CS News Archive

Fall 2013


Perrizo progress at Treeminer Inc. where his patents are being implemented.

The term “Big Data” is used by Treeminer, Inc. to represent the challenge of analyzing ever increasing volumes of data with limited computer resources. Treeminer is meeting that challenge with the patented data mining technology package it licensed from the NDSU Research Foundation back in 2011. In the past year, Treeminer successfully introduced this award winning Vertical Data Mining technology developed at NDSU by Dr. William Perrizo. The crux of this technology is that it organizes data in thin vertical strips rather than horizontally. By organizing data vertically and then compressing it into a patented data structure called a pTree (predicate tree), dramatic reductions in analysis times can be gained over existing methods. Treeminer’s initial product using this technology, vMiner, has been completed and is currently in trial with several commercial customers. vMiner has demonstrated clear and significant performance advantages for the analysis of structured data such as database or spreadsheets and images, as well as unstructured data, such as text documents. Treeminer’s product literally takes analysis tasks that could take hours or days to complete and does them in minutes.

Over the past year, Treeminer made its first sale to a public sector customer, and they are expecting additional revenue from that sector this year. Treeminer’s value proposition is simple. The world will collect more data this year than in the entirety of human existence combined! This data, if harvested, can provide unprecedented benefits. To commercial organizations, this data represents both revenue and productivity opportunities. To medical firms, this data will help in seeking cures for diseases. To public sector customers, it will help analyze data, so that they can provide more efficient services to its citizens. Treeminer is using this Vertical Data Mining technology to revolutionize the data mining market, doing in minutes what currently takes hours or days, thus potentially benefiting us all. “We are finding that the technology developed at NDSU is relevant to the problems facing large organizations overwhelmed with data analysis” said Mark Silverman, CEO. “While we still have work to do to establish our technology in the market, we are extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made to date, and the opportunities in front of us.”

June 11, 2012

Award-winning mobile app helps Distance and Continuing Education students find courses, navigate campus

Information on courses offered by NDSU Distance and Continuing Education now can come directly to your iPhone or iPad. The new interactive mobile application, which has a variety of useful tools, has been recognized for excellence. The app received a 2012 Gold Addy Award in the Mobile Apps category from the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota.

Created through a collaboration of Distance and Continuing Education staff and a student employee, it is the first app in North Dakota created by NDSU staff and students for a university or college in the state. Ludvik Herrera, new media coordinator for Distance and Continuing Education, led the project. "The app was designed for anyone interested in taking Distance and Continuing Education Courses - NDSU faculty, staff and students and NDSU visitors such as parents and prospective students," Herrera explained, noting the app is intended to be intuitive and easy to use. "It has many tools of benefit to everyone in the community, from an interactive campus map that can tell you directions to specific offices, to parking lots or bus shelters. It also has a Quick Response decoder/reader that can be of help now that QR tags are used on many publications and marketing pieces."

Student employee Saumya Singh is a graduate student studying computer science and made significant contributions to the project, making it a fine example of the outstanding creativity and quality of work offered by NDSU students. "Developing the app was a huge learning experience as it gave me insight into iPhone operating system development," she said. "I had to start everything from scratch, and finally coming up with the app, as it is today, was really satisfying."

"Getting an award for the very first app I developed feels great," Singh said, suggesting the app's easy-to-use design is what makes it stand out. "It was an elaborate procedure, taking days of brain-storming to figure out the actual presentation of the app and how to make it more usable to the targeted audience," she said. "The usability and the presentation of the app appealed to the judges, and we got the award for it." The app is free and can be downloaded at http://ndsu.me/dceapp

March 25, 2012

Dr Kendall Nygard Delivered Keynote Address

Dr. Kendall E. Nygard, Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research, delivered an invited keynote address at the InfoSys 2012 conference, held March 25-30 in St. Maarten, Netherlands, Antilles. The InfoSys conference is an annual series of four co-located conferences, including The International Conference on Networking and Services, The International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems, The International Conference of Resource Intensive Applications and Services, and The International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-aware Technologies. The InfoSys Conference is sponsored by the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA).

Dr. Nygard's keynote address was entitled "Research Directions in Sensor Networks." In addition to the keynote address, he presented a session paper at the conference entitled "Decision Support Independence in a Smart Grid." The session paper is co-authored by graduate students Steve Bou Ghosn, Prakash Ranganathan, Md. Minhaz Chowdhury, Ryan McCulloch, Md. M. Khan, Anand Panday, and undergraduate student Davin Loegering.

March 24, 2012

Assistant professor receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

A major national grant received by an NDSU computer science assistant professor will be used to help develop more effective methods to test software, enhance computer science curriculum and provide opportunities for student researchers.

Hyunsook Do, assistant professor of computer science, received a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. Do will receive a five-year, $500,000 award from the foundation to conduct research outlined in her proposal, titled "Context-aware Regression Testing Techniques and Empirical Evaluations of Their Economic Impact." She is the first member of the computer science department at NDSU to receive a CAREER award.

When developers create, enhance and update software programs, regression analysis is used to find and fix bugs in the software code, a time-consuming process that is responsible for a significant percentage of software costs. Do's research program will lay a foundation to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of regression testing techniques and strategies in practical ways. The potential discoveries made by this research are expected to promote software dependability.

The research is expected to create cost-effective regression testing strategies to address the testing process and domain contexts; create regression testing strategies that address system lifetimes; create economic models that enable the adequate assessment of techniques and strategies; and evaluate and refine these techniques and strategies through rigorous empirical approaches. Do notes that while some progress in this area of research has been achieved, three important aspects of the regression testing problem have not been considered. "Most regression testing research has focused on creating new techniques, and very little work has considered factors involving the context in which testing occurs," said Do, "but context factors are very important in practical testing situations for identifying and assessing appropriate regression testing techniques." In addition, most research has taken a snapshot view of regression testing, using an approach centering on single systems versions. "This approach, however, ignores the fact that regression testing is performed repeatedly across a system's lifetime, and techniques may exhibit different cost-benefit tradeoffs when assessed across entire system lifetimes than when assessed relative to individual versions." According to Do, most empirical evaluations of regression testing techniques have relied on limited metrics and have not considered the economic impact of the techniques. "To properly assess regression testing techniques and strategies in terms of economic benefits, we need economic models that capture important cost factors and quantify benefits."

Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in Do's research and will focus on two common application domains that require different testing processes: large-scale industrial applications and Web applications that require frequent patches. The overall goal of the research is to develop more effective regression testing techniques for the software industry and foster additional research in the field. Do also will use the CAREER award to enhance current graduate course curriculum and to develop a new graduate course on software testing and its economic implications. "Most important overall, the discoveries my students and I make will promote software dependability, with potential benefits to organizations and persons who depend on that software," Do said.

"Dr. Hyunsook Do provides a great example of successful work/life balance in a discipline, computer science, not known for being exceeding hospitable toward women. She has attained one of the highest honors in her profession. Dr. Do is an absolutely solid role model for young academics and especially young women. We commend her on her achievements," said Brian Slator, chair of the computer science department.

"Dr. Do is leading the way for a superb group of young investigators in a very strong computer science department," said Kevin McCaul, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Since 1996, 16 faculty members at NDSU have received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER awards. "NDSU researchers continue a standard of excellence that reflect the institution's ability to attract the best and the brightest among new faculty researchers," said Philip Boudjouk, vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer.

Overall, National Science Foundation CAREER awardees at NDSU have received more than $6.8 million in grants to conduct research in biology, chemistry, civil and electrical engineering, computer science, pharmaceutical sciences, and coatings and polymeric materials. NSF CAREER awardees currently at NDSU include faculty members Gregory Cook, Seth Rasmussen, Wenfang Sun, Sivaguru Jayaraman and Uwe Burghaus in chemistry and biochemistry; Sanku Mallik in pharmaceutical sciences; Magdy Abdelrahman, Xuefeng Chu, Kalpana Katti and Eakalak Khan in civil engineering; Kendra Greenlee in biological sciences; and Do in computer science.

February 22, 2012

FORWARD announces mentor travel grant awards

Twenty-four faculty have been awarded Mentor Relationship Travel Grants through the FORWARD project. The grants offset the costs of meeting with mentors from outside NDSU to build long-term professional mentoring relationships. Some grants are used by NDSU faculty to travel to meet with mentors, and others are used to bring a mentor to NDSU.

Donna Grandbois, assistant professor of nursing, will use her funding to take part in the third annual Health Equity Leadership Institute: Building Collaborative Research Teams, facilitated by her mentor, Jared Jobe, former program manager at the National Institutes of Health. Jobe is a founding member of the National Institutes of Health's American Indian-Alaska Native Employee Council and the institute's Community-Based Participatory Research Scientific Interest Group. The institute is an intensive weeklong "research boot camp" focused on helping investigators, particularly investigators from underrepresented populations, engage in health equity research to achieve research funding through the National Institutes of Health.

With her funding, Simone Ludwig, associate professor of computer science, will meet this summer with her mentor, Wolfgang Banzhaf, professor of computer science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, a leading authority in the field of genetic programming and evolutionary computation. Banzhaf and Ludwig will develop steps to advance her career and her research program in evolutionary computation and swarm intelligence.

Elizabeth Birmingham and Amy Rupiper Taggart, associate professor of English, will use their funding to travel to Philadelphia in May to participate in the 2012 Rhetoric Society of America Career Retreat for Associate Professors in conjunction with the society's conference. At the retreat, Birmingham and Taggart will work with senior members of the society serving as career mentors to analyze their current curriculum vita and develop an action plan to achieve promotion to full professor. This opportunity also will enhance the peer mentoring Rupiper Taggart and Birmingham engage in through NDSU FORWARD's mid-career mentoring program.

Other recipients for Mentor Relationship Travel Grants for 2011-12 include Senay Simsek and Kim Vonnahme from the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; Kjersten Nelson, Amy O'Connor, Kathryn Samuels, Courtney Waid-Lindberg and Christina Weber from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science; Rajani Pillai from the College of Business; Stevie Famulari, Sumathy Krishnan, Annie Tangpong, Joan Vonderbruggen and Yechun Wang from the College of Engineering and Architecture; Kristen Benson, Elizabeth Erichsen, Jooyeon Ha, Christi McGeorge and Sherri Stastny from the College of Human Development and Education; and Hyunsook Do and Juan Li from the College of Science and Mathematics.

Ron Vetter gives ACM Distinguished Lecture

9/14/2011
Ron Vetter gives ACM Distinguished Lecture 'Building Mobile Phone Applications'

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. Dr. Ron Vetter gave an ACM Distinguished Lecture in IACC 104. Vetter's talk described the development of interactive short message service applications, which range from simple data access applications to a novel discovery game designed for the freshman experience. Several of these applications are now being sold commercially via a novel technology transfer agreement with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition, several iPhone applications also have been developed. A discussion of the relative advantages, costs and lessons learned while developing mobile phone applications was presented.

Dr. Vetter spent the day on campus, visiting faculty and students, and renewing old acquaintances. The lecture was well-attended.

The trip was sponsored by the national ACM speaker service, and the NDSU student chapter of the ACM. NDSU’s ACM invited the MIS student organization; the ECE student organization; the MSUM chapter of the ACM; as well as extending an informal invitation to the students of Concordia College. The CS department extended an open invitation to the Microsoft campus, which led to the involvement of Tim Brookins, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, at an after-talk meeting with Vetter and a number of students, including the ACM SIG-Mobi group.

Dr. Vetter earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from NDSU and his doctorate in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He has published more than 100 journal, conference and technical papers. He has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants and contracts exceeding $5 million dollars.

August 2011


Tech Girlz Rule

08/06/2011
Fargo's Microsoft campus hosted its fifth Digi-Girlz technology camp in August hosting 130 girls between 13-17 years old, making it one of the largest field camps in the country. The attendees came from five states — North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, California and Nevada. Over 600 girls have attended the camp through the years in Fargo.

The purpose of the camp is to expose high school girls to the many careers technology can offer. Digi-Girlz offers hands-on experiences including Xbox game testing, Microsoft Studio broadcasting and product development and marketing. There are tours, workshops/panels and a keynote speaker. This year's keynote speaker was NDSU's Amy Ruley, who was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Why It Matters — according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology:

  • Girls comprised 46% of Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus test-takers, but only 19% of AP Computer Science test-takers.
  • Women hold 56% of all professional occupations in the U.S. workforce, but only 25% of IT occupations.
  • Only 11% of executives at Fortune 500 tech companies are women.
  • In 2009, just 18% of undergraduate Computing and Information Sciences degrees were awarded to women; in 1985, women earned 37% of these degrees.
  • Tech companies with more women on their management teams have a 34% higher return on investment; the presence of women on technical teams increases teams’ collective intelligence (problem-solving ability and creativity).

About one in five undergraduate degrees in computing and information sciences are awarded to women — a figure that's been halved since the mid-80s.

From the Fargo Forum on Saturday, August 6, 2011, regarding women in technology and what the Computer Science department is doing:

"Brian Slator, head of the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University, said in an email that the dearth of women who pursue the field is sometimes called a 'vicious cycle': a shortage of female students leads in technical areas to a shortage of female faculty and role models, which further discourages female students from enrolling.

He said the department has made extra efforts to recruit and retain female faculty to buck the trend. Women currently hold five of the department's 14 full-time faculty positions."

July 2011

Wolfgang Banzhaf presented "From Artificial Evolution to Computational Evolution"

The July monthly seminar series featured Wolfgang Banzhaf, a University Research Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, Canada. His presentation entitled "From Artificial Evolution to Computational Evolution" was on July 16. He showed that in the past 50 years Computer Scientists and Engineers have been very successful in gleaning recipes from Natural Evolution. However, with the advent of Genome Biology, there have been many new discoveries in Biology that are not yet reflected in computational models of evolution. Prof. Banzhaf discussed some of the more recent developments in Biology, and outlined how they might possibly influence our thinking about algorithms.

College of Science and Mathematics Honor's Day Celebration

The Honor's Day celebration held annually by the College of Science and Mathematics had a different format this year. The event was hosted by Dean Kevin McCaul as a coffee and dessert gathering rather than a luncheon, although the other aspects of the afternoon remained according to tradition.

The affair began with remarks by the Provost, followed by short statement from Michael Ginsbach of Hankinson, ND, who visited Antarctica on a recent expedition. Then the dessert line formed. After dessert, student awards were handed out. This was followed by a short presentation by Dr. Craig Stockwell on the subject of short term evolution titled "Evolution in Action".

For the Computer Science department, six students along with several parents, joined Dr. Brian Slator (department head) and Joan Krush (department advisor and lecturer). Names were called, and each student in attendance was introduced to the assembled crowd while receiving a certificate of achievement.

The Computer Science department awarded 5 Microsoft Undergraduate Scholarships as well as 18 awards through the Collaboration for Scholarships in Computer, Information Sciences and Engineering (CoCise) Program, a National Science Foundation grant program that ends after this year.

The ceremony was attended by a number of notable dignitaries, including NDSU Provost Dr. Craig Schnell, Vice President for Research Dr. Phil Boudjouk, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Prakash Mathew, as well as representatives of donor families, and the NDSU Development Foundation.

February 2011

NDSU professsor's data software finds outlet

Original article by Marino Eccher, INFORUM, reprinted with permission

t’s a growing problem in the information age: How do you sort through ever-expanding troves of data to find meaningful patterns and needles in the digital haystack – especially when traditional analysis methods can’t keep pace with the explosion of available data? Bill Perrizo, a North Dakota State University computer science professor and researcher, has spent years developing a solution – one promising enough to attract an entrepreneur who turned the technology into a new business.

Businesses and government agencies are producing and storing more data than ever before, Perrizo said – from hospital records to photos of crop fields to images from defense satellites. But as the information piles up, traditional methods for analyzing data become increasingly ineffective because there’s too much data to manage.

Perrizo’s software essentially turns the problem on its head. Instead of combing through a spreadsheet cell by cell and row by row – a “horizontal” approach – it turns the data “sideways” and treats it as a series of vertical slices, shaving down search time and improving scalability.

Perrizo’s system was good enough to win the 2006 Knowledge Discovery in Data Cup, an annual completion that challenges participants to solve large-scale data-mining challenges. In that competition, Perrizo’s software was able to predict pulmonary embolisms from a huge set of human lung images about twice as effectively as the next competitor.

Perrizo says that kind of application for data mining and prediction has critical real-world consequences: If doctors confuse an embolism with an aneurysm or other condition because they misinterpret an image, the wrong treatment can be deadly.

Last year, representatives from NDSU’s Research Foundation, which is charged with helping university innovations find commercial outlets, got in touch with Mark Silverman, an East Coast technology entrepreneur. Silverman said the software stood out “as the right technology at the right time in the market.”

Silverman and NDSU recently announced a deal to license the technology to Silverman’s new company, Maryland-based Treeminer Inc. Silverman said he plans to bring the product to market later this year. He said government agencies are the biggest potential customer right now. Defense and intelligence, large-scale climate study and modeling, and agricultural modeling are all big potential applications, he said. “Wherever there’s a lot of data, there’s a lot of need,” he said.

Original article by Marino Eccher, INFORUM, reprinted with permission

November 2010

The NDSU Computer Science Department hosted a site competition for the ACM North Central North America Regional Programming Contest on November 6th, 2010. Eight teams from NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia college competed against 217 other teams at other competition sites in the region for the opportunity to compete in the World Finals in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

NDSU Team Pi Rho, consisting of members Austen Dicken, Abram Jackson and Davin Loegering, scored 26th in the region. NDSU teams Bison (Jeremy Dobler, Nick Larson and Lawrence Anderson) and Dacodas (Cesar Ramirez and Ramesh Singh) also competed. Richard Rummelt was the coach for the three teams.

Pictures for the event are posted online, along with the Regional Standings and the Contest Problems.

June 2009

Dr. Jun Kong and Dr. Weiyi Zhang for each won a very competitive ND EPSCoR Infrastructure Improvement Program -- Collaborative Seed Pilot Program award.

According to the letter(s) of award, thirteen proposals requested $1.1 Million, while three awards totaling $207,400 were funded.

Dr. Jun Kong won a two-year award for $77,600 in collaboration with colleagues at UT-Dallas.

Dr. Weiyi Zhang won a two-year award for $82,600 in collaboration with colleagues at U of Sci & Tech, China.

May 2009

Dr. James Du was awarded the College of Science and Mathematics College Award

2009 Academic Year

It has been a year of minor growth and consolidation for the Computer Science department, with potential for future increases from a number of sources. Meanwhile it has been a 'year of assessment' as the department simultaneously underwent annual assessment, program review, and accreditation self-study, the rare trifecta.

To begin the academic year we were joined by two new faculty. Dr. Juan Li from the University of British Columbia, specializes in Distributed systems, Semantic Web technologies, Information retrieval and knowledge discovery. Dr. Wei Jin from the State University of New York – Buffalo specializes in data mining, information retrieval, machine learning and bioinformtics

In September three graduate students were awarded North Dakota Space Grant Consortium research assistantships. Later that month NDSU was visited by former astronaut Colonel Al Worden from the Apollo 15 moon mission, who met with the students and their advisors to shake hands and pose for photos.
Towards the end of the Fall semester Dr. Yan Gu announced she was leaving for a position at Auburn University starting in January.

In November, Dr. Kendall Nygard traveled to China and met with university officials at several institutions with a view towards forming a new twinning agreement. In January, Dr. Dianxiang Xu also visited China as part of a joint NDSU and Campus Development Group delegation to plan for the Fergus Falls development scheduled for 2010.

Most recently, it has been announced that Dr. Anne Denton, along with Plant Science Professor Shahryar Kianian, has been awarded a $3.1M NSF grant for wheat genome research. This is among the largest grants ever won by a Computer Science faculty member.

NDSU students take second and fourth in computer competition

The NDSU computer science department participated in the Digi-Key Corp.’s Collegiate Computing Contest, “DKC3,” on Oct. 17 in Thief River Falls, Minn. Two teams represented NDSU. Dakodas won second place and Pi Rho placed fourth.

The University of Minnesota, Morris, won first place. The Dakodas won a $150 gift certificate for each team member and $1,800 for the computer science department. Bemidji State University placed third and NDSU’s Pi Rho team came in fourth. A total of 24 teams participated.

Dakodas members include Ryan Carlsrud, a junior from Tower City, N.D.; Nathan Ehresmann, a junior from Staples, Minn.; Robert J. Foertsch, a senior from Wyndmere, N.D.; and Jeong Woo Wee, a junior from South Korea. Pi Rho’s members include Christopher Grahn, a junior from Colby, Wis.; Abram Jackson, a junior from Valley City, N.D.; Dustin Kerber, a senior from Cooperstown, N.D.; and Joel Longanecker, a senior from Waseca, Minn.

Richard Rummelt and Adam Helsene coached the teams.

Du and Nygard receive grant to secure wireless sensor networks

Xiaojiang “James” Du, assistant professor, and Kendall E. Nygard, professor, both in the computer science department, have received a three-year $358,748 grant from the Army Research Office to secure military wireless sensor networks.

In the project, “Designing Robust and Secure Heterogeneous Sensor Networks,” Du and Nygard will design effective and efficient secure protocols and algorithms for military sensor networks. A sensor network consists of a large number of tiny, smart sensor nodes that are deployed in a wide geographical area, and can provide unprecedented opportunities to sense, instrument, manage and control large environments.

In this project, Du and Nygard adopt a new and more realistic network model to study security issues in sensor networks. The model is called a Heterogeneous Sensor Network that consists of different types of sensor nodes with varying capacities. Du also received a research infrastructure grant from the Army Research Office in May 2007. This grant will be used to set up a large sensor network testbed that will be used for performance evaluations for the new project.

Wireless sensor networks have many applications in the military, such as battlefield surveillance, target tracking and security monitoring. Sensor networks are expected to have more and more applications in the military, and will become a critical component of the future digital battlefield.

As part of the project, Du and Nygard will train highly skilled undergraduate and graduate students with expertise of interest to the Department of Defense.

February 20, 2008

It was announced today that the NDSU Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor Award Committee has unanimously selected Dr. William "Bill" Perrizo, professor of Computer Science, as the recipient of the 2008 award.

The nomination written by the NDSU Computer Science department nomination committee and unanimously signed by the faculty of the department said, in part "Dr. Perrizo has served as a faculty member for thirty-four years, and throughout that time has consistently excelled and demonstrated leadership in teaching, research, and service."

In a letter to Perrizo, R.S. Krishnan, committee chair and associate vice president for academic affairs, wrote, "The committee was impressed with your distinguished record as an educator, and your long and exemplary service.

Dr. Donald P. Schwert, in a letter of support for the nomination wrote, "Dr. Perrizo's distinguished record of teaching and research, and of service to both NDSU and to the Fargo-Moorhead community, makes him particularly well credentialed for this award."

Dr. Perrizo will receive the recognition at the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead Awards Luncheon, scheduled for noon Wednesday, May 21, at the Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center, Fargo.

January 2, 2008

Dr. Paul Juell passed away on Saturday, December 29th at Meritcare Hospital after a years-long battle with cancer. Paul's only brother died on December 26th, also of cancer.

Paul had a good Christmas with family, including his adopted son and his wife and children.  Then late on Christmas day he was hospitalized, later suffering seizures, and finally passing away comfortably.

Although we grieve the loss of a good friend and colleague, we must also celebrate his life.  The CS department organized an event at the Alumni Center to recognize Paul in the fall of 2006 while he was able to attend. The Paul Juell Scholarship Fund was set up at that time.

Paul continued coming to the office each day right up until the Christmas break this fall, which demonstrates his courage and dedication to students and those who were part of his life.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Paul Juell Scholarship Fund (c/o the NDSU Development Foundation, PO Box 5144, Fargo, ND 58105).

Mon, 5 Nov 2007

The department programming competition teams ‘swept’ the eighth annual Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition (DKC³) on Friday, October 19. We were represented by two teams of four students each and both won by a wide margin. This is the first time in the history of the DKC³ that any university has won both first and second place. The department congratulates the students, listed below, and their coach, Richard Rummelt. The competition included Bemidji State University, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota - Duluth, University of Minnesota - Morris, University of North Dakota, Concordia College, and Mayville State University as well as NDSU.

Team ‘Pi Rho’ (First Place) won $200 for each team member, $3000 for the Computer Science Department, and a huge brass trophy.
    Adam Helsene
    Dustin Kerber
    Eric Odegaard
    Evan Braaten

Team ‘Dacodas’ (Second Place) won $150 for each team member and $1800 for the Computer Science Department.
    Aaron Feickert
    Abram Jackson
    Amar Nishant Singh
    Robert Foertsch

The competition was held in Thief River Falls, MN at the Digi-Key corporate headquarters. Representatives of the Digi-Key corporation's Information Technology department then visited NDSU on Friday, November 2 where they presented the trophy / prize money as well as recruited for two permanent positions and student internships.

May 1, 2007

Brian M. Slator, a long time Professor within the Department, has been selected as the first Department Head.  His service will commence on July 1, 2007.  Prior to that date, the Department was directed by a Department Chair.  Unlike Chairs, Heads serve an indefinite term.

The Department has had a very successful, productive two years (2005, 2006) by almost any measure.  When one considers that the Department spent these two years with at least two (often three) vacant positions, the results are even more impressive.

Research
The eleven tenure-track faculty who submitted brag sheets had a total of 136 fully refereed publications during 2005-06.  Particularly gratifying is the split between the six tenured faculty who had 76 refereed publications and the five non-tenured faculty who had 60 refereed publications.  Ten distinct faculty published during 2005-06. The faculty submitted 88 research proposals during these two years (some are counted more than once since more than one Department faculty member participated).  Only 12 proposals were funded, but nine distinct faculty submitted proposals during this two year period.

Service
The Department continues to be very active in service to the College, University, and profession.  Four faculty serve on a total of five University Committees.  Nine faculty served on College Committees for a total of seventeen committees.  Two faculty serve as associate editors of journals.  Six faculty serve as reviewers of grant proposals and/or publications.

Teaching
In 2005-06, the Department taught 19.25 FTE.  In 2006-07, we are should exceed that FTE production.  The Department had the largest graduate program in the University in both years.

In the past two years, forty-three bachelor's level students, four certificate level students, forty-eight M.S. level students, and eight Ph.D. level students were graduated.  At the graduate level, seven faculty advised at least one of these students.

The Department continues to be a leader in distance education.  We offer a Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering entirely through distanced education.  While we have not advertised the program, its numbers slowly are increasing.

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