 4930/ COT 6930 (Android Projects) – this is scheduled to be offered in fall ’10, as a distance learning course. This will be more research oriented and will address performance optimization issues of mobile systems, as pertinent to applications on 2-D/3-D graphics & animation, Semantic Web & Web Services, and Robotics & Instrumentation. 

We plan to offer three Android courses (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), each lasting three full days,  to businesses, starting summer ’10. If you are interested, please contact me at shankar@fau.edu

Blog Links for Android Mobile Component Course Posted!

Posted by Charles Norona February - 23 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

We have added a new page where the links for the various group blogs are located. Feel free to check them out to see what the students are up to in their projects and how their experience with Android has turned out. Blog LinksCharles Norona