Computer Science Department News
'Disruptive Technologies' Seminar Popular with Young Students
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Where do big ideas come from? Can students be taught to think outside the box? Is coming up with a big idea enough, or is it just as important to know how to communicate it? Nikos Chrisochoides, ODU's Richard T. Cheng Professor of computer science, decided last year to develop a 100-level seminar that would explore those questions.
"Computers in Health Care" was his title for the seminar, which seemed appropriate enough for this course, which is offered through the Department of Computer Science in conjunction with the ODU Honors College. But Chrisochoides was interested in students with a variety of interests and career goals, and the six students he ended up recruiting for the spring 2013 seminar are focused on biological sciences, psychology, business and physical therapy.
Chrisochoides is an outside-the-box thinker himself, known internationally for his expertise in medical imaging computing. Last year, he was elected a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom, which cited his contributions in "exascale mesh generation and runtime systems for medical imaging." Much of the ODU professor's work has been in cooperation with prestigious medical schools in the United States and China, and has involved cutting-edge strategies in computer image-guided neurosurgery.
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