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ACM Student Chapter meetings, and other events of interest.

Coming Events

APSU ACM Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker Event 

Date & Time: 12:15-1:15PM, Friday, March 1, 2013
Place: Claxton 103
Speaker: Dr. Rakesh Verma, Distinguished ACM Speaker (University of Houston)

Natural Language Processing: Summarization and Question Answering

Scientific articles, news articles, the web, social networks, and blogs are generating an explosion of textual information. Extracting patterns from this information is thus becoming increasing important and well known to be inherently difficult. This talk starts with basic concepts of natural languages. It then covers key concepts of natural language processing such as stemming, stop word removal, part-of-speech tagging, word sense disambiguation, feature selection, and redundancy elimination. Applications of these techniques to automatic summarization of single documents and multiple document collections, and to the construction of automatic question answering systems are discussed.

Designing A Robotics Platform Using iRobot and Kinect for Windows Sensor 

Date & Time: 2:30PM, Friday, February 15, 2013
Place: Claxton 306
Speaker: Donald Buhl-Brown 

Guest speaker Donald Buhl-Brown will share his knowledge of robotics with a presentation and demo of his most recent project, an iRobot unit compiled with the well known XBox 360 Kinect peripheral. Donald is a sophomore in Computer Science. Food and refreshments will be served at the meeting. Everyone is welcomed!

Linux/VirtualBox Seminar  

Date & Time: 4PM, Friday, February 22, 2013
Place: Claxton 306

Have you ever wanted to learn Linux??? Don’t know where to start???
Dr. Nicholson will be guiding students through the installation of Linux and VirtualBox, and how to get started learning Linux.This is an event for ACM members only. Not a member? Don’t worry, you can join at the seminar. Bring your laptop - it should have: At least 4GB Ram, 60 GB of free Disk Space, Netbooks might work, but don’t count on it!


Past Events

Special Presentation to Honor CS Graduates Fall  2012 

Date & Time: 1:25-2:20PM, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Place: Claxton 306

Monday, October 29, 2012 - APSU ACM Distinguished Speaker Event 

(Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Engagement atAustin Peay State University)

Date & Time:  12:30PM-1:30PM, Monday, October 29, 2012 
:              UC 305 (Morgan University Center)
:         Dr. Jim Foley (ACM Distinguished Speaker)

Presentation:  The Computer Graphics Grand Challenge: How Much Realism is Enough Realism?
Abstract:  The major challenge facing computer graphics researchers is knowing how much realism is enough realism. Technically, we can create images that often fool the eye.  But is that the goal?  Is that necessary? The answer depends on the purpose and audience for which the graphics are being created – for entertainment, for training, for conveying specific information, for carrying out a task. In this talk I categorize some of the purposes for which we create graphics images, survey experimental work and approaches to help assess the relationship between image realism and image effectiveness, and discuss my own experimental work using the Shepherd-Metzler mental rotation task with computer graphics images having varying degrees of realism. The talk is illustrated with video and still images.

Food and drinks will be served and everyone is welcomed.

Thursday, September 20 - ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) Group

Date & Time:  2:30-3:30PM, Thursday, September 20
:              Claxton 306
:         Ssgt. Marty Davis
Presentation:  ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) Group in Nashville TN
SSgt Marty Davis from the National Guard will discuss the newly established ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) group based in Nashville, TN. This group is the latest intervention from our country in a subtle, yet ongoing Cyber-War. The ISR group is employed with the task of attacking adversary Information Systems to gather intelligence on how they think and function. SSgt Marty Davis will discuss the enrollment process for the National Guard, along with basic training, academic training, and security clearances.  
Food and Refreshment will be served and everyone is welcomed.

Special Presentation to Honor CS Graduates Spring 2012 

Special guest: Dr. Jamie Taylor, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Date & Time: 08:00-9:30AM, Thursday, Wednesday, April 19, 2012
Place: Claxton 306

Thursday, March 15 - ACM Distinguished Speaker Event (Dr. Ramesh Agarwal)

Date & Time:  08:00-9:30AM, Thursday, March 15
:              University Center 308
:         Ramesh Agarwal
Presentation:  Evolution of Parallel Computing and Large Scale Scientific Applications: A Historical    Perspective"
Abstract: Since 1970, over a span of forty years, there have been major developments in computing hardware as well as in numerical algorithms for the solution of complex large scale (grand challenge) problems in various disciplines of science and engineering.  Beginning with vector computers such as ILLIAC IV, CDC 7600, Cray X-MP, and Cray-2 in 1970s and 1980s to SIMD computers such as Connection Machine and MIMD computers such as Intel iPSC2, Symult System 2010, IBM SP2/SP4, and SGI Origin 2000 (to name a few) in 1990s to heterogeneous cluster of workstations/PCs in 1990 - present, the recent developments in multi-core and GPU computing continue to revolutionize the scientific computing to achieve higher performance at cheaper cost. This lecture will provide a historical perspective on this progress in computing hardware and how it has led to the development of some remarkable numerical algorithms in many areas of Computational Physics such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), Computational Acoustics, Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and others. There have been significant developments in geometry modeling, mesh generation, finite-difference/finite-element and particle methods for solution of partial differential equations as well as in visualization software for efficient applications on these architectures. The lecture will briefly describe the key developments. The presentation will include examples of large scale scientific applications on these architectures.

Thursday, February 16, ACM Monthly Meeting

Date & Time:   12:45-2:00PM, Thursday, February 16
Place:              Claxton 306
Speaker:         Dr. Leong Lee
Presentation:   Design Principles for Web Development and Color

Wed, November 16, ACM Distinguished Speaker Event - Dr. Donald Gotterbarn

Please join us on Wednesday, Nov 16 for a special event. 

Date & Time:   Wednesday, Nov 16
Place:               Claxton 300
Speaker: Dr. Donald Gotterbarn,  Distinguished ACM National Speaker 
Presentation:  Software Development: More Than Just Programming

Presentation Abstract:
We are often surprised by the number of non-programming related issues that affect the professional’s efforts to develop quality software and web interfaces. Development efforts are constrained in a number of positive and negative ways. This talk address some of those current issues including software standards, licensing of software developers, issues of malpractice and liability for unanticipated software errors, and professional and ethical issues.

Tuesday, September 27, 1st ACM Meeting  (2:30PM, Claxton 306)

Date & Time:   2:30-3:30PM, Tuesday, September 27th

Place:              Claxton 306

Tuesday, April 19, ACM Officer Voting (2:30PM, Claxton 306)

As local chapter members of ACM, you will be eligible to vote for the officers of our local chapter for the next two semesters. Please try to make it to Claxton room 306 on Tuesday, April 19th at 2:30pm. During this meeting, students running for office will talk about their plans for ACM and we will be voting on the next officers.

Date & Time:   2:30PM, Tuesday, April 19
Place:              Claxton 306

Tuesday, March 22nd, ACM National Speaker Event - Dr. Sanjay Madria

Please join us on Tuesday, March 22nd for a special event. The ACM National Speaker Dr. Sanjay Madria will visit our campus and present a talk “Economic Models for Data Management in Mobile P2P Computing”.

Date & Time:   11:00AM, Tuesday, March 22nd
Place:              Claxton 103.
Speaker:         Dr. Sanjay Kumar Madria (Distinguished ACM National Speaker)

Economic Models for Data Management in Mobile P2P Computing

Data Management in Mobile Peer to Peer (M-P2P) systems needs dynamic data management due to mobility and fragile wireless connection connecting resource constraint devices. Traditional methods of data management and services in mobile P2P environment generally assume all peers to cooperate. Since peer activities in M-P2P are not generally monitored, users assume that they are free to use the resources anyway they like.

Under this feeling of freedom, a subset of users (free riders) begins to consume much more resources available on M-P2P than they wish to contribute. In addition, due to the dynamic nature of moving hosts, topology changes very often and traditional schemes fall short in providing reasonable data availability. This becomes much more important in M-P2P where the network communication is generally multi-hop and intermediate peers have to render relay services other than data providers to improve the connectivity. Economic-based incentive scheme save been proposed which may play a better role in inciting free rider so collaborate. The data and service availability can be increased by associating a price with data items and services. In such schemes, peers can bid for better services, intermediate peers can earn incentives by providing relay services and in fact, outgoing peers can lease data items to others to still earn incentives while disconnected. New peers can become data providers by providing hosting services to earn incentives. This talk will provide schemes for managing resources using Economic incentives.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Madria
Sanjay Kumar Madria received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1995. He is an Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly, University of Missouri-Rolla), USA.
Earlier he was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. He has published more than 150 Journal and conference papers in the areas of mobile computing, sensor networks, security, XML, and databases in general. He co-authored a book entitled "Web Data Management : A Warehouse Approach" published by Springer-verlag. He guest edited WWW Journal, several Data and Knowledge Engineering Sp. Issues on Web data management and Data warehousing. He was founding Program Chair for EC&WEB series of conferences and founding workshop chair IEEE International Workshop on P2P Data Management, Security and Trust since 2003. He served as general co-chair of mobile data management (MDM) conference held in 2010. He is serving as PC member of various database conferences such as VLDB, ICDE, MDM, and reviewer for many reputed database journals such as IEEE TKDE, IEEE Computer, ACM Internet Computing, IEEE TMC etc. Dr. Madria has given tutorials on mobile databases and XML Change Management  in many international conferences.
He is regular invited panelist in NSF, NSERC (Canada), Hong Kong Research Council and Sweden Council of Research. He was invited keynote speaker and invited speaker in Conferences and workshops. He received UMR faculty excellence award in 2007, 2009, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science invitational fellowship in 2006, and Air Force Research Lab's visiting faculty fellowships from 2008-2010. His research is supported by grants over $3M from NSF, DOE, Army, AFRL, UM research board, and from industry such as Boeing. He is IEEE Senior Member and also a speaker under ACM/IEEE Distinguished Visitor program. 

ACM Essay Contest



Your ACM is having an essay contest where you have a chance to win $25.00. Additionally your essay will be forwarded to National ACM with a chance to win $100.00. Interested members should email for details. If you are a nonmember and wish to participate please include this in your email. Deadline is March 1, 2011 to correspond to the above mentioned email address

A Special Lecture, by the Oracle Academy (February 17, 2011)

Karri DeMatteis, Operations Manager of Oracle Education Initiatives, will visit APSU on February 17 and give a presentation at the ACM meeting. Here is the description of the special lecture.

"As the world's #1 business software company, we are often asked how students studying computer
science/engineering, management information systems, ori nformation technology can prepare themselves to bej ob-ready when they graduate from college.

In response to this challenge, the Oracle Academy has developed an informative, compelling, and motivating lecture for college students of all ages."


  • Transform existing assignments into a technology portfolio that impresses.
  • Discover general skills that technology leaders like Oracle tend to look for when hiring.
  • Leverage the ThinkQuest Application Development Competition to hone your skills.
  • Create an attention-grabbing resume & cover letter that will serve you.

Time: 12:45 PM, Thursday, February 17, 2011
Place: Claxton 306

Special Presentation to Honor CS Graduates Fall 2010 

Special guest: Dr. Jamie Taylor, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Place: Claxton 306

Presentation on Business Intelligence

Mr. Michael Capps, an Alumni of APSU graduated in 2006, speaks at the ACM meeting on Friday, Jan 28th. Michael has 4 years experiences in Business Intelligence field. He is currently a Healthcare SA/DBA/BIA at Vanderbilt Children’s - Pediatrics Administration. He is Certified Business Intelligence Professional.

The presentation is on Business Intelligence.

  • What is Business Intelligence (BI) and Why is it needed?
  • Who uses BI?
  • When and where is it implemented?
  • How is it implemented .... Tools!     
  • Current statistics on where the BI profession is heading.

Time: 1:25 PM, Friday, January 28, 2011
Place: Claxton 306

Presentation on Game Development with Microsoft’s XNA Studio

Presenter: TJ Phillips
Time: 3:30 PM, Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Place: Claxton 306

Presentation on Mobile Computing

Dr. John Nicholson of APSU CSIT Department Faculty will give a presentation about his research on mobile computing systems to help people with visual impairments navigate indoors and outdoors without the assistance of a sighted guide. One system in particular, ShopTalk, allows people, even those with complete vision loss, to find specific items located on shelves in large grocery stores.

Time: 3:30PM, Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Place: Claxton 306