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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
George K. Thiruvathukal
Professor and Computing Director, Computer Science
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:
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
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.