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Research has shown that students who do research as undergraduates are more marketable both in graduate school and industry. Students gain valuable experience in the process of not only gaining more domain-specific knowledge but also in the discovery of new information in the discipline.

Some of the benefits include, but are not limited to:
  • Close collaboration with a faculty.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the domain.
  • Expand your credentials that will make your resume stand out, such as writing proposals, meticulous exploratin of prior-art in the domain, writing and publishing a technical paper for presentation at conferences, and working with a research team.
  • Cultivate skills in communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and time management.
  • Get a stipend for the duration of the research.

Excellence in Research

An example of success in research at the CS Department is UWEC's first ever faculty/student research that was granted a U.S. Patent with a research project entitled Secure Email Transport Protocol that Michael LeMay and myself did. The full document can be found here.

The research may be submitted to the WiSys Technology Foundation for patent protection. WiSys is under the umbrella of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The research might also be suitable for funding under the Idea Challenge Program sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation. This is a program that provides early-stage business development and funding for creating new products and companies in the Eau Claire area.

Research topics:
  • an NSF-funded project entitled MOBILE - A MOBile Instructional Laboratory Environment for Hands-On Computer Science Education with Professor Emeritus Paul Wagner and three students. MOBILE is a mobile/portable software system for delivering hands-on computer intensive educational workshops in the areas of computer security and information assurance as well as in other areas of computer science education.
  • Exploring and exploiting Braid Theory's symbiotic relationship with encryption with two students. The research is to develop a digital signature that provides a secure, fast, and effective technique for encryption and digital signatures.
  • Project Aristotle, a cross-disciplinary research effort with Philosophy Professor Robert Greene and three students. Project Aristotle is a system decsribing an accelerated method of language learning that includes detailed, massive study of the grammars and vocabularies of several languages. It employs techniques from Aristotle's psychological framework for language construction and learning. A framework will be built for seamless integration with Greek, followed by German, Latin, French and Russian.
  • The Interactive Data mining for Educational Advising (IDEA) was a summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program that involved two students who implemented data mining techniques in the domain of a data-rich environment for academic advising.
  • Interested?

    If you are interested in doing research, you can email me or come see me. Most of the research I do tend to be in the Systems and Security area. Any area of research that is currently popular in industry is definitely on my radar. The research does not have to be theoretical. It usually incorporates both theoretical and practical aspects of computer science. Areas that interest me include, but not limited to, are:
    • Data Mining.
    • Cloud computing.
    • Computer Security.
    • Networks.
    • Operating Systems.
    • Databases.
    • Parallel and Distributed Processing.

    Recent Research Projects

    In addition to the projects described above, the following is a list of topics students have done in recent years:
    • Tools for Digital Forensics.
    • Powerful Ideas: Software-Assisted Reasoning for Digital Signals.
    • Voice Synchronization Emulation.
    • An Effective Linguistic Learning Algorithm.
    • Hard Real-Time Scheduling in Multiprocessor Embedded Systems.
    • An Empirical Study and Methods for E-mail Address Obfuscation.
    • Exploring and Advancing Side-Channel Cryptanalysis Techniques.
    • Error Control in Dialog Systems.
    • Network Activity Replay Network Activity Replay.
    • Real-Time Scheduling in Multiprocessor Embedded Systems.
    • Acoustic Surveillance of Physically Unmodified PCs.
    • Compressing Music Files Using Linear Projection and Huffman Encoding.
    • Parallel Distributed Processing With Neural Networks.
    As mentioned earlier, students who have done research with me have been given a stipend from the Office of Research and Sponsored Program (ORSP) or from other department sources. In addition, they have presented their papers with all expenses paid by either the CS department or ORSP. This opportunity provides a value-added high impact practice that many alumni have lauded.
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