Dean's Update, May 2010
On May 8, SPSU held its spring commencement, or rather its spring commencements. Our spring graduating class was too large to be accommodated in a single ceremony and we therefore held two seperate ceremonies in the morning and in the afternoon. A total of around 370 students graduated, including almost 80 from the School of Computing and Software Engineering. The commencement speaker was Michael M. Sizemore, the architect who designed the Lawrence V. Johnson Library on campus.
One of the highlights of the afternoon ceremony, which took place the day before Mother's Day, was the graduation of a mother and daughter. The daugher, Tsuimei Chang, graduated with a master's in Computer Science while her mother, Yolande Chang, graduated with a master in Engineering Technology/Electrical.
As has become a tradition, CSE hosted a party for its spring and summer graduates the night before the commencement ceremony. The reception, which was attended by some 150 people, was sponsored by Aflac, whom clearly deserve our thanks.
As a student-centered institution, SPSU continuously strives to improve the quality of its teaching. One important element in this effort is the use of Teaching Fellows, faculty members who work with other faculty members to improve their teaching. I am pleased to announce that 3 of the 2010-2011 Teaching Fellows are members of the School of Computing and Software Engineering, namely Dr Becky Rutherfoord and Dr Chi Zhang from the Department of Information Technology, and Dr. Sheryl Duggins from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Congratulations are of course due to all three for their selection.
TEACHING ACADEMY FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
Another way in which SPSU helps faculty improve their teaching is by providing professional development opportunities. One of the most prominent one of these, and one which reflects SPSU's commitment to quality distancce programs, is the Teaching Academy for Distance Learning (TADL). This year 6 members of CSE completed TADL, namely Dr Patrick Bobbie, Dr Venu Dasigi, Dr Chih-Cheng Hung, Dr Edward Jung, and Dr Jon Preston from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Dr Rich Halstead-Nussloch from the Department of Information Technology. The skills and knowledge that each acquired through TADL will help CSE further improve the quality of its distance programs. Congratulations to all.
Last month, I highlighted some of the research achievements of our students. This month, I would like to highlight the research achievements of faculty. Over the last year, CSE faculty published a number books and a large number of conference and journal papers. In previous newsletters, I already mentioned some of these. Below is a selection of those that we did not previously announce:
- Chai, T., Y. Zhang, & C.C. Hung, "An Improvement on the Modified Gradient Method for Face Localization," IEEE SECON 2010 (Mar 2010).
- Dabour, W., E. Song & C C. Hung, "Automatic Segmentation of Mammographic Masses Based on the Modified C-V Model," 5th International Conference on Information, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, (Nov 2009)
- Deng, S., C.C. Hung, & K. Qian, "Using the Online Webwork for Student's Homework Practice in Education," ACMSE (Apr 2010)
- Halstead-Nussloch, R. & B. Johnson, "Effective Information Technology Support for Electronic Citizenship" 7th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies (Apr 2010)
- Halstead-Nussloch, R. "Electronic Identity and Personality in Electronic Citizenship" 7th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies (Apr 2010)
- Hung, C.C. and M. Sun, "Ant Colony Optimization for the K-means Algorithm in Image Segmentation" ACMSE (Apr 2010).
- Kulkani, S., J. Moriarty, & C.C. Hung, "The Impact of Image Block Size on Face Feature Extraction Using Discrete Cosine Transform" IEEE SECON 2010 (Mar 2010).
- Lan, Y., H. Liu, E. Song, & C.C. Hung, "An Improved K-View Algorithm for Image Texture Classification Using New Characteristic Views Selection Methods," 25th Association of Computing Machinery Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2010) - Computational Intelligence and Image Analysis Track (Mar 2010).
- Liu, W., X. Huang & C.C. Hung, "A News Video Retrieval System Based on Multiple Semantic Information," 5th International Conference on Information, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, (Nov 2009)
- Murphy, R. & P. Bobbie, "Embedded Software and a Sensor-Controlled ECU/FCM System: A Hybrid Vehicle Simulation" 2010 International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications (July 12-15)
- Pournaghshband, H. "Incorporating Watermarking in Database Systems Course." Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering Conference (Jul 2009).
- Pournaghshband, H. "Software Cost Estimation - An Experimental Approach," International Conference in Software Engineering - Theory and Practice (Jul 2009).
- Prabhu, P., S. Navathe, S. Tyler, N. Narkhede, B. Palanisamy, & V. Dasigi, "LITSEEK: Enhancing Public Health Literature Search by Query Expansion with External Knowledge Bases" DTMBIO - ACM 3rd International Workshop on Data and Text Mining in Bioinformatics (Nov 2009)
- Preston, J. & B. Morrison, "Entertaining Education - Using Games-based and Service-oriented Learning to Improve STEM Education" Transactions on Edutainment, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Dec. 2009).
- Qian, K. "A Novel Embedded Software Courseware with Real Labs in a Box(liab)" ACMSE 2010 (Apr 2010)
- Qian, K. "APOGEE: An Instant Grading Tool for Sophisticated Course Projects," SIGCSE 2010, (Mar 2010)
- Qian, K. "BAUT: A Bayesian Driven Tutoring System", ITNG 2010, (Apr 2010)
- Qian, K. "Design of Online Runtime and Testing Environment for Instant Java Programming Assessment", ITNG 2010 (Apr 2010)
- Qian, K. "New Trends in Automated Project Grading for Web Programming", SIGCSE 2010 (May 2010)
- Rodper, M., W. Trappe, & E. Jung, "An Efficient Framework for Mobile WiMAX using HIBC," The Third ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (Mar 2010).
- Rodper, M., W. Trappe, & E. Jung, "An IBC and Certificate Based Hybrid Approach to WiMAX Security" Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), Special Issue on Secure Wireless Networking, pp. 615-626, Vol. 11, Number 6, (Dec 2009).
- Roth-Peirce, P. "Tutorial: How to Add a Robot Project to a CS1 Course", ACMSE, (Apr 2010)
- Rutherfoord, R. & H. Reichgelt, "Creating a 2+2 Information Technology Degree Program: The Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology" ACM SIGITE (Oct 2009).
- Tsui, F. & O. Karam, "Essentials of Software Engineering (2nd edition)" Jones and Bartlett
- Tsui, F, J.A. Wang, & K. Qian, "A Discussion on Security Typing and Measurement for SOA", SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, Volume 34, Number 3, 2009.
- Wang, J.A., M. Guo, & J. Camargo, "An Ontological Approach to Computer System Security," Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective, 19:1-13, 2010.
- Wang, J.A., H. Wang, M. Guo, L. Zhou and J. Camargo, "Ranking Attacks Based on Vulnerability Analysis" 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. (Jan 2010).
- Wang, J.A., L. Zhou, M. Guo, H. Wang, & J. Camargo, "Measuring Similarity for Security Vulnerabilities" 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. (Jan 2010).
- Yao, J., H Zhang, F Chen, & J.A. Wang, "Research and Applications of 3D Engine in the Simulation of Natural Scene" ACM SIGGRAPH I3D (Feb 2010)
- Yao, J., Y Zhan, J.A.Wang, & X. Xie, "An Iterative Fusion Algorithm with n*n Wave-Low-Pass Filters for Splicing Face Pictures Seamlessly" 2009 International Symposium on Intelligent Information Systems and Applications (Oct 2009)
- Zhang, C "Using Virtual World Learning Environment as a Course Component in both Distance Learning and Traditional Classroom: Implications for Technology Choice in Course Delivery" in SAIS 2010 (Southern Association for Information Systems), (Mar 2010).
- Zhang, J., S. Kulkarni, J. Moriarity & C. C. Hung, "A Comparative Study of Discrete Cosine and Wavelet Transforms for Face Recognition," 5th International Conference on Information (Nov 2009).
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