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NPS Computer Science Department Faculty and Student Recognition

 

 

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Dr. Britta Hale

02 June, 2021

Dr. Hale was awarded the 2021 NPS Foundation/U.S. Naval Institute Annual Essay Context Award for her work entitled "Escaping the Innovation Bunker."

A jointly sponsored award between the NPS Foundation and U.S. Naval Institute to encourage writing for publication and critical thinking that best advances the military profession. Congratulations and well done!

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HacktheMachine Heavy Metal Design Inspiration Award

02 June, 2021

For exemplary performance in the demonstration of advanced metallic 3D printing capabilities during the 2021 HacktheMachine competition. The team’s contributions serve to accelerate the Navy’s efforts to incorporate on-demand metallic printing technologies aboard naval ships and shipyards to meet increasingly demanding procurement and maintenance timelines. Naval Postgraduate School Team members included:

  • Christopher Clay, MAE Dept.
  • David Dausen, MAE Dept.
  • Dr. Britta Hale, CS Dept.
  • LT William Kimberl, MAE student
  • Dr. Claudia Luhrs, MAE Dept.
  • Brandon Naylor, Energy Academic Group
  • Dr. Amela Sadagic, CS  Dept. / MOVES Institute
  • Dr. Walter Smith (team lead), MAE Dept.
  • Alexis Thoeny, MAE Dept.

The team's achievements are described in greater detail in the article linked here.

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Maj Alexander White, USMC

02 June, 2021

Recipient of the Commander George L. Phillips Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation Award - A Department level award, presented annually to acknowledge outstanding student academic excellence in the area of computer science. Intended to support the school’s mission of promoting educational excellence.

Thesis Title: "Interoperability of Networked Simulation Systems for Distributed Fire Support Coordination Training"

Thesis Advisors:

     - Dr. Curtis Blais

     - Mr. Christian Fitzpatrick

     - Mr. Kirk Stork 

 

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LT Thomas Carter

02 June, 2021

Recipient of the Fleet Cyber Command Award for Academic Achievement in Cyber Operations - A Cyber Academic Group Award, presented for outstanding academic performance, thesis quality & leadership.

Thesis Title: “Privacy Risk Assessment of a DON Digital Contract Tracing System Using the NIST Privacy Framework”

Thesis Advisor:

     - Dr. James Michael

     - Dr. Joshua Kroll

 

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Dr. Amela Sadagic

19 April, 2021

Dr. Sadagic was awarded the 2021 Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement for work in the domains of virtual reality, augmented reality, human factors, multiuser collaborative environments, human performance evaluation, and additive manufacturing.

Awarded by the NPS Provost based upon recommendation of a committee of faculty.  Congratulations and well done!

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Dr. Peter Denning

02 Feb, 2021

Peter Denning is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Computer Society Women of ENIAC Computer Pioneer Award for seminal contributions to virtual memory, the Internet infrastructure, and computing education. 

This award is given for significant contributions to early concepts and developments in the electronic computer field, which have clearly advanced the state-of-the-art in computing for contributions which took place fifteen or more years earlier.

 

 

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LT Andrew Pfau

3 Dec, 2020

Recipient of the Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Computer Science Award - A Department level award, presented quarterly for excellence in Computer Science & outstanding academic performance, thesis quality & leadership.

Thesis Title: Multi-Label Classification of Underwater Soundscapes Using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks

Thesis Advisor:

     - Dr. Marko Orescanin

Second Reader:

     - Dr. Geoffrey Xie

 

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Mr. Peter Pommer

3 Dec, 2020

Recipient of the NPS Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for DoD Student - A university level award, presented quarterly to a graduating Department of Defense civilian student who has maintained an outstanding record at the Naval Postgraduate School as well as excelling in academic achievement, thesis research, professionalism, motivation, and community involvement.

Thesis Title: “Create and Implement a Distributed Ledger to Ensure Data Survivability Across an Autonomous System”

Thesis Advisors:

     - Dr. Cynthia Irvine

     - Dr. Duane Davis

 

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Dr. Peter Denning

22 Sept, 2020

Peter Denning (and former CS faculty member Ted Lewis) received a Best Paper award for "Uncertainty", which was published in Communications of ACM, Dec 2019.  The selection was made by the editors of Best Writings on Mathematics 2020 (Princeton University Press) and the paper will be republished in that book.

A publicly available copy of "Uncertainty" is available here, which does not require an NPS IP address to access.

 

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Capt Michael Troncoso, USMC

3 Sept, 2020

Recipient of the Gary Kildall Award for Computing Innovation - A Department level award, presented annually to acknowledge outstanding student academic excellence in the area of computer science. Intended to support the school’s mission of promoting educational excellence.

Thesis Title: A Cryptographic Analysis of Bluetooth’s Human-Machine Authenticated Key Exchanges

Thesis Advisors:

     - Dr. Britta Hale

     - Dr. Pantelimon Stanica

 

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Capt Bandon Hee, USMC

3 Sept, 2020

Recipient of the Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Computer Science Award - A Department level award, presented quarterly for excellence in Computer Science & outstanding academic performance, thesis quality & leadership.

Thesis Title: “Understanding the Adverse Effect of Accelerating Reinforcement Learning with Human Trainers”

Thesis Advisors:

     - Dr. Geoffrey Xie

     - Dr. Vinnie Monaco

 

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Mr. Jeffrey Dougherty

3 Sept, 2020

Recipient of the NPS Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for DoD Student - A university level award, presented quarterly to a graduating Department of Defense civilian student who has maintained an outstanding record at the Naval Postgraduate School as well as excelling in academic achievement, thesis research, professionalism, motivation, and community involvement.

Thesis Title: Evasion of Honeypot Detection Mechanisms Through Improved Interactivity of ICS-Based Systems

Thesis Advisors:

     - Professor Thuy Nguyen

     - Dr. Neil Rowe 

 

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Dr. Vinnie Monaco

16 July, 2020

Recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2020 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020) for his paper “Bug or Feature? Covert Impairments to Human Computer Interaction”.

His paper details how malicious changes to peripheral input events can alter human computer interaction. CHI award winners were determined through a selective process, and at most 1% of submissions can receive a Best Paper Award. Congratulations and well done!

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Dr. Amela Sadagic

14 July, 2020

Appointment to the Editorial Board for "Frontiers in Virtual Reality, Section: Virtual Reality in Industry" and "PRESENCE: Virtual and Augmented Reality" journals.

These prestigious journals within the discipline of Modeling and Simulation serve as an important forum to advance the field. Dr. Sadagic's appointment to these Editorial Boards is a reflection of both her standing amongst her peers and leadership within the domain. Congratulations and well done!

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Dr. Bret Michael

7 July, 2020

Appointment as an Associate Editor-in-Chief of Computer Magazine, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society.

He will continue to serve as the editor of the Cybertrust column of the magazine. Bret also serves as an Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine. Congratulations and well done!