The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2009 issue of the Computing News newsletter.
Prof. Jyh-Ming Lien has received funding from the National Science Foundation for his project titled "Shape Representation of Large Geometries via Convex Approximation". The project duration is three years.
Prof. Angelos Stavrou has received funding from the National Science Foundation for his project titled ”Scalable Malware Analysis Using Lightweight Virtualization”. The project start date is 9/1/2009 and the duration is three years.
Prof. Robert Simon has received funding from the Department of Defense for his project titled "Energy Harvesting Techniques for Deeply Embedded Wireless Sensor Systems".
Prof. Huzefa Rangwala has received funding from the National Science Foundation for his project titled ”Computational Methods to Advance Chemical Genetics by Bridging Chemical & Biological Spaces”. The project start date is 9/1/2009 and the duration is four years.
Prof. Sean Luke has received funding from the National Science Foundation for his project titled ”Coevolutionary Design and Multiagent Systems.” The project start date is 9/1/2009 and the duration is three years.
ISA 656-This course is an in-depth introduction to the theory and practice of network security. It assumes basic knowledge of cryptography and its applications in modern network protocols. The course studies firewalls architectures and virtual private networks and provides deep coverage of widely used network security protocols.
Essentials of Metaheuristics is a 222 page free open text on metaheuristics: algorithms such as ant colony optimization, simulated annealing, the genetic algorithm, etc. The book is meant for undergraduate students, practitioners, programmers, and other non-experts. Go get your copy!
GMU students Rhandi Martin, Zhaohui Wang and Fox Chambers received the third place prize ($1000) in the USENIX Security Grand Challenge held at the USENIX Security conference (August 12-14, 2009, in Montreal, Canada). The team was advised by Prof. Angelos Stavrou. Congratulations to the team members and Prof. Stavrou!
SWE 637, Software Testing, has been inserted into the core in place of SWE 620, Software Requirements. This change affects students who start in Fall 2009 or after. Previously matriculated students still fall under the old rules, but may change to the new rules by filing an updated Plan of Study.
Jan Albeck joins the CS Faculty this Fall as an assistant professor. She received her PhD from the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and was Associate Director of the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation.
Prof. Xinyuan (Frank) Wang received a $400,000 5-year CAREER award from the National Science Science Foundation for his project, "Malware Immunization and Forensics based on Another Sense of Self."
Prof. Songqing Chen has received the highly prestigious Young Investigator (YIP) Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in January 2009 for "Self-detecting Stealthy Malware on Your Host".
Overall we think a good initial showing, and lots of fun. Our three ties wound up placing us higher in the rankings than we had expected given our rookie status against strong, multi-year teams.
The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce the publication of the Spring Issue of the Computing News newsletter.
On April 17, 2009 the Computer Science Department moved to the new Engineering Building, located between the Aquatic and Fitness Center and Research I on the Fairfax campus. The Computer Science main Office is located on the 4th floor of the Engineering Building, in suite 4300.
NOTE: Registration is now closed for 2009. We plan to do this again next year.
The Department of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2009. For more information, see the departmental faculty recruitment page.
The Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2009 in the area of Computer Game Design. Applicants must have a research focus on computer games technology — for example, in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer graphics, real-time animation, simulation and modeling, distributed systems, computer security, or software engineering as applied to computer games. For more information, see the departmental faculty recruitment page.
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Professor Carlotta Domeniconi, Associate Professor of Computer Science, is one of the three recipients of the 2008 Mason Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Award. The award comes with a monetary cash prize of $3,000. Dr. Domeniconi's areas of expertise include machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, classification, clustering, feature relevance estimation, text mining, and bioinformatics. She is also a recipient of an NSF's CAREER award. The CS Department extends its congratulations to Dr. Domeniconi for this prestigious award.
Michael Locasto, a Fellow of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection at Dartmouth College, is a visiting faculty member of the Department. His research explores methods for applying machine intelligence to a variety of security mechanisms, especially ways to make intrusion defense systems automatic, correct, and adaptive. His current work focuses on methods of structured fault injection, threat modeling, and debugging patterns.
Graham Morgan, a Lecturer in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University, Great Britain, is a visiting faculty member with our department this year. He specializes in distributed systems, physics modeling, and game design and development.
Prof. Chen received the National Science Foundation's CAREER award for his project entitled “Internet Resource Management to Deliver High Quality Live and On-demand Streaming for Wireless Clients.” The award is for $450K for five years.
The department has open positions for paid Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) starting this Fall semester. A UTA assists a professor in teaching a class, provides an unusual opportunity to be involved in various aspects of teaching, and is a great mark on your resume! Hours and amount of time is very flexible. It helps if you're a CS major, but we often have UTAs beyond CS students. For more information, see the UTA jobs page.
The merger of the Departments of Computer Science and of Information and Software Engineering is final. The new department name will be the George Mason University Department of Computer Science. The new department will have 38 tenured or tenure-track faculty and four instructors.The official date for the merger is January 2008; but the two departments already operate as one in most aspects.
The joint recruitment efforts of the merged CS and ISE departments have resulted in five new faculty joining the department. Fei Li, Angelos Stavrou, and Sam Malek have joined the department as assistant professors. Ricci Heishman and Daniel Fleck have joined the department as instructors.
"Big Foot", a humanoid robot designed and built by PhD student Keith Sullivan, placed first in the Humanoid Division of the Trinity College Firefighting Robotics Competition. The two other GMU robots, "George" (by Joel Chenette) and "Blue Bot" (by Brian Davidson) each qualified in their respective divisions.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computer Science (BS ACS) has been created for those students who want and need the knowledge and expertise of computer science to work in one of the many disciplines that require advanced computing techniques. These fields do not merely "use" computing but create new and interesting problems for the computer scientist.
Summer 2008 MS CS Extended Online OfferingsThe GMU Department of Computer Science offers courses leading to the MSCS degree through an innovative online approach that allows students to attend courses either in the classroom or over the Internet.
These courses are delivered using the Network EducationWare (NEW) software, which provides the instructor's voice, slides, annotation, and (optionally) video image, on Windows or Linux computers.
NEW also records the class so that students can attend over the Internet with a time delay. Usually the time delay is hours or days; however in Summer 2008 we are offering another option. Seven courses will be offered from their recordings. Students who take these courses will be mentored by the same faculty member who originally taught the recorded course, and will be expected to submit the same assignments as posted in the original syllabus. The schedule for completing assignments will be defined at the beginning of the course and will be subject to the same conditions as the classroom course (for example treatment of late submissions).
The courses are listed below. Please note that at most ten students will be registered in each course and registration is subject to the professor's approval. The drop period for these courses is 48 hours.
To register, contact the faculty member by email for approval and then the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 703-993-2109 for administrative processing.
Congratulations to Prof. Xinyuan (Frank) Wang who has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Volgenau School Rising Star Faculty Research Award. The award is given to a scholar who is a rising star in his/her field and well on the way to gaining national prominence for his/her contributions. Prof. Wang will be honored at the School’s Fall Faculty Meeting and will be awarded $1,000. Prof. Wang is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award.