August 22, 2017

Programming Students Adopt a Robotic Dog

Autonomous Robot at University of Advancing Technology

Recently a few Robotics and Embedded Systems students have adopted a dog! Well, actually, Kenneth Vorseth and Andrew Weisenberger have been working in the Robotics Lab to program and bring a robotic dog to life. If the robot were a real dog it would be considered to be highly trained in that this robot is autonomous, designed for the Autonomous Object Tracking Vehicles class at UAT. Just last week, I was walking by and saw student Kenny Vorseth (Robotics and Embedded Systems/ Game Programming) training the robotic canine how to fetch in the UAT Commons. Please watch the video to see for yourself. An update…



Branch Prediction

Written by: Advancing Computer Science student Christopher Peterson While browsing Stack Overflow one day, I stumbled upon a question asking why sorted arrays process faster than unsorted arrays. This led me to learn about the concept of “branch prediction.” Branch prediction is a processor’s way of speeding up processing time by guessing what a result is going to be. For example, if you have a conditional if statement, it will guess that it will evaluate to “true” and do all the processing for that. The downside to this is that, while it’s fast if it guesses correctly, it has to…



UAT Continues Support of STEM Initiative, As Host of CodeDay Phoenix for 2nd Consecutive Year

CodeDay Phoenix at UAT

UAT’s Tech-Infused Campus Welcomes Young Programmers for a 24-Hour Development Competition, Two Years Running For the second consecutive year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) co-sponsors and hosts CodeDay Phoenix, the largest 24-hour youth coding challenge in the state, on UAT’s Tempe technology-infused campus. The event kicks off on Saturday, February 18, at noon, with coders competing continuously for 24 hours and closes with an awards ceremony led by a panel of judges at noon on Sunday, February 19, 2017. CodeDay Phoenix empowers over 110 students ages 8-16, putting the focus on engaging young adults in underserved populations and areas with…



Attend WordCamp Phoenix 2016

WordCamp Phoenix

Get to know others in the WordPress community! Attend WordCamp Phoenix on October 1- 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center. WordCamp Phoenix is led by local volunteers who work hard to deliver the best possible experience to WordPress users. Founded in 2008, WordCamp Phoenix has become one of the largest, most passionate WordCamps known to the WordPress community. WordCamp Phoenix was last held in Chandler, Ariz. and was attended by over 500 attendees. Tickets are $40 and include both days of the conference, lunch on Saturday and entry to the after party at Phoenix Public Market on Saturday evening. This year’s WordCamp Phoenix schedule…



Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza – Now on Google Play

Bubble Wrap PopAPalooza

Do you have friends or siblings who like to pop Bubble Wrap? Most people enjoy this simple, yet satisfying task, which is why it’s the perfect idea for a video game! “Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza” was produced by Ara Shirinian, Principal Designer at WePlay Media and Tyler Weiss, a UAT student dual majoring in Game Programming and Advancing Computer Science, in partnership with Sealed Air, the official Bubble Wrap brand. Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza is a fun game with fundamentals which resemble the old “Whack A Mole” carnival game but replaces the mole with fun activities and gameplay…



UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

The Southern Colorado Girls STEM group lead by Professor Jill Coddington, UAT Program Champion in Advancing Computer Science and Robotics, spent the weekend at UAT’s Tempe campus for a Future You University event during June 10-13, to offer these students a taste of the technology-infused innovation that surrounds our students each and every day.  These 17 middle school students won a STEM competition and their prize was a technology-filled experience at UAT. Over the weekend, the girls participated in workshops and seminars, campus tours, a weekend stay in UAT Founder’s Hall dormitory, Veggie car races, a 3D printing demo, Innovation Games,…



What is Advancing Computer Science?

Advancing-Computer-Science Degree

Advancing Computer Science (ACS) is the scientific and practical approach to computer science and building software systems. ACS studies the development of building software applications and efficient algorithms that access, process and store information. ACS Professor James Gordon said, “Computer Science is the planning, developing, building and maintaining of software systems, which could include a mobile app, a desktop app, a database app or a fully developed website.” Professor Gordon teaches ACS students emerging programming languages across a variety of platforms including open source and enterprise languages such as: Python, C++, C# and Java. It’s important to give students as…



One of UAT’s Own Featured as 2016 IGDA Scholar

Camila Magrane

Congratulations to the recently awarded Game Programming student, Camila Magrane, who was selected as a 2016 IGDA Scholar securing a spot for her to attend the ever popular Game Developers Conference we all know simply as GDC, which takes place at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco, from March 14-18. Camila is a multimedia artist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She is a recent graduate of the University of Advancing Technology where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Game Programming. Before pursuing a degree in game development, Camila studied photography and film making which gave her a strong foundation in visual…



Startup AZ Foundation Presents Code Day Arizona, Hosted at UAT

Code Day Arizona

UAT Promotes Young Programmers as Host of First-Ever Statewide Code Day Presented by Startup AZ Foundation, Code Day Arizona is a 24-hour statewide coding event that puts the focus on engaging young adults in underserved populations and areas with limited technical resources. Code Day Arizona will be held the weekend of Feb. 13-14, 2016, at University of Advancing Technology, in collaboration with State Farm, Go Daddy, Student RND and Valley Leadership. This event will focus on bringing students in from cities and towns across the state of Arizona in an effort to promote technical skills among youth and make Arizona…



Digital Maker & Fabricator DIY: Make Your Own ‘Smart Socks’ To Pause A Netflix Show When You Fall Asleep

Netflix smart socks

When binge watching Netflix shows, it’s common to fall asleep at the tail end of an episode never to know exactly where you left off. What if there was a special device that could sense when the viewer had fallen asleep and pause the show so they could resume right where they left off? Netflix created something that does just that! Netflix based the sleep-detection system in the socks off of “actigraphy,” which uses an accelerometer to tell when you’ve stopped moving for a while (presumably when you’ve fallen asleep). In the socks prototype, an LED light in the cuff of the…