Welcome to the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. If you are a prospective student, the links on this page will provide you with much of the information that you need. We welcome on-line, transfer, and second-degree students. If you need more information, please contact our office at 931-221-7840 or email Dr. Leong Lee, the chair of the department.
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- Need TUTORING for assignments? Check out peer programming tutoring hours.[CLOSED for holiday]
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- 2019-2020 FAFSA is now open! Check out APSU financial aid.
- Scholarships! Apply now for official APSU Scholarships and check out more CSCI scholarships.
- Looking for work? check out our job opportunities and internship/REU opportunities pages.
- Need more STEM info? check out the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics webpage.
Graduate students! Want funding for your research with the College of STEM? There are 3-6 awards or $500 to $1000. Funds can be for research supplies or travel, and cannot be used for salaries/stipends.
Interested? Send an email to any full-time CoSTEM professor to get the cover letter for basic info about your project. You'll also need a project description of the context, purpose, and methods of your project. You will also need to include a description of how the money would be used.
Fall Peer Programming Tutoring Closed
We are closed for holiday. Check out the old schedule here !
Graduate Teaching Assistant Positions
- work (a maximum of) 20 hours per week for 16 weeks in Fall and 16 weeks in Spring
- annual stipend: $5,200
- eligible for a tuition waiver to cover the cost of tuition and fees (approximately $10,000) not to exceed 10 graduate credit hours per academic semester
- Applicant must be admitted to or applying to the PSM or M.S. in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods program.
- The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offer a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods, and a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, also in Computer Science and Quantitative Methods.
Keeping Up With Us
- Comupter Science Education Week: December 05, 2018, 3:30 - 8:00pm in the Maynard Building. The annual 'open house' showcased all the work the department had been doing, as well as recent tech advancements. Activities included a lab dedicated to doing "Hour of Code" labs online, a VR lab with an Oculus Rift and Acer MR, and a tribute to Dr. Myers. Over 40 presentations were given, from posterboards to live sessions over everything from IoT security to bitmap images and SVG. The event was led by Dr. Elarde.
- IEEE Winter Conf. On Applications of Computer Vision (WAVC) - Refereed Research Paper: Hawaii, USA, Jan 8-10, 2019. Tianyang Wang, Jun Huan, Michelle Zhu. “Instance-based Deep Transfer Learning”
- MLH Local Hack Day: December 1st, from 9:00am - 9:30pm. Students paired up in teams of 1-4 to bring their
ideas to life using many different means. The ACM organized this event, led by Suzy
12 students came out, each building something unique:
- Grade Assistant: Built by Tanner Jones and Jacob Simon, this Java-based app helps students track their grades and see how well they're doing in a class.
- Cube Runner: Built by Harrison Welch, this Unity game emulates classics such as Temple Run. He won Student's Choice - 2nd place.
- Magic: The Gathering Deck Builder: Built by Hunter Oechsel, this web app helps players put in the cards they currently have and suggests decks they could build using those cards.
- Puppy Match: Built by Lexie Nance and Robyn Yates, this app helps prospective pet owners choose dogs from local shelters that are perfect for them.
- Fourier Transform Pictures: Built by Navarone Dupont, this app built with Gnu Octave takes a picture and draws lines around the edges of the main objects from the picture using Fourier Transforms. He won Best use of Math.
- Swag Gov: Rachel Perkins built a cutout of the Gov and adorned him with all the stickers and other swag we got from the event!
- APSU Hub: Thomas Bau used PHP to create a file-sharing site where students could upload their notes and other files for any other student to access and use. He won Organizer's Choice.
- Just Stay Inside: Zack Toupe created this website as a resource to people who just wanna veg indoors by suggesting things to do, food to eat, and more. He won Best New Hacker.
- Port-A-Cade: Tired of not having a good way to play retro games, Suzy kersten created a tabletop arcade cabinet using old speakers, a monitor, and a Raspberry Pi. She won Student's Choice - 1st Place.
- ACM Mid-Southeast Fall Conference - Presentations: Gatlinburg, TN, November 15-16 2018. Multiple professors had multiple presentations
accepted and presented at the conference:
- Prof. Bruster, " Robots, Emotional Intelligence, and Security?"
- Dr. Lee and Dr. Myers, "TAS: A Teaching Allocation System to Manage Teaching Resources in a University Computer Science Department"
- ACM Mid-Southeast Fall Conference - Refereed Research Paper: Gatlinburg, TN, November 15-16 2018. Dr. Church, Ms. Tabitha Lee, and Prof. Shank, "Enhancements to PeayNotes: Extending the Generic Web-based Patient Clinical Notes Sharing System".
- Fall AC3DC: November 10, 2018. Teams tested their cyber defense skills by defending a system from outside attackers while another team tried to break in and steal their business information. Then, each team would swap, giving them a chance at defending and attacking. Participants came from all skill levels, from local High Schools to seniors in the cyber security program. The event was led by Professor Bruster.
- Computer Science Student recognized by APSU: November 6, 2018. Luke Cecil was interviewed by APSU and promoted as one of our model students. Read more about it: https://www.apsu.edu/govlife/students/luke-cecil.php
- International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) - Refereed Research Paper: Volos, Greece, Nov 5-7, 2018. (acceptance rate: 29%) Tianyang Wang, Jun Huan, Bo Li. “Data Dropout: Optimizing Training Data for Convolutional Neural Networks”
- UT Martin Programming Competition: UT Martin, November 3, 2018. 3 teams traveled under Dr. Church to participate in
the competition. Every team finished at least 3 problems, making Dr. Church proud.
Full standings: https://mcpc18.kattis.com/standings
The teams were:
- null: Placed 2nd locally, 54 out of 125 national competitors, won quadcopters. Comprised of Lexie Nance, Chris Tuncap, and Harrison Welch. It was the first programming competition for everyone on this team.
- Namespace Awesome: Placed 7th, comprised of Ryan Swanson, Robyn Yates, and Kenneth Shipley. It was Kenneth's first programming competition.
- Avengers: Placed 8th, comprised of Ron Harper, Nathan Nicholson, and Aidan Murphey. It was Aidan's first competition. This team solved problem B faster than any other team at UT Martin.
- APSU's online CSCI Degree Awarded top 20 ranking from successfulstudent.org: This high praise was awarded to APSU's online Computer Science Bachelor's Degree on a multitude of factors: the quality of the program, types of courses offered, faculty, awards, rankings, reputation, and the online education method used. We truly appreciate this honor! Read More: https://successfulstudent.org/the-best-online-computer-science-degree-programs/
- HackGT Hackathon: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, October 19-21. 5 Students in attendance, one 4-person team,
one 1-person team.
- HackGT is a 36 hour hackathon, where teams "Dare to Venture" by making new inventions with computer science concepts in a 36 hour period. Mutliple high-impact sponsors were there, including Google, Disney Tech, NCR, and Captial One. 1000 hackers were there participating in the event.
- The two teams from APSU were:
- HackGT-HeroesCode: Robyn Yates went solo,making a game that helps teach kids to code. She won the Equity in Computing Prize for her outstanding effort! Check out the submission here: https://devpost.com/software/hackgt-heroescode
- OpenTour: This team of four consisted of Suzy Kersten, Harrison Welch, Lexi Nance, and Thomas Bau.Their plan was to let people share their stories at any location using the arcGIS mapping API. They learned much about front/back end dev! Their prototype really wowed us all. Their submission: https://devpost.com/software/open-tour
- EITCE 2018 Conference - Refereed Research Paper: Shanghai University of Engineering Science, China, October 12-14. Dr. Alice J. Lin, Charles B Chen and Fuhua (Frank) Cheng had their research paper, "Virtual Reality Games for Health Care" accepted and presented at the conference.
- Rocky Mountain CCSC Conference - Refereed Research Paper: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, October 12-13. James Church, Bettina Shank, Tabitha S. Y. Lee, Trevor Compton, and Justin M. Conklin had their research paper "PeayNotes: A Generic Web-based Patient Clinical Notes Sharing System for Health Care Professionals" accepted and presented at the conference.
- VolHacks III Hackathon 2018: UTK Knoxville, September 28-30. 3 teams of 4 participating.
- VolHacks is a 36 hour hackathon, where teams of up to 4 have 36 hours to build something using any kind of technology they have.At the end of the 36 hours, teams are judged on multiple categories, from best overall to best use of a particular technology to best for social good.
- The 3 teams participating were:
- Team Black: Bunkerin' Down, a website to score locations based on how good they would be to shelter in during a natural disaster. They won Best Social Good hack. https://devpost.com/software/bunkerin-down
- Team Red: PiMail, a hardware peripheral that you can put on your mailbox to alert you when anyone opens your mailbox. They won Most Technical and Most Marketable. https://devpost.com/software/pi-mail
- Team White: Leap Beats Unplugged, a game using sensors to track your hands so you can play a virtual set of bongos. https://devpost.com/software/leaps-beats-unplugged
- Grace Hopper Celebratrion: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX, Sept. 26-28 2018. Our own Jordan
Miller attended the conference for women in STEM fields, and had this to say about
- "The experience was life changing being able to be with 20,000 women in technology. I was able to listen to women speak about changing the industry of technology using Self-Driving Cars, soccer balls that generate energy by harnessing kinetic energy, and using Human Computer Interaction to help children with Autism. Not only did I learn about the technology shaping our future, but I connected with women from all over the world creating lasting friendships. I also got the chance to learn how people are making a difference to get and keep more women in technology. I am hoping to connect with a local group and make a difference on a local scale about the number of women in technology. I cannot wait to go back next year! #WeAreHere #GHC18 "
- Refereed Research Paper: Tianyang Wang, Jun Huan, Michelle Zhu. “Instance-based Deep Transfer Learning”, IEEE the International Winter Conf. on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), Hawaii, USA, Jan 8-10, 2019.
- Refereed Research Paper: James Church, Tabitha S. Y. Lee, and Bettina K. Shank, "Enhancements to PeayNotes: Extending the Generic Web-based Patient Clinical Notes Sharing System", ACM Mid-SouthEast Fall 2018 Conference, Gatlinburg, TN, November 15-16, 2018.
- Refereed Research Paper: Tianyang Wang, Jun Huan, Bo Li. “Data Dropout: Optimizing Training Data for Convolutional Neural Networks”, IEEE the 30th International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), Volos, Greece, Nov 5-7, 2018. (acceptance rate: 29%)
- Refereed Research Paper: Alice J. Lin, Charles B Chen and Fuhua (Frank) Cheng, "Virtual Reality Games for Health Care", EITCE 2018 Conference, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, China, October 12-14, 2018.
- Refereed Research Paper: James Church, Bettina Shank, Tabitha S. Y. Lee, Trevor Compton, and Justin M. Conklin, "PeayNotes: A Generic Web-based Patient Clinical Notes Sharing System for Health Care Professionals", Rocky Mountain CCSC Conference, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, October 12-13, 2018.
- Haskell: Data Analysis Made Easy - by Dr. James Church: This 78 page book covers setting up the Haskell environment, performing meaningful analysis on real-world data, visualizing and harvesting information from data, and identifying patterns in the data with advanced data analysis. Perfect for anyone new to the field of data analysis that wants to polish their skill with Haskell. Amazon link to book.
- Learning Haskell Data Analysis - by Dr. James Church: This 194 page book covers creating portable databases with SQLite3 and pulling large amounts of data into your Haskell programs, using EasyPlot to make publication-ready charts, and analyzing real-word data with the most commonly used statistical techniques. A must-buy for any developer, analyst, or data scientist wanting to learn data analysis methods with Haskell! Amazon link to book.
For those who may not have kept up with us, here is a list of our faculty and staff.
- Mr. Barry G. Bruster, Instructor
- Dr. Nicholas A. Coleman, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Joseph V. Elarde, Assistant Professor
- Dr. James Church, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Alice Lin, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Tianyang Wang, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Leong Lee, Associate Professor and Chair
- Dr. Jiang Li, Professor
- Dr. Bruce Myers, Professor
- Dr. John A. Nicholson, Associate Professor
- Dr. Yingbing Yu, Professor
- Dr. Jim Bateman, Professor Emeritus
- Dr. Jim Vandergriff, Professor Emeritus
- Mr. Keith Bearden, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Calvin G. Bolander, Adjunct Faculty
- Dr. Gary L. Griffith, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Jason Hatton, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Paul E. MacAfee, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Antonio (Tony) L. McCutcheon, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Stephen T. Paulk-McGinley, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Austin Siders, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Aaron Taylor, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. Leonard Tharpe, Adjunct Faculty
- Mr. John Wood, Adjunct Faculty
- Mrs. Betty Leimer, Administrative Assistant II