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  • Mathematical Musings and Munchings (MM&M's) are generally held each month (during the fall and spring semesters) in Hitch Science Building from 10:00-10:50 AM. Different topics related to mathematics and computer science are presented. Convocation credit is given and refreshments served.
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming Contest: A fun and serious way to learn programming through an intense contest. Practice sessions beginning soon.
  • Mathematical Modeling Contest: A contest for those interested in mathematical modeling. Practice sessions are available for those interested.

Pizza and Problem Solving
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

LEARN Strategies, Techniques, Applications
ESTABLISH Problem-Solving Mindset, Support Groups for Classwork
PRACTICE Criticial Thinking, Mathematical Reasoning, Presenting Difficult Ideas
COMPETE in various competitions

Dr. Brad Schleben and Dr. Maria Neophytou host this each week.

2015 Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS)
December 3, 2015

4:00 - 5:00 PM     WAC4094   Keynote speaker: Dr. Christopher Raridan, Clayton State University, will present: What Undergraduate Research Means to Me
5:00 - 7:00 PM     WAC 3rd and 4th floor atriums     Student poster session
5:00 - 9:00 PM     Various locations in WAC     Student Oral presentations

Mathematics and Computer Science Majors and Minors
Compete in Programming Contest

contestSix Belmont Mathematics and Computer Science majors and minors competed in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The 2015 Mid-Central Regional contest was held at Tennessee Technological University and a total of 25 teams competed. The regional contest represents the geographic area of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois (including the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area in Indiana), Kentucky, and Tennessee.

During the competition, teams of three students represent their universities in multiple levels of regional competition. Volunteer coaches prepare their teams with intense training and instruction in algorithms, programming, and teamwork strategy. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure.  The contest pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.

Belmont’s two teams consisted of Chris O'Brien, James Dickenson, Michael Kranzlein, Katie Kruzan, Luke Johnson, and Chandler Capps.  Dr. Bill Hooper serves as the team coach.

MAA/ACM Club Volunteers at Boo at the Zoo

booBelmont student members and alumni of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), along with mathematics faculty, volunteered at the Boo At The Zoo event on October 25, 2015. The MAACM officers and faculty advisors dressed up as M&Ms. The group worked with several different activities in the “Fall Festival Field".  The students and faculty helped out with a hay maze and Vortex Valley (a spinning tunnel you walk through that makes you dizzy), monitored children playing in a corn pit, monitored the Monster Mash dance area, and help direct traffic for the Howl-O-Ween Hayride.  

Shown in the photo, L to R, are: Leon Foster, Dr. Maria Neophytou, Michael Kranzlein, Jackson Streeter, Savannah Halliday, Alyssa Schaub, Allison Hardee, Kailee Gerzema, Sarah Heacock, Kaleb Cook, Isabella Putman, and Dr. Hooper.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Join us for an Unbelievable Opportunity to meet and learn from four exceptional leaders of the Nashville Technology and Developer Community

“Office Hours” with:

  • Eventbrite - Bryan Mayes - Head of Engineering Nashville
  • NextDxGx - Blake Blackshear - CTO 
  • Digital Reasoning - Charlie Penner - Director, Engineering Support
  • Stratasan - Brian Dailey  - CTO 

Come with any questions you might have.  We're here for you. To seed the pot we've suggested a couple of topics:

  • 10am – WAC 4111 - Relationship between coursework and the workplace. Why do I need to know about queues, stacks, and trees?  Will they matter?  What does matter?
  • Noon – WAC 4th Floor Atrium - Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Tech - We've brought people from some of the hottest startups in Middle TN and arguably in the USA. As CS students you're in the unique position to build companies and products from scratch. You have all the tools!!  Come find out how these people got their start.
  • 3pm – WAC 4th Floor Atrium - Mock Interviews - Interviews are scary.... come let us help you get past the butterflies and help develop one of the most important skills you can master.

Annual Fall Fiesta
September 23, 2015
For all Mathematics and Computer Science Majors & Minors
Inman/McWhorter Patio from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Alumni Present Research at International Conference

gilmoreDavid Gilmore and   trask  Andrew Trask,
2014 Belmont Computer Science graduates, presented their research at the 32nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), the leading international machine learning conference, in France. Their paper titled, “Modeling Order in Neural Word Embeddings at Scale,” describes the deep neural network built at their employer, Digital Reasoning and is co-authored by Digital Reasoning’s Chief Technology Officer Matthew Russell. Neural Networks are computer systems that are modeled after the human brain and can gather new data, process it and react to it. The paper details both the impressive scope of their neural network as well as the exponential improvement in quality.

The design for the network is based on ideas Trask developed while at Belmont.  The parallel neural network is 14 times larger than the previous world record (built at Google), and performs 40 percent better in a key language-recognition benchmark than any other program. Their paper will be published in Volume 37 of the Journal of Machine Learning Research. Click here to read their paper

Mathematics and Computer Science Students and Alumni
Participate in Hack Tennessee

hackThe Hack Tennessee event, recently held in Nashville, gathers software developers, visual designers and product managers from across the country to invent new web platforms, mobile apps and electronic gadgets over 48 uninterrupted hours. One of the largest events of its kind, hundreds of products have emerged from the brilliant minds of Hack Tennessee's 1,000+ attendees — making it the Southeast’s premier destination for the creative class to connect, grow and contribute. Their ‘community of makers’ works tirelessly with primary, secondary and university educators to support the exposure of Tennessee students to STEM careers through events and on-campus mentoring.

Dr. Glenn Acree, Mathematics, has been working with co-founders of Hack Tennessee Brendan Wovchko and Avery Fisher, as well as Jon Staples of Code for Nashville, to increase the number of undergraduates from area colleges and universities to engage with the local developer community through events such as this … and the National Day of Civic Hacking to be held June 6th at the Music City Center.

hackSeveral Belmont students and alumni were involved in the event. Max Shenfield (Mathematics, 2014) worked on a team with Kevin Huber (Mathematics, 2015) and three others to make a virtual reality tower defense game.  It was Tron themed, and let the player battle another player in real time to destroy as many of the opposing player's minions as possible. Geoff Gross (Computer Science, 2015) played a big role in Brigade Pulse, a real time visualization tool of Code for America brigade activity across the country. 

Caleb Gregory (Mathematics, 2013) “did not wind up working on a project, but I enjoyed seeing what other people in this city were up to.  It was great seeing the possibilities for what I could be working on and gathering more information about.  I was excited to see how easy collaboration and teamwork in this community are, and how quickly bonds were formed among teammates.”

hackMarlee Stevenson (Computer Science and AET, 2015) worked on a team project called Cycledelic. “It was a huge learning process this time around. I joined a project in which I knew nothing and I came away from the weekend with a new skill and new desire to learn. Every person at the Hackathon wants to learn something new and teach what they know. I felt that I was able to do both of these things this weekend.” Marlee’s team won the Hacker's Choice Award! This is voted on by everyone at the hackathon after all the presentations are wrapped up.  Each team member received an engraved hammer as a trophy. Their project, Cycledelic, was a kaleidoscopic and psychedelic unicycle riding game made for the Oculus Rift VR platform and was created in Unity.

Mathematics Students and Professor
Give Demonstrations at STEM Expo

expoDr. Daniel Biles, Professor of Mathematics, and four mathematics majors gave probability demonstrations at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Expo at Middle Tennessee State University on April 9, 2015.  The Belmont students taking part were Annie Brunelle, Katie Kruzan, Savannah Halliday, and Mallory White.

This exposition is an annual event that features projects by middle school and high school students and is hosted by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub.  Students in the schools and districts that are partners in the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub (MTSIH) regularly engage in projects involving an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. These rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice skills necessary for success such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Students present at Mathematics Conference

Professors Barbara Ward and Daniel Biles, Mathematics, directed three student presentations that were given at the 2015 Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at the University of Tennessee on April 11, 2015. This was the Ninth Annual Undergraduate Math Conference which gives undergraduate students a chance to present their mathematical research and to meet other undergraduates and hear about their research.

Savannah Halliday (Mathematics major) and Jackson Streeter (Mathematics and Computer Science double major) presented “The Sandler Syndrome:  Predicting Box Office Revenue”.  Jacob DeVries (Music Business and Economics double major) presented “Using Technical Indicators to Predict Future Stock Prices”. Christopher Winfree (Applied Discrete Mathematics major) presented “Predicting a Minor League Player’s Success in MLB”.  The conference featured eleven research presentations given by college students throughout the region.

Mathematics/AET major Speaks at Acoustical Society of America meeting

ben shawGraduating senior Benjamin Shaw (Mathematics/AET double major) spoke at the Music City Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America meeting on December 9, which met in the historic Nashville recording studio -- Columbia Studio A.  Ben gave a one-hour presentation on his senior research work on acoustical measurements and simulations of the control room for Belmont's Columbia Studio A.  Ben’s research was supervised by Mr. Sal Greco, of Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios, and Dr. Scott Hawley, Associate Professor of Physics. Ben's task was evaluating the frequency response of the room and to make recommendations for improvements.  To do this, he made use of a sophisticated open-source acoustical simulation program, run on Dr. Hawley's 24-processor research workstation.  

The talk was attended by members of the Acoustical Society of America, a national professional organization for physics research in acoustics, and members of the Belmont community.  Those present remarked on how professional Ben's presentation was, and how it was among the finest research presentations they have ever seen given by an undergraduate student.

Belmont University and the Curb Family Foundation announced in May the completed renovation of Columbia Studio A at 34 Music Square East as a classroom and hands-on learning lab for students in Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. 

DECEMBER 1, 2014
SURSThe eleventh annual Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) was hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics. SURS is the culmination of many hours of undergraduate research work done during the summer and fall with faculty advisors and peers and offers these research students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the interesting research that is being done.

For the first time, this event was held in the same building where the research take place. Research posters were set up in the atrium area of Belmont's new Wedgewood Academic Center. The Mathematics & Computer Science department had 16 Mathematics students from the Predictive Analytics course taught by Daniel Biles and Barbara Ward give oral presentations and 12 Computer Science students presented research posters. Additional posters and oral presentations in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychological Science were also presented.  The keynote address “Why Talking to Your Car Can Drive You to Distraction” was delivered by Dr. David Strayer, Professor of Cognition & Neural Science at the University of Utah.  


In the photo (L to R) are: Kevin Huber, Christopher Winfree, Jake Devries, Jess Vestal, Ashley Badgett, Jack Streeter, Geoffrey Gross.

Shown below is a listing of the research projects from the Predictive Analytics course:

Gaussian Quadrature for Stochastic Integrals
Annie Brunelle
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Biles

Market Value of Major League Baseball Players
Jessica Mae Vestal
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Success of NFL Quarterbacks Drafted in the First Round
Francesca Brogden
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Music Festival Media and Attendance
Geoff Gross and Kevin Huber
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Median Age at First Marriage for Women
Mallory White
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Using Technical Indicators to Predict Future Stock Prices
Jacob DeVries
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
A Predictive Model for the Citibike Bike Sharing Program
Michael Reid
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Predicting Infant Mortality
Ashly Badgett and Tina Sharma
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Predicting a Minor League Player’s Success in MLB
Christopher Winfree
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
NHL Scoring
James Baker-Coe
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward
Prediction and Categorization of Team Final Standings of the Premier League
Kurtis Gibson and John Sharpe
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

The Sandler Syndrome: Predicting Box Office Revenue
Savannah Halliday and Jackson Streeter
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Biles, Barbara Ward

Here is a listing of the Computer Science research posters:

Computer Vision
Stephen Bain, Geoffrey Gross, Marlee Stevenson
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

Performance of Game Search Strategies Using Mancala
Andre Cejka, Anthony Scott
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

An Intelligent Board Game: Othello
Phil Knock, James Baker-Coe, Ryan Ericksen
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

Dots and Boxes
Cruze Goodin, Jackson Streeter
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.

Unsolvable Peg Solitaire Games on Various Board Sizes
Jack Malpasuto, Bennett Littlejohn
Advisor: William H. Hooper, Ph.D.


Students and Faculty present at MAA conference

mcs groupNine students and six faculty members attended the 2014 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Southeastern section meeting at Tennesse Tech in Cookeville, TN. The Southeastern section of the MAA advances the mathematical sciences within the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  

Angela Gaetano gave a presentation on "The Impact of Censoring on Estimator of Slope Parameter in a Simple Regression Model" and Annie Brunelle gave a presentation on "Brownian Motion and Probability Simulations."  Both students are mathematics majors.

Mathematics faculty were also involved in the conference.  Dr. Andy Miller completed his three-year term as Tennessee state director and gave a presentation on "Real World Projects, Real World Writing." Dr. Robin Lovgren gave a presentation on "Herding Cats -- Using Attendance App to Learn Names and Keep Up with Your Students."  Dr. Mike Pinter spoke on "Ideas for Ending a Course Effectively." Mrs. Kay Geving presented her work titled "College Algebra Course Redesign." Dr. Sarah Ann Fleming gave a presentation in the Graduate Student Workshop on "Job Application Materials."  


Mathematics majors Max Shenfield, Jackson Streeter, Annie Brunelle, and So "Sara" Chung competed in the the Math Jeopardy tournament.