Ingrid Russell, professor of computer science in
the College of Arts and Sciences, is the lead principal investigator
on a grant in the amount of $99,469 from the National Science
The project is funded by NSF’s Course,
Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program, one of NSF’s
most competitive programs. Approximately 800 proposals in science
and engineering were submitted nationwide. Of the approximately 90
computer science proposals, Russell’s was one of 10 to be funded.
The CCLI program seeks to improve the quality of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant, particularly in
light of its highly competitive nature. This work brings cutting
edge research into the classroom,” Russell said.
working with two colleagues and co-principal investigators on the
project: Zdravko Markov of the Computer Science Department at
Central Connecticut State University and Todd Neller of the Computer
Science Department at Gettysburg College.
titled “Machine Learning Laboratory Experiences for Introducing
Undergraduates to Artificial Intelligence,” involves the development
of a framework for teaching core Artificial Intelligence (AI) topics
through a unifying theme of machine learning. A suite of adaptable,
hands-on laboratory projects will be developed that can be closely
integrated into a one-semester AI course.
members from computer science departments nationwide have already
been affiliated with the project and have committed to using the
material being developed. Information on the project can be found at