Author: Meet Assistant Professor Ghada Almashaqbeh

CSE’s newest faculty member gives a glimpse into her journey, research, and what lies ahead

Although she has only been at the university for a few weeks, assistant professor Ghada Almashaqbeh is quickly making a name for herself. Set to give her first talk as a UConn professor at this year’s virtual Grace Hopper Celebration in early October, this newcomer already has the real-world experience backing her research. Reflecting on her journey, Ghada shares what led her to computer science and her decision to leave industry for academia.

Ghada’s childhood in Jordan was typical of the time. It wasn’t until computers started popping up in the late 1990’s that she began exploring the idea of a career in engineering. “Most women studied medicine or went into teaching. Going to engineering school was not widely accepted by society.” In 2005, Ghada was one of only a dozen women to receive an undergrad degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Hashemite University.

Still intrigued by computers, she was first introduced to cryptography after earning her masters degree in Computer Engineering. She then came to the United States to pursue her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Columbia University. “I was surprised to get to Columbia and see so few women in my program. Women in the U.S. have more freedom in their career choice, but some of the same stereotypes exist.”

It was her thesis at Columbia that would lay the groundwork for her subsequent career move. As she talked about her research, people began encouraging her to take it to the next level.  “Startups were spreading,” says Ghada. “With the success of Bitcoin, people were more willing to put money down.” Together with her co-advisor and another engineer, Ghada cofounded CacheCash, a distributed content delivery service powered by a cryptocurrency, based on the concepts outlined in her PhD thesis titled, “CacheCash: A Cryptocurrency-based Decentralized Content Delivery Network.”

While the experience as an entrepreneur working with industry was invaluable, Ghada felt a pull to return to academics and research. After a year and a half with CacheCash, she decided to pursue teaching at the university level.

She first met UConn professors Amir Herzberg and Bing Wang at the2019 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security in Washington, DC. “Then UConn just kept popping up,” Ghada says. “I interviewed at other schools, but none felt like a good fit. It is different when you feel like the department is a family.”

Ghada is quickly settling into her new role as assistant professor in the Computer Science & Engineering department. Her research in security, privacy and cryptography – in particular, building decentralized blockchain and cryptocurrency-based services and securing them through cryptographic and economic means – caught the eyes of professors Laurent Michel and Ben Fuller, who are mentoring her through the Connecticut Advanced Computing Center. “I get excited when my research is useful,” she says. I want to solve problems, not just publish papers. It starts with the real world.”

Her talk at this year’s virtual Grace Hopper Celebration titled “Rethinking Systems: A Path Towards Secure Equitable Resource Markets”, is just one more feather in her cap. Speaking alongside dozens of the most influential women in the technology field, Ghada has not only established herself as a researcher, but also as a role model for women pursuing a career in engineering.

What’s next for Ghada? “You know when you are a kid and your parents do everything for you and you can’t wait to get out on your own?” she asks. “That’s how I feel now. I’m ready to decide how to run my projects, find my own students and be a successful advisor so I can get the best out of them like my advisors did for me. A successful student is the culmination of all the work I put in to get here.”

To read more about Ghada’s research, visit her website.

Author: Zap Partners with the UConn School of Engineering to Advance Decentralized Finance (DeFi) & Applications (DApps) using the Zap Protocol

Every year, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering partners with hundreds of industry leading companies and government agencies through the university’s Senior Design Program. Teams of 3-5 seniors, each mentored by an engineering department faculty member, collaborate with these entities by working on real world projects. Zap is currently working with a team of UConn seniors on the bleeding edge of decentralized finance and application development through education, experimentation, and the creation of them.

Zap Protocol provides a suite of smart contract templates for developers to easily create and deploy tokenized products and services in a fully decentralized way. Each template is powered by a bonding curve – a technology which uses algorithmic market making and an immutable pricing index to provide full liquidity. This solution eliminates the need for centralized exchanges and other third-party services when offering a redeemable token on the blockchain. Product/service providers and consumers can interact in a peer-to-peer digital marketplace to instantly exchange tokenized goods and services. A few use-cases include the monetization of data, decentralized fundraising & development bounties, tokenized equity in real estate, issuing an ERC-20 token, or tradable futures markets.

“This is a great opportunity for the computer science students and the financial-technology industry,” said Dr. Phillip G. Bradford, director of the Computer Science program at the UConn Stamford campus and faculty mentor for the Zap team. “This opportunity helps grow a strong talent pipeline in Connecticut, in general, and Stamford in particular.”

Every Senior Design project is a two-semester capstone required for all School of Engineering seniors to graduate. The project teaches students how to work collaboratively in a real-world setting and allows employers to gain first-hand experience with potential future employees who work on their project.

“The Zap Protocol and the development teams behind it are true industry leaders who work every day to build revolutionary software for decentralized finance and other applications,” said Nick Spanos, founder of Zap Protocol. “We are excited to partner with UConn’s School of Engineering to advance DeFi by developing and deploying oracles powered by bonding curve technology.”

Learn more about the Senior Design Project: https://seniordesign.engr.uconn.edu

Contact: charles.maric@uconn.edu

Learn more about Zap Protocol: zap.org | tech.zap.org | medium.com/the-zap-project |

Contact: stefan@zap.org

 

Author: CS Alum Paul S. Cheney Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Distinguished Engineers

Congratulations to Computer Science alum Paul S. Cheney on his induction into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers! The Academy recognizes School of Engineering alumni and friends for their exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy, or service. As leaders and model citizens, these individuals bring honor to UConn Engineering.

Cheney, who graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer Science, along with nine other members of the 2020 class were honored virtually by the Academy on September 18, bringing the total number of inductees to 246 since 2003. Click here to read more about Paul Cheney and his fellow inductees’ outstanding achievements in the fields of engineering.

Author: Research Experience for Undergraduates Position at Yale/VA Learning Based Recovery Center

 

REU program: We participate in the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), which provides research experience and funding for excellent and inquisitive undergraduate students. The goal of the REU program is to train undergraduate students in conducting research, applying and proposing appropriate research methods, as well as preparing research papers and reports. This position is at the Yale/VA Learning Based Recovery Center.

 

Expectations: The REU student will be expected to conduct research, develop and evaluate methods and algorithms on an NSF-funded project, which focuses on collecting, extracting, annotating, and analyzing motion capture data from participants performing a set of physical tasks. The student will contribute to the development and improvement of our recording and annotation system, including data extraction and analysis methods. The student will be expected to have some degree of autonomy – to conduct research and make progress by actively proposing ways and research methods to improve the current system (study administration and data collection/analysis). They will be participating in weekly research meetings, reporting on their progress and the overall development of the system, discussing current and future potential improvements, as well as to participate and observe the data collection sessions.

 

Requirements:

  • Be a US citizen or a green-card
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and preferably studying computer science or a related field of
  • Be available to work part-time for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. The workload is expected to be 10 hours a week, and the pay rate is $15/hr.
  • Be able to work independently and have good written and communication
  • Be able to develop, maintain, and develop user-friendly software

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Be able to design applications using C#, Python, or JavaScript with HTML and
  • Data Mining and/or Statistical Analysis (e.g. Scikit-learn, SPSS, )
  • Supervised and unsupervised machine learning (e.g., classification, clustering)
  • Computer vision methods (e.g., OpenCV, Deep Learning)
  • Experience in research and report

 

We would like to hire an REU student to start working with our team as soon as possible. Please upload your resume and cover letter (optional) at https://rb.gy/t2xjmi. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This position is part-time, and it is for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. For any questions, please send an email to maher.abujelala@yale.edu

Author: Professor Fuller discusses Work-From-Home Cybersecurity on NBC Connecticut

Professor Ben Fuller provides some work-from-home cybersecurity tips in this interview.

Author: Dr. Johnson Receives Grant Award to Develop Software for Handwriting Recognition

CSE, Library partnership brings 19th century documents into the 21st

Imagine you are a history scholar. You need historical documents that mention the political structure of a town from the 19th century that no longer exists. You spend months, maybe years, searching thousands of scanned, handwritten documents looking for even one sentence that could help paint the picture.

So you ask yourself, why can’t a computer do this for me? University Librarian Greg Colati posed this very question when he reached out to CSE Associate Professor in Residence Joe Johnson. The two pulled in a few more colleagues, put their heads together and got to work. The result; a project funded by LYRASIS titled “Unlocking the Past: Handwritten Text recognition for 19th Century Manuscripts.”

While Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been around for over 20 years, its value with handwritten historical documents is limited. Dr. Johnson’s research in neural networks suggests that a computer can be “trained” to recognize a set of handwritten documents from an author, and possibly from a small group of authors who may be influenced by each other in the same time period.

Using seven volumes of John Quincy Adams’ diary, Johnson and Colati are expanding the framework built by CSE undergrad Matt Mulhall in 2019. Matt spent that summer creating a training set of over 16,000 images of 22 different characters. Johnson and Colati hope to use this data to further develop computer recognition of words, then lines, and finally sentences. “Neural networks are all the rage right now,” says Dr. Johnson, “but you need a tremendous amount of annotated historical manuscript data which we just don’t have, hence the staged approach.”

The text recognition project will provide a foundation for developing a large-scale, open source software for handwriting recognition for historical documents. This project lays the groundwork for the ultimate expected outcome of creating improved access to handwritten historical documents, which will have a major impact on research in the humanities.

LYRASIS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide. The grant is part of their Catalyst Fund which provides support for new ideas and innovative projects that explore, test, refine and collaborate on innovations with community-wide impact.

To read more about this project, please visit the UConn library blog: https://blogs.lib.uconn.edu/news/2020/07/#.XylXsUBFwuz

Author: Dr. Jinbo Bi Appointed as the Frederick H. Leonhardt Computer Science Chair

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Associate Department Head Jinbo Bi, Ph.D. as the Frederick H. Leonhardt Computer Science Chair in the School of Engineering. In her ten years of service at UConn, Dr. Bi’s has established a research program in the areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence and their application to medical diagnosis and treatment that has gained national and international recognition.

Dr. Bi’s outstanding record of funding – awards totaling over $7 million in competitive federal funding as sole or co-PI – establishes her as a leading researcher in the CSE department and in her field. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2017, she was awarded the highly competitive MidCareer Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Dr. Bi’s many professional leadership roles include serving as the General Chair of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, advisor for NIH’s Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA) strategic planning for innovation in machine learning and big data analytics, and a highlighted speaker at the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society. She also received the 2019 Women Innovators and Leaders Award from the Connecticut Technology Council and the 2019 Distinguished Woman in STEM Award from Bay Path University.

The Frederick H. Leonhardt Computer Science Chair was established in November 1983 through a generous grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to endow a chair in Computer Science at the UConn Stamford Campus. Given the evolving needs of the University, the Chair was relocated in 2015 to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Storrs campus. Dr. Bi’s outstanding scholarship, leadership, and accomplishments make her an excellent choice for appointment to the Frederick H. Leonhardt Computer Science Chair.

Author: Internship Program at the Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab (SHIL)

The Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab (SHIL) is right now seeking talented software developers to join us ASAP for a project related to early detection of COVID-19. Join our team and be on the forefront of the effort to control this pandemic threat!

The positions are available in the form of full-time/part-time temporary positions, for a period of at least 3 months. 

Candidates with interests and/or experience in the following three areas are desired:

  • Pervasive Computing in Healthcare (Area: MOBILE DEVELOPMENT)
    • Mobile programming (iOS and Android development):
      • Preferably experienced in swift / java
      • Preferably familiar with wearable data

 

  • Scalability of Large-scale Healthcare Applications (Area: CLOUD )
    • Cloud infrastructure (e.g., Google Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure) 
    • Large-scale computing frameworks (e.g., Kubernetes, Terraform)

 

  • Large-scale Security and Privacy (Area: SECURITY )
    • Security configuration management (e.g., Cloud Security)
    • Vulnerability management (e.g., verify, mitigate, patch mechanisms)
    • Anonymized genetic data sharing (e.g., encryption, anonymization techniques)

 

  • Web application (Area: WEB DEVELOPMENT)
    • Proficiency in HTML, CSS , JavaScript, Go, and Ruby for rapid prototyping
    • Proficiency in Databases (e.g., SQL)
    • API web integration

 

Please send an email to shil-internship@stanford.edu with the subject of “<Area>: Internship COVID-19 Program: YOUR_NAME” and attach your resume/CV/transcripts.

Important: Please make sure to add your area of interest (e.g., “CLOUD: Internship COVID-19 Program: John Smith”)

The Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab (SHIL) is applying our expertise on the science and ethics of genomics to build a new collaborative model of science focused on transforming the practice of medicine. This new paradigm of patient-centered medicine monitors the entire genome of individuals to vastly improve disease prediction, prevention, and treatment of conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, schizophrenia, and many others.

Here are some news coverage around our study:
   https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/28/wearable-coronavirus-detect/

   https://www.wsbtv.com/news/2-investigates/scientists-say-your-fitness-tracker-could-help-diagnose-predict-coronavirus/CV52ZJSMAVEFPOVQDLGZPG3FMI/

   https://video.foxnews.com/v/6150301876001#sp=show-clips

Stanford Healthcare Innovation Lab (SHIL)

Author: CSE Professor Qian Yang Awarded Grants to Optimize 3D Printing Methods

Qian Yang

Professor Qian Yang

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Professor Anson Ma

Computer Science & Engineering professor Qian Yang and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering professor Anson Ma are literally shaping the way we use 3D printing. The professors joined forces on two projects, funded by the National Science Foundation and The United States Department of Agriculture, to monitor the 3D printing process for detection of defects in real time and to develop a reliable 3D printing method for transforming pulses into novel food products.

The HuskyJet, a state of the art Pilot Scale inkjet 3D printer, is located in Dr. Anson Ma’s lab at UConn.

Real-time defect detection is key to improving the printing process and qualifying 3D printed parts. This detection can be used to inform decisions such as whether to abort a print process or apply corrective action to compensate for detected defects. Dr. Yang and Dr. Ma’s research project, titled Machine Learning-Enabled In-Progress Defect Detection and funded by the National Science Foundation through the SHAP3D Industry University Cooperative Research Center, leverages state-of-the-art deep learning techniques to achieve real-time defect detection and localization, while automatically pre-processing images for color and lighting consistency so that this can be achieved without requiring modifications to cameras and hardware. “The additive manufacturing industry, which is expected to top $20 billion in the next five years, has the potential to drive important advancements in varied industries ranging from medicine to aerospace to consumer products,” says Yang. “To truly enable additive manufacturing at scale, machine learning will play a key role in accelerating the development of efficient, robust, and automated 3D printing technologies.”

The professors’ second joint project, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and titled 3D Food Printing, focuses on research that will positively impact the food supply chain and empower consumers through the development of automated food printers to create products with excellent shelf life, nutrition, sensory attributes, and minimal food waste.

Dr. Yang leads the machine learning portion of the project, focusing on the challenge of optimizing the 3D printing process for new feedstock materials. The success of 3D printing depends on a tedious trial-and-error approach to finding an optimal combination of feedstock materials and printing process parameters. Dr. Ma and Dr. Yang address this challenge through physics-based modeling and machine learning to optimize waveforms and other parameters for inkjet printing. They will leverage active learning methods to design efficient experiments and generative adversarial networks for physics modeling.

“Through these two projects,” Yang adds, “we will demonstrate how machine learning can be used to fully optimize the 3D printing process, from the selection of printing materials and process parameters (USDA project) prior to printing, to online monitoring and corrective action during and after printing (NSF SHAP3D project).”

SHAP3D is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Connecticut and Georgia Institute of Technology. The mission of the SHAP3D Center is to perform pre-competitive research providing the fundamental knowledge for additively printed heterogeneous products that integrate multiple engineering materials with complex 3D structures and diverse functionality. For more information on this partnership, affiliated researchers and ongoing projects, please visit https://www.uml.edu/research/shap3d/

Author: CSE Undergraduate Keegan Yao Receives 2020 SURF Award

Congratulations to Keegan Yao on receiving the UConn Summer Undergraduate Research Funds (SURF) Award for his project titled: Phylogenetic Tree Completions with Minimal Robinson-Foulds Distance. SURF Awards support full-time undergraduate students in summer research or creative projects.

Keegan’s project focuses on the development of novel algorithms for optimal completion of incomplete phylogenetic trees. This problem arises naturally whenever phylogenetic trees with non-identical leaf sets must be compared, but no efficient algorithms currently exist for the problem. Keegan’s research project seeks to develop the first such algorithms. Keegan, slated to receive a dual degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, is mentored by Computer Science & Engineering Professor Mukul Bansal.

This year’s SURF awardees were selected from an exceptionally strong group of applicants representing diverse areas of academic study. A complete list of UConn SURF awardees is available at https://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/323/2020/05/2020-SURF-Awards.pdf.

Author: Berk Alpay Named 2020 University Scholar

Congratulations to Berk Alpay on being named a 2020 University Scholar. One of the most challenging and prestigious programs for UConn undergraduates, the University Scholar Program allows students to design and pursue an in-depth research or creative project and to craft a learning plan that supports their interests and academic goals. Berk’s project, titled Combinatorial and Statistical Approaches for Robust Prediction of Gene Expression from Genomic Features, focuses on understanding how variation in genotype produces differences in gene expression is critical to explaining the underlying mechanisms of disease, and can be used to discover genetic risk factors. CSE Professors Derek Aguiar, Mukul Bansal and Mathematics Professor Katherine Hall serve as mentors for the project.

Berk is no stranger to major awards at UConn. He was named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences, and engineering. He was also a Holster Scholar in 2018, a highly selective enrichment opportunity for first-year Honors Program students that promotes independent research during the summer following a student’s freshman year. Berk is currently on track to graduate in 2021 with a dual degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Building on an interest in artificial intelligence and neural networks since high school, Berk began research in bioinformatics with Professor Derek Aguiar in 2019. “Berk’s research shows that by incorporating non-linear and non-additive interactions between genomic variants, we can build better models to impute both continuous and discrete expression for many genes,” says Professor Aguiar. “His work lays a foundation for follow-up methodological or experimental research, e.g., associating changes in imputed gene expression from genome-wide association study data with disease.”

Author: Song Han Awarded Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

 

Congratulations to Dr. Song Han on his promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure. Dr. Han received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and joined UConn’s Computer Science & Engineering department faculty in 2013. His research areas include Industrial Internet-of-Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Wireless Powered Communication, Real-Time Data Analytics and Machine Learning.

Dr. Han’s research is currently supported by National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Emerson Automation Solutions, Texas Instruments, Microsoft Research and UConn Health Center. He was appointed as a Castleman Term Professor in Engineering Innovation in 2020, which recognizes outstanding faculty members who embody exceptional achievements and the deep commitment to research, education and outreach. 

We wish Song continued success!

Author: Doctoral Students Awarded Fellowships

Congratulations to 14 Ph.D. students who were awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship on May 11, 2020! These prestigious awards are given to outstanding students to further their progress toward degree completion.

Saad Quadar received the department’s top honor – the Taylor L. Booth graduate fellowship. This fellowship, named after UConn alum and CSE department founder Taylor L. Booth, is awarded to a doctoral student intending to pursue a faculty career at an American university upon completion of their Ph.D.

Departmental Research Excellence Awards were presented to Yanyuan Qin, Theodore Jensen, Zigeng Wang and Chao Shang.

Departmental Research Fellowship recipients included Fatemeh Zare, Md Abdullah Al Fahim, Songyang Han, Shweta Ware, Hasan Iqbal, Guannan Liang, Sohaib Ahmad, Tianyu Wang and Xia Xiao.

Congratulations to everyone on your recent award and accomplishments!

Author: CSE Recognizes Senior Design Project Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of Computer Science & Engineering’s 2020 Senior Design Project competition! Top honors go to Team 5: Cloud Developer Management Dashboard and Team 17: Process Visualization.

Second place was also a tie between Team 16: Secure Embedded Architecture and Team 27: Cloud-Based Fuel Management System. Third place goes to Team 24: Visual Inspection Automation.

The projects were evaluated by a select group of professionals from industry and academia on overall quality and presentation. This included the project idea, impact, design, interface, demo of the prototype, and the students’ communication skills.

The awards were presented by Dr. Joseph Johnson, Senior Design Coordinator, Associate Professor in-Residence and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in Computing.

Click here to view all projects and the 34 teams in the CSE department.

The winners of this year’s Senior Design Project Program Competition:

First place

Team 5- Cloud Developer Management Dashboard

Sponsor: Lockheed Martin, Advisor: Dr. Joseph Johnson

Team members: Tyler Cromwell, Cristian Gutu, Nick Huynh and Michael Welch

Team 17- Process Visualization

Sponsor: Unilever, Advisor: Dr. Dong-Guk Shin

Team members: Xuan Chau, Chris Lo, Martin Place and Yijiang Yu

 

Second Place

Team 16- Secure Embedded Architecture

Sponsor: Pratt and Whitney, Advisors: Dr. Bing Wang and Dr. Jerry Shi

Team members: Agean Binan, Benjamin Buchmeier, Taeyoung Park, Ethan Pernal and Patrick Thompson

Team 27- Cloud-Based Fuel Management System

Sponsor: Veeder-Root, Advisor: Dr. Seung-Hyun Hong

Team members: Andrew Canova, Nicholas Hajek, Rishi Mehta and Michelle Tsun

 

Third Place-

Team 24- Visual Inspection Automation

Sponsor: Jonal Labatories, Advisor: Dr. Wei Wei

Team members: Timothy Goodwin, Juhyeon Lee, James Liebler and Emily Maciejewski

 

Best wishes to all our graduating seniors. We wish you all well in your future endeavors!

Author: Virtual Senior Design Demonstration Day 2020

The capstone Senior Design Project Program is a hallmark of success for engineering seniors. Mentored by faculty and industry engineers, students work to solve real-world engineering problems. Students learn principles of design, ethical issues affecting engineering decisions, professional communication, and the day-to-day implications of intellectual property.

Each year, dozens of leading companies, most of which are based in Connecticut, suggest a problem, assign a technical representative, and mentor the senior engineering students as they develop meaningful solutions. The program gives graduating seniors hands-on experience working on projects that make a difference right here in our community.

This year, the Senior Design projects are featured virtually to celebrate the creativity and innovation of our graduating seniors. We invite you to watch the welcome video from the School of Engineering Dean, Kazem Kazerounian, and view Computer Science & Engineering project videos from 34 teams. The clips highlight the students’ research and problem solving, design method, and construction of a working prototype. Enjoy!

Author: Postdoctoral Research Associate

AIDD and Structural Bioinformatics laboratory (https://mlddd-ct.github.io/) in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department and the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at University of Connecticut has an open position for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in the emerging field of artificial intelligence and machine learning in Drug Discovery. The University of Connecticut offers a unique interdisciplinary working environment.  The candidate would work closely with computer scientists, chemists, and biologists to design, develop and apply cutting-edge AI approaches to design molecules for potential drug likelihood.

Complete information is here.

Author: Assistant or Associate Professor-in-Residence

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a non-tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor-in-Residence at the Storrs campus. The successful candidate will primarily contribute to the department’s teaching program but is encouraged to pursue his or her research interests and collaborate within the department.  Complete information is here.

Author: Dr. Sheida Nabavi Wins Prestigious CAREER Award

 A special congratulations to Dr. Sheida Nabavi for her latest accomplishment of winning the NSF CAREER Award receiving $499,991 over five years for her research project: “CAREER: Machine learning and signal processing methods for analyzing single-cell sequencing data.” The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The focus of this research is on identifying genomic variations in the form of copy number variations using DNA single-cell sequencing data, and clustering cells using RNA single-cell sequencing data. The developed methods and algorithms will significantly advance knowledge in extracting accurate information from complex and massive single-cell sequencing data by (i) providing optimal representation of genome coverage data by applying sparse optimization, (ii) modeling and reducing noise by employing denoising methods in signal processing, (iii) exploring information across cells by applying data-driven learning models and (iv) incorporating prior knowledge by adapting network and word embedding models.

The award reflects NSF’s statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation’s intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria. This is our faculty’s 14th NSF Career Award since the turn of the Century. Best wishes to Professor Nabavi for continued success!

Author: Firmware Engineer Internship with Perkin Elmer

Job Title:                            Intern Firmware Engineer

Location:                           Shelton, CT USA 06798

Career Level:                   Intern   (Non-Manager)

Education:                        Perusing Bachelor’s Degree – Advanced Degree

PerkinElmer is a global leader solutions provider focused on improving human and environmental health. We are at the forefront of development, production, marketing, servicing, and support of cutting edge of scientific laboratory instrumentation and automation systems throughout the world. We provide our customers with critical knowledge, expertise and innovative solutions so that they can make better decisions for better outcomes. At PerkinElmer, we make a difference every day – helping scientists, clinicians and governments detect earlier and more accurately to improve the health and safety of people and the environment. Our solutions range from enabling the discovery of more effective diagnostics and therapies, to making sure that the food we eat, the water we drink, and our environment are safe from contaminants.

Summary:

A student intern perusing a degree in software engineering or electrical engineering with experience working with microprocessors and microcontrollers.

Intern will assist engineers in design, implementation, and debugging of firmware for laboratory equipment.

Design and implementation will involve electro-mechanical systems and motion control systems.

Will work with a team of engineers of all disciplines as well as scientists (physicists and chemists)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designs and develops firmware applications and drivers.
  • Participates in product architecture, design, and development.
  • Investigates and debugs complex system problems and drives engineering solutions to improve or correct product or process issues.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Perusing a degree in software engineering or electrical engineering with emphasis on embedded development. i.e. Arduino, Raspberry PI, or embedded evaluation platforms.
  • Experience with modern development tools: (Eclipse, Git, GCC, Gnu tools)
  • Demonstrate understanding of Real Time Operating Systems.
  • Experience with communication interfaces (USB, RS232, SPI, I2C).
  • Experience with motion control, sensors, motors, encoders, vision systems a big plus.
  • Experience in C++. Knowledge of .Net and Python a plus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of good software design practices
  • Positive attitude, high energy, leadership, project management and troubleshooting skills
  • Hands on engineer with good communication (written and oral) skills and likes to solve problems and work issues on the production floor as well as in the engineering lab

 

Job Performance Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates effective technical/ project presentation, communication skills.

This is a summer 2019 opportunity and we offer a modest hourly rate ($15-18/hour) but more importantly we offer exposure to cutting edge industry tools/designs and hands on experience.

To apply, please see the link below:

https://jobs.perkinelmer.com/job/shelton/firmware-engineer-intern-automation/20539/10940273

Author: Professor Qian Yang Co-Organized First Annual Women in STEM Frontiers in Research Expo (WiSFiRE)

The School Of Engineering held the Women in STEM Frontiers in Research Expo, also known as WiSFiRE, for the first time—bringing together, and celebrating some of the important research and journeys of female faculty in the School. The conference was organized by Assistant Professors Anna Taraknova (Mechanical Engineering) and Qian Yang. 

According to Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, “Intended as a celebration of women in STEM, and their accomplishments, undergraduates and graduate students were treated to panel discussions on insights into a scientific research career and talks on topics such as humanizing engineering and the next generation of bridge infrastructure in the United States. 

Author: Internships with The Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine

The Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM) is seeking year-round student interns (Summer 2020 interns in particular).
Our center is prepared to hire strong candidates who want to hone their skills in a stimulating environment while contributing to cutting-edge health care projects.

Selected interns will work with the SCGPM team and be paid a competitive stipend.
Self-motivated candidates who have strong interests in working in the following research areas are welcomed to apply:
1. Pervasive Computing in Healthcare
2. High Performance Computing and Distributed Computing
3. Security and Privacy
4. Data Management Systems
5. AI and Machine Learning
6. Program Performance Modeling and Optimizations

Application deadline for Summer 2020: 12:00 PM PST, March 1st, 2020
Please send your transcripts, CV, and cover letter (focus on why you want to do biomedical research in 1-2 above areas) to scgpm-internship@stanford.edu with the subject “Internship Program: YOUR_NAME”.

Please check out the attached flyer and visit our website for more information.
https://med.stanford.edu/scgpm/education/scgpm-internships.html

We look forward to hearing from you!

Author: Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research at UConn Health Center

Program Overview

The Health Research Program offers a pathway into undergraduate research for students with interests in health and the biomedical sciences. By facilitating connections between UConn Health researchers and UConn undergraduates, this program will involve more students in the cutting-edge research at the Farmington campus. The Health Research Program includes a combination of academic year and summer research opportunities, offering undergraduates and their faculty mentors a structure for sustained engagement in research projects, maximizing student learning and preparation for graduate study and/or careers in the health professions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Summer 2020 phase of the Health Research Program, a student applicant must:

  • Currently be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at UConn, and plan to graduate with that bachelor’s degree no earlier than May 2021. This includes students pursuing Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
  • Be a full-time student in good standing at a UConn campus during the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Be willing to continue their research involvement for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Beyond these general eligibility criteria, each individual opportunity description specifies the desired qualifications for that position.

 

More information here.

Author: Computation and Neuroscience Research Assistant Opportunity at Yale University

There is a computation and neuroscience research assistant position available in my laboratory for 1-2 years, appropriate for a student or recent graduate who wishes to spend at least 1 year doing full time research before pursuing a career or graduate studies in computation and neuroscience related fields (Computer Science, Bioengineering, Neurobiology, MD/PhD, etc.).

My research is on normal brain mechanisms of consciousness and loss of consciousness during epileptic seizures (see also https://medicine.yale.edu/lab/blumenfeld/). Ongoing projects include human fMRI with simultaneous EEG, intracranial EEG, behavioral testing, pupillometry and machine learning. In addition, we perform in vivo electrophysiology and fMRI recordings from animal models of epilepsy to investigate cortical and subcortical network interactions. This position involves participating in a multi-disciplinary team, working on improving computational methods for localizing brain activity and treating epileptic seizures. Research or work experience in computer programming especially with MATLAB and mathematics is essential; experience in neuroscience or equivalent advanced coursework in these fields is also highly desirable.

Ample opportunities will also be available for exposure to Applied Mathematics, clinical Neurology, Neurosurgery, and related fields depending on the student’s interests. Mentoring will be provided on how to pursue a career in computer science and neuroscience research, or on how to combine basic research and clinical work through a career in academia.

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV or resume, and three letters of reference via email to: hal.blumenfeld@yale.edu
Note: due to high demand please do not send inquiries without attaching a CV/resume

Author: Half RA position in Biomedical Image Processing

We are looking for a motivated and resourceful student (graduate or advanced undergraduate) who is interested in biomedical image processing.

This is a half RA position for the Spring 2020 semester.  

Responsibilities

–           Develop a pipeline to read and analyze  x-ray images

–           Develop image processing and machine learning methods to detect and localize imagining biomarkers

–           Summarize and analyze the results

–           Prepare reports

 

 Requirements

–           Working knowledge of programing languages such as  Python, MATLAB and C

–           Experience in image processing

–           Familiar with machine learning  

–           Able to work in Linux environment 

–           Strong communication and  time-management skills

 

 

If you are interested please send your CV to sheida.nabavi@uconn.edu.

Author: Dr. Han Receives Multiple Grant Awards

The Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Laboratory directed by Dr. Song Han has recently received multiple external and internal grants to support the design, analysis and implementation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems and their applications in a variety of industrial domains.  The first NSF project “PFI-TT: Developing a Configurable Real-time High-speed Wireless Communication Platform for Large-scale Industrial Control Systems” aims at the development of an ultra-high-speed real-time wireless communication platform to support emerging large-scale industrial sensing and control systems. The second NSF project, “CPS: Small: Collaborative Research: A Secure Communication Framework with Verifiable Authenticity for Immutable Services in Industrial IoT Systems”  is a collaborative project with the University of California at Santa Cruz and will design and analyze the performance of a secure two-way communication framework to support verifiable and immutable services within and among multiple connected IIoT systems.  The third NSF project, “CCRI: Planning: Collaborative Research: A Software-defined Wireless Communications Network Research Infrastructure for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Research Community” is a collaborative project with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Texas San Antonio which aims at the planning and design activities for a software-defined wireless network infrastructure for the IIoT research community.

Along with the NSF projects, Dr. Han received the UConn Research Excellence Program Award for his project “Towards Real-Time Data Retrieval with Mobile Edge Devices in Wireless-Powered Industrial IoT Systems” which aims at the design of novel real-time data retrieval technologies in wireless-powered IIoT systems for battery-less and sustainable operations.

Dr. Han is also a key research participant of the recently funded NASA Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute, which includes a team from UConn – in a partnership led by Purdue University and including Harvard University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.  According To UConn Today, the UConn team will seek to design and operate resilient deep-space habitats that can adapt and recover from expected and unexpected disruptions. The new institute will receive as much as $15 million over a five-year period to fund its work of designing and ultimately creating a prototype of an autonomous, resilient, deep-space habitat that is capable of functioning with and without the presence of a human crew.

Author: Be Part of CyberSEED 2019-An Exciting Cybersecurity Event

The University of Connecticut, a leader in hardware cybersecurity, and Synchrony, the fintech market powerhouse are joining forces to sponsor CyberSEED, an exciting cybersecurity event October 19, 2019. Timed to coincide with the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the event features a cyber wargame competition – with prizes awarded to the best performing contestants.  Competitors will face off this October on the expansive UConn Storrs campus in a ballroom atmosphere for bragging rights, cyber education and cash prizes. The sponsor commitment is significant: the grand prize winner in this cyber wargame will take home $15,000.

 

Early registration for the October 19th event is recommended to guarantee participation. The event is free and registrations are open now at http://cyberseed.org

Author: CSE and ECE Hosts Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Departments hosted a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program with the theme of “Trustable Embedded Systems Security Research” this past summer. The National Science Foundation sponsored the REU program that hosted 11 undergraduate students from 10 U.S. universities. It lasted for 10 weeks and culminated with a workshop-style final presentation by each REU student on August 2, 2019. The students, supervised by with their faculty mentors, worked on a wide range of research topics on embedded system security and trustable computing. They attended regular professional workshops on improving communication, writing, and presentation skills. Most REU students participated in weekly reading group meetings to learn about state-of-the-art research papers with graduate students. They also attended the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference on Communications and Network Security in Washington DC. Dr. Bing Wang was the main organizer of the program and 10 faculty members from both CSE and ECE Departments supervised the REU students.

Author: Engineering Alumni Brothers Create UConn’s First Cybersecurity Instructional Lab

The Computer Science & Engineering Department is pleased to share news from the UConn Foundation and the School of Engineering.

In response to the growing field of cybersecurity, two University of Connecticut alumni brothers have donated $1 million to create a new cybersecurity curriculum and launch Altschuler Cybersecurity Lab, UConn’s first cybersecurity instructional lab.

Samuel ’50 and Stephen Altschuler ’54, who earned their UConn bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, will cut the ribbon on the new lab, located on the first floor of the Information Technology Engineering (ITE) Building, sometime in summer 2019.

When fully launched, the lab will be dedicated to teaching hands-on cybersecurity to all Computer Science and Engineering freshmen, as well as other undergraduates and graduate students. A special freshman curriculum is being developed to teach cyber-hygiene in software and hardware and learn about vulnerabilities in commercial-off-the-shelf devices, Internet-of-Things devices, equipment to test the security and integrity of electronic election/voting systems, smart power-meters and power grid devices. The curriculum will also cover website security, secure configuration of networks and networked systems, and security of network routing. The UConn CSE Department is home to more than 800 undergraduate and 150 graduate students.

Stephen Altschuler (far left) and Sam Altschuler (far right) stand with their undergraduate scholarship recipients at a ceremony in 2015. (Christopher Larosa/UConn Photo)

 

Author: CSE Features 41 Projects at Senior Design Day

Each year, more than 100 leading manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and medical firms, consulting practices, utilities as well as local, state and federal government agencies partner with the UConn School of Engineering through Senior Design Projects. Computer Science and Engineering had 41 teams this year, with most of the teams being sponsored by industry.

Every Senior Design Project is a two-semester course required for all School of Engineering seniors to graduate. Each team of 3-5 seniors is mentored by Engineering faculty collaborating with the sponsor.

The winners of this year’s Senior Design Competition are as follows:

First Place – Secure Embedded Architecture for the 1042 Processer
Team 26
Team Members: Brandon Renick, Cameron Morris, Killian Greene, Jacob Boislard
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bing Wang
Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney

 

 

 

 

Second Place – Predictive Maintenance through Digitalization of Manufacturing Indictors
Team 37
Team Members: Nathan Hom, Mike Marandino, Kyle Berry, and Jon Simonin
Faculty Advisors: Drs. Song Han, Mousumi Roy
Sponsor: Radio Frequency Systems

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place – Synchrony Financial Voice Experience
Team 3
Team Members: Mariem Ouni, Richie Viscardi, Fitch Spencer, and Zachary Galica
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Yufeng Wu
Sponsor: Synchrony Financial

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the participants of Senior Design day for a job well done!

Author: Entry Level Computer Systems Engineer with Morris Controls

Duties include development of web applications and web based SQL applications in support of industrial and commercial projects. An interest in SaaS and cloud computing is essential.

Current development efforts also involve OPC projects for communication with industrial control systems.

Other duties include programming of PLC, servo, SCADA and robotic applications.

All programming activities will be under the guidance of senior staff and supervisors for the first two years.

This is an entry level position and the most important quality a candidate can possess is an interest in manufacturing and a willingness to learn. We will train the right candidate in  techniques for gathering and presenting commercial and manufacturing data in a cost effective and secure manner.

This is not an electrical engineering position but a basic knowledge of circuits is required for many of our programming tasks.

About Morris Controls:

If you like the idea of a fully autonomous work environment that is supportive and free of regulation and layers of management, you found us. Use your imagination and desire to help our clients solve a wide array of interesting engineering challenges.

Morris Controls designs and programs control systems for industrial, municipal, marine and animatronic applications. To apply, please send your resume to scott@morriscontrols.com For more information, please visit us at www.morriscontrols.com

Author: Dr. Robert McCartney Wins Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time Award

Congratulations to Professor McCartney for recently being recognized for his publication “A Multi-institutional Study of Peer Instruction in Introductory Computing” being selected 4th best among the “Top Ten SIGCSE Symposium Papers of All Time”. As a capstone to its 50th annual SIGCSE Technical Symposium, leaders of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) are celebrating the ideas that have shaped the field. The top ten papers were chosen from all of the papers that have been presented at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium over the last 49 years.

“In 1969, the year of our first SIGCSE symposium, computing education was a niche specialty” explains SIGCSE Board Chair Amber Settle of DePaul University, of Chicago, USA. “Today, it is an essential skill students need to prepare for the workforce. Computing has become one of the most popular majors in higher education, and more and more students are being introduced to computing in K-12 settings. The Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time Award will emphasize the outstanding research that underpins and informs how students of all ages learn computing. We also believe that highlighting excellent research will inspire others to enter the computing education field and make their own contributions.”

Author: Technology Field Engineer

Our client is looking for a talented professional to join our team as a Field Engineer. This position is responsible for handling PC hardware break fix calls at various locations. Ensuring customer satisfaction and solving issues in an efficient and pleasant manner are essential for this position. The Field Engineer is a key contributor to the success of managing our client’s IT environment.

Why You Will Love This Job

To successfully perform the requirements for this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work on multiple priorities and/or tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent listening and communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong customer relationship skills
  • Organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Ability to provide and maintain detailed documentation on each job
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to effectively communicate
  • Must be comfortable and have excellent knowledge of Dell desktop systems
  • Advanced knowledge of all Microsoft Workstation Operating Systems and Applications including Microsoft Office
  • Ability to take ownership of an incident and remain in contact with the client thru completion
  • Problem-solving abilities and ability to meet reasonable deadlines
  • Ability to build positive and collaborative relationships
  • Willingness to develop professionally
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

The Must Haves – Skills & Requirements

  • 2+ years’ experience in desktop computer support
    • Dell
  • 2+ years’ experience with a ticketing system
  • 2+ years’ experience managing email systems
  • The following education/experience are preferred:
    • A+ Certification
    • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
    • Office 365
    • Field Service Experience
    • Hardware Experience

For further information go here.

Author: Software Engineer with UCARR-NOAA

This position involves the design, development, testing, and deployment of cloud-based software solutions in support of National Ocean Service/ Office of Coast Survey’s NOAA nowCOAST GIS web mapping portal (nowcoast.noaa.gov) and NOAA’s future Precision Navigation data dissemination services and applications. nowCOAST is used by mariners, homeland security personnel, emergency managers, risk managers, and search and rescue operations. NOAA’s future Precision Navigation data dissemination services will enable commercial ships to safely and efficiently navigate and operate in close proximity to the seafloor, narrow shipping channels, or other hazards. This position will be located at the NOAA-University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center on the beautiful UNH campus in Durham, NH.

Details here:

https://ucar.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=218629&company_id=15947&version=1&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=992748&startflag=1   

 

Author: Programmer, 10 hours/week for UConn KIDS

10 hour/week Programmer Position, UConn KIDS (Kids in Developmental Science)

UCONN KIDS is a consortium of researchers across the university who study child development.  We have compiled a database of contact information from families interested in having their children participate in our research, and are about to launch a custom web application interface that will make the database accessible to approved researchers.  The web application will also enable smooth coordination and scheduling of family/child participation within and amongst labs. 

Our development programmer will soon be stepping down, and we have funds to employ a student programmer on retainer at 10hours/week for the next 12 months.  Their responsibilities would be to fix bugs in the current web app and write new code as needed for additional functions. 

Desired skills:

Object oriented programming

Front end and back end coding

Html and Java script

Ruby on Rails

Compensation:  $25/hour for 10 hours/week, for 52 weeks.  Strong possibility that position will be renewed for another year.

If interested in this position, please send your resume to letitia.naigles@uconn.edu

Author: Associate Software Engineer with Zygo, Middlefield, CT

Associate Software Engineer
Location: Middlefield, CT
Experience Required 0 – 3 Years
Education Required Bachelor’s Degree or preferred PHD.
Relocation Provided Some Relocation May Be Available

Position Description
Seeking recent grads for a software Engineer role to join our Metrology Solutions Division in Middlefield, CT.
The selected candidate will develop, code, test, and debug new software and enhancements to
existing software under the direction of senior developers. Our development approach fosters
communication and collaboration across multiple scientific disciplines and provides all
members of our team’s opportunities to contribute creatively to our projects. This position
supports growing workload in application development for the Metrology and High-Precision
Optical Fabrication markets.
The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter who is excited about technology.
Opportunities:
•Work with peers, senior staff, R&D and marketing personnel. You will not be pigeon-holed.
The faster you learn, the more you can grow.
•You will learn how to operate a variety of high-tech instrumentation.
•Learn surface metrology fundamentals, and about various types of filtering, surface analysis,
measurement methods, plotting, visualization, and more as part of your work.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Produce quality software products that meet or exceed standards
•Implement and unit test all code
•Ensure new functionality is compatible with existing code
•Follow established corporate processes and procedures
•Assist with all aspects of software life cycle development
Position Requirements: As this is an entry level position, we have realistic expectations
about the existing skill set.
What’s important is hunger for growth.
Exposure to, knowledge of and/or experience with the following will enhance the attractiveness
of candidates:
• C#
• C/C++
• .NET Framework 3.0/3.5/4.0/4.5/4.6
• NUnit
• Python
• Visual Studio
• Team Foundation Server
• OpenGL
• WPF
Requirements
Education and Other Requirements:
B.S. Degree in Computer Science, Computer
Engineering or related field required with 0-5 years of software development experience.
Prior engineering experience (including internships and coops) a plus.
Apply instruction:
Email resume to miakennedy@tsrecruitment.net
Phone:773-960-4968

Author: Fully funded PhD candidate in Netherlands, deadline May 1

As part of a recently granted H2020 project in the secure society domain (topic SU-DRS02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies for first responders) I am currently advertising a fully-funded PhD position for 4 years. The PhD project is called “UAV/drones to support first responders, using advanced computer vision and machine learning”. We need someone with a solid background in the geosciences or robotics, with excellent expertise in computer vision and photogrammetry, and very good programming skills. More details in the attached a flyer. The link for the position and the application form can be found here.

Author: iOS App Developers with Student Startup Co.

My name is James and I am a Junior at Radford University Studying Management. I have recently founded a startup with fellow students focused on increasing student engagement for small and medium sized universities through the use of mobile apps. I am reaching out to you because we are currently in need of additional app developers, specifically ones who know swift (the programming language for IOS). I am hoping you would be able to distribute the attached letter to your Juniors, Seniors and possibly graduate students within the Computer Science department in the hopes that one or two of them would be interested in joining our team and becoming a potential partner.

 

Thank you,

 

James Overton

Radford University Management Major 2020

Radford AMA – President

Radford Honors Academy

COBE Student Advisory Board

Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

 

Author: CSE Department Ranked Among Best Departments in the World for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

The Computer Science & Engineering department has been recognized as the 9th best department in the world, tied with Princeton for computational biology and bioinformatics research by csrankings.org which provides a metrics-based ranking of top computer science institutions around the world. This ranking is based on publications in the top computational biology and bioinformatics conferences over the last ten years. The department has many faculty members working in this research area, including Professors Derek Aguiar, Mukul Bansal, Jinbo Bi, Ion Mandoiu, Sheida Nabavi, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, Dong-Guk Shin, Yufeng Wu, and others. Congratulations to all on this extraordinary accomplishment!

 

 

# Institution Count  Faculty
► Carnegie Mellon University  17.7 12
 
 
► University of California – Los Angeles  12.0 8
 
 
► University of California – San Diego  6.9 3
 
 
► University of California – Berkeley  6.2 5
 
 
► Massachusetts Institute of Technology  6.1 6
 
 
► Pennsylvania State University  5.9 3
 
 
► Duke University  5.8 2
 
 
► Tel Aviv University  5.6 4
 
 
► Princeton University  5.5 2
 
 
► University of Connecticut  5.5 4

Author: Summer 2019 Research opportunity

Evaluation of Artificial Intelligence to Dynamic Loading Predictions

We are looking for highly motivated students (one undergraduate and one MS) who are interested in a summer research opportunity related to failure of materials used in ships and submarines. This is a 10-week computational project with compensation. Students must be fluent in python and Matlab and interested to learn “Deep Learning” computational programs. The students need to be US citizens and be willing to work at the government research lab during summer. This summer, the students will work in Storrs. The undergraduate applicants must have GPA greater than 3.0, graduating in May 2020, and be willing to apply for a 2-year MS degree. We are also looking for Masters students graduating in May 2020 and be willing to apply for a 3-year PhD program.

The proposed work will investigate the predictive capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to incoming dynamic loading profiles. Predicting incoming dynamics loads will pave the way to highly advanced active damping systems that uses surrounding sensing network and AI to improve the safety and performance of the payloads in the United States Navy (USN). Moreover, the AI’s predictive capabilities would also improve the autonomy of undersea weaponry systems. The emphasis of this work will be on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of applying AI networks to sensor data and determine methods of extrapolating future performance of the payload structure from this data. During this effort, existing published experimental data from implosion events will be used as the data needed for the AI analysis. The outcomes from these efforts will then be used to construct and validate methods of coupling AI systems to sensor data.

If you are interested, please email Prof. George Lykotrafitis by April 20.

Author: Summer Internship with State of Connecticut DEEP

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau, Water Planning and Management Division, Water Monitoring Unit, is seeking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant to assist with database maintenance management, and analysis of water quality monitoring data. The office location is the DEEP headquarters in Hartford, CT.

 

Length of Position: Starting approximately May 10, 2019. Positions are 1,040 hours in duration.

The positions are thirty-five (35) hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am- 3:30 pm (hours flexible).

The pay rate varies from $11.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits with these positions.

The seasonal employee will assist the Water Monitoring Program with data management, data analysis and quality control for water quality monitoring and water resources planning. Duties include evaluating large data sets for inaccurate information; working to ensure data compatibility with EPA databases; analyzing data; developing database queries, developing interactive tools for data assessment, developing charts, graphs, and maps to aid in data interpretation. Additional duties may include literature searches, and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate would have college level course work and/or experience in one or more of the following; principles of database design; computer networks; computer programming in R, Python, SQL and Javascript; computer operating systems; data mining; data visualization; and mapping.

Official posting and instructions for application can be found here:

https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=190208&R2=3492VR&R3=002

Author: Visit Cadenza Innovation at UConn Job Fair this Thursday

We are reaching out as Cadenza will be at the UCONN Job Fair this coming Thursday, March 28th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Gampel Pavillion…. we would love to see you and to get some of your students to stop by! 

 As you know, UCONN and Cadenza Innovation are already collaborating with both an undergrad Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) project for laser welding and metals and with the graduate MBA program for battery energy storage system financial modelling in addition to our work with UCONN’s Institute of Materials Science for our carbon program.    

 Cadenza Innovation is entering an exciting growth stage and we are looking to hire seniors/recent graduates for open full-time Assistant Electrical Engineer and Assistant Mechanical Engineer positions.   See the attached two job descriptions.   We are also looking for more senior engineers – and we would love to get your recommendations!

   Please feel free to forward these job descriptions to anyone with a strong mechanical or electrical engineering background who you think might be interested in working at Cadenza and could contribute to our team.  And please send them to our booth this Thursday to discuss opportunities including open positions and summer/fall internship programs. Our website and home page video at www.cadenzainnovation.com may provide for additional information.

Author: Firmware Engineer Internship with PerkinElmer

Job Title:                            Intern Firmware Engineer

Location:                           Shelton, CT USA 06798

Career Level:                   Intern   (Non-Manager)

Education:                        Perusing Bachelor’s Degree – Advanced Degree

PerkinElmer is a global leader solutions provider focused on improving human and environmental health. We are at the forefront of development, production, marketing, servicing, and support of cutting edge of scientific laboratory instrumentation and automation systems throughout the world. We provide our customers with critical knowledge, expertise and innovative solutions so that they can make better decisions for better outcomes. At PerkinElmer, we make a difference every day – helping scientists, clinicians and governments detect earlier and more accurately to improve the health and safety of people and the environment. Our solutions range from enabling the discovery of more effective diagnostics and therapies, to making sure that the food we eat, the water we drink, and our environment are safe from contaminants.

Summary:

A student intern perusing a degree in software engineering or electrical engineering with experience working with microprocessors and microcontrollers.

Intern will assist engineers in design, implementation, and debugging of firmware for laboratory equipment.

Design and implementation will involve electro-mechanical systems and motion control systems.

Will work with a team of engineers of all disciplines as well as scientists (physicists and chemists)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designs and develops firmware applications and drivers.
  • Participates in product architecture, design, and development.
  • Investigates and debugs complex system problems and drives engineering solutions to improve or correct product or process issues.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Perusing a degree in software engineering or electrical engineering with emphasis on embedded development. i.e. Arduino, Raspberry PI, or embedded evaluation platforms.
  • Experience with modern development tools: (Eclipse, Git, GCC, Gnu tools)
  • Demonstrate understanding of Real Time Operating Systems.
  • Experience with communication interfaces (USB, RS232, SPI, I2C).
  • Experience with motion control, sensors, motors, encoders, vision systems a big plus.
  • Experience in C++. Knowledge of .Net and Python a plus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of good software design practices
  • Positive attitude, high energy, leadership, project management and troubleshooting skills
  • Hands on engineer with good communication (written and oral) skills and likes to solve problems and work issues on the production floor as well as in the engineering lab

 

Job Performance Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates effective technical/ project presentation, communication skills.

This is a summer 2019 opportunity and we offer a modest hourly rate ($15-18/hour) but more importantly we offer exposure to cutting edge industry tools/designs and hands on experience.

To apply, please see the link below:

https://jobs.perkinelmer.com/job/shelton/firmware-engineer-intern-automation/20539/10940273

 

Author: DoD Cybersecurity Scholarships

The Department of Defense is making available several scholarships for students who are interested in working in the area of cybersecurity.  Cybersecurity includes a wide variety of fields including System/network administration and operations, Systems security engineering, Information assurance systems and product acquisition, Cryptography, Threat and vulnerability assessment, Web security, Operations of computer emergency response teams, Computer forensics, Defensive information operations, and Critical information infrastructure assurance.

These scholarships are for the 2019-20 academic year and are open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  The scholarships are very generous as they provide full tuition and fees plus $25,000 stipend for room and board ($30,000 for grad students).

Scholarship recipient requirements:
  Must be US citizen
  Junior, senior or graduate student in Fall 2019
  Degree in CS, CSE, CMPE, EE, or MATH
  Maintain a 3.2 GPA (3.5 for graduate students)
  Accept federal appointment as an intern
  Work for 1 year for the DoD post-graduation

If you are interested in these scholarships, let me know and I can provide you with application forms.  

*** IMPORTANT: Applications are due Feb 28th so please get in touch with me as soon as possible ***

Laurent Michel

CSE Associate Head

Author: Undergraduate Research Assistants needed in Cognitive Development Lab, Fall 19 semester

Undergrad RA Positions in Dr. Adam Sheya’s Cognitive Development Lab: 
We are seeking 4-6 new Research Assistants to join our lab for the Fall 2019 semester. 
Priority will go to those who will be sophomores, majors in psychology, cognitive science, computer science or a subject that is heavily related, and those with psychology/cognitive science/computer science and/or other research experience. Students in the lab will have the opportunity to apply programming knowledge to assist with designing developmental studies, code data, etc. Further information about current studies in the lab, lab responsibilities and other requirements are listed on the application below. Applications are due by Monday, March 4th at 5pm. Interviews will be held the week of 3/11. 
 

Author: Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Khan

Applications are invited for a Graduate Research Assistant position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut (preference will be given to students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering).

Preferred qualifications include:

1. Proficiency in computer programming. The project involves developing system monitoring tools, animation, and websites. 
2. The project involves designing and running user studies focusing on cybersecurity behavior, both in-lab and survey style.
3. Will require learning advanced statistical analysis techniques. 

Interested applicants can email their CV/inquiry to maifi.khan@uconn.edu

Author: Now accepting applications to the fifth annual B.I.G. Summer Research Program

Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Research Program is an 8-week full-time immersion program for undergraduates interested in learning about Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Genomics — and developing some of the skill-sets that are critical for 21st century Biological and Biomedical Research, and Precision Medicine.

 

We are now accepting applications to the fifth annual B.I.G. Summer Research Program, to be held June 24 to August 16, 2019, at UCLA. Next summer’s program offers introductory workshops in bioinformatic methods for genomics and computational biology followed by in depth, hands-on training in one of UCLA’s many participating laboratories. Areas of research include:

• Biomedical Genetics and Genomics

• Neurogenetics

• Cancer genetics

• Population Genetics

• Microbiome analysis

• Immunology

• Host pathogen interactions

• Ecosystem modeling

 

In addition, B.I.G. Summer offers career development workshops, graduate school preparations, and networking opportunities for undergraduates interested in quantitative and computational biology.

 

Fellowships are available that cover stipends of $400 to $5000, on-campus housing, and roundtrip travel to/from Los Angeles.

 

Please spread the word among colleagues and undergraduate students! If you know an undergraduate who is thinking about a career in computational biology, please encourage them to apply by forwarding this email and the attached PDF.

 

JUNE 24 TO AUGUST 16, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 4, 2019 at 5:00PM PST

 

For more information on upcoming and past B.I.G. Summer programs, please visit our webpage:

https://qcb.ucla.edu/big-summer/

Author: Dr. Rajasekaran Announces New Leadership Team

Department Head, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran recently announced that the following highly accomplished key leaders have joined his cabinet as Associate Department Heads. He is looking forward to working with them in realizing the vision of the Department and accomplishing the goals of the School of Engineering.

Dr. Jinbo Bi: Associate Department Head for Research and Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Bi graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. After graduation, she joined Siemens as a Principal Scientist and worked for them until 2009. Subsequently she was funded by the Department of Defense to be a Senior Scientist working on machine learning tools for triage management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then joined the University of Connecticut as an Associate Professor in 2010. She has published extensively in top machine learning venues and is well funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Laurent Michel: Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies and Industry Relations

Dr. Michel received a B.S. and a Sc. M. in Computer Science from Les Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in 1993 in Namur, Belgium. He later received a Sc.M. in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 1999 in Computer Science from Brown University. Dr. Michel joined the Computer Science and Engineering department in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and has been a Professor since 2017. His research interests focus on the design and implementation of domain specific languages for combinatorial optimization and cybersecurity. He has published extensively in these areas in top venues. He is well funded from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and industry. He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and served as the Associate Department Head from 2014 to 2018.

Dr. Alexander Russell: Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies

Dr. Russell holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Computer Science from Cornell University, awarded in 1991. He holds two graduate degrees from MIT: a M.S. in Computer Science in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Berkeley, he joined the University of Connecticut in 1999. He is currently the Director of the Voting Technology Research Center and a Senior Research Fellow at Input Output Hong Kong. He has published extensively in top security venues. He is well funded from such prestigious agencies as the National Science Foundation and the State of Connecticut.

 

 

Author: Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran Appointed New Department Head

Dr. Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of the School of Engineering, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran – Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor as well as UTC Chair Professor – as the next Department Head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department effective February 1st, 2019. Dr. Rajasekaran will be taking over the role from Dr. Reda Ammar, who had graciously accepted to be the interim head for the past few months. 

Dr. Rajasekaran received his M.E. degree in Automation from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1988. Currently he is the Director of the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technologies at the University of Connecticut. Before joining UConn, he served as a faculty member in the CISE Department of the University of Florida and in the CIS Department of the University of Pennsylvania. During 2000-2002 he was the Chief Scientist for Arcot Systems. His research interests include big data analytics, bioinformatics, parallel algorithms, data mining, and randomized computing. He has published over 350 articles in journals and conferences. The best-known algorithms for many fundamental problems have been invented by him. He has co-authored two texts on algorithms and co-edited six books on algorithms and related topics. He has been awarded numerous research grants totaling 20 million from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Author: Gift to the Fred J. Maryanski Memorial Fund for Computer Science

A special thank you to Mrs. Karen Maryanski for her generous gift to the Fred J. Maryanski Memorial Fund for Computer Science. Fred was the first Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering from 1986-1989. Her support enables our students to become leaders, problem solvers and innovators who help improve our state, the nation and our world.

After celebrating our Centennial in 2016, UConn Engineering is now at the beginning of a new chapter in our history – the Next 100 Years. Our mission, before any other, is to educate future engineers – to keep the intellectual life blood of this state, region and nation flowing. Thank you for helping to accomplish this mission.

Author: Apply for expenses-paid Design Nation Conference, NYC, 3/8/19

Design Nation is an all-expenses-paid conference for undergraduate students interested in design, UI/UX, product development, computer science, and more. We’ve featured executives from Design Matters, Pentagram, Microsoft, Facebook, Adobe, Google, and more. Students will have a chance to speak one-on-one and network with these executives.  Applications due 1/25/19.

https://dnconference.org/

Author: Dr. Bing Wang and Team Win Best Paper Award

Congratulations to Professor Bing Wang and her students Yanyuan Qin and Chaoqun Yue for winning the prestigious Best Paper Award for their research project entitled “ABR Streaming of VBR-encoded Videos: Characterization, Challenges and Solutions” at CoNEXT 2018, a top  computer networking conference. Yanyuan and Chaoqun are co-authors of the paper and Yanyuan is the leading author. This is a joint project with Krishna Pattipati from the Electrical Computer Engineering Department, collaborators Drs. Shuai Hao and Subhabrata Sen from AT&T – Research and Dr. Feng Qian from Indiana University.

Author: Computation and Neuroscience Research Assistant Opportunity at Yale University

There is a computation and neuroscience research assistant position available in my laboratory for 1-2 years, appropriate for a student or recent graduate who wishes to spend at least 1 year doing full time research before pursuing a career or graduate studies in computation and neuroscience related fields (Computer Science, Bioengineering, Neurobiology, MD/PhD, etc.).

 

My research is on normal brain mechanisms of consciousness and loss of consciousness during epileptic seizures (see alsohttps://medicine.yale.edu/lab/blumenfeld/). Ongoing projects include functional neuroimaging with simultaneous EEG, behavioral testing, pupillometry and machine learning. In addition, we perform in vivo electrophysiology and fMRI recordings from animal models of epilepsy to investigate cortical and subcortical network interactions. This position involves participating in a multi-disciplinary team, working on improving computational methods for localizing brain activity and treating epileptic seizures. Research or work experience in computer programming especially with MATLAB and mathematics is essential; experience in neuroscience or equivalent advanced coursework in these fields is also highly desirable.

 

Ample opportunities will also be available for exposure to Applied Mathematics, clinical Neurology, Neurosurgery, and related fields depending on the student’s interests. Mentoring will be provided on how to pursue a career in computer science and neuroscience research, or on how to combine basic research and clinical work through a career in academia.

 

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV or resume, and three letters of reference via email to:hal.blumenfeld@yale.edu
Note: due to high demand please do not send inquiries without attaching a CV/resume

______________________________________________

Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD
Loughridge Williams Professor

Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery 
Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8018
Tel:   (203) 785-3865
FAX: (203) 737-2538
email: hal.blumenfeld@yale.edu

https://medicine.yale.edu/lab/blumenfeld/

http://cnic.yale.edu/


Author: Lei Li Wins Best Paper Award at ACM Conference

Ph.D. student Lei Li won the “Best Student Paper” award at the ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB 2018) for his research paper titled “An Integer Linear Programming Solution for the Domain-Gene-Species Reconciliation Problem”, coauthored with his advisor Dr. Mukul Bansal. This paper introduces the first exact algorithm, based on integer linear programming, for solving an important NP-hard problem in comparative genomics. Congratulations Lei and Mukul for your outstanding accomplishment!

 

Author: Data Engineer with Hartford Steam Boiler

This position will be responsible for data engineering related works within the data & analytics governance office of HSB. This individual will create high quality modeling datasets and manage the technical environment for analytics model development. The successful candidate will work with IT & data scientists to improve the data management capabilities of the analytics model development process and work to create modeling datasets by combining internal & external data assets. This position will also be responsible for analytical model deployment work.

Complete information is here.

Author: Dr. Russell Leads Voting Technology Research Center

 Voting security is imperative to the election process, especially with the growing threat that states experience from hackers. The work in Connecticut is being led by Alexander Russell, director of UConn’s Voting Technology Research Center which advises the state on the use of election technology, investigates voting solutions and voting equipment, and develops and recommends safe-use procedures for electronic systems used in the electoral process. Please see the complete article featured in UConn Today.

Author: CS Internship with Precision Combustion Inc.

Job title: Full Stack Engineer Intern
Description: You will lead the design and development of a full stack setup to handle data streams for testing and monitoring multiple electromechanical systems.
Desired Skills:
• Database schema design
• REST API generation and test automation
• MySQL (or another preferred database is fine)
• SQL
• Front-end experience (Angular, React, Vue, etc.). Mobile development a plus
• Testing frameworks/tools like Jasmine, Postman, etc

Education:  Computer Science Major

Please note, we are not able to sponsor visas.
To apply for this North Haven position, send resume to mhyatt@precision-combustion.com

Author: Research & Strategy Summer Analyst with UBS Asset Management

Overview of Real Estate & Private Markets
UBS Asset Management, Real Estate & Private Markets provides a comprehensive range of real estate investment advisory services in a variety of investment structures. Operating through its primary legal entity, UBS Realty Investors LLC., the firm manages USD 32.4 billion of total assets on behalf of over 500 clients in core, core-plus, value-added and participating mortgage strategies as of December 31, 2017.
UBS Realty Investors launched its first open-end real estate fund in 1978 and today has 200 professionals working in three primary offices in the US. The firm is headquartered in Hartford, CT with regional offices in Dallas, TX and San Francisco, CA.

Our website address is www.ubs.com/realestate

Position Description
Summer Analyst will support the Research & Strategy team based in Hartford, CT. Our internship position offers a fun and collaborative environment where applicants can learn on-the-job skills and apply them immediately to support real-life strategies. Interns must have the ability to interact professionally across departments as well as with third-party companies or individuals. We are doing fun visual analytics including modeling using statistical programs (i.e., R-Project) and data visualization (i.e., Tableau). Candidates that display a passion for data analytics and business intelligence will be highly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be enrolled in either a four-year bachelor’s degree program or graduate program with an expected graduation date after August 2019. Responsibilities may include:
•Review data processes related to underwriting markets and contribute to the development of new andmore efficient means of utilizing data.
•Participate in performance and strategy meetings to review trends.
•Support our economists in developing new models for diversification, performance, and tactical markets.
•Assist in writing and pulling data in reply to client questions.
• Occasional travel to properties is possible.
Qualifications
•Undergraduate or Graduate students with expected graduation date after August 2019.
•Ability to develop good working relationships with others and be a valuable team player.
•Time Management and organizational skills.
•Basic knowledge of data analytics and visualization
•Oral and written communication skills as well as experience with Microsoft-based products,particularly Word and Excel, is a must. An understanding of pivot tables, vlookups, and keyboardshortcuts is desired but not a prerequisite.
•Proficiency in Tableau, R-Project, and Python would be highly valued.

We can offer a stimulating working environment, a culture of mutual respect and commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards. If you would like to work for a global organization where individual contribution counts and where your ambitions and abilities can make a difference, please apply for this position.

To Apply

All candidates must apply on or before November 25, 2018, by sending an email with a resume and cover letter to SH-Non-Employee@ubs.com, make the subject line UBS Hartford research internship.
If you have questions, send an email with subject line UBS Hartford research internship to Vasilios Diakogeorgiou  or Jenna Castrovillari .

Author: Dr. Song Han and Research Team Win Best Paper Award

The IEEE International Conference on Industrial Internet 2018 recently announced that Dr. Song Han and his research team won the Best Paper Award for their research entitled, “RT-DAP: A Real-Time Data Analytics Platform for Large-scale Industrial Process Monitoring and Control”. The co-authors include Tao Gong, Mark Nixon, Eric Rotvold, Kam-yiu Lam, and Krithi Ramamritham.

Earlier this month, another of Dr. Han’s paper received the Best Paper Award Nomination from the ACM International Conference on Embedded Software (EMSOFT), 2018. EMSOFT is a premier venue in Embedded Systems community and a part of the Embedded System Week (ESWeek). The paper, “Real-Time Data Retrieval with Multiple Availability Intervals in CPS under Freshness Constraints” was written in collaboration with Chenchen Fu, Peng Wu, Minming Li, Chun Jason Xue, and Yingchao Zhao. It is published in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems.

Author: Project Systems Engineer with Axiom Technology, Stamford, CT

Company overview

Axiom Technology Group is a full-service IT integration and managed services company providing end-to-end technology and support solutions to small and mid-market businesses. Axiom’s Professional Services Team begins by partnering with clients to provide a wide variety of strategic planning, design and executive consulting services. Axiom then assembles a committed team of Project Specialists to work with clients and internal IT departments implementing customized technology solutions. To insure optimal benefits of the customized technology and continued client satisfaction, Axiom provides a dedicated Support Team to deliver ongoing individualized service to the customer.

Axiom recruits and retains the best, most enthusiastic industry talent to create a progressive and collaborative culture. We hire individuals who share common goals, as well as a commitment to continue personal development.

Job Overview

A Project Systems Engineer at Axiom is an experienced technical engineer with a strong understanding of the Microsoft & VMC technology stacks and has considerable experiencing designing, configuring, and administering environments at the server, storage, and systems layer.  A Project Systems Engineer will be involved in designing and implementing solutions for Axiom clients that range from small businesses with 15-50 employees up to midmarket organizations with hundreds of servers and thousands of employees. 

Axiom project engineers work in small, dynamic teams to take a project from the detailed design stage through stand-up and go live before handing the environment over to either the internal support team at the client or back to the support team at Axiom that manages the client environment.  Projects are led by Project Managers and Project Technical Leads and are staffed by project engineers as needed to successfully execution a project.  Project engineers may work on multiple projects at the same time and are expended to be capable of define the activities and effort levels necessary to accomplish their assigned activities. 

Communication skills are essential to the success of the Project Engineer as work with a wide variety of technical and business users in multiple client environments. 

Responsibilities

Daily Responsibilities – Client & Internally Facing

  • Support the development, design, and budgeting of systems architectures for various Axiom clients.
  • Work with solutions architecture resources to plan and design solutions for client’s technology challenges
  • Work with project managers and project technical leads to provide engineering input into project plans, identify actions that need to be executed to deliver projects, identify effort levels to execute those actions, and to identify any dependencies that project managers need to account for.
  • Design, build, and implement projects for client environments that range from small and simple technical platforms to large and complex mid-market environments.
  • Participate in onsite and remote client deployments and provide cutover support and day-after support for projects.
  • Perform root cause analysis on complex issues in client environments to identify root causes and identify resolution plans.
  • Review system implementation and performance as to implement system enhancements if needed.
  • Develop standardized deployment documentation where necessary to document build standards.
  • Perform research and development exercises to identify technology solutions to client problems when no standardized Axiom solution exists.
  • Document the technical architecture and configuration of client environments and participate in knowledge transfer discussions as necessary.
  • Participate in internal and client facing project status meetings as necessary
  • Participate in internal and client facing engineering discussions as necessary to support complex troubleshooting efforts.
  • Insure that all security standards are followed and properly established to prevent unauthorized access to privileged data and information.

Daily Responsibilities – Operational

  • Documenting client issues and resolutions to maintain internal knowledge base
  • Accurately record daily time sheets
  • Seek appropriate guidance from team members when faced with challenges
  • Provide collaborative feedback to teammates
  • Participate in training and orientation updates
  • Provide daily or weekly status reports as requested by Manager or client
  • Partake in afterhours Level III escalations roster
  • Provide status reports as required by Director and/or client.
  • Participate in staff development and growth programs to ensure continued technical learning

Skills required

General Skills

  • Must be able to work independently and/or in a team environment
  • Ability to deliver valuable and professional IT services to external clients
  • Self-motivated and accountable to own client issues to resolution regardless of magnitude
  • Solid time management and organizational skills to efficiently complete assigned tasks
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure successful resolution to client issues
  • Strong written communication skills to participate and assist in the creation of comprehensive documentation
  • Ability to provide knowledge transfer to other members of the support team
  • Ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of colleagues and clients
  • Ability to work on site at client locations with respect to client’s work environment & staff
  • Capable of maintaining a clam cool composure even when navigating challenging situations and frustrated clients

Technical Skills

  • Windows Desktop Operating Systems thru Windows 10
  • Windows Server Operating Systems thru 2016
  • Design, Configuration, and Administration of Active Directory and Group Policy Objects
  • Design, Configuration, and Administration of Mobile Device Management & Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Design, Configuration & Administration of Exchange Server Farms thru 2016 
  • Design, Configuration, & Administration of Office 365
  • Design, Configuration, and Administration of Physical & Virtual Server Infrastructure
  • Design, Configuration, and Administration of SAN’s and Shared Storage
  • Configuration, and Administration of VMware or HyperV
  • Solid Experience with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services
  • Configuration & Administration SQL, Citrix, & RDS Farm experience a plus
  • Strong Experience of Networking including TCP/IP, Switching, VLAN’s, Routing, & Wireless
  • Configuration, & Administration of Cisco or Meraki Firewalls

Education and Experience

Minimum of 5 years of post-education IT work experience mandatory

Associates Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or similar mandatory

Experience with call tracking / ticket management system, Autotask preferred

Experience with Managed Services, IT Integration and/or Consulting experience a plus

Contact

 Candidates can submit their resume through recruiting@thinkaxiom.com

Author: Project Network Engineer with Axiom Technology, Stamford, CT

Project Network Engineer

Company overview

Axiom Technology Group is a full-service IT integration and managed services company providing end-to-end technology and support solutions to small and mid-market businesses. Axiom’s Professional Services Team begins by partnering with clients to provide a wide variety of strategic planning, design and executive consulting services. Axiom then assembles a committed team of Project Specialists to work with clients and internal IT departments implementing customized technology solutions. To insure optimal benefits of the customized technology and continued client satisfaction, Axiom provides a dedicated Support Team to deliver ongoing individualized service to the customer.

Axiom recruits and retains the best, most enthusiastic industry talent to create a progressive and collaborative culture. We hire individuals who share common goals, as well as a commitment to continue personal development.

 

Job Overview

A Project Network Engineer at Axiom is an experienced technical engineer with a strong understanding of HP, Dell, Cisco, & Meraki technology stacks and has considerable experiencing designing, configuring, and administering environments at the network and communications layer.  A Project Network Engineer will be involved in designing and implementing solutions for Axiom clients that range from small businesses with 15-50 employees up to midmarket organizations with hundreds of servers and thousands of employees. 

Axiom project engineers work in small, dynamic teams to take a project from the detailed design stage through stand-up and go live before handing the environment over to either the internal support team at the client or back to the support team at Axiom that manages the client environment.  Projects are led by Project Managers and Project Technical Leads and are staffed by project engineers as needed to successfully execution a project.  Project engineers may work on multiple projects at the same time and are expended to be capable of define the activities and effort levels necessary to accomplish their assigned activities. 

Communication skills are essential to the success of the Project Engineer as work with a wide variety of technical and business users in multiple client environments. 

Responsibilities

Daily Responsibilities – Client & Internally Facing

  • Support the development, design, and budgeting of systems architectures for various Axiom clients.
  • Work with solutions architecture resources to plan and design solutions for client’s technology challenges.
  • Work with project managers and project technical leads to provide engineering input into project plans, identify actions that need to be executed to deliver projects, identify effort levels to execute those actions, and to identify any dependencies that project managers need to account for.
  • Design, build, and implement projects for client environments that range from small and simple technical platforms to large and complex mid-market environments.
  • Participate in onsite and remote client deployments and provide cutover support and day-after support for projects.
  • Perform root cause analysis on complex issues in client environments to identify root causes and identify resolution plans.
  • Review system implementation and performance as to implement system enhancements if needed.
  • Develop standardized deployment documentation where necessary to document build standards.
  • Perform research and development exercises to identify technology solutions to client problems when no standardized Axiom solution exists.
  • Document the technical architecture and configuration of client environments and participate in knowledge transfer discussions as necessary.
  • Participate in internal and client facing project status meetings as necessary
  • Participate in internal and client facing engineering discussions as necessary to support complex troubleshooting efforts.
  • Insure that all security standards are followed and properly established to prevent unauthorized access to privileged data and information.

Daily Responsibilities – Operational

  • Documenting client issues and resolutions to maintain internal knowledge base
  • Accurately record daily time sheets
  • Seek appropriate guidance from team members when faced with challenges
  • Provide collaborative feedback to teammates
  • Participate in training and orientation updates
  • Provide daily or weekly status reports as requested by Manager or client
  • Partake in afterhours Level III escalations roster
  • Provide status reports as required by Director and/or client.
  • Participate in staff development and growth programs to ensure continued technical learning

Skills required

General Skills

  • Must be able to work independently and/or in a team environment
  • Ability to deliver valuable and professional IT services to external clients
  • Self-motivated and accountable to own client issues to resolution regardless of magnitude
  • Solid time management and organizational skills to efficiently complete assigned tasks
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure successful resolution to client issues
  • Strong written communication skills to participate and assist in the creation of comprehensive documentation
  • Ability to provide knowledge transfer to other members of the support team
  • Ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of colleagues and clients
  • Ability to work on site at client locations with respect to client’s work environment & staff
  • Capable of maintaining a clam cool composure even when navigating challenging situations and frustrated clients

Technical Skills

  • Strong Experience of Networking including TCP/IP, Switching, VLAN’s, Routing & Wireless
  • Design, Configuration, & Administration of Complex Multi-Site Networks including MPLS, Internet, Routing Protocols (Static, RIP, BGP, EIGRP)
  • Design, Configuration, & Administration of HP, Dell, Cisco or Meraki Networking Stacks
  • Design, Configuration, & Administration of Cisco or Meraki Firewalls
  • Experience with Intrusion Detection Systems, Content Filtering, and SIEM platforms
  • Configuration, & Administration of Basic Network Access Control Solutions like 802.1x, RADIUS, etc.
  • Configuration & Administration of SAN’s and Shared Storage
  • Configuration & Administration of Physical & Virtual Server Infrastructure
  • Configuration & Administration of VMware or HyperV
  • Configuration & Administration of Active Directory and Group Policy Objects
  • Configuration & Administration of Mobile Device Management & Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Configuration & Administration of Exchange Servers thru 2016
  • Configuration, & Administration of Office 365
  • Windows Desktop Operating Systems thru Windows 10
  • Windows Server Operating Systems thru 2016
  • SQL, Citrix, & RDS Farm experience a plus
  • Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services experience a plus

Education and Experience

Minimum of 5 years of post-education IT work experience mandatory

Associates Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or similar mandatory

Experience with call tracking / ticket management system, Autotask preferred

Experience with Managed Services, IT Integration and/or Consulting experience a plus

 

Contact

Candidates can submit their resume through recruiting@thinkaxiom.com

 

 

 

Author: Dept. of Linguistics seeks foreign language speakers for Spring 19 semester

The Department of Linguistics may be seeking a native speaker of a lesser-studied language to serve as a language consultant for a course in Linguistic Field Methods in Spring 2019. The position will be paid. The manner and amount of pay may depend on the candidate’s status at the university. 

Requirements:

– Native speaker of a less commonly studied language.  Native speakers of indigenous and minority languages and dialects are especially encouraged to apply.  At this time, we do not need speakers of major international languages including: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or other European languages; Chinese, Japanese, Hindi or Urdu. 

 
– Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

– Available to commit to up to 10 hours per week for the entire Spring 2019 semester. 

– No background in Linguistics is required. No training or experience as a language teacher is expected. 

 
– We do expect the applicants to be native speakers of the language, that is to have used it as their primary language during childhood.
 
– A language consultant is not the same as a language teacher: no class preparation,  grading or explaining is involved. Rather, the consultant attends the Field Methods class along with linguistics students in order to help them understand the language, correct their mistakes etc.

For further information or to apply, please contact: Prof. Asia Pietraszko: joanna.pietraszko@uconn.edu  


Please indicate the language that you speak natively.

Author: Professor Khan Wins NSF Career Award

A special congratulations to Dr. Mohammad Khan for his latest accomplishment of winning an NSF CAREER Award receiving $559,786 over five years for his research project: “The Role of Emotion and Social Motives in Communicating Risk: Implications for User Behavior in the Cyber Security Context.” The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Professor Khan notes that many cyberattacks are preventable if end users take precautionary measures, such as keeping systems updated, but they often fail to do so. His proposal builds upon theories of risk communication, emotional intelligence, and self-determination to design new approaches to cybersecurity risk communication and training. The goals are to enable users to assess risks, costs, and benefits consistently and correctly, to promote task-focused coping responses, and to facilitate their internalization of values, promoting spontaneous diffusion of cybersecurity knowledge. By enabling non-expert users to make informed security decisions through raising cybersecurity risk awareness and self-efficacy development, this project directly addresses an increasingly serious threat to economic growth and national security. This project also creates cybersecurity research and training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, and members from the underrepresented groups through outreach initiatives.

This is our faculty’s 13th NSF Career Award since the turn of the Century. To learn more about Maifi and other UConn awardees, see the article in UConn Today. Best wishes to Maifi for continued success!

Author: Impact Fellowship 1/2/19-1/16/19 in NYC

The Impact Fellowship is a 2-week program in NYC for tech students who want to build a better world! Fellows will team up and create their own social startups that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The program will also feature workshops with advanced software engineers, speakers from the social impact arena, and a pitch competition at the culmination of the fellowship! Learn more and apply at www.impactlabs.io/fellowship

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Author: DHS Careers Webinar – 10/16/18

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes the serious nature of the cybersecurity challenges, and has compelling cybersecurity missions that draw candidates seeking to join a team that makes a difference to secure cyberspace. Now more than ever, DHS must recruit, develop, and retain a talented and diverse cybersecurity workforce.

As part of this focus, DHS will host a DHS Cybersecurity Webinar on October 16, 2018 from 1:00-3:00PM (EST). The webinar will provide information on cyber missions, cyber career opportunities, and the federal hiring and application process. Participating DHS Components include: Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

Registration is required to attend at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWGMLBG. Attached is the webinar flyer for your reference.
DHS Cyber Webinar Flyer_Oct 16

Author: Annual Trivia Contest Kicks Off Semester for Graduate Students

Following introductions from faculty and staff, the main event of the day began- The Graduate Student Trivia Contest!  After careful and painstakingly detailed research by some of UConn’s faculty, a pool of questions was constructed consisting of such important CS research material as “What wireless encryption standard would you recommend to your worst enemy?” and “Where exactly would a lost professor end up after wandering the hallways?”  These questions were then given out one at a time to seven teams of students.  After fierce competition we were left with a clear winner of team 3 consisting of Jordan Force, Hasan Iqbal, Md Fahim, Saad Quader, and Sarah Peck who each received $50 in Amazon gift money.  Congratulations to all students who competed!

Author: VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR RESEARCH STUDY IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

The ability to communicate the results of scientific research is fundamental to a career as a scientist. The ability of scientists to communicate science to non-scientists is fundamental to science literacy and public policy, as illustrated by the intelligent design and climate change debates. This project investigates how effectively graduate students in STEM disciplines communicate simple scientific concepts verbally, and whether their effectiveness improves over time. Participants will be required to sit for two short (< 3 minutes) video recordings, 3 months apart, during which they will explain a science topic. Graduate students in any area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics who have NOT received any formal communications training are eligible to participate. Participants will receive $100 for completion of two video recordings ($40 upon completion of the first video; $60 upon completion of the second video), and will benefit from feedback on their communications skills at the completion of the study.

Sign-ups are closed.

To learn more about this research, contact Margaret Rubega (margaret.rubega@uconn.edu).

Author: CSE Introduces New Faculty

Interim Department Head, Dr. Reda Ammar is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new faculty to the departments growing list of accomplished scholars.

Dr. Derek Aguiar joins the department as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University and his research interests are probabilistic modelling, computational biology, machine learning and algorithms.

Dr. Qian Yang joins the department as an Assistant Professor. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her research interests are machine learning for physical science, computational math and applied algorithms.        

Dr. Ahmad Jbara joins the department as an Assistant Professor in-Residence. He received his Ph.D. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his research interests are program comprehension, code complexity metrics, software engineering, systems engineering, object-process methodology and secure usability.

Author: Alexander Russell, Qiang Tang and Hong-Sheng Zhou Awarded NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to Professor Alexander Russell for his project “SaTC: CORE: Medium: Collaborative: Theory and Practice of Cryptosystems Secure against Subversion”. The grant is a collaborative effort with 2 CSE alumni; Dr. Qiang Tang, an Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Dr. Hong-Sheng Zhou, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. The total budget for the grant is $1.2 million. The discipline of cryptography provides the basic digital tools used across the globe to ensure data privacy and authenticity. With the broad deployment of these tools–often invisibly embedded in commercial software or hardware–an unconventional but devastating breed of cyberattacks have emerged. These attacks involve deploying a cleverly subverted version of a cryptographic tool that appears to function normally, but in fact deliberately reduces security in a covert way that is known only to the subverting party. Such an attack can be carried out by the author of a software package, the manufacturer of a hardware device, or a third party who has contrived to interfere with the deployed product. Recent high-profile incidents of this kind have highlighted the threat associated with these attacks. This project is a comprehensive study of security in this setting, including development of formal models that permit rigorous reasoning about security, design and analysis of new cryptographic tools that resist subversion, and explicit recommendations for hardening the existing cryptographic tools in widespread use.

Author: Firmware Engineer at RacePoint Energy

Full-time position for Fall 18 semester in Osterville, MA.

Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Programming languages: C, python or swift.
  • Debugging hardware with a logic analyzer and/or oscilloscope.
  • Writing code for an embedded device such as RPi, Beaglebone, Arduino.
  • Soldering skills.
  • Familiar with schematic capture and/or PCB layout.

Other tasks may include:

  • Prototype assembly
  • Re-flashing firmware
  • Installing components in Alpha systems and lab systems
  • Writing and running test plans
  • QA on release candidates and writing bug reports
  • Improving manufacturing automation with python scripts
  • Writing embedded C code and debugging hardware issues
  • Work with Swift code on an embedded device and/or setup and configure embedded linux.

About the company:

RacePoint Energy develops hardware and software to manage microgrids and all energy related things in a large home or business.  We make breakers, thermostats, lighting controllers, etc.  The company is a few years old and recently started shipping product.  The environment is start-up and fast-paced.

For further information and to apply please contact:

wilson.callan@racepointenergy.com

https://www.racepointenergy.com

Author: IT Specialist and Cyber Systems Lecturer positions at U.S. Coast Guard Academy

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, is accepting job applications for the following two positions:

  1. Permanent, full-time, Information Technology Specialist: This position is a computer network specialist for the Department of Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. This person will serve as an Information Technology (Computer Network) Specialist to support the Electrical Engineering and Cyber Systems undergraduate academic programs at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Applications are now being accepted on USAJOBS and the application period will close on July 17, 2018. More information about the duties and requirements for this position as well as how to apply are on the USAJOBS website:
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504166500

  2. Two-year, full-time Lecturer position in Cyber Systems. This new faculty member will become part of our team here within the Electrical Engineering and Cyber Systems Section of the Department of Engineering and duties include teaching/developing coursework in Computer Science and Cyber Systems. A doctorate or master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems or closely related field is required. The application deadline is July 23, 2018, and the vacancy announcement along with instructions on how to apply is available on the USCGA website:
    https://www.uscga.edu/jobs/

Author: Dr. Bradford Receives Stamford Faculty Recognition Award

The 2018 UConn Stamford Faculty Recognition Award goes to Dr. Phillip Bradford, Associate Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Bradford is an excellent teacher in the classroom, who is also active in the community, with business partners, and helps UConn and local high school students engage in experiential learning projects year round. He has been instrumental in launching and managing the campus’s new Computer Science major, and represents his department at open house events and recruiting visits.

Author: Innovations Programmer with B2B Gateway

International software development firm specializing in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Advanced Data Connectivity (ADC) seeks an Innovations Programmer.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or another computer programming field.

 

Location:

Corporate Headquarters in Hope Valley, Rhode Island

 

Salary:

Based on experience

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work will include web and desktop application development.
  • Primary language is C# (WinForms and ASP.Net) with other work in classic asp and JavaScript.
  • Work with Senior Programmers on projects, seeing them through from the design phase to production and maintenance.
  • Must be able to gather requirements and recommend solutions to problems facing the business or clientele.
  • Will work individually, and as a team, to create new projects, provide troubleshooting and maintain existing programs.
  • Applicant should be able to read existing code, troubleshoot, and update programs while maintaining data structure and functional integrity. 
  • Will need to communicate closely with other Programmers.

 

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required in computer science or computer programming. 
  • 2+ year experience is preferred but not required.
  • Applicant should be familiar with .Net programming and Visual Studio.
  • Must have a good understanding of OOP, preferably in C#
  • Additional skills preferred are ASP.Net, classic asp, SQL Server, JavaScript, html & CSS.
  • Must have a working knowledge of database technologies including the ability to read and write SQL Queries.
  • Must be willing to learn new technologies as scope of projects assigned grow in difficulty.
  • Must have good communication skills, and work well with other staff including less technical departments.
  • Must have good attention to detail.
  • Must be secure with asking questions in order to gain the knowledge and understanding of the tasks at hand.

 

B2BGateway is looking for a high energy, friendly and engaging individual who takes pride in the company. The position requires an individual who possess time management and organization skills in order to complete critical tasks in a timely manner.

 

Contact Information

Please apply online at https://www.b2bgateway.net/careers or send your resume to HR@B2BGateway.Net. Be sure to include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Author: Programmer with B2BGateway

Responsibilities

  • Work with senior programmers to develop software required to meet the needs of clients. This includes being able to gather information from the client and analyze a client’s needs to determine if we could help them do things better or easier.
  • Assist in the development of Configuration Management and Quality Assurance (CMQA) procedures for software development/maintenance.
  • Provide telephone and e-mail support to customer base for technical issues.
  • Work with customer base end-users during software installation and implementation phase to install and configure software as needed.
  • Work with customer base end-users during software installation and implementation phase to install and configure software as needed.
  • Will work individually, and as a team, to provide troubleshooting and maintenance of pre-existing programs.
  • Applicant should be able to parse an existing program, troubleshoot, and update the program while maintaining data structure and reliability.
  • Will need to communicate closely with our customer Support Engineers.
  • Will be responsible for reviewing morning reports, troubleshooting issues with programs and making updates as necessary.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required in computer science or computer programming
  • Primary language is Winbatch with additional skills needed in asp 3.0, C#, asp.net, sql server, javascript, html, css, and sql.
  • Must have a working knowledge of database technologies including the ability to read and write SQL Queries.
  • Need to communicate clearly/effectively with customers by telephone and e-mail.
  • Must have clear and articulate language and communication skills.
  • Must have good time management skills.
  • Must have experience with all Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Office Suite (MS Access vital), Outlook, Windows Explorer (directory hierarchy and navigation) and Windows XP.
  • Must be secure with asking questions in order to gain the knowledge and understanding of the tasks at hand and be mature enough to take responsibility for shortfalls or errors.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be able to function in a demanding atmosphere.

 

B2BGateway is looking for a high energy, friendly and engaging individual who takes pride in the company. The position requires an individual who possess time management and organization skills in order to complete critical tasks in a timely manner.

 

Contact Information

Please apply online at https://www.b2bgateway.net/careers or send your resume to HR@B2BGateway.Net. Be sure to include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Author: IT and Computer Support Technician with Network Support Co.

Please contact me regarding this computer support position I am looking to fill for my client, The Network Support Company in Danbury, CT.  This is a company with a highly collaborative/collegial work environment.  The company has been ranked by MSP Mentor as one of the Top 100 MSPs in North America since 2012.

We are seeking a highly-motivated IT/workstation technician/computer support technician with a maximum of one-to-two years of IT work experience.  A Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems or Computer Science is preferred.   They would also consider a current student working toward either a MIS or CS degree, with some work experience, who would be available to work full-time days.

 

Karla Hammond

860-267-2690

karlahammond@sbcglobal.net

 

Published: 6/11/2018

Author: Jinbo Bi and Song Han win NSF Award in the CISE Robust Intelligence Program

Congratulations to Drs. Jinbo Bi and Song Han on winning an NSF Award in the CISE Robust Intelligence program. The three year $450,000 research project is titled “Multi-view Latent Class Discovery and Prediction with a Streamlined Analytics Platform.”

This project addresses the latent class discovery and prediction problem by deriving novel and efficient approaches, including multi-view co-clustering, multi-view subspace clustering, multi-objective optimization of co-training, and multi-modal deep learning methods. Parallel and distributed algorithms will be developed to implement and scale up these methods. A streamlined analytics platform will be constructed to maximize the utility of the proposed approaches in real-world applications.

 

 

Author: Senior Design Day Features Projects from 33 Teams

CSE hosted a record number of senior design teams this year with 33 teams presenting their projects on April 27, 2018. Each year leading technology, manufacturing, and insurance companies, financial institutions, medical firms, consulting practices, as well as local and state government agencies partner with our department with Senior Design Projects. These are cost-effective ways to work with Computer Science & Engineering seniors on a company project or a technical design challenge without a large investment.
     Each project was staffed by a team of 3-6 students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Projects were judged by a group of evaluators from industry and academia. Evaluations were based on the overall quality of the project and its presentation including: project idea, impact, design, interface, the poster, demo of the prototype, and the students’ communication skills. Winners received prizes for placing first, second, and third.

This year’s outstanding projects included:
First Place-Team 7, “Inferencing Based on Machine Stoppages”, Members: Peter Polis, Michael Feldman, Daniel Camilliere, Michael Pappas, Patrick Guyer and Michael Presch. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Swapna Gokhale.
Second Place-Team 18, “A Visual Euclid’s Elements”, Members: Soumya Kundu, Sailesh Simhadri, Ian Dechene, Drew Monroe and Joe Sweeney. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Donald Sheehy.
Third Place-Team 16, “Smart Hotels”, Members: Arun George, Brian Matuszak, Rafal Bezubik, Chris Skoczylas, Kevin Schumitz and Rich Infante. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Reda Ammar and Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran.
Third Place-Team 31, “Hartford Steam Boiler Nameplate Recognition System”, Qiansheng Hu, Chris Peterson, Chengchen Zhang, Eddie Huang, Hunter Hollant and Michael Gentile. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dong-Guk Shin.

Congratulations to all seniors for another successful Senior Design Day and we wish you continued success in all your endeavors!

Author: JavaScript Engineer with SportsHub

SportsHub JavaScript Engineer

Author: Computation and Neuroscience Research Assistant Opportunity at Yale University

There is a computation and neuroscience research assistant position available in my laboratory for 1-2 years, appropriate for a student or recent graduate who wishes to spend at least 1 year doing full time research before pursuing a career or graduate studies in computation and neuroscience related fields (Computer Science, Bioengineering, Neurobiology, MD/PhD, etc.).
 
My research is on normal brain mechanisms of consciousness and loss of consciousness during epileptic seizures (see alsohttps://medicine.yale.edu/lab/blumenfeld/). Ongoing projects include functional neuroimaging with simultaneous EEG, behavioral testing, pupillometry and machine learning. In addition, we performin vivo electrophysiology and fMRI recordings from animal models of epilepsy to investigate cortical and subcortical network interactions. This position involves participating in a multi-disciplinary team, working on improving computational methods for localizing brain activity and treating epileptic seizures. Research or work experience in computer programming especially with MATLAB and mathematics is essential; experience in neuroscience or equivalent advanced coursework in these fields is also highly desirable.
 
Ample opportunities will also be available for exposure to Applied Mathematics, clinical Neurology, Neurosurgery, and related fields depending on the student’s interests. Mentoring will be provided on how to pursue a career in computer science and neuroscience research, or on how to combine basic research and clinical work through a career in academia.
 
Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter, CV or resume, and three letters of reference via email to: hal.blumenfeld@yale.edu
Note: due to high demand please do not send inquiries without attaching a CV/resume
______________________________________________

Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD
Loughridge Williams Professor

Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery 
Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8018
Tel:   (203) 785-3865
FAX: (203) 737-2538
email: hal.blumenfeld@yale.edu

https://medicine.yale.edu/lab/blumenfeld/

Author: Dr. Laurent Michel Elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering recently announced their Science and Engineering inductees for 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Michel for receiving this honorable lifetime achievement and being one of Connecticut’s leading experts in science, engineering and technology. Eight of the 24 new members are from UConn and UConn Health.

Election to the Academy is based on scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence. The Academy identifies and studies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science- and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions.

Dr. Michel’s professional areas include: Constraint-based local search as a methodology and toolset to solve large and difficult combinatorial problems; constraint programming and its hybridization with integer programming; security and integrity of electronic election systems and voting machines; security of internet-of-things devices and general software stacks; and demand forecasting techniques for power distribution networks.

Laurent is a co-director of the UConn Center for Voting Technology Research that has significantly contributed to the security and integrity of elections in Connecticut. He is also the co-director of the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation.

New members will be introduced at the academy’s 43rd annual meeting and dinner on May 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell.

Author: The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering elects Dr. Bing Wang

Congratulations to Dr. Bing Wang for being recognized as one of the leading experts in her field by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Wang’s professional areas include computer networking, distributed systems, and mobile systems. She is being inducted into the Academy for her outstanding contributions to computer networking, including developing novel techniques for multimedia streaming, wireless network management, and frameworks for automatic and pervasive depression screening using smartphones.

Election to the Academy is based on scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence. The Academy identifies and studies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science and technology related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions.

New members will be introduced at the academy’s 43rd annual meeting and dinner on May 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell. Eight of the 24 new members are from UConn and UConn Health.

Author: Part-time or Internship SEO position with Haz-Pros Inc.

Job Title: Part Time SEO Position Immediate Opening

Job Description: We are looking for someone to help us with our SEO oversite/management in conjunction with paid search campaigns to ensure our online presence. The goal will be to ensure that our website content is search-engine friendly to increase our company’s search engine rating.

About the Company:

Haz-Pros, Inc. has been providing quality environmental services since 1988 and is known for its expertise in demolition services, asbestos / lead abatement, PCBs, guano and mold remediation. Located in West Hartford, CT, Haz-Pros, Inc. prides ourselves in building lasing business relationships within our community which spans throughout the north-east.

Responsibilities:

• Develop and execute successful SEO strategies

• Conduct keyword research

• Optimize website content, landing pages and paid search copy

• Collect data and report on traffic, rankings, and other SEO aspects

Requirements:

• Knowledge of HTML/CSS

• Experience with SEO reporting

• Familiarity with relevant tools and web analytic tools (Adwords, WordPress, Google Analytics)

• Knowledge of standard and current SEO practices

Please contact:

Chelsey Delgado

Marketing Specialist

Haz-Pros. Inc.

125 A Brook Street

West Hartford, CT 06110

chelsey@hazpros.com

Phone (860) 232-2225 x 7

Fax (860) 233-9654

www.hazpros.com

Author: Faculty of the Year Award Presented to Dr. Keith Barker

The UConn chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society recently awarded Professor Keith Barker the 2017-2018 Faculty of the Year Award. Every year members are asked to nominate a professor that had a profound impact on their career at UConn to receive this prestigious award. Dr. Keith Barker is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and of Education in Curriculum & Instruction.

Professor Barker, commonly referred to as KB, was nominated by a student whose nomination letters reads as follows:

“KB was truly the best professor I have ever had at the University of Connecticut. I took the online Digital Logic Design course with him. All of the videos were accompanied by a short introduction by KB guiding us on how to approach the material. He presented the difficult subject in such a way that it was fun, easy and interesting. I have never enjoyed studying anything as much as I did in this course. KB related each of the subjects we were studying to a song and it made things much easier to remember. During our weekly labs, not only was KB present at each of them throughout the semester, but he also went to every one of the lab sections (and there were quite a few of them). KB came up to each student – helping, giving advice, explaining or just saying something nice. Thanks to KB I went from ‘why am I even taking this class, I cannot understand a single word’ to ‘I love what I am doing and I want to know more’. I have never seen a professor who participated and cared about his students’ success more than KB.”

A CSE alum received KB’s mentorship and is following his example today helping other students in the field of Computer Science:

“Dr. Keith Barker was caring, available, and his door was always open. He was perceived as an honest grader, though the early lab projects were not easy. When you had a problem, he was never far away to explain the technical aspect and use the time to mentor his students.   Thanks to KB I got involved early with Special Projects, university industry partnerships. These were real life assignments, and I had the privilege of doing three of them. I remember presenting one of these in front a huge panel audience and was admittedly scared. KB came to me right before the presentation and said, ‘don’t worry, you know this subject better than any of the judges do.’ It was in moments like this when KB switched from teaching to mentoring and coaching, going that extra mile for his students.”

Dr. Barker’s career of over 50 years in Higher Education covers 18 years at the University of Sheffield in England teaching Electrical Engineering before he came to the University of Connecticut CSE Department in 1983. When asked about his experience teaching, KB stated; “My life has been devoted to the education of both undergraduate and graduate students and to the betterment of the teaching faculty.” This statement exemplifies how dedicated Professor Barker is to sharing his vast knowledge with others to help them succeed in business and in life.

Author: Software Developer Internship with Graham Capital Management

Job Description:
Seeking an Intern of Software Development, to work on server-side and client-side (WinForms, Angular) projects related to algorithm system management and trading.  The successful candidate will work in a medium size team and have close interaction with development peers.

About the Company:
Graham Capital Management is an alternate investment firm located in Rowayton CT, focused on innovative quantitative and discretionary investment solutions. The Technology department provides critical support to the firm’s alpha generation process.

Required Skills:
Proficiency with an object oriented design language, including but not limited to C, C++, Java, C#.NET.  Familiarity with fundamental programming language concepts.  Excellent communication skills are required for the role, along with strong analytical and organizational skills.  Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment. 

Contact:

Sharlene M. Carnegie

 scarnegie@grahamcapital.com

203-899-3907

 

 

 

Author: Computer Science Alumnus named Dean at the University of Northern Colorado

Burkhard Englert, Ph.D. has been named as the new dean of the University of Northern Colorado’s College of Natural and Health Sciences starting July 1, 2018. He earned his doctorate in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut in 2000.

Dr. Englert’s past experience includes positions as the founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), as well as chair of the Department of Computer Engineering Computer Science, the largest department in the College of Engineering at CSULB serving over 1,500 students.

From 2011 to 2013, Englert coordinated and led the graduate programs in the College of Engineering at CSULB. He has been a professor of Computer Science since 2007. Before joining CSULB in 2003, he was an adjunct assistant professor in the Program in Computing at the University of California Los Angeles.

Author: Systems I and II Engineers at Honeywell

Systems II Engineer

Launch innovations in nearly every commercial and defense aircraft platform

Join a team that designs, develops and integrates highly complex systems within Honeywell Aerospace. You will be integral in creating system solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. You will be involved in every aspect of the systems life cycle; from the front end of business development through product end of life.

Honeywell System Security Engineering has experienced significant growth in the area of Cyber System Security analysis and application to support both Defense & Space Design and Production implementation.  

Highly organized engineer with experience in handling multiple simultaneous programs. 
Work with more experienced engineers leading to their direct interaction with customers to determine true cyber protection requirements.
Leverage both their logical thinking and analysis skills, along with the use of good practice System Engineering allocation skills to Achieve success in integrating DoD Cyber Security requirements with the core functional program requirements.

 
10% Travel
25% Systems Design
25% Development System Design
25% Requirements Analysis
15% Budget/Schedule Responsibility
 

YOU MUST HAVE

  • Systems I Engineer – Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering OR work experience in the Cyber Security field. 
  • Systems II Engineer – Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering OR work experience in the Cyber Security field. 
  • The Candidate is required to be able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance.

WE VALUE

  • The ability to work well in small groups and have excellent communication and presentation skills. 
  • Familiar with DoD IT systems, including Audits and RMF implementation.
  • Must complete the highest level of education no more than 12 months prior to hire date.
  • Experience with DOD cyber analysis tools including SCRM, SWAP, and OPSEC and have a familiarity with the various cyber security controls under NIST 800
  • Individuals that quickly analyze, incorporate and apply new information and concepts.
  • Diverse and global teaming and collaboration
  • Effective communicator
  • Individuals who are self-motivated and able to work with little supervision, who consistently take the initiative to get things done.
  • Ability to adapt dictated by project changes
  • Multi-tasking and has the ability to manage a variety of complicated tasks.

Due to US export control laws, must be a US citizen, permanent resident or have protected status. Exempt Why Our Employees Chose Aerospace

INCLUDES

  • Relocation Provided
  • Continued Professional Development
  • Some Travel Required

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Job ID: Systems I Engineer – HRD11749
  • Job ID: Systems II Engineer – HRD12229
  • Category: Engineering
  • Location: Clearwater, FL – USA

Honeywell is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.

 

Author: CSE Alumni needed as judges for Senior Design Project Demonstration Day 4/27/18

Dear CSE Alumni,

Please help our faculty judges in selecting the outstanding projects from this year’s 33 teams of Senior Design Project students.

Demonstration Day is @ Gampel Pavilion, UConn, Storrs Campus Friday, April 27, 2018.

Judging is 10:00-12:30, lunch at 12:30.

Open to public 1-4PM ending with an awards ceremony.

For information contact reda.ammar@uconn.edu

Thanks for your help!

Further information on School of Engineering Senior Design Program is here.

Author: Dept. Chair for CS and Digital Apps at King School

King School (King) is an independent, college preparatory day school serving students from Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. We are a diverse, vibrant learning community dedicated to educational excellence and the fullest academic and personal achievement of our students.

Job Description: King seeks a full-time Department Chair for Computer Science and Digital Applications who will guide the department into the next stage of its future, focusing on innovative curriculum design, STEM programming, other interdisciplinary opportunities. This Department Chair will report to the three Division Heads, and will assume duties and responsibilities consistent with expectations for all Department Chairs.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Expand the Computer Science and Digital Applications curriculum to create Art and Technology classes with an appreciation for developing STEAM programming
  • Collaborate with the Science and Math department heads to develop programming for the Innovation Center/MakerSpace
  • Manage a department of several people across three divisions
  • Maintain a budget dedicated to material resources and professional development
  • Review and update current curriculum with latest computer programming and new evolving computer related topics and technologies.
  • Advise Hardware and 3D Printing clubs.
  • Oversee the Robotics club, promote program, attend competitions
  • Coordinate with the Marketing/Communications Department to promote all aspects of Computer Science course offerings, including Lower School computer science curriculum development
  • Promote and coordinate “The Hour of Code” as an opportunity to expose all King students to the art of programming
  • Teach three sections of Computer Science classes
  • Attend professional development workshops to further knowledge and skill in implementing new course offerings as they develop.

Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Computer Science, Technology Education or related Computer Science program; Engineering background desirable
  • Knowledge of STEM related topics and the ability to contribute to the STEM committee
  • Extensive knowledge of the Java programming language, including the ability to teach AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles and an Advanced Topics course in Java
  • Experience in engineering, including Arduino and Raspberry Pi circuit board knowledge, 3D printing software, including TinkerCad, Blender and Fusion as well as advise and assist Engineering students in their year long project.
  • Knowledge of other programming languages: Scratch, Python, App Inventor, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C++
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to constructively collaborate with colleagues
  • Commitment to King’s Mission, Virtues, and Diversity Policy Statement

To apply, please email employment@kingschoolct.org with resume and cover letter.

Author: Dr. Rajasekaran Awarded NSF Grant to Transfer Big Data Tools

Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran and his team have been granted $700,000 by the National Science Foundation to transform novel big data tools used in biological research for use in materials science analytics.

In line with the Obama White House’s, Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness, this project will accelerate materials science research and bring scientists and students in the bioinformatics and materials sciences fields together to create a transformative knowledge base.

The complete article is featured here.

Author: Part time Developer opportunity at Yale

Position: Developer (Part time) 

Project title: mHealth informed consent 

Department: Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Duties:

Opportunity to work on developing a web-based application for a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to prototype a new electronic health record interface that aims to improve patient’s safety. With limited supervision and oversight, assist Department of Emergency Medicine faculty with:

  • Programming of the tool likely using Microsoft Visual Studio. Prior knowledge of Visual Studio is necessary.
  • Attend & contribute appropriately to all investigative team meetings
  • Option to continue work through the 2018 academic year

Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have object-oriented programming experience. Must be proficient with Microsoft Visual Studio and/or with C#, NETMVC JavaScript, CSS, XHTML, XML, SQL Server database design and T-SQL Server.  
  • Ability to work and contribute positively to the team
  • Highly self-motivated, independent, reliable, competent, and committed to the goal of completing all goals and tasks
  • Extremely organized and detailed-oriented

Optional Duties: Manuscript preparation [This portion of the position is optional and unpaid and will be discussed with the candidate based on merit and candidate interest].

 

Kristina Carlson
Research Associate II

Yale Department of Emergency Medicine I 464 Congress Ave Suite 260 I New Haven, CT 06519 kristina.carlson@yale.edu

Author: Scholarship Opportunity for Stamford Computer Science Majors

Terrence Cheng, the Director of the Stamford campus, is pleased to announce the addition of the FairHaven Scholarship at UConn Stamford. The scholarship is a highly competitive merit-based award for students who will be majoring in Computer Science. FairHaven Scholars will receive up to $10,000 per academic year: scholarships are renewable for 4 consecutive academic years, and are valued at a fixed amount determined on a yearly basis.

FairHaven Scholars will have an opportunity to take advantage of the many technology-based internships in Fairfield County and New York City, while working closely with the campus’s Center for Career Development on skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, elevator pitches, and more. FairHaven Scholars will also have a chance to work with academic advisors and professional mentors who will help them to establish personal networks and discover paths to future success.

Author: Dr. Yufeng Wu Awarded National Science Foundation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Yufeng Wu on winning a National Science Foundation award in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Division of Computing and Communication Foundations. His research project is titled “Computational Methods for Large-scale Inference of Population History.”

Yufeng is the sole principal investigator and the three year award is from 2017 to 2020.
The project aims at developing new computational methods for analyzing large population genomics data. The central technical problem is understanding how gene genealogy can be used for solving important inference problems in population genomics.

Author: Distinguished Alumnus-Dr. Lance Fiondella Receives CAREER Award

Professor Lance Fiondella was recently awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for his project CAREER: Software Reliability and Security Assessment: Modeling and Algorithms. The award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Lance received his Ph.D. in 2012 in Computer Science and Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Swapna Gokhale. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is also a faculty fellow of the Operational Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses, which provides rigorous technical analytical support to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation and its mission to conduct independent assessments of the military services’ test and evaluation of new systems, including technical and firsthand analyses on system performance and reliability. He served on the Administrative Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Reliability Society from 2015-2017. Lance has published 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and 70 conference papers, eight of which have been recognized with awards. Professor Fiondella’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Army Research Laboratory, and Naval Air Systems Command. Tools produced through his projects are used to assess the reliability and security of Major Defense Acquisition Programs for the Armed Services.

Author: 52 Seniors Receive Academic Awards

52 Seniors Receive Academic Awards

On December 5th, Dr. Alexander Schwarzmann presented academic awards to 52 seniors who have shown exemplary academic success in computer science, computer science and engineering, and computer engineering. Students were presented with certificates and a fellowship award. The awards were in three categories: Certificate for Highest Academic Achievement, Certificate for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and Certificate of Honorable Mention for Academic Achievement. Congratulations and best wishes in all your future endeavors!

 

Award for Highest Academic Achievement

Joshua Snyder-Computer Science

Eric Flower-Computer Science & Engineering

Keelin Becker-Wheeler-Computer Engineering

 

Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Tristan Pepin                           Katherine Tiernan

Yu Mei                                     Alex Masi

Sailesh Simhadri                     Joseph Sweeny

Trevor Phillips                         Cody Lutzel

Maryzyrene Adao                   Kevin Grabowski

Brandon Lumbra                     Ryan Heilemann

Kyle Lockwood                        Jeffrey Santi

 

Award for Honorable Mention for Academic Achievement

Rafal Bezubik                          Thomas Gross

Omar Amer                             Jared Gruneiro

Siena Biales                             Hunter Hollant

Katherine Riedling                  Aidan Devin

Oliver Kisielius                        Michael Wynne

Renoj Varghese                       Edward Huang

Brian Matuszak                       Rahul Kantesaria

John McGowan                       Austin Schwarm

Drew Monroe                         Luke Malinowski

Savanna Smith                        Mariem Ouni

Joshua Lemkin                         Christopher Stumper

Hannah Reed                          Jonathan Homburg

Samuel Sledzieski                    Chengchen Zhang

Michael Gentile                      Ashim Ranjeet

Joseph Warmus                       Dylan Ramsay

Christopher Oldham               Virginia Blessing

Trevor Svec                             Quinn Vissak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Gift to the Anthony W. DeSio Endowed Fellowship

A special thank you to the Anthony W. DeSio and Delores J. DeSio Foundation for the generous gift to the Anthony W. DeSio Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science & Engineering. This financial contribution enables our students to become leaders, problem solvers, and innovators who will shape our future. Our mission, before any other, is to educate future engineers. Thank you again for helping to accomplish this mission.

Author: Dr. Nabavi and Fatima Zare Win Best Poster Competition

Congratulations to Professor Sheida Nabavi and Fatima Zare for winning the best poster award at the recent Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics held in Boston. They presented their research project entitled Bias and Noise Cancellation for Robust Copy Number Variation Detection” and according to Fatima, “the high-throughput next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have created an opportunity for detecting copy number variations (CNVs) more accurately. However, efficient and precise detection of CNVs remains challenging due to high levels of noise and biases, data heterogeneity and the “big data” nature of NGS data. In this work, we introduce a novel preprocessing pipeline to improve the detection accuracy of CNVs in heterogeneous NGS data such as cancer whole exome sequencing data. We employ several normalizations to reduce biases due to GC contents, map ability and tumor contamination. We also utilize the Taut String method as an efficient effective smoothing approach to reduce noise.”

Fatima Zare and Dr. Sheida Nabavi

Author: 4th Annual CyberSEED Conference at UConn

The Cybersecurity Competitions & Conference will be held October 19-20, 2017 in the Rome Commons Ballroom. Hosted by the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI), CyberSEED brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. In the same academic setting, dozens of universities and colleges compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for awesome prizes. Do miss the event and complete your registration now!

Author: CSE Welcomes New Faculty

Dr. Alexander Schwarzmann is pleased to announce the addition of 5 new faculty to the departments growing list of accomplished scholars.

  • Dr. Amir Herzberg joins the department as a Full Professor and the Comcast Chair for Security Innovation. Amir was most recently at Bar Ilan University in Israel, where he was a full professor. Dr. Herzberg is internationally renowned for his research in network cyber-security, applied cryptography, and software security. He earned his D.Sc. in 1991 in Computer Science from the Technion. His previous professional endeavors included management of Network Security group and E-Business and Security Technologies at IBM Research (T.J.Watson and Haifa respectively).
  • Dr. Joseph Johnson joins the department as an Associate Professor in-Residence and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in Computing. Dr. Johnson came to us from Three Rivers Community College, where he was an associate professor and coordinator of the computer science program. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2016 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He is also a UConn alumnus, having earned his B.S. in Actuarial Science in 1991. Dr. Johnson’s research is in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and natural language processing.
  • Dr. Augusto Casas joins the department as an Associate Professor in-Residence at the Stamford Campus. Dr. Casas came to us from Berkeley College in New York, where he was a professor of information technology management. He earned his Ph.D. in 2002 in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He is also an alumnus, having earned his MBA in 1992 from UConn. Dr. Casas’ research interests are in applications of computational intelligence to solving investment management problems.
  • Dr. Walter Krawec joins the department as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Krawec came to us from Iona College, where he was an assistant professor of computer science. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2015 from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. His research is in quantum cryptography and he has also been involved in research projects involving classical computer security and network security.
  • Dr. Fei Miao joins CSE as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in ECE. She came to us from University of Pennsylvania, where she was a post-doctoral researcher in a robotics, automation, sensing, and perception lab. Dr. Miao earned her Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2016 from UPenn. Her research is in cyber-physical systems and intelligent autonomous systems with the focus on safety, efficiency, and security.

Author: Sanguthevar Rajasekaran Named Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Sanguthevar Rajasekaran on Aug. 17, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The Board of Trustees has named Sanguthevar Rajasekaran a University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the institution bestows on its faculty.

Established in 1998, the award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Rajasekaran joined the computer science and engineering department in 2002 and currently serves as the United Technologies Corporation Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

According to an article in UConn Today, his numerous research contributions have advanced knowledge in the areas of applied algorithms, big data, bioinformatics. Rajasekaran was instrumental in the development of a website tool, the Minimotif Miner (MnM), which allows researchers to search a given protein for hundreds of amino acid motifs that may be associated with diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The tool is used by biologists worldwide.

Author of more than 300 research articles, Rajasekaran’s studies have garnered more than $18 million in funding, most from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Two textbooks that he wrote have been translated into several languages.

Rajasekaran has graduated 23 Ph.D. students and published research articles with undergraduate students. He won the School of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Computer Science & Engineering Faculty of the Year Award in 2005.

Within UConn, he has served on many key departmental, school, and university committees. Since 2005, he has served as the director of the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology.

Author: Jinbo Bi Receives NIH Mid-Career Independent Scientist Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jinbo Bi on winning an NIH Mid-Career Independent Scientist Award for her research project “Classifying Addictions Using Machine Learning Analysis of Multidimensional Data.” This award is expected to total over $800K from 2017 to 2022. The purpose of the NIH Independent Scientist Award is to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.

This award enables Dr. Bi to become a leading quantitative investigator in the field of substance use and psychiatric disorders, reflecting her ongoing commitment to developing an innovative and interdisciplinary research program on the classification of complex disorders. The specific aims of this project are to examine whether clinically-defined subtypes derived in Dr. Bi’s NIH R01 project predict differential treatment response, whether new statistical models that she is developing for combining longitudinal treatment data with behavioral and genomic data can identify meaningful disease subtypes for precision medicine; and whether there are genetic or social moderators of treatment outcome by subtype.

Author: Professor Donald Sheehy Receives NSF Career Award

Congratulations to Dr. Donald Sheehy on winning an NSF CAREER Award for his research project “Algorithmic Challenges and Opportunities in Spatial Data Analysis.”  The award is expected to total over $500K from 2017 to 2022. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The specific aim of Dr. Sheehy’s project is to develop new data structures for working with metric data sets, i.e. those for which there is a distance between points.  He will focus on data structures that organize data into a hierarchy involving different scales.  These will be modified to work with locally adaptive distances (the distance between points varies depending on the location) using new models of computation that only use approximate distance comparisons. These models acknowledge the reality that with sufficiently complex data, even a single distance computation can be expensive. A second specific aim is to develop new multiscale sampling theories as well as new algorithms for computing such samples. These samples and sampling algorithms will be applicable to a wide range of problems and will extend and generalize the popular “farthest-point” sampling strategy. A third specific aim is to develop algorithms for new metrics and distance functions for heterogeneous data to more accurately represent intrinsic structure in data. These algorithms will generalize methods used in both Voronoi refinement mesh generation (a technique originally developed to aid in computer simulation of physical systems) and topological data analysis, a rapidly growing field at the intersection of computer science and mathematics.

This is our faculty’s 12th NSF Career Award since the turn of the Century. To learn more about Don and other UConn awardees, see the article in UConn Today. Best wishes to Don for his continued success!

 

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