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Computer Science News Archive

We generate a lot of news here at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. This page keeps track of archiving our events and achievements, dating back to Fall 2013.


 

Academic Year 2017-2018

 

  • EDGE - Video Game Development Summer Camp 2017: July 2017: The APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, led by Dr. James Church, hosted the EDGE (Educational Developing Games Experience) Summer Camp for local high school students.

    The free camp, sponsored by Google, allowed participants to learn about how video games are made. 37 camp participants made prototypes of classic game types, such as arcade, platformer, puzzle, and 3D open world games using the Unity 3D framework in the C# programming language.

    We would like to thank Google for the generous donation, and all the parties involved, for making this camp a valuable experience for our future computer scientists / IT professionals.
  • Presentation over Computer Science Applications in Military Contracting Industry: October 28, 2017, 4:30PM in SSC E106A. Mr. Todd Beales, program manager for Pinnacle Solutions Inc. Virtual and Web-Based programs, gave a presentation over VR based Virtual Maintenance Trainers and Virtual Crash Lab Products Pinnacle has created for the military. Free pizza and soft drinks were provided!
  • CSIT Advising Session for Spring 2018: October 31st, 2:30pm - 6:00pm on the first floor of the Maynard Building. Free pizza and soft drinks are provided while students prepared for the next semester at APSU.
  • Northeast High School Field Trip: November 3, 2017. 45 Students and 2 teachers from the Northeast Computer Information Technology Academy, a part of Northeast High School, visited the APSU campus. They were given a welcome and admissions presentation, toured the Maynard, Technology, and Sundquist buildings, and had lunch at The Terrace in Eriksson Residence Hall. 
  • Rebecca Armstrong Student Leadership Honor: Incoming APSU (Computer Science) student Rebecca Armstrong awarded student leadership honor by American Spirit Awards. Shout-out to Northeast High School teachers, Rebecca, and Rebecca's parents! Click here to read article from clarksvilleonline.com.
  • New concentration in Information Assurance and Security was approved for the Computer Science and Quantitative Methods, Professional Science Master's Degree program. Congratulations to Dr. Elarde, Mr. Bruster and Dr. Myers for all of their work on this project.
  • 2017 Fall ACM Mid-Southeast Conference, November 9 & 10, 2017, Gatlinburg, TN, USA: Michael Timbes in Attendance.
      • Computer Science student, Michael Timbes presented poster "Using TensorFlow for Face Detection" at the conference.
  • Regional ACM Programming Contest 2017: November 11, 2017. 2 teams participated, supervised by Dr. Church.
      • The ACM Programming Contest is an international programming contest run every year by the Association for Computing Machinery. The contest takes place in two phases. The first phase is the Regional Contests which are held at various sites throughout the world. Each region coordinates its own contest and the top teams in each region are chosen to compete at the second phase of the contest, which is the World Finals.
      • APSU competed in the Mid Central region at University of Tennessee at Martin. There 14 teams competing at the site and  were 126 teams competing in the region. Standings.
      • The teams were:
        • Ron Harper, Robyn Yates, and Nathan Nickelson. 4th at the site and 57th in the region.
        • Namespace Awesome: Ryan Swanson, Rhett Newton, and Luke Cecil. 10th at the site and 100th in the region.

 

Academic Year 2016-2017

  • CSIT Advising Session for Fall 2017: March 28, 2017, 2:30pm - 6:00pm, MMCS 133 Lab. PIzza and soft drinks were served while students prepared for the next semester.
  • "End of Semester" gathering for the Computer Science Graduates: December 06, 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm - MMCS Atrium Area
  • Graduation Reception: December 09, 2016 - SSC Atrium immediately after Commencement
  • IEEE Internation Conference Research Paper: Yanuca Island, Fiji, Dec 7-10, 2016. Dr. Leong Lee, Dr. Matthew Jones (Mathematics), Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences), Mr. Sam J. Bennett, Miss. Arisha C. Majors, Miss. Bianca L. Melito, and Michael J. Wilson (GIS Center), had their research paper "Comparison of Accuracy and Precision of GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices" accepted by the IEEE CIT 2016, 16th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology.
  • Alexander D. Hornic: Computer Science Senior - Accepted an REU in Los Angeles USC Institute for Creative Technologies of the University of Southern California. Alex worked on the "Natural Language Dialog Processing for Virtual Humans" Project from May 31 - August 5th, 2016. REU Information Page
  • Brand New Concenctration: A new concentration in Information Assurance and Security was approved for the Computer Science and Quantitative Methods Professional Science Master's Degree program. Congratulations and thanks given to Dr. Elarde, Mr. Bruster, and Dr. Myers for all their work on this project.

Academic Year 2015-2016

  • Computer Science Education Week Celebration: December 02, 2015
  • CMCSS Career Day: November 18-19, 2015. Wilma Rudolph Events Center. Dr. Joseph Elarde, Dr. John Nicholson, and Prof. Nancy Smithfield volunteered at this event.
  • CSCI Advisement Event: November 03, 2015.
  • Brooksource: November 03, 2015 2:30pm - 6:00pm. Brooksource is a national IT services company specializing in IT hiring, recruiting, and staffing needs. Their Technical Youth division came to the computer science department to establish contacts with the graduating students with a presentation and a booth.
  • Community Health Systems (CHS): November 04, 2015. CHS conducted internship interviews at the department for a Spring 2016 paid internship.
  • Information Security Talk: October 15, 2015. "The Importance of Information Security" by Mr. Mark Brown, ISO Pinnacle Financial Partners.
  • APSU Radio Interview: October 02, 2015. Dr. Bruce Myers interviewed with the APSU campus radio, talking about the success of the department through the high number of computer science graduates. Listen to the interview on Youtube.
  • Freshmen/Transer Student Welcome Event: September 23, 2015 3:30pm. MMCS 244. New students were introduced to the professors in the department.
  • New Minor: Information Assurance & Security Minor offered for the first time in Fall 2015.
  • Dr. Leong Lee served on the CMCSS Academy of Computer and Game Programming Advisory Committee at Northeast High School, Clarksville, TN, AY2015-16.
  • Professional Science Master's Degree: The first graduates from the PSM program graduated in Summer of 2015.
  • CSIT Honoring the Graduates: May 03, 2015 12:00pm MMCS 2nd floor lobby.
  • Southeastern Women in Computing Conference (SEWIC): November 13-15, 2015. Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.Dr. Chenchutta Jackson, Ms. Amy Hill, and Ms. LaTeesha Reaves attended the ACM-SEWIC Conference.
      • The SEWIC conference brings together women from all areas of computer science. Women from industry, academia, and research were there to present as well as encourage women in the field of technology to continue and pursue their dreams.
      • Amy Hill presented “Building a Simulated Processor in the Classroom” during the undergraduate poster presentation. LaTeesha Reaves and Amy Hill did a fantastic job representing the University.
      • We all took the opportunity to become acquainted with women from other universities at the southeastern region and attended valuable workshops held at the conference. Ms. Hill and Ms. Reaves also took the opportunity to network during the career fair.
      • Dr. Chenchutta Jackson served as a judge for graduate student posters presented at the conference.
  • ACM Mid-Southeast Fall 2015 Conference: November 12-13 2015. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Dr. Myers, Dr. Nicholson, Dr. Coleman, Dr. Lee and Mason Cordell in attendance.
      • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Nicholson, and Dr. Lee served as Session Chairs and Judges at different undergraduate and graduate presentations sessions.
      • Mason Cordell presented research findings titled "Building a Simulated Processor in the Classroom" by Mason Cordell, Joseph Cloutier, Amy Hill and Joseph Elarde, at the Undergraduate 4 Year Degree Presentations session.
      • Dr. Nicholas Coleman presented research findings titled “Computer Science Education: A Systems Approach” at the Professional Presentations session.
      • Dr. Joseph Elarde presented research findings titled “Processor Resource Utilization Measurements in Simultaneous Multi-Threading Configurations: Synthetic Benchmark Analysis” at the Professional Presentations session.
      • Dr. Leong Lee presented research findings titled “Determining the Accuracy and Precision of Spatial Data through the Use of GPS-Enabled Mobile Devices” at the Professional Presentations session.
  • APSU Summer Research Symposium: September 18, 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm, APSU Woodward Library Room 232. Alexander Hornick and Benjamin Hardin, two computer science students, presented research they completed over the course of the summer.
  • Alexander D. Hornick did REU at Iowa State University in Summer 2015. He participated in the Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education – Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE – EIT), and he was in the Detecting Threat team.
  • ACM Student Chapter Officers:
      • ACM President: Dustin Marchak
      • ACM Vice President: Megan Bartlett
      • Treasurer: Alexander Hornick
      • Web Master: Dominic Volavong
      • Secretary: Doreen Lynch

 

Academic Year 2014-2015

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Communication University of China: July 28, 2015. The APSU College of Science and Mathematics and the Communication University of China signed an MOU together.
  • William James Middle School Career Day: May 12, 2015. White Bluff, TN. Dr. Joseph Elarde gave a presentation at the school's Career Day.
  • CMCSS externship Wordpress Web Development Workshop: May 27-28, 2015. Five Northeast High School teachers of the Game Programming Academy attended a 2 day Wordpress workshop at the APSU department of Computer Science. The workshop was organized by Dr. Leong Lee and Dr. Bruce Myers, supported by the APSU Office of Admissions and the APSU Office of Academic Affairs.
  • CMCSS 2015 Showcase of High School Academies Business after School Event: January 29, 2015. West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN. Dr. Leong Lee attended the Showcase.
  • CMCSS Academy of Computer and Game Programming Advisory Committee: 2014-2015. Northeast High School, Clarksville, TN. Dr. Lee served on the Advisory Committee.
  • Computer Science Education Week Open House: December 03, 2014, 3:30pm-6:00pm. Maynard Lobby. Multiple presentations shown, games, Pizza, prizes, and more relating the the field of Computer Science. Leaf Chronicle Article on the event.
  • Department PSM (Professional Science Master's) program produces first graduates! Summer 2015.
  • Arisha Majors receives Drane Award: Spring 2015. The Drane Award is a top APSU Student award.
  • ACM Mid-Southeast Fall 2014 Conference: November 13-14 2014. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Dr. Nicholson, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Elarde in attendance.
      • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Nicholson served as Session Chairs and Judges at different undergraduate and graduate presentations sessions..
      • Dr. Joseph Elarde presented research findings titled “A Computer Architecture/Organization Team Project Assignment - Reverse Engineering the MARIE Processor” at the Professional Presentations session.
      • Dr. Chenchutta Jackson presented research findings titled “Virtual Worlds and Conservational Channel Evolution and Pollutant Transport Systems (CONCEPTS)” at the Professional Presentations session.
  • AP Day Honorable Mention: November 1, 2014. The Department of Computer Science & IT was selected for Honorable Mention related to their display, a tablet powered drawing robot. Congratulations to Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Elarde.
  • Regional ACM Programming Contest 2014: November 1st, 2014. 3 teams participated, supervised by Dr. Coleman.
      • The ACM Programming Contest is an international programming contest run every year by the Association for Computing Machinery. The contest takes place in two phases. The first phase is the Regional Contests which are held at various sites throughout the world. Each region coordinates its own contest and the top teams in each region are chosen to compete at the second phase of the contest, which is the World Finals.
      • APSU competed in the Mid Central region (TN, KY, IL, AR, MO) at the Tennessee Tech site in Cookeville, TN on Saturday, November 1st. There were 24 teams competing at the site and 153 teams competing in the region.
      • The teams were:
        • Modem Family: Donald Buhl-Brown, William Rich, Michael Walker :::: 4th at the site and 38th in the region
        • The Knights Who Say GNU: Connor Bourne, Jacob Hilliard, Brett Lee :::: 9th at the site and 59th in the region
        • The X-Filesystem: Jason Coppedge, Stephen Schuetrumpf, Daniel Wherry :::: 15th at the site and 90th in the region
  • Computer Science student Arisha Majors designs website for Tennessee Academy of Sciences
  • IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence(SSCI): December 9-12, 2014. Orlando, Florida. Dr. Leong Lee and Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences) had their research paper "Using Data Mining to Investigate Interaction between Channel Characteristics and Hydraulic Geometry Channel Types" accepted by the symposium series.
  • Research Paper Published! 2014. Dr. Samuel N. Jator, the math dept. chair, and Dr. Leong Lee published a research paper "Implementing a seventh-order linear multistep method in a predictor-corrector mode or block mode: which is more efficient for the general second order initial value problem" in the peer-reviewed SpringerPlus Journal, SpringerPlus 2014, 3:447.
  • GRMSE 2014 Conference:  October 3-5, 2014. Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Leong Lee, Dr. Matthew Jones (Math), Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences), Mr. Maurice P. Testa, and Mr. Michael J. Wilson (GIS) had their research paper "Investigating and Comparing Spatial Accuracy and Precision of GPS-Enabled Devices in Middle Tennessee" accepted by the GRMSE 2014 Conference.
  • Graduate accepted at Georgia Institute of Technology: Congratulations to Kadeem J. Pardue, graduate of Spring 2014, for being accepted to the online Masters of Science in Computer Science program (with a specialization in Databases and Software Engineering) at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Computing.
  • 2014 Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching: Congratulations to Dr. John Nicholson for receiving the 2014 Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • APSU Computer Science program recognized as a top 50 program:  ComputerScienceOnline.org, a leading resource for online learning in computer science and related fields, recently released its Best Online Computer Science Degrees list for 2015, and the organization ranked Austin Peay State University as one of the top 50 programs in the nation.
  • Congratulations to Spring 2014 Computer Science Graduates Who Secure Jobs BEFORE Graduation ! Justin Carter, Brian Rivers, Clinton Person, Kadeem Pardue, Sean Bennett, Steven (Scott) Dunning, Anthony Coffey, Jeffrey Gray.
  • ACM nominated for Student Organization Award: Congratulations to the ACM officers for all the hard work they have done this year. These awards are presented during the annual student organization and leader awards program, April 16, 2014, 6pm. Dr. Nicholas Coleman is the ACM student organization sponsor.
  • 2014 SIGCSE Conference: March 2014. Atlanta, GA. Dr.. John Nicholson attended the conference, where he presented two assignments: the “Image Stacker” and “The Pesky Tourist” on the Nifty Assignments Panel.
  • 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): April 3-5, 2014. University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Two Computer Science students were accepted to present at the conference. Congratulations to Donald Buhl-Brown, advised by Dr. Nicholson, and William Rich, advised by Dr. Jiang Li.
  • The New Networking Concentration was first offered the Fall of 2014
  • ACM Student Chapter Officers:
      • ACM President: Dustin Marchak
      • ACM Vice President: Megan Bartlett
      • Treasurer: Alexander Hornick
      • Web Master: Dominic Volavong
      • Secretary: Doreen Lynch

 


 

Academic Year 2013-2014

  • Career Networking Event 2014: February 19, 2014, 9am-1pm. APSU MUC Ballroom. 

    An opportunity for successful alumni to return to campus to spend time with students in a one-on-one, small-group or round table discussions to share their experiences, offer practical advice and give students a realistic picture of their respective fields (this is not a career fair). The event is open and FREE to all students.

    Computer Science Alumni that will be there are:

    • Mike Smithfield (’94 – Computer Science) : Consulting Performance Tester -- Hospital Corporation of America
    • Michael Wright (’85 –  Computer Science) : Co-Owner / VP -- Quality Manufacturing Systems, Inc.
    • Bruce Hall (’10 – Computer Science) : Solution Analyst -- Ricoh
    • Mario Chavez-Rivas (’01 Computer Science) : Front End Systems Leader -- Ingersoll-Rand
    • Ronnie Sagar (’09 – Computer Science) : Senior IT Specialist -- CDE Lightband
    • Michael Neverdusky (’03 – Computer Science) : Senior Network Engineer -- CDE Lightband

    Mike Wright Study Nook Dedication and talk is at 3:30pm the same day in MMCS 244 (Maynard 244).

  • Department Moved! January, 2014.The The Computer Science & IT department has moved to the new $6.7 million Maynard Building. 
    Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building was named in honor of local businessman and alumnus James Maynard (’56). The facility, which houses the APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, joins the Sundquist Science Building and the Hemlock Semiconductor Building in creating a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) core on the eastern side of the campus.
  • Congratulations! Honoring the Graduates: December 6, 2013, 1:00pm. Claxton 306. 
  • Graduate Reception: December 13, 2013. Held immediately following the 10AM Commencement. The Computer Science honored their graduates and enjoyed refreshments in the HSC Lab.
  • Computer Science Education Week "Open House": December 4, 2013. Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building Lobby. Student poster-board presentations, project displays, a birthday cake celebration for computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, free pizza, soft drinks, and prizes.
  • New Professional Science Master's Degree: The Department is proud to announce that a Professional Science Master's Degree with a concentration in Data Management and Analysis will be offered beginning in the Fall of 2013.
  • 2013 APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award received by Dr. Bruce Myers. 
  • ACM nominated for Student Organization Award: Congratulations to the ACM officers for all the hard work they have done this year. These awards are presented during the annual student organization and leader awards program, April 16, 2014, 6pm. Dr. Nicholas Coleman is the ACM student organization sponsor.
  • 2014 SIGCSE Conference: March 2014. Atlanta, GA. Dr.. John Nicholson attended the conference, where he presented two assignments: the “Image Stacker” and “The Pesky Tourist” on the Nifty Assignments Panel.
  • 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): April 3-5, 2014. University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Two Computer Science students were accepted to present at the conference. Congratulations to Donald Buhl-Brown, advised by Dr. Nicholson, and William Rich, advised by Dr. Jiang Li.
  • Winter Commencement Address: Dr. Bruce Myers delivered the commencement address at the APSU 2013 Winter Commencement Ceremony to about 840 APSU Graduates. This was the largest winter commencement ceremony in the university's history up to this point.
  • Southeast Women in Computing Conference 2013: November 15-17. Lake Guntersville State Park, Alabama. Prof. Nancy Smithfield attended along with students Dalene Hart, Chantel Hart, Bonnie Taylor, Andrea Keeton, Katrina Stroughter and Mary Olive.
      • Bonnie Taylor presented poster "JKonference: A mobile Solution for the Business Person on the Go" at the conference.
      • Prof. Smithfield served as judge at the poster presentation.
  • ACM Mid-Southeast Fall 2013 Conference: Nov 14-15, 2013. Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
      • Dr. Leong Lee served as Session Chair and Judge at the Doctoral Degree Presentations session.
      • Dr. John Nicholson served as Session Chair and Judge at the Undergraduate 4-year Presentations session.
      • Dr. Joseph Elarde presented research findings titled “Simultaneous Multi-Threading Capacity Planning Implications” at the Professional Presentations session.
      • Dr. Leong Lee presented research findings titled “Data Mining for Hydraulic Geometry” (joint research with Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour of Dept. of Geosciences) at the Professional Presentations session.
  • Regional ACM Programming Contest: 2013. Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, TN. 3 teams participated this year. This region covers the states of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The regional contest takes place at multiple sites across these states. All three times were coached by Dr. Coleman.
      • Team "Two and a Half Vegans" (Donald Buhl-Brown, William Rich, and Michael Walker) solved 4 of 8 problems, placed 6th out of 24 teams at the site and 44th out of 139 teams in the Mid-Central region.
      • Team "FutuRAMa" (Stephen Schuetrumpf, Lacey Williams, and Dylan Wood) solved 3 problems and placed 14th at the site and 84th in the region.
      • Team "Monty Python's Flying Circuits" (Connor Bourne, Jacob Hilliard, and Brett Lee) solved 2 problems and placed 21st at the site and 120th in the region.
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): 2013. Lance Batson had an abstract accepted for presentation.
  • Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year 2013 was awarded to Dr. John Nicholson.
  • 2013-14 Presidential Research Scholars was awarded to Donald Buhl-Brown and Billy Rich.