Bradley T. Vander Zanden
See my teaching link for courses that I am
teaching currently and that I have taught in the past.
My research focuses on two areas:
- Instructional Technology: My research in this area involves
designing instructional technology that improves
learning outcomes for students in introductory computer programming and
data structure courses.
- Mobile Devices: My research in this area involves the development of
software techniques to reduce the power consumption of
Some of the research projects I have previously been involved in include:
- Algorithm Simulation.
Techniques for making students in data structure courses manually
simulate the execution of algorithms on concrete examples of data
- Spreadsheet Programming:
Techniques and algorithms that allow spreadsheet-style
constraints to specify graphical interfaces.
- Visual Debugging of Spreadsheet-style Constraints: Visualization techniques that make it easier to find and
correct errors in spreadsheet-style formulas.
- Optimizing Storage Use in Graphical Toolkits:
Adaptive, profile-based compilation techniques for reducing the amount
of storage required by applications created using rapid prototyping,
- Pam Interface Toolkit:
Interactive, interpreted front-end to the Amulet graphical
interface development environment that allows a programmer to
rapidly prototype applications by creating graphical objects and
callback procedures in Python. Pam is an outgrowth of the
adaptive, profile-based compilation project and is used to
help us prototype our optimization ideas.
- Whiteboard Environment:
Visual programming environment for creating programs that
manipulate arrays, lists, graphs, and trees.
Interface design tool that allows the graphics and run-time
behaviors that go inside an application window to be
specified pictorially. Lapidary is part of the
Garnet toolkit developed at Carnegie Mellon University.
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