COSC Faculty Publications and Presentations:


Sabbatical Talks and Presentations

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
COSC Conference Room

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Dr. Heidi Feng: 
User Authentication for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities

Dr. Ramesh Karne: 
Bare Machine Computing, Where We Go From Here?

Doctoral Dissertation Defense Announcement,
Songjie Liang

Friday, November 30, 1:30 p.m., COSC Conference Room

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Doctoral Dissertation Defense Announcement, Kyung Eun Park

Friday, November 2, 10:30 a.m., COSC Conference Room

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COSC Faculty Sabbatical Presentations
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Towson University

Drs. Darush Davani and Harry Zhou

Friday, October 19, 2012  ~  12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
COSC Conference Room (YR-459)
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 Simulation of Cognitive Theories for Robot Control

Darush Davani

This study develops and implements procedures and algorithms which incorporate several developmental theories of the robotics, cognitive science, and simulation disciplines in order to create and extend a basis platform for autonomous robots. There are many theories of psychology which are applicable to cognitive robotics though remain unimplemented to date in a single architecture.  Simulation of these theories, as applied to cognitive robotics, remains an important part of implementation of any system. The platform will include aspects of recognition, memory, attention, experience, and other pertinent items. The utilization of  Decision Field Theory and its application to attention models, and Haar classifer as candidate for object recognition investigated.  Furthermore the use of Fuzzy Trace Theory for goal determination were examined.  However, this platform will also incorporate other theories for more specialized capabilities.  My contribution in this research is to create an architecture incorporating a variety of theories that may then be turned on and off in a single architecture as desired during the robotic developmental process.

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Fuzzy Reasoning and Analogical Reasoning 
in the Design of Decision Support Systems

Harry Zhou

This presentation describes an intelligent decision support system which assumes the role of a hypothetical securities analyst capable of analyzing stocks, calling market turns, and making recommendations. It demonstrates forms of intelligent behavior not yet observed in traditional decision support systems. The novelty of this research lies in its application of analogical reasoning and fuzzy reasoning. Analogical reasoning is not only a pervasive behavior in everyday human problem solving but also a powerful method for computer reasoning. The topic of how to implement such a method in a decision support system will be discussed and the feasibility of the proposed approach will be evaluated. Fuzzy reasoning and fuzzy logic refer to a logic system which represents knowledge and reasons in an imprecise or fuzzy manner for reasoning under uncertainty. The approach of how to implement fuzzy reasoning in the proposed system tested in the domain of stock recommendation will be detailed.

Congratulations to Dr. Blair Taylor, on receiving the 2012 Regents’ Faculty Award for Teaching - the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members. Presented in four categories, the awards honor excellence in mentoring, public service, scholarship, and teaching. Each award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation. Below is the announcement as it appeared on the USM website 

“Dr. B. Blair Taylor, Clinical Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science at Towson University. Dr. Taylor's focus on educating students about cyber-security has made her a national leader in curriculum development in this area. She is the author of several papers on educating for security and the recipient of a major National Science Foundation award for curriculum development: “Building Security In: Injecting Security throughout the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum.” Students and colleagues alike are impressed by her passion for the subject and her regard for her students.”

Robert Hammell, along with two collaborators from the Army Research Laboratory, had their paper entitled “Capturing the Value of Information in Complex Military Environments: A Fuzzy-based Approach” accepted for publication and presentation at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems. The conference will be held as part of the 2012 IEEE World Conference on Computational Intelligence, Brisbane, Australia, June 10-15.

At SIGCSE 2012, in Raleigh Durham, Blair Taylor chaired a special session, entitled “Teaching Secure Coding-Report from Summit on Education in Secure Software,” with Matt Bishop (UC Davis), Diana Burley (George Washington University), Steve Cooper (Stanford University), and Ron Dodge (United States Military Academy) and presented “Building Security In: Injecting Security throughout the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum” at the NSF Showcase.

At SITE 2012, in Austin, Texas, Blair Taylor presented “Using Security Injections to increase Security and Safety Awareness While Teaching Students to Use Technology” with Kara Nance (University of Alaska Fairbanks).

Jonathan Lazar, doctoral student Abiodun Olalere, and recent doctoral graduate (and now professor at Frostburg State U) Brian Wentz published a paper in the Journal of Usability Studies titled Investigating the Accessibility and Usability of Job Application Web Sites for Blind Users.”

Jonathan Lazar, Brian Wentz and a team of 24 undergraduate researchers published a book chapter titled “Equal Access to Information? Evaluating the Accessibility of Public Library Websites in the State of Maryland” based on the March paper presentation at the Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology, in the book Designing Inclusive Systems: Designing Inclusion for Real-world Applications.

Jonathan Lazar, Suranjan Chakraborty, and undergraduate researchers Robert Weir, Bryan Sizemore, and Haley Henderson published a book chapter titled “Development and Evaluation of Sonified Weather Maps for Blind Users” based on the March paper presentation at the Cambridge Workshop On Universal Access and Assistive Technology, in the book Designing Inclusive Systems: Designing Inclusion for Real-world Applications.

Jonathan Lazar gave presentations about interface accessibility for people with disabilities to the following audiences:

  • Brown Bag Series lecture on “Preventing Societal Discrimination: Accessible Web Design for People with Disabilities” at the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland, March 7.

  • Guest lecture on “Blind Users and Screen Readers” to the Masters of Library Science course on Universal Usability at the University of Maryland, February 20.

  • Testimony to the Health and Government Operations Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates, on Wednesday, February 15, related to House Bill 183 (about Internet Accessibility).

  • Testimony to the Judicial Proceedings Committee in the Maryland State Senate, on Wednesday, February 15, related to Senate Bill 596 (about Internet Accessibility).

  • “Evaluating the Accessibility of Public Library Homepages in the State of Maryland.” Presentation at the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators conference, January 27 in Arbutus, Maryland.

  • Campus IT Accessibility: Creating a Campus-Wide Plan for Improvement.” Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, held January 12, in Baltimore, Maryland.

 Marius Zimand has presented the paper “Symmetry of information: a closer look” at the International Workshop on Theoretical Computer Science 2012, Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 21- 24.

The paper “Several Remarks on Index Generation Functions” by D. Simovici (U. Massachusetts, Boston) , M. Zimand and D. Pletea (U. Massachusetts Boston) has been accepted at IEEE 42nd International Symposium on Multiple-Valued Logic, ISMVL-2012: May 14-16, Victoria, BC, Canada

Subrata Acharya had a book chapter published, “Accelerating Firewalls: Tools, Techniques and Metrics for Optimizing Distributed Enterprise Firewalls,” 2012, in the Handbook of Optimization, Series: Intelligent Systems, by Springer, Editors: Ivan Zelinka, Vaclav Snasel & Ajith Abraham.

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