In the News

  • May 2022
    • Dr. Richard Burns was promoted to Full Professor.

    • Dr. Linh Ngo was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.

    • Dr. Amiruzzaman published a journal article titled "VisualCommunity: a platform for archiving and studying communities" in Journal of Computational Social Science.

  • April 2022
    • The department held the first WCU CS Meet and Greet (WCSMG) social event where eight graduating seniors presented their job search experience, and they shared their interview skills and resume writing tips with our rising senior/junior/sophomore students.  The first ever WCSMG was on Friday, April 29, 2022.

    • The Computer Science Department held the 2nd WCU CS Programming Contest (sponsored by Department of Computer Science and Computer Science Student Club) on Wednesday, April 27.  Eight CS students participated in the competition and 5 of them solved at least one problem among three.  They are Mary Bauman, Vijayendra dushyanth raj Avina, Shaun Derstine, Garrett Wei, and Nathan Parlett in the order of ranking.

    • Our CSC Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society held our annual induction ceremony on Monday, April 25.  Congratulations to our UPE induction class of 2021-22!  

    • Our CS faculty (Dr. Liu Cui, Dr. Si Chen and Dr. Jongwook Kim) won the 2022-23 CELT Professional Development Grant Award.  They proposed a project titled "Accelerate Students’ Programming Skills with Extra Curriculum Activities" to fill in a gap between course assignments and the programming skills that students are required for job interviews and at work.

    • Dr. Si Chen and Dr. Liu Cui's new publication, titled "Extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) The New Swiss Knife for Cybersecurity Education," won the faculty best paper award at the 37th Annual Conference of The Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Science Educators (PACISE 2022).

    • Dr. Amiruzzaman presented his research paper entitled "The Relationships between College Course Decision-Making and Academic Performance: A Multiple Regression Analysis" at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.  
    • Dr. Amiruzzaman's research assistant Heena Begum is going to present their research work entitled "Understand Statistical Concepts Using Visualization and Interactive Learning" at the Research & Creative Activity Day at West Chester University. 

  • March 2022

    • The Computer Science Department held the first WCU CS Programming Contest (sponsored by the Computer Science Student Club) on Wednesday, March 23.  Eighteen CS students participated in the competition and 6 of them solved both problems.  They are Vijayendra Avina, Garrett Wei, Brian Giovinazzo, Brian Rogers, Mary Bauman, and Stephen Young in the order of ranking.

    • The Computer Science Department held the monthly "Practice-A-Thon: tackle Data Structure" event (March 2022) under Dr. Liu Cui's guidance.  Khup Tuang solved all six problems.  Connor Sauders was the first solver of problems #941 and #977. 

  • February 2022
    • The Computer Science Department held the second monthly "Practice-A-Thon: tackle Data Structure" event under Dr. Liu Cui's guidance.  Nathan Loebertman is the only one who finished all three problems for the programming practice in February.

    • Kristian Sigismondi, Trevor Marshall, Jacob Winemiller, Gabriel Thompson, participated in the NCAE Cyber Games on 2/26/2022.  With only 5 people (10 people allowed for each team), they took 4th place among all 11 teams.  Only one position away from going to national competitions!

    • The Computer Science Department became a member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT, "en-cee-wit").  NCWIT is the only national nonprofit organization focused on women's participation across the entire computing ecosystem.  By becoming an NCWIT member organization, we are joining a community of 1,500+ colleges and universities, tech companies, non-profits, and others committed to equity in computing and technology.  Dr. David Cooper is our core member representative. 

  • January 2022

    • The Computer Science Department held the first "Practice-A-Thon: tackle Data Structure" during the winter session 1/3/2022 - 1/21/2022.  Under Dr. Liu Cui's guidance, ten students participated in the event, and four of them solved more than 5 challenging problems.  They are Antonio Bonilla-Garcia,  Kayla Washington,  Garrett Wei,  Tyler Prehl.

    • Congratulations to our department's fall 2021 graduates!  35 students completed their BS, and 8 students finished their MS.
    • Dr. Amiruzzaman published a journal article titled "Geo-Context Aware Study of Vision-Based Autonomous Driving Models and Spatial Video Data" in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

  • December 2021

    • Akash Kumar successfully defended his graduate thesis titled “Playing Pong with Q-learning”.  His thesis committee members were: Dr. Richard Burns (chair), Dr. Si Chen, Dr. Linh Ngo.  Akash will be entering a PhD program in January at Penn State University.  Best wishes and congratulations!
    • Dr. Amiruzzaman is going to present his research paper entitled "Interactive Visualization and Capturing Geo-Coded Multimedia Data on Mobile Devices
      at the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (IHCI-2021).

    • Dr. Amiruzzaman is going to present his research paper entitled "Leveraging Decentralized Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain Technology in International Trade" at the 2021 International Conference on Cyber Security and Internet of Things

    • Dr. Amiruzzaman published a journal article titled "Blockchain letter of credit: A transaction-level analysis" in Journal of Engineering Science and Technology

    • We are pleased to announce that Mallika Tarigopula, a CSC undergraduate student, is selected to serve as the Commencement Speaker at the CSM ceremony on December 19, 2021.  We are looking forward to Mallika's greetings and wishes to her classmates!

  • November 2021

  • October 2021 

  • September 2021 

    • Dr. Jongwook Kim and his students (Eric Lacker, Akash Kumar, Lipika Chandrashekar, Srilaxmi Paramaiahgari and Jasmine Howard) published a research paper entitled "Statistical Analysis of Refactoring Bug Reports in Eclipse Bugzilla" at the 5th ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Refactoring (IWoR'21), which will be virtually held in Melbourne, Australia in November, 2021.

  • August 2021
    • CSC welcomes 90 new first-year undergrads, 24 transfer students, and 20 new graduate students for the Fall 2021 semester.

    • Three new faculty members, Dr. Md Amiruzzaman, Dr. Ashik Bhuiyan and Dr. David Cooper join the CS Department as Assistant Professors. 
    • Dr. Richard Epstein is retiring at the end of the summer 2021 semester.  Dr. Epstein joined the department back in 1991, and has been at WCU for 30 years. He was the longstanding instructor for a number of courses, including CSC301 (Computer Security), CSC402 (Software Engineering) and CSC555 (Software Engineering – at the Graduate level).  We wish Dr. Epstein all the best for the new chapter of his life.

    • Kathleen Barimani, an administrative assistant of the CS Department, is retiring as of August 20, 2021.  Kathleen joined the Computer Science Department in August 2012.  Prior to that, Kathleen served for many years in the Registrar’s Office.  We wish her a happy, well-deserved retirement.

  • May 2021

    • Best wishes to our May 2021 graduates. The CS Department is proud to recognize the completion of 61 Bachelor's and 9 Master's degrees. The Commencement Speaker for the College's undergraduate ceremony was CS major, Brandon Barker.

    • Dr. Si Chen was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.

    • Dr. Si Chen and Dr. Liu Cui delivered an Invited Talk, titled "ARSpy: Breaking Location-based, Multi-player Augmented Reality Application for User Location Tracking," at the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) Forum.

  • April 2021
    • Two of our CSC students, Tyler Clark and Kevin Codd (advisor: Dr. Linh Ngo), received the 2021 Student Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities (SRCA) Award.

    • CSC graduate students (Lipika Chandrashekar, Jasmine Howard, Akash Kumar, Eric Lacker, and Srilaxmi Paramaiahgari), advised by Dr. Jongwook Kim, will be presenting their research project at the 2021 CSM Celebrates! Virtual Research Poster Session and the 2nd Annual WCU Research and Creative Activity Day (RCAD). 

    • At the 36th Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators (PACISE) Conference, two student-led papers were presented. The paper by Prathyusha Dongari (graduate student) and Dr. Richard J. Burns received the Best Graduate Research paper Award (Statewise Twitter Sentiment Analysis Of 2020 US Presidential Election Using Apache Spark). The paper by Tyler Clark, Kevi Codd (undergraduate students) and Dr. Linh B. Ngo received the Best Undergraduate Research Paper Award (Studying Break-in Attempts Across Multiple Servers Using Apache Spark and Security Logs).

    • Two of our competitive programming teams, GO(1)denRams (Mary Bauman, Kevin Codd, and Trush Patel) and WCUGoldenRams1 (Dominic Curcio, Rishi Parida, and Tyler Prehl) participated and placed 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the Competitive Programming Contest hosted at the 36th Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators (PACISE) Conference on April 9th, 2021. Both teams were able to solve the same number of problems, but GO(1)denRams beats WCUGoldenRams1 by 7 minutes on the clock.

  • March 2021
    • One of our competitive programming teams, Golden Rams 3 (Brandon Barker, Alexandra Garibaldi, and Kevin Codd) advised by Dr. Linh Ngo, made it through the regional round of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) to the North America Central Division round. 

  • February 2021

    • CSC Computing Coordinator, Dr. Si Chen, launched a new server built for deep learning and high performance computing. It is equipped with two AMD EPYC 7452 (a total of 64 cores) CPUs and with 143 GB memory. The RTX Quadro 8000 graphic card is able to support a full deep learning coding stack, which includes frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Keras.

  • January 2021
    • WCU won the 8th place in the CCSC (Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges) with outstanding students: Brandon Barker, Dominic Curcio, Akash Kumar.

    • The CSC Department welcomes approximately 35 new students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to our program.

  • December 2020
    • CSC congratulates 36 graduating seniors who have fully completed their major requirements, including 18 whom also satisfied the Certificate in Computer Security requirements.

    • Congratulations to CSC major Amondo Clayton, who is one of 40 WCU students who have been selected to receive this year's West Chester University 1871 Award, which recognizes students who excel in the academic and co-curricular realms.

  • October 2020
    • The Computer Science Competitive Programming Club sent two teams to virtually compete at CCSC-EA. Out of 24 teams, the team of Brandon Barker, Kevin Codd, and Dominic Curcio placed 3rd and Mary Bauman, Rishi Parida, and Andrew Valenci placed 9th.

    • Two publications were presented at CCSC-EA (Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges – Eastern Region) 37th Annual Regional Conference:
      Containerizing CS Learning Environments, authored by Dr. Linh B. Ngo, Dr. Richard Burns and Dr. Si Chen.
      Virtual Cluster for HPC Education, authored by Dr. Linh B. Ngo and John Kilgannon (alumni).

    • Our third departmental social event was organized with a topic focusing on Information Technology internships. Our student panelists included Amondo Clayton, Stephen Dages, Mitchel Griffith, and Chris Hollowood.

  • September 2020
    • Our second departmental social event was organized with a topic focusing on Software Engineering internships. Our student panelists include Alexandra Garibaldi, Andrew Valenci, and Nicholas Edwards.

    • Dr. Linh Ngo hosted a department panel on landing internships and student experiences in the interview process. Many thanks to our junior and senior panelists: Alexandra Garibaldi, Andrew Valenci, Brandon Barker, Nicholas Edwards. About 35 students attended including many first and second-year students.

    • Dr. Afrand Agah will be virtually presenting her accepted publication, “Discerning Divergent Nodes in Social Networks”, at the 14th International Conference on Social Computing and Applications (ICSSR).

  • August 2020

    • CSC welcomes 84 first-year undergrads, 34 transfer students, and 16 new graduate students for the Fall 2020 semester.

    • Dr. Linh Ngo organized and hosted a welcome back Dept Social event on Zoom, to kick start the fall semester.

    • Students Sean Flanagan and Biying Chen are recipients of the Repair the World Scholarship. 

    • Dr. Jongwook Kim joins the CS Department as an Assistant Professor. 

    • Mr. Thomas Albrecht (2013) and Ms. Madhura Mohile join the CS Department as Adjunct Faculty. 

  • July 2020

    • Dr. Cheer Yang virtually presented his accepted publication “Teaching Visual Computing as a Post-Doctoral Area in a Small University” at the 12th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies.

    • Jon Kilgannon successfully defended his Master’s Thesis titled, “A Machine Learning System for Glaucoma Detection using Inexpensive Computation”. His thesis committee included Dr. Richard Burns (thesis chair), Dr. Si Chen, and Dr. Linh Ngo.

    • Dr. Si Chen was elevated to IEEE Senior Member. IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Senior Membership is bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession.

    • Dr. Linh Ngo, received a Research in Mathematics and the Sciences (RIMS) Award from the College of Sciences and Mathematics, for his project titled “Performance Evaluation of Big Data Infrastructure Deployment via High Throughput Computing Platform.”

  • May 2020

    • Dr. Liu Cui was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.

    • In Spring 2020 Commencement, the Department awarded the B.S. in Computer Science degree to 57 students and Computer Security certificate to 39 students.

  • April 2020

    • It is with bittersweet emotion that we are announcing that Dr. Fabrey, who is celebrating his 45th year teaching anniversary at WCU, is retiring at the end of this Spring20 semester. Dr. Fabrey has led the CS Dept for almost two decades, serving as Chairperson for the last 18 years since 2002. We wish Dr. Fabrey a very well earned and happy retirement.

    • Paul Dinsmore, longtime adjunct instructor in our CS Department, is retiring after the Spring 2020 semester. We wish him health and happiness in his retirement.

  • March 2020

    • Congratulations to graduate student Jon Kilgannon who was recognized by the Graduate Student Association for excellence in Scholarship. Dr. Agah, Graduate Coordinator, additionally mentions: “Jon Kilgannon has done exemplary work throughout his graduate career. In addition to mastery (4.0 GPA) of his coursework, Jon has demonstrated an ability to conduct independent research that is worthy of recognition. He was awarded a prize for his poster presentation of “Automated Detection of Glaucoma Indicators with Machine Learning” at the Fall 2019 Research Day symposium, and is currently completing a Master’s thesis on the topic.”

Student Spotlight

  • Amondo Clayton, II: He featured in the Spring 2021 issue of WCU Magazine. He graduates with his bachelor's in Computer Science in May 2021 - with minors in White-Collar Crime and Finance - and his master's in summer 2022. Check out his story by clicking here.

  • Brandon Barker: WCU President Dr. Christopher Fiorentino, highlighted CS undergrad student Brandon Barker, in his May “Success Starts Here” spotlight. Brandon has been utilizing 3D printing technology to make face shields for first responders. Check out WCU's story on Brandon.

  • Amondo S. Clayton, II: For the summer of 2019, during his sophomore year, he successfully secured a ten-week paid internship with Comcast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While there, Amondo gained hands-on training with SQL, Excel, Pivot Tables, and Tableau. He created visualization reports of new products and services that Comcast and Xfinity were in the process of launching. During his internships, he expanded upon his previous knowledge as he simultaneously learned proprietary software, had fun, and established meaningful connections with others in his field.

Back to top of page.