Chetan Jaiswal Wins Best Paper Award at CloudNA 2015 – IEEE International Workshop @ The 40th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)

Ph.D. Student Chetan Jaiswal has won the Best Paper award at CloudNA 2015 – IEEE International Workshop on Cloud-based Networks and Applications @ The 40th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) held October 26-29, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.   The title his paper is “IGOD: Identification of Geolocation of Cloud Datacenter”.  The paper describes his research into measures to increase Trust and Privacy in the Cloud Data Storage. The theme of the paper is “towards HIPAA compliant data storage”.  While at the conference, Chetan had the opportunity to discuss his research with Bob Metcalfe who is the inventor of Ethernet (LAN) and obtained valuable input from him. In addition, Chetan talked with Dr. Muriel Médard, a professor at MIT, who is a well-known researcher and a pioneer in network coding and information theory. She also provided him valuable feedback and input in regard to his research.  See pictures from the conference and the award.  Chetan’s faculty advisor is Dr. Vijay Kumar.  Our heartiest congratulations to Chetan!

Daniel Nyberg’s Summer Project Work Helps Historic Home

Civil Engineering senior Daniel Nyberg’s summer project work under the supervision of his faculty advisor, Dr. ZhiQiang Chen, used advanced LiDAR technology supplied by Burns & McDonnell.  Using a 3-D state-of-the-art scanner, Dan collected data on walls, brick and mortar of the 1840 Owen-McCoy Home, a historical home in Independence.   The information was then evaluated using an engineering software package able to assess wall deviations.  Using the evaluation, the current owners’ of the famous home can determine what repairs will be the most effective to stabilize and reinforce the walls.  The  project’s scope and purpose was featured recently in the Kansas City Star article “Groovy laser colors documents prominent historic Independence house’s walls” and a video.  Dan works full-time for Burns & McDonnell as he pursues his civil engineering degree.

ACM MINK WIC Conference Poster Winners

The Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas Women in Computing (MINK WIC) conference was held on October 15th and 16th at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. ACM’s MINK WIC is a regional meeting that provides young women an opportunity to explore opportunities in computing, to network with other women from academia, industry, and government, and to create friendship among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. Our retired teaching professor Judy Mullins was the general co-chair of the conference and Prof. Baek-Young Choi was the poster chair.

There were 237 attendees from 28 Colleges and Universities and 27 Industry Professionals, including a dozen of our CSEE students.

The event featured inspiring keynotes from highly recognized speakers, and many informational and tactical workshops and panels, a student poster competition and lightening talks. It also included a Career Fair and ample social networking opportunities.

Congratulations to our students who won the awards in the poster competition!

Best Overall Poster Award: Malathy Krishnan (advisor: Dr. Yugi Lee), title: Feature-based Search Engine for Open Sour using Big Data Analytics

Best Graduate Poster Award:  Haymanot Helen Gebre-Amlak (advisor: Dr. Baek-Young Choi), title: Understanding a University Campus Network Using Big Data Analytic Tool

Best Undergraduate Poster Award: Becca May (advisor: Dr. Deep Medhi), title: A Tool for Network Vulnerability and Attack Visualization

UMKC ACM Programming Teams Take 5th and 11th Place

UMKC had 2 teams participating in the ACM programming contest at the University of Central Missouri last Saturday.  “If We Lose
We’ll  Play Kazoos” (Chris Denniston, Doug Hoskisson, Reggie Roby) scored 5th of 18 teams (3 problems solved in 215 minutes), and the Crusaders of Code (Billy Capps, Atreya Lahiri, Alex Sweeney)  finished 11th with 3 problems solved in 351 minutes.

18 teams competed at our site, 146 teams in the region. Our site had a 13-way tie for first with 3 problems solved, and time to solution used to break ties. The winning team at our site, Park Pirate, solved 3 of the 9 problems in 114 minutes. The (provisionally) winning team from our region, Poor Man’s Shield from Illinois-Urbana Champaign, solved 8 problems in 519 minutes. The second place team, Sufficiently Advanced Tech from the University of Chicago, was only 5 minutes behind them, with 8 problems in 524 minutes.  The highest scoring teams from Missouri were Washington University’s Iridium team (7 problems, 726 minutes) and the Truman State Bulldogs (7 problems, 836 minutes). MS&T had 2 teams (Jibbers Crabst and DROP TABLE other-teams) ranking 26th and 28th,, 4 problems each.

This is the last contest this semester; we’re starting to make plans for the contest at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Central Plains conference next April, at Missouri Western in St Joseph.