Bruno Melo is a Brazilian Computer Science B.S. student, from the Federal University of Sao Carlos, in the city of Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil; currently in senior year. By the end of his junior year, he got a 1-year scholarship sponsored by the Brazilian Government through the Science Without Borders program by CAPES, to study at Hofstra University, in the city of Hempstead, NY.
Worked with Dr. Fu and this group to make the prototype of the ALOAS project possible. Together with Diego da Silva, designed and implemented the web-interface of the ALOAS system (front-end and back-end) and modified the Lesson module of the Moodle system. This prototype is going to be part of a project proposal to be sent to the National Science Foundation of the United States (NSF).
His fields of interest includes Computer Security and all its related activities and fields (mostly, Operating Systems and Computer Networks), and Software Engineering. In the field of Computer Security, Bruno has worked with this same group to design and implement an Intrusion Detection System to be used by the Hofstra University's Team in the International Capture the Flag (iCTF) contest, organized by the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). Regarding Software Engineering, Bruno has done a 6-month work sponsored by the Brazilian scientific promotion center CNPq, about Software Testing of Object-Oriented and Aspect-Oriented programs. Additionally, Bruno has worked in a project during the summer of 2012, developing a module for the WISEngineering Project, which is sponsored by the Gates Foundation.
Diego is a Computer Science B.S. student from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul located in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, that was sponsored by the Brazilian Government as part of a program called Science Without Borders to spend a year studying abroad at Hofstra University to improve his academic formation.
He worked with Dr. Fu and the rest of the team to make possible the development of this prototype system. Along with Bruno Melo, they developed the main webpage and modified the Moodle system code making possible the integration between the inference engine and the Moodle.
His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Security, Network Security and Web Application Development areas. He has worked in some previous team projects on those areas at Hofstra University, designing an Intrusion Detection System to be used by the university team on the International Capture the Flag Contest (iCTF), organized by the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and also participated in the creation of a new module for the WISEngineering project, sponsored by the Gates Foundation.
At his home University in Brazil he has also worked on a project improving the Artificial Intelligence module of a team of robots to play soccer in the RoboCup Small Size League, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and CNPq, a Brazilian scientific promotion center.
As a Computer Science B.S. student, got a 1-year university scholarship at Hofstra University by the Brazilian government's program Science Without Borders for students in STEM fields during the year of 2012. Currently studying at Federal University of Sao Carlos in the city of Sao Carlos, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Expected to graduate by the end of 2014.
Worked with Dr. Fu and this group to make the prototype of the ALOAS project possible, together with Vinicio Meira, designed and produced the core of the ALOAS system, the inference engine. This prototype is going to be part of a project proposal to be sent to the National Science Foundation of the United States.
Has interests in the fields of computer security and computer games design, in the field of security has worked with this same group to design a sophisticated intrusion detection system for the International Capture the Flag security contest to help Hofstra's group in the contest.
During the summer of 2012, helped upgrading the WISEngineering project sponsored by the Gates Foundation.
In Brazil, participated in a research project sponsored by the Brazilian scientific promotion center FAPESP in the field of automatic simulations of distributed map-reduce algorithm using SIMGrid simulator, to help the research of graduate students.
"I would like to thank Dr. Fu for this thrilling experience and in all ways he helped me through this project. He's an amazing professor, very patient and very helpful. "
Stephen Cohen is a 2nd year graduate student at Hofstra University. Holds an undergraduate degree in Geography and Computer Science. Created the web crawler and the 2d and 3d web search tree visualizers for the ALOAS project. Worked on the WISE Engineering project with Professor Fu and Professor Burghardt in the summer of 2012. Lives in Brightwaters, NY. Likes programming Windows applications in C# with Visual Studio. Also likes making XNA games. Has taken many computer science courses with Professor Fu.
Vinicio Meira is a Computer Science B.S. student in University of Sao Paulo at Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. By the end of 2011 he received, from the Brazilian Government, a scholarship for the program Science Without Borders to study abroad at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York for one year.
Worked with Dr. Xiang Fu and this group to make the prototype of the ALOAS project possible. Alongside Matheus Finatti he designed and developed the core of the ALOAS System, the inference engine. This prototype will be part of the project proposal to be sent to the National Science Foundation of the United States (NSF).
Advised by Dr. Fu and with some of the members in this project, Vinicio Meira, in the field of computer security, has worked in an Intrusion Detection System to be used by the Hofstra University Team in the International Capture the Flag (iCTF) contest, organized by the University of California at Santa Barbara. During the summer of 2012, he worked in upgrading a module in the WISEngineering Project, which is sponsored by the Gates Foundation. Vinicio Meira has also worked on two projects sponsored by University of Sao Paulo.
Dr. Xiang Fu, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Hofstra University, oversees the development of ALOAS. His research lies in the general area of software engineering and web security. In the past, Dr. Fu has led or participated in many research projects including automated verification tools (see WSAT, Predicate Abstraction, EA4B), various penetration testing tools (see JavaSye, SAFELI, and SUSHI), and educational research projects (BAUT and APOGEE).
Dr. Fu has rich experiences with automated grading and outcome assessment techniques. He is the lead PI of the trial-and-failure (TAF) project (NSF-CCLI 0836859, 0837275, 0837020). It produces APOGEE, an automated project grading system. APOGEE is designed based on the belief that learning from failures will help students proficiently master the required knowledge and skills. It allows students making multiple submissions before a project deadline. APOGEE grades each submission and provides fair and consistent evaluation by executing a collection of predefined testing scripts. Any failure scenario will be interactively displayed to students online. As students learn from their failures, refine project designs, and make a submission again, their learning curve improves. Since 2009, APOGEE is deployed at Hofstra University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Wingate University, Georgia Southwestern University, Illinois State University, and Bainbridge College, affecting hundreds of students.
Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel, Professor of Computing Sciences at Villanova University, serves on the ACM Education Board, IFIP Working Group 3.2 (Informatics and ICT in Higher Education), is a past commissioner and chair of the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, and was co-founding editor-in-chief of the ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC), now Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE). She is an ACM Senior member and an ACM Distinguished Educator and received the ACM SIGCSE award for Lifetime Service.
Dr. Cassel works in the areas of information discovery, organization and delivery. In particular, her work to develop an ontology of all of computing topics provides the base for describing the relationships among concepts essential to this proposed research. As the lead PI on The Ensemble Project, she provides an ideal mechanism for disseminating the materials produced in this project. Ensemble (www.computingportal.org) is the computing education pathway of the NSF National STEM Digital Library (NSDL) and provides mechanisms for sharing materials as well as support for communities pursuing activities in computing education.
Dr. John Impagliazzo is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science from Hofstra University. He leads the effort of defining assessment and learning goals. Impagliazzo has worldwide expertise in curricula and assessment activities and he has worked on the ontology project at Villanova. His accomplishments include eighteen books, contributions to model computing curricula, efforts to encourage diversity in the field, and developing a history of computing. He served as a principal co-author and editor of the IEEE/ACM Computer Engineering Curriculum Report (CE2004). In addition, he was an active participant on the task force that produced the ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula 2005 Report (CC2005). He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the ACM magazine Inroads. From 1991 to 2003, Dr. Impagliazzo chaired the ACM Accreditation Committee. This committee recruited and selected hundreds of program evaluators for CSAB and later for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. He was a CSAB and an ABET program evaluator and team chair for twenty-five years. As an official evaluator for various accrediting agencies or as an expert consultant, Impagliazzo has evaluated over sixty computing programs worldwide. Impagliazzo is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Distinguished Educator of ACM, and a Fellow of CSAB (formerly the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board).
Dr. Simona Doboli, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Department Chair at Hofstra University, oversees the establishment of a learner's cognitive learning model using ontology. Her research expertise is in cognitive models, machine learning and semantic networks. She has developed cognitive neural models to study the dynamics of idea generation and creativity. She has worked with undergraduate students on automated extraction of semantic network models from text and on the implementation of a ranking algorithm to provide hints related to the last idea entered in an electronic brainstorming experiment.
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