Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Recursion hurts


The C.A.V.E. (Collaborative Academic Versatile Environment) is located on the second floor of the Hill Bldg Annex in Room 252.  Part of the Computer Science Instructional Labs, the CAVE was designed to allow students to create their own atmosphere for collaboration and group projects. 

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This Spring we have Eric Bronner, Tim Yong and Shahan Akhter as our veterans.   Alison Wong will be taking over as manager in May.  Ed Choi, Biggie Emmanuel, Jesse Strivelli, Ishan Patel, Hans Kiessler and Pat Wu round out the iLab Assistants this spring.


Fall 2015 - We're # 1.  Nuff said.

Check out former iLab Assistant and CAVE alumna Jade Yee as she talks about the CAVE and Hack RU at Devpost Commit.


The CAVE has ten iLab computers, couches, chairs, a ten person bungee conference room table, large amounts of whiteboard space and a 60" LCD HDTV for gaming and presentations.  There's also a PS3 for gaming, two rolling whiteboards, a projector for presentations and an eighty-eight inch SMART board.  It's one part collaborative computer lab, one part CS student lounge and one part recitation/presentation space.  The CAVE acts as the unofficial home of USACS, RUSLUG and WCS. 

The CAVE now encompasses Hill 252 and Hill 250.  The main iLab hall now consists of the Hack-R-space, two rooms of the CAVE and the command center in 248.  The CAVE is a staffed facility and is available to the students from 1pm to 11pm Monday thru Thursday as well as Sundays from 3-11.  We hold recitations on Wednesdays in the AM and Friday features Code Red from 1 to 6 and Hacker Hour at 6pm.  If you have any questions about the CAVE please drop Lars (see below for email) a line.

Also remember our other programs and spaces..


Spring 2016


Hack RU  is April 16th and 17th in the Rutgers Athletic Center!  Last spring the event had well over 900 participants!  Find a way to stop in see the monster that the students have created.


The second HackHERS is scheduled for February 27th and 28th.  This hackathon, organized for women, is perfectly placed between the two HackRUs and last year's inaugural version was absolutely fantastic

Hill 120 and Hill 248.  The iLab now includes Hill 120, formerly a classroom downstairs from the main labs.  A good contrast from the busy CAVE, it's a quiet place for students to work on their assignments or have recitations.  Students (those taking a CS class or a declared CS major) will have 24/7 access to this space.  248, the command center, is located on the second floor of the Hill Annex and is ideal for collaborative work as well as coursework with its 10 multi-monitored workstations.

  Hack-R-space - Charles McGrew is once again making the Hack-R-space (rm 254) available to students and faculty in order to create projects and to help bring cool ideas to fruition.  3D printing, Robotics, Oculus Rifts, Musical instruments (bass, guitar, drums), you name it and the Hack-R-space can help you make a project.  Contact Charles (mcgrew@cs.rutgers.edu) for more information.

 Code Red - We are expanding Code Red by 2 hours!  Code Red is the undergraduate tutoring program run in the CAVE from 1pm to 6pm every Friday.  LCSR and USACS provide student tutors (Three iLab Assistants and two USACS members) to provide tutoring for their classmates.  This program takes advantage of the drop in model (no appointments, can come in pairs or groups) and peer instruction (no grown ups allowed) in order to make the experience more inviting.  We specialize in CS111 and CS112 but have provided tutoring for nearly every class in the curriculum at this point.  If you identify a student who may need tutoring services please send them to Code Red on Fridays or contact me.

COGS - DOTA - WCS USACS - RRR - Euler - The CAVE and the iLabs act as the official headquarters of our university clubs. 

USACS - The CAVE and the iLabs act as the official headquarters of our university clubs including, of course, USACS.  They meet weekly in the CAVE and are the flagship CS club at Rutgers.  President Aeden Dispenza (aedan.dispenza@gmail.com) continues to lead the group this year.  They organize and run the RU Hackathons (Fall and Spring) as well as other CS related events. 

WCS - Jasmine Feng (jasmine.feng@rutgers.edu) continues as the President of WCS, the Women in Computer Science Club.  Our WCS club is one of the strongest in the northeast and is extremely well thought of at the national level as well.  Ping Jasmine or want to know what they have to offer. 

COGS - Near and dear to my heart is COGS, the Creation of Games Society.  Near and dear to my heart, as you know, is COGS, the Creation of Games Society.  Club president Richard Gerdes helms the outfit.  They meet weekly and discuss the development of video games with the goal of teaching students the basics of game creation and to act as a hub for game development at the university.  Students in COGS compete in local game jams and attend gaming events in NJ and NYC together.   Shahan Akhter, Eric Bronner, myself and many others will be at Global Game Jam 2016 in a few weeks to compete in our third GGJ.  We will update this section with new pictures after we create our 2016 game!


DOTA - Don't forget DOTA.  These guys do not fool around.  Every Friday night after eight pm my beautiful CAVE gets turned into a high tech gaming control room as the DOTA students play defense of the ancients, discuss strategies and organize teams to compete in local events.  USACS is not enough for AD so Aedan (aedan.dispenza@gmail.com) is club prez of DOTA as well.  Ping him if you have any questions.

RRR - Jon Risinger (jmr471@scarletmail.rutgers.edu) heads up the Rutgers CS Dept Robot club.  Drones, Bots, Dealing with Tim Yong's evil creations, the RRR meets in the Hackerspace and is where CS students go to tinker with robotics.

Euler Club -  Joe, Sam and Josh took the Just Euler seminar I ran last spring to the club level this fall.  They have sessions where they discuss interview questions, solve problems and write code that can begin to build student portfolios.  They also plan on having multi-disciplinary events where other Rutgers domains can bring their problems and issues to the computer science students to see what can be done.  Somewhere along the lines described here (http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/hacking-the-humanities).  


USACS Hacker Hour
Hacker hour, presented by USACS members every friday evening, lets students inform their classmates about APIs, Frameworks and popular cutting edge tools.  Rutgers CS is now placing new graduates at Google and other top tier companies because we provide the critical theoretical background they need with their coursework as well as exposure to these modern techniques and tools.  Hacker hour has become an indispensable part of the RU CS undergraduate experience and the USACS bunch is to be commended for this program.  Hacker Hour happens at the CAVE on Friday evenings at 6pm.  Come early, it gets crowded.


The CAVE is a staffed facility and is open for students from 1pm to 11pm on Monday through Thursday and 3-11 on Sunday.


Friends of the CAVE

Visit Lori Dars and the entrepreneurial folks at CASTLE

Visit other unique collaborative spaces here at Rutgers




Every now and again people have kind words for the CAVE, check out the PR...

Ben & Kaushal

Manny & Sam


Tim & Shahan, both iLab Assistants, medaled at Hack RU 2014.

Contact Lars Sorensen at 'biglars@cs.rutgers.edu' for weekend and morning scheduling information.