Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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2012 2017

Computer Science and Dance are choice driven disciplines. The output of their processes are compositions of experience. Dancers are not computers and computers are not people but there are comparable traces of humanity in the way each interpret and interact with their respective inputs, outputs, and environments. These overlaps are perhaps not obvious, but in an increasingly specialized world it is important to discuss them. Dynamic Programming and improvisational movement exist within exclusive corners of their respective fields and are characterized by their inherent adaption to change. Inspired by the work of Ivar Hagendoorn, John Cage and other interdisciplinary artists, ...

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Ohlsen, Lai Yi Ni, Britt, Melissa, Crissman, Angel, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Due to its difficult nature, organic chemistry is receiving much research attention across the nation to develop more efficient and effective means to teach it. As part of that, Dr. Ian Gould at ASU is developing an online organic chemistry educational website that provides help to students, adapts to their responses, and collects data about their performance. This thesis creative project addresses the design and implementation of an input parser for organic chemistry reagent questions, to appear on his website. After students used the form to submit questions throughout the Spring 2013 semester in Dr. Gould's organic chemistry class, the ...

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Beerman, Eric Christopher, Gould, Ian, Wilkerson, Kelly, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

Polar ice masses can be valuable indicators of trends in global climate. In an effort to better understand the dynamics of Arctic ice, this project analyzes sea ice concentration anomaly data collected over gridded regions (cells) and builds graphs based upon high correlations between cells. These graphs offer the opportunity to use metrics such as clustering coefficients and connected components to isolate representative trends in ice masses. Based upon this analysis, the structure of sea ice graphs differs at a statistically significant level from random graphs, and several regions show erratically decreasing trends in sea ice concentration.

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Wallace-Patterson, Chloe Rae, Syrotiuk, Violet, Colbourn, Charles, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

In the field of education, the use of web applications to enhance student performance and learning has grown over the years. One example of such an application is the Just-in-Time Teaching and Learning Classroom Management System, a web-based educational application geared towards creating an active-learner classroom. This undergraduate thesis in the discipline of Computer Science will describe the development and use of the Just-in-Time Teaching and Learning Classroom Management System software as a solution to enabling the Just-in-Time Teaching approach. "Just-in-Time Teaching is a teaching and learning strategy based on the interaction between web-based study assignments and an active-learner classroom" ...

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Shah, Beejal, Nakamura, Mutsumi, Balasooriya, Janaka, et al.
Created Date
2012-12

This paper presents work that was done to create a system capable of facial expression recognition (FER) using deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and test multiple configurations and methods. CNNs are able to extract powerful information about an image using multiple layers of generic feature detectors. The extracted information can be used to understand the image better through recognizing different features present within the image. Deep CNNs, however, require training sets that can be larger than a million pictures in order to fine tune their feature detectors. For the case of facial expression datasets, none of these large datasets are ...

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Eusebio, Jose Miguel Ang, Panchanathan, Sethuraman, McDaniel, Troy, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Many programmable matter systems have been proposed and realized recently, each often tailored toward a particular task or physical setting. In our work on self-organizing particle systems, we abstract away from specific settings and instead describe programmable matter as a collection of simple computational elements (to be referred to as particles) with limited computational power that each perform fully distributed, local, asynchronous algorithms to solve system-wide problems of movement, configuration, and coordination. In this thesis, we focus on the compression problem, in which the particle system gathers as tightly together as possible, as in a sphere or its equivalent in ...

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Daymude, Joshua Jungwoo, Richa, Andrea, Kierstead, Henry, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This paper presents an overview of The Dyadic Interaction Assistant for Individuals with Visual Impairments with a focus on the software component. The system is designed to communicate facial information (facial Action Units, facial expressions, and facial features) to an individual with visual impairments in a dyadic interaction between two people sitting across from each other. Comprised of (1) a webcam, (2) software, and (3) a haptic device, the system can also be described as a series of input, processing, and output stages, respectively. The processing stage of the system builds on the open source FaceTracker software and the application ...

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Brzezinski, Chelsea Victoria, Balasubramanian, Vineeth, McDaniel, Troy, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

Education in computer science is a difficult endeavor, with learning a new programing language being a barrier to entry, especially for college freshman and high school students. Learning a first programming language requires understanding the syntax of the language, the algorithms to use, and any additional complexities the language carries. Often times this becomes a deterrent from learning computer science at all. Especially in high school, students may not want to spend a year or more simply learning the syntax of a programming language. In order to overcome these issues, as well as to mitigate the issues caused by Microsoft ...

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De Luca, Gennaro, Chen, Yinong, Cheng, Calvin, et al.
Created Date
2015-12

This research lays down foundational work in the semantic reconstruction of linguistic politeness in English-to-Japanese machine translation and thereby advances semantic-based automated translation of English into other natural languages. I developed a Java project called the PoliteParser that is intended as a plug-in to existing semantic parsers to determine whether verbs in dialogue in an English corpus should be conjugated into the plain or the polite honorific form when translated into Japanese. The PoliteParser bases this decision off of semantic information about the social relationships between the speaker and the listener, the speaker’s personality, and the circumstances of the utterance. ...

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Guiou, Jared Tyler, Baral, Chitta, Tanno, Koji, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

In this paper, I will show that news headlines of global events can predict changes in stock price by using Machine Learning and eight years of data from r/WorldNews, a popular forum on Reddit.com. My data is confined to the top 25 daily posts on the forum, and due to the implicit filtering mechanism in the online community, these 25 posts are representative of the most popular news headlines and influential global events of the day. Hence, these posts shine a light on how large-scale social and political events affect the stock market. Using a Logistic Regression and a Naive ...

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Priniski, John Hunter, Haiyan, Wang, Hazel, Kwon, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.