Department Annnouncements

Invitation for contributions for the Workshop on Computational Science and HPC (CSHPC)

This is an invitation for contributions for the Workshop on Computational Science and HPC (CSHPC), to be held with ICCSA 2021, July 5-8, 2021 in Cagliari, Italy,

The CSHPC Workshop focuses on numerical and symbolic methods, simulations, algorithms and tools (software and hardware) for developing and running scientific computations. High Performance Computing (HPC), scalability and numerical precision are important in view of the computational requirements and data, which are generally large. Related topics may involve system architectures supporting the applications: massively parallel systems, GPUs, hybrid systems and distributed (cluster, grid/cloud) environments. Apart from traditional algorithms, problem solving tools further include techniques using neural networks, machine learning and genetic algorithms. Applications (not necessarily utilizing HPC) will be considered from areas including computational physics, computational mathematics and statistics, quantum physics, fluid dynamics, molecular dynamics, materials science/nanotechnology, computational biology/medicine, bio- and neuroinformatics, environmental and climate modeling.

Themes: Numerical computations and precision, HPC, large scale data and applications, machine learning, modeling, simulations

Paper submission deadline: March 28, 2021

Notification of acceptance: April 18, 2021

Organizers: Elise DE DONCKER,; Fukuko YUASA,; Hideo MATSUFURU,


New Cybersecurity Program to be Offered Fall 2020

The department of computer science is jointly offering a program in cybersecurity starting fall 2020. The program will offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees

All WMU cybersecurity programs use industry frameworks and standards to guide program development. Faculty are experts in both cybersecurity and online teaching, so you get a superior experience no matter which program you pursue.

Full program description here.

Call for Papers - Workshop on Large Scale Computational Science - LSCS 2020

To be held with ICCSA July 1-4, 2020 in Cagliari, Italy. See

The  LSCS  workshop  focuses  on  numerical  and  symbolic  methods  andsimulations, algorithms and tools for developing and running large scale computations.  Apart from traditional algorithms, problem solving tools include techniques such as neural networks and machine learning.

Parallelism, scalability and numerical precision are important in view of  the  large  computational  requirements  and  data,  as  well  as  system architectures  supporting  the  applications:   massively  parallel  systems, GPUs,  many-integrated-cores,  hybrid systems and distributed (cluster,grid/cloud) environments.

Applications  will  be  considered  from  areas  including  computational mathematics and statistics, computational physics, fluid dynamics, quantum physics, molecular dynamics, materials science/nanotechnology, computational  biology/medicine,  bio-  and  neuroinformatics,  environmental and climate modeling.

Themes: Large scale computations, massive parallelism, modeling, simulations, data and applications

Paper submission

Deadline (tentatively):  March 15, 2020

Format:  10-16 pages in LNCS format, see the ICCSA Conference Call for Papers  for detailed information.

Workshop Committee Chairs

Elise de Doncker,
Fukuko Yuasa,
Hideo Matsufuru,

New Machine Learning Approach for Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder Using fMRI Data

WMU professors Alvis Fong and Fahad Saeed recently published a paper in Frontiers in Neuroinformatics.The paper details a method of detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder using a machine learning approach using fMRI data. The method achieves a maximum of 82% accuracy which is a substantial increase as compared to the state-of-the-art methods. Read the full paper here.

CEAS Computer Science Student Saves Middle School’s Robotics Season

Computer science major Jonathan Sanford shares his knowledge of JAVA to help Schoolcraft Middle School’s Robotics Club pull off a successful season. Read the full article here.

Dr. James Yang is the program co-chair of the Symposium on Dependable Software Engineering, Beijing, China, September 4-6, 2018

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together international researchers and practitioners in the field of software technology in order to exchange research results and ideas with the Chinese computer science and software engineering community. Its focus is on formal methods and advanced software technologies, especially for engineering complex, large-scale artifacts like cyber-physical systems, networks of things, enterprise systems, or cloud-based services. Particular goals are to foster mutual understanding of different research groups and to encourage closer and interest-driven research collaborations. The symposium is aiming at academic excellence and its objective is to grow up to become a flagship conference on formal software engineering in China.

Dr. Leszek Lilien is the technical program co-chair for the IEEE/IFIP 15th Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services Conference, Wengen, Switzerland, January 22-24, 2019

Wireless on-demand network systems and services have become pivotal in shaping our future networked world. Starting as a niche application over Wi-Fi, they can now be found in mainstream technologies like Bluetooth LE, LTE Direct and Wireless LANs, and have become the cornerstone of upcoming networking paradigms including mesh and sensor networks, the Internet of Things, cloud networks, vehicular networks, disruption tolerant and opportunistic networks, underwater and intra-body networks. The challenges of this exciting research field are numerous. Examples include how to make smart use of these novel technologies when multiple technologies or a mix of permanent services and on-demand networking opportunities are available to a network node, how to provide robust services in highly dynamic environments, how to efficiently employ and operate heavily resource-constrained devices, and how to develop robust and lightweight algorithms for self-organization and adaptation. Finally, there are many application-specific challenges. WONS, now in its fifteenth edition, is a high quality forum to address these challenges. WONS aims to provide a global platform for rich interactions between experts in their fields, discussing innovative contributions in a stimulating environment.

Publication by Ph. D. student wins Best Survey Paper Award

Ph. D. student Mehdi Mohammedi recently has had his paper, entitled “Internet of Things: A Survey on Enabling Technologies, Protocols, and Applications” from IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, selected as winner of the 2018 Best Survey Paper Award by the IEEE Communications Society. Mr. Mohammadi is co-authored this paper with Ala Al-Fuqaha, Moshen Guizani, Mohammed Aledhari and Moussa Ayyas.

Dr. Gerry Howser to give talk on the security of cyber-physical systems.

Recent events, such as the first ever death caused by a self-driving car, have emphasized the need for more secure Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). An increasing number of modern automobiles are essentially drive-by-wire systems, highly computerized, and connected wirelessly to services such as OnStar or Toyota Safety Connect. While these features enhance automobile safety and reliability, the security impact is a growing concern. This talk will examine the security of drive-by-wire automobile systems.

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

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.

Learn more about the Computer Science Department at Western Michigan University and check out the relevant office of Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions to enroll.

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.