Department Annnouncements

Dr. Fahad Saeed elevated to senior member of ACM.

Congratulations to Dr. Fahad Saeed, whose nomination to become a senior member of the Association of Computer Machinery has been approved by the ACM Senior Member Committee. The Senior Members Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous professional membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.

The CS department is pleased to announce new faculty member Dr. Alvis C Fong.

Dr. Fong joins us as a professor from the University of Glasgow, Singapore.  He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at University of Auckland, in New Zealand, his M.S. in Computer Science at University of Oxford in England and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College in London, England and his B.E. in Information Systems Engineering, in the Departments of Computer Science and Electric Engineering at Imperial College, in London, England. His research interests include internet and multimedia information processing, wireless network communications and software engineering and multidisciplinary research with applications to commerce, industry, healthcare, education and entertainment. During Spring 2017, Dr. Fong will be teaching CS5821 – Machine Learning.

The CS department is pleased to announce new faculty member Dr. Seung-Hee Bae.

Dr. Bae joins us as an Assistant Professor from the University of Washington.  He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, his M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea and his B.E. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea. His research interests cover large-scale data mining and machine learning, parallel and distributed computing, data intensive computing, and optimization algorithms. During Fall 2016, Dr. Bae will be teaching CS5260 – Parallel Computations.

Regional 3MT Competition

WMU graduate student in the Computer Science doctoral program Sandino Vargas-Perez gave a presentation at the regional Three Minute Thesis(3MT) competition. Since he was awarded the highest score at the WMU 3MT competition he represented WMU at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools conference in Chicago on April 8th 2016. Sandino's performance at the conference was very well received and appeciated. The video link for the presentation is here

If You Build It (with pizza) They Will Come

The Computer Club hosted a workshop for dual booting Unix and Windows on Saturday, September 5th. For full story visit more

CEAS Newsletter

For the latest news at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, you can access the July issue of the CEAS Newsletter at: College of Engineering and Applied Sciences e-News

Ajay Gupta Elected as Vice-Chair of IEEE Computer Society Technical Activities Committee

Dr. Ajay Gupta, a Professor of Computer Science at Western Michigan University, has been elected as the Vice-Chair of the prestigious IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) Technical Activities Committee. Besides playing a key role in shaping technical activities of IEEE-CS, Dr. Gupta will be responsible for bringing together internationally renowned researchers at workshops, conferences, and other initiatives in order to foster innovation and collaboration for the benefit of computing technologies worldwide. IEEE, with over 400,000 members, is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation. Dr. Gupta, a senior member of IEEE, is a world renowned specialist in parallel, distributed and high-performance computing and directs the Wireless Sensor Networks Laboratory of Western Michigan University. For the past four years, he has been Chair of IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Parallel Processing. In his work for the Committee, he has led initiatives in promoting parallel processing research and education to various constituents worldwide, including the development of computer science undergraduate curricula integrating parallel and high-performance computing topics in undergraduate courses. In the past Dr. Gupta has helped organize various ACM and IEEE conferences, including the International IEEE Conference on High Performance Computing for the past 20 years. He is also a member of Technical Meeting Request Committee at IEEE-CS and Member-At-Large of Technical and Conferences Activities Board (T&C) Executive Committee at IEEE-CS.

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NSF XSEDE Super-Computing Infrastructure Allocation

Congratulations to Prof. Fahad Saeed (CS/ECE) who has been allocated time (and space) on the prestigious NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) super-computing infrastructure. The XSEDE is the most powerful and robust collection of integrated digital resources and supercomputing services in the world. Computing times on these machines are acquired via peer-review of the proposed projects and are highly competitive. Dr. Saeed and his PhD student Sandino Perez recently co-authored a paper "parallel algorithm for compression of next generation genome sequencing data" that was accepted in IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (IEEE ISPA-15), Finland. They will further their research by conducting scalability studies for petascale genomics data using XSEDE computing machines.

IEEE Elevation to Senior Member

Congratulations to Dr. Fahad Saeed for his elevation to Senior Member of the IEEE. Only 9% of IEEE members have achieved Senior Member level. The Senior Member level is the highest grade to which a member of the IEEE may apply.

Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award

Congratulations to Jason Johnson, this year's recipient of the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award with the Department of Computer Science.

Study Engineering in China Summer Program

A special China program, one credit with tuition fee waive, for two weeks in China, starts now. All expenses within China are covered by Sichuan University in China. The program fee is $400 only for visa, insurance, and registration fees and you earn 1 credit for free. If you are interested, contact Dr. Dewei Qi immediately. Seats are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. More information can be found here.

Bachelor of Science in Data Science

The Departments of Statistics and Computer Science announce the creation of a B.S. degree in Data Science beginning Fall 2015. Data Science is a rapidly evolving discipline and sits at the intersection of Statistics and Computer Science. This evolution has been driven by the exponential increase in processing power available and the ever-increasing amount of data now collected, stored and available in every facet of business, science and government. There is an ever-increasing need for big data, and going forward it is likely that most jobs for statistics graduates will include a big data component. It is also clear that many computer science undergraduate graduate job opportunities will involve big data as well. This B.S degree prepares practitioners in data science. For more information regarding the requirements of the B.S. in Data Science, please see the listing on the Statistics Department site.

Center for High Performance Computing and Big Data

The Department of Computer Science at Western Michigan University is pleased to announce the formation of the Center for High Performance Computing and Big Data. The Center’s co-directors will be Drs. Elise DeDoncker, John Kapenga and Fahad Saeed. The Center will support Big Data science projects using high performance computing resources from the High Performance Computational Science (HPCS) Lab facilities. These facilities include a high performance computation cluster installed in 2012 with funding from a $289,574 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant to support interdisciplinary projects in computational science and engineering.