NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Research

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AREAS



COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Computational Intelligence encompasses the areas of evolutionary computing, fuzzy computing and neurocomputing. Other areas such as simulated annealing could be included although there is no general consensus on this. These techniques are applied to solve problems for which traditional computational science approaches have been proven to be inadequate. At Norfolk State we have been applying these techniques to probelems in emergency vehicle location, distributed database design, database clustering and computer security.
    Computational Intelligence Projects:

  • Emergency facilities and vehicle location (Jonathan Graham)
  • Distributed database design (Jonathan Graham)
  • Development of an intelligent tool to detect suspicious activity in sensor networks.
    Faculty Involved in Computational Intelligence Research:





COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE
Computational Science is the application of computer techniques to problems in science and engineering. The are is diverse since each discipline brings with it unique problems. At Norfolk State the focus has been the development of simulaton techniques to support computational intelligence problems.
    Computational Science Projects:

  • Development of a simulation model of the emergency call system of Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Faculty Involved in Computational Science Research:





COMPUTER NETWORKS
The field of computer networks research covers a broad range, e.g., Internet, wireless sensor networks ad-hoc wireless networks, and optical networks to name a few. The challenging problems may vary significantly on different networks. However there are some common and fundamental problems such as routing, resource management, quality of service, and capacity planning.
    Computer Networks Projects:

  • Traffic grooming in IP over optical networks
  • Routing in programmable radio wireless networks
  • Distributed algorithms in large scale wireless sensor networks
  • Information hiding in communication
    Faculty Involved in Computer Networks Education Research:





COMPUTER EDUCATION
The field of computer networks research covers a broad range, e.g., Internet, wireless sensor networks ad-hoc wireless networks, and optical networks to name a few. The challenging problems may vary significantly on different networks. However there are some common and fundamental problems such as routing, resource management, quality of service, and capacity planning.
    Computer Education Projects:

  • Retention of CS majors [Master's Thesis] Lisa Carrington directed by Jonathan Graham
  • Implementation of pair programming in CSC-170 and CSC-260 courses to improve retention (DeLoatch, Graham, Harrison, Hinds, Olariu, Williams in collaboration with ODU Psychology and Computer Science Departments
  • Improving retention and recruiting. **Poster presented at SIGCSE 2006 (Cheryl Hinds , Jonathan Graham)
    Faculty Involved in Computer Education Research:





INFORMATION ASSURANCE
One US Military definition of Information Assurance (IA) Technology is "Information Operations that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation." At NSU, Information Assurance is a very active area of research spearheaded by Dr. Patrick and supported by a muli-million dollar grant from the Department of Defense.
    Information Assurance Projects:

  • Development of usable passwords (Cheryl Hinds)
  • Using visualization to identify suspicious network traffic from sensor networks (May Hou)
  • Developing an analytical tool for resolving signals from multiple security devices (Jonathan Graham)
    Faculty Involved in Information Assurance Research: