News from the Department
Students’ Work on Development of 3D Printing Algorithms Featured in Newspaper
An article in the Wahpeton Daily News featured ongoing work within the NDSU Computer Science Department (in conjunction with students from Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and other departments) to reduce the amount of material that is consumed in 3d printing. The work is being conducted in conjunction with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who is helping to mentor the student participants and supervised locally by Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub. Read the article at: www.wahpetondailynews.com/news/students-work-to-improve-d-printing/article_6ccb535a-6d9b-11e7-af11-c3cd4486a9a3.html
Cyber Security Institute Web Site Goes Live
Another large step in the launch of the NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research occurred today with the launch of the institute website. Visit the website to learn more about the institute and its members at http://www.ndsu.edu/cybersecurity
Kendall E. Nygard serves as Co-Editor of Journal Special Issue
Dr. Kendall E. Nygard is serving as Co-Editor of a special issue of The International Journal of Computers and Their Applications with co-editors Drs. Eugénio C. Oliveira of the University of Porto in Portugal and Maximilian M. Etschmaier of San Diego State University. The theme of the special issue concerns the relationships between humans and autonomous or semi-autonomous systems. Given the rise of artificial intelligence, and deep learning in particular, the argument for systems to carry out autonomous actions with little or no human involvement becomes more compelling. The ethical, social, and legal issues that arise involve the concept of system trust, which is intertwined with cybersecurity. The special issue of the Journal will be available in December of 2017.
Software Engineering Ph.D. Student’s Project Featured in Industry Publication
Software engineering Ph.D. student Andrew Jones’s work on the development of a self-replicating 3d printing robot and the required software for commanding it was recently featured in 3D Printing Industry, a well-known 3d printing news source that bills itself as “the authority on 3d printing.” Jones’s work, supervised by Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub, has the potential to facilitate more capable and responsive missions into space, for terrestrial scientific exploration and military applications.
Student, Faculty Member present at World Congress
Graduate student Aakanksha Rastogi recently returned from The 2017 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing where she presented a paper entitled “Cybersecurity Practices from a Software Engineering Perspective” co-authored with Dr. Kendall Nygard. Dr. Oksana Myronovych also attended, presenting a paper entitled “Publishing and Consuming RESTful Web API Services” which was co-authored with Yurii Boreisha from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Governor’s Schools students learn about computer science
For the past six weeks, students from the North Dakota Governor’s Schools’ IT program have been lead in computer science learning by three faculty from the Computer Science Department. Computer Science instructor Joe Latimer serves as the director of the IT program and also provided the students with instruction related to programming. Instructor Otto Borchert also instructed the students in programming and the development of a video game. Asst. prof. Jeremy Straub led the students in building and programming robots. The Governor’s Schools experience ended in an open house where the students demonstrated their games and robots. IT student Hunter B. was featured on the KVRR evening newscast talking about his experience at NDSU. Management Information Systems lecturer Enrique Garcia also participated in the Governor’s School IT program, providing the students with instruction in cyber forensics.
Nygard featured in Prairie Business Magazine’s Prairie People
Dr. Kendell E. Nygard’s appointment as Computer Science Department chair and appointment as founding director of the NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research was featured in Prairie Business Magazine’s Prairie People for the week ending July 14, 2017. Read the article at: www.prairiebusinessmagazine.com/people/4297681-prairie-people-week-ending-july-14
North Dakota Lt. Governor, Brent Sanford, visits NDSU Computer Science
Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford visited the NDSU Computer Science Department today. He met with professor and department chair Kendall Nygard, who provided an overview about ongoing department initiatives in cyber security and unmanned aerial systems. Nygard also provided Sanford with information about the strong job market for Computer Science graduates in North Dakota and beyond. Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub also briefly described ongoing research efforts in autonomous vehicles, robotics and spacecraft development.
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