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Benn Snyder's project won the 2013 Digital I.S. Competition.

Benn Snyder's project won the 2013 Digital I.S. Competition.


Independent Study

Senior I.S.

To meet the graduation requirements of The College of Wooster, the major in Computer Science requires a two-course Independent Study Project, which culminates in an Independent Study Thesis along with an oral presentation describing the Thesis.

Independent Study is the student's opportunity to do a significant piece of work in an area of personal interest and to expand his or her understanding of computer science. Although the faculty advisor must approve all topics, the student is free to pursue virtually any area of computer science that is of interest. The topic should be challenging, but manageable with the resources and time available. A typical I.S. involves a theoretical investigation of a topic in Computer Science accompanied by a software implementation that illustrates concepts developed in the theoretical investigation.

2013 Senior I.S. Titles [2013 Abstracts (.pdf)]

  • Spencer Hall
    Optimizing Integer Arithmetic for Public Key Cryptography (CS and Math)
  • Matthew Lambert
    An Agent-based Model of Influenza Within a College Population (CS and Math)
  • Bennjamin Snyder
    Computer Vision: Object Recognition and Human-Computer Interaction

2012 Senior I.S. Titles [2012 Abstracts (.pdf)]

  • Micah Caunter
    Procedurally generating everything
  • Trisha Fultz
    Exploring opinion dynamics from a computational science perspective (CS and Math)
  • Yanlong Hu
    Data Mining and its Applications (CS and Math)
  • Atticus Jack
    Mining the Linux source code, an examination of data mining
  • Jason Palevsky
    Computer generated architecture through nature: using swarm intelligence and evolutionary computing to generate 3D models
  • Evan Radkoff
    Topical Web Crawlers (CS and Math)
  • Tristan Vroljik
    Computational profiling and identification of the 3’ untranslated region within Paramecium tetraurela (CS and BCMB)

2011 Senior I.S. Titles [2011 Abstracts (.pdf)]

  • Itai Njanji
    Exploring the Branch-and-Cut Algorithm (CS and Math)
  • Robert Taylor
    Selection Pressure on a Selfish Herd: Evolution of Ecological Relationships in an Agent-based Model (CS and Math)
  • Joshua Thomas
    Go with the Lava Flow (CS and Math)

2010 Senior I.S. Titles [2010 Abstracts (.pdf)]

  • Elena Fiocca
    Music Genre Recognition: Developing a Tool to Identify Genre Specific Characteristics of a Musical Piece
  • David Mar
    Exploring the Capabilities of the Scribbler Robot as a Teaching Tool for Introductory CS Classes
  • Daniel Norris
    We Didn’t Start the Fire! Applying Swarm Intelligence to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Forest Fire Suppression
  • Max Rafferty
    BitTorrent-Enhanced Distributed Internet Caching: Applying Peer-to-Peer Protocols to Enhance Performance and Scalability of Browser-Accessible Internet Resources

2009 Senior I.S. Titles [2009 Abstracts (.pdf)]

  • Andrew Courtney
    Attacking Wireless Network Security
  • Joseph Henrich
    GraffiWii The Wiimote as a Text Entry Device
  • Michael Liberatore
    Real-time Simulation of Deformable Objects: Improving and Extending the Mass-Spring Particle Structure for Modeling the Draping Behavior of Cloth
  • Ellen Wagner
    Secret, Secrets Are So Fun, If They're Not For Everyone (CS and Math)

2008 Senior I.S. Titles [2008 Abstracts (.pdf)]

  • Matthew Dominski
    Population Based Incremental Schema Learning
  • Richard Lawrence
    Mobile Robotics: The Study of the Mindstorms Lego NXT Robotics Kit and its Applications in Autonomous Robotics
  • Zachary Patterson
    Improving The Artificial Intelligence Component Of Warcraft II With Genetic Algorithms And Dynamic Scripting With Conditional Weights
  • Joseph Pletcher
    Donald Davidson and Natural Language Processing (CS and Philosophy)
  • Matthew Snively
    Leading the Virtual Orchestra
  • Benjamin Strecker
    Making Monads: Binding to a Specific Type of Computation with a Return to Familiar Themes (CS and Math)
  • David Sullivan
    Implementing Optimizations in the Joeq Virtual Machine
  • Mark Wellons
    Simulating a Charged Spherical Pendulum in Time-Varying Electric and Magnetic Fields (CS and Physics)