Pito Salas

Pito Salas
Brandeis University · Department of Computer Science

Bachelor of Science

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Introduction
Pito Salas currently works at the Department of Computer Science, Brandeis University. Pito does research in Software Engineering, Operating Systems and Human-computer Interaction. Their current project is 'Entrepreneruship Pedagogy in Computer Science'.

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This paper argues that training of future Roboticists and Robotics Engineers in Computer Science departments, requires the extensive direct work with real robots, and that this educational mission will be negatively impacted when access to robotics learning laboratories is curtailed. This is exactly the problem that Robotics Labs encountered in ear...
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In this Work-In-Progress paper, we describe our vision for a remote/virtual robotics lab and our progress towards realizing it. Robotics has been taught at our institution for 4 years with enrollment growing each year. Our program is part of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and has an equal focus on robotics theory and prac...
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We present a new interface for controlling a navigation robot in novel environments using coordinated gesture and language. We use a TurtleBot3 robot with a LIDAR and a camera, an embodied simulation of what the robot has encountered while exploring, and a cross-platform bridge facilitating generic communication. A human partner can deliver instruc...
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This paper discusses Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) and to what extent they have lived up to the promise, particularly of reusability. Reusable Learning Objects have actually been discussed in the literature for the last 20 years and yet true large scale sharing of learning and teaching materials remains relatively rare and challenging. This pape...
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This "Innovative Practice" full paper discusses Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) and to what extent they have lived up to the promise, particularly of reusability. Reusable Learning Objects have actually been discussed in the literature for the last 20 years and yet true large scale sharing of learning and teaching materials remains relatively rare...
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In our quest to create conditions for greater and more powerful learning for our students, we have experimented with giving students a chance to resubmit programming assignments. The resubmission option would come after they receive a grade and feedback on their original submission. This paper describes a quantitative study of an introductory Java...
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This paper explores a novel structure for a course, which we call "Multi-Semester, Multi-Cohort". The course structure is framed around a long-term goal across multiple semesters, with a different groups of students each semester. We know that the goal is sufficiently challenging that it will take more than one semester to achieve. As a result, the...
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We experimented with giving students a chance to resubmit programming assignments after they receive a grade and feedback on their original submission. We designed and refined the process for doing this and collected detailed data for the current semester. In this paper we analyze the results and try to show the effect of this policy. Many of the C...
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This paper explores an innovative structure for a course, which we call "Multi-semester, Multi-cohort". In this course we begin with a difficult, long term objective, one we know will take more than one semester to achieve. As a result, the students working on the project will be different every semester. The motivation for this model is to create...
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Many Computer Science departments are offering courses in Entrepreneurship. Views vary widely on the purpose, appropriateness and value of this as a topic area for students majoring in Computer Science-hence the title of this paper. We begin by exploring the meaning of the term, and review representative examples of Entrepreneurship programs in dif...
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This paper describes three years of experience with an intensive three course summer semester on web and mobile entrepreneurship for second year CS students and beyond. The program is similar in structure to a high school summer camp or to a summer accelerator/incubator program except that it has a much higher level of academic content and provides...

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- Building a multi-semester/multi-cohort series of courses in robotics - Determine the effectiveness of that course structure