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Center for Computational Science and Advanced Distributed Simulation (C2SDS)

ANNUAL REPORT
2000

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1.4 Student Outreach and Training Program Task

Task Coordinator: Muddapu Balaram

OVERVIEW

 

Objectives and Significance:

The main objective of this program is to recruit, retain, and train economically disadvantaged but talented and motivated students in the areas of mathematics and computer science. These students eventually pursue careers and/or graduate programs in these areas and related areas such as computer engineering and electrical engineering. Several educational enrichment opportunities are provided at the pre-college and college levels. As a result of this recruitment, training and retention efforts we focus to increase our national visibility in graduating talented students in the areas of computer science and mathematics. We want to enhance and maintain a pipeline that involves K-12, college, and graduate programs and supplies talented minority workforce to government, industry, and educational institutions.

Army Relevance:

Our nation requires talented and productive workforce from minority and disadvantaged groups in 21st century. Strong foundations in the areas of mathematics and computer science at pre-college and college level are extremely vital and will produce competent graduates who can undertake challenging careers in various organizations. A strong foundation in these areas will also help these students to succeed in graduate programs in computer science, mathematics, and engineering.

Accomplishments:

This grant continues to have a profound impact on the infrastructure at the Grambling State University (GSU). The grant has supplemented other grants to help GSU to establish long-term recruitment and retention, and training programs. The programs revolve around forging partnerships with local and national high schools. Students from these schools are enrolled in enrichment programs during the summer period. These efforts are coordinated with GSU High Ability Program. During Summer 2000, thirty students from various High Schools across the nation participated in High Ability Program. These students were offered courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, and English. The programs have been very successful as evidenced by the fact that a large number of quality students have enrolled in our departments after graduation from high schools. This year (Fall 2000) we also recruited two National Merit Scholars in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

As a result of the improvement in the quality of our graduates, due to their involvement in educational and research activities offered through this program, our graduates are recruited by major corporations with starting salaries in the range of $50,000-55,000. On May 23, 1999, President Clinton made a special reference to our program in his commencement speech at GSU. He said, "America's top technology firms recruit here, too - because Grambling confers more computer and information science degrees to African Americans than any other university in the nation. So you join a proud tradition today and I congratulate you all." This fact was also noted in a survey in the recent issue of "The Journal of Black Issues in Higher Education" which ranked our program as number 1 among the top 100 degree producers of African American Baccalaureates in Computer and Information Science degrees.

The grant also helped in the re-accreditation of the Computer Science Program (CSP) at GSU by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) for the maximum period of six years under their current policy. The reaffirmation of CSP accreditation was communicated in September 2000. Recently, Grambling State University has identified Computer Science Program as one of its five "Areas of Excellence" as required by the University of Louisiana System.

The grant allowed us to provide undergraduate research and educational opportunities to promising underrepresented minority students. Student research projects were presented in regional and national seminars and conferences. We realize that our students have several weak areas of mathematics, therefore, these students were involved in problem solving where they could enhance their skills in algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, and calculus. These activities are preparing our students to pursue masters and doctoral degrees. They are also opening doors for them to participate in internship and co-op programs at various national laboratories and private industries. For example, during Summer 2000, one of the students, Rawls Lakeisha, has participated at Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose. She is still continuing her internship at this laboratory during Fall 2000. The high quality of our program has gained the recognition of major organizations such as CISCO, the CIA, Lucent Technologies, IBM, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard who are partnering with us in the preparation of our students for higher education and corporate careers. During Spring 2000 semester, seven of the GSU students were selected to participate in internship program at CISCO.

The ADSRC grant has also helped in procuring grants from other agencies. During this year we received a grant entitled "Path to Graduate Level Degrees for Low-income Talented Students" from National Science Foundation. The grant allocates $220,000 for two-year period for students' scholarships.

In summary, the infrastructure created through this grant is helping us to train and recruit quality students from high schools, prepare them for doctoral level education through undergraduate research, and for careers in the Government and industry with a complete package of managerial culture, soft and technical skills. This has produced a tremendous impact in providing financial resources to our students, improving their educational quality, and providing opportunities for corporate jobs and attending graduate schools.

Student Outreach and Training Program Task

 

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM

 

Grambling High Ability Program for Pre-Freshman

During Summer 2000, thirty students from various High Schools across the nation participated in High Ability Program. These students were offered courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, and English. Several of these students joined Mathematics and Computer Science Department during Fall 2000 semester. Thus, this grant has established a pipeline for supply of excellent students in our programs.

 

COLLEGE PROGRAM

Problem Solving in Mathematics

One of the important focuses in this proposal is to enhance the fundamental skills in various areas of mathematics. We realize that our students have several weak areas of mathematics, therefore, ADSRC students were involved in problem solving where they could enhance their skills in algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, calculus, and differential equations. The students were required to work in-groups and solve these problems as a team. They were required to meet regularly at designated time and place.

Tutorial Services

In order to extend the help to all students of the College of Science and Technology we conducted evening tutorials in Calculus, Differential Equations, FORTRAN, and Numerical Methods. Dr. Sharma was the instructor.

 

 

 

Impact of Curriculum Enhancements and Training Program

Richard A. Al?, PI

University of Houston-Downtown

September 29, 1999 through December 31, 2000

 

I. Undergraduate Students (UHD) funded:

The following undergraduates have been appointed as research assistants and/or scholarship recipients between September 1, 1999 through December 31, 2000: Lin Ahmad(F); Mohammed Ahmed; Mirella Alonso (HF); Cesar Alvarado(H); Desta Amare(HF); Rosa Azcarraga (HF); Rogelio Banda(HF); Billy Banks, Jr.(AA); Elizabeth Beery(F); Olga Beiza(HF); DeLandis Brooks(AA,F); Phuong Bui; Tu Bui; Vy Bui(F); Sally Cashen(F); Maria Cavazos(HF); Margot Clark(F); Zulma Cruz(HF); Olaolu Davis-Balongun(AA); Stephanie Denny(F); Adele Duplechain(AAF); Abdelilah Elkhadiri; Francisca Escamilla(HF); Fletcher Etheridge; Abram Foster(AA); Yash Gad; Phillip Gallegos (HF); Rafael Gamez(H); Nathalie Garcia(F); Anoop George; Adella Gideon(AA); Maria Gomez(HF); Lady Gonzalez(HF); Daila Gonzalez(HF); Pasan Goonasekera; Sally Hafez(F); Ijasini Haman; Cyril Harris(AAF); Juan Hernandez(H); Moses Hernande(H); John Higginbotham; Audrey Hightower(AAF); Chau Hoang; Andrew Hunter(AA); Stephanie Jefferson(AAF); William Keele; Rola Khalil(F); Doug King; Anh Minh Le(F); Diana Leal(HF); Everardo Luna(H); Tony Luu; Louis Malone(AA); Angela Martinez(HF); Jason Martinez(H); Jacob McDowell; Gwendolyn McFarland(F); Christopher McIntyre; Gwanzell McLemore Jr.; Jose Montantes(H); Isaura Montes(HF); Bich-Thoa Nguyen(F); Mario Nieto(H); Henry Njiwah; Oluwole Olugbenle(AA); Monica Padron(HF); Krupa Patel(F); Dennis Paul; Briana Pedraza(HF); Chinh Pham; Loan Pham; Tuan Pham; Albert Pucio (PI); Joe Ramirez(H); Cedric Rice(AA); Lee-Ann Rojas(HF); Cynthia Rowland(F); Ileana Salinas(HF); Urvi Thakore; Maria Tijerina(HF); Claudia Torres(HF); Sayra Trejo(HF); Steven Tucker; Ekong Uffort(AA); Melanie Urdiales(HF); Daniel Valadez(H); Sheryll Valencia(AAF); Karina Vazquez-Bravo(HF); Steven Vertucci(H); Jaime Vieyra(H); Dezhang Wang

(H-Hispanic; AA-African American; F-female)

 

II. Outcome of Students Who Graduated (1999-2000):

Graduate School

John Syers; Graduated May 1999 (Summa cum laude); U.S. Army Flight School (Fort Rucker, AL)

Employment

Mario Barrientos; Graduated December 1999; Honeywell Industrial Automated Controls (Houston, TX)

Maria Rebecca Mata; Graduated December 1999 (Cum laude); Enron Corporation (Houston, TX)

Steven Tucker; Graduated December 1999 (Summa cum laude); Continental Airlines (Houston, TX)

Unknown (Graduated)

Elizabeth Beery; Graduated May 2000 (Magna cum laude);

II. B. Student Internships

Summer 2000 Internships

Miriam Morales, Oluwole Olugbenle, and Gwendolyn Vastine were selected for the NSF GK-12 Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Rice University.

Ehsan Ahmed, Albert Pucio, and Yash Gad worked on the NCSA web project for Minority Institutions

Internship at Compaq, Houston, TX - Ehsan Ahmed

Internship as Program Assistants with Houston PREP Summer Program; Houston, TX - Cesar Alvarado, Olga Beiza, Andrea Chavez, Yassaman Ebrahimi, Nini Ephraim, Nandan Gad, Anoop George, Ruhee Hate, Alexis Infantas, Arjun Karkhanis, Diana Leal, Angela Martinez, Mayra Mendoza, Quoc Ngo, Bich-Thoa Nguyen, Ana Rocha, Diana Rocha, Christina Rodriguez, Vedangi Sample, Esther Sasu, Linda Xie

Internship as Instructors with Houston PREP Summer Program; Houston, TX - Yash Gad, Ren? Garcia, Louis Malone II, Albert Pucio

Fall 2000 Internships

Internship at Compaq, Houston, TX - Ehsan Ahmed

 

 

II. C. Student Research Projects

Fiscal Year 1999 Research Projects

Automated Navigation System - O. Illochonwu

Facial Recognition - A. Elkhadiri

Facial Recognition Using Principal Components Analysis - C. Sadsad

Janus War Simulation (WARSIM) 2000 Database - J. Syers

Web Page Development for Minority Institutions Project - J. Azcarraga, M. Azcarraga, Y. Gad

On-line Problem Solving Tutorial Using Java - M. Mata, S. Tucker

On-line Laboratories for CS I - N. Garcia

Implementation of Fuzzy Sets - C. Hoang

Fuzzy Logic Project: A Traffic Intersection - E. Beery

Adventures in Fuzzy Robotic Reading - A Pucio

Fiscal Year 2000 Research Projects

Exposure to UNIX Environment and Macromedia Utilities - M. Ahmed, L. Malone II

Designing an Autonomous Vehicle - A. Pucio

Image Analysis using Mathematica Wavelet Explorer - K. Do, A. Elkhadiri, C. Hoang

Applications of Java and JavaScript in Online Applications - S. Tucker

Active Server Pages - M. Azcarraga

Neural Networks - E. Beery

Protein Structure Determination by Simulted Annealing Algorithms - Y. Gad

Simulation of Online Registration System - M. Mata

Web Page Development for Minority Institutions Project - M. Azcarraga, M. Ahmed, Y. Gad, A. Pucio

Web Page Development Project for National Pain Foundation - M. Ahmed, Y. Gad, A. Pucio, M. Rocha

Access Control Model Based on Fuzzy Set Theory Implementation - K. Do, C. Hoang

Awakening the Fire - A Online Tutorial - G. Vastine

Designing An Unmanned Vehicle - A. Elkhadiri

 

Student Leadership Results

In addition to research exposure, students are being given opportunities to excel in leadership.

Ren? Garcia is working with the Office for Institutional Advancement and Development to seek corporate sponsors for the next programming and mathematics contests scheduled for February26, 2000 (see below).

Ren? Garc?a and Miriam Morales organized the event.

Three local Houston high schools (8 students) competed.

Partial funding from CCSDS.

3rd Annual High School Programming Contest held March 31, 2000. Houston, TX.

Ren? Garc?a and Marvelia Rocha organized the event and fundraising efforts.

Seven local Houston high schools (21 students) competed.

Partial funding from CCSDS.

2nd Annual High School Mathematics Contest held March 31, 2000. Houston, TX.

Ren? Garc?a and Miriam Morales organized the event.

Four local Houston high schools (11 students) competed.

Partial funding from CCSDS.

41st Science Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) held March 23-25, 2000. Houston, TX

Ren? Garc?a led the volunteer efforts for this event; 12 students participated

ACM also served as a Special Awarding Agency of the Fair, in which, ACM judged all computer science projects and awarded prizes to winning projects

UHD Student Leadership Conference held September 29, 2000. Houston, TX.

Ren? Garc?a and Melody Almogobar co-chaired the event.

Diana Leal and Marvelia Rocha also served on the conference committee.

Student Conference Participation

Houston Hispanic Forum and Career Day held February 12, 2000. Houston, TX.

Students recruited students and disseminated outreach materials on behalf of the CCSDS and UHD.

Ren? Garc?a, Nathalie Garcia, Diana Rocha, and Marvelia Rocha.

Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC); October 12-15, 2000; El Paso, TX

Ren? Garcia organized a group of 14 students to attend the conference

The students also competed within the RISAS competition at the conference. Three students from UHD were on the 2nd Place Winning Team; these students received scholarships from the SHPE Foundation.

Travel was sponsored by the Council of Organizations

SuperComputing 2000 Conference; November 6-10, 2000; Dallas, TX.

Ren? Garcia and Maria Elizalde attended the conference

The students were selected to participate within the Student Volunteer Program (out of 7 students who applied from UHD).

Travel was sponsored by CCSDS and SuperComputing 2000

ACM Southwestern Regional Programming Contest; November 10-11, 2000; Baton Rouge, LA.

The UHD teams ranked in 36th (Rene Garcia, Guang Zhao, and DeZhang Wang) and 57th (Anoop George, Jyh-fu "Don" Jeng, and John Higginbotham) places from among the 69 competing teams.

It is worth noting that the UHD undergraduate teams were competing on the same level as graduate students as well students from majority universities.

Travel was sponsored by the Council of Organizations and Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

 

Overview of Student Conference Participation

Four students recruited youth at the Houston Hispanic Forum Education and Career Day in Houston (Feb. 2000).

Two students attended the Hypertext 2000 Conference in San Antonio (June 2000).

Nine students attended (one presented) at the LSAMP Retreat in San Marcos, TX (July 2000).

Fourteen students competed in the RISAS Competition at the 2000 HENAAC Conference in El Paso, TX (Oct. 2000).

Two students (one presented a project demonstration) were accepted into the Student Volunteer Program at the SuperComputing 2000 Conference in Dallas (Nov. 2000).

 

III. PreCollege Outreach

The following programs have been developed to attract more students. In addition to programs being developed, several experiments were conducted to help in retention.

 A Computer Science Academy has been established for talented upper level high school students. This Academy, which began operations in Spring of 1996, consists of classes in beginning C++, Java, and Pre-calculus to be offered to selected high school juniors and seniors allowing students to begin college with CSII and Calculus. 15 students attended in FY98; 42 students attended in FY99; and 70 students attended the FY00 CS Academy. The FY01 program is supporting 58 students. This program is sponsored through funds from NASA, the U.S. Army Research Office, and the National Computation Science Alliance (NCSA). In FY99, the Computer Science Academy also participated in an online Java class conducted from the Northeast Center for Supercomputing Applications at Syracuse University. This linkage offered crucial experience in transportability and in future distance learning activities.

 Saturday PREP (now Computational Sciences Academy) for 8-10 grade students has been reinstated in 1997 through funds from the National Computation Science Alliance (NCSA). 58 students attended FY98; 65 students in FY99; 80 students in FY00. The FY01 program is supporting 92 students. Material for this program, which initially began in 1993, was developed through funds from NASA. Problem solving and conceptualization are key elements of this program.

 Houston PREP program for middle and high school students continued in the summer of 2000 as its 12th year. It offers seven weeks of classes for students in grades 7 through 11, particularly those from under-represented populations, in problem-solving, logic, biology, computer science, engineering, physics, probability, statistics, science and technical writing. This year, we extended our program to the Houston Community College (HCC). 275 students attended Summer 2000 with 75 of these students enrolled at the HCC Technology Center. Also, this was the fourth year that a Fourth Year Program was added to the program with funds from the NASA and U.S. Army Research Office. Included in this program was a new curriculum in the Performing Arts. We engaged a Music Director and a Dance Director to develop a two-day weekly participation program.

 College Algebra also has "reform" sections, which use interactive texts authored by three resident faculty and has been taught in an NSF-funded computer lab or in a graphing calculator mode for several semesters. The "reform" sections performed at a 41% pass rate as opposed to a 31% lecture pass rate. The reformed version has been in operation for three semesters and had experienced refinements in delivery which the experimental remedial sections have yet to make.

 Through funds from our NASA grant, we undertook teacher-training sessions. Teachers from the academies participated in these sessions, which enhanced their teaching skills in the academies and in their normal teaching assignments. Material from these sessions was also used within our Houston PREP Program this past summer. Teacher training was conducted using materials from previous training's for the 2000 Houston PREP instructors and program assistants (Houston, TX. June 5-9, 2000). Teacher training workshops were also undertaken, in collaboration with HISD, for high school teachers at UHD (July 24-28, 2000). With the lead of UHD faculty members, local high school teachers attended Alliance Chautauqua 2000 (August 1-3, 2000. Lawrence, KS) and SuperComputing 2000 (November 4-10, 2000. Dallas, TX).

 With funds from NCSA, additional Computational Science Worksheets for PreCollege Students were developed by Mitsue Nakamura and Yash Gad during the summer. These worksheets and others being developed will be bound into an instructional handbook for dissemination. A draft version was disseminated at the NASA - Minority University Space Interdisciplinary Network (MU-SPIN) Ninth Annual Users Conference.

 The Center's Learning Center has been made available for use by majors in CS as an Open Lab for classroom assignments. The Center and the Student Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) provides free tutoring for CS and upper-level Math students within the Learning Center. The Learning Center consists of 10 Pentium machines networked to the same existing software used in the classrooms for CS and upper-level Math.

 Identified funds to hire a full-time Recruiter (Theophilus Berry) reporting to the Director of Recruitment and Retention.

 Phyllis Griffard was appointed as the Scholars Academy Program Coordinator and Evaluator.

 Frankie Solomon was appointed as Leader of the Collaborative Learning Community for the Houston AMP Grant.

 Mitsue Nakamura was appointed as a Mentor of the Collaborative Learning Community for the Houston AMP Grant.

 Sangeeta Gad is now working on a 12-month contract with 50% of her time as Director for Recruitment and Retention.

 Special PreCalculus Course: A course was created in order to allow selected students to complete pre-calculus material in fewer semesters by combining two sequential course Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. One section has been offered each semester since 1997.

 Intervention: In an effort to introduce intervention efforts into a dismal pass rate record for pre-algebra courses, experimental sections are continually introduced into remedial courses in arithmetic and elementary algebra and others were introduced into a remedial course in college algebra. Sections integrated into the traditional lecture mode 15 hours of selected PLATO (remedial software from TRO) modules. Another type employed a problem-solving approach and study/support/in-class work groups of one to four students. This is still under review.

Advising: We instituted an advising program to contact undeclared majors. A CMS Pre-Major Advocate will mentor and provide guidance in selecting courses for potential CMS majors. Selected CMS students serve as student mentors to help pre-majors overcome any difficulties in their course work.

Tours: In addition, we conducted tours of the Center and UHD in FY00 for area high schools to recruit for majors. Each school sent between 30 and 40 students who were accompanied by teachers and/or counselors. These activities will continue throughout this academic year.

 

IV. Faculty Participants

Mitsue Nakamura - Mentor, Collaborative Learning Community; Faculty Tutor (Upper-level Math) (Supported 37 months during 10/1/96 - 12/31/00)

Eric Wildman - Faculty Tutor (Upper-level Math) (Supported 37 months during 10/1/96 - 12/31/00)

Susan Abraham, Elizabeth Beery, Tiginesh Beyene, Vy Bui, Maria Mata, Albert Pucio, Steven Tucker, Gwen Vastine, Guang Zhao - Student Tutors (CS and Upper-level Math) (Supported 8 months during 9/1/99 - 5/31/00)

Jeffrey Deery, Raul Edwards, Yash Gad, Ren? Garcia, George Henderson, Maria Lozano, Mitsue Nakamura, Ash Rehman, Robert Shankin, Debra Toliver, Ana Simmons, Emmanuel Usen, Shishen Xie - Instructors for Outreach Programs (Supported 24 months during 9/1/98 - 12/31/00)

SECTION 2.

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND PERSONNEL

2.1 ADS Architecture Design and Evaluation (ADS-ADE) Task

Task Coordinator: Ratan K. Guha

 

Key Personnel Involved in the ADS-ADE Task

 

Faculty:

M. Bassiouni, R. Guha (UCF)

M. Balaram, Y. Reddy, J. Alsabbagh, J. Nandigam (GSU)

R. Al?, M. Beheshti, A. Berrached, A. de Korvin, C. Hu, O. Sirisaengtaksin (UHD)

P. Bobbie, D. Williams, H. Williams, S. Stoecklin, P. Stoecklin, (FAMU)

Graduate Students:

M. Chiu, J. Chu, W. Cui, H. ElAarag, P. Sompagdee, L. Zhang (UCF)

Undergraduate Students:

M. Hung (UHD)

A. Beckus (UCF)

 

 

SUBMITTED AND PUBLISHED PAPERS

SEPTEMBER 29, 1999 THROUGH DECEMBER, 2000

1. M. Chiu and M. Bassiouni "Predictive Schemes for Handoff Prioritization in Cellular Networks Based on Mobile Positioning" IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 510-522, March 2000.

2. M. Bassiouni and W. Cui "Enhancing Terminal Coverage and Fault Recovery in Configurable Cellular Networks Using Geolocation Services" Chapter 7 in Next Generation Wireless Networks: Defining Applications and Services, edited by S. Tekinay, Kluwer Publishing, December 2000, pp. 231 - 254.

3. J. Chu and R. Guha, "Triangular Level Quorums for Distributed Mutual Exclusion," Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 373 - 384, November 2000.

4. J. Wang and R. Guha, "Data Allocation Algorithms for Distributed Video Servers", Journal of Applied System Studies, Accepted for publication in the special issue on Distributed Multimedia Systems with Applications.

5. J. Wang and R. Guha, "An Efficient Memory Buffer Management for Multimedia Servers", Proceedings of the Conference on Simulation Methods and Applications 2000, pp 46 -55, 2000.

6. J. Wang and R. Guha, "Data Allocation Algorithms for Distributed Video Servers", Proceedings of the 8th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, pp 456 - 458, 2000.

7. V. Amico, A. G. Bruzzone, and R. Guha, "Critical Issues in Simulation", Proceedings of the 2000 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, pp. 893 - 898, 2000.

8. W. Cui and M. Bassiouni, "Two-Tier Channel Assignment for Wireless Networks with Dynamic Cellular Architecture", Proceedings of IEEE 3G Wireless 2000, June 2000.

9. W. Cui and M. Bassiouni, "Channel Allocation And Load Balancing In Totally Mobile Wireless Networks", Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 4045: Digital Wireless Communication II, July 2000.

10. H. ElAarag, and M. Bassiouni, "Simulation of Transport Protocols Over Wireless Communication Networks", to appear in the Proceedings of the 2000 Winter Computer Simulation Conference, 2000.

11. Y.B.Reddy, Pasima Sule, Crystal Rugege, and Damione Moor. "Internet Information Filtering with Java Server Pages", Louisiana Academy of Science, Feb 2, 2001, Monroe, LA

12. Victoria Briggs and Y.B.Reddy. "Installing Teleconferencing facilities", Philip Young Symposium, April 27, 2000.

13. Victoria Briggs and Y.B.Reddy. "Teleconferencing - Comparison Study", Louisiana Academy of Science, Feb 6, 2000, Shrevport, LA.

 

 

 

 

2.2 ADS Visualization and Synthetic Environment (ADS-VSE) Task

Task Coordinators: Patrick Bobbie and Henry Williams

 

Key Personnel Involved in the ADS-VSE Task

 

Faculty:

P. Bobbie, H. Williams, C. Allen (FAMU)

P. Sharma, O. Bignall (GSU)

O. Sirisaengtaksin (UHD)

R. Guha (UCF)

Graduate Students:

R. Giroux, C. Birmingham, and D. Waters (FAMU)

J. Yang, p. Sompakdee, Y. Li, F. Hai, and F. Awan (UCF)

Undergraduate Students:

M. Arradondo, A. Byrd, J. Derival, T. Hickson, T. McDaniel, K. McHenry,

D. Moloye, R. Johnson, and S. Roper (FAMU)

A. Beckus (UCF)

 

SUBMITTED AND PUBLISHED PAPERS

SEPTEMBER 29, 1999 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2000

 

1. P. R. Sharma, "Determination of Boiling Heat Transfer Rates for In-line Horizontal Tubes", 2000 Louisiana Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA, February 4, 2000.

2. M. Calhoun and P. Sharma, "Mathematica in Secondary Schools", 2000 Louisiana Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA, February 4, 2000.

3. O. Bobbie, H.L. Williams, R. Giroux, S. Roper, C. W. Birmingham, M. Arradondo, "Distributed Computation and Real-Time Visualization of the Ising Model in MPI Environment," IASTED Parallel and Distributed Computing Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 2000.

4. O. Bobbie, H.L. Williams, R. Giroux, S. Roper, C. W. Birmingham, M. Arradondo, Using MPI for Performance Enhancement of Fire and Smoke Simulation," International Conference on Simulation Methods and Applications, Orlando, FL, pp. 176 - 189, October, 2000 .

5. Fan Hai, Khaled Hussain, Erol Gelenbe, Ratan Guha "Video Compression with Wavelets and Random Neural Network Approximations", accepted for publication in SPIE 2001.

6. S. Stoecklin, C. Allen, Implementing Fowler's Analysis Validator Pattern in Java, Java Developer's Journal, September 2000, Volume 5, Issue 9.

7. T. Weatherspoon, K. Bartholomew, C. Allen, A Study of User Responses in a Spoken Language System with Implicit Confirmation, Proceedings of the 38th Annual ACM Southeast Conference, Clemson, SC, April 2000.

8. T. Weatherspoon, K. Bartholomew, C. Allen, Experiments using a Spoken Language System with Implicit Confirmation, Proceedings of ADMI 2000, Hampton, VA, June 2000.

9. C. Allen, S. Stoecklin., P. Bobbie, Q. Chen, P. Wu, An Architecture for Designing Distributed Spoken Dialogue Interfaces, Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference of Tools with Artificial Intelligence, Chicago, IL, 1999.

10. C. Allen, S. Stoecklin., P. Bobbie, Q. Chen, P. Wu, A Software Engineering Environment for Creating Distributed Spoken Language Systems, Proceedings of the Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, October, 1999.

 

2.3 ADS Knowledge Based Systems (ADS-KBS) Task

Task Coordinator: Richard Al?

 

Key Personnel Involved in the ADS-KBS Task

 

Faculty:

R. Al?, M. Beheshti, A. Berrached, A. de Korvin, C. Hu, O. Sirisaengtaksin (UHD)

M. Bassiouni, R. Guha (UCF)

C. Allen, P. Bobbie, D. Williams, H. Williams (FAMU)

Graduate Students:

Eric Vick (UCF)

Undergraduate Students:

G. Kutiev (UHD)

Other

R. Kleyle (IUPU)

 

SUBMITTED AND PUBLISHED PAPERS

SEPTEMBER 29, 1999 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2000

1. A. de Korvin and M. Shipley, "Considering The Cost Of Quality When Adjusting Sample Size To Meet Quality Goals", Productivity and Quality Management Frontiers 8 MCB Press (1999) 739-754.

2. A. de Korvin and R. Kleyle, "Determining The Larger Of Two Continuous Fuzzy Sets With Unbounded Support By The Cut-Off Method" 2nd International Conf. On Non Linear Problems In Aviation And Aerospace. Ed. Sivasundaram European Conf. Publications, Cambridge (1999) Vol.1, 181-188.

3. M. Beheshti, A. Berrached, A. de Korvin, and O. Sirisaengtaksin, "A Hierarchical Grid Based Approach To Data Distribution In The High Level Distribution" 2nd International Conf. On Non Linear Problems In Aviation And Aerospace. Ed. Sivasundaram European Conf. Publications, Cambridge (1999) Vol.1, 103-110.

4. A. de Korvin, L. Webster, and J. G. Chen, "Validation Of Authentic Reasoning Expert Systems" J. Of Information Sciences 117 (1999) 19-46.

5. A. de Korvin, E. Deeba, and S. Xie, "Techniques And Applications Of Fuzzy Set Theory To Difference And Functional Equations And Their Utilization In Modeling Diverse Systems" Fuzzy Theory Systems, Techniques And Applications. Vol1, Academic Press (1999) 87-110.

6. A. de Korvin and M. Shipley, "Project Management Using Fuzzy Logic And The Dempster Shafer Theory of Evidence to Select Team Members for the Project Duration," 18th International Conf. Of The North Amer. Fuzzy Information Processing Soc. (June 1999) 640-644.

7. A. de Korvin and R. Kleyle, "Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchical Processes " J. Of Intelligent And Fuzzy Systems 7 (1999) 387-400.

8. A. Berrached, M. Beheshti, A. de Korvin, and R. Al?, "Intelligent Access Control in Distributed Systems Using Fuzzy Relation Equations," Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for Electronic Business, Science, and Education on the Internet (SSGRR-2000) L'Aquila, Italy July 31-August 6, 2000.

9. M. Beheshti, A. de Korvin, and A. Berrached, "Design of Unmanned Vehicle Controller Using Genetic Algorithms," submitted to EXPERTSYS2000/ International CSI Computer Conference.

10. A. Berrached, M. Beheshti, A. de Korvin, and R. Al?, "An Access Control Model Based On Fuzzy Set Theory," Proceedings of Information Processing and Management under Uncertainty in Knowledge Systems, IPMU 2000.

11. E. Deeba and A. de Korvin, "Analysis by Fuzzy Difference Equations of a Model of CO2 Level in the Blood," Applied Mathematics Letters 12 (1999) 33-40.

12. A. de Korvin, R. Kleyle, S. Hashemi, G. Quirchmayr, "Assignment of Tasks to Competing Nodes when Task Duration Times are Fuzzy," J. of Intelligent And Fuzzy Systems 8 (2000) 43-61.

13. E. Deeba and A. de Korvin. "Genetic Algebras - Their Fuzzy Analog," J. of Fuzzy Mathematics Vol. 8, No. 2, 2000 (401-409).

14. A. de Korvin, S. Hashemi, G. Quirchmayr, "Evaluating Policies Based on their Long Term Average Cost," Stochastic Analysis and Applications, 18(6), 901-919 (2000).

15. A. de Korvin, S. Hashemi, G. Quirchmayr, R. Kleyle, "Assigning Tasks to Resource Pools: A Fuzzy Set Approach," Proceedings of the 11th Intern. Conference, Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA) 2000, London, UK, Sept. 2000 (102-114).

16. A. de Korvin, C. Hu, O. Sirisaengtaksin, "On Firing Rules of Fuzzy Sets of Type II," Intern. Journal of Applied Mathematics Vol. 3, No. 2 (2000) 151-159.

17. R. Al?, A. Berrached, A. de Korvin, M. Beheshti, "Using Fuzzy Relation Equations for Adaptive Access Control in Distributed Systems."

 

2.4 Student Outreach, Curriculum Enhancements and Training Program Task

Task Coordinator: Muddapu Balaram

Key Personnel Involved In The Task

Faculty:

UHD:

Richard A. Al? - Executive Director, CCSDS and Grants and Contracts

Sangeeta Gad - Director of Recruitment and Retention

Linda Becerra - Director for Advising and Mentoring

Linda Crow - Director for Assessment

Mitsue Nakamura, Vien Nguyen, Eric Wildman - Tutors

Yash Gad, Ren? Garcia, Ash Rehman, Robert Shankin, Debra Toliver, Ana Simmons, Emmanuel Usen, Shishen Xie - Instructors

Houston ISD, Aldine ISD, Galena Park ISD - School districts who provide inkind teachers and bus transportation for middle and high school students.

GSU:

P. Sharma, Co-Principal Investigator

O. Bignall, ADSRC Executive Director

M. Balaram, Lead Principal Investigator

Daphne McGhee, Administrative Assistant

FAMU

P. O. Bobbie, Principal Investigator

H. L. Williams, Co-Principal Investigator

Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

UHD:

Mohammed Ahmed, Cesar Alvarado, Rosa Azcarraga, Elizabeth Beery, Olga Beiza, Vy Bui, Adele Duplechain, Abdelilah Elkhadiri, Fletcher Etheridge, Abram Foster, Yash Gad, Nathalie Garcia, Anoop George, Pasan Goonasekera, Juan Hernandez, Moses Hernandez, Chau Hoang, Andrew Hunter, Doug King, Diana Leal, Louis Malone, Angela Martinez(HF), Jose Montantes, Bich-Thoa Nguyen, Oluwole Olugbenle, Albert Pucio, Diana Rocha, Marvelia Rocha, Antonio Ruiz, Steven Tucker

GSU: Fall 2000

Tiffany Anderson, Joy Bowens, Demetrius Brackens, Ashanti Bradford, Keshia Collins, Ernest Cooper, Justin Cooper, Tifarah Dial, Odale Darby, Suzanne Douglas, Percy Fields, Anthony Foard, Alvina Fuller, Kimani Gibbs Edgar Hill, Keith Howell II, David Hymer, Carl Isom III, Glenshande Jackson, Shara Joshua, Demetrius Kellum, Donvey Lindsey, Cha'Quayl Lucas, Brian Luther, Asheya McAlister, Monique McCane, Craig McKindley, Antonios Meles, Estaban Moore, James Murray, Dawn Page, Renee Ratcliff, Jeremy Reed, Brandy Reliford, Brandy Robertson, Shoshana Robertson, Crystal Rugege, Kenya Sanders, Jamie Simmons, Tanya Stewart, Tiffany Todd, Katyanna Vaughn, Jeffery Vinson, Kevin Washington,Rashad Washington, Kristen Wheeler, Kim Young, Dale Zimmerman, Langston Hunter

GSU: Spring 2000

Tiffany Anderson, McArthur Billing, Ashanti Bradford, Bryan Briscoe, Patrice Byas, Alford Cherry, Cornelius Coleman, Ernest Cooper, Justin Cooper, Odale Darby, Tifarah Dial, Mark Edmonson, Harvey Farley, Anthony Foard, Thomas George, Iasha Hall, Mechelle Hall, Allanias Hampton, Bridgette Hicks, Keith Howell, Carl Isom, Travis Jack, Lanessa Jackson, Glenshande Jackson, Shara Joshua, Demetrius Kellum, Danica Lewis, Brian Luther, Asheya McAlister, Craig McKindley, Damione Moore, Estaban Moore, James Murray, Dawn Page, Lakeisha Rawls, Brandy Robertson, Shoshana Robertson, Lance Rodney, Kenya Sanders, Joy Saulsberry, Michael Shaw, Tarikah Travis, Christopher Thomas, Shanfer Underwood, Katyanna Vaughn, Rashad Washington, Kimberly Williams, Dale Zimmerman

GSU: Fall 1999

Randal Anders, McArthur Billing, Demetrius Brackens, Bryan Briscoe, Tomeka Brown, Alford Cherry, Cornnelius Coleman, Jasmine Currie, Odale Darby, LeDetric Davis, Ferrante Dominique, Jarrett Edwards, Steven Ellis, Harvey Farley, Howard Fisher, Anthony Foard, Brian Harris, Iasha Hall, Allanias Hampton, Keith Howell, Glenshande Jackson, Shara Joshua, Demetrius Kellum, Randal Kennedy, Aaron Lewis,Danica Lewis, Veverlyn Long, Brian Luther, Asheya McAlister, Craig McKindley, Damione Moore, James Murray, Crystal Rugege, Joy Saulsberry, Michael Shaw, Tarikah Travis, Shanfer Underwood, Katyanna Vaughn, Cutina Wade, Rashad Washington, Darryl Watts, Steven Webb, Daniel Williams, David Williams, Dale Zimmerman

FAMU:

Below is a summary data or profile of our past and current students:

DuShaun Howard, (past student, CIS), Abbott Corp

John Brown (Past Graduate- FAMU, CIS)

Christine Lloyd (past undergrad, CIS)

Brandon Pettus (past undergrad, CIS), now at Georgia State Univ., Atlanta, GA

Kieshalia Stephens (past undergrad, CIS/Math), now at Lockheed-Martin

Collette Cotton (past undergrad, CIS)

Ding Wen (past graduate, MS Sw Eng., Thesis with Dr. Bobbie), Corporate, Austin, Texas

Abel Fontenot (past undergrad, CIS), Corporate, Cincinnati, OH

Terra McDaniel (undergrad, Math)

K. McHenry (past undergrad, Math)

Joan Derival (past undergrad, Math)

Charles Birmingham (graduate, CIS)

Michael Arradondo (undergrad, MEng.)

Shawn Roper (undergrad, MEng.)

Ruper Giroux (graduate, IndEng., Thesis with Dr. Bobbie on Committee)

Kriston Carson (past undergrad, CIS) now with IBM, Charlotte, NC

Tavares Ford (past undergrad, CIS) now at Univ. of Colorado

Taja Weatherspoon (undergrad, CIS)

Kevin Bartholomew (undergrad, CIS)

Michael Spotville (undergrad, CIS)

Carlos Lawton (past undergrad, CIS)

Damon Walter (graduate, CIS)

Carmen Tucker (past undergrad, CIS), now at Michigan State Univ.

Benjamin Johnson (past undergrad, CIS), now at Michigan State Univ.

Willino Mathurin (undergrad, CIS)

Girish Kota (Graduate) EEng., FAMU/FSU Coll of Eng.

Girish Patil (Graduate) EEng., FAMU/FSU Coll of Eng.

Kwabena Boateng (undergrad, EEng, FAMU/FSU Coll of Eng.

Nathaniel Bolden (undergrad, CIS)

Resnee Johnson (undergrad, CIS)

Carmen Gillette (undergrad, CIS)

Malissa McIntyre (undergrad, Biology)

D. Waters (Graduate)

R. Johnson (undergrad, CIS)

 

Appendix

PUBLICATION ABSTRACTS

 

Teleconferencing*

Victoria A. Briggs and Y. B. Reddy

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Grambling State University, Grambling, LA 71245

Teleconferencing is one of the most innovative ideas ever created. During the meeting you can see the team members placed at different geographical locations. The impact of collaboration software is noted in private organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies nationwide. Many software development companies thrive on software that is used for collaboration. Some of the most common developers of collaboration software are Microsoft, Intel, White Pine, Mitre, and many more. Our objective is to setup a teleconference environment at Dept of MCS at GSU. Presently, Videum Conference Pro board with Winnov Vedium 2.7 software, CU-SeeMePro, Netmeeting, and VisualRoute has been installed. There are some problems yet to be resolved such as firewall protection. We will present the review of hardware and software for Netmeeting and success results during the conference.

* The research was partially supported by Office of Naval Research, and Central Intelligence Agencies.

Installing Teleconferencing facilities*

Victoria A. Briggs and Y. B. Reddy

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Grambling State University, Grambling, LA 71245

Teleconferencing is a new innovative idea and used many organizations. The conference is conducted with working groups at different geographical locations. The impact of collaboration software is noted in private organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies nationwide. Many software development companies thrive on software that is used for collaboration. Some of the most common developers of collaboration software are Microsoft, Intel, White Pine, Mitre, and many more. Our objective is to setup a teleconference environment at Dept of MCS at GSU. Presently, Videum Conference Pro board with Winnov Vedium 2.7 software, CU-SeeMePro, Netmeeting, and VisualRoute has been installed. The installation is tested between GSU, Langston University, Bethune Cookman, and Alabama A&M. The conferences were conducted, and some of the problems yet to be resolved such as firewall protection. We will present the present status of the project for Netmeeting and success results.

*The research was partially supported by Office of Naval Research, and Central Intelligence Agencies.

 

Internet Information Filtering with Java Server Pages

Y.B.Reddy, Pasima Sule, Crystal Rugege, and Damione Moor

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Grambling State University, Grambling, LA 71245

Internet Information Filtering (IIF) is the process of filtering unwanted words from the incoming stream of data. The unwanted may be few words or links to some URLs. In the beginning we survey the existing methods related to IIF. In the next step we introduce the role of Java servlets and Java server pages (JSP) in IIF. Finally we demonstrate the servlet based filtering, which uses Java server pages (JSP) to filter unwanted data. The proposed method may be used in libraries, schools, homes, and related places.

 

Determination of Boiling Heat Transfer Rates for In-line Horizontal Tubes*

Parashu Sharma

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Grambling State University, Grambling, LA 71245

Abstract

The mechanism of boiling from a single horizontal tube is different than that from the tubes arranged with an in-line configuration. The bubbles emerging from the lower tube influence heat transfer rates for the tube just above it due to the additional mechanical turbulence. This investigation pertains to a modification in an earlier nucleate pool boiling heat transfer correlation developed by this author. It is expected that the heat transfer coefficients for the upper tube are higher than that for the lower tube where boiling process is not influenced by additional turbulence. The correlation compares data well with experimental results available in literature.

 

*The work was also partially supported by the NAVO-PET Program.

 

 

Mathematica in Secondary Schools*

Mario Calhoun and Parashu Sharma

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

P. O. Box 1191

Grambling, LA 71245

Abstract

This work explores various ways by which, Mathematica, version 4, can be implemented for High School mathematics classes. Mathematica is a powerful tool that can systematically be used to enhance a variety of concepts. Different lesson plans with different topics and difficulty levels are created. With different classroom situations, ranging from single computer classroom to classrooms with a student to computer ratio of one to one, various grade levels, and assignments for the low, moderate, and high achieving students has been considered. These different types of lessons would benefit most high school students if implemented systematically.

*The work also partially supported by the Office of Naval Research.

Predictive Schemes for Handoff Prioritization in Cellular Networks

Based on Mobile Positioning

Ming-Hsing Chiu and Mostafa Bassiouni

School of Computer Science

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL 32816 USA

Abstract

In this paper, we propose and evaluate new schemes for channel reservation motivated by the rapidly evolving technology of mobile positioning. The schemes, called predictive channel reservation (PCR), work by sending reservation requests to neighboring cells based on extrapolating the motion of mobile stations. A number of design enhancements are incorporated to minimize the effect of false reservations and to improve the throughput of the cellular system. These enhancements include a) reservation pooling, b) queuing of reservation requests, c) hybrid approach for integrating guard channels, and d) using a threshold distance to control the timing of reservation requests. The design enhancements have produced a set of highly efficient schemes that achieve significant reduction in handoff blocking rates while only incurring remarkably small increases in the new call blocking rates. The PCR approach has also been used to solve the MINBLOCK optimization problem and has given significant improvement over the fractional guard channel protocol. Detailed performance results of the different variations of the PCR scheme and comparisons with conventional channel reservation schemes are presented. An analytical Markov model for the hybrid predictive version of the scheme is developed and its applicability and numerical results are discussed.

Index Terms:

Cellular networks, handoff blocking, channel allocation, handoff prioritization, simulation of cellular networks

 

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