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Recent News from the Department

Meet the department: Simone Ludwig, professor and interim chair


Dr. Zahid Anwar featured in MoneyGeek article

Zahid Anwar, associate professor of computer science and Challey Scholar, is featured in a recent MoneyGeek article titled “Identity Theft and Fraud,” by Kelli Bamforth.

Anwar was among 12 experts from across the country to be quoted in the story. He was included in the portion of the May 4 article titled “Expert Advice on Cybercrime and Credit Card Scams.”

“Cybercrime is indeed skyrocketing,” Anwar said. “Recent Federal Trade Commission data shows that in 2021, consumers lost $5.8 billion to fraud, which is a 70% increase over the previous year. A typical victim suffers a financial loss of more than $500. We are also seeing a whole new host of cruel scams becoming popular, such as fraudsters pretending to be collecting for charities or masquerading as government officials or employees of your utility company.”

He addressed several questions, including:

  • What are warning signs that you have been a victim of a credit card scam?
  • Which populations or transaction types are most affected by credit card scams?
  • Are there credit cards that are more insecure than others?
  • Am I responsible for credit card purchases I don't make?


Dr. Jen Li gives seminar series presentation

Professor Li recently presented "Using AI in Health – Creating Understanding with Knowledge Graph" as part of the department's seminar series. Artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies are increasingly being applied to healthcare. These technologies have the potential to make healthcare more efficient, affordable, and personalized. In this talk, I will review our current research on using semantic AI technologies, specifically, ontologies and knowledge graphs to empower AI in health, along with opportunities, challenges, and practical implications.

Li is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University. She joined NDSU in August 2008 after graduating with her PhD in Computer Science from University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Li’s research has focused upon the areas of Healthcare Informatics, Distributed Systems including Internet of Things (IoT), Peer-to-Peer (P2P) computing, Cloud computing, and Semantic Web technologies.


Dr. Simone Ludwig publishes book chapter

Simone Ludwig, professor and interim department chair of computer science, has published a chapter in the new book Women in Computational Intelligence. The publication provides insight into women’s contributions to the field of computational intelligence and presents research on advances, applications, and challenges in computational intelligence. It includes topics such as fuzzy logic, neural networks, and evolutionary computation

Ludwig's chapter, “Intrusion Detection: Deep Neural Networks Versus Super Learning” address the Intrusion Detection System (IDS) protection achieved by monitoring the activity within a network of connected computers in order to analyze and predict the activity for intrusions. In the event that an attack would happen, the system would respond accordingly. In the past, different machine learning techniques have been proposed, which can be broken into clustering algorithms and classification algorithms. In this chapter, the CICIDS2017 data set is investigated, which contains benign and the most up-to-date common attacks resembling true real-world data. A machine learning approach is chosen whereby a comparison between a deep neural network approach and an ensemble method called super learner is performed. Furthermore, other algorithms such as gradient boosting machine, distributed random forest, and the XGBoost from the AutoML library are also compared.

The publication is part of the Women in Engineering and Science book series, which highlights women’s accomplishments in these critical fields. Each volume is dedicated to illuminating women’s research and achievements in key, targeted areas of contemporary engineering and science endeavors.  The goal for the series is to raise awareness of the pivotal work women are undertaking in areas of keen importance to our global community.


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Capstone students present at the Senior Design Expo

On May 5th, the Computer Science Capstone teams culminated their semester long projects by demonstrating their work at the NDSU College of Engineering Senior Design Expo. Each of the eighteen capstone teams created a large poster highlighting what their project was, why it was important to their sponsor/client, and how the team built a solution that satisfied their client’s expectations. The solutions were also demonstrated to expo attendees using laptop computers at each booth. The teams also created three-minute video overviews that rolled continuously on overheard monitors at the expo.


Remembering Otto Borchert, beloved NDSU computer science alum

Former NDSU computer science student and lecturer, Dr. Otto Jerome Borchert, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, after battling complications from kidney failure. He was 42.

Borchert graduated from NDSU with a BS, MS, and PhD in computer science and served as a lecturer in the department. He received the Ambassadors Excellence Award at NDSU in the spring of 2018. Borchert has been an assistant professor at Missouri Southern State University since the fall of 2018. He recently earned the “Outstanding Teacher Award,” presented by the Office of Academic Affairs in 2021 at MSSU. He won numerous awards and presented frequently at conferences. He wrote several academic articles and the textbook, ScaffoldSQL: Using Parson’s Problems to Support Database Pedagogy. He was respected by his students and faculty alike. He enjoyed being a part of campus life at MSSU; he was an active member of campus governance and advisor to the Computer Information Science club.

"Otto was a great friend and coworker. Always willing to help a student or others around the department yet ready to head off on a 'mission' to visit new things or just hang out with friends after work. He'll be greatly missed by everyone who knew him." said Guy Hokanson, systems administrator of the computer science department.

There will be a visitation from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada, MN. Inurnment will be in Ada Municipal Cemetery. Read more about Otto's life.


NDSU students shine at national cybersecurity competition

NDSU students took top spots in the spring 2022 National Cyber League individual competition. Eight students placed in the top 10% of more than 3,000 participants and two ranked in the top “Diamond-1” medal category.

An additional 11 students received diamond-level metals, 16 received platinum medals, 10 received gold medals, three received silver medals and four received bronze medals. Overall, 56 NDSU students participated in the competition.

National Cyber League provides students an exciting competition environment to learn and demonstrate their cybersecurity skills. The competition challenges students in 10 areas: open source intelligence; cryptography; cracking passwords; analyzing logs; analyzing network traffic; wireless access; forensics, scanning; exploiting web applications; and enumeration/exploitation.

Students earn points and are ranked in each category. Participants perform tasks as part of the competition’s challenges that correspond to tasks performed in real world cybersecurity industry jobs.

“The competition showcases students’ technical and problem-solving skills,” said Jeremy Straub, NDSU Cybersecurity Institute director and assistant professor of computer science. “NDSU students can show employers throughout the country that they are well prepared for real cybersecurity jobs using objective measures.”

The current semester’s level of participation surpassed NDSU’s previous record and places NDSU among the largest participating institutions nationwide.


Dr. Zahid Anwar gives talk as part of Indiana University's policy analysis and public finance speaker series

Zahid Anwar, associate professor of computer science, and Challey scholar, presented his research titled “On Protecting Privacy and Safety without Stifling Innovation”, on April 29th, 2022 at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington where he was invited to give a talk as part of their Policy Analysis and Public Finance Speaker Series. 

Anwar’s research focuses on cybersecurity policy and innovative cyber defense. The digital age spawns many disruptive technologies that can prove to be either marvels or mayhems for society. Technologies like DNA testing, virtual reality, big data analytics and electric cars promise to improve health, standard of living, climate change but if misused, can impact our safety and privacy. Ever since the Snowden revelations, the public has suffered a crisis of trust in digital technology forcing the government to enact regulations in many cases forcing many innovative startups to shutter their doors. In his talk Anwar discussed how digital technologies may continue to make progress in its respect for people and their rights, what remedial measures do consumers have and what role policy can play.  






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