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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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Ceremony Photos:

Group 1: Zubir Husein, Ravik Samaroo, and Devon Smith
Group 1 Award

Group 2: Dhaval Khamar, Adityanarayanan Radhakrishnan, and Suneel Viralam
Group 1 Award

Group 3: Samantha Lebofsky, Dorian Rossi, Kevin Stepanek, and John Trimble
Group 1 Award

Group 4: Chase Perez, Matthew Rhon, and Steven Roth
Group 1 Award

Group 5: Joseph Ryan, Sergio Ruiz, and Noah Spenser
Group 1 Award

Group 6: Bryan Bravo, Darin Singh, and Gregory Tobar
Group 1 Award

Group 7: Michael Capone, Christina Dixon, and Cynthia Hodge-Thorne
Group 1 Award

Group 8: Rixon Fletcher, Albin Matthew, and Akilah Somersall
Group 1 Award

Group 9: Jett Anderson, Aaron Klier, and Samuel Nason
Group 1 Award

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.

ESP Course: Week One

Posted by Charles Norona June - 21 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

At the beginning of this week we kicked off our Engineering Scholar’s Program course, Mobile Applications for Google’s Android. This course is designed to provide ambitious, high-achieving high school students an opportunity to develop Android applications for dual-enrollment credit and scholarship awards. So far most of the students seem enthusiastic and excited as we encrouage them to methodically conceptualize a product and mentor them with the development process. This past week proved very busy especially since we asked students to also meet with us on their off-days of Tuesday and Thursday in order to help them flesh out the details of their conceptual development work.
On Monday we went over some standard introductory activites followed by lectures of concept development, project management basics by a business mentor, Skender Fani, a portfolio of available applications which the students can extend, had Professors McAfee and Silva demonstrate a “before and after” evolution of our PingPong example and ended with sessions where we helped them with the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) installations and how to use its basic operations. Efforts in concept development were furthered by having some of the students meet with Professors Shankar and Silva as well as our computer engineering/science mentors on the following day.
During Wednesday morning the students were able to show powerpoint presentations of their application storyboards which were a result of their conceptual development work. In the afternoon our FAU Android group demonstrated the basics of Android concepts and touched on some implementation examples followed by Professor McAfee’s demonstration of editing video with the use of Camtasia Studio and Professor Silva’s lecture of using some basic functions of Adobe Photoshop to edit or create artwork. Before adjourning for the day students were suggested to take advantage of Professor McAfee’s expertise in video editing on the following Thursday which many of the students did.

Student Final Presentations Posted

Posted by Charles Norona May - 26 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

I have posted every available student video presentation for our Software-Hardware Codesign with Android course from the Spring 2010 semester. You can check them out at our student works page. Each of these applications were created by our students using software development tools provided by Android which are free to download to the public. In addition, video presentations were made and compiled together with the help of Marc Kozlin, our communications director in the College of Engineering Dean’s office and the Techsmith corporation for providing Florida Atlantic University access to Camtasia Studio.

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