Faculty Profile

Grant Braught

Professor of Computer Science (1997)

Contact Information

braught@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 234
717.245.1401

Bio

His current research interests are in the area of bio-inspired computing. In particular he focuses on evolutionary neural networks, interactions between learning and evolution, evolutionary and developmental robotics and swarm intelligence. He is also active in computer science education research, with recent projects evaluating the effects of tool design, feedback mechanisms and pair programming on student behaviors and learning.

Education

  • B.S., Dickinson College, 1990. M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1995
  • Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2005

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

COMP 251 Computer Organization
Completion of both COMP 251 and COMP 332 fulffills the WID Requirement.

COMP 491 Fall Senior Seminar
Students define and begin a year-long project. Written and oral presentation of project progress reports will be required. Contemporary social, ethical, technical and philosophical issues in computer science will also be examined. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offered every fall.

Spring 2019

MATH 121 Elementary Statistics
An introduction to the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. The focus is on data presentation and statistical reasoning based upon the analysis of data sets. Topics include the study of sampling methods, observational and experimental studies, graphical and numerical summaries of data, probability, sampling distributions, significance testing, estimation, and simple linear regression. Does not count toward the major or minor in mathematics.Students cannot take this course concurrently with 225. Students who have received credit for 225 cannot take this course for credit. Offered every semester.

COMP 492 Spring Senior Seminar
A continuation of the project begun in 491 culminating in a written thesis and public presentation. Additional contemporary issues in computer science may be considered. Prerequisite: 491. Offered every spring.