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Computer Science

Computer Science is a fundamental study for so many industries and those aspiring to succeed in those industries. It provides the knowledge necessary for web and software development, database design and mining, and network and technical support administration.

Computer Science continues to maintain its strong ties with local businesses as well as academic institutions here and abroad. From the Greater New Haven area, employees of local tech companies regularly visit campus as guest speakers, technical advisory council members and/or technology employment recruiters. A strong relationship with the A100 Apprenticeship program created and run by Independent Software ( in New Haven continues to place students into full-time positions with local start-up companies. Additionally, this year, a newly formed transatlantic alliance with the Computer Science Department at Liverpool James Moore University (LJMU), located in the UK, was established with streamed research seminars between LJMU and SCSU. Also underway are outreach efforts with the directors of two of Yale University’s specialized computing laboratories - its High Performance Computing Laboratory and its Center for Engineering Innovation and Design.

In line with the mission of Computer Science, two new graduate courses were offered addressing issues for the 21st-century computing professional, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing and Network Security. Computer Science is in the early planning stages of a Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory), a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. By its very nature, it will also allow for interdisciplinary outreach across the campus and the ConnSCU system.

Computer Science is extremely proud to highlight the achievements of Mr. Steven Abbagnaro, a recent graduate from the undergraduate program and former recipient of the department's Academic Excellence in Computer Science Award. He currently owns his own company and among his many projects is one with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security using his high performance tracking software to help secure our nation. 

Computer Science Department

Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Dr. Amal Abdel-Raouf (w/ graduate student, M. Hanafi) published a conference proceeding, “Change Theory: Towards a Better Understanding of Software Maintenance,” in WSEAS Transactions on Computers.

Dr. Imad Antonios (w/ graduate student, P. Andrew) published a conference proceeding, “Asynchronous gossip-based data propagation protocol,” in Digital Information and Communication Technology and its Applications (DICTAP)

Dr. Taraneh Baradaran Seyed attended SPIE Remote Sensing & Security workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Dr. Ata Elahi (w/ undergraduate alum, T. Arjeski) published a textbook, ARM Assembly Language with Hardware Experiments with Springer Verlag. He presented his work, “ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network” at the 25th International Conference On Electronics, Communication and Computers in Puebla, Mexico.

Dr. Chang Suk Kim co-authored the article, “Exploring Search Task Difficulty Reasons in Different Task Types and User Groups,” for the journal, Information Processing and Management.

Dr. Md Hossain (w/ Dr. Lisa Lancor) is engaged in research on “Continuous User Authentication on Smartphones” with a CSU Research Grant.

Dr. Lisa Lancor (w/ Dr. Winnie Yu) is working on "Incorporating CyberSecurity Topics into CS 2 Curriculum," with a Google Computer Science Engagement Grant.

Dr. Robert Workman made several conference presentations on E-Learning and Information Technology such as “The Paperless Classroom: A Case Study” for the 26th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology. He also presented (w/ S. Dziurzynski, A. Isiklar, and E. Feffand), “Digital Story Telling with GoogleMaps—Polish designed Planes with Connecticut parts in the 1930s Turkish Air Force” at an E-Learning Conference in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Winnie Yu was selected as a member of the prestigious 2015 Team William E. Bennett for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), the parent organization for SENCER. She (w/ Dr. Lisa Lancor) is engaged in grant activity on “Incorporating CyberSecurity Topics into CS 2 Curriculum,” from a Google Computer Science Engagement Grant.