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1 School of Computer Science McGill University Copyright © 2002 Women@SCS All Rights Reserved Outreach Roadshow presents the Supported in part by the NSF-ALADDIN Center Carnegie Mellon University

2 Who can do Computer Science ?


4 We are all computer scientists!

5 Guess who are the Computer Scientists in the following pictures: ?











16 ? What can you do with Computer Science

17 you have a pair of scales you have 12 coins 11 weigh the same the other is heavier How do you find the heavy coin if you are allowed 3 weighings? Learn how to build Algorithms... a sequence of steps/instructions to solve a problem Algorithm type Puzzle 1.

18 Programming a computer can only do what it is told to do a program is a set of instructions telling a machine what to do. programming involves learning how to write instructions that do specific tasks Programming is an important part of computer science …… BUT COMPUTER SCIENCE IS SO MUCH MORE!

19 Foundations of Computing Can we write for each function f:N->N a computer program that computes it? Can we write a program which enumerates all functions f:N->N? There are zillions of programming languages… What makes a good programming language? Why should we choose one language over another? How do we design new programming languages?

20 Ion trap 7 trapped ions © R. Blatt, Innsbruck Will the computers of the future be similar to the ones we use today or based on radically different principles? As individual logical components reach the atomic scale, the laws of logic themselves change! Designing computers for the 22 nd century

21 Security : How do you know … That downloading and running games or other programs is secure? You’ve done it 1000 times, and nothing bad happened. So you hope nothing bad will happen in the future… But can we replace hope and faith with trust? Can we prove properties about programs? Can we ensure communication over the internet is secure?

22 Software Engineering Software Engineer Translating User Requirements into Quality Software Products

23 Neuroscience + Computer Science Brain activity: what it looks like when you think Light traveling into the eye A neuron: your brain is made up of millions of these We can use computers to see what happens in a person’s brain when they think, and to model how the brain solves problems

24 Medical Brain Imaging Medicine + Computer Science

25 Robotics Cognition Action Perception Camera Sonar Laser range-finders Planning Scheduling Machine Learning Manipulation Locomotion Navigation

26 Robots that can swim: Aqua Robot Sports + Computer Science Rhex

27 Robots that can play soccer: Sports + Computer Science

28 Robots in Health Care: Health Care + Computer Science Mars Lunar rover Robot Flo speaking and dancing!l

29 Biology + Computer Science We can use computer science to find patterns in DNA, model biological systems, determine the structure of molecules, and much much more…

30 Graphics: Art + Computer Science


32 Economics + Computer Science: win the trading competition!

33 Computer Science at McGill University!

34 Fundamental concepts in CS (42 credits) (algorithms and data-structures, theory of computation, programming languages and paradigms) Complementary courses (18 credits) (AI, graphics, robotics, networks, software engineering, bioinformatics) Electives (30 credits): Any field in arts and science. Internships in industry and research possible B.Sc. Major in CS

35 Combine computer science with another field of study! Some possibilities: Foundations of Computing (Philosophy, Mathematics, and computer science) Cognitive Science Bioinformatics Economics Linguistics … Major/Minor concentrations

36 Class size and advising Small class sizes! (15 – 25 students) 33 professors Academic advisors Undergraduate research initiative

37 Where we are located... Lorne M. Trottier Building, CS & ECE

38 What can you do with a degree in computer science from McGill?

39  Software Engineer  3D Graphics Programmer  Software Developer  Finance Analyst  Research Assistant  Design Engineer  Web Developer  Game Programmer  Application Developer  Consultant Job list courtesy of Kevin Collins, SCS Career Advisor Jobs: With a Bachelors degree in Computer Science you can be:

40  Analyst  Artificial Intelligence Engineer  Automation Engineer  Business Consultant  Business Development Associate  Documentation Tools Specialist  Interface Designer  Issue Associate  IT Development Program Associate  Patent Examiner, Computer Networks Division  Quantum Computing Researcher  Research Associate  Usability Consultant  User Interface Coordinator  Web Experience Developer Job list courtesy of Kevin Collins, SCS Career Advisor

41 Hardware and Software:  Dell  IBM (Toronto)  Intel  Microsoft Arts and Entertainment:  Ubisoft  Lucas Arts Film Company  Walt Disney Imaging Pharmaceutical Companies:  Affinium Pharmaceuticals  Merck Frosst Financial Institutions  Goldman Sachs  Morgan Stanley  Merrill Lynch Consulting:  Accenture  Deloitte&Touche  PriceWaterhouseCoopers Others:  Bombardier  Google  Amazon You Could Work For:

42 Job perspective

43 Many of Our Students go on to Top Graduate Schools: Carnegie Mellon MIT Berkeley Cornell University of Toronto UBC McGill University Oxford, England University of Washington

44 We hope we have shown you that computer science can be many things …. and computer scientists can be many different types of people ……. including YOU!! So What is Computer Science?

45 If you would like to learn more about anything you’ve just seen, don’t hesitate to ask, or email us at Thank you!

46 Puzzle 2. You come to a fork in the road and meet a twin and ask the way to go. One twin always tells the truth One twin always tells lies. How do you decide which way to go?

47 Puzzle 3. Three children sit one behind the other in a row. The third child can see the first two, the second child can only see the first and the first child can't see either of the other two. A teacher has a box of five hats, two red ones and three black ones. The teacher places a different hat on each of the three children. She instructs each one to call out the color of their hat once they are sure of it. All of the children are perfectly logical. Within a few minutes the first child correctly states the color of her hat. What color is it?

48 Puzzle 4. There is a certain type of rope that when lit at one end, will take an hour to burn. The burning however is not uniform and so it might, for example, take ten minutes for the first half to burn and fifty minutes for the second half to burn. You have two such ropes, but they are not identical Your number of matches is not a concern. How can you measure exactly 45 minutes?

49 Answer puzzle 1. split into 3 lots of 4 take the first 4 coins and weigh against second lot with one weighing you know if the heavy coin is in the 1st or 2nd group because the balance will go down … or if they stay balanced it's in the 3rd group now take your group of 4 coins and split into 2's now you can separate the pair and see which is the heavy coin. To make this a more difficult problem try finding the coin of different weight without knowing if it's heavier or lighter.... think about it...

50 Answer puzzle 2. You say to the twin "If I asked your twin which road to take what would she say? "....and then you take the other road...

51 Answer Puzzle 3 Black. If the third child does not reply first then she must be confused by the hats of the other two. If the hats of the first two were red, then the third would know she had a black. The second child, hearing the silence of the third realizes that he and the first child can't both have red hats. If the first child has a red hat then the second child knows, since he cannot also have a red hat, that his hat is black. The first child, noticing the silence of the other two, realizes that she cannot have a red hat. Therefore, her hat must be black.

52 Answer Puzzle 4. You set the two ends of one rope and one end of the second rope on fire. Once the first rope has burned out a half hour has passed. By lighting the other end of the second rope at that time, it will take fifteen additional minutes for the second rope to completely burn out.

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