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Dr. Khan has been visiting MIET (Model Institute of Engineering and Technology) in Jammu, India.  MIET is known as one of the best engineering institutions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India.  Dr. Khan is exploring future collaboration opportunities between MIET and KSU Computer Science, but he also presented a seminar to 200 MIET students on Next-Generation Networks with a specific focus on Software-Defined Networking. 

" WE COME IN PEACE!"  Northeast Ohio ACM Chapter Hosts Panel Discussion Event on Artificial Intelligence:  KSU Kiva  Saturday September 10 1:00 -3:30 PM

The panelists will be:

Dr. Sven Koenig: Professor of Computer Science at University of Southern California

Dr. Pooyan Fazli: Director of the People and Robots Laboratory at Cleveland State University

Paul Carlson: Intelligent Community Strategist for Columbus  Ohio

Dr. Mark Vopat: Professor of Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics at Youngstown State University

Stuart Johnson: Vice President of Digital Works & Interim Executive Director Connect Ohio

 This panel on artificial intelligence, entitled: “We Come In Peace”, will discuss the many current positive contributions from AI technology and what it may provide in the future, but will also discuss the challenges that have to be met in implementing AI for our society. Extensive questions will be posed to the panelists from the moderator and the audience. Here is the format of the discussion:

The Format:

• Brief introduction and summary by each of the panelists (20 mins. in all)

• Questions posed by the moderator, Cameron Hughes from Ctest 

   Laboratories, and a discussion amongst panelists. (45 mins.)

• Break (10 mins.)

• Questions from Audience (50 mins.)

• Marvin Minsky Video Tribute (10 mins.)

This event will be free and open to the public. Here is a link to the website about this discussion:

For more information about this panel discussion, contact:

Trevor U. Watkins, MS, MCIS, MLIS

Assistant Professor, Science Librarian

Kent State University Libraries

Kent, OH, 44242



Computer Science Department Welcomes New Faculty

Join us in welcoming Dr. Xiang Lian to the faculty of Computer Science.  Dr. Lian earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  He comes to us from the University of Texas where he has served as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Lian's special interest is in databases, particularly probabilistic, inconsistent and uncertain databases.  

Mrs. Maha Allouzi is an instructor and a Ph.D. student in Computer Science.  This semester we welcome Mrs. Allouzi to full-time faculty.  Her undergraduate degree is in electronics engineering from Princes Sumyah University in Jordan.  Mrs. Allouzi holds a Masters in Computer Science from Kent State, and has been teaching part-time for Kent State and other universities for some time. 

Dr. Gus Samba is a KSU veteran but is returning this year to the Computer Science Department.  Dr. Samba's Ph.D. was earned at The University of Liverpool in England.  He has been teaching for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.  His interests lie in the area of wireless and mobile networking systems, telecommunications and communication protocols.  

Opportunity for Computer Science Students:

The J.M. Smucker Company will hold an Information Technology career fair on Friday, September 16, 2016 at their corporate offices in Orville, Ohio.  The event will be from noon to 4 p.m.  Make sure you take your current resume -there is an opportunity for interviews for internships.  You must register by September 9 at this link:

ParkApps is Here!

ParkApps is a new app to help you explore the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park located between Cleveland and Akron.  It is the product of an NSF grant led by Dr. Rick Ferdig of Lifespan Development and Education Sciences and our Dr. C.C. Lu, Professor and Assistant Chair, Computer Science.  ParkApps is available now for iPhone users, but Android is on its way.  To download this free app, fo the App Store on your phone and search for ParkApps.  The development will continue, so expect regular updates to come along.  ParkApps is also on Twitter (@appsforparks), Facebook (ParkApps) and Instagram (appsforparks).

Computer Science Major from India Simplifies Check-In for Residential Services

Bhaskar Thadisetty is an international student in the M.S. program in Computer Science. He also serves as a Global Ambassador to help other international students adapt to life at Kent State University.   Combining the two pursuits, he has developed a Check-In Mobile application to speed up the process of residential move-in through the use of a card reader.  See the whole story here: 

Hadi Partovi, Hour of Code, and Jeanne and Lauren Tan

Jeanne Tan works as Project Director for a major grant held by Chair of Computer Science, Dr. Javed I. Khan.  Recently Jeanne accompanied her daughter, Lauren, to the BotBall Robotics competition held in conjunction with the Ohio Educational Technology Conference.  Jeanne and Lauren had the pleasure of meeting and posing for a photograph with the creator of the Hour of Code, Mr. Hadi Partovi, a guest of the event.  The Hour of Code project is designed to inspire the public to learn simple coding.  Mr. Partovi is a Harvard graduate and a very successful entrepreneur in the computer science field.  Jeanne (who holds a degree in computer science) admits she was a little "star struck"!