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CLOSED: Spring 2019 Registration Wait-list

Registration Wait-list

The registration period for Spring 2019 courses is November 6 – 16, 2018.  Some seats have been reserved for CS majors in all CSC courses.  Please review the registration newsletter for additional information on options courses offered this semester.

After your registration window opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the wait-list using the Qualtrics form below.

The Spring 2019 Registration Wait-list is now closed.

Be sure read all directions and to enter all the information requested.

We will not be signing students into courses until Monday, November 19, after the registration window closes. Please do not email the department for updates before this time.   We will enroll students into any unfilled seats in order, based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Please be sure that your intended course does not conflict with a course in your current schedule, and that you are willing to drop conflicting courses to make the change.  If you have a full course load or time conflict and do not indicate courses to drop on your wait-list submission, your submission will be disregarded.

As always, please have a back-up plan in case you are not able to get into your preferred courses.

New Faculty Join the CS Department

Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous (Assistant Professor of Computer Science) is a computer scientist specializing in virtual reality, augmented reality, and game development.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Computer Science and Engineering and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests focus on using virtual reality and gaming to help improve quality of life for people with special needs.  In particular, his dissertation focused on improving postural stability in virtual and augmented reality for people with balance impairments.  He is experienced in interdisciplinary research activities and collaborates with kinesiologists, health care professionals, and first responders.  He has published in peer-reviewed conferences, served as a program committee member in international workshops, and applied for a U.S. patent based on his work.

Personal interest: Dr. Shahnewaz Ferdous likes to play soccer. His favorite team is Barcelona and he follows most of their matches.


John DeGood (Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science) is a computer scientist specializing in real-time embedded systems and computer security.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry followed by graduate study in Electrical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science of Technology.  He spent the next 19 years in R&D (research and development) at Hewlett-Packard (now Agilent) helping develop three generations of gas chromatography products.  He proposed and led the development of Agilent’s first PC-based chromatography data acquisition and analysis product line.  While at Agilent, John earned a Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware.  He then spent eight years at Sarnoff Corporation (now SRI International) in a broad range of research including software defined radio, ad hoc networking, and high-performance computing.  He then joined the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories where he performed government-funded computer security research for 15 years. John was an adjunct professor of Computer Science at TCNJ in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Personal interests:

  • Yoga Instructor: John teaches weekly power vinyasa yoga classes at 2 area yoga studios
  • Cooking: like most chemists, John loves to cook. He bakes homemade yeast and sourdough breads and homemade pie crusts. He also craft brews a variety of ale styles and home roasts green coffee beans.
  • Bicyclist: League of American Bicyclists Instructor, MS City to Shore Planning Team member and 14-year MS City to Shore rider
  • Amateur Radio: antenna modeling and design, digital communication modes, FCC Volunteer Examiner

Call for CS Volunteer Representatives (2018-19)

Show your CS@TCNJ pride!

Would you like to earn the title of “Computer Science Representative” for your resume?  The faculty are once again looking for students to help out at upcoming departmental functions, including seminars, recruiting events, and meetings with potential students.  All levels of students (freshmen through seniors) are invited to apply.

Sample resume entry
Computer Science Representative:  Meet with prospective students and visiting families to present student experiences in computer science major; discuss opportunities and college life through formal presentation and informal Q&A.  Meet with visiting speakers and assist during scheduled events.  Volunteer position; selected by the faculty to participate.  September 2018 – present.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer representative, fill out the Qualtrics survey at the following link: https://tcnj.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIb5oCWiICgAaH3

Submissions will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis and as needed.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Zsilavetz directly or stop by STEM 200.

Updates from the CS Research Lab: Summer 2018

CS mentored research students are staying cool in the STEM Research Lab this summer!

Three rising CS juniors are participating in the Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) program from June 4 – July 27.   Sarah Almeda and Madeline Febinger are working with Dr. Papamichail, and Ethan Kochis is working with Dr. Bloodgood.

Rising senior Ben Sang is conducting mentored research with Dr. Yoon for the duration of the summer, while rising seniors Jenna Oak and Aaron Weiss are working with Dr. Pulimood, who was recently named the new Barbara Meyers Pelson ’59 Chair.  Oak and Weiss’s work is funded through the Pelson grant.

All six students and their mentors had the opportunity to share their projects with TCNJ’s new President, Dr. Kathryn Foster, as she toured the STEM Building on Tuesday, July 3.    Afterwards, students their faculty mentors went for out for a group lunch at Panera in Campus Town.

Best wishes to our research students for a productive and enjoyable summer!

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CLOSED: Fall 2018 Registration Wait-list

The registration period for Fall 2018 courses is April 3 – 13, 2018.  Some seats have been reserved for CS majors in all CSC courses.  Please review the registration newsletter for additional information on options courses offered this semester.

After your registration window opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the wait-list using the Qualtrics form below.

The Fall 2018 registration wait-list is now closed.  If you have signed up for the wait-list, please continue to check your emails in case the department needs to contact you regarding you. submission.

Be sure read all directions and to enter all the information requested.

We will not be signing students into courses until Monday, April 16, after the registration window closes. Please do not email the department for updates before this time.   We will enroll students into any unfilled seats in order, based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Please be sure that your intended course does not conflict with a course in your current schedule, and that you are willing to drop conflicting courses to make the change.  If you have a full course load or time conflict and do not indicate courses to drop on your wait-list submission, your submission will be disregarded.

As always, please have a back-up plan in case you are not able to get into your preferred courses.

Call for Goldberg-Neff Scholarship Prize Applications – 2018

Charles H. Goldberg – Norman Neff Scholarship Prize in Computer Science

(Applications due Friday, April 6, 2018 by 3:00 PM)

The Charles H. Goldberg – Norman Neff Scholarship Prize is awarded annually by the Computer Science Department to a student(s) who has/have demonstrated academic excellence in Computer Science and who will be continuing into graduate study in Computer Science.

Eligible students are graduating Computer Science majors who have applied for admission for graduate study in Computer Science. The number of awards and the award amount are at the discretion of the Computer Science Department. The award check will be conveyed to the awardee(s) upon matriculation in a graduate program in Computer Science within one year of the announcement of the award.


How to Apply

Please complete the following form and submit your printed application to Ms. Zsilavetz, Department Program Assistant, in STEM 200 before the deadline.

1. Name: _____________________________________

2. How can we contact you after graduation?

Phone: _______________________________

E-mail: _______________________________

Postal address _________________________

3. List some of the graduate programs to which you are applying:

4. Please attach a short essay discussing your plans for graduate study.

Computer Science Colloquium, February 20

On Tuesday, February 20, the Computer Science Department will host its secondcolloquium of the Spring 2018 semester.  Dr. Bharathwaj Muthuswamy, visiting professor in the CS Department, give a talk entitled “CUDA and OpenCL: Programming GPUs“.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Education 113 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.

Abstract: 

In this talk, Dr. Muthuswamy will go through a high level overview of parallel programming, specifically using (NVIDIA’s) Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) and Khronos Group’s OpenCL (Open Computing Language), for programming Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). We will show examples of parallel programming in practice, starting from the classic “hello, world” to nonlinear dynamics simulations. We will start with CUDA but primarily focus on OpenCL, since the specification is hardware independent.

Bio:
Dr. Bharathwaj “Bharath” Muthuswamy is currently a visiting professor of computer science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Prior (2015 – 2017) to TCNJ, he was a software engineer for Tarana Wireless, working on implementing real-time network layer code for non-line of sight wireless backhaul devices. Prior (2000 – 2015) to his Tarana Wireless position, Dr. Muthuswamy has worked in both academia (University of California, Berkeley; Milwaukee School of Engineering) and industry (Los Alamos National Laboratory, SUN Microsystems, National Semiconductor and National Instruments). His primary research interests are in nonlinear dynamical (chaotic) systems and embedded (FPGA systems). He is also very passionate about undergraduate, high school and middle school education. He holds a BS (2002), MS (2005) and PhD (2009) all in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Dr. Leon O. Chua. His primary PhD contribution was in the design and implementation of a “Muthuswamy-Chua” circuit (system) – the simplest possible chaotic circuit involving only the fundamental circuit elements – an inductor, capacitor and memristor in series.

Dr. Pulimood Named Barbara Meyers Pelson ’59 Chair

Dr. Monisha Pulimood has been named the next recipient of the Barbara Meyers Pelson ‘59 Chair in Faculty-Student Engagement, effective Fall 2018.  As chair, Dr. Pulimood will be tasked with fostering faculty-student collaborations at TCNJ across disciplines and with community partners. 

Congratulations to Dr. Pulimood on this achievement!

For more information, please see TCNJ’s official news posting. 

 

CS Majors Present at International Conference of Semantic Computing

Computer Science majors Garrett Beatty (Class of 2019) and Ethan Kochis (Class of 2020) attended the International Conference of Semantic Computing in Laguna Hills, California last week.  The conference, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), unites researchers in the field of semantic computing for a series of workshops, keynote speakers, panel discussions, and paper presentations.

“Attending the ICSC conference was a great way to meet new people and learn more about exciting research topics in the fields of virtual reality, semantic computing, and machine learning,” Garrett said.  “My favorite part was presenting the poster with Ethan and receiving feedback from other experts in the field.”

Garrett and Ethan co-authored a research paper with their CS faculty mentor, Dr. Michael Bloodgood, who also attended the conference.  Their presentation was titled “Impact of Batch Size on Stopping Active Learning for Text Classification”.  

“Presenting at the IEEE ICSC conference allowed me to discuss our research findings with others in similar fields,” Ethan shared. “I enjoyed listening to the other paper presentations and keynotes and learning about advances others have made in virtual reality, computer vision, and bot detection.

For more information on ICSC 2018, see the conference website.

Computer Science Colloquium, February 2

On Friday, February 2 the Computer Science Department will host its first colloquium of the Spring 2018 semester.  Mr. Marc Wintjen from Bloomberg LP will give a talk entitled “Data Modeling and Visualization“.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Education 115 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.

Abstract: 

The true business value from big data comes from understanding how to answer questions before they’re delivered. Once the data is accessible, what techniques are used to visualize data to help tell a story?  This talk will discuss the process used to gather requirements, the methods used to define how to structure data, and the best practices used to create a UI (User Interface) so business users can make data-driven decisions.

Bio:
Marc Wintjen is a big data architect and data visualization evangelist in the Engineering Business Intelligence team at Bloomberg, LP in Princeton, NJ. He has over 18 years of IT experience in various roles, including project management, Business Intelligence consulting and delivery management in the financial services, pharma and banking industries.

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