Rocky Mountain College * Department of Computer Science * 406 208 3193 * turn on javascript to see my email

Welcome


My name is Andy Wildenberg, and I'm a Ceiling Support Technician and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.

When I'm not professing, I enjoy playing around with a lot of different things. I am a hacker to the core. Not the kind of "black hat" people who are looking to break into and/or disrupt other people's systems, but the a hacker in the classic definition - somebody who is always looking out for clever and innovative solutions to hard problems. I try hard to help my students experience what it means to hack.

My Ph.D. research is in Computer Vision, which basically means teaching a computer to understand an image, as opposed to Image Processing which applies algorithms to images without requiring the computer to understand what the pixels represent. My research was on real-time tracking in images, which means taking a video stream (from an overpass, for example) and finding and following objects of interest (cars, for example, to determine how fast they're going and whether the drivers are drunk).

Nowadays I play with a lot of other things. I work with several Biology faculty and CS undergraduate researchers on Bioinformatics, much of it centered on a DNA construct called a MITE. I do work doing web-app development, sometimes with Wordpress and sometimes without. My credits include CoalDiver.org, Plains Justice and Cognitive Media.

I also play with fractals, photomosaics, robotics and microcontrollers. You can find links to those pages on the menu bar.

This webpage is still quite experimental, so please excuse the mess.

You know we're constantly taking. We don't make most of the food we eat, we don't grow it, anyway. We wear clothes other people make, we speak a language other people developed, we use a mathematics other people evolved and spent their lives building. I mean we're constantly taking things. It's a wonderful ecstatic feeling to create something and put it into the pool of human experience and knowledge. -- Steve Jobs, Rolling Stone, November 1983.