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Dr. Lei Chen & Dr. Lixin Li Conduct Software System Safety Workshop at Robins Air Force Base

Dr. Lei Chen (Information Technology) and Dr. Lixin Li (Computer Sciences) conducted a training workshop at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA from 10-13 April 2017 for over 20 installation personnel.

Course Description

Software engineering has shifted its focus on increased productivity to reliability and safety. It is more so in military as hazard-causing faults or errors are unacceptable. It is critically important to bridge safety engineering and software engineering for the purpose of certifying the safety of the system controlled by software. In addition, human operators are one of the major sources of errors in complex systems. Insuring that the Human Computer Interface (HCI) is user-friendly and intuitive for humans to use is necessary for improving software system safety.

This training course helps military workforce to understand the fundamental concepts, methods and techniques to assure safety of software systems. Emphasis will be placed upon integrating safety consideration from software design and development process to the entire software system lifecycle, and the hazard and risk analysis of systems, as well as reducing human errors in HCI design.

CEIT Student Research Symposium Awards

One hundred and ten CEIT students presented over 90 posters and demonstrations to dozens of industry representatives, alumni, board members, faculty and fellow students on Thursday, April 20.  The IT Building Atrium was buzzing with activity all morning as students discussed their research with interested visitors.  At 11:30am, Dean Mohammad Davoud spoke about the importance of research not only to students, but also to economic development in the region.  Mr. Steve Justice, Executive Director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation, expanded on this theme.  The six Centers of Innovation provide Georgia industries with resources for technical industry expertise, collaborative research and partnerships to help the State’s strategic industries connect, compete and grow globally.  These strategic industries include aerospace, agribusiness, energy technology, IT, logistics and manufacturing.

Three graduate student (teams) and three undergraduate student (teams) were presented with monetary awards supported by the CEIT Dean’s Office and the Centers of Innovation.  Third place winners received checks for $175, second place, $275, and first place, $400.  All the attendees were impressed by the high level of research and presentations throughout the Symposium.

Graduate Awardees

  • Third place: Musfiques Salahin and Md Azizur Rahman, working with Dr. George Fu (CECM) on “Immobilization of Coal Fly Ash (CFA) Produced from Georgia Coal-Burhning Power Plans into CFA Beads and Column Studies on Color Removal from Pulp Mill Effluent Using CFA Beads.” Area: Environmental Engineering
  • Second place: Md Mehedi Hasan, working with Dr. Adel El Shahat (EE) on “Performance Investigation of SSHAWT Blade by BEM and CFD.”  Area: Alternative Energy.
  • First place: Sharaf Sumaya, working with Dr. El Shahat (EE) and Dr. Kamran Kardel (MfgE) on “Cost Effective Eco-friendly Large Area Production of Organic Photovoltaic Cell by Inkjet Printing.” Area: Alternative Energy.

Undergraduate Awardees

  • Third place:  Mariah Peart (CECM); Dylan Mesta, Sandra Yankine and Brandon Yingling, working with Dr. Gustavo Maldonado and Dr. Marcel Maghiar on “Analysis of Accuracies in 3D Point-Cloud Model of Complex City Intersection.”  Area: Infrastructure.
  • Second place:  Deon Lucien (EE), working with Dr. Sungkyun Lim on “Improved Pasive UHF RFID Tag Antenna for Road Marker Navigation.”  Area:  Antennas.
  • First place:  Priscilla Perez (EE), working with Dr. El Shahat on “ANN-Predictive Model for Si-based Bipolar Transistor Characterization.” Area: Networks.

CEIT Golf Tournament 2017 Winners

27 teams competed on Friday, April 21 in the 4th Annual CEIT Golf Tournament.  It was a beautiful day, and many players got to have their picture taken with Opportunity, the animatronic eagle built by CEIT students.  All those winning contests received gift certificates to the Georgia Southern pro shop at the clubhouse.  Morning winners were as follows.

  • 2nd Flight – 3rd place:  Club Car team (Mark Butler, Brandon Jaremski, Rodney Storer and Joshua Scott)
  • 2nd Flight – 2nd place:  JTEKT/Koyo team (Matthew Bland, Scott Stanford, Bill Stuart, Charles Walker)
  • 2nd Flight – 1st place:  Georgia Transmission Corp. team (Steve Caison, Bob Casey, Lee March & Joe Sikes)
  • 1st Flight – 3rd place:  Gulfstream team (Bill Bradley, Chris McCoy, Denslay Hoffman, Mark Sells)
  • 1st Flight – 2nd place:  Nordson team (Jason Harris, Perry Patterson, Scott Rosenau, AJ Rufo)
  • 1st Flight – 1st place:  StormTrap team (Westin Cofer, Robert Criste, Ray Dotson, Wesley Reed)
  • Longest Drive: Ryan Cato (CEIT alumnus) // Closest to the Pin: Chris McCoy (Gulfstream)

Afternoon winners were as follows.

  • 3rd place: New South Construction team (including Cameron Hudson & Alex Sant)
  • 2nd place: New South Construction/Thomas & Hutton team (including March Churchwell, Jeff Halliburton & Tom Troutman)
  • 1st place: Jake Knight, DeWayne Purvis, Jonathan Purvis, Dale Suggs
  • Longest Drive:  Alex Sant

Congratulations to all on a game well played!  Mark your calendars now for next year’s tournament:  Friday, April 20, 2018.

CEIT Golf Tournament 2017

Registration is filling up for the 4th Annual CEIT Golf Tournament, to be held on Friday, April 21 at the Georgia Southern Golf Course.  Click here to register online.

Flight 1 is FULL.  Please plan to register for the 2nd flight starting at 1:30pm.  Individual registration is $125 ($75 for current Georgia Southern faculty, staff and students), and team registration is $500.  Many sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For more information, you may email or call 912-478-7170.

CEIT Golf Tournament brochure 2017

IT Faculty and Students Win Best Paper Awards at SAIS

Jeffrey Kaleta, assistant professor of information technology, and his colleague Lakshman Mahadevan of the Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies in India, won Best Paper at the Southern Association for Information Systems 2017 annual meeting.

Max Sorto, MSAE ’16, Cheryl Aasheim, professor of IT, and Hayden Wimmer, assistant professor of IT, won the Best Student-Faculty Collaboration at the SAIS 2017 meeting as well.

These awards are among several received by IT students and faculty recently, and are indicative of the high level of scholarship in the Department of Information Technology.