Computer Science Research Day 2018

Friday  February 2  8:50 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  KSU Student Center 310AB

Keynote Speaker:  DR. MAURICE HERLIHY   "Blockchains and the Future of Distributed Computing"

Dr. Herlihy is well known in his field.  A graduate of Harvard and MIT, he currently is affiliated with Brown University as their "An Wang Professor of Computer Science".  His awards are many:

  • 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing
  • 2004 Godel Prize in Theoretical Computer Science
  • 2008 ISCA Influential Paper Award
  • 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize
  • 2013 Wallace McDowell Award
  • 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Lecturing Fellowship
  • ACM Fellow
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
  • Fellow of the national Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences


There has been a recent explosion of interest in blockchain-based distributed ledger systems such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many others.  Much of this work originated outside the distributed computing community, but the questions raised, such as consensus, replication, fault-tolerance, privacy, and security, and so on, are all issues familiar to our community.  This talk surveys the theory and practice of blockchain-based distributed systems from the point of view of classical distributed computing, along with reckless speculation about promising further research directions for our community.

Morning Schedule


8:50 a.m.  Welcome – Dr. Javed Khan

8:55 a.m.  Introduction – Dr. Ruoming Jin

9:00 a.m.  Keynote Speaker – Dr. Maurice Herlihy, Brown University, Blockchains the Future of Distributed Computing


10:00 a.m. Technical Session:

                   Dr. Jonathan Maletic, Dr. Ye Zhao, Dr. Feodor Dragan, Dr. Xiang Lian, Dr. Gokarna Sharma, Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim


12:30 p.m. Break for Lunch  - on Your Own


Afternoon Schedule


 2:00 p.m.  Dr. Xinyue Ye, Dept. of Geography, KSU  Inferring Urban Air Quality Based on Social Media


3:00 p.m.  Panel Presentation on Research   What’s Next After Big Data?

                 Dr. Javed Khan, Moderator,   Dr. Maurice Herlihy,  Dr. Kambiz Ghazinour, Dr. Qiang Guan, Dr. Bob Walker, Dr. Jonathan Maletic, Dr. Xinyue Ye


4:00 p.m.  Student Research Review:

                 Shamal Al-Dohuki, Pavan Poudel, Heather Guarnera,   Abdulhakeem Mohammed, Drew Guarnera, Corey   Bryant, Irvin Steve Cardenas, Do-Yeon Kim,

                 Naser Al Madi, Tamim Md Iftakharul Islam


5:10 p.m.  Outstanding Doctoral Research Award presented by Dr. Austin Melton to

                 Shamal Al-Dohuki and Naser Al-Madi


5:30 p.m.  Poster Session

   to 7:30 p.m.