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April 10, 2018

Northwest hosts regional conference on computer science education


Northwest students Bradley Taylor and Daniel Favor received first place for their poster presentation, "A Look Into the Network and Penetration Testing Lab” as Northwest hosted the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Central Plains Region annual conference. (Submitted photos)

Northwest students Bradley Taylor and Daniel Favor received first place for their poster presentation, "A Look Into the Network and Penetration Testing Lab” as Northwest hosted the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Central Plains Region annual conference. (Submitted photos)

Northwest students actively participated in conference workshops and papers as well as poster and presentation competitions.

Northwest students actively participated in conference workshops and papers as well as poster and presentation competitions.

Northwest Missouri State University welcomed hundreds of faculty, staff and students interested in the latest research, issues and trends in computer science education as it hosted the 25th annual regional conference for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Central Plains Region (CCSC-CP) April 6-7.

The conference included workshops and papers as well as poster and presentation competitions for students. Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, a NASA aerospace engineer, was the keynote speaker and discussed computer techniques for landing on Mars.

Northwest students actively participated in the contests, which included 13 teams from seven universities and 36 student authors. Northwest students Bradley Taylor, a senior computer science major from Kansas City, Missouri, and Daniel Favor, a junior computer science major from Grain Valley, Missouri, earned first place for their poster, "A Look Into the Network and Penetration Testing Lab,” under the direction of Dr. Scott Bell, an assistant professor in Northwest’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Additional Northwest student poster teams included:

  • Raja Srikar Karthik Chinta and Ashok Atkuri, "The Carbon Footprint of the Internet and Green Computing," sponsored by Dr. Denise Case
  • Purna Medarametla and Harish Bondalapati, “Security Features in Object-Oriented Programming Languages,” sponsored by Dr. Ajay Bandi
  • Sravanthi Modali and Veera Kishon Kumar Mucherla, “Xamarin,” sponsored by Dr. Michael Rogers
  • Goutham Reddy Neravetla and Daiwei Chen, “Learning Agent-Oriented Software with the Architecture for Systems of Intelligent Systems (AASIS) Framework,” sponsored by Dr. Denise Case

 

Dr. Michael Rogers, an associate professor of computer science and information systems at Northwest, and Dr. Bill Siever, a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, led the opening workshop and discussed the Micro Bit.

Other panels at the conference that featured Northwest faculty and staff included:

  • “Outcomes in Computer Science and Information Systems Education: Incorporating University, College and School Outcomes into the Course,” by Shandy Beck, Cari Cline, Dr. Aziz Fellah, Dr. Douglas Hawley and Dr. Michael Oudshoorn
  • “Building a Computer Science Community of Practice K-12 Style” by Diana Linville, Kelly Jones (Savannah R-II School District), Curt Kelly (Northland CAPS), Renee Turpin (South Nodaway R-IV School District), Becky Wynne (Maryville R-II School District) and Crystal Combs (Maryville R-II School District).
  • “Growing a Cybersecurity Program: Comparing and Contrasting Multiple Attempts” by Dr. Michael Oudshoorn, Dr. Scott Bell, Alex Bardas (University of Kansas), Tian Guanyu (FontBonne University) and Jim Cain (Southwest Baptist University)
  • “Improving the Computer Science Pipeline for Underrepresented Groups,” by Dr. Denise Case, Dr. Deborah Toomey, Dr. Carol Spradling, Dr. Juanita Simmons, Dr. Michael Rogers, Harold Smith (Codefest Kansas City) and Curt Kelly (Northland CAPS)

The U.S. National Science Foundation, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, GitHub, Teradata, Turingscraft, ZyBooks and Google for Education supported the conference.

Bell coordinated the multi-year conference effort with the support of Northwest faculty members Dr. Ajay Bandi and Dr. Charles Hoot. Student volunteers in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems also contributed to the success of the conference including Michael Baumli, Jacob Taylor, Brad Taylor, Jack Hill, Terry Alexander and Dave Chen.

The 2019 conference will be April 5-6 at St. Charles Community College near St. Louis.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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