Computer Science Association, BITS Pilani

October 8, 2009

CSA Meeting

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Venue: SAC Amphitheater, Time: 9 PM

Like most of the CSA meets, this one too was initiated with a round of questioning each new recruit asking them their interests and plans for future. Many of them had common interests: while some in programming, some animation and some even in gaming!

The advice given

  1. Trouble seniors: Ask people to teach you whatever you want to leatn without bothering what their reaction would be.
  2. Meet people: Don’t confine yourself to your rooms, move out and get to know how people work, how they think. 
  3. Explore: As first and second years are not very much equipped with a lot of technical knowledge it is very important for them to keep searching newer avenues and that alone will aid them in understanding the subject
  4. Attend: Watch out for every single notice that comes and attend the lectures, events, workshops which are going on in the campus. Learn something new from them. 
  5. Manage: Whenever CSA organizes a event it is very important to know the minutest details of how it is organized. Hence your presence is mandatory in two ways: learning what is being taught and understanding the back-end preparation

We do hope to have such meetings from time-to-time and develop good team spirit. After all, Team work means More WE and Less ME. 

October 7, 2009

Mind Turner 2.0

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Audience consisted of students from all years and disciplines. Hands shot up and answers were fired: right, wrong and a shade bit funny. No matter which category the answers were predominant in, the fun element was clearly visible.

Then began the serious part of the session… The Quiz

Rules and Regulations of “The Quiz”

ü Max. of 3 participants per team

ü 3 points for general questions and 4 points for star-marked ones

ü A final jackpot, a Su-do-ku round.

The quiz started off with a simple logical problem involving lions and deer.
As the quiz proceeded the questions tickled the participant’s grey cells and made sure that a competitive tempo started building.

 

An excited audience

An excited audience

 

The questions posed were multi-disciplinary, ranging from Mathematics to Philosophy, Science and technology to Science fictions, Business to Bitsians etc. To answer them one required a general touch in fields pertaining not just to Computer Science but also many other areas.

There were some “Photo-Connect” and “Decoder” problems which required crisp logic to arrive at the solution. The questions framed were really good and intellectually challenging. However, there were some extremely enthusiastic participants who discouraged quizmasters from giving clues to some questions which they planned to give. This clearly reflected that we had an intelligent audience.

The Final Su-do-ku round was a new addition in this event which came as a surprise to the audience and added quiet a twist at the end. A Su-do-ku puzzle was given which amounted to 10 points and a hidden word which has to be found using the clues amounted to 15 points. Many toiled a lot in the jackpot round but it proved too difficult for many of them who attempted it.

Mind Turner


Conclusion

Mind Turner completed its 2nd edition under CSA 2010 banner successfully. We’ve seen an excellent start of events in this academic year encouraged by huge attendance and we look forward for more events of this kind in future. So here is to a wonderful upcoming Mind Turner 3.0 🙂

 

TURING TALKS III

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6th of September, Sunday: The 3rd session of Turing Talks went underway, the topic being “Puzzles & Brainteasers”. It was conducted by Mayank Mohta, a 4th yearite and ex-Google Campus Ambassador. It was arranged in room no. 5106, LTC by CSIS.

The talks were basically held with the simple motive of showing puzzle-enthusiasts the proper way to approach a problem as well as have fun while solving it.

The talks began on a light note by Mr. Mohta or rather Mr. Turing telling everyone to venture into the unknown by taking up challenging problems and experience that “Eureka” moment!

He emphasized that it should not be merely for an interview or for the sake of friends that you solve problems but one must take joy in the amount of brain-teasing a problem makes us undergo.

The session

After that, everyone was subjected to a great variety of puzzles: from the relatively easy ones to the toughest nuts to crack. The subjects of all the puzzles were amusing yet interesting. The bonus attraction being that anyone solving a riddle would get a chocolate!

The hidden motive behind this Turing Talk, as the astute would have deciphered by now, was to encourage people to participate in outside events and bring BITSian populace amongst the most enthusiastic competitors in all technical festivals henceforth. We felt that even if a handful of them get inspired by the idea and let their brain wander we’ve achieved our purpose 😀

Turing Talks I & II

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Computer Science and Information Systems, CSIS, BITS Pilani in association with Department of CCTV, BITS Pilani conducted two consecutive lectures on learning the software ‘FLASH’ on 22nd and 23rd August, at Lecture Theatre Complex, LTC, 5102.

With a turnout of 150 students in the first lecture and 80 in the second it showed that there were many people who would attend our lecture series. The audience was a mix of students from multiple disciplines including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th yearites. The audience were informed that they will be required to bring their laptops in order to follow the lecture.

Those who could not bring the laptops were either adjusted in other groups or provided one. Also, those who could not bring installed versions of FLASH CS3 in their laptops were given pen-drives to do so.

I

After the initial adjustment, Mr. Satish of CCTV started the Turing Talks by starting from the very basics:

  • creating shapes and filling colour in them,
  • using the time frame and
  • creating key frames

Then he wonderfully explained shape tweens and motion tweens. The talk ended with the display of some fascinating interactive web pages/websites designed by the CCTV dept.

II 

On the next day, i.e. Sunday, he resumed the talks with a short recapitulation of the previous day’s lecture. Then he shifted gears to topics of greater complexity like the animations of a ball following a trajectory and masking a photograph.

All in all the talks were informative, interesting and got everyone to start appreciating the uses of FLASH. Many of the first yearites whom we interacted with after the lectures told us that they have understood the basics well. They were also curious about the next set of lectures and showed eagerness in learning more and more. 

@Turing
Not everyone can be Mr. Turing 🙂
Not all topics to be covered in lecture series are core compsci but there is a lot to learn in these basics as well.

Turing Talks

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What is a lecture series without a name? Most of the Association members were truly inspired from the  Ted Talks and wanted to conduct lectures which facilitate great learning. 

We came up with the name of Turing talks. The person taking the lecture shall be called Mr. Turing for the day.  

 

In the further posts we will be taking you through the Turing Talks 1-5.

October 6, 2009

Hello World!

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A familiar title to start with? Well, being the Computer Science Association, we feel nothing would suit us better than “Hello World!” as our first step in the blogging world. Now that we are here, its better to get a few things clear. 

What we are not going to blog about: 

  • Articles already existing on the web. We use Google Reader to share those. 
  • Coolest of links and latest of news from the tech savvy world. Our Twitter updates tell you as much. 
  • Constant updates that tell you when our next event is or which room number it shall be conducted in. We use the public Google Group for that. 

What we are going to blog about:

  • Our  newsletters which give you a BYTE of knowledge every fortnight.  
  • The history and reasons behind each event we conduct. Just a mention of the rules. This will be of course followed by a synopsis of that event. 
  • The ‘CSA’ perspective on the things that keep happening around us and get us interested. We share our opinions, our thoughts. 

A special attraction:

Apart from the three broad headlines we have mentioned, we will also be having contributions from various sources in terms of innovative project ideas. We, at the association, plan to nurture such ideas and take them to completion. Further, these projects would be displayed at APOGEE, the ISO 9001:2008 international annual technical festival of BITS Pilani, Pilani campus. This year’s APOGEE will be its 28th edition, one of the oldest and biggest technical festivals in India. 

Each blog decides to aim at a particular auidence: we are looking to target the average Computer Science enthusiast. Your feedback will perhaps be the most important thing for us, since no blog can run without its targetted audience showing some enthusiastic response. Rest assured, we will have a lot of fun in the days ahead.

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