Dee A. B. Weikle is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Mathematical Sciences Department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Dr. Weikle graduated from Rice University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked for 8 years as an engineer, first at Tracor Aerospace and then at Motorola Semiconductor, both in Austin Texas. After that she lived a year in Gothenburg Sweden then moved to Charlottesville, VA where she finished a PhD in Computer Science under Bill Wulf.
Dr. Weikle teaches a variety of classes including Computer Architecture and Operating Systems, Algorithms, Data Structures, Java, Computers and Society, and the occasional Topics or math class. Dr. Weikle is also the Deputy Editor of the SIGCAS Newsletter and her research interests include computer architecture, modeling computer architectures and the mathematics behind that modeling, computer science education and the societal impact of computers and technology.
Dr. Weikle has little free time, as is the case for many professors, but spends a majority of it with her family, including three children; hiking, cooking, crocheting and reading. Her favorite form of exercise is Bikram yoga.
Stage 1 Activities - Part A
Introduction to IRC (4)
How do people interact?
People interact in short, partial sentences about specific topics. Communication is intended for the entire group and primarily focused by a leader (the chair) who also takes brief notes using the commands to the meetbot for notes. It appears these commands will end up creating a summary for later review. This allows conversations to include comments that might not be important initially, but end up with an important insight or result.
What is the pattern of communication?
The pattern of communication is to stay on topic, and as mentioned above communicate in short phrases, making use of acronyms or abbreviations that are known to others in the group. No concern about typos or "being interrupted". Everyone just keeps following threads and brings them back together if needed.
Are there any terms that seem to have special meaning?
Yes, there are commands to the meetbot that seem to have special meaning. It is also possible to be specific about who you are directing a question or comment to by starting with their name. This feels a bit like a command or protocol.The sessions started out with what appears to be the meetbot listing some potentially useful commands: #action #agreed #help #info #idea #link #topic
Can you make any other observations?
I noted that the meeting seemed fairly short (around 30 minutes). People seemed to pop in and out although it was real time. Participants also seemed to be able to participate and run something else in the background to try different ideas as they were thrown out - enabling results to be given to the group during the meeting.