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News Archives, Academic Year 2010-2011

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Russ Hylton, from Maryland, and Alex Dimitri, from Italy, both MS '11, at Hood's 2011 commencement.

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CS majors Jacobson & Hill present research at NIST SURF Colloquium

Senior Nathan Jacobson presented his summer research project "Access Control Polity Tool (ACPT)" to the Plenary Session of the SURF Colloquium held at NIST on August 2, 2011.

Nathan was one of six students who presented at the Plenary Session. This is the second year Nathan was accepted to the SURF program. Nathan's adviser is Dr. Vincent Hu. Dr. Hu was extremely pleased with Nathan's work and invited him to reapply in 2012.

Altogether three Hood students participated the SURF program this year. Senior Jennifer Hill reported on her project "Creation of an Evaluation Interface for Human Assessments of Machine Translations" at the Colloquium sessions. Nathan, Jennifer and Math major Andrea joined 150 students from institutions across the nation to become new alumni of the highly acclaimed summer research program.

A copy of the colloquium abstract is available in the computer science office suite, HT 226.

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Hood College Commencement, 2011

Sixteen BS Computer Science students and several MS recipients participated in Commencement 2011.

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Hood CS Robotics wins at international competition

On May 5, 2011, Hood CS Robotics won the mobility challenge of the Virtual Manufacturing and Automation Challenge at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation held in Shanghai.

Our team was unable to attend the conference so we paticipated in the challenge remotely, having sent our algorithms/code in advance of the competition.

Scott McLemore (BS '11) was the sole member of Team Hood. We believe he was both the only single-member team and the only undergrad-only team in the competition. Scott worked on and developed robotic mobility and navigation algorithms to solve problems for this international competition for 4+ months as his senior project and he clearly did a magnificent job.

While neither Scott nor team coach Professor George Dimitoglou was able to make it to Shanghai for the awards luncheon and ceremony, please congratulate Scott on this remarkable, international achievement.

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Outstanding graduate students recognized at annual reception

On May 28, the Hood College Graduate School hosted a reception for all 2011 Masters' recipients. Outstanding students were recognized in each program. Department of Computer Science outstanding students were Adam Rivera, Computer Science; Matt Roberts, Computer and Information Sciences; Don Shaffer, Information Technology; Rania Radwan, Management of Information Technology.

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Eleven students present Senior Projects.

Seniors Jessica Baumel , Corrie Myers, Nick case, Dan Thamert, David Cope, Airrick Woolen, Briannica Harper-Sampson, Jared King, Scott Mclemore, Laura Schanno, and Valentine Polii presented seven team and individual Senior Projects at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 13, in Hodson Tech room 131.

For more information about senior projects, see the Projects Showcase page.

Dimitoglou, Liu, and Dong win Hood research grants.

Two department faculty members received Board of Associates/McCardell Professional Development Grants for summer research and one received a Summer Research Institute Grant:

Talk on High-performance Computing.

Dr. Jaques Reifman gave a talk on progress and status of the Army's bio-computing efforts. Dr. Reifman is the director of High Performance Computing Software Application Institute for Health Protection at Ft. Detrick. Awards Dr. Reifman has received include the Presidential Rank Award in 2009 and R&D 100 Award in 1998.

Student team releases multi-platform, discrete-event network simulator

A team of Hood Computer Science graduate students has developed a multi-platform, discrete-event network simulator that can simulate routing protocols used in mobile ad-hoc computer networks (MANETS). The software, called DARS (Dynamic Ad Hoc Routing Simulator) comes with the most commonly used protocols (AODV, DSDV) and can be easily extended to include others. The simulator, besides a user-friendly graphical user interface, has many features that can prove very useful to researchers studying routing protocols such as detailed logging capabilities and simulation replay. The project is released as open source, comes with user and developer documentation and is available at The team S. Kress, K. May, M. Misael, M. Moorman, J. Nanda developed the simulator in 14 weeks as a Software Engineering project.

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Professor George Dimitoglou and CS students part of international NASA/ESA JHelioviewer team which releases scientific data visualization application.

Update, January 18. For an interview with Professor Dimitoglou, see the article in the Frederick News Post.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the latest release of the JHelioviewer open source application software for scientific data visualization on December 14, 2010. The software was developed by an international, interdisciplinary team of solar physicists and computer scientists including Professor Dimitoglou and Hood undergraduate and graduate students Benjamin Caplins (BA, '09), Alen Alexanderian (BA, '05, CS minor), and Desmond Amadigwe (MSCS, '11). Dimitoglou was Co-Investigator for the project, along with Daniel Müller of ESA.

JHelioviewer makes available the entire library of images from the solar and heliospheric observatory (SOHO) through a desktop application. According to ESA, More than a million images from SOHO can already be accessed, and new images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory are being added every day.

Since the announcement, the software has received international attention (MSNBC, Daily India, Space Daily, Malaysian Sun) from news outlets from all over the world. Some of the solar-activity movies produced using the software have "gone viral" with a week-old clip on YouTube reaching 300,000 views as of this announcement!

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Call for a Hood CS team to compete in the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Simulator Design Competition.

The IEEE Computer Society is having a Computer Architecture Simulation Competition. Student teams will design a CPU simulator, a program used in many architecture courses to illustrate how computers work. The competition starts on 18-Jan-2011 and final submission is due by 9-Apr-2011.

The Department of Computer Science would like to assemble a student team to compete. If interested, please contact: Prof. Pierce (pierce[at] or Dimitoglou (dimitoglou[at] before January 10th.

Seniors: The development of this simulator and competing can fulfill Senior Project requirements.

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Hood College named CUDA Teaching Center by NVIDIA

The Hood College Department of Computer Science has been selected as a CUDA Teaching Center by NVIDIA, the leading massively parallel computing solution provider. Hood College becomes one of 12 CUDA Teaching Centers in the world and the third academic partner in the state of Maryland designated by NVIDIA, along with University of Maryland College Park (CUDA Excellence Center), and John Hopkins University (CUDA Research Center). The College is also put on the map of over 300 elite universities and colleges in the world where this emerging technology is taught.

A massively Parallel Computing system employs more than 100 cores to attack computational intensive tasks. It requires an innovative programming paradigm to take advantage of general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) with a processor architecture that is different from traditional multi-core CPU solutions. In the TOP500 list released in May 2010, two of the top ten fastest computers in the world use this technology and many more are expected coming when the list adjusted in November 2010.

With this designation, Hood College was also awarded $10,000 worth of software and hardware equipment, including one coveted Tesla C2050, a high-end professional dedicated GPGPU card which is capable of delivering 520 GFLOPS in double precision.

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Students Conclude Summer Research Projects

Computer Science students Senad Sinanovic and Nathan Jacobson concluded their summer research projects while starting the Fall semester. At the Hood Summer Research Institute, Senad Sinanovic studied Automatic Detection and Classification of Masses in Mammography with Professor Aijuan Dong. Nathan Jacobson worked with Professor Xinlian Liu on a tool to enable existing MPI programs run on GPU based massively parallel processors.

Nathan Jacobson also received a NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), with which he developed a Python application to merge XML files for the Open Monte Carlo Engine (OMCE), a mathematical simulator. Nathan presented his work at NIST. A copy of the SURF colloquium is available in the Computer Science office suite for your review.

Department of Computer Science Enters Tera-scale Computing Era

With support from President Volpe and Dean Flora, and thanks to a generous academic discount from V3Gaming, the Department of Computer Science is upgrading its server 'pluto' with a state-of-the-art new computer.

What makes this system distinct is not its Intel Core i7-870 CPU, nor 8GB memory and 3TB disk space, but its innovative configuration which allows utilizing graphics cards for general purpose computing. In fact, the main horsepower come from two NVIDIA 'Fermi' architecture GTX 470 GPGPU cards. Each card is rated 1.089 TFLOPS (tera Floating Point Operations per Second, or, 1,000,000,000,000 calculations per second) on single precision. Through parallel programming, the two cards can work together, along with the four available CPU cores, to attack computationally intensive problems that until now have been the exclusive province of supercomputers.

This summer, graduate students in CS 566 (to be opened to undergraduates in the future) tested the new system on projects ranging from "Simulating Gulf Oil Spill" to "Urban Development Planning." Beginning with the the Fall 2010 semester, all Computer Science students will be able to program on this beast.

Adjunct Faculty Positions

The Department of Computer Science at Hood College regularly seeks adjunct faculty in selected areas of computer science and information technology. These are part-time, temporary appointments to teach single courses. The specific courses are dependent on the class offerings each term. Areas of interest include computer security, IT management, information systems and engineering, and computer networks.

Applicants should hold a masters degree in computer science or a doctorate in computer science or related field. Send a letter of inquiry and curriculum vitae, indicating your potential teaching areas and professional experience, to Elizabeth B. Chang, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (or email We especially welcome applications from women and members of minority groups.