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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Student Team awarded Honorable Mention at IEEE Vast Challenge 2017

At the IEEE Vast Challenge 2017, held on October 1, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering student team of Sulav Malla, Anwesh Tuladhar, and Ghulam Jilani Quadri received an Honorable Mention. Their submission to the IEEE VAST Challenge was among 56 other entries.

According to the VAST Challenge website, “The Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Challenge is an annual contest with the goal of advancing the field of visual analytics through competition. The VAST Challenge is designed to help researchers understand how their software would be used in a novel analytic task and determine if their data transformations, visualizations, and interactions would be beneficial for particular analytic tasks. VAST Challenge problems provide researchers with realistic tasks and data sets for evaluating their software, as well as an opportunity to advance the field by solving more complex problems.”

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Ashley Suh awarded CREU for research

Student Ashley Suh was awarded a $3,000 stipend for her research project, “Using Persistent Homology to Drive Interactive Graph Drawing,” from the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU). In addition to this, she will receive up to $1,500 for student travel and/or research supplies. The proposal for funding was submitted by Dr. Paul Rosen, who will be Suh’s faculty mentor throughout her research.

Suh and Rosen’s project involves working to develop a new method for drawing and interacting with graphs, such as for a social network. The challenge with many graphs is that their highly interconnected nature causes them to look like a hairball when drawn. Their project uses a technique called “persistent homology” to identify important structures in the data. Those structures are then interactively selected and used to “pull apart” the hairball, enabling clearer analysis of the graph.

The CREU program is sponsored by the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). Its intention is, according to their website, “to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups enrolled undergraduate studies in the fields of computer science and computer engineering by exposing them to the joy and potential of research.” The criteria for choosing which projects are funded include the stipulation that the project must “enable student empowerment, leadership development, confidence building, and skill building.”

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