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Dr. Gokarna Sharma is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award.  The project is CAREER: Transactional Memory for Distributed Systems, and its aim is to make programming easier in large-scale, possibly geo-distributed, multiprocessor systems.  Due to recent architectural and computational trends, new generations of multiprocessor systems are having an increasing number of cores and being able to program these systems is a necessary skill.  A recently emerged paradigm of transactional memory will be studied which has the potential to make this programming easier in these systems.  Dr. Sharma hopes that the outcomes of this project will attract and encourage non-expert users in multiprocessor programming.

UPDATE:  Congratulations to the Opendive Team, Irvin, Xiangxu, Caitlynn and Tina, finished in the top ten and received the Binance Smart Chain Award of 1,200 Euros in BNB!

Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim's ATR Lab is becoming known for its passion for competition and its latest team, Opendive, made the finals of a university hackathon hosted by the Encode Hack Club.  PhD students Irvin Cardenas and Xiangxu Lin, and M.S. students Caitlynn Lenhoff and Tina Xu make up the team and have  advanced to the finals with 9 other teams.  Over 1200 students, researchers and hackers from over 50 countries and 75 universities have been in competition for 10 weeks.  Congratulations Opendive!  Find more information here:      

Congratulations go out to the ATR (Advanced Telerobotic Research) Lab under the direction of  computer science professor Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim, with Dr. Gokarna Sharma.  The team of students, Irvin Cardenas, Xiangxu Lin, Alfred Shaker, Zachary Law, Saifuddin Mahmud, Redwanul Hague Sourave, Sara Roman, Michaeil Nelson, and Marcus Arnett  have worked tirelessly through weekends and holidays to prepare for the World Robot Summit (WRS) 2021 in Japan.  They have been notified that they have passed the final qualification exam and are in the top 10 of invited teams to compete in the disaster category.  The team has developed their robot, Telebot-3R, in a doglike form to traverse various terrains and to operate with human-computer interaction in search and rescue tasks.  Meet Telebot-3R on YouTubeFind out more!

We congratulate Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim and his students, Irvin Steve Cardenas, Caitlyn Lenhoff, Michelle Park, Tina Yuqiao Xu, Xiangxu Lin, and Pradeep Kumar Paladugul, who received a Best Paper Award at the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction 2020 for their paper, AARON:  Assistive Augmented Reality Operations and Navigation System for NASA's Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unity (xEMU) November 26, 2020.

Foundational Contribution Award:  Prof. Jonathan I. Maletic and Dr. Michael L. Collard (U of Akron) received the 2020 Mining Software Repositories Foundational Contribution Award for their work developing the srcML Infrastructure at the 20th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR).  “srcML addresses many hard problems in source code parsing and has fostered a wide range of research innovations throughout software engineering”  srcML, an open source system, has been under development at KSU for a number of years.  It is a widely used representation and tool set that supports exploration, analysis, and manipulation of large software systems.  The project has received over $1.5M in external funding over the past 12 years.

Distinguished Paper Award:  Vlas Zyrianov, Drew Guarnera, Cole Peterson, Dr. Bonita Sharif, and Dr. Jonathan Maletic received an IEEE TCSE Distinguished Paper Award at The IEEE 36th International Conference on Software Maintenance & Evolution (ICSME) 2020.  The paper "Automated Recording and Semantics-Aware Replaying of High-Speed Eye Tracking and Interaction Data to Support Cognitive Studies of Software Engineering Tasks" is part of the NSF funded iTrace project.  The tool, Déjà Vu, is work Mr. Zyrianov did as an undergraduate at KSU, he is now a graduate student at U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Guarnera is a doctoral student at KSU.  The paper is a collaborative effort with Dr. Sharif and her graduate student, Mr. Peterson, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

NSF Awards $652K for Software Engineering Research Infrastructure   Prof. Jonathan I. Maletic and Dr. Michael L. Collard (Univ. of Akron) were awarded a $652,485 grant ($397,848 to KSU and $254,636 to Akron) from the National Science Foundation (CNS 20-16465/16452) starting in July 2020.  The project involves enhancing the srcML infrastructure by adding a parser generator to support new programming languages.  srcML, developed at KSU, is a widely used XML representation and tool set that supports mixed language exploration, analysis, and manipulation of large software systems. 

CS Faculty member Ruoming Jin and collaborator Deric R. Kenne of the College of Public Health have been awarded a pilot study by the National Science Foundation.  Read more on the project, which collects data via cell phone use from students during the pandemic. 

CS Faculty member Jong-Hoon Kim and students Irvin Steve Cardenas and Pradeep Kumar Paladugula, were awarded "Best Paper"  for their co-authored paper "Large Scale Distributed Data Processing for a Network of Humanoid Telepresence Robots" by the IEEE International Conference on IoT, Electronics, and Mechanics (IEMTRONICS) 2020, held September 9-12. 

Professor Jonathan Maletic is addressing the 27th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering in London, Ontario, Canada, as KEYNOTE SPEAKER on Feb. 20. Read more about his talk here.

Congratulations to Professor Arvind Bansal as his newest textbook Introduction to Computational Health Informatics, has just been published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press under its "data mining and knowledge discovery series." Read morePress release here.

Javed I. Khan, professor and chair of the Computer Science Department, has secured a $2 million grant to support the higher education of Ohio students starting with newly admitted students for the Fall 2020 semester.  Find out more about the Choose Ohio First Program!

The ATR Lab, under the direction of Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim, has secured one of only 10 spots on the NASA Suits 2020 Challenge! Ph.D. student Irvin Cardenas will lead the team in April when they travel to the Johnson Space Center for the competition. The Suit Challenge is part of NASA's Artemis project, a landing on the moon to prepare for the Mars expedition.

The Office of Global Education has spotlighted one of Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim's ATR Lab students, Amrth Ashok Shenava, a sophomore computer science major. He is a special person and student and we are so glad to have him here at KSU! 

Congratulations to Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim's ATR Lab teams for bringing home cash prizes at the ETHBoston Hackathon held at Harvard Sept. 6 - 8.  Irvin Cardenas and Xiangxu Lin won a prize for their game app, MinerAdventureAmrth Ashok Shenava and Pradeep Kumar Paladugula won a prize for their app, Able Coins!

Congratulations to Dr. Ruoming Jin who is co-PI with Dr. Deric Kenne of the College of Public Health on their 5-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to "develop and implement a real-time drug use detection system to inform drug prevention efforts in Portage, Geauga and Lake counties." The project title is Northeast Ohio Tri-County Prevention Infrastructure.

Congratulations to Dr. Xiang Lian who was awarded a 2019 Summer Research and Creative Activity appointment from the University Research Council this past summer.

Congratulations to Dr. Qiang Guan whose grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been expanded for another year. This grant is to Develop, Improve and Perform Research with the Open Sourced Tool PFSEFI Related to Error Propagation.Dr. Javed Khan is the Principal Investigator in an NSF grant awarded recently which "aims at designing a 'frictionless data movement' super speed network infrastructure for advancing big-data movement across the globe." This project will create the capability for science researchers to significantly speed up access "to and from their data silos and supercomputing centers." Co-PIs on the project are Phil Thomas of KSU's Information Services Division, and Mark Fullmer of the Ohio Academic Resource Network. The grant title is CC* Networking Infrastructure:  Network for Data Driven Science in Allied 21st Century Smart Multi-Campus System:  A Use Case Design Through Kent State's Sharable Science De-Militarized Zone

Dr. Gokarna Sharma has been awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for his project Eager:  Transactional Memory Foundations for Distributed Multiprocessor Systems.  Dr. Sharma's current research interests include parallel and distributed computing, emerging technologies, distributed sensor networks, and network, graph and robotic algorithms.  

Dr. Ye Zhao was awarded a summer research grant by Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC for his project Full Stack Development for Scientific Data Analysis and Visualization. Dr. Zhao's current research interests are in the areas of computer graphics and visualization. He is the recipient of several previous grants, including National Science Foundation Grants, and is the author of numerous publications.


Areas of Ongoing Research

Distributed and Parallel Processing

This area covers a wide spectrum of research issues related to high-performance computing. Active research topics include parallel computational models, parallel and distributed algorithms, associative computing, parallelizing compilers, massively parallel computer architectures, interconnection networks, and cluster computing. The research in this area has been supported by NASA, ONR, NSF, and OBR.

Networking and Net-Centric Systems

The faculty in this area investigate research issues in high-performance computer communications networks. Major topics include adaptive routing protocols, high-speed switching and transmission techniques, multiple access protocols, multimedia networks, network algorithms, network management, programmable and active networks, traffic management and congestion control, and web-based computing. The research in this area has been supported by CAIDA, DARPA, ITEC, Internet2, NASA, CISCO, NSF, and OBR.

Computational Science and Visualization

The researchers in this area use high-performance computing and communications facilities to solve problems in other sciences and disciplines. In particular, numerical computing, scientific visualization, computational steering, virtual reality, and animation techniques are used to address problems in biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geology, and physics. The research in this area has been supported by NSF and OBR.

Data Security and Privacy

The faculty perform research with graduate and undergraduate students in the areas including, but not limited to; location-based privacy, mobile devices and social networks, privacy-aware database systems, digital forensics, cyber security, behavioral privacy, recommender systems, privacy in cloud computing, encryption, privacy preserving data mining in healthcare systems, de-identification of big data and modern security/privacy-aware access control models. For more information please refer to the Advanced Information Security & Privacy (AISP) Lab.


Active research areas include bioinformatics, database and data mining, evolutionary algorithms, graph algorithms and computational geometry, computational biology, hardware-software codesign, Internet-based mathematical computing, software engineering and visualization, symbolic and algebraic computation, and web-based and multimedia languages. The research in this area has been supported by NSF and OBR, NASA, and ONR.