Spring/Summer 2006                                                                                         Volume 4.2

photo of Darrell WhitleyGreetings from the Department of Computer Science!
Planning for a new Computer Science Building is well underway. We plan for the CS Department to move into the new building before the start of the Fall 2008 semester!  more...

The department is pleased to announce the creation of the James Sites & Elaine Regelson Undergraduate Research Scholarship. The scholarships will be awarded annually to one Physics undergraduate student and one Computer Science undergraduate student who actively pursue research under the guidance of a CSU faculty member.

photo of Andrew StoneCongratulations to Andrew Stone, who is the Computer Science Department recipient of this scholarship for 2006. Andrew is working under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Strout.

James Bieman, Success Factors for Open Source Software (OSS). Microsoft.

Robert France, Repository for Model Driven Development. NSF.

Adele Howe and Darrell Whitley, Scheduling under Uncertainty: An Analysis of an Air Force Application, DOD-USAF.

DanielMassey, Building of the Next-Generation Global Routing Monitoring System. NSF.

Michelle StroutRepresentation- Independent Compiler Technology for Domain-Specific Analysis with Open Anaysis Toolkit. DOE.

Darrell Whitley, An Analysis of Two Population-Based Search Methods. Sandia Corporation/Sandia National Laboratory.

Second Annual
Computer ScienceDepartment Research Symposium

photo of 2006 Research Symposium

The department research symposium was held on April 10 and highlighted our research activities. Both undergraduate and graduate students presented posters describing their work. Following are the students who received poster awards:

Best Ph.D. : Vamsi Kambhampati
Mark Roberts
Best MS: Mark Rogers
Batsukh Tsendjav
Students' Choice: Ward Fisher
Charlie Ross 
Sandeep Sapra

According to US News and World Report article "Amercia's Best Graduate Schools 2007" (4/10/06), CSU's Computer Science graduate program ranks 60th of all Computer Science graduate programs in the nation.

Spring/Summer 2006

Doctor of Philosophy

Y. Raghu Reddy, An Approach to Composing Aspect-Oriented Design Models.  Dr. Reddy is on the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Master of Science

Kyriakos Chatzidimitriou
Wei Huang
Eunjong Kim
Nathan B. McEachen
Vishwanath R. Parakala
Marc D. Richards
Trent J. Williams

Master of Computer Science

Zoran Bajbutovic
Sai Balabhadrapatruni
Andrew Fenster
Dennis R. Gill
Eric M. Grunzke
Gui Hwan Hwang
Stephen A. Lubbs
Henner Mohr
Vijay Prince
Bryan M. Schlief
George H. Schumacher
Haseena Shaik
Priyank Sharma
Lawrence E. Stallman
Endrit Thanasi
Martin S. Thomaz
Lijun Yu

photo of Ben JoerisCongratulations to freshman Benson Joeris for taking First Place in the Colorado Putman Math Competition, and to senior Kyle Thayer for taking Second Place. The competition is open to all undergraduates in the country.

photo of Kathy RobertsonKathy Lynn Robertson won Highest Honors at the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) Showcase Poster Session for her poster titled, "Capture the Flag: Computer Science Style."

Jeshua Bratman and Benson Joeris were awarded Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) scholarships from the College of Natural Sciences for summer 2006. Jeshua worked with Dr. Chuck Anderson on the analysis of EEG signals for brain-computer interfaces, and Ben worked with Dr. Ross McConnell on finding efficient algorithms in graph theory and text analysis.

Computer Science Department students have won three of the nine Undergraduate Research Institute awards given by the College of Natural Sciences to date.

Dr. Dan Massey won the 2006 Early Career Teaching Award and Elaine Regelson won the Excellence in Student Mentoring Award at the 2006 College of Natural Sciences Awards Recognition Program.

Workin' for a Living

Our graduate students intern at interesting places. Check out where some of them worked during the summer 2006.

Kathy Robertson:  IBM
Bin Zhang,:  Secure64 Software
Shweta Behere:  Avaya
Jilmil Saraf:  Google
BJ Tiemessen:  eSoft
Andres Alvarez:  Hewlett-Packard
Joey Overby:  Microsoft
Niranjan K. V. Viswanath: Sutherland Global Services
Fadi Wedyan:  Spatial Corporation
Sundeep Katepalli:  Seagate

photo of robotIn addition to programming robots and doing other projects, the Robot Club has been doing outreach to middle schools and high schools. This includes judging the Lego Robotics Competiton, providing robot programming workshops, and taking demonstrations to ISTeC and poster sessions.

acm news

The ACM had a great spring semester! Our biggest event was "Capture the Flag," which was a collaborative event within CSU and with the Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

In the spring, ACM was busy wth both career and social events, as well as presentations on technical topics. Companies like Lockheed Martin and HP gave career development presentations on interviewing skills, job negotiation, and corporate culture.  IBM gave a presentation on high-availability Linux.

The ACM meets weekly to discuss many topics ranging from programming to job skills. If you're interested in joining, you can find more information on our ACM Club here.

Dr. Charles Anderson will be on sabbatical in 2007 in Switzerland and Ireland. He'll work at the IDIAP Research Institute in Martigny, Switzerland and at the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland. At both locations he will collaborate with research groups working on non-invasive brain-computer interfaces. Graduate students Keith Bush and James Knight will accompany Dr. Anderson for part of the year.

Dr. Robert France will spend five months on sabbatical at Lancaster University in the UK as a Research Fellow and then six months at the IRISA Lab in Rennes, France as a Visiting Research Scientist.
New Faculty

photo of Christos PapadopoulosThe department welcomes Dr. Christos Papadopoulos, who joined our faculty in August as an Associate Professor. Dr. Papadopoulos was previously on the faculty at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on networks, network security and measurements, and immersive aystems.

Undergraduate Research

The CSU Undergraduate Research Creativity Showcase was held on April 19. The showcase recognizes and honors the achievements of undergraduate students in the areas of research & creativity. Of the 49 posters from the College of Natural Sciences, 9 were from Computer Science. The department is proud to acknowledge the following students:

  Jeshua Bratman
 Steven DeBenedetto
 Brad Herschberger
 Brianna Jarvis
 Gary Lyman
 Weston Pace
 Nicholas Robbins-Parrish
 Kathy Lynn Robertson
 Josiah Seaman
 Christina Williams

Groundbreaking for the new four-story, $13 million  Computer Science building will be in May 2007. Construction is anticipated to take 12-18 months, with opening scheduled for fall 2008. The building will be located between the  Lory Student Center Plaza and the Warner College of Natural Resources. Student fees will pay for the new facility.


Eric Gaylon
Mike Hamilton
David Janovy
Gary Lyman
Matt Lanning
Nathan McEachen
Sandeep Sapra
Andrew Stone
Andrew Sutton
Ramakrishna Upadrasta


Asa Ben-Hur

Software Engineer is ranked the #1 job in America according to an article in Money Magazine this spring. The article listed the top 50 jobs, and rankings included information on job growth (10 year forecast) and average pay (salary and bonus).

 The department has joined NCWIT (the National Center for Women and Information Technology). The mission of the National Center for Women & Information Technology is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. http://www.ncwit.org/

Computer Science spring 2006 graduates had starting salaries ranging from $35,000 to $59,000 with the average salary $47,500. Source: Judy Brobst, College of Natural Sciences Career Counselor, May 31, 2006.

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Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Charles Anderson

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