Loyola U. Chicago Computer Science News

Aug 28 2014 laufer
Welcome New Graduate Students!
Loyola’s Computer Science Department welcomes 69 new graduate students entering our MS programs this summer and fall, including 19 Fulbright scholars.
This table at our recent first-day welcome party shows some of the diversity of the new students (left to right): Emilio Weba (Brazil), Nini Simonishvili (Republic of Georgia), Joan Clarke (Jamaica), Rohini Singh (India), Dr. Andrew Harrington (Graduate Program Director, Massachusetts), Zijun Chen (China), Xiying Huang (China), Chris Robertson (Ohio).

Welcome New Graduate Students!

Loyola’s Computer Science Department welcomes 69 new graduate students entering our MS programs this summer and fall, including 19 Fulbright scholars.

This table at our recent first-day welcome party shows some of the diversity of the new students (left to right): Emilio Weba (Brazil), Nini Simonishvili (Republic of Georgia), Joan Clarke (Jamaica), Rohini Singh (India), Dr. Andrew Harrington (Graduate Program Director, Massachusetts), Zijun Chen (China), Xiying Huang (China), Chris Robertson (Ohio).

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By: laufer
Aug 27 2014 laufer

Inst-a-lab, port-a-lab, lab-in-a-box, whatever you choose to call it, it has just become a reality at Loyola University Chicago, designed by Drs. Konstantin Läufer and George K. Thiruvathukal as a workaround for shrinking lab space availability. Dr. William Honig is seen here deploying one of the department’s two inst-a-labs in his COMP 170: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming class this fall semester. The inst-a-lab features a wheeled, waterproof Pelican iM2750 Storm Case in a color that’s very close to Loyola’s Pantone 124 Gold, and seven MacBook Pro 13” laptops.

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By: laufer
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Loyola CS alum Plamen Petrov (MSCS `92) receives PhD from UIC

Please join me in congratulating our distinguished alumnus and part-time faculty member, Dr. Plamen P. Petrov, on completing his PhD in computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago!

His PhD thesis is entitled Multilevel Context-Aware Software Architecture Decision Framework with Probabilistic Graphical Models, and his advisors are Dr. Ugo Buy (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Dr. Robert L. Nord (Carnegie Mellon University).

Plamen recently joined Deloitte Consulting as CTO of their Cognitive Analytics group. Prior to Deloitte, he spent over 11 years at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, most recently serving as Executive Director and Chief Enterprise Architect.

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By: laufer
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Loyola CS faculty member receives Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Please join me in congratulating my colleague Dr. Andrew N. Harrington on this wonderful accomplishment and thanking him for his numerous contributions to the department and the university. Dr. Harrington was honored on stage at last Friday’s New Student Convocation. A description of the award and a list of recent recipients are available from the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy.

Dr. Andrew N. Harrington received a PhD in mathematics from Stanford University in 1976 and joined Loyola University Chicago in 1983. His main interests include Python and education, algorithms, and software engineering. He has taught a broad range of courses and has developed various introductory computer science teaching materials. He has also been serving as Graduate Program Director since July 2013, and in similar roles in the past.

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By: laufer
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Welcome New Part-Time Computer Science Faculty!

This fall 2014 semester, it is my pleasure to welcome Mr. Sharan Kalwani to the part-time computer science faculty.

Sharan recently joined the HPC group at Fermi National Accelerator Labs as a Computing Services Architect.  Before Fermi, he was the Subject Matter Expert/Project lead at the UberCloud project, working on helping to realize HPC in the cloud.  With 30 years of experience in Scientific and Technical computing, Sharan has worked at numerous HPC industry leaders that include Cray Research, Silicon Graphics, Intel, etc.  He has also spent several years in the industry at General Motors - managing their global engineering HPC centers, as well as in the academic domain, helping to fulfill their research computing missions.  Sharan is a member of the ACM, senior member of IEEE/Computer Society, USENIX/LISA.  He was also one of the original founders of the michigan!/usr/group (mug.org) back in 1986.  He also runs the popular discussion group ‘Innovative Uses of HPC’ on Linked In.

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By: laufer
Jun 12 2014 laufer

Alumnus Ryan Cuprak coauthors EJB 3 book

Loyola alumnus Ryan Cuprak (BS computer science and biology, 2001) coauthored EJB 3 in Action (2nd ed.). Available since March 2011 under Manning’s Early Access Program (MEAP), this title is now available in print with a March 2014 publication date.

Ryan is an e-formulation analyst at Enginuity PLM and has presided over the Connecticut Java Users Group since 2003.

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By: laufer
Apr 14 2014 laufer

At Loyola’s 2014 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium, computer science students Breno Carvalho and Luiz Campos Barboza, presented the DroidWall project from the spring 2014 class Advanced Experimental Computing: Pervasive SystemsBreno and Luiz are at Loyola on a one-year exchange program from Brazil. Faculty mentors of this project are Drs. Läufer and Thiruvathukal. 

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By: laufer
Apr 09 2014 gkthiruvathukal

Heartbleed/OpenSSL Security Flaw: Act Now!

As has been widely reported, there is a major security flaw associated with OpenSSL that affects a significant number of services that rely upon it, including many well-established Internet properties.

This is a good time to reset your passwords everywhere (university, work, and personal). Speaking from my own experience, I have been moving to password vaults such as LastPass, 1password, Dashlane, which all support an additional layer of security (an envelope, if you will) around the data stored in the vault. I will stop short of prescribing any one solution and leave this decision to you. A key reason you would want to use one of these services is that they provide you with support for random-password generation (of arbitrarily long passwords) and can even support different generation schemes to comply with different password requirements.

This is a good time to also start learning about two-factor authentication, which is provided by many of the good Internet companies. Users of Google, for example, have been armored with this extra layer of protection for years, provided you enable it. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Thiruvathukal or Mr. Miao Ye. We’ll be happy to assist you.

In short, now is the time to act. Don’t get hacked!

Regards,
George K. Thiruvathukal
Professor and Computing Director, Computer Science

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Mar 07 2014 ronaldgreenberg

3/12 talk canceled, but a different talk 3/10 at 12:00

The speaker for 3/12 has become unexpectedly unavailable; we will try to reschedule him.  Meanwhile, there is a talk Monday 3/10 at 12:00 on “Hackers and Cyberterrorism” in the School of Communication:
http://webapps.it.luc.edu/newsevents/public/calendar_detail.cfm?eventid=63300&skin=default

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Mar 06 2014 ronaldgreenberg

Wed 3/12: “Internet of Things (IoT) A Deep Dive”

CANCELED.  Will try to reschedule.
See details below of the next joint talk by the Loyola Computer Science Department and Chicago Chapter of the ACM.
It is helpful to get RSVPs at

Title: Internet of Things (IoT) A Deep Dive
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5:45PM light refreshments, 6:30PM talk

Location: Beane Ballroom (13th Floor, Lewis Towers)
               111 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL

Topic Abstract:

The Internet of Things (or IoT) refers to systems that communicate with each other in an Internet-like structure. This term was introduced by Kevin Ashton in 2009 although the concept had been discussed earlier; it gained greater attention when radio frequency identification (or RFID) tagging became a reality. Looking at the success of the current day internet, where networks of computers connect to each other (hence the term inter-net), the assumption is that if all objects were equipped with identifiers, they could be managed in a similar fashion. Besides using RFID, the tagging of things may be achieved through such technologies as near field communication (e.g. Bluetooth), barcodes, QR codes, and digital watermarking.

Equipping all objects in the world with tiny machine-readable identifiers could change our lives, much like futurists imagined (think of TV’s “The Jetsons”). For instance, business may no longer run out of stock or generate waste products, since relevant parties would know which products are required and consumed.
According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. But that is not just one point of view; according to ABI Research, more than 30 billion devices will be wireless connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. Cisco has created a dynamic “connections counter” to track the estimated number of connected things from July 2013 until July 2020. Thus the concept, where devices connect to the internet/web, is the most active research area in industrial networking.

About the Speaker:
As a Senior Executive Director with Cisco, Craig Hartman is responsible for helping to catalyze and accelerate customer business impact from technology investment across the Manufacturing and Energy (M&E) Sector. The M&E Sector is made up of multiple industries; Manufacturing (CPG, Discrete & Process, High Tech and Life Science Verticals) and Energy (Utilities/Smart Grid and Oil & Gas Verticals). He draws upon years of strategic consulting experience where he assisted companies through business transformation and development of technology transformation strategies. His areas of expertise include; Corporate Strategy, Digitization Strategy, Business Architectures, Organization Transformation, and Business/IT Alignment.

Before joining Cisco Systems, Craig worked at A.T. Kearney, a leading global management consulting firm, as a Senior Principal in their Technology Strategy Practice. While at A.T. Kearney, Craig assisted Fortune 500 clients, such as Federal Express, Philip Morris, EDS, and Hewlett-Packard; in developing business and organizational transformation strategies. In addition, Craig assisted in the development of a book on the digital economy titled “Mastering the Digital Marketplace.”

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