Randy Winters - Faculty Applicant

Tuesday, March 25, 9:30 AM to noon
Meet the applicant, GCB 103, munchies provided.

Tuesday, March 25, 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Hear the applicant, GCB 140. Click here to see the .pdf poster for his talk.

Hello to all BYUH CS Students!

I am a faculty applicant for the CS department and will be on campus next week. Professor Colton has set some time aside for you to meet me Tuesday March 25 in GCB 101/103 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. I would love to learn more about each one of you!

I believe that learning should be a fun experience. To that effect, I will be bringing some really COOL high-tech software-related "goodies" for you to see and play with.

Here are a few of the items you will see:

* A working Palm powered robot that was designed at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Lab.

* An implantable heart defibrillator (the same one worn by Vice President Dick Cheney) which is programmable over the Internet.

* A real wearable computer prototype developed by the Carnegie Mellon University Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab.

* A real 4K core memory module that was actually used on the Apollo/Soyuz Space Mission. It even has the original program still loaded in it!

* And More.

Also, I will be giving an action-packed guest lecture Tuesday, March 25 at 3:00-4:00 PM in GCB 140 and hope to see you there. We will talk about "Software Failure in Aerospace Accidents". Put yourself in the shoes of accident investigators as we look at these accidents and discuss what went wrong.

There will be lots of real footage of aerospace accidents - some never before published.

* Did you know that during landing tests, the space shuttle almost tipped over because of a software problem? I have the undocumented footage for you to see.

* Do you want to see what faulty software does to an F22 fighter when it fails to handle a touch and go situation? Come see the unpublished video.

* Did you know that the Mars Lander which successfully landed on Mars experienced a software problem once on the surface? I'll tell you what happened.

* Did you know that one line of code shut down all redundant computers on the space shuttle rendering it useless (fortunately it was on the simulator)? What did the line of code do? Hint: It is a simple mistake that you have probably made before? I'll let you guess.

* We'll also look at other software-related aerospace accidents like the Ariane-5, Patriot Missile, and Mars Climate Orbiter disasters.

I look forward to meeting each one of you and learning more about what brought you to BYUH and the field of Computer Science. There will be plenty of snacks, and of course, plenty of my favorite "coding munchies" that got me through my all nighters writing code. Having spent 25 years in the industry, I understand the importance of snacks when you code!

See you Tuesday!!

Randy Winters