Holiday Cookie Party

Posted by David Wagner on December 04, 2014
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Allegheny Hackers of Allegheny College (AHAC) will be hosting a holiday cookies and eggnog party on Wednesday, December 10 at Sandy Cupper’s home. Please meet in Alden Hall at 6:30 pm and dress warmly to walk to the Cupper residence as a group. Additionally, prizes will be given away at the event.

Please RSVP by email to

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ACM To Host Cookie Decorating Event

Posted by admin on February 06, 2013
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Join the Allegheny ACM in decorating Valentine’s Day-themed cookies in the Campus Center lobby from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday, February 8. We’ll also be providing information about matchmaking technology like that used for online dating websites. The Allegheny chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) strives to advance computing as a science and profession.

RICCS presentation by Phil McMinn

Posted by David Wagner on October 24, 2012
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You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming session of the Research in Computer Science Seminar (RICSS), jointly sponsored by the Allegheny College Student Chapter of the ACM.

Please pass this invitation on to other students, staff, and faculty members who would be interested in attending the upcoming talk.  Since the session is at lunch time, all attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to the presentation.

Light refreshments will be provided!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Campus Center Rooms 301 and 302
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm


Phil McMinn, University of Sheffield <>


Search-based Software Testing: Automating Software Testing Using Heuristic Algorithms


Software testing is a demanding, laborious and expensive process that involves tasks that are difficult to automate. This talk introduces search-based testing, a technique which reformulates testing problems as fitness functions, so that classical optimization techniques such as Genetic Algorithms may be used to address them. Instead of exhaustively enumerating the set of possible solutions to a problem or attempting to solve a limited version of it perfectly, search-based approaches instead seek to evolve solutions that are ‘fit for purpose’ — as dictated by the fitness function.

Presenter Biography:

Phil McMinn is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he has been a faculty member since October 2006. He was awarded his PhD from Sheffield in January 2005, which was funded by DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology.  McMinn’s research interests cover software testing in general, program transformation, and agent-based systems and modelling.  He has published many papers in the field of search-based testing, including a survey paper that, according to Google Scholar, has been cited nearly 600 times.

All are welcome to attend!

More details about RICSS are available at:

ACM Lunch, Movie Night on 19, 20 Sept.

Posted by Robert Roos on September 18, 2012
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The Allegheny College Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will hold its first noontime meeting on Wednesday, 19 September, from 12 to 1 p.m. in rooms 301-302 Campus Center. Food will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Come and meet other students who are interested in computers and computing!

On Thursday, 20 September, attend this year’s first ACM Movie Night. At 7:30 pm in 101 Alden Hall, the ACM will be showing either The Matrix or Iron Man (attendees will get to vote on which one).

Regular weekly meetings take place on the first floor of Alden Hall every Thursday at 7:30 pm. Special noontime meetings are scheduled for Weds., Sept. 19, Weds., Oct. 3, Weds., Oct. 31, and Weds., Nov. 14. Mark your calendars!

ACM Is Back!

Posted by Robert Roos on September 18, 2012
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The Allegheny College Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is back and has already held several successful events this fall. The first regular Thursday evening meeting was held on September 6; attendees enjoyed pizza, filled out interest forms, and discussed possible future events.

The annual Fall Picnic was held on Friday, 14 September at Alden Hall. It was a great success–we were treated to a “singing bowl” concert (courtesy of Dr. Kapfhammer and several student performers), a number of travel stories, homemade “mud balls,” and lots of other great food.

This year’s officers are Corey Carlson (president), Gregory Sadler (vice-president), Nathaniel Blake (secretary), and Tyler Kuehn (treasurer).

Watch this space for announcements of future events!