Computer science is one of the hottest fields in existence, with some of the best employment prospects. For the second year in a row, Maclean’s has ranked the best universities in 10 program areas—including computer science. Using hard data provided by academic publishing company Elsevier and our own reputation survey sent out to academics, we score where to best study to reach the top in your desired field.Click through the gallery above to see the top 10 computer science schools. For a better understanding of the rankings, check out our methodology. Click here to see more program rankings.
A recap of a great and successful day at the University of Manitoba’s 6th annual High School Computer Science day. Schools from all over the province came and we won 2 of the 4 trophies.
A new study from the U of M’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab suggests that you’ll obey robots as predictably as you would a human.The team designed the experiment to get participants to do dull tasks: take 80 minutes to rename hundreds of files extensions, changing “jpg” to “png”, as well as sing in different pitches, and repeatedly click on an icon. The task master was either a 27-year-old human male, or Jim, the pseudonym of a Nao pronounced “now” humanoid robot.As the paper reads:The robot experimenter sat upright on a desk, spoke using a neutral tone, gazed around the room naturally to increase sense of intelligence, and used emphatic hand gestures when prodding, all controlled from an adjacent room via a Wizard of Oz setup. The “wizard” used both predefined and on-the-fly responses and motions to interact with the participant; the responses were less varied than the human experimenter’s as we believed this would be expected of a robot. Participants were warned that the robot required “thinking time” to give the wizard reaction time and indicated this with a blinking chest light.To reduce suspicion about the reason for having a robot and to reinforce its intelligence we explained that we were helping the engineering department test their new robot that is “highly advanced in artificial intelligence and speech recognition.” We explained that we are testing the quality of its “situational artificial intelligence.”The goal, however, was to see whether the participants saw the human or the robot as more of an authority figure. Here’s an video abstract of the study that explains it further: