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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 5 for AY 2009/10

December 14 2009

by Dr. Alvaro Monge

Around Campus

  • CSULB Receives Record Number of Undergraduate Applications from Potential Fall 2010 Students: CSULB has received more than 70,000 freshman and transfer student applications. CSULB received more applications from first-time freshmen than any other CSU, 47,683. The CSU system has received more than 609,000 undergraduate applications system-wide, shattering all previous records.
  • CSULB will be closed Friday, December 25, 2009, through Thursday, January 7, 2010. This is partly due to the Holidays but also due to State Budget Closure.

Advising Corner

Advising resumes Spring 2010

All advising has concluded for Fall 2009. Advisors will resume their advising responsibilities at the start of the Spring 2010 semester. Students should consult the department to determine each advisor's actual availability, once it is determined.

Spring 2010 class schedule

There are several Spring 2010 classes that are closed to enrollment since they have reached their capacity. Students are encouraged to find alternative CECS classes that are still open or to get on the wait list of classes that they need. While there may be some actions that the department can take to accommodate more students, no action can be taken without a clear enrollment demand and the department and college must also be certain that there are faculty and budget resources available.

If you are having problems enrolling in a class due to not satisfying prerequisites, even though you believe that you do satisfy the prerequisites, please contact your advisor via e-mail. Include your student id and the section number of the class you are trying to enroll in. If it is determined that you do satisfy the prerequisites and the class is not full to enrollment, then a permit can be issued that will let you enroll in the class.

Summer 2010 survey

It is the time of the year when the department needs to decide whether or not to offer summer classes and we'd like to have your feedback in this decision. As you are all aware, due to the pressures of the budget crisis all departments on campus have had to generate class schedules that are lean and efficient. Summer is no exception, so we need to measure the demand for classes over the summer and thus the reason for this survey.

Please visit the BeachBoard site. Click on the organization for our CECS department and then click on the Surveys link on the left column. Finally click on the survey itself. The survey is available until December 18th.

CECS 491 presentations

Computer science students are now required to complete a capstone project in their senior year. This semester, seven students signed up for and are completing CECS 491: Software Development Project to satisfy this requirement. Students in this class organized into teams, selected an open source project, and then proposed, planned, and implemented contributions to be made to the open source project. The students will be making their final presentations this Wednesday December 16 as follows:

  • 5pm: A team of four students will present their work on OpenMRS, an electronic medical record system platform in order to support authentication of users of the system via an LDAP server.
  • 6pm: A team of three students will present their work on Moodle, a course management system, and enabled it to use IBM DB2 Express-C for all its database needs.

The presentations will take place in ECS-414. All are welcome to attend. Students interested in working on the Moodle project are especially encouraged to attend.

Industry News

  • Computer Science Education Week: Last week (December 6-12) was Computer Science Education Week. This website provides some valuable resources on computer science education.
  • IBM CEO Student Survey: IBM is focused on creating a Smarter Planet for everyone. As the world grapples with global integration on a grand scale – economically, technically and socially – being connected is not sufficient. We also have to infuse intelligence into our systems and ways of working. The world has become flatter and smaller. Now it must become smarter. For IBM this involves an ongoing dialogue with business and society. For the past six years we have includ ed in that dialogue a biennial survey with more than a thousand CEOs around the globe, something we call “The Global CEO Study.” The insights from these studies have been key to understanding the global challenges and opportunities IBM can help its clients address. This year, we are planning to include a survey of “future CEOs” – more than a thousand students around the globe – to lend their perspective on future trends, topics such as globalization, leadership and more. The link provided takes you to the IBM CEO Student Survey.

Internships and Jobs


Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) has announced their upcoming Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2010.

The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) will sponsor 20 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience located at TRUST partner campuses: UC Berkeley, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University

These students will be working with graduate student and faculty mentors throughout the summer performing research and supporting activities in the area of information technology and TRUST related topics.

An example of past TRUST research topics have included:

  • Design of a Distributed Tracking System for Camera Networks
  • Identifying Software Security Vulnerabilities using Fuzz Testing
  • Time Synchronization Security in Sensor Networks
  • Implementation of an Electronic Medical Record System
  • Analysis of Wireless Connectivity in Sensor Network Deployments

This is an excellent opportunity for students to conduct research directly with TRUST faculty in an eight-week program. The program is made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation.

NSF REU at Trinity University

The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, are pleased to offer a 10-week REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program where students will work collaboratively on a wide variety of AI and multi-agent systems problems. We will use multi-agent systems to simulate social environments.

Important Dates:

  • March 5, 2010: application deadline.
  • March 19, 2010: notification of decision.
  • May 24 - July 30, 2010: program dates.

Eligibility: Funding is limited to US citizens or Permanent residents. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Funding: Each participant will receive

  • a stipend of $4,000
  • free housing in university dormitories
  • travel expenses to and from San Antonio
  • an afternoon refreshment break everyday and a social gathering dinner per week.

For more information, visit the Trinity University REU Website

NSF REU at University of Arizona

The Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking and Plant Biology Research Program for Undergraduates is a 12 week paid summer research experience (roughly $300/week) with many additional enrichment activities. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Additional stipends for travel, room and board are included. Students majoring in computer science, mathematics, management information systems, statistics, engineering, physics, plant sciences, or plant-related biology and who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.

For Computer Science majors, this program offers an opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team applying their skills to a research problem at the forefront of Plant Biology. Students don't need any background in biology, just a desire to apply their computer science knowledge and skills to problems in plant biology.

Dept. of Homeland Security Scholarships and Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has scholarships and summer internships for undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty. The DHS Education Programs web portal has more information on the different opportunities available. Here are some highlights:

  • DHS Scholarship Program
    • Undergraduate students
    • U.S. citizenship required
    • Funding available for Fall 2010
    • Full tuition and monthly stipends
    • Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
    • Application Deadline: January 5, 2010
  • DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
    • Undergraduate students
    • U.S. citizenship required
    • Funding available for summer 2010
    • 10-week summer research experiences at federal research facilities
    • $500 weekly stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location
    • Application Deadline: January 5, 2010
  • DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
    • Early career faculty teamed with undergraduate and graduate students
    • U.S. citizenship required
    • Funding available for summer 2010
    • 10-week summer research experiences at DHS Centers of Excellence
    • Stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location for faculty and students
    • Application Deadline: February 1, 2010
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