Spring/Summer 2007                                                                                         Volume 5.2

Dr. Darrell WhitleyGreetings from the Department of Computer Science!
The big news this fall is that the design of the new CS Building is done, the contracts have been awarded (we came in only 1 percent over budget), and the ground breaking ceremony will be September 21. more...

Congratulations to our 2007-2008 scholarship winners!

Truman Wilson
James Sites and Elaine Regelson Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Jonathan Troup
Patricia R. Mohilner Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Bailey Draper
Thomas J. Heidenfelder Scholarship

Christina Williams
Thomas J. Heidenfelder Scholarship

Christos Papadopoulos, Spatio-Temporal Nonlinear Filtering with Applications to Information Assurance and Counter Terrorism. DOD-ARMY.

Christos Papadopoulos, NeTS-NBD: Maltraffic Analysis and Detection in Challenging and Aggregate Traffic (MADCAT), University of Southern California.

Michelle Strout, SciDAC Institute: Combinatorial Scientific Computing and Petascale Simulations, University of Chicago/Argonne.

Adele Howe and Darrell Whitley, Model Justified Search Algorithms for Scheduling Under Uncertainty, DOD-USAF.

Spring/Summer 2007

Doctor of Philosophy

Omar Alhazmi, Assessing Vulnerabilities in Software Systems: A Quantitative Approach.

Trung Thanh Dinh-Trong, A Systematic Approach to Testing UML Designs. Dr. Dinh-Trong works for Avaya Research.

Eunjee Song, An Aspect-Based Approach to Modeling Access Control Policies. Dr. Song is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University.

Devon Simmonds, Transforming UML Class Models. Dr. Simmonds is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

David A. Peterson, Plasticity in EEG Oscillations Associated with Auditory Verbal Learning. Dr. Peterson is currently doing post-doctoral work at Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California at San Diego.

Master of Science

Saurabh Barve
Ashish Gupta
Jin Yoo Kim
Gabriel Salazar
Sandeep Sapra
Jilmil Saraf
Artem Sokolov
Mohammad Nayeem Teli

Master of Computer Science

Thomas Blake
Josh Edler
Kevin Forbes
Scott Janson
Sridevi Kopuri
Toan Duc Nguyen
Lakshmi Puvvadi
Prabhakar Raju
Mark Sherman
Paul Sherman
Uttavit Tanglertsampan
Brian Van Pelt
Jianyi Yao

Dr. Darrell Whitley was elected Chair of ACM Sigevo and procured a seat on the SIG Governing Board. Sigevo is a new SIG within ACM focused on evolutionary computation and is now the main organization worldwide representing evolutionary computation researchers.
Chrystal Redman Crystal Redman is the recipient of the 2006-2007 Anita Read Graduate Award for dedication in education and excellence in teaching.
James Knight and Monte Lunacek won a Best Paper Award at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) this summer for research on evolution strategies.
Lakshmi Renganarayana Lakshmi Renganarayana won first prize at the Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) competition held in June. His poster was on Posynomials and how they affect optimal tile size selection.
 Jeshua Bratman and Steve DiBenedetto both won poster awards at the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) Showcase in April.

The new Game Programming Club meets once a week and discusses and develops games. Any student can join, and there is no cost. For more information on the club and specific meeting details, please visit the club site here.

This summer the department  hosted a successful one-week robot workshop for the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Program. Twenty-six students attended, built wonderful webpages, and learned to program robots and other projects.
The Robots etc. Club is busily preparing robots for a feature appearance at the new CS building groundbreaking ceremony on September 21. More information about the Robots etc. Club can be found here.


Benson Lee Joeris
Brent Howard Wilkins
Carl Steven Leth
David Scott Bolme
Hugh Thomson Comer
Jennifer Lee Casler
Matthew John Robert Baldo
Michael George Strein
Robert Eugene Balliew
Rodger Jeremy Sherman
Tevia Mae Peterson


Christos Papadopoulos
Michelle Mills Strout

 Dr. Chuck Anderson was promoted to Professor.

  Dr. Indrajit Ray was promoted to Associate Professor.

  Dr. Robert France returned from sabbatical in England and France.

  Mark Roberts and Andrew Sutton were invited to participate in the ICAPS 2007 Doctoral Consortium. Mark was also invited to the AAAI 2007 Doctoral Consortium.

U.S. News and World Report ranked our department among the best graduate programs in the nation in its 2008 edition of "Americas Best Graduate Schools." We ranked 60th with Notre Dame, the University of Oregon, and Iowa State.

Groundbreaking for the new Computer Science Building is September 21 at 10:30 AM on the plaza between the Lory Student Center and the Warner College of Natural Resources. The ceremony is open to the public. To read all about our new building click here.

The department is pleased to welcome Mallory O'Bannon as our new Student Staff Assistant. Mallory is a junior majoring in English. She replaces Katie Albright who graduated this spring.

The Graduate Student Association is open to all CS graduate students and is a social network for support, learning, and fun. The group organizes social events, provides feedback to students on practice research exam defenses, and gives tutorials on useful tools and technologies. The GSA meets approximately bi-weekly. For more information visit the GSA website, or email gsa@cs.colostate.edu.

Undergraduate Research

The CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research Creativity Showcase (CURC) was held on April 17. The showcase recognizes and honors the achievements of undergraduate students in the areas of research & creativity. The department is proud to acknowledge the following students:

Jeshua Bratman
Kyle Brenneman
Jennifer Casler
Steven DiBenedetto
Nicholas Diel
Brian Eller
Robert Kramer
Chris Mullins
Erin Nagoshi
Weston Pace
Nicholas Robbins-Parrish
Kristine Sweetser
Adrian Thebo
Christina Williams
Tomofumi Yuki
Want to know what other CS alumni are doing now? RamBytes will publish any requested alumni updates in this section. Please e-mail your information to: newsletter@cs.colostate.edu
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 Lisa Knebl

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Charles Anderson
Faculty Advisor Issue 5.2: Dr. Sudipto Ghosh
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Lisa Knebl, CSU Computer Science

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