The major activity of the Center for Computational Thinking is the PROBE, short for PROBlem-oriented Exploration. A PROBE develops and applies novel computing concepts in ways that vividly illustrate the value of computational thinking while advancing basic research in computer science. Some PROBEs involve applying new research concepts to nontraditional problems, to show how computational thinking can improve our world. Other PROBEs explore new educational concepts, to teach computational thinking. Often a PROBE involves a collaboration between a computer science researcher and a domain expert.
PROBEs typically run for one year and provide funding for faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and travel. Usually they involve a collaborator or point of contact from Microsoft Research. To maximize the pay-off, PROBEs seek broadly-applicable solutions to domain problems rather than specialized solutions or commercializable technologies.
Click on the links below to learn more about the current PROBEs in the Center for Computational Thinking.
Organized by Venkatesan Guruswami
Organized by Jiri Simsa (student), Randy Bryant (advisor), Garth Gibson (advisor)g