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<h1>Mark L. Chang</h1>
<h2>Olin College of Engineering</h2>
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My research interests while at Olin are primarily motivated by
my ability to involve undergraduates. Giving students direct
research experience and an avenue to pursue their own
out-of-classroom aspirations is what research at an
undergraduate institutions means to me. Luckily, I have found
synergies between student interests at Olin and things that
are personally intellectually interesting.
<h1>Areas of interest</h1>
<h2>Mobile, Social, and Ubiquitous Computing</h2>
With the increasing adoption of "smart" mobile devices such as
the iPhone, Android-powered devices, and others, the level of
of computational capacity and device availability is making
computing truly more ubiquitous. I am interested in both the
educational aspects of mobile devices, and the research
potential they provide for the fields of ubiquitous computing
and human-computer interaction.
I have been fortunate enough to teach a <a
href="" >class in Mobile Application
Development</a> that is a synthesis of many experiences at
Olin, including Entrepreneurship, Design, and
Engineering. With industry collaboration, I believe these
types of courses provide a unique opportunity for our students
to experience how the curriculum we have surrounded them with
gives them the tools to provide compelling user experiences on
mobile devices.
I am also interested in the intersection of mobile and
ubiquitous computing and social media and communication. How
ubiquity and its properties of location-awareness,
computational horsepower, persistent-connectedness, and
constant low-degree interruption mediates and changes
communication habits between users.
<h2>Reconfigurable Computing</h2>
My interest in reconfigurable computing focuses on FPGAs
(Field Programmable Gate Arrays), which are hardware devices
that can be programmed to implement almost any complex digital
circuit. In concert with student researchers, we have looked
at how to use reconfigurable computing within areas of stereo
vision, robotics, high-performance embedded computing, and
engineering education.
<h2>Engineering Education</h2>
I have been fortunate to have some publications and experience
in the area of engineering education. Currently, I am working
with Google on
the <a href="">Google
App Inventor for Android project.</a>. Working with Lynn Stein
and Mark Sheldon here at Olin, we hope to better understand
the unique challenges of introducing computer science and
programming to first year students within an engineering context.
<h1>Other Documents</h1>
<a href="research/documents">Here are some other documents that are FPGA-related.</a>
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