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Dr. Andrea Mitofsky

Andrea Mitofsky is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Trine University. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. degree, and her thesis was entitled "Symmetries of Wave Equations of Statistical Optics." She has been teaching at Trine University since 2008. During the summer of 2009, she was the program director for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science camp held at Trine University. During the summer camp, local middle school students learned about animal-inspired robots.

Areas of interest include signal processing, electromagnetics, and optics.


Title:Assistant Professor
Organization:Trine University
University Website:http://www.trine.edu


Language Identification Software

In this project, students learn how it is possible to identify the language in which a text file is written, a necessary first step in automatic translation of information from one language to another. In the laboratory, the students write Java programs to compute histograms of letter frequencies in text files, and explore how letter frequencies vary in Italian, German, and English. Along the way, they learn about ASCII codes, and about how sampling a longer portion of a text takes longer, but produces a more accurate accounting of letter frequency for that text.

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