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Independent Research with a Faculty Mentor in Computer Science

Interested in pursuing an individual research project in computer science? We encourage you to pursue independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Student research activities include:

  • Honors theses
  • Inter- or intradisciplinary collaborative research on cutting-edge problems from a specific field of computer science
  • Reading courses on advanced topics
  • Qualified self-designed projects

Below, check out some of our computer science students’ most recent independent research projects.

Computer Science Student Projects

Syed Asad Rizvi ’19
Tuson ’19
Breanna Desrochers ’19
Project mentor: John Magee 

Participants with motor impairments may not always be available for research or software development testing. To address this, we propose simulation of users with motor impairments interacting with a head-controlled mouse pointer system. Simulation can be used as a temporary stand-in for research participants, and also can serve to raise awareness about ability-based interactions to a wider software development population. We evaluated our prototype system using a Fitts’ Law experiment and report on the measured communication rate of our system compared to users without motor impairments and with previously a reported participant with motor impairments. 

Binh Tang ’16 (now a Ph.D. student at Cornell); Sam Kovaka ’16 (now a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins); Hoang Nguyen ’16 (Software Engineer at Facebook); Sarjan Shrestha  ’16 (Software Engineer at Facebook); Lukas Leung ’16 (Software Engineer at Nordstrom); Brendan Burgess ’17 (Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs); Chris Rentsman ’17 (Software Engineer at Amazon); Jake Ah Heng ’18; Teodor Nicola-Antoniu ’18; Luke Brenan-Wenger ’18; Clement Nagourney ’18; Catalin Veghes ’19; Nathan Dang ‘19
Project Mentor: Li Han 

This is a multi-year, ongoing project to develop and use automated testing to check the quality of the student programming assignments. 

Examples of Student-Faculty Published Work

  • Syed Asad Rizvi, Ella Tuson, Breanna Desrochers and John Magee (2018) Simulation of Motor Impairment in Head-Controlled Pointer Fitts’ Law Task. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. Ella Tuson, Samantha Hughson, Christina Zymaris, and Ryan King. (2017).
  • Participatory Design Using Sensory Substitution Devices with Tactile and Audio Feedback. In Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 415-416.
  • L. Han, L. Rudolph, S. Corbett, M. Chou, E. Eagle, D. Glotzer, J. Kramer, J. Moran, C. Pietras, A. Tareen, and M. Valko, ” Configurations and Path Planning of Convex Planar Polygonal Loops”, Tenth International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR 2012) , E. Frazzoli, T. Lozano-Perez, N. Roy, and D. Rus, eds., Springer Track in Advanced Robotics, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, June 2012.
  • Li Han, Lee Rudolph, Jonathon Blumenthal, and Ihar Valodzin, “Convexly Stratified Deformation Spaces and Efficient Path Planning for Planar Closed Chains with Revolute Joints”, International Journal of Robotics Research, 27(11-12), pp. 1189-1212, November 2008.
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