Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the South ...

Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the South ...

Status, Plans, and Problems for Department of Computer Science and Engineering Industrial Advisory Board Meeting Spring 2012 [email protected] 803-777-2880 Computer Science and Engineering 1 Thursday, February Agenda 9:00 AM Coffee, Pastries, and Introductions 9:30 AM State of the Department Dr. Michael Huhns 10:00 AM State of the College Dr. Anthony Ambler 10:15 AM Break

10:25 AM Undergraduate Program Update Dr. Manton Matthews Dr. Huhns 10:45 AM Graduate Program Update Dr. Matthews 11:05 AM Break 11:15 AM Industrial Relationships Dr. John Bowles 11:30 AM Summary and Action Items Dr. Huhns 11:45 AM Lunch and Discussion with Students 1:00 PM IAB Feedback 1:30 PM Adjournment Computer Science and Engineering 2 Thursday, February Overview of Presentations Two New Faculty Members! ABET Accreditation

CEC Staff Reorganization University Relationships: Virtual School? Successes: Research and Enrollment Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs Industrial Relationships Plans and Problems Computer Science and Engineering 3 Thursday, February Department Personnel Chair - Dr. Michael Huhns CSE Administrative Assistant and Office Manager Ms. Barb Ulrich Graduate Director/Associate Chair Dr. Manton

Matthews Graduate Recruitment/Progress Dr. Srihari Nelakuditi Graduate and Research Admin. Assistant Ms. Randi Baldwin Undergraduate Director Dr. Jose Vidal Business Manager Ms. Ann Humphries Systems Manager Mr. Pat OKeefe Computer Science and Engineering 4 Thursday, February New Faculty Members Dr. Matt Thatcher (full professor) From University of Louisville Ph.D. from Wharton School at U. Penn in MIS Will lead our CIS degree program Research interests in computing policy Dr. Gabriel Terejanu (assistant professor) From University of Texas at Austin (two-year post-doc)

Ph.D. from University of Buffalo in CS Research interests in modeling complex systems Computer Science and Engineering 5 Thursday, February Faculty Research Interests Max Alexseyev: Bioinformatics, discrete algorithms Srihari Nelakuditi: Computer networking, multimedia streaming Jason Bakos: VLSI, architecture, high performance interconnects Jason OKane: Robotics and autonomous systems John Bowles: Software and systems

engineering, reliability John Rose: Bioinformatics, data mining, probabilistic reasoning Duncan Buell: HPC, reconfigurable computing, computing for humanities Jijun Tang: Algorithms and bioinformatics Gabriel Terejanu: Complex system modeling and safety-critical systems Caroline Eastman: Information retrieval, security, user interfaces Matt Thatcher: computing policy Csilla Farkas: Information assurance, Web data integration, privacy Yan Tong: Computer vision, pattern recognition Stephen Fenner: Theory of computing,

quantum computing, complexity Homayoun Valafar: Computational biology and medicine, bioinformatics Jianjun Hu: Bioinformatics, data mining Chin-Tser Huang: Intrusion detection, wireless security, protocols Marco Valtorta: Bayesian networks Jos Vidal: Multiagent systems, ecommerce, the Semantic web Michael Huhns: Service-oriented computing, multiagent systems Song Wang: Computer vision, medical imaging Manton Matthews: Artificial intelligence, natural language processing Computer Science and Engineering

Wenyuan Xu: Wireless networking and security, sensor networks 6 Thursday, February CSE Highlights Excellent and energetic faculty: 20/23 faculty members have had active funding within the last year; current funding level is $90K / tenure-track faculty member Ten faculty members are NSF CAREER Award winners! Research and education strengths in bioinformatics, security, distributed computing, computer networks, computer vision, and artificial intelligence All degree programs are accredited Graduated 7 Ph.D. students in last year 7 02/13/2020

Research Funding 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 2002 2003 2004 Computer Science and Engineering

2005 2006 8 2007 2008 2009 Thursday, February 2010 Department Goals Increase research funding; the short-term target is $150K per faculty member per year Increase publications; one target is two publications per Ph.D. student per year Recruit better graduate students Submit more joint proposals

Arrange for smaller class sizes to improve quality of instruction Host international conferences and workshops 9 02/13/2020 Graduate Programs: Doctor of Philosophy Master of Science Master of Engineering Master of Software Engineering Certificate in Information Assurance Graduate Student Enrollments 200 180 160 140 120 100 80

60 40 20 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total Graduate Students Computer Science and Engineering 11 2007

2008 2009 Ph.D. Students Thursday, February 2010 Undergraduate Programs: Computer Engineering Computer Information Systems Computer Science Minor in Computer Science Service Courses Undergraduate Enrollments 700 600 500 400 300

200 100 0 2001 2002 2003 Computer Science and Engineering 2004 2005 13 2006 2007 2008

Thursday, February 13, 2009 2011 Undergraduate Issue 1 Too many classes, not enough faculty. Enrollment will likely increase Get rid of (211) digital logic for CS majors? o Just have them take 210? Get rid of 200-level elective? o Not enough choices, and the classes are small Get rid of ENCP 481 (project management) o Roll into 492 Get rid of 355 (Theory) for CS majors?

Other classes to cut/merge? Computer Science and Engineering 14 Thursday, February 13, Undergraduate Issue 2 Allow CS majors to take 374 (robot prog.) o As a 500-level elective? o As a 200-level elective (if we don't get rid of them) Computer Science and Engineering 15 Thursday, February 13, Undergraduate Issue 3

Faculty complains that students can't program: o Give them a test to go to upper-level? What if they fail? o Fail the half of the 145 class that can't code? Currently 10% fail. Half of 145 are non-majors o Programming is a craft: Needs practice. 145, 146 have lots of homeworks and labs but many (most?) just copy from others o Encourage practice: how? Severe punishments for cheating? Summer programming? Computer Science and Engineering 16 Thursday, February 13, CSE Difficulties and Weaknesses The Department has a space problem: too few laboratories for instruction and research, classrooms too small, and too few offices The Department has not received or even applied for any large long-term collaborative grants, such as for an NSF center

Difficulty in sustaining funding for supporting graduate research assistants Poor relationship with USC Computer Services Insufficient number of women and minorities in faculty and student body Computer Science and Engineering 17 Thursday, February 13, Message to Students: CSE Is Important Computers now control all aspects of our society: finances, resources, entertainment, transportation Each of us has the ability and opportunity to have a large social impact Computing is where the action and opportunities are! 18 02/13/2020 (Virtual) School of Computing A Virtual School within CEC that unites

Computer Science and Engineering Integrated Information Technology Library and Information Science (Digital) Media Arts Computational X, where X = {Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Bioinformatics, Condition-Based Maintenance, } Management Information Systems 19 02/13/2020 IAB Suggestions 2011 Because of arrival of Boeing, initiate IPlane, as state complement to Clemsons ICAR Promote FIRST robotics finals for USC Increase the emphasis on Master of Software Engineering degree To recruit women undergraduates, emphasize the social aspects of computing Add intellectual property and finances as topics for Leadership Minor Increase APOGEE offerings, esp. as related to energy area

MS in Information Assurance Computer Science and Engineering 20 Thursday, February 13, IAB Feedback and Suggestions 2012 Engage more K-12 students in computing careers (Gintz and all) Advertise the high percentage (> 90%) of regular faculty members who teach classes (Gintz) Virtualization in labs and classrooms: SCANA is deploying VDI and will share their experience and expertise (Pierson) Use NC State as a model (Heyman) Use video in overflow classrooms to handle large enrollments (Pierson) Separate the majors and non-majors in CSCE 145/146 Curriculum OK, but more focus on programming as a tool for solving problems Excellent retention of award-winning faculty IAB letter to President/Provost regarding UTS building (Department will provide a draft) Computer Science and Engineering

21 Thursday, February 13,

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