iMizzou: MU in your pocket

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Nov 9, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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iMizzou: MU in your pocket

University of Missouri
-

Columbia


Greg Robinson

Undergraduate Student: Computer Science

gvr469@truman.edu


Student Mentor: Peng Zhuang

Graduate Student: Computer Science

pz797@mizzou.edu



Abstract


With the required number of iP
hones or
iPod touche
s that will exist
on the MU
campus, an iP
hone OS app is a necessity.
F
or our project, we created an iP
hone
app
lication called iMizzou

for University of
Missouri students to compete with
app
lications like iStanford. Our application
includes utilities like

a map with GPS,
dining menu, and a course catalog. It also
includes news feeds for Mizzou athletics,
Columbia news, and upcoming events. We
also planned on making a directory utility,
but with our current resources that was not
possible.


Introduction


Do to the rising popularity of
iPhones
among college students
, many universities
across the United States have had a growing
interest in iPhone applications and

the

positi
ve effect
they can have on their
university’s culture.

From

updating students
with

latest events happening around campus
to guiding incoming freshmen to their first
classes as college students, there are a lot of
advantages to having an iPhone friendly
campus. However, an iPhone friendly
campus requires some cooper
ation from the
admini
stration; w
hich
is why we have
created iMizzou
to

give the university’s
administration
a glimpse

of
the

benefits that
can be received by provide support for an
iPhone application.



Michael Bimberg

Undergraduate Student: Computer Science

michaelbbimberg@ho
tmail.com


Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wenjun Zeng

Professor: Computer Science

zengw@missouri.edu



The Application


University Map


The iPhone has integrated GPS support
which gave us
the ability to create a
practical

unive
rsity map. This map has the
ability to pinpoint your exact locatio
n as
well as show you where the various
buildings are located around campus. This
part of the application is a godsend to every
incoming
freshman
.


Dining Menu


iMizzou also offers student
s

with the menus
to all the dining halls on Mizzou’s campus.
The menus are updated weekly and are
supported by campus dining services. The
menus include breakfast, lunch, and dinner
options.


Sports News


iMizzou offers students with the latest news
for
their favorite sport. This feature includes
news from Mizzou’s baseball, basketball,
cross country, football, golf, gymnastics,
soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track,
volleyball, and wrestling teams. Users are
able to quickly browse the headlines from

their favorite sport and easily select the
article that they wish to read. The article is
conveniently loaded within the application,
so when users are finished with an article
they can return to the main news page to

iMizzou: MU in your pocket

University of Missouri
-

Columbia



find another article. In the futu
re, we hope to
have support for scores and schedules for
the Mizzou sports teams.


Campus News


The campus news feature provides students
with the latest headlines from their own
school paper, The Maneater. It is structured
similarly to

the

sports news fe
ature.


Course Catalog


This feature of iMizzou puts Mizzou’s entire
course catalog right in

the

students’ hands.
Students are able to c
heck class offerings for
the current semester

as well as

class
information like professor name and email
or class meet
ing times and meeting locations
for specific class sections
. We were unable
to complete this feature this summer because
it required more cooperation than the
University was willing to offer.


Campus Events


iMizzou also provides students with the
most up
-
to
-
date
events going on around
campus.
Events are continuously updated
on the event website,
stufftodo.missouri.edu
.
Students can also add their own events to the
website if they
want

to spread the word
about something they are doing on campus.



Techno
logies Used




Apple iPhone SDK 3.0



Objective
-
C Programming Language



iPhone



MacBook





Conclusion


After completing our two month
program here at Mizzou, we were able to
create a
sleek and stable iPhone
app
lication

for Mizzou students.
However,
I feel that

it is not at a
marketable state at this moment because
there is still much to do. In order for
iMizzou to reach a marketable state, it
must receive some interest and
cooperation from the university. This is
the only way we will be able to
implement an e
ntire course catalog as
well as more practical features such as
email access and class registration.