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Presenting the results of the IEEE/NIST Robotics Competition

News Archives, Academic Year 2008-2009

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Carl McIntosh presents poster at NCI/Ft Detrick Spring Research Festival

Carl McIntosh (MSCS Candidate), presented a poster titled "QC Checker and SNP Genotype Editor: Two Application Tools for GWAS" at the NCI/Ft Detrick Spring Research Festival. Carl's tools allow interactive visualization and editing of large scale data in bioinformatics study.

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Class of 2009 Seniors present projects

Four seniors, Earl Davis, Ryan Eaton, Kristopher Reese, and Eric Walton, presented their Senior Projects on Friday, May 1. Kyle Huyser presented his Senior Honors project on Friday, April 17th.

Senior Projects: Presentations on Friday, May 1

Earl Davis (BS '09)
"Simulation and Analysis of Congestion and Traffic Control in Greedy Networks"
Advisors: Dr. G. Dimitoglou, Dr. A. H. Salem
Ryan Eaton (BS '09)
"The Nintendo Wii and its Application Towards The Interactive Classroom"
Advisor: Dr. A. H. Salem
Kristopher Reese (BS '09)
"Gaming Concepts in Accessible HCI for bare-hand Computer Interaction"
Advisors: Dr. A. H. Salem, Dr. G. Dimitoglou
Eric Walton (BS '09)
"The Harold Weisberg Archive — Digital Collection"
Advisor: Dr. G. Dimitoglou

Senior Honors Project: Presentation on Friday, April 17

Kyle Huyser (BS '09)
"superBlazer: Building Hood's First Supercomputer"
Advisor: Dr. G. Dimitoglou

Visiting Speakers

This spring we are hosting several guests speaking on current topics in information technology.

Monday, February 23, at 3:30 in HT 131
Dr. Jeffrey Livermore of Walsh College in Detroit, Michigan, speaking on "Screening IA Students for Criminal Backgrounds."
Friday, February 27, at 3:00 in HT 131
Dr. Adenekan Dedeke of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, speaking on "Service Systems: A knowledge-oriented perspective."
Monday, March 2, at 3:30 in HT 131
Rui Chen of Medaille College and SUNY-Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, speaking on "Emergency Response Information System Interoperability -- Development of Chemical Incident Response Data Model."
Tuesday, March 3, at 2:15 in HT 114
Dr. Jagannathan Iyengar of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Caolina, speaking on "Intelligent Software Agents (ISA) and Its Applications."

Kris Reese (BS '09) presents paper at CAINE-2008

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Kristopher Reese (BS '09) recently presented his paper "Using Standard Deviation to Detect Jamming in Wireless Networks" at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Industry and Engineering (CAINE-2008) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kris's research was conducted under the guidance of Professors Ahmed Salem and George Dimitoglou. Professor Salem also attended the conference. He reported that professional colleagues commented on the quality of the paper and the presentation. Papers at the conference were double-blind refereed, and most of the accepted presenters were doctoral or post-doctoral researchers.

Students and faculty participate in CCSC-E 2008 conference

Many Hood Computer Science students and faculty participated in the recent CCSC Eastern Conference hosted at Hood.

Student Poster presentations:

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Student Programming Competition

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The Hood Grey programming team, David Cope, Valentine Polii, and Airrick Woolen, competed in the programming contest against 24 other teams. They did very well for a newly formed team, placing in the middle of the rankings. David Conway (BS '08), Ben Kaplins, Kathryn Linehan, and Michael Naylor (BS '08) were judges. Richard Holland (BS '10) served as Competition Monitor.


Professor Xinlian Liu, in collaboration with Sarangan Ravichandran of the National Cancer Institute, SAIC, presented a tutorial on "Scientific Computing and Applications in Informatics." All of the department faculty worked to organize the conference - for a complete list of committee members see the conference web site.

Familiar Faces

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Mas Kimura, former faculty member and current programming team coach, organized the programming competition. Mas is now at the National Library of Medicine of NIH. Jeff Martens, a former faculty member who is now at UMBC served on the review committee for Workshops, Panels, and Tutorials, and also was a panel member for "Reasons for CS Enrollment Decline: Preliminary Evidence." Elizabeth Adams, a former faculty member who is now at James Madison University, presented a poster on "Survey of K-12 Computer Science Outreach Efforts." She is also one of the founders of the Conference, chairs the Eastern Region Steering Committee, and is regional representative to the National CCSC.

Henson, Maynard, Dimitoglou present at ICRA 2008 Conference

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Graduate students George Henson (MS CS '09) and Michael Maynard (MS CS '08), accompanied by Professor George Dimitoglou, attended the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation and gave a presentation of their winning algorithms from the IEEE/NIST Virtual Manuracturing Competition. There is an article about the competition in the July-August issue of the IEEE National Capital Area Scanner.

Students present Senior Projects

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At the end of the Spring 2008 semester, Seniors William Bonde, Timothy Butler, Daniel Larson, Paul Bartholomew, Jason Ruvinsky, and Adam Tolley presented their senior projects to an audience that included faculty, fellow students, family members, and friends. To learn more about their projects, see the Projects Showcase.

Paul Seymer (MS, CS '07) begins doctoral study at George Mason University.

Paul Seymer (MS, CS '07) has been admitted to and will be attending George Mason University's full-time PhD program in computer science starting this fall. During his studies at Hood, Paul worked closely with faculty on research projects in the areas of algorithms and cryptography. He is the recipient of the 2007 Departmental Scholar Award . We are very proud of Paul's academic and scholarly accomplishments and wish him the best for the future.

Mark Bierman (MS CIS '94) named senior vice president and chief information officer of Westaff, Inc.

In a press release datelined Walnut Creek, Calif., Jun 04, 2008, Westaff, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSTF), announced the addition of Mark R. Bierman as senior vice president and chief information officer. Bierman assumes this role immediately and is responsible for the continuous development and upgrading of Westaff's technical platform and staffing solutions. Westaff provides staffing services and employment opportunities for businesses in global markets. Westaff annually employs in excess of 125,000 people and services more than 20,000 client accounts from 179 offices located throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Adjunct Faculty Positions

The Department of Computer Science at Hood College regularly seeks adjunct faculty in selected areas. 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, database systems, information technology, e-commerce, 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.