Department of
Computer and Information Sciences

Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Prof. Reneta Barneva, Chair
2148 Fenton Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-4750
Fax: 716-673-4821

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Department News & Highlights 2011


Dr. Arnavut was awarded a Top Associate Editor of 2011 of the Computers and Electrical Engineering Journal (Elsevier) for exceptional contribution to the quality of Computers and Electrical Engineering.

Cetrificate Ziya


Golden Key International Honor Society recently selected the computer science major Zhuojun (Georgie) Fu as the winner of the 2011 International Student Leader of the Year Award. All Golden Key Regional Student Leader Award winners are nominated for the International Student Leader of the Year Award, but only one outstanding student is selected to receive this honor for the academic year. "It is an honor to present Zhuojun with the International Student Leader of the Year Award," said Brad Rainey, Golden Key Executive Director. "Our members are inspired and motivated not only to achieve exceptional academic accomplishments, but also to make a positive impact on our world through the Society’s commitment to service."

Golden Key recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities that enable personal growth and leadership development, as well as collaborating with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain high standards of education.

From the web site:

Georgie Fu


Dr. Singh's paper "Computer Simulations of Quantum Theory of Hydrogen Atom For Natural Science Education Students in a Virtual Lab" has been selected for publication in the winter issue of the Journal of Educational Technology Systems (volume 40, number 3). For this scholarly work he used the latest version of MS Visual Studio. NET 2010.


The Second Department Expo was held on December 7, 2011. It lasted over five hours. The principal organizers were Profs. Olson, Cole, and Conroe. Dean Kijinski sponsored the event. The student presentations were grouped into two categories – introductory courses presentations and advanced level presentations. At noon Prof. Olson gave the talk "Digital Battlegrounds: The Technology of Cyber-War." The lecture explored a number of easily accessible software suites used by black-hat hackers and hacktivists to conduct reconnaissance over the Internet, disrupt their targets though means of DDoS attacks and "d0xing," and to evade detection by authorities. A demonstration of a DDoS attack was provided using Anonymous' infamous LOIQ software.

The Expo was very well attended. The participants enjoyed the student presentations and many informal discussions. Ms. Collingwood from Career Development Center spoke about the value of the internships in student career. More about the Expo can be found in Campus Report and on the Expo web site.

Expo 2012


The student Basar Koc, double major in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems and a student in the Dual Degree Program with Ege University had a presentation at the WNY Image Processing Workshop held in Rochester Institute of Technology on November 14, 2011. His presentation received the Best Student Paper Award. This is a big recognition, because the other presenters were graduate students. The paper, entitled "Block-sorting Transformations with Pseudo-distance Technique for Lossless Compression of Color-mapped Images" was co-authored with his advisor Dr. Arnavut and was included in the conference electronic proceedings.



Dr. Arnavut served as a guest-editor of a special issue of the journal Computers and Electrical Engineering (Elsevier), Vol. 37 (5), September 2011, devoted to image processing.

Dr. Barneva served as a guest-editor of a special issue of the journal Graphical Models (Elsevier), Vol. 73 (6), November 2011, devoted to computational modeling in imaging sciences.

 Journal Covers


Dr. Singh together with P. Mali and A. Mukhopadhyaya published the paper "Intermittency and erraticity of charged particles produced in 28Si-Ag/Br interaction at 14.5A GeV" in the Canadian Journal of Physics, Vol. 89 (9), 949-960 (2011).


September 23, 2011 - The department organized a picnic. All students taking computer and information sciences courses were invited. Dr. Hansen and Prof. Cole received "Teacher of the Year" Awards for AY 2010-11. Both of them had received teaching evaluations of 5.0/5.0 in one of their courses.

Picnic 2011


September 21, 2011 - Guest-Professor Dr. Nicolescu from the University of Ne vada at Reno visited the department and gave the talk at the department seminar "Vision Motion Analysis and Interpretation for Surveillance Applications."

Nicolescu 2011


September 1-16, 2011 - Guest-Professor Dr. Ufuktepe from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey visited the department sponsored by Levin Professional Scholarship. He gave two talks at the Sigma Xi Seminar series - "Unification of Analysis: Time Scale Calculus" and "Petri Nets and Their Applications" as well as a hands-on workshop on "Computer Graphics with Mathematica."

Ufuktepe 2011


Dr. Junaid Zubairi was promoted to full professor. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University. The research interests of Dr. Zubairi are in the field of ASIC Design and Test and Network Protocols and Performance. He has taught courses in Software Engineering, Data Communications and Networks, Problem Solving with Visual C++, Computer Architecture, Introduction to Computer Science, and Computer Graphics with OpenGL.


Prof. Rob Olson was promoted to visiting instructor. He graduated from JCC and transferred to SUNY Fredonia in 2003. In 2005, he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science (Systems Software) from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Cognitive Science) in 2007. He is teaching courses such as Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Compiler Construction, and Theory of Computation.


Prof. Mike Szocki got a permanent appointment. He joined the department in Fall 2004 as a Systems Administrator with additional teaching responsibilities. He administers the department and student equipment, supervises student proctors, maintains CS 115 Lab, performs routine maintenance of the computer equipment housed in the department, faculty machines, and equipment housed in the student laboratories. Mr. Szocki teaches the courses Web Programming I and Computer Science Overview.


August 22, 2011 - Guest-Professor Dr. Kanev from Shizuoka University, Japan visited the department and gave the talk "Digital Marking and Encoding of Surfaces for Global Positioning and Navigation."

Kanev talk


August 15, 2011 - SUNY Fredonia Teaching and Learning Conference. Four department members presented at the conference: Dr. Barneva, Singh and Prof. Cole gave the talk "Best Teaching Practices in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences;" Drs. Singh and Siddiqui gave the talk "Pros and Cons of Collaborative Teaching/Learning Techniques in Higher Education."



May 16, 2011 - High School Contests. High school students from Brocton HS, Lake Shore BOCES, Gowanda HS, Grand Island HS, and Chautauqua Lake HS attended the High School Contests. They participated in the Programming, Spreadsheet, HTML Contests, Scavenger Hunt, and Quiz Show. Dean Kijinski provided delicious food.

High School Contests


May 14, 2011 - Commencement. Over 50 majors and minors graduated this year among them students from Bangladesh, Congo, Kenya, and the first cohort of Turkish students in the dual degree program. Farewell! Drs. Arnavut, Barneva, Hansen, and Prof. Olson participated in the ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony


May 2011 - The department received two robots, sponsored by the Dean. They are used in the courses CSIT 411 Software for Embedded Microcontrollers and CSIT 461 Artificial Intelligence.



On May 13, 2011 the department held an Awards and Graduation Party. Two faculty, Dr. Ruslanov and Mr. Olson received the first department awards "Teacher of the year for 2009-10." The awards were conferred by Dean Kijinski.

The students David Ballard, Jessica Codon, Georgie Fu, Daniel Lips, Marc Scapelitte, Brian Techman, and Jeremy Topolski received various student awards. The awards were conferred by Drs. Arnavut, Barneva, Hansen, Ruslanov, and Zubairi.

Faculty, students, and guests enjoyed the joyful conversations and the delicious food.

Awards Ceremony


Dr. Reneta Barneva published two books: Combinatorial Image Analysis, Springer, Heidelberg (in collaboration with Dr. Jake Aggarwal) and Advances in Image Analysis and Applications, Research Publishing Services, Singapore.

Combinatorial Image analysis       Advances in Image Analysis


On May 7, 2011 Prof. Cole and Dr. Zubairi and Barneva organized a Computers Merit Badge Workshop for boy scouts. Some of the scouts met with President Hefner.


On April 28, 2011 sixteen computer and information sciences majors presented at the Student Research and Creativity Expo. President Hefner and VPAA Horvath visited the Expo.

President Hefner visiting the Expo       VPAA Horvath visiting the Expo


On April 20, 2011 the department organized a Best Teaching Practices Workshop. Drs. Barneva, Hansen, Nazarenko, Singh, Zubairi, and Prof. Cole, Conroe, and Szocki attended and presented various teaching techniques leading to improvement of student learning.


On April 15 and 16, 2011, a student team lead by Prof. Olson attended the Sixteenth Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Conference CCSCNE-2011 and participated in the student competition.


In April 2011 Dr. Koroutchev from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid visited the Department of Computer and Information sciences. He gave the talk "Surface Interface with Specially Designed Figures, Based on Random Coding" at the department seminar. The talk was attended by Dean Kijinski, faculty, and students.

Dr. Koroutchev giving a talk


Dr. Reneta Barneva served as guest-editor of special issue of the International Journal on Imaging Systems and Technology (Wiley) devoted to Combinatorial Problems and Algorithms in Image Analysis.

Special Journal Issue of Dr. Barneva


Dr. Gurmukh Singh's paper "Role of Modern Technology in the Education of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Medical Sciences" was selected for the Technologies in Education program at the 1st Annual Technologies in Education Conference at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He also has a paper "Optimum Course Design Methodology for Effective Online Teaching/Learning on ANGEL Server" ( co-authored by Dr. Siddiqui) accepted for presentation in the CIT-2011 conference held at SUNY Oneonta, NY. Dr. Singh has been awarded a scholarship toward the cost of the conference registration.

Abstract: In recent years, there has been an enhanced trend to switch over from face-to-face (F2F) to online teaching/learning methodology. Optimum online course design technique requires very careful thinking process and long-range planning. The current article is based on a practical way of designing effective online courses especially for science, engineering, and medical education undergraduate and graduate students in colleges/universities. The current presentation will provide basic and useful guidelines to the university/college instructors who are interested or planning to design and teach online courses in the near future on ANGEL e-learning management software system.


Dr. Reneta Barneva served as guest-editor of a Theoretical Computer Science (Elsevier) special issue devoted to Issues in Image Analysis and Processing.

From the preface: "Image analysis and processing is a scientific discipline providing theoretical foundations and methods for solving problems that appear in a wide range of areas, as diverse as medicine, robotics, defense, and security. In the process of searching for efficient solutions to practical problems, researchers often face and challenge themselves by theoretical problems that are germane to important theoretical computer science issues. Among these are concerns about problem complexity, algorithm efficiency and optimality, advanced data structures for representing data, and others. Due to the very nature of the underlying practical problems in image analysis and processing, the amount of data processed is usually huge, which makes complexity and efficiency issues crucial."

Special Journal Issue of Dr. Barneva


Prof. Robert Olson gave the first talk in the Spring 2011 Social Science Colloquium Series called "Moving Beyond Naive Views in Computer Ethics" which took place on Wednesday, February 9 at 12:00 noon in E122 Thompson Hall.

Here is a summary of his talk:

The importance of computer ethics can be clearly seen in many recent events such as the much-publicized WikiLeaks scandals. Unfortunately, these discussions are chiefly characterized by a lack of technical details that have serious implications for such ethical discussions. In this talk, an ontology will be considered that includes the relevant technical details about the objects in the domain of computer science and the precise relation between them while still providing enough abstraction to make it manageable for non-specialists. In addition, specific implications for artificial intelligence and computer ethics will be discussed.

The lecture was very well attended. Pizza and beverage were provided courtesy of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Prior to the lecture Prof. Olson was interviewed by Cable Channel 8 - Jamestown and the interview was broadcast the same evening on the news.


Prof. Robert Olson gave a public talk at the Department Seminar Series entitled "An Analysis of Discrete Computing Structures: Re-evaluating Implementations." The talk was very well attended. Dean's Office generously sponsored the pizza and drinks.


Prof. Amber Powell joined the department in Spring'11. She is teaching one section of CSIT 251 Information Systems Structures. She got her Summa Cum Laude B.S. Degree in Mathematics Education from SUNY Fredonia, a Master's Degree from St. John Fisher College in Business Administration and a B.S. Degree from RIT in Management Information Systems. Welcome Prof. Powell!


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