Department of Computer Science

Plant detective: Missouri S&T professor studies plants as “bio-sentinels” of indoor pollution

Posted by on November 8, 2018

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Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back that’s seen better days since the next-door neighbors put their home on the market. They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and physical health by reducing carbon dioxide levels.
For Dr. Joel Burken, such plants are far more valuable than as mere window dressing. The Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology is an expert in phytoforensics, the process of using plants to study human exposure to pollutants.

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Computer scientist Madria named Curators’ Distinguished Professor at Missouri S&T

Posted by on April 26, 2018

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Dr. Sanjay Madria, professor of computer science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of computer science. Madria will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. The University of Missouri System Board of Curators bestows the honorary title upon outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study. Madria is recognized for his work in cloud computing, wireless computing, security and mobile data management. He’s also working in the area of data integrity verification in cloud computing, secure cyber-physical systems, mobile cloud computing and sensor data fusion.

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Missouri S&T doctoral student enlists drones to detect unexploded landmines through changes in plant health

Posted by on January 9, 2018

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From U.S. Navy laboratories to battlefields in Afghanistan, researchers are lining up to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to detect unexploded landmines. At Missouri University of Science and Technology, civil engineering doctoral student Paul Manley is enlisting a third variable —plant health — to see if drones can be used to more safely […]

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Missouri S&T to host cyber-defense competition

Posted by on October 5, 2017

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Computer science students from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a 17-state region who study cyber security will have an opportunity this weekend to see their textbook lessons come to life in a competition that simulates the high-stakes work of corporate cyber sleuths.

The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) challenges student competitors to use their technical knowledge to identify security risks in a fictitious business organization’s computer networks by attempting to infiltrate the network. This type of testing is known as penetration testing.

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Missouri S&T receives federal support for early-stage research into tapping “citizen scientists” to collect water quality data

Posted by on September 21, 2017

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Picture teams of smartphone-toting citizen scientists, poised to collect water samples and test for contaminants thanks to a user-friendly app that can crowdsource rapid responders to mobilize the next time a public water system is at risk.
Researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of South Florida are tapping National Science Foundation seed money set aside for “potentially transformative research” to advance the technology and hone the social mobilization efforts needed to summon trained, trusted teams of everyday water watchers.

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S&T computer scientists share cybersecurity lessons with K-12 teachers

Posted by on June 28, 2017

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Keeping up with the dizzying pace of modern technology can be a challenge for even the most tech-savvy among us. Being able to do so when dozens of young, malleable minds depend on your guidance, authority, know-how and protection? That responsibility isn’t to be taken lightly. At a time when plenty of adults turn to […]

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Maine cybersecurity expert named computer science chair at Missouri S&T

Posted by on June 5, 2017

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Dr. George Markowsky, a computer science professor at the University of Maine with a background in entrepreneurship, international education and cybersecurity research, has been named chair of the Missouri University of Science and Technology computer science department. The appointment takes effect July 1.

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Missouri S&T students host 24-hour artificial intelligence coding competition

Posted by on April 3, 2017

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Sleep will be at a premium this weekend at Missouri University of Science and Technology as a computer science student group hosts a 24-hour artificial intelligence coding competition. The twice-annual MegaMiner event requires participants to write AI code for a computer game created by the Association of Computing Machinery students. Missouri S&T has hosted the competition, which is considered one of the largest in the Midwest, since 2007.

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Robotics expert to speak about robots that teach

Posted by on January 26, 2017

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There are robots to sweep your floors and robots to sort packages at warehouse giants. But a Yale University professor says robots can do much more than just interact with people on a physical level — they can interact more personally, providing cues to guide social behavior.

Dr. Brian Scassellati, professor of computer science, cognitive science and mechanical engineering at Yale and direc¬tor of the National Science Foundation Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics, will visit Missouri University of Science and Technology on Feb. 6 to deliver a lecture titled “Building Robots That Teach.”

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S&T students help homeless in GlobalHack

Posted by on November 14, 2016

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Being civic-minded comes with rewards, both emotionally and — for Missouri University of Science and Technology students — financially.

Missouri S&T computer science and computer engineering students competed in GlobalHack 2016 in October in St. Louis, designing software to provide help to the homeless. The team ScoobyDoIt, with S&T juniors in computer science John Bagsby and Seth Kitchen, won the college division and a $100,000 prize. Also on the ScoobyDoIt team were Jacob Baird from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Tom Hood of Westminster College.

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