Samuel Collins

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Computational thinking has been identified as a necessary fundamental skill for all students. University curricula, however, are currently not designed to provide such knowledge to a broad student population. In this paper, we report on our experiences in the development of a model for incorporating computational thinking into the undergraduate, general(More)
This thesis explores the design and development of a cost-effective, easy-to-use system for remotely monitoring vehicle performance and drivers' habits, with the aim of collecting data for vehicle characterization and traffic shaping. Vehicular congestion and concerns over fuel reserves, pollution, and carbon emissions have recently emerged as prominent(More)
In their recent article, Whiley makes an interesting case for the abolishment of routine testing in Legionella risk management and control plans. Here, we present our views regarding this suggestion, drawing upon our own experiences in the UK. We urge caution against the removal of routine monitoring from guidelines due to the impending public health risks(More)
The evolution of the helium liquefaction facility of the MIT Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory and the history of its operation over the last 50 years are described. Professor Samuel C. Collins created the liquid-helium facility based on his earlier developments. The chronology of the Laboratory helium liquefiers is given with a brief description of each(More)
Anya is an incubator design intended for use in the developing world. It aims to reduce the instances of premature infant death in the developing world, specifically targeting places where household electricity is uncommon. Thus, Anya requires a nonelectric heating method. Paraffin wax, a phase change material with high latent heat storage, was selected as(More)
First, a couple of anecdotes: While I was working on a class lecture a few days ago in my office, a " flash mob " showed up on the quadrangle in front of my window and danced to their iPods for a while before dispersing. Flash mobs were (briefly) a concern for police and other authorities in places like Minsk (Shirky, 2008, p. 165), Philadelphia (Urbina,(More)
Fuzzy algebraic structures are a useful and flexible tool for modeling cognitive agents and their societies. In this paper we propose a fuzzy algebraic framework where the valuating sets are other than the unit interval (lattices, partially ordered sets or relational structures). This provides for a flexible organization of the information gathered by the(More)
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