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Recent Student Accomplishments

February 2018

Alyssa Freese standing at the podium making her presentation.

Two Computer Science Honors Students presented their research on February 15 at the Iona Honors Candidate Thesis Day. Alyssa Freese '18 (pictured above), Computer Science and Mathematics majors, worked on “Project Bully: A Virtual Reality Environment for Teaching How to Handle Bullying” under advisement of Dr. Ivanov. Michael Nelson ’18 (pictured below), Computer Science major with minors in Mathematics and Physics, did his research on “Optimizing QKD Protocols” under advisement of Dr. Centonze and Dr. Krawec (University of Connecticut). Congratulations to both students and their advisers!

Michael Nelson standing at the podium making his presentation.

October 2017

Computer Science majors Michael Nelson and Eric Geiss had a paper titled “Automatic Generation of QKD Protocols “ accepted at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Berlin. The topic of the paper is cryptography, which is a way to send coded messages. Quantum cryptography aims to secure these messages against an all-powerful adversary. Using genetic algorithms, the students, working with Dr. Walter Krawec, created a program that can determine whether or not it is safe to talk on any quantum channel. Their paper was accepted for its innovative applications in evolutionary and genetic algorithms.

Michael Nelson Eric Geiss
Michael Nelson Eric Geiss


May 2017

Students in CS 146 (Introduction to Robotics) made robots

A robot sits on a desk.
A robot sits on the floor ready to go. Two robots sit on the floor side by side.
Two robots sit side by side on a desk.


April 2017

Ten Computer Science students were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the International Honor Society for Computer and Information Disciplines

students inducted into the honor society
Ten Computer Science students were inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the International Honor Society for Computer and Information Disciplines. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UPE society. New members celebrated with an induction ceremony and reception on April 21, 2017 with friends, family and faculty. Students recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and professionalism are Daniel A. Cilli ’17, Jacob DeVoy ’18, Alyssa Marie Freese ’18, Melissa K. Gallagher ’17, Eric Geiss ’17, Daniel Gjuraj ’17, Christian LaVerde ’18, Michael J. McCarthy ’17, Jonathon Nosowitz ’18 and James Welsh ’17. Congratulations to all new initiates!

Students present work at 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis

Title: Static Detection of Integrity and Confidentiality Antipatterns in Mobile Applications
Author: John Rocco (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Iona College) and Dr. Paolina Centonze (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Iona College)

Title: Software for Analyzing the Lexical Associations Among Exam Questions to Improve Literacy Learning Outcomes
Students at poster
Authors: Daniel Cilli, Joshua Noodt, James Welsh and Robert Joasilus
Mentors: Dr. Chia-Ling Tsai (Iona College) and Dr. Marlene Zakierski (The Sage Colleges)
We seek to build tools for educators to extract a meaningful assessment about a child’s reading comprehension disabilities from English Language Arts (ELA) examinations. With the help of this system, we believe that teachers can gain better understanding on how lexical properties of words of a question impact the reading comprehension and hence deliver more effective instructions to improve the literacy learning outcomes of their students.

Title: An Online Platform for Assessing Job Seeker - Employer Compatibility
Students at poster
Authors: Kerri Sexton, Michael McCarthy, Jhavagne Dunn and Geoffrey Cawley
Mentors: Dr. Luke Brooks-Shesler and Dr. Chia-Ling Tsai (Iona College)
The purpose of this project is to create an online platform for connecting qualified job seekers with compatible employers. The online platform addresses key methodological and practical issues; for example, rating source (e.g., current/former employees, organizational representatives or recruiters), confidentiality and geographic proximity.