Presenting C-Dog at the 2008 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair

Paul Steven Weiss

I am a rising Junior Computer Science major and Physics minor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

Computer Science, to me, is the science of solving complex and sometimes multi-dimensional problems.  Throughout college and even high school I learned how to become a good problem solver.  My approach to problem solving is very systematic but I always push myself to find different or more efficient ways to solve a problem.  I am constantly "thinking outside the box" to find a solution to a problem.  I try to keep an open mind about problem solving, I frequently ask peers for input on my ideas in the hopes that we can make a better solution together.  

In terms of coding languages I am fluent in Java, and I am very well versed in C and C++.  In addition, I have a lot of experience in Visual BASIC and pBASIC (Parallax BASIC).  I am in the process of learning Assembly and Python as well.  I have also used LISP and a variant of C and LISP called (LUSH).  Also, I have a lot of experience with web development including knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP.  I am always trying to expand my horizons so I plan on becoming fluent in as many languages as possible.

My main focus is in the fields of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.  Since I first started getting into Computer Science I wanted to find new and innovative ways to make computers respond consciously to their environment.  Throughout the years I have tried to accomplish this through various projects I have worked on.  From robotics to a computer system that acts like a Seeing-Eye Dog, I am always trying to push computers to see how far they can go. 

I am always looking for new opportunities to test myself, be it at an internship, doing research with professors, or working with companies.