CWUComputer Science NewsComputer Science Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/newsen-usInvitation To The Final Capstone Project Presentations [CS 481]https://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/node/1681Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:02:51<div style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: -webkit-standard; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">It is the pleasure of the Department of Computer Science, to kindly invite you to our senior capstone project presentations. Our CS 481students will showcase and demo the different software projects they worked on, and how they &nbsp;tackled complex real-life problems using their technical and managerial skills.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: -webkit-standard; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><br><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">Several external software companies such as</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nrssystems.com/" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;" target="_blank">NRS Systems</a><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">,</span>&nbsp;<a href="https://dragonchain.com/" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;" target="_blank">Dragon Chain</a><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">, and</span>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobrapp/" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;" target="_blank">The Compliant Cloud</a> <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">are working closely with us - for the first time in the last few years, providing the students with real-life problems and exposing them to the latest technologies, devices, etc.</span><br style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><br style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">You will hear about interesting projects spanning from annotation tools, taxi apps, block chain applications, interactive pattern discovery, data visualization, robot interaction to iris based diagnosis. Please join us for this two day event on March 6-7 in Samuelson 104, - each day from 4:00pm till 6:30pm. Each presentation will last 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&amp;A.</span></div><div style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: -webkit-standard; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">&nbsp;</div><div class="PlainText"><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">Schedule:</span></strong></div><div style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: -webkit-standard; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 5pt 0.5in 5pt 40px;"><strong><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Wednesday, March 6 (SAMU, Room 104)</span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-right: 0.5in; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-family:Helvetica; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">4:00pm – 4:30pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>Widget Wizards Team -- Google calendar widget (Mentor: Dr. B. Kovalerchuk)<br>4:30pm – 5:00pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>Cab Drivers Team -- Taxi app (driver side) (Mentor: Dr. D. Davendra)<br>5:00pm – 5:30pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>KCCoders Team -- Taxi app (client side) (Mentor: Dr. S. Vajda)<br>5:30pm – 6:00pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>Block Chain Chomps Team -- Web interface for block chain encrypted data (Mentor: Dr. B. Kovalerchuk)<br>6:00pm – 6:30pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>Deminschon Team -- Interactive pattern discovery (Mentor: Dr. B. Kovalerchuk)</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 1in 5pt 40px;"><span style="mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0.5in 5pt 40px;"><strong><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Thursday, March 7 (SAMU, Room 104)</span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">4:00pm – 4:30pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>SMART Team -- Data visualization (Mentor: Dr. B. Kovalerchuk)<br>4:30pm – 5:00pm IRIS Team -- Iris based disease recognition (Mentor: Dr. S. Vajda)<br>5:00pm – 5:30pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>Dragon Hatchlings Team -- Dragon Den app (Mentor: Dr. A. Cavalcanti)<br>5:30pm – 6:00pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>AriGato Robotics Team -- Man-robot interaction (Mentor: Dr. D. Davendra)<br>6:00pm – 6:30pm<span class="apple-tab-span"> </span>MakeDiciples Team -- Annotation tool (Mentor: Dr. A. 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mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0.5in 5pt 40px;"></span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 40px;"></span style="font-family:Helvetica;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span class="apple-tab-span"></br></br></span class="apple-tab-span"></br></span class="apple-tab-span"></br></span class="apple-tab-span"></p style="margin-left: 40px;">CWU Computer Science students mastering latest in data security https://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/node/1680Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:33:31<p><img alt="Bob Rapp with student interns in the CWU Skunkworks" src="/computer-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.computer-science/files/Computer_Science_Compliant_cloud_01_2019-8486.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 271px; margin: 3px; float: right;" />Preventing tampering with sensitive data is the challenge facing security experts worldwide. Because of that, cybersecurity is an area of rapid employment growth.</p> <p>CWU students are getting rare hands-on training with the encrypted-database technology &ldquo;blockchain.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s happening through a new university partnership with the global technology firm the Compliant Cloud, and its proprietary platform QuodCrypt.</p> <p>Bob Rapp, the company&rsquo;s co-founder and chief product officer, has established an internship program involving five senior CWU computer science students. They are now developing a new public safety video application, using QuodCrypt, specifically for the iPhone.</p> <p>&ldquo;We started with video because we&rsquo;ve found that it is a very high-value type of data,&rdquo; Rapp explained. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of personal-protection value to video. People rely on it globally and courts appreciate the chance to review that type of evidence. But what courts don&rsquo;t know is how easily video can be hacked.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior Chris Martin, from Ellensburg, is working on the user interface component of the new app, which is now in the proof-of-concept stage, &ldquo;making it look nice and be easily usable,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The ease of use of recording, and knowing that their video will not be able to be tampered with, will be what&rsquo;s key to making sure people will want to keep using it.&rdquo;</p> <p>QuodCrypt is a cloud-based solution allowing for confirmation that a video is not altered or&mdash;at a minimum&mdash;indicates when it was revised. The blockchain security protocol it uses first came to general prominence as a way to secure cryptocurrency transactions, like Bitcoin.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a very common topic among those involved in this type of [security] technology,&rdquo; Rapp acknowledged. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s still pretty new and generally not deployed in production around the world yet. You&rsquo;ll start to see [data] verification this way within the next two or three years.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rapp, who moved to Ellensburg several years ago, approached CWU President James L. Gaudino and Vice President of Operations Andreas Bohman about the possibility of collaborating with the university on cybersecurity and blockchain.</p> <p>&ldquo;And, also, on how we could enhance the curriculum that Central students are already taking,&rdquo; Rapp recalled. &ldquo;Dr. Gaudino and Andreas, specifically, said they were interested in developing this partnership. The university provides us with office space and we offer the chance for students to partner with us in this start-up business. It&rsquo;s great and we hope to bring other companies in.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bohman said he&rsquo;s excited about the relationship and looks forward to a long partnership with the Compliant Cloud, and the opportunities it offers university students to collaborate with a company that he called &ldquo;an up-and-coming leader in the cybersecurity space.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This also aligns with our internal efforts related to bringing emergent technologies, such as blockchain, to our campus,&rdquo; Bohman pointed out. &ldquo;The app being developed through CWU flips the narrative in terms of video protection capability.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rapp, who previously was a senior leader for cloud-based businesses at Microsoft, VMware and IBM, agreed.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you think about it, if you&rsquo;re driving around central Washington, or in downtown Seattle, today you will probably be filmed by hundreds of cameras,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;But none of those are for your benefit; they&rsquo;re for other people. So, how do you present your point of view? We think that really matters.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rapp went on to say the decision to pursue collaboration with CWU was easy since, &ldquo;In Washington, Central is a leader in getting students up-to-speed on cybersecurity. Great students are needed around the world for these type jobs. Companies around the world are lining up to hire people with these kinds of talents.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior Parker Jones, from Seattle, is another one of the Central students involved in the project.</p> <p>&ldquo;Learning about blockchain is especially important in my field of interest,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s almost a guarantee that, when the time comes for me to find a job, it will involve blockchain. So, getting work experience and credibility through this project will allow me to confidently apply for different positions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rapp is also working with other universities around the world, such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Beijing Normal, which he described as the &ldquo;Stanford of China&rdquo; along with potential clients for the CWU app in Amsterdam, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Sydney.</p> <p>Ultimately, Central students may get the chance to accompany Rapp or another team member on business consulting trips, which are not typical for computer science students to do.</p> <p>&ldquo;With internet and smart people, technology can be anywhere,&rdquo; Rapp said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s delightful that it&rsquo;s here in Ellensburg because it&rsquo;s a great place. I&rsquo;m excited to be here.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Photo:&nbsp;</strong>Bob Rapp (top right) with student interns in the CWU Skunkworks</p> <p><strong>Media contact</strong>: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> Invitation to the Midterm Capstone Project Presentations [CS 481]https://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/node/1677Fri, 25 Jan 2019 09:40:33<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none;">It is the pleasure of the Department of Computer Science, to kindly invite you to our senior capstone project presentations. Our CS 481students will show what kind of projects they are working on, and how they are started/progressed to tackle these complex real-life problems. Several external software companies such as<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nrssystems.com/" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114); text-decoration: underline;">NRS Systems</a>,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dragonchain.com/" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114); text-decoration: underline;">Dragon Chain</a>, and<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobrapp/" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114); text-decoration: underline;">The Compliant Cloud</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span> are working closely with our students providing them real-life problems and exposing them to the latest technologies, devices, etc.<br><br>You will hear about interesting projects spanning from annotation tools, taxi apps, block chain applications, interactive pattern discovery, robot interaction to iris based diagnosis/identification, etc. Please join us Jan 30-31 in Samuelson 104, - each day from 4:00pm till 6:30pm. Each presentation will last 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&amp;A.<br><br><strong>Presentation Schedule:</strong></p><table style="width: 500px" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><strong><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;color:#2D3B45; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Wednesday</span></strong> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; 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mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;color:#2D3B45; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"></span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"></span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; color:#2D3B45"></br></span style="color:#2D3B45"></td style="white-space: nowrap; vertical-align: top;">CWU’s Air Quality Monitor Gives Real Time Updates on Smoky Conditionshttps://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/node/1672Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:45:40<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.computer-science/files/images/Air%20quality%20monitor-crop.jpg" style="width: 475px; height: 481px;"></p><p>Worried about the air quality? Central Washington University’s Department of Geological Sciences hosts an air quality and weather monitor on its website, www.geology.cwu.edu/airquality/.</p><p>The monitor is a science geek’s dream—all you could ever want to know about atmospheric conditions, barometric pressure, particulate matter, and ozone concentrations—all in real time.</p><p>The monitor is located on the top of the Science II building on the CWU campus. It came about as a collaboration with the Departments of Geological Sciences and Chemistry, and a senior capstone project of the Department of Computer Science. The monitor has precision sensors that measure a number of different parameters, including the concentration of particulates in the air. A high concentration of fine particles, also referred to as PM2.5 (i.e., particulate matter with diameter smaller than 2.5 micrometer), as seen with the current dense wildfire smoke, can be dangerous upon inhalation.</p><p>“It’s really an amazing device,” said Anne Johansen, CWU chemistry professor, and advisor for the project. “The students were ingenious in developing a user-friendly web interface that could relay results in real time and also allow for viewing past data. With these sensitive instruments, we can evaluate minute changes in air quality.”</p><p>The air quality monitor link can also be found on CWU’s annual fire watch website, www.cwu.edu/fireupdate, which provides current updates on fires in central Washington.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU First in State to Offer Computer Science Teaching Endorsementhttps://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/node/1667Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:15:40<p><img alt="" src="/computer-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.computer-science/files/images/compsci.png" style="width: 150px; height: 147px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Starting in the fall, Central Washington University will become the first university in Washington State offering its students a computer science teaching endorsement.</p><p>The new endorsement is part of CWU’s new STEM Teaching Program, which allows undergraduate students to earn both their STEM degree and teaching certification at the same time. This degree structure gives students career choice and flexibility.</p><p>“We hope this will begin to meet the need for more highly trained computer science teachers and more computer science education options in Washington schools,” said Jennifer Dechaine, CWU biology and science education professor. “We are excited to partner with Washington P-12 schools on this new program.”</p><p>The teaching endorsement program proposal was approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board on March 15, 2018.<br><br>“The first iteration of the program will be part of our STEM Teaching Program for undergraduate students seeking teaching certification and endorsement in science or mathematics fields,” Dechaine said. “This program will be co-delivered by CWU’s College of the Sciences and the School of Education in the College of Education and Professional Studies.”<br><br>In 2016, CWU received a $2.19 million grant to develop and implement an innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teacher preparation program. The program, based on University of Texas-Austin’s UTeach model, was customized for Washington State to meet the state’s teacher preparation requirements.</p><p>Students began entering the STEM Teaching Program in fall 2017. Dechaine, and Ian Loverro, professor of Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership, are co-principal investigators of the grant.</p><p>“We are looking forward to partnering with Washington P-12 schools on this new program” Loverro said. “And we’re excited to partner across disciplines within CWU to make this a successful program.”</p><p>For more information about the program, contact Rachel George at teachstem@cwu.edu or go to www.cwu.edu/teachstem.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br>Area’s Most Powerful Supercomputing Cluster now Operational at CWUhttps://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/node/1665Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:27:34<p><img alt="" src="/computer-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.computer-science/files/CWU%20super%20computer%20No%201.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 3px; float: right;">The name is Turing. It embodies the most powerful computing capability anywhere in central Washington. And the new system is now operational at Central Washington University.</p><p>“This is a computer cluster, not just ‘a computer,’” explained <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/faculty/andonie" target="_blank">Razvan Andonie</a>, CWU computer science professor. “Not many people have this.”</p><p>That’s because the first model of the new system was just released last fall. It consists of four IBM Power Systems S822LC, each known as “Minsky.”</p><p>While not household names, they are important references. Alan Mathison Turing, a British mathematician and computer scientist, is considered the Father of the Modern Computer. He is acclaimed for pioneering the multi-purpose computer functionality that we still employ today back in the 1930s. Marvin Lee Minsky was an American cognitive scientist and artificial intelligence researcher.</p><p>“This computer cluster will mainly be used for research, including student research,” noted Andonie, director of the CWU’s computational science master’s program. “Most likely, the science departments from COTS [College of The Sciences] will benefit from it.”</p><p>Those include computer science, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. The supercomputer was acquired by and is administered through COTS.</p><p>“The aim is to provide specialized, collaborative computing capabilities for COTS,” Andonie added. “But it will serve the whole university at some point. It is an indicator of the value the university places on our overall computer program.”</p><p>The $380,000 system, purchased through Sirius Computer Solutions, is a significant upgrade for the college, specifically, and university, in general.</p><p>“For image recognition tasks, like person identification, it is in the order of 10 times to 100 times faster than a regular desktop,” Andonie pointed out. “It accelerates especially for applications that can run in parallel.”</p><p>That is important for research pertaining to large data sets and computer-intensive applications, such as big data analytics—examining large and varied data sets for useful information—cybersecurity, and deep learning, which involves machines using algorithms to develop analytical models, which then assist computers in “learning” from data.</p><p>Andonie’s current research areas are in that field, and include cognitive computing, computational intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, and parallel computing.</p><p>“I’m especially interested in applications and in implementing computational intelligence solutions on massively parallel and distributed architectures,” he said.<br>CWU is Washington’s first regional, comprehensive university to acquire such a powerful supercomputer. Within the state, the University of Washington and Washington State University have the others.</p><p>“We already have students working on the system,” Andonie said, with a note of pride. “It is quite rare even for CS [computer science] students to have access to such a machine. Such a computer will also be of interest to new students. This is very important and it should attract more students.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p>June 28, 2017</p><p>Photo: Razvan Andonie looking at Turing, the most powerful computer system anywhere in central Washington.<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>