Major League Hacking named CSE students Akash Singh and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov two of the top 50 hackers. MLH is the official student hackathon league which powers almost 2,000 competitions and each year they choose the top 50 hackers out of nearly 100,000  hackers/mentors/organizers to be in the Top 50 hackers list. This year USF was one of 10 universities to have more than one student featured in the list.

Singh’s first hackathon was MangoHacks, after which he changed his major from biology to computer science. Now, Singh is a research assistant in the USF Graphics and Visualization Lab and the president of Society for Competitive Hackers. 

“Hackathons are an experience rather than a competition…We get an environment to test our skills, gain new ones and most importantly meet programmers from all over the world. The experience itself boosts your confidence and introduces you to the world waiting for you once you graduate,” Singh says. In the future he hopes to pursue his PhD in computer science with a concentration in Data Science and Data Visualization. To find out more click here

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Congratulations to Ghulam Jilani Quadri!

Congratulations to Ghulam Jilani Quadri who successfully passed his Major Research Area Presentation, “Modelling Effective Visualization Using Graphical Encoding Perception”, on November 18.

Congratulations to Prof. Junyi Tu!

Junyi Tu successfully defended his dissertation, “Efficient Algorithms and Applications in Topological Data Analysis”, on November 7, 2019!

Prof. Tu will be joining the faculty of Salisbury University, where he will teach Computer Science as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Spring, switching to a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Fall.

We wish Prof. Tu good fortune on his future career.

See the Salisbury University Computer Science Department to learn more.

Paul Rosen receives NSF CAREER award to study uncertainty visualization

Paul Rosen, Ph.D., assistant professor in Computer Science and Engineering received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.

Rosen will use the award to investigate new methods for visualizing uncertainty using Topological Data Analysis. The approach will develop topology-based techniques for extracting features from ensembles and new visual analysis approaches for investigating those features.

Rosen and his research team will use their theoretic results to assist teams of biomedical engineers investigating conditions of myocardial ischemia and energy scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in building new tools to analyze uncertainties in their domains.

In addition, Rosen plans to work with students to develop intuitive methods of communicating uncertainties in data to laypeople.


Five Seniors presented Senior Project “Mixed Reality C-130 Loadmaster Simulation for CAE USA”

Alan Rodriguez, David Baerg, Jessica Womble, Ryan McBride, and Sara Savitz represented USF College of Engineering at the 2018 Florida-Wide Student Engineering Design Invitational held at UCF on April 19th. The students exhibited their BEST project titled “Mixed Reality C-130 Loadmaster Simulation for CAE USA”. The Mixed Reality C-130 Loadmaster simulator, created by a team of USF Computer Science and Engineering students, uses augmented reality, incorporating both the real world and virtual reality into one view, to achieve an immersive training experience for a fraction of the cost. The Loadmaster trainee is responsible for safely loading and deploying cargo from a C-130 cargo bay.

The project was supervised by Assistant Professor Paul Rosen and was supported by CAE USA.

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