Stambaugh Auditorium to host Dr. Michio Kaku on March 20th

On March 20th, 2014, the Stambaugh Auditorium will host Dr. Michio Kaku as part of the Skeggs Lecture series. Dr. Kaku is an astrophysicist who is very well known as an author and for his appearances on many science documentaries.

The student session will be held at 3:00pm on March 20th and a session for the general public will be held at 7:30pm.

Dr. Kramer – Robotics (Feb. 26 ACM Meeting)

Come hear Dr. Kramer talk about robotics and the work he is interested in. He has co-authored a book on building your own teams of robots with LEGO Mindstorms NXT and Bluetooth. If you want to learn more about this cool subject, stop by Meshel Hall room 337 on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 5pm.

Hope to see you there!

Learn About Eye Tracking Research in Software Engineering

The ACM Chapter at YSU will be having a presentation by Dr. Bonita Sharif about the use of eye tracking in software engineering and gaming. Eye tracking is typically used in market research but has only recently been used in the software engineering field. This talk will describe what eye tracking is and several projects it has been applied to. Other interesting applications to games will also be introduced. If you are interested in this topic, stop by to find out more!

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Location: Meshel Hall, room 337

For more information, contact:

Fiona L Kelly – President

Ricky Elrod – Vice President

Dominic Pascarella – Treasurer

Learn about student research opportunities & meet your VP

The ACM Chapter at YSU will be having two student presentations. If you are interested in doing research and would like to learn about some of the projects being done by students feel free to stop by and learn more. In addition, Ricky Elrod will talk about why he decided to join the Fedora Project’s Infrastructure team and how that led him into a long-term internship with Red Hat. He will also talk about his research interests.

In addition, information will be given about the ACM Programming Competition held yearly in November. This year’s competition will be held on Nov 8th and 9th.

Meeting time:
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Venue: Room 337 – Meshel Hall

See everyone there!

Dr. Yu gives a talk at Kent State University


On Wednesday October 30th, Dr. Yu from  Youngstown State University (Computer Science and Information Systems) will give a talk on CS2: A New Database Synopsis for Query Estimation. Get Dr. Yu’s bio and abstract here.

Fast and accurate estimations for complex queries are profoundly beneficial for large databases with heavy workloads. In this research, we propose a statistical summary for a database, called CS2 (Correlated Sample Synopsis), to provide rapid and accurate result size estimations for all queries with joins and arbitrary selections. Unlike the state-of-the-art techniques, CS2 does not completely rely on simple random samples, but mainly consists of correlated sample tuples that retain join relationships with less storage. We introduce a statistical technique, called reverse sample, and design a powerful estimator, called reverse estimator, to fully utilize correlated sample tuples for query estimation. We prove both theoretically and empirically that the reverse estimator is unbiased and accurate using CS2. Extensive experiments on multiple datasets show that CS2 is fast to construct and derives more accurate estimations than existing methods with the same space budget.

A conversation on Gittip + OpenSource Culture

Monday, October 28th, 5:30pm at the McDonough Museum of Art Lecture Hall.

Chad Whitacre will talk about Gittip and opensource culture. is a platform for sustainable crowd-funding. Chad is an active member of the open source community and the author of the Aspen web framework, as well as tools for mapping and database management. He is also the founder of, a personal finance website for geeks. His personal website is

This lecture is apart of EMERGENT FUTURES NOW: a lecture series dedicated to the structures that promote creative people to create and imagine for the changing world: collaboratives, cooperatives, collectives, hacker spaces and open source culture.

This lecture sounds very interesting.

Learn about the YSU ACM

Date : Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Time : 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location : Meshel 337

Come learn about the ACM with a short presentation given by the president of the YSU student chapter. We’ll also discuss plans for future meetings and activities and talk about the upcoming ACM ICPC programming competition and teams.

Meet the Chair Forum

This is our first ACM meeting this Fall 2013 semester.  Come and join us!

When: October 9th 2013 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Meshel 337

Join with the Student Chapter of the ACM in an open forum with Dr. Kriss Schueller. As chair of CSIS, he will take part in an informal discussion with students about majors, policies, or other concerns. Please participate in this opportunity to share your concerns with the administration of the CSIS department.

Pizza will be available.

Presentation on Cloud Computing by Dr. Alina Lazar

The student chapter of the ACM at YSU will be having a presentation over cloud
computing by Dr. Alina Lazar. Cloud computing is a general term for anything that
involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. Virtually all large web services run
atop multiple geographically distributed data centers. These services must scale
thousands of machines, tolerate faults, and support thousands of concurrent requests. To
learn more, stop by the meeting at the time listed below.

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Venue: Room 103 of Meshel Hall

For more information, contact:
Braden Walters <>
Michael Falcone <>
Benjamin McCown <>

Younstown State University's Student Association for Computing Machinery