Cloud Computing Curriculum

Developing a Remote Sensing and Cloud Computing Curriculum for the Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI)

Background

This project was conducted under the direction of Jerome Mitchell Ph.D. at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina during the summer of 2013.

Team Web Page: http://nia.ecsu.edu/reuomps2013/teams/iu/

About Project

In the past decade, online learning initiatives have become increasingly comprehensive and have allowed students to be unburdened from learning complex subjects in a traditional teach-learn environment. Universities have recognized the need to adapt new teaching-learning approaches for meeting students’ diverse inadequacies. Cloud computing, which offers a scalable and flexible approach to storing, processing, and analyzing big data, has benefited from a variety of science applications except for remote sensing. This research explored the potential for a cloud computing and remote sensing curriculum through the use of video resources and hands-on assessments. This project explored developing a curriculum for coupling two diverse research areas, cloud computing and remote sensing and provided customized virtual appliances as hands-on assessments. The solution acquired information about cloud computing and remote sensing in order to develop five15-20 minute self-contained modules. Also, developed was a Message Passing Interface (MPI) and Hadoop virtual appliance, so students can apply theoretical concepts gained from the curriculum.

Presentation

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Poster Link: http://nia.ecsu.edu/reuomps2013/teams/iu/images/Research%20Poster.pdf

Bioinformatics Web Tutorial

Background

This was Jazette’s first research experience, which was conducted under the directions of  Alfred Watkins Ph.D. at Spelman College in the summer of 2012.

About Project

Bioinformatics is the science of using information to understand biology. It’s a division of a larger field of computational biology, which is an application of quantitative analytical techniques in modeling biological systems. Bioinformatics makes it possible for biologist to do exciting things such as compare DNA sequences and generate results that are potentially significant. The bioinformatics tool also gives biologist the opportunity to over interpret data and assign meaning where none really exists.

The goal of this research project is to develop a web-based bioinformatics tutorial that would be a guide for students studying biology to learn the wide range of computational techniques to analyze biology data. Professors are sometimes unable to help the visual learner as well as the kinetic learner, so the website will incorporate audio, video, pictures and text to appeal to diverse learning styles, such as: visual learners, kinetic learners, and audio learners. The website will also be used to make it easier for biology students to understand how computers make it very efficient to analyze DNA sequences. Biology students understanding the background of the programming language python and computational biology will lead to further exploration of using Bioinformatics to help biologist results of analyzing DNA sequences more accurate.

Presentation

  • Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges: Southeastern Region (CCSCE:SE)
    • November 2012
    • Marietta,Georgia

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Link to full size poster: bioinfoposter

BedXplorer

Rehabilitation Tool for Bedridden Children

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Background

About Project

Social isolation is defined as “a state in which the individual lacks a sense of belonging socially, lacks engagement with others, has a minimal number of social contacts and they are deficient in fulfilling and quality relationships”. This issue is very prevalent in hospitals where children are bedridden, unable to leave bed, due to an injury or illness (i.e paralysis, chronic burns). BEDXplorer is a coping strategy that brings happiness into children hospitals rooms. This tool allows the children to be socially active by just laying in their bed. BEDXplorer is a “virtual joystick” cell phone application used to steer a remotely operated vehicle. The virtual joystick uses the cell phone’s internal gyroscope, such that the user steers the vehicle simply by tilting the phone. The car, which was created on the laser cutter in the Spelman Innovation Lab, is intended to engage and entertain bedridden children by allowing them to “drive” and interact with others using the Bluetooth video camera mounted on the vehicle.

The Ette Project

The Ette Project logo. Which consists of the words The Ette Project with an E in Ette being a musical note and a brain that represents the O in Project.

Background:

Jazette’s late grandmother (Henrietta Kelley) was the motivation for this application. She saw how her family cared for her grandmother during this time and felt that there was a need for a mobile application that provides immediate information to family caregiving for their loves ones with Alzheimer’s.

This project was conducted during the summer of 2012 though the summer of 2014 under the direction of Yolanda Rankin Ph.D. () at Spelman College.

About Project:

Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a disease of the brain that causes long-term memory lost, confusion, irritability and aggression, difficulty with speech, and patients. By 2050, an estimate of 11-16 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Surveys have shown that caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients face numerous challenges, including lack of familial support, difficulty dealing with mood swings of patients suffering from the disease, and difficulty balancing care of loved ones with the demands of career and personal life. This creates the need for easily accessible information and expert advice about the care of patients suffering of Alzheimer’s. Preliminary findings of our research indicate that caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients use their mobile devices in the diagnoses and treatment of patients. However no mobile app specific to the needs of Alzheimer’s patients exists. Utilizing expert advice, we have developed a mobile application to assist non professional caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients in the diagnoses and treatment of patients suffering from this disease.

Presentations

  • Spelman College Research Day , April 2013
    • Atlanta,Georgia
    • Award: 2nd Place Oral Presentation
  • Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) , April 2013
    • Virginia Beach, Virginia 

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Link to poster: AlzReasearch Poster