2017 GT Computing Holiday Gift Guide
College of Computing Holiday Gift Guide
Can’t find that perfect stocking-stuffer this holiday season? Not to worry, the College of Computing’s exclusive 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is your ticket to some of this year’s most popular and innovative “gifts” from the GT Computing community!
Whether it’s for the video gamer looking for the next big challenge, the gadget girl with her nose in her phone, or the cyber sleuth wanting to solve real-life whodunits, the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is chock-full of exciting gift ideas and your one-stop-shop for everyone on your gift-giving list!
GT Computing 2017
What is it? Love GT Computing, but just can’t get enough? Then, this insider’s guide to the College is the ideal holiday gift for you! Chock full of highlights, accomplishments, accolades, and more, GT Computing 2017 pulls back the curtains to reveal the College’s full impact on the global community.
Who is it for? GT Computing fan girls and boys from around the world!
What’s it cost? Bupkes
From the workshop of: GT Computing
Video Game Generator
What is it? Looking for the next big thing for the gamer in your life? Well, get ready to be happy: This machine makes machines! Using an artificial intelligence system, the Videogame Generator watches less than two minutes of gameplay video and then builds its own model of how the game operates by studying the frames and making predictions of future events, such as which path a character will choose or how enemies might react. Not only is it sure to provide endless hours of fun, this new toy may revolutionize game development.
Who’s it for? Anyone who wants to take “playing against the computer” to another level.
What’s it cost? Cost? This kind of technology pays for itself, creating new jobs and opening new possibilities.
HIVE Graph Analytics
What is it? Harness the power of the Hive with this graph analytics processor that looks to lay claim to the HPC throne by processing streaming graphs 1,000 times faster and using much less power than current technology. Needless to say, this is no small feat and will take a whole colony working together – or a partnership between Georgia Tech and the University of Southern California – to accomplish.
Who's it for? Folks with a need for speed in security and consumer applications and who like the buzz of advance graph analytics without the fuss of high power costs.
What's the cost? A cool $6.8 million over the next four years or so ought to do the trick.
Ph.D. in Machine Learning
What is it? A terminal, market-ready degree in one of the hottest subfields of computer science. The Ph.D. in Machine Learning is new for 2017 from the Top 10 computer science program at Georgia Tech. With this degree and ML principles in hand, your little machine learning maestro will be ready to build the self-driving cars of tomorrow or teach at the university level. Offered through the interdisciplinary Center for Machine Learning at Georgia Tech (ML@GT), this program will help your student land their dream job in virtually any sector of the economy.
Who’s it for? Well, not everyone. Computing is a tough field, ML is one of the bigger reasons why, and earning a Ph.D. is the pinnacle of student achievement for just about everyone who has one. But if you’re up for the challenge, Georgia Tech is ready when you are.
What’s it cost? If you’re accepted into the program, probably not a whole lot since most Ph.D. students receive tuition waivers. So all that remains is the decision: Are you one of the few and the proud?
Itchy Nose Glasses
What is it? A way to keep your loved ones safe this holiday season. Smartphones and smart watches are definitely cool but also distracting—and that can be dangerous. With these prototype Itchy Nose Glasses, your friends and family can reject calls, pause videos, skip songs, and more—simply with the effort it takes to scratch an itch.
Who’s it for? All those friends and relatives who just can’t pull their eyes away from the gadgets, even when they really need to.
What’s it cost? Not on the market yet. When asked to comment, Santa’s elves raised one finger while looking down at their phones.
From the workshop of: Professor Thad Starner in the School of Interactive Computing and colleagues at South Korea’s KAIST University, Japan’s Keio University, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
What is it? You got your statistics on my mathematics. You got your math on my theoretical computer science! No worries, even your pickiest eater will scarf down this tasty new theory-focused institute that brings it all together to advance the foundations of data science. This interdisciplinary smorgasbord in data science foundations offers opportunities for mathematics, machine learning, and more!
Who's it for? Anyone looking to diversity in data science while toiling with interdisciplinary research and algorithms – namely, most everyone in a STEM field.
What's the cost? A few NSF dollars and 14 institutes across 11 states – so some shipping and handling charges may apply.
From the workshop of: Co-Executive Director of IDEaS and CSE Professor Srinivas Aluru, Co-Executive Director and CS Professor Dana Randall, School of Mathematics and CS Professor Prasad Tetali, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISyE) Xiaming Huo, and Coca-Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics and ISyE Professor Jeff Wu.
CRNCH Rogues Gallery
What is it? This holiday season, the Rogues Gallery is the perfect gift for that special someone who already has every gadget under the sun. This exclusive collection features computers so unique that only a select few are chosen to assess their as-yet-unknown capabilities. In fact, with enough tinkering, these rogues may ultimately hold the keys to the future of computing after Moore’s law. The first entry to the gallery is Emu Chick. As cute and fluffy as it sounds, this powerful machine features a memory-centric architecture using the advanced threads technology to solve a variety of real-world problems.
Who’s it for? For the computing aficionado who has everything, but needs a new thrill.
What’s it cost? Free, but the potential discoveries could be worth millions!
From the workshop of: The Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH)
Intro To Computing MOOC
What is it? A way to get a leg up on college-level computer science while eating pizza in bed. Intro to Computing Using Python, the product of a partnership between GT Computing, McGraw-Hill Education, and edX, offers an introductory CS course to learners from across the globe for free—and students can even receive a certificate of mastery that could be applied toward credit if admitted to Georgia Tech. Now, thanks to CS 1301, not even a “Snowpocalypse” can keep your students from learning Python!
Who’s it for? Anyone interested in learning the basics of computer science! Georgia Tech undergrads can take this course for credit instead of the on-campus option. Learners anywhere (even the North Pole) can take the course via edX.
What’s it cost? For enrolled students, CS 1301 has the same cost as its on-campus equivalent course. For edX learners, you can take the course for free or pay $99 to receive a verified certificate.
From the workshop of: Zvi Galil (Dean of the College of Computing), David Joyner (CS 1301 Instructor), McGraw-Hill Education, and edX
RAIN Cyber Attack Attribution
What is it? Exclusively from Georgia Tech, we have a new cyber-sleuthing tool that’s the ideal gift for any mystery lovers on your holiday list. RAIN allows investigators to quickly and accurately pinpoint how intruders entered a network, what data they took, and which elements were compromised. The Refinable Attack INvestigation (RAIN) provides forensic investigators a detailed record of an intrusion, even if the attackers attempted to cover their tracks. RAIN provides multiple levels of detail, facilitating automated searches through information at a high level to identify the specific events behind a data breach.
Who’s it for? Cyber warriors, forensic investigators, and mystery lovers alike!
What’s it cost? It’s hard to put a price on exposing hackers and their dirty deeds.
Interactive Guide to Top U.S. Golf Courses
What is it? The golf gift that keeps on giving. Whether scouting a new course for the weekend, or planning the next great getaway adventure, this new
interactive guide to highly-ranked U.S. golf courses is a must-have for the linksters on your list. With it, they’ll have insider information on 390 public and private golf courses throughout the United States. The interactive map and alphabetical legend will let them quickly and easily search and compare their favorite courses. History-minded duffers can even see when courses were built using a built-in time slider.
Who’s It for? Anyone looking for that next promotion: Take your boss to the perfect course (based on its difficulty rating) to make sure they come out ahead on the scorecard every time! Amateur golf commentators: Impress your friends by rattling off stats, trends in course rankings, and details about famous golf course designers and where they did their best work.
What's it cost? Free to find the perfect course, but save up for that trip, because as any true golfer can tell you, it won’t be cheap.
What is it? The musical manifestation of a total eclipse, and we aren’t talking about Bonnie Tyler. Utilizing drums, synthesized tones, and other sounds to symbolize the movements of the sun and moon, it provided an auditory experience for the Aug. 21 event that captured the attention of people all over the country.
Who’s it for? Visually impaired individuals looking for a way to experience an inherently visual event. Or, experimental music enthusiasts yearning for a soundtrack to an eclipse (has anyone tried playing this while watching the Wizard of Oz with the sound down?).
What’s it cost? Access is priceless.
CoC Virtual Reality Experience
What is it? Let the sights and sounds of GT Computing wash over your senses as you dive into this immersive virtual reality experience. Grab your favorite VR headset and instantly you are transported to the Klaus Advanced Computing Building where the annual career fair is happening. Then you’re whisked away to a robotics class, the end zone of Bobby Dodd stadium, and ultimately high above campus and Atlanta’s Technology Square.
Who’s it for? Anyone wanting to jump headfirst into GT Computing but doesn’t have the time to visit campus right this minute.
What’s it cost? Perhaps a slight bit of nausea if you’re prone to motion sickness, but other than that GT Computing’s VR experience is free!
From the workshop of: The GT Computing Communications Team