Computer Science Students Wow at SSA 5

March 10, 2013

At SSA 5, Computer Science students represented themselves, their projects, and the department quite well.

alicia2Alicia Bargar ’13 started the day off with a presentation about her summer research project, focused on improving the abilities of human-robot interaction, specifically in its use in therapy of children with autism spectrum disorders.

marmorstienRichard Marmorstein ’14 was the computer science representative in a panel on digital humanities projects at W&L.  While the other projects were presented by humanities students, Richard presented his work with Professor Paul Gregory (philosophy) and Professor Sara Sprenkle (computer science) on developing an online symbolic logic tutorial, which is used in Professor Gregory’s Philosophy 170: Introduction to Logic course.

The final poster session featured six computer science students.

suraj_slamSuraj Bajracharya ’14 presented “Simultaneous Localization and Mapping in an Inexpensive Wheeled Robot”, his independent study project with Professor Simon Levy.  Audience members could drive the robot and see how the robot visualized obstacles.

aerialSSAHaley Archer-McClellan ’15 and Deirdre Tobin ’15 presented their summer research project, entitled “Exploring a Text-Based Analysis of Persistent-State Dependencies in Web Applications”.  They presented their methodology for finding relationships between web application resource names using textual clues.  Their work is  supervised by Professor Sara Sprenkle.

Three computer science students presented projects based in other departments: Lee Davis ’13 presented a poster on the results his independent study with Professor Natalia Toporikova from biology: “Computational Model of Pre-Botzinger Complex”, while Ginny Huang ’14 and Cathy Wang ’15 presented “Zeckendorf’s Theorem, Tiling Proofs, and the 3-bonacci Sequence”, supervised by Professor Gregory Dresden of the Math Department.

Beyond these presenters, many computer science students also participated in book colloquiums and performances and supported their friends by attending their sessions.

Student Researchers Scene on Campus

July 27, 2012

Professor Levy and student researchers Olivier Mahame ’14, Bipeen Acharya ’15, and Suraj Bajacharya ’14 demonstrate flying their drone in the Great Hall of the Science Center. Read the story

Richard Marmorstein ’14 presents his progress on developing and testing an online symbolic logic tutorial to Professor Sprenkle.  The application he is developing will be used by Professor Gregory in logic courses and by Professor Sprenkle in web application testing experiments.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Remington and Scene on Campus.

Cobb ’12 a Finalist in ACM Student Research Competition at SIGCSE

March 4, 2012
Cobb '12 at SIGCSE

Camille at the "welcome gate" to SIGCSE

Camille Cobb ’12 was a finalist in the ACM Student Research Competition held at SIGCSE 2012 in Raleigh, NC.  Camille presented her poster on “Exploring Text-Based Analysis of Test Case Dependencies of Web Applications” in a four-hour session to unknown judges, which placed her in the top five student researchers.  She gave a well-received 12-minute presentation two days later with tough competition–by all accounts, the finalists were all very strong.

The official W&L story

Camille presents her research along with the four other finalists.

Cobb ’12 Receives Honorable Mention in CRA Undergraduate Research Award

November 30, 2011

The CRA announced their list of Undergraduate Research Awards, which included an honorable mention for Camille Cobb ’12. Camille has worked on automatically testing web applications with Professor Sprenkle for two years and worked this past summer on visualizing medical processes with Professor Lori Clarke from the University of Massachusetts. Camille has presented her work in poster sessions at several conferences and has a conference paper under submission.

From the announcement:

This year’s nominees were a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several were authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others had made presentations at major conferences, and some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. Many of our nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs, many had been teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors, and a number had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts. It is quite an honor to be selected for Honorable Mention from this group.

Students Present Research at Tapia Conference

June 1, 2011
Lucy, Anna, and Camille (left to right) at the Tapia Conference

Lucy, Anna, and Camille (left to right) at the Tapia Conference

Camille Cobb ’12, Anna Pobletts ’12, and Lucy Simko ’11 were awarded scholarships to attend the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in San Francisco in early April.  At the conference, they presented posters of their research on automated web application testing.  Their research projects were funded by the CRA-W/CDC Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates, which had an informal gathering at the conference.

Anna, Lucy, and Camille (left to right) in a Redwood forest the Sunday before the conference.

Anna, Lucy, and Camille (left to right) in a Redwood forest the Sunday before the conference.

Sprenkle and Simko’s Research Paper Wins Award

April 12, 2011

Professor Sprenkle and Lucy Simko ’11‘s paper at the International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST) won the Best Research Paper Award. ICST is a prestigious conference in software testing (21% acceptance rate) with over 300 attendees. The paper entitled “A Study of Usage-Based Navigation Models and Generated Abstract Test Cases for Web Applications” was done in collaboration with Dr. Lori Pollock of the University of Delaware. The paper was selected out of 35 accepted papers.

the best research paper award

The Best Research Paper Award. It's tricky to get a good picture of it because of how reflective it is.

Professor Sprenkle presenting at the ICST conference

Students Present Research at SSA

March 18, 2011

Several computer science students participated in W&L’s student conference SSA: Science, Society, and the Arts.

At the second poster session of the day, David Margolies ’12 presented his work with Professor Levy in an independent study he did in the fall. The poster’s title was “Robot Vision and Object Tracking”.

David is in the top right of the picture, in a dark coat and blue tie.

Also in that session, Lucy Simko ’11 and Anna Pobletts ’12 presented their poster on their automated web application testing research with Professor Sprenkle called “An analysis of the relationship between parameter characteristics and data model factors to automatically create effective test suites for web applications”. Whew! What a title!

In the picture below, Anna (teal) and Lucy (to the right) explain their project to curious minds.

Will Richardson ’11 and Chen Zhong ’12 presented their summer research project that was advised by Professor Stough: “Visual Object Class Recognition”.

At the afternoon poster session, Camille Cobb ’12 presented her research poster on “Toward a User-Session-Dependency Model for Automatically Testing Web Applications” that she is working on with Professor Sprenkle. Camille will be presenting a similar poster at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing at the beginning of April.

Summer Research At WLU: Is There a Person in that Image?

July 9, 2010

Will Richardson ’11 and Chen Zhong ’12 are working with Dr. Joshua Stough this summer on object recognition in natural images, a popular research front at the intersection of computer vision and machine learning. The goal is to take a digital image, for example from the popular website, and to accurately assess whether that image contains at least one instance of a person, airplane, dog, table, chair, and so on among 20 different object classes. The three will submit their results at the end of the summer to a workshop competition associated with the European Conference on Computer Vision.  See the PASCAL competition website for more information.

Rising Senior Simko Working on Research at Tufts University

July 8, 2010

Lucy Simko ’11 is spending this summer at Tufts University, working with Dr. Carla Brodley and two teammates on a research project through the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.   The DREU program aims its programs at underrepresented groups in computing and engineering.

A week into her research, Lucy reports: “We’re developing a web crawler to essentially put together [the DREU program's] mailing list for next year.  This may sound trivial, but it actually touches upon a lot of open questions, such as how to find websites of only computer scientists without going through the entire web, or what words are most likely to tell us that a website belongs to a certain demographic (such as student, female, and/or minority). We’re also interested in the machine learning aspect of the problem: that is, since the machine must be taught how to classify websites based on some training set, what should the training set include, and how should it be acquired”

Good luck, Lucy!

Research Project Funded by CREU Program

June 16, 2010

Professor Sara Sprenkle and students Camille Cobb, Anna Pobletts, and Lucy Simko’s proposal of a research project focused on automating testing of web applications was accepted as a sponsored Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU) project for the 2010-2011 academic year. CREU provides stipends for the students’ work and additional funding for travel.

Stay tuned for updates on the new CREU crew’s progress!


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