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Jie Wu, Chair and Laura H. Carnell Professor served as General Chair of the 15th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking  and Computing (MobiHoc 2014) held in Philadelphia August 11 - 14, 2014. MobiHoc is the premier international symposium dedicated to addressing challenges emerging from wireless ad hoc networking and computing. More information can be found at http://www.sigmobile.org/mobihoc/2014/


CIS Women Students Awarded Scholarships to the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference

The Vanguard Group awarded $1000.00 scholarships to 3 students: Sandra Trinh, Molly Yochum, and Kelly Haberstadt. Through a crowd-funding activity organized by CIS faculty a fourth $1000 scholarship was awarded to Andrea Chang. Swati Shrivastava was awarded a scholarship from the Grace Hopper conference. In addition, Claudia Pine-Simon received a partial Anita Borg Institute Faculty scholarship to the conference.


Jie Wu, Chair and Laura H. Carnell Professor, delivered a keynote speech tiltled "Social-Aware Routing in Delay Tolerant Networks at the IEEE Workshop on Dynamic Social Networks. This Workshop was held in connection with INFOCOM 2014.


Professor Zoran Obradovic co-chaired the 14th SIAM International Conference on Data Maning (SDM) held in Philadelphia April 24-26, 2014. A record number of data miners attended SDM14, including 22 Temple CIS PhD students and faculty. SDM is one of the top data mining conferences and it has the second highest number of citations per publication of all conferences in the field. The Reception at the Ph.D. Forum and Student Posters Session at SDM14 was sponsored by the Temple University College of Science and Technology.


Professor Krishna Kant has been elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to enterprise server performance, power management technologies, and domain name system robustness. This award was officially announced at INFOCOM 2014, recently held in Toronto, Canada.


Shafi Goldwasser, RSA Professor or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, visited CIS on April 11 and gave a Distinguished Presentation, "The Cryptographic Lens". Dr. Goldwasser was the A.M. Turing award recipient in 2012, and among her many awards are: the IEEE Emanual R. Piore Award, the ACM Grace Hopper Award, the ACM Athena Award for women in computing and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.


Dr. Jie Wu gave a distinguished lecture titled "Algorithmic Crowdsourcing and Applications in Social Networking" at theInformation Science & Technology Center (ISTeC) on March 4. ISTeC is a university-wide organization in Colorado State University


Professor Jie Wu, Chair and Laura H. Carnell Professor, recently served as program chair for CCF China Naitonal Computer Congress (CNCC) held in Changsha, China, October 24-26. Over 2,300 participants from academia and industry attended this year CNCC, including ACM president Vint Cert and CEO John White, and IEEE Computer Society president David Grier and Excutive Director Angela Burgess.


Ph.D. students Nemanja Djuric and Lakesh Kansakar and their advisor Slobodan Vucetic received an outstanding paper award at the 23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Beijing, China, held from Aug 3-9 2013. Their paper “Semi-Supervised Learning for Integration of Aerosol Predictions from Multiple Satellite Instruments” was selected as the best paper in the AI and Computational Sustainability Track of the conference.


Four additional CIS women students have received scholarships to the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration.

A CIS corporate partner, Vanguard, has awarded scholarships to CIS students Cheryl Texter, Kelly Ross, and Lisa Clark to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration.

A CIS alumnae, Lisa Goochee, has sponsored Kimberly Tran to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration. Lisa has chosen to 'pay it forward' and give an opportunity, as she had, to attend this important conference.


Tatyana Nuzhnaya and Danae Richardson have been awarded scholarships from the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Danae is an undergraduate major in Information Science and Technology. Tatyana is a Ph.D. student in CIS and has also been selected to present a Technical Poster on her research "Analyses of Anatomical Branching Structures".

The Grace Hopper Celebration is a place where technical women gather to network, find or be mentors, create collaborative proposals, and increase the visibility of women’s contributions to computing. This years conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN October 2 - 5. The 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration attracted over 3,500 attendees from 41 countries. The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of technical women in computing.



Professor Jie Wu chaired the 33rd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing System (ICDCS) held in Philadelphia July 9 - 12. He also gave a keynote speech on Algorithmic Crowdsourcing at the 5th International Workshop on Hot Topics in Peer-to-peer computing and Online Social Networking (HotPOST).


Professor Longin Latecki has been awarded $493,000 for his National Science Foundation proposal "Object and Activity Recognition as the Maximum Weight Subgraph Problem with Mutual Exclusion Constraints" .

It has been widely acknowledged that recognizing objects in images, and human activities in video - the basic problems in computer vision - can be significantly improved by accounting for object (activity) parts, context, and their spatiotemporal relationships. This is because these constraints facilitate resolving ambiguous hypotheses in the face of uncertainty. Since parts and contexts can be efficiently modeled by graphical models (e.g., Conditional Random Field), object and activity recognition are often formulated as probabilistic inference of graphical models. The project develops a new theoretical framework of graphical models that explicitly encodes high-order, spatiotemporal, hierarchical, and contextual interactions among objects (activities) as Quadratic Mutual-Exclusion Constraints (QMCs), for the purposes of object and activity recognition in images and video.


Ryan Houlihan, a CS undergraduate senior, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. He will go to Stanford University to pursue a Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering. Through the CST Undergraduate Research Program, Ryan began research with Dr Xiaojiang Du in Fall 2011. Ryan's work has resulted in a published research paper, with a second in preparation. At last year's Future of Computing Competition, Ryan was received the Gold Award for his project "An Effective Auditing Scheme for Cloud Computing".


Professor Shan Lin served as the local arrangement Chair of CPSWeek 2013. CPSWeek 2013 brings together five leading international conferences - HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, HiCoNS, and RTAS. Leading researchers from around the world will meet in Philadelphia for the week long conference from April 8-11.


CIS hosted NSF CAREER proposal writing workshop on March 15 at Temple University Center City (TUCC).Over 100 participants from different schools in the country and 7 NSF Program Directors attended this one-day workshop. Provost Hai-Lung Dai and workshop host Professor Jie Wu gave opening remarks, followed by presentations from NSF Program Directors and career grant awardees. Seven mock panels were conducted in the afternoon sessions. Details of the workshop can be found at http://www.cis.temple.edu/NSFCareer2013/agenda.


Professor Jie Wu, one of his visiting students Sheng Zhang, and Professor Sanglu Lu, both from Nanjing University, P.R. China, were presented with the "Best Paper Runner-Up Award" at IEEE MASS 2012! The paper "Collaborative Mobile Charging for Sensor Networks", was recommended by the award committee of the ninth IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems, October 2012.


Professor Yuhong Guo and visiting scholar Suicheng Gu were presented the Outstanding Paper Award at the Twenty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2012)! The paper is titled "Learning SVM Classifiers with Indefinite Kernels".


Undergraduate Teaching Assistants are available to help with most lower level and mid-level CIS courses in CS and IS&T. The Fall semester schedule is now available.


The Vanguard Group, a great partner of Temple CIS, awarded scholarships to 4 CIS majors to attend the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference in Baltimore in October. This is the leading conference to champion women in computing, with over 2,200 attendees expected this year. The students who received scholarships are Kathryn Horn, Jody-Ann Forrester-Small, Kelly Ross and Sophia Salvatore. In addition, Cheryl Texter received a conference scholarship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Lisa Goochee received a scholarship partially funded by alumnus Kathryn Knauth. Congratulations to each of these students!


Jie Wu, CIS Chair and Laura H. Cornell Professor, gave a Keynote Address at the IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing & Communications, Liverpool, UK, 26 June 2012


CIS/ACM Awards Dinner

The CIS Department and the Student Chapter of the ACM held their annual Awards Dinner on April 19, 2012.

Alumni Achievement Award:  Chris Gali

Corporate Partnership Award:  The Vanguard Group, Inc.

The Scott Hibbs Memorial Award:  James Robison

The Eamonn McGarvey Award:  Terry Finn

Outstanding Achievement: Eugene Cheipesh and Aliaksandr Lu
awarded to a member of the graduating class with a major in Computer and Information Sciences with the highest overall grade point average.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Gregory Teodoro
Awarded annually for outstanding teaching as a graduate teaching assistant.

Outstanding Undergraduate Course Assistant: Ezra Match and Andrew Rosado
Given for excellence in teach for an undergraduate CIS Course Assistant

Student Leadership: Kathryn Knauth and Matthew Shirley
awarded annually to an undergraduate who has made a significant contribution to the Computer and Information Science organization and to the department

Junior Scholarship: Michael Molnar
Awarded annually to an outstanding junior in the CIS Department

ACM Awards

Outstanding Teacher:  Professor Rolf Lakaemper

Outstanding ACM Student Service:  David Mason


Future of Computing Competition April 14, 2012

Award Winners

Project Descriptions


Congratulations to our January 2012 Graduates!
Ph.D.
  Mihajlo Grbovic, Vuk Malbasa, Uros Midic, Vladan Radosavljevic

MS Computer and Information Science
  Gregory Alphonse Johnson, Ramya Shankar, Chengliang Wang, Qun Yao

MS Inforation Science and Technology
  Dipti S. Dighe, Nikhil Swaroop Kaluvala, Jin-Hyung Park

BS/BA Computer Science
  Oluwaseun Adenaike, Tristan Joseph Jenkins, Eugene A Cheipesh (Distinction in Major)
  Nicholas Paul Herbert, Robert James Latta, Stefan Lekic (Distinction in Major)
  Shawn William Mclaughlin, Christopher Stephen Orescan (Distinction in Major)
  Paul E. Rudolph, Forrest Evan Zimmerman

BS/BA Information Science and Tchnology
  Piotr Choinski, Bruce J. Brown, Ian E Cross, Gabriel M. DeJesus
  Jonathan Andrew Esherick (Distinction in Major)
  Byron A. McKoy, Swawoun Phy, Paul Adam Rubinsky
  Saveth Vann, Yaroslav Zhitnitsky

BS Computer Science & Mathematics
  Stephen E. Schlatter


The Center for Networked Computing (CNC) is organizing a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Next Generation Networking Technologies. This NSF sponsored project is designed to encourage greater undergraduate participation in research. The REU Site program is recruiting undergraduate students nationwide to spend 8 weeks at Temple University. In this program, students will work closely with CNC faculty on projects related to mobile computing, wireless communication, and cloud computing. For more information, please email Site PI, Dr. Chiu Tan, at cctan@temple.edu or visit the REU website.


The College of Science and Technology Distinguished Faculty and Student Awards for 2011 include awards to a number of CIS faculty and students:

  • The Steven Petchon Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award
    Rolf Lakaemper, Associate Professor, Department of Computer & Information Sciences
  • The Dean’s Distinguished Excellence in Mentoring Award
    Rose McGinnis, Director, Student Professional Development & Undergraduate Research Program (URP)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award ( Awarded to a CST graduate student who demonstrates excellence in teaching.)
    Avirup Sil, Computer & Information Sciences
  • Computer & Information Sciences Department Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Kosta Ristovski, Computer & Information Sciences

Professor Zoran Obradovic awarded $986,218 grant from DARPA to use data mining to help diagnosis and treat sepsis. ... more ...


Professor Jie Wu delivered a Keynote Address "Some Reflections on CIS Education" at the China Computer Federation's China National Computer Conference 2011 (http://cncc.ccf.org.cn/) held in Shenzhen, China, Nov. 24-26. He also gave a plenary talk at the "Internet of Things and Sensor Networks" panel. Dr. Wu was awarded the CCF Outstanding Contribution Award in the overseas category.


Professor Jie Wu delivered an invited Distinguished Guest Lecture "Some Routing Challenges in Dynamic Networks" at Ohio State University on October 11, 2011.


Undergraduate Coursework Help Area Established

CIS has engaged a group of excellent undergraduate CIS majors to provide coursework assistance to undergraduates in the core 1000 and 2000 level courses in CIS. The help area is staffed every day according to the schedule located here.


Dr. Xiaojiang (James) Du gave a Keynote Speech at the 7th International Conference on Wireless Communications, Networking and Mobile Computing (WiCOM 2011), Sept. 23-25, 2011, in Wuhan, China. The title of his talk was “Efficient Quality-of-Service Provisioning and Communications in Hybrid Wireless Networks”.


The Vanguard Group (www.vanguard.com) has become a wonderful corporate partner to the CIS Department.  The Vanguard Group is always at the ready to speak with our students, giving them a real-world view of potential future jobs.  They have been long-standing participants in class presentations and job fairs.  They hire a good deal of our students for summer internships and full time jobs.  Now, Vanguard has chosen to expand on our partnership by providing Scholarships to two students for the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference.  This is an incredibly generous gift of sponsorship and truly demonstrates a commitment to our students and our programs.  The costs of participating in a national conference are high, and this sponsorship will make the conference a reality for two students.


Jie Wu, professor and Chair of CIS, gave a distinguished lecture this past summer at United Arab Emirates (UAE) University. The title of his talk was "Challenges in Wireless and Mobile Network Applications".


Recent Research Grants

  • Zoran Obradovic is PI on a new DARPA project "Predictive Modeling of Patient State and Therapy Optimization" ($986,218)
  • Jie Wu and his co-PIs Gene Kwatny, Shan Lin and Chiu C. Tan have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project "EAGER: A Meso-scale GENI WiMAX". This is a GENI furure Internet project and a collaboration with Drexel University
  • Abdallah Khreishah and his Co-PI Jie Wu have received a grant from the National Science Foundation ($329,163) for a project "CCSS: An Architecture for Joint Integration of Inter and Intrasession Network Coding in Lossy Wireless Multihop Networks"
  • Jie Wu and his co-PI Xiaojiang Du have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project "Mobile Content Sharing Networks: Theory to Implementation". This is a collaborative project with Ohio State University.
  • Alex Yates and his co-PI Yuhong Guo have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Learning Representations of Language for Domain Adaptation" ($897,000). This is a collaborative project with Northwestern University.

Congratulations to Rolf Lakaemper promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!


Dr. Jie Wu, professor and chairman of CIS, served as technical program co-chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2011, the premier conference in computer and data communication networks. IEEE INFOCOM 2011 was held in Shanghai, P. R. China, April 10-15 and had record-breaking attendance and number of paper submissions. More information about this conference can be found at http://www.ieee-infocom.org/2011/index.html


CST Graduating Class of 2011

The CIS Department would like to congratulate the CST graduates of 2011! Good luck to all of our graduates in the future.


Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2011 Project Acceptances

Congratulations to IS&T undergraduate student Moriah Baxevane-Connell on her accepted project "Women and Computer-Related Fields of Study" and CS undergraduate students Annika Lutz, Emily LeBlanc and Kathryn Knauth on their accepted project "Mind-Body Kinection, Utilizing the Kinect Platform for Therapeutic Recreation".

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2011 will be held in Portland, Oregon November 9-12, 2011.


 

The CIS Future of Computing Competition was held on April 9, 2011.

Twenty great projects were submitted. The awards for each of the categories (High School Projects, Undergraduate Projects and Graduate Projects) are presented below.

Fourteen judges from within and outside the CIS department participating in the review of the projects. The awards and funding for the competition were provided by seven corporate and university partners.

Best High School Project Awards:

Gold Award

Chemical Equation Processor by Aleksandar Obradovic, Donald Scott, Roger Liu, Andrew Zeng, Kevin Baik from Upper Dublin High School

 

3 Silver Awards

T.I.M.E.: The Internet Made Easy by Nathan Kosmin, Jesse Marciano, Chris Johnson, Chris Choi, Matt Miller from Springfield Township High School

Computer Science for Kids! by Nina Huenke,  Darrin Johnson, Luke Pollock, Tyler Adams, Zachary Wagner from Springfield Township High School
Personal Computer Security and You! by Zachary Wagner from Springfield Township High School


Best Undergraduate Project Awards:

Gold Award

FINDME: Lost and Found System on the Internet by Alexander Lubneuski, Dan Reuven

 

2 Silver Awards

DEAR: Dance and Engineering in Augmented Reality by Michael Korostelev, Michael Hwang, Kathryn Knauth, David Bui
Remote control of a service robot using gesture recognition by Stefan Lekic

Bronze Award

Women in a Man's Virtual World by Lisa Kirk

Best Graduate Project Awards:

Gold Award

Extracting Strips Representation of Actions from Web Text for Machine Reading between the Lines by Avirup Sil

 

Silver Award

Travel Speed Forecasting using Continuous Conditional Random Fields by Nemanja Djuric, Vladan Radosavljevic, Vladimir Coric

Bronze Award

Sustainable GPU at Scale by Moussa Taifi

Special Award:

 

Most Popular Project Award

DEAR: Dance and Engineering in Augmented Reality by Michael Korostelev, Michael Hwang, Kathryn Knauth, David Bui

Future of Computing 2011 Sponsors

 

Future of Computing 2011 Judges

 

Undergraduate and High School Awards Judges:          

        Robert Aiken (chair),           

        Gary Baram,

        Bryan Deeney (AWeber),

        Frank Friedman,

        Abdallah Khreishah,

        David Lefkovitz,

        Claudia Pine-Simon

  

Graduate Award Judges:

        Zoran Obradovic (chair),

        Li Bai (ECE),

        Gene Kwatny,

        Paul Lafollete,

        Shan Lin,

        Alexander Yates,

        Youngjin You (MIS)


Women Working in Technology, sponsored by the Temple University student chapter of the ACM-W

The Temple University student chapter of ACM-W (sponsored by the CIS department) held its first major event on Monday, April 4th. It was a panel of and about women in technology, and was well-attended. More than 50 attendees were stuffed into the standing-room only crowd to listen and engage with six women working in technology. The speakers, two of whom were Temple CIS alumnae, came from Almac, PGW, PWC, Burlington Coat Factory, Cigna, and Temple's own Computer Services. Each briefly introduced herself, giving her background and describing her career, both past and present. The panel was a great mix of women currently involved in technical work (both coding and otherwise) and women who started out in technical jobs but who have moved into administrative or management responsibilities. After presentations by the panelists, the floor was opened to questions and comments. CIS students asked many excellent questions, and the six panelists responded from their different perspectives and experiences. Many of the students and most of the panelists remained in conversation even after the program ended. Truly, a good time was had by all.

Panelists

Valerie Gall, Senior Director, Systems Services, IT, Burlington Coat Factory

Shannon Morrison, Technology Security Associate, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP)

Becky Rinaldi, Legal & Compliance IT Director, Cigna

Pauline Romas, Almac

Julie Turnbull, DBA for Banner (ERP) System, Temple Computer Services

Eloise Young, Vice President and CIO, Philadelphia Gas Works


IS&T undergraduate, Ryan Lelache, is a finalist in Pricewaterhouse Cooper's (PwC) "Elevator Pitch" competition. The competition, launched as the finale to PwC's Personal Brand Week 2.0, asked undergraduates of all majors to submit 30-second videos pitching what makes them stand out to potential employers.

Over a six-week period, friends, family and supporters cast thousands of votes for their favorite videos. The 10 most popular clips advanced to the finals, where they are judged by a committee of PwC recruiters and a Generation Y workplace expert in four categories: body language and professional appearance; the ability to articulate unique skills; future aspirations; and a strong close. The contest is a conclusion to this year's "Personal Brand Week 2.0", PwC's weeklong virtual event geared toward helping college students make the transition from campus to career.


CIS Faculty receive Concept Award from Temple University
CIS Professor and Chair Jie Wu, Principal Investigator, and his co-investigators Chiu C. Tan (CIS/CST), Dimitrios Mastrogiammis (Obstetrics/TUSM), and Li Bai (ECE/COE), have been awarded a Concept Award for their project "Body Sensor Networks and Their Applications in Maternal Fetal Monitoring". The goal of the concept award program is to expand the Temple research enterprise through support of large scale research projects focusing on life science and other health-related research problems. One of the areas of emphasis for this year's competition has been to encourage interdisciplinary and university-wide collaborations.

This project is centered around development and testing of a body sensor network for use in monitoring fetal health. A body sensor network consists of one or more on-body sensing units coupled with a smart local processing unit. The on-body sensors are placed on a person's body to collect physiological information, such as blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and so on.

These data are transmitted periodically using a short-range wireless channel, to the smart local processing unit, such as a microprocessor unit or a mobile device, like smartphones, for temporary storage and impending long range data transmission. The value of body sensor networks lies in its ability to provide accurate, reliable, and continuous monitoring of people remotely. This will not only improve healthcare outcomes through continuous fine-grain monitoring of medical conditions, but also have great potential to reduce healthcare costs. Remote monitoring also multiplies the effectiveness of trained medical staff by allowing each physician to look after a larger number of patients.


CIS Department at Temple to be Part of Microsoft's Project Hawaii

Microsoft Corporation has chosen the CIS department at Temple University to be part of Project Hawaii. Dr. Jie Wu, coordinator of the project, announced that the CIS department will participate in exploring how "the cloud" can be used to enhance how we use mobile devices. The goal of Project Hawaii is to "foster the creation of a set of cloud-enabled mobile applications and associated support services so we can gain understanding about the systems and networking infrastructure needed to create the next generation of applications".

As part of Project Hawaii, Microsoft has given the CIS department 7 Samsung Focus 'Windows Phones' for student research and development. In addition, Project Hawaii tools and resources are made available to faculty and students participating in Project Hawaii courses. Dr. Shan Lin will offer a course in Fall 2011 on Cloud-enabled Mobile Applications Development using the Windows phones and Project Hawaii resources. During Spring 2011, the Windows Phones and development resources will be used in mobile networking and cell phone programming courses and research projects. A broad set of faculty and students are interested in understanding the phone's architecture and programming environment, and platform resources.

The current Project Hawaii platform consists of a Windows Phone 7 smartphone and several cloud services, including existing Microsoft offerings and some prototype services. The existing Microsoft offerings include Windows Azure for computation and data storage, Bing Maps for mapping services, and Windows Live ID for user identification.

The Windows Phone supplied in the grant has Quad-Band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and Tri-band (850/1900/2100 MHz) capability, and a 4" WVGA 480x800 pixel Super AMOLED display. The device has an 8GB internal memory and capability for external microSD memorys
Storage.

The device features the Windows Phone 7 operating system, a 1GHz processor, WiFi and GPS capability, as well as a 5M pixel camera. Applications include apps from the Windows Phone marketplace, Xbox Live, Microsoft Office Mobile, 720p video record/playback and a full browser with pinch and zoom control.


Jie Wu, Professor and Chair of CIS, and his co-authors, Zhen Jiang and Risa Ito, received the best paper award at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS). The paper titled "A Metric for Routing in Delay-Sensitive Wireless Sensor Networks". Prof. Zhen Jiang, is a former student of Prof. Wu, and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at West Chester University.


Temple Team Places 1st in Student Programming Competition at TeraGrid 2010

A team of CIS and Chemistry students collaborating on projects in the Institute of Computational Molecular Science (ICMS) in the College of Science and Technology, came in first place in a programming competition concerned with solving large scale computational problems using parallel programming methodologies.

The Temple team was comprised of Ryan Houlihan, undergraduate junior in CIS; Moussa Taifi, Ph.D. student in CIS; Peter Shannon, masters student in Chemistry; Eric Hontz, completed undergraduate degree in Chemistry in May; and Christopher MacDermaid, a PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and an affiliate of the ICMS.

The competition was composed of 4 broad questions that needed to be answered in less than 24 hours. One set of problems was concerned with orbital navigation and mechanics in space. Programs were developed to trace the path of an object traveling in the vicinity of the earth and moon, subject to the gravitation of both. The solution included finding the optimal route between any two points in space where optimal could mean fastest, given a fixed amount of energy, or most efficient, given a maximum trip duration. A second problem was concerned with developing a parallelized solution to the traveling salesperson problem. The solution was implemented on 64 cores on Teragrid machines.

The programming competition was held as part of TeraGrid 2010. TeraGrid, funded by the National Science Foundation, is the world's largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research, with resources at 11 partner sites around the U.S. to create an integrated, persistent computational resource. TeraGrid resources currently include more than a petaflop/s (a thousand trillion calculations per second) of computing capability, and more than 30 petabytes of online and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. Teragrid 2010 is the annual meeting of the community of academic researchers, technologists, students, resource providers, vendors, and government officials interested in advancing cyberinfrastructure for science and society. The meeting focused on innovations in HPC (High Performance Computing) and data-intensive computing for the future; and government officials who outlined their priorities and plans.


Scholarships Awarded to CIS students to attend Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

Congratulations to Quynh Nhu Nguyen and Annika Lutz.

A third CIS student is wait-listed for a scholarship. Out of 1000 applications, 163 students were awarded. The conference is titled "Collaborating Across Boundaries" & will be held Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Professor Jie Wu has been chosen as an ACM Distinguished Speaker

The Distinguished Speakers Program is one of ACM’s most valued outreach programs, providing ACM chapters and members access to computing professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The program offers:

  • Live talks by DSP speakers at student or professional chapter gatherings
  • Guest speakers at conferences or other venue
  • Archived streaming video files of DSP presentations

Dr. Wu, an IEEE Fellow, has also been an IEEE Distinguished Visitor.


Diversity/Careers Article Explores Diverse Career Opportunities for CS & IT Students

Temple CIS Graduate Student Gregory Johnson was recently interviewed for a Diversity/Careers article which explores various career opportunities for IT and Engineering students that can be found in non-traditional disciplines.

Advanced degrees in information technology are becoming particularly attractive because computer science is a multi-disciplinary field. Applications such as in health, education and biology have expanded information technology well beyond the boundaries of programming or software design.

Temple University's graduate program has allowed Johnson to explore his interest in sustainability within his research: 'achieving power efficiency through the development of memory-efficient software'.

Other students have linked their interests with their research in undergraduate and graduate programs, combining a career with computers with interests such as: education, fitness & physical activity, sustainability, biology, and forensics.


Congratulations!

Longin Jan Latecki
promoted to Professor of Computer and Information Sciences
Xiaojiang Du
promoted to Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences with tenure.
Abbe Forman
promoted to Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional) of Computer and Information Sciences


Congratulations! Technical Research Poster Accepted at Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference!

"Women in a Man's Virtual World," by Annika Lutz, Lisa Kirk, & Molly Zimmerman.

As video games are a natural gateway into the world of technology, they powerfully impact women's views of the male-dominated field as a whole. Due to discouraging social implications and a general lack of interest in content geared mostly to men, women stray from video games, and in turn, technology as a whole. This proposal explores the gendered content of video games as well as social connotations and stereotypes women face as gamers. Our findings may either negatively or positively influence women’s opinions of not only the games themselves, but of the world of technology and their place within it.

(Read Full Abstract.)


NSF has awarded $839,221. for the project
"MRI-R2: Aquisition: A Hybrid High-Performance GPU/CPU System"
PI: Jie Wu (CIS/CST)
Co-PIs: Igor Rivin (Math/CST), Michael L. Klein (Chem/CST), Saroj Biswas (ECE/CE), Yuan Shi (CIS/CST)

SP: Li Bai (ECE/CE), Gerard J. Criner (PCCM/MED), Edward T. Gawlinski (Phys/CST), Axel Kohlmeyer (Chem/CST), Eugene Kwatny (CIS/CST), Zoran Obradovic (CIS/CST)

This project will undertake (1) research that involves computationally intensive problems and problems with large data sets, (2) research into educational projects involving high-performance computation, and (3) creation and analysis of advanced tools for parallel program development and execution.

The system will be located in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and will a component of the Center for Networked Computing. However, the computational facilities will be made available campus-wide and beyond. More specifically, this project is a collaborative enterprise among the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and several other departments at Temple University: Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Physical Therapy.

This proposal provides funding to purchase and operate a hybrid high-performance GPU/CPU system that will complement current federal and state investments at Temple and help drive related research and educational activities in high-performance computation. As GPUs have become an integral part of mainstream com¬puting systems, the hybrid GPU/CPU enables support of three groups of applications: traditional CPU-based, GPU-based, and hybrid GPU/CPU-based. The proposed hybrid system enables broader heterogeneous computing by deploying multiple types of computing nodes and allowing each to perform the tasks to which it is best suited. It also provides a platform to deploy, improve, and develop applications that can take advantage of the computational capabilities of the recent advances in general-purpose GPUs (GPGPUs).

Project Title
Discipline (sub-field)
Investigators
Fault-Tolerant High Performance Computing Computer Science (systems software) Yuan Shi & Jie Wu
Exploring Self-Assembly Chemistry (molecular modeling) Michael Klein & Axel Kohlmeyer
Interactive Simulation Environment Electrical & Computer Engineering (complex simulation) Saroj Biswas & Li Bai
Effective Uniformization Mathematics (geometric computation) Igor Rivin
Large-scale Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis Computer Science (knowledge discovery) Zoran Obradovic & Gerard Criner
Microvessel Networks Physics (mathematical modeling and computer simulation) Edward Gawlinski

CIS / ACM Awards Dinner and Alumni Reception April 22, 2010

CIS Department Awards Presentation (presented by Prof. Jie Wu and Prof. Arthur Poe)

Computer and Information Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award to a member of the graduating class who is in Computer Science or Information Science and Technology with the highest overall grade point average:
Velma Chen and Stephen Samuel

Computer and Information Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for outstanding teaching as a graduate teaching assistant
Vladan Radosavljevic

Computer and Information Sciences Student Leadership Award to an undergraduate who has made a significant leadership contribution to the Computer and Information Sciences ACM organization and to the CIS department:
Timothy Henry and Stephen Samuel

Junior Scholarship Award
William J. Hall, III and Timothy Birbeck

ACM Awards Presentation (presented by Timothy Henry and Prof. Claudia Pine-Simon)

ACM Award of Outstanding Teacher:   Prof. Sanford Sorkin
ACM Student Service Award to an ACM officer for outstanding service:   Brian Stempin

SIM Scholarship Award ( presented by Prof. John Nosek and Joseph Tait)

Andrew Portolese, Jordan Rodriquez and Christian Willman


Future of Computing 2010 Awards

The best undergraduate and graduate awards are based on the following criteria:

• Most Innovative Use of Technology

• Most Useful to the Proposed Community of Users

• Best Project Presentation 


Best Undergraduate Project Awards

  • Gold award of $800   Sponsored by Reed Technologies

    Ethan Rublee & Sean Hercus: "Robot View "


Best Graduate Project Awards


Special Awards

 

Future of Computing 2010 Judges 

    Undergraduate Awards Judges:  Computer and Information Sciences Department, Temple University

  • Sanford Sorkin (chair)
  • Robert Aiken
  • John Fiore
  • Claudia Pine-Simon 

    Graduate Award Judges:  Computer and Information Sciences Department, Temple University

Future of Computing Sponsors 

Reed Technologies www.reedtech.com

Vanguard  www.Vanguard.com

PricewaterhouseCoopers  www.pwc.com

InternU www.gointernu.com

Athole G. Jacobi

CIS Department, Temple University

ACM, Temple University Student Chapter



The 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing  will take place September 28- October 2, 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.

This year's event is "Collaborating Across Boundaries"

Call for Participation Deadlines - Updated

Scholarship application deadline is May 14, 2010


Tenure Track Faculty Position, Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Applications are invited for a tenure-track, open rank, faculty position in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences in the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. Applications from candidates with significant systems research are encouraged and an interdisciplinary or computational research track record is a plus. Candidates from industry with a strong record are also encouraged. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • Computer Systems

  • Wired and Wireless Networks

  • Trustworthy and Reliable Computing

Please submit applications online at http://academicjobsonline.org.

Review of candidates will begin on February 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. AA, EOE, m/f/d/v.

More Information, Click Here

Posted December, 2009


Jie Wu, Chair and Professor, recently joined the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers, one of the leading journals in the computer field. He was also invited to join the editorial board of Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, one of the top journals in the area of parallel and distributed systems, as a subject area editor for sensor networks and pervasive computing.


Temple CIS Students Place 1st and 3rd at Their Site in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest 2009.

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, two teams from the Temple CIS department participated in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (sponsored by IBM) Mid-Atlantic Region. 161 teams representing over 50 schools participated at 10 sites throughout the region. The Temple teams participated at Washington College, Chestertown MD. The Temple Owls team (Daniel Lezoche, Stephen Samuel, and Adam Gerbert -- see attached photo) placed first at the site and 17th in the region. The Cherry & White team (Harrison Freedline, Jordan Rodriguez, and William Hall -- see attached photo) finished in an 8-way tie for 3rd place at the site and a 112 way tie for 49th place in the region. Professor Paul Wolfgang is the faculty sponsor/coach for the teams.



Claudia Pine-Simon, Instructor in Computer and Information Sciences, has been awarded The Steven Petchon Distinguished Excellence in Mentoring Award for 2009.


Jie Wu, Chair and Professor, organized and moderated a panel titled "Network Science: Hype or Reality" at ACM MobiCom 2009
(http://www.sigmobile.org/mobicom/2009/) held in Beijing, China, Sept. 20-25.


Professor Jie Wu is the Keynote Speaker at the IEEE/IFIP TrustCom 2009

Jie Wu, Professor and Chair of the CIS Department at Temple University, presented "Trust Mechanisms and Their Applications in Dynamic and Mobile Computer Systems", the Keynote address at The 2009 IEEE/IFIP International Symposium on Trusted Computing and Communications, held in Vancouver, Canada, August 29-31, 2009


Professor Jie Wu Delivers Keynote Address at The IEEE ISPA 2009

Jie Wu, Professor and Chair of the CIS Department at Temple University, delivered an invited keynote address at the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications in Chengdu and Juizhai Valley, China. The IEEE ISPA 2009 August 9 - 11. Dr. Wu's presentation is entitled "A Utility-based Routing Scheme and Its Applications".


New MS in Information Science & Technology has been approved and is accepting students for Fall 2010

The MS in IS&T program is intended to provide students with an advanced knowledge in the technology of developing information systems across a variety of applications settings. The program is designed for students and practitioners with an undergraduate degree in Information Science and Technology (IS&T), Computer Science or the equivalent; as well as students and practitioners with an undergraduate degree in a different field interested in switching into the IS&T.

Those entering the MS in IS&T program without a CS/IS&T degree or equivalent knowledge in computing technology will be asked to take additional course work before continuing on to graduate studies. The program requires a total of 27 credits selected from 3 out of 4 Core courses, 4 electives, and a capstone course. The emphasis throughout is on the development of problem solving and communications skills, and the use of advanced software systems, networks, and database technologies to aid in understanding scientific, mathematical, financial, economic, social, and artistic phenomena, to model and simulate real-world processes and structures, and to redefine and improve organizational and engineering processes and develop computerized systems to support these processes.

Students learn through a combination of concept-oriented class work and substantial laboratory work. They participate individually and in groups in the design, development, testing, and documentation of computer systems combining hardware components and customized software. They learn how to analyze needs and design and build systems to meet these needs.

Get more information (including contact information) from the MS in IS&T Student Guidebook.


CIS Tidbits and Bytes - Newsletter for Spring 2009
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Temple Faculty Research Award for 2008-2009

Dr. Zoran Obradovic has been named as the recipient of the Temple University Faculty Research Award for 2008-2009.

The official presentation of the award was made at the Faculty Awards Convocation on April 28th 2009 in the Great Court of Mitten Hall.

The following article on Dr. Obradovic’s work that has earned him this year’s Temple University Research Award appeared in Temple Times

of April 17, 2009


Claudia Pine-Simon, Instructor in CIS, has been chosen as Honors Professor of 2009.

This year, Claudia has been teaching the Honors section of Cyberspace & Society a course in the General Education (GenEd) program. She was part of the faculty team that developed this course. Teaching in the Honors program is not new to Claudia. She has previously taught Honors Computers & Applications (CIS1955). Claudia is also the Faculty Advisor for the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).


The Future of Computing: All of the results are here.
Undergraduate Gold award: Henry Paradiz: Artician - A Creative Network for Art, Graphic Design, and Photography
Graduate Gold awards (3 -way tie):
Chengen Lu & Xingwei Yang: Image Understanding and Object Recognition
Uros Midic: Improved sequence alignment for intrinsically disordered proteins
Vladan Radosavljevic, Debasish Das, Kosta Ristovski, Qiang Lou, Haidong Shi: Data Mining Support for Prediction and Analysis of Geophysical Parameters
Most Popular Project: T. Maxayn Henderson & Kevin Hoang: Are you smarter than a fifth grader?


Abbe Forman, Instructor in CIS, will be a panel member for "Women in a Digital World: Conceptual Models of Inclusion", at the 2009 conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Chicago May 21-25.


Xingwei Yang, Suzan Koknar-Tezel and Longin Jan Latecki paper accepted at IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer vision and Pattern Recognition 2009

" Locally Constrained Diffusion Process on Locally Densified Distance Spaces with Applications to Shape Retrieval"

Abstract: The matching and retrieval of 2D shapes is an important challenge in computer vision. A large number of shapes imilarity approaches have been developed, with the main focus being the comparison or matching of pairs of shapes. In these approaches, other shapes do not influence the similarity measure of a given pair of shapes. In the proposed approach, other shapes do influence the similarity measure of each pair of shapes, and we show that this influence is beneficial even in the unsupervised setting (without any prior knowledge of shape classes). The influence of other shapes is propagated as a diffusion process on a graph formed by a given set of shapes. However, the classical diffusion process does not perform well in shape space for two reasons:
   it is unstable in the presence of noise,
   the underlying local geometry is sparse.
We introduce a locally constrained diffusion process which is more stable even if noise is present, and we densify the shape space by adding synthetic points we call ’ghost points’. We present experimental results that demonstrate very significant improvements over state-of-the-art shape matching algorithms. On the MPEG-7 data set, we obtained a bull’s-eye retrieval score of 93.32%, which is the highest score ever reported in the literature.


Dr. Zoran Obradovic is the recipient of the 2008 College of Science and Technology Faculty Research Excellence Award

In the announcement of the award, Hai-Lung Dai, Dean of the College of Science and Technology and Laura H. Carnell Professor, said "... Dr. Obradovic  serves as the Director of the  Center for Information Science and Technology, in which a high level of  research activities have  garnered international acclaim for his pioneering bioinformatic and data-mining-based research on intrinsically disordered structures in proteins and their roles in human health and disease ..." The award will be presented on Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm, at the 10th Anniversary Concert Honoring Distinguished Faculty and Students in the Kimmel Center Perelman Hall.


Wendy Urban and Abbe Forman have been selected as Distinguished Teachers by the College of Science and Technology

The College of Science and Technology has announced the 2008 College of Science and Technology Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awardees. These awards were established to recognize extraordinary dedication and achievement in student teaching and mentoring. Two CIS faculty have been recognized with awards:


Wendy Urban - The Steven Petchon Distinguished Teaching Award 2008

Abbe Forman - The Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award 2008


This year’s award winners have made great contributions towards the college’s mission of seeking academic excellence by providing outstanding instruction in the sciences and fostering scientific research of the highest quality, under the leadership of Dean Hai-Lung Dai.

CST is presenting the 10th Anniversary Concert Honoring Distinguished Faculty and Students on November 23, 2008 at the
The Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center


Zoran Obradovic, Director of Center for Information Science and Technology, gave a keynote lecture at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine.

On Nov. 04 Dr. Zoran Obradovic, Director of Center for Information Science and Technology, gave a keynote lecture at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine. This multidisciplinary conference brought together computational scientists from several disciplines and from several continents who exchanged research results in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization, modeling, simulation and ontology as applied to high throughput data-rich areas in biology and biomedical engineering.

In his keynote lecture “Functions of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins and Relationship with Human Disease Network,” Dr. Obradovic described their award winning predictor of protein disorder (CASP 7) and explained

how they recently used it to provide a leap jump in understanding relationship between protein disorder and protein function. In particular, he discussed their characterization of 238 Swiss-Prot functional categories as strongly positively correlated with predicted long intrinsically disordered regions. He also presented the results of their most recent large scale analysis of intrinsic disorder in genes implicated in Human Disease Network. This new study found that intrinsic disorder in disease genes is mainly involved in protein-protein interactions. Genes related to several classes of diseases were found to have significantly higher occurrence of alternative splicing (AS), and strong evidence was provided that intrinsic disorder, together with AS, plays an important role in these classes of diseases.


Professor Elliot Koffman is Receiving the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science
Education 2009!

The award will be given at the 2009 SIGCSE Symposium to be held in Chattanooga, TN March 4th - 7th 2009. Dr. Koffman will give the Opening Keynote Address at the conference on Thursday 5th March .

Colloquia

Events

Special Features

"The SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education honors an individual or group in recognition of a significant contribution to computer science education. The contribution may take many forms, such as: curriculum design, innovating teaching methods, textbook authorship, development of new teaching tools, or any of a number of other significant contributions to computer science education. The contribution should have had long lasting impact on, and made a significant difference in, computing education. This award was initiated in 1981."

In 2008 this award was given to Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University for his inspirational leadership. Previous winners include Andries van Dam, Peter Denning, Daniel McCraken, Edsger Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, Grace Hopper, and Donald Knuth.

In 1995, Professor Robert Aiken was the receipient of this award for his contributions as an "Outstanding mentor, advocate of computer science and technology education both in the United States and abroad".

We are very proud to have two winners of this most prestigious award among our CIS faculty.


Temple Participates in ACM International Programming Contest 2008

On Saturday, October 25, students from the Temple Computer and Information Sciences department participated in the Mid-Atlantic

Regional ACM Programming Contest, the first stage of the International Programming contest. Representing Temple were Greg Freedline, Jordan Rodriguez, and Christian Willman (shown left to right in the attached photo). Paul Wolfgang is the team's advisor. 147 schools participated at  8  different sites.


Zoran Obradovic is the Program Chair of 2009 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining

Prof. Zoran Obradovic is serving as the program chair of 2009 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM09) which is one of the premier peer-reviewed forums for sharing research results related to knowledge extraction from large, complex and noisy datasets.  Jointly with his program co-chair Prof. Huan Liu from Arizona State University, Prof. Obradovic selected an outstanding expert team of 13 area chairs and 148 program committee members working at academia and industry around 5 continents who will help reviewing manuscripts submitted for SDM07 consideration. Deadline for SDM09 submissions is Oct. 03, 2008 while the conference will be held April 30 – May 2, 2009 at a resort near Reno, Nevada. Additional information on SDM09 is available at http://www.siam.org/meetings/sdm09.


Jingting Zeng and Shusha Li Awarded Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Scholarships

Jingting Zeng, a Ph.D. student ,and Shusha Li, a Master's student, in Computer and Information Sciences, have each been awarded a Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Scholarship to attend the 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, October 1 - 4, 2008 in Keystone Colorado. The Conference is a program of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Both of their research projects were accepted last spring for submission and will be entered in the ACM Technical Research Poster competition. Jingting's submission is entitled "ShapeDecomposition Based on Combined Boundary- Skeleton Features" and Shusha's project is entitled "Shape Correspondence Using Particle Filter". Dr. Rolf Lakaemper is the adviser for both projects. Claudia Pine-Simon is their mentor and will be accompanying them to the conference


Professor Justin Y. Shi hosted a Demonstration and Exhibit of his work: Fault Tolerant High Performance Computing Using Stateless Parallel Processing Principle For Scientific and Transactional Applications at High-Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC) 2008.

The ACM/IEEE International Symposium was held June 23-28 in Boston, MA. This demo showcased two projects: a) A prototype implementation of Stateless Parallel Processing Machine (SPPM) and its compiler PMLc (Parallel Markup Language); b) A lossless fault tolerant high performance SQL Server clustering middleware DBx. SPPM represents a paradigm shift from traditional message-passing and shared memory parallel processing models to dataflow parallel processing using a virtual associative memory (tuple space) abstraction. In comparison to traditional methods, dataflow parallel programs exchanges the minimal number of states. This paradigm shift facilitates programming ease and low cost fault tolerance implementation. PMLc demonstrates that simple data partition markups in a sequential C program can provide sufficient information to generate efficient fault tolerant parallel programs with competitive performance against MPI counterpart. Applying Stateless Parallel Processing principle to database transaction processing yields a clustering middleware that can deliver high performance synchronous transaction replication, dynamic load balancing and automatic non-stop resynchronization by manipulating in-flight (stateless) transactions.


Temple Libraries Dramatically Increase the Number of Books in the Safari Library

Safari Tech Books (New expanded access includes all 4,000+ Safari titles).

We now have access to every single new book in the Safari Library. This is addition to our previous subscription.

Access these books via the eBooks section on the Library homepage or search the catalogue by book titles you are interested in. You can also do a title search using “safari tech books” which will provide a link to Safari itself.


I M IT  Video Competition

Information Systems Student Video Competition—Win $1,000!

Show current and future college students why Information Technology (IT)/Information Systems (IS) is a rewarding (both financially and intellectually) career choice.

Entries are due no later than June 23, 2008


Abbe Forman, Instructor in Computer and Information Sciences, has two papers accepted for presentation at the First IEEE International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2008).

The Conference will be held at the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, August 4 - 6 2008.

Professor Forman's papers are entitled:

"E-Commerce Privacy and Trust: Overview and Foundation" and " R.A.R.E.: Round-About Risk Evaluation".


On Thursday April 12, 2008 the CIS ACM Students Awards Dinner was held. A number of awards were given for Scholarship, Outstanding Achievements, Service and Leadership. The following awards were presented:

The Aetna Information Services Scholarship: Tanisha Rankin   

Awarded to a deserving student in their junior year who demonstrates excellence in the field of computer and Information sciences or information science and technology.

Award for Outstanding Achievement:   Andrew Andrijiwskyj  and  Ulid Jirapatnakul

Awarded to the member of the graduating class who is concentrating in Computer and Information Sciences with the highest grade point average.

Award for Outstanding CIS55 Laboratory Instructor: Chris Pascucci

Awarded Annually for outstanding teaching as CIS 55 laboratory instructor.

Award for Outstanding CIS 55 Laboratory Helper/Consultant: Luke Bilger

Awarded annually for outstanding services as a helper/consultant for CIS  55.

Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Vishnuparasad Radhakrishnan

Awarded annually for outstanding teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Student Leadership Award:  Hector Castro and Bryan Palmer

Awarded to an undergraduate who has made a significant contribution to the Computer and Information Sciences ACM organization and to the CIS department.

 

ACM Awards

Outstanding Officer:      Rebecca Mackin

Outstanding Teacher:    Claudia Pine-Simon


New CIS Ph.D. Program Approved

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University is pleased to announce the approval of a new, streamlined Ph.D. program.  This program allows the well-prepared, research-oriented student to go from a bachelor’s degree to a doctorate in four years.  For students with a relevant master's degree, it is possible to obtain a Ph.D. in even less time.  Research begins in the first year of the program, and students begin publishing no later than the second year.  At the end of the four years, students will have both a Ph.D. and a fair number of publications, which will be a great advantage as they pursue employment possibilities. more...


In Memoriam: Belmont Farley

Belmont Greenlee Farley, professor emeritus in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, passed away on Feruary 28. He was 87.

Professor Farley joined Temple in 1969, becoming the second member of the university's new Department of Computer and Information Sciences. He retired in 1986.

A pioneering brain researcher and computer scientist, he helped develop the world’s first fully transistorized computer and, with a colleague, created the first computer simulation of a neural network while working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1950s. Components of that computer are now exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
During his distinguished career, Farley also worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories and the University of Pennsylvania.


Research Conference Travel Funds For Graduate Students

Through its Research Conference Travel Fund,the CST Dean’s Office is able to provide support for graduate students to present their research at a regional, national, or international conferences.


Computer Science junior Pauline Romas selected for Diamond Peer Teachers Program

The Diamond Peer Teachers Program, an initiative funded by the University Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, provides upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to participate in the teaching experience for a lower-level course in their major.  We are pleased to announce that a Computer Science major, Pauline Romas, has been selected for this award. Pauline was nominated by Dr. Frank Friedman based on her work as an undergraduate lab assistant, as well as her enthusiasm towards fostering a more cooperative learning environment among CIS students. She will be working with Dr. Rolf Lakaemper as her faculty mentor.



AMP Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellowships

The Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) now has "Bridge to the Doctorate" graduate fellowships available at Temple for study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

These fellowships are available for study in Computer and Information Sciences at Temple. Detailed information, eligibility and an application are available at the Temple AMP website.


New scholarships available for undergraduates to study abroad

Temple's Office of the Provost has announced a new program to help qualified Temple undergraduate students study abroad. ...more..


NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

(From the NSF web site)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose.

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.


Computer Science major Tanish Rankin Receives Microsoft Scholarship

Tanisha Rankin, a junior majoring in Computer Science, has been awarded a scholarship by Microsoft Corporation. The Microsoft Technical Scholarship is a $2500 tuition award. Tanisha was selected for this award based on her excellent grades in CS, and essays that she wrote. Tanisha is also a candidate for Microsoft's 12 week summer internship program.


Elliot Koffman and Frank Friedman, Professors in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, have released a new fifth edition of Problem Solving, Abstraction, and Design Using C++, published by Addison-Wesley.

Dr. Koffman also recently released Problem Solving and Program Design in C, Fifth Edition, published by Addison-Wesley with Jeri Hanly of the University of Loyola as co-author.


The CIS Department deeply expresses its sorrow with the passing and loss of Peter E. Kuhner, III.

After receiving a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences, Peter remained in the CIS department teaching CIS 55 laboratories while seeking full time employment. He was nominated and received the CIS 55 Outstanding Lab Instructor Award. After learning he was nominated for the award he wrote “I can’t explain how much this means to me and I’m off to call everyone I know”.

Pete approached his classes joyously and was devoted to teaching and his students. As honored as he was to receive the award, it was our privilege to have Pete in our lives, as a student, colleague and friend.


Michelle Rufe, a senior CIS student majoring in IS&T, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Women in Computing 2007 Conference.

Michelle is a Dean's List student and is part of a team that submitted their project “Algorithms of Love:  The Growing Technology and Social Implications of Online Dating” for presentation at the conference.


New Ph.D.s

On August 7, 2007, Ph.D. candidate Bo Han successfully defended his dissertation titled "Knowledge Discovery by Fusion of Information ". His thesis advisor is Dr. Zoran Obradovic.

On August 6, 2007, Ph.D. candidate Hongbo Xie successfully defended his dissertation titled "Functional Characterization of Large Scale Biological Data". His dissertation advisor is Dr. Zoran Obradovic.

On July 26, 2007, Ph.D. candidate Yijian Yang successfullydefended his dissertation titled: "A Fault Tolerance Protocol for Stateless Parallel Processing". His thesis advisor is Dr. Justin Y. Shi.


Research of CIS Students to be Presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Congratulations to Alanna Burke (IS&T), Rebecca Mackin (IS&T), Pauline Romas (CS), and Michelle Rufe (IS&T), undergraduates in Temple’s CIS Department! Their research has been selected for presentation at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2007 to be held this October in Orlando, Florida.  Their research is described in a technical poster project, “Algorithms of Love:  The Growing Technology and Social Implications of Online Dating”.   This project examines the system architectures and methods of profiling for different online dating websites, compares the various matchmaking methods, and evaluates the overall societal impact of online dating.  Their mentoring faculty, Wendy Urban and Claudia Pine-Simon, will accompany Alanna, Rebecca, Pauline, and Michelle to the conference.


Special Recognition Awards Given to Two Very Special CIS Friends

Steven Petchon and the company for which he works, Accenture, have been steady, long-term contributors to CIS, both in hiring our students and starting them on successful careers, and by providing financial support to the CIS Department.  For his early and consistent support for CIS education over the past 25 years, Steve was presented a Certificate of Recognition.

Philip Bagley, a faculty-emeritus in CIS, has always thought first and foremost of the Temple CIS Department when hiring for his company, The Automated Office.  Recently, Phil provided financial support for starting a new CIS Department Undergraduate Student Activities Fund. Phil is back at Temple, as a student, learning about technologies for website development. For his contributions to the Department and its students over the years, Phil Bagley was presented a Certificate of Recognition.


Jemuel Curden and Eugene Genin are the recipients of the 2006 Society of Information Management (SIM) Philadelphia Area Chapter Scholarship.  Each award is in the amount of $2000 and Awarded to an academically talented and deserving student majoring in Information Science and Technology to promote the advancement of the information technology field .


Dr. Robert Aiken, Professor and Chair, CIS Department, has recently been given a "Recognition of Service Award" in Appreciation for Contributions to ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) as a Member, and former Chair, of the Education Board.  Dr. Aiken served on the Board from 1984 - 2006.


CIS Job Opportunity Bank

Claudia Pine-Simon, the ACM Faculty Advisor, has provided access to the Job Resource Center


CIS Labs gets serious with redundant servers

CIS laboratory staff ( Tom Stauffer and Jon Ikoniak ) have implemented new primary servers as redundant fail-over pairs using common hardware. This was done to provide servers for CIS students and faculty that are more reliable, have better performance and can be more easily managed and maintained. This is being accomplished using free and open source software under Linux.

We are using 10 Dell PowerEdge servers (base servers), each with 4GB of RAM, 3 1Gbps Ethernet cards and a pair of SATA hard drives. The two drives in a base server are configured as redundant fail-over mirror devices using the 64 bit Fedora Linux Core 5. Additional SATA controllers with another 6 SATA drives in external drive enclosures have been added to each base server. These disks are configured into a single large storage space. This configuration makes the file systems on each base server system resistant to disk failures. To ensure that the systems are not  susceptible to whole system failure, “application server systems” were constructed, each using two of the enhanced Dell PowerEdge (base) servers. For each pair of these systems, DRBD (mirroring a whole block device for a ‘high-availability” cluster) was setup to duplicate the file system between the systems in real time. A heartbeat program is used to detect and perform an automatic fail-over to the duplicate system. This all happens across one of the three network interfaces in each system. By duplicating the disk drives using hardware, as opposed to a more traditional and more expensive disk sharing architecture, the problem of a massive disk failure wiping out both systems can be avoided.

 

With the implementation of this architecture, a new network design was implemented for the servers. As noted, each system has three 1 Gbps Ethernet interfaces. For each server, one of the interfaces connects the server to a private CIS 1 Gbps network. One network interface is used to connect the base server to its twin to make up the application server. The third interface is used to connect the server to the University network.

One application server constructed as described above has replaced the aging student Linux system and all of its services. Two application servers (two server pairs) have been used to replace our Windows NT 4 Domain with SAMBA on Linux, giving all of the same features, but better reliability. Another application server replaced the aging faculty Linux system and all of its services. Another application server was constructed and is running a number of VMWare Virtual Machines that replace our aging Windows 2000 Server MS SQL and IIS systems used for our Microsoft based web design classes.

All user authentications are now shared across the cluster of systems using LDAP and each account authenticates the users into both the Linux and Windows servers and workstations. This helps to reduce the management overhead and helps the users by not having to remember numerous account names and passwords.

One of the primary goals of this development has been to improve manageability of the server systems, while enhancing performance and significantly improving ‘uptime’. We are also addressing the availability and stability of the systems by introducing a new backup strategy and architecture. The backup system will co-exist with the servers on the private 1 Gbps network .


As further enhancements to system software become available, this new environment will enable testing of new configurations of the clustered setup without diminishing performance to users. Users should find only new features available, while the system architecture will be transparent to them.

CIS does provide users with a few servers and services in addition to these new clustered systems. There is the Oracle Database server, a faculty Windows IIS web server, and the Sun Solaris lab server and systems. In time some of these systems may be added into the cluster while others will remain separate for security reasons. The architecture and implementation of user services are evaluated separately upon need, resources and manageability.

  


TECH Center SDL

CIS Students can now access their profiles and files from the TECH Center.  The TECH Center houses a special break-out room for CIS, MIS and Engineering students, the Software Development Laboratory (SDL). Using the workstations in the SDL, CIS students can execute software and have access to their files as though they were using a CIS laboratory workstation.

The SDL workstations can bootstrap (startup) a system image specific to CIS students, or MIS (FSBM) students, or College of Engineering students. For CIS students, a Linux system is bootstrapped and the Linux system has a virtual Windows XP operating system, that is a direct copy of the Windows XP systems in CIS laboratories, and a virtual Linux operating system system that is a direct copy of the Linux systems in CIS laboratories.

Through LDAP authentification (see the News article about CIS redundant servers), a user is able to sign in to the CIS network, and the corresponding server.

The SDL workstations are the only workstations in the TECH Center that permit users to compile, build prgrams and load programs.

The TECH Center has additional hours of operation, enabling students to use TECH Center workstations when the CIS laboratories are closed. The TECH Center hours are:

24 Hours per Day
Sunday 12 noon
to Friday 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m

The SDL is located in area #3 on the second floor of the TECH Center.