Research

The faculty in Department of Computer Science is active in current research projects in computer science, information technology, and related fields. Undergraduate students are frequently recruited to conduct research in undergraduate research lab and artificial intelligence/robotics lab under faculty's supervision. Each year there are students' papers published in international and national conferences.

We look forward to collaborating with faculty and students in other disciplines and participants in external organizations, companies, and communities, as well. If you have any idea or suggestion on research project, please don't hesitate to contact our faculty members.

Brain Controller Interface (S. Bierly, J. Schiller, Dr. S. Thangiah)

The BCI research project uses an Eletroencephalogram (ECG) device to retrieve neural signal data from a user's brain. The program then analyzes that data and compares it to previously identified signals that correspond to specific thought patterns and commands. Once a pattern is recognized and classified as a particular command, it then sendsthat command to a mobile robot.

Routing & Automating the AR.Drone (D. Arnett, S. Chestnut, S. Forsythe, J. Mullen, Dr. S. Thangiah)

This project experimented two ways to automate navigation of the Parrot AR.Drone: one with computer vision techniques and another using a lightweight, low-power Raspberry Pi computer equipped with a GPS and a digital compass. Flight commands can be directed to control AR.Drone from a Desktop with a WiFi link.

Graph Gravity (N. Botzer, Z. Petrusch, T. Basett, Dr. D. Dailey, Dr. D. Whitfield)

It is always desirable to locate the shortest distance between any pairs of nodes in a graph. Graph gravity intends to label every node in a graph with a unique numerical value. The shortest path between two nodes can be found by always choosing to the node whose gravity value is the closest to the destination node's gravity value. One application of graph gravity is to expedite collection of information on a Website for data mining.

Development of Libki (Dr. M. Conlon)

As an active supporter and promoter of free open-source software, Dr. Conlon is working with the Crawford County Federated Library System during his sabbatical in Fall 2014, helping to further the development of Libki, a free-open source software used to manage the use of library kiosks, for public-access computers in public libraries. He also expects to contribute to the further development of Koha, a free open-source integrated library system (ILS), for management of all library information, including electronic-card-catalog functionality. Both Libki and Koha are used by libraries all over the world.

Web-based Data Collection and Analysis for Climatological Airshed Producer for Environmental Research (Dr. H. Zhou)

Collaborating with faculty in Dept. of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Dr. Zhou is working on porting of desktop-based NOAA data collection and analysis tool to Web-based tool. With new Web technologies such as HTML5 and node.js, the new tool provides a streamlined interface to create analysis model and improved performance for tracking of pollution of mercury and sulfate.