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DEAN’S MESSAGE

The Internet has revolutionized the way the world works and, more specifically, the way we as individuals communicate with one another. Today, we increasingly share our lives with friends, family and even acquaintances via the online realm.

In such a digitized age, a strong Web presence has become crucial to the success of any organization. That rings no less true for all of us here at the College. If we are to fulfill our goal of continually communicating with our current and prospective students, as well as our many alumni and friends, we must do so by using the most recent technologies available.

In this spirit, I’m happy to announce the debut of our brand new website, which will serve as the online hub for all things CPMS in the months and years to come. Many people have worked long and hard to bring this new entity to fruition and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished.

We believe the style and functionality of this new site will help us communicate more efficiently and effectively with each and every one of you, while also helping launch CPMS fully into the age of Web 2.0. This updated website will provide a single, convenient spot to access all College-related content, including new episodes of Hands On, exciting news stories and our many upcoming events.

I invite you to visit the new site and explore – take a look around and see what’s new. Most of all, I ask you to stay connected by coming back regularly, because that’s really what this is all about.

Thanks for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you online.

DEPT. NEWS

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computers learn ancient language with help of CS professors and students
MATHEMATICS
Professor uses math to explore the many dimensions of the universe
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Astrofest brings astronomy to the community
STATISTICS
Statisticians gather for summer symposium
COLLEGE LINKS
CPMS Homepage
Giving to the College
SOCIAL MEDIA
CPMS on Facebook
CPMS on Twitter
CPMStv

COMPUTER SCIENCE GETS ARTISTIC

DARCI may be intelligent, creative, sleek, and artistic, but she’s no typical co-ed art student.

Actually, DARCI is a computer program, the brainchild of Computer Science professor Dan Ventura and his students. DARCI, which stands for Digital Artist Communicating Intent, is part of ongoing research into what creativity is and its application to artificial intelligence.

Though DARCI is ultimately designed to produce art, the first step in the project was training DARCI to evaluate art. The main concept behind the programming that makes this possible is a neural network, a mathematical abstraction designed to model the architecture of the brain.

With the help of upper level visual arts students and curators from BYU’s Museum of Art, selected images were chosen as training example for DARCI. Before being input to DARCI, these images were encoded as a set of low-level vision features measuring aspects of the image, such as color content or texture.

For each picture, the students labeled the image with adjectives, such as «calm» or «painterly», and then corrected DARCI as it applied adjectives on its own. This process was then repeated with images of what the trainers considered to be good and bad art. After using this data for several hundred training cycles involving several million synaptic updates, DARCI was deemed ready to judge an art show.

The “Fitness Function” art exhibit was held during March in BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center. Anyone was allowed to enter the gallery and upload a digital image to DARCI’s system. DARCI scored each piece from 0-100. Works that received a score of 70 or above were accepted and printed on-site. Markers and clips were on hand for accepted artists to sign their work and hang it up in the gallery.

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MATHEMATICS | MATHEMATICS EDUCATION | PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY | STATISTICS

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