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Content: U N I V E R S I T Y O F N O R T H C A R O L I N A W I L M I N G T O N Fall 2012 Volume 14, Number 1
In this issue:
Faculty Focus
2012 Award
Student Showcase 4
UPE Initiation
Alumni News
The Computer Science Department's B.S. degree (Systems Option) is now fully accredited to September 30, 2017
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You may recall from last summer's newsletter that a year ago we were waiting to hear back from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) about our application to accredit our B.S. Computer Science (Systems Option) degree program. It took a lot of hard work, and it certainly was not swift, but we finally received notice in August 2011 from ABET that our program had met all the requirements for accreditation and was accredited effective October 2009. ABET accredits programs in engineering, computer science and technology, and defines accreditation as "assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students." Among the criteria used to evaluate a program are the curriculum, the faculty, the facilities and the assessment practices. The accreditation makes us one of seven ABET-accredited computer science programs in North Carolina. This is a significant event for the department and we are delighted to have this
external recognition of our continued commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. Mirroring trends at universities nationwide, enrollments in computer science continued to grow for the third year in a row. The graduate program in computer science and information systems also reported strong interest in its offerings. The Face Aging Group continued its impressive track record of securing external funding for its research. Demonstrating their commitment to excellence inside and outside the classroom, computer science faculty continued to publish their scholarship at International Conferences and journals, in many cases co-authoring papers with their students, as detailed in the following pages. Ron Vetter continued to serve as the editor-in-chief of IEEE Computer. Funded by a grant from NC QUEST (North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training), computer science faculty partnered with colleagues in the
Watson College of Education to introduce computing into the middle-school mathematics curriculum in select Onslow County schools. The department takes pride in its dedication to teaching, research and service, and as the accomplishments described above show, this year was no exception. As we continue to make our mark, we invite you to join us in any way you can. Look for us on Facebook and on LinkedIn, and if you happen to visit Wilmington, we would love for you to drop by and say hello. Sridhar Narayan, Ph.D. professor and chair
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Gur Adhar published "Performance Driven Simulated Annealing for Layout of Two-Terminal Nets on VLSI Chips," in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Agile Manufacturing (ICAM), December 2011. He was also the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Agile Manufacturing. The title of his talk was "Ordering Elements in a Finite Element Mesh by Peano Curves to Preserve Their Proximity in Space." David Berman and Douglas Smith published "Mitchell Tournaments" in the Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. He also attended the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, Mass., January 2012. There he attended the mini-symposium "The Lore and Legacy of Alan Turing" and the short course "Discrete and Computational Geometry." Ralph Bradley attended ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer science education Conference (SIGCSE 2012) in Raleigh, N.C. He also continued as coordinator of the department's Advisory Board. Clayton Ferner presented "Parallel
Computing, Multi-core Computing, Grid Computing, and CLOUD COMPUTING: Where Are We Headed?" at UNCW's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, May 2012. Marni Ferner offered a new CSC 475 course in spring 2012 called Database Web Applications. Students learned how to create dynamic Web applications using PHP and MySQL. Curry Guinn, Douglas Kline, Paul Martin, Kevin Matthews and Thomas Janicki published "Teaching Introductory Visual Basic Using MS Team Foundation Server," for the Information Systems Education Conference (2011 ISECON), Wilmington, NC. He also published "Assisting Social Conversation between Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and their Conversational Partners," with Nancy Green and Ronnie Smith for Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT), Vol. 3. Sridhar Narayan, Gene Tagliarini, Shelby Morge, Mahnaz Moallem and Christopher Gordon
Congratulations to the following department members for being recognized by one or more graduating seniors as someone "whose impact on them was significant during their undergraduate or graduate years:" David Berman, Clayton Ferner, Marni Ferner, Curry Guinn, Eric Patterson, Laurie Patterson, Karl Ricanek, Devon Simmonds, Gene Tagliarini and Ron Vetter
received funding for their grant, "INCOME: Integrating Computing and Mathematics Education," through NC QUEST / Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training across North Carolina. Eric Patterson was awarded an IPAX Faculty Fellowship, at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Los Angeles, Calif., where he collaborated with face-related computer graphics artists, researchers and developers. He also collaborated with two visiting researchers, Anoir Borgi from Tunisia and Kang Liu from Germany in facerelated research. Laurie Patterson, Kevin Matthews, Thomas Janicki and Ling He published "Implementation of an Automated Grading
System with an Adaptive Learning Component to Affect Student Feedback and Response Time," in the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE 2012). She contracted to collaborate with Tony Gaddis on the text, Alice 3.0 and Java, Pearson Publishing, 2011 and was also hired by Pearson to create PowerPoint presentations to accompany Snyder's Fluency in IT, 5th edition. She also the program chair of UNC's Bridges Program. Karl Ricanek presented "The Beautiful and Complex Face" at Oak Ridge National Labs Oak Ridge, Tenn., October 2011. He also presented "Post 18 month performance," an Intelligence Community Advanced Research Project Activity, for (continued on p.3)
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Biometric Exploitation Science & Technology (BEST), Washington, D.C., August 2011. His recent co-authored publications include "Improved Image-based Automatic Gender Classification by feature selection," in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing Research, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 241 -253; "Genetic and Evolutionary Methods for Biometric Feature Reduction," in the International Journal of Biometrics, "A Comparison of Genetic and Evolutionary Feature Extraction Methods for Facial Recognition," "Applying GEC in Feature Selection and Weighting for LBP, oLBP, and Eigenface," and "Hybrid GEC-Based Techniques for MultiBiometric Recognition," all for the International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods (GEM 2011); "Sequential RowColumn 2DPCA for Face Recognition," in the Journal of Neural Computing and Applications, pp. 1-7; "A Comparison of GECBased Feature Selection and Weighting for Multimodal Biometric Recognition," "GECBased Multi-Biometric Fusion" and "SSGA and EDA Based Feature
Selection and Weighting for Face Recognition," all for IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Devon Simmonds presented "Understanding Software Engineering," at the ISIS Research Group Meeting, UNCW, July, 2011. Devon Simmonds, Karl Ricanek and Lawrence Cahoon received funding for their grant "CASIS 3rd YR," from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL)/Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Gene Tagliarini, Sridhar Narayan, Shelby Morge and Mahnaz Moallem coauthored "The power of simulation and modeling for learning STEM content." Jack Tompkins began developing a new course on programming mobile devices. He also served on the University College Advisory Board and the Radiation Safety Committee. Ron Vetter, Jason Dudley '11, Jeff Brown and Thomas Janicki published "Building a Real-Time Bus Tracking Data Display System," in the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 38-50.
Ron Vetter, Andrew Martin '11, Jeff Brown and Tom Janicki published "CMobile: A Mobile Photo Capture Application for Construction Imaging," in the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, Vol. 5, No. 4, October 2012, pp. 55-68.
2012 Award Recipients Phillip Andrew Walker Smith-Doss Scholarship Nicholas Antonio Ruiz Fletcher R. Norris Scholarship
Be sure to see the news release "UNC Wilmington's Department of Computer Science Joins Select Group of Programs with ABET Accreditation," at news/artView.aspx?id=3285
Christopher Matthew Keller Computer Science Chair's Scholarship Daniel O'dor Construction Imaging Systems Scholarship Tiffany Brooke Jordan Construction Imaging Systems Scholarship
How cool is this? Karl Ricanek recently received a request from the United States Secret Service to provide technical expert advice on face recognition systems. He helped them define their needs for face recognition systems: matching video to mug shot images. He also delivered a software system for large scale integration of biometric templates and landmark ground truthing to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and an automated system for chronological age-estimation as well as a system for advanced synthetic facial aging to the Intelligence Agency Advanced research activity (IARPA).
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Michael Komisin '11 and Curry Guinn, published "Identifying Personality Types Using Document Classification Methods," for the 25th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference in Marco Island, Fla., May 2012. Benjamin Barbour '11 and Karl Ricanek published "An Interactive Tool for Extremely Dense Landmarking of Faces," for the First International Workshop on Visual Interfaces for Groundtruth Collection (VITGTA 2012), European Commission Advanced Visual Interfaces, Capri, Italy. Ricardo Valea '11 (pictured below) was awarded IEEE's Computing Now Volunteer of the Month for October 2011. He received recognition for his Computing Now iPhone app.
Michelle Willcox '12, Thomas Lovette, Yuli Bonner '11 and Devon Simmonds published "A case study in Software Project Estimation," for the International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS) 2012 and "ClipBits ­ A Case Study in Model-Driven Software Engineering," for the International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice, (SERP), 2012. Michael Nipper and Devon Simmonds published "GiftScroll - An Online Gift Registry for the Android Mobile Phone," for International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice, (SERP). Selin Benli, Anthony Habash '12, Andy Herrmann, Tyler Loftis and Devon Simmonds published "A Comparative Evaluation of Unit Testing Techniques on a Mobile Platform," in information technology: New Generations 2012. Mark Lanter '11, Lyle Scott '10, Ashley Young '11, Selin Benli, Andy Herrmann, and Devon Simmonds published "Exploring Model-Based Design," in Information Technology: New Generations 2012.
Left to right: Trent Jernigan, Michael Sodomsky, Nathan Brown and Michelle Fogwell at the DIS / Internship presentations, December 2011.
Jason Vandeventer '10 and Benjamin Barbour '11 published "CodeWave: A RealTime, Collaborative IDE for Enhanced Learning in Computer Science," for ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference (SIGCSE 2012) in Raleigh, N.C. Their publication is based on work which originated in the department's computer engineering course. The following students completed their directed individual study (DIS) topics during the 2011-12 academic year (faculty advisor names are in parentheses): Nancy Bordelon '12, "A Comparison of Automated Software Testing Tools," (Devon Simmonds); Michelle Fogwell '12, "Programming an Arduino," (Fred Bingham); Adam Forsythe, "Design of a Web-based
Nutrition System," (Ron Vetter); Michael Sodomsky, "Dynamic Keystroke on Mobile Devices: Developing a Robust Database," (Karl Ricanek); Jui (Ray) Sun, "Study of Linux," (Clayton Ferner); Zach Wilson, "The Writing Continuum: A Webbased Solution to Scoring the Writing of elementary students," (Ron Vetter). The following students also presented information about their internship experiences at the DIS/Internship presentations in December: Nathan Brown UNCW ITSD Michelle Fogwell Corning Trent Jernigan rPath
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CSC Student Earns UPE Scholarship Award
Each summer the Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) evaluates a large number of scholarship applications from students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All scholarship applicants are required to complete a comprehensive application form including a statement on their long-term plans for the profession, a summary of their contributions to their respective UPE chapters and related student activities at their university. Applicants are also required to submit all college-level transcripts and a recommendation from their UPE faculty advisor. Yuli Bonner '11, was awarded this prestigious scholarship for 2011 by Upsilon Pi Epsilon.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon's three officers for 2011-12, Michelle Fogwell, Jason Vandeventer and Michelle Willcox (pictured above), inducted 23 new members into the local chapter of the international computer science honor society. Congratulations to Michael Allen, Benjamin Beeman, Selin Benli, Alexandria Cole, Jesse Creech, Derek Faver, Jason Felds, Keith Greats, Brooke Jordan, Howard Kleinberg, Matthew Laird, Tyler Loftis, Daniel O'dor, Christine Posey, Robert Pryce, Travis Radtke, Scott Ridley, Benjamin Singer, Brennan Smith, Ray Jui Sun, Ricardo Valea, Phillip Walker and Amy Wells.
Don't miss the UNCW-ACM website:
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Awesome Accomplishments Working with Igloo Vision from the United Kingdom and Laughing Soul Media from Wilmington, Eric Patterson helped to bring an immersive, 360-degree virtual-reality display dome to the CIS building during May 2012. This involved several CSC and Digital Arts students who assisted in developing and delivering content epitomizing the intersection of technology, innovation and gaming.
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Ron Vetter and Jeff Brown's technology start-up company, Mobile Education, LLC, received individual recognition for their contribution to the "Get to know PHIL" Student Philanthropy Campaign" entry in the 2012 CASE District III Awards Program. They also participated in a case study integrating their two-way text messaging application with the university's EMS Master Calendar. Dean Evans & Associates, Inc. published the following article: The Face Aging Group, led by Karl Ricanek, was highlighted in the Wilmington StarNews on April 1, 2012. See for the complete article titled "I, 40 - Aging Group Gives Glimpse at Future Face," by Mike Voorheis. Ricanek also collaborated with four other UNCW faculty members, all from different departments, to bring the "Face Age" exhibit to the Warwick Center in April 2012 as part of Chancellor Gary L. Miller's installation celebration. UNCW became the newest member of the CyberWatch consortium in Septermber 2011. Ron Vetter (near right) and Ulku Yaylacicegi (far right) led a group of six undergraduate and two graduate students to the Southeastern Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) at Kennesaw State University in March 2012. Noteworthy News "People who make technology are better off than people who use technology," according to a Georgetown University report in December 2012. See the complete article at In January, the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that "Graduates in the computer sciences disciplines are now averaging $60,594, up 4.1 percent over the 2010 average for this category." See the complete article at
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Alumni News Caroline Koska Reda '85 was a keynote speaker at the Cameron School of Business, Business Week, March 2012. Jonathan Richey '03 is a lead programmer for InterCoastal Net Designs ( in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Yuli Bonner '11 is working as a Scala programmer for Atlantic Corporation. Alex Beatty '11 and Illia Ziamtsov '11 were both accepted to Clemson University's very competitive M.F.A. in digital production arts program. Ricardo Valea '11 accepted a position with TASC Inc in Chantilly, Va., as a mobile software engineer.
To be included in the next newsletter, please send an email to [email protected] We welcome your recent professional or personal news!
Congratulations to Our Recent Graduates!
Spring and Summer 2012 Graduates Master's Degrees: Nancy Bordelon, "A Comparison of Automated Software Testing Tools," Devon Simmonds, advisor. Candace Burwell, " `myATMC': The Design and Implementation of an iPhone Webapp," Ron Vetter, advisor. Phillip R. Garriss, "Myday Medication Reminders," Devon Simmonds, advisor. Patrick Green, "An Analysis, Design, and Implementation of a Business Intelligence Solution for Powerplay Mobile," Ron Vetter, advisor. Anthony R. Habash, "Language Analysis of Speakers with Dementia of the Alzheiemer's Type," Curry Guinn, advisor. Ricardo A. Valeo, "Going Mobile with Warehouse Skateboards," Ron Vetter, advisor. Jason M. Vandeventer, "Expression Recognition and Processing," Eric Patterson, advisor. Bachelor's Degrees: Justin John Barbera, Jordan Frane Clifton, Michelle Lynn Fogwell cum laude, James E. Forte, Ryan D. Garner, James Campbell Horton, Ashley Shannon Munday, Anton M. Nikolov, Matthew Ryan Pollard, Christine Nicole Posey, John Paul Robertson, Wayne Edward Shaw, Kevin Matthias Shea summa cum laude, Vincent Thanh Sang Tran, Derrick Javon Turner, William Michael Wharton, Michelle Ann Willcox cum laude and Adam Daniel Yeager.
Fall 2011 Graduates Master's Degrees: Kyle Holt, "Extending Shared-Memory Parallelism to a Distributed-Memory Parallelizing Compiler," Clayton Ferner, advisor. Michael Christopher Komisin, "Identifying Personality Types Using Document Classification Methods," Curry Guinn, advisor. Lorie Ann McClain, "Comparative Assessment of Software Development Project Effort Estimation Tools," Thomas Janicki, advisor. Bachelor's Degrees: Colin D. Barefoot cum laude, Alexander Justin Beaty magna cum laude, Yuli Melvin Bonner, David Michael Brown, Elizabeth Andrea Haller, Michael Louis Page, Ashford Christian Smith, Michael Kurt Sodomsky Richard Earl Weatherly and Illia Ziamtsov summa cum laude.
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