Faculty Meeting January 13th, 2012
Agenda • Announcements • Report from the Deans meeting • Undergraduate Program issues • Status on Faculty Hiring • Micro Teaching Workshops • Semester Plans
Congratulations • Naphtali Rishe • The Payoff from the IBM-Google University Research Cloud, “The National Science Foundation awarded Cluster Exploratory (CluE) program grants to Carnegie-Mellon University, Florida International University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of California-Irvine, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Utah and Yale University. ” • http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com/2011/12/payoff-from-ibm-google-university.html
Citrix Distinguished Lecture Series • Jack Dongarra, University of Tennesesse • February 2nd, 2012 • Moshe Y. Vardi, Rice University • February 24th, 2012 • Mary Fanett Wheeler, University of Texas, Austin • March 2nd, 2012 • Vincent McKoy, California Institute of Technology • March 23rd, 2012 • Dr. Ed Sidel, NSF • March 28th, 2012 • Thomas Kailath, Stanford University • April 20th ,2012
25th Anniversary Symposium • Date: Nov. 9-10, 2012 • The Symposium will feature several Computer Science superstars (as in Turing Award winners), along with some of our distinguished alumni at all levels • The Committee- Dr. Mark Weiss, Dr. Naphtali Rishe, Dr. Jai Navlakha, Steve Luis.
History • 1970 FIU started • Airport Control Tower • Except for dreams they had nothing • Now we have everything in terms of buildings, facilities, etc.
“Trust that we cannot take it for granted” • We have opportunities to do something for our community. • 25% of graduates of FIU they are teachers in Dade-County Schools • They are decision makers • Connect with the community is the main theme, Connect Eco system. • Positive approach to growth and committed to research
Undergraduate Program issues • Announcements • Enrollment • Degrees Awarded • ABET • Curricular Proposals • Senior Project • Discussions
Administrative Announcements • My.fiu.edu to enter sick leave use • Summer and Fall registration opens late March; schedule is keyed in and gets harder to make changes every day. Summer budgets unknown. • Please send me Spring 2013 schedule requests now, not later; schedule is basically set, but not entered • Send Summer and Fall 2012 book orders to Maureen now • Please do not grant prerequisite overrides except for exceptional cases; please do grant closed course overrides up to the room capacity.
Undergraduate Degrees Awarded • All time high number of graduates (previous high 155) • Fall 2008 IT retention is 93%
ABET Update • Interim report due July 1, 2012 • Assessment process updated to • Be less reliant on senior projects • Multiple choice pools for topics covered in MAD-2104, MAD-3512, COP-3530, COP-4703, COP-4555 • Scoring rubrics for artifacts of topics covered in CGS-3092, COP-3530, COP-4338, COP-4610 • Refined senior project rubrics for teamwork assessment, etc.
CS Curriculum Proposal #1 • ADD CNT-4XXX: A new course on network, security, and mobile computing as a required course. This course was approved in 2011-2012 Bulletin#1. The need for networking and web-server technology as part of the required curriculum was identified by an SCIS Subject Area Coordinator report(s), was supported by the Assessments Coordinator, was recommended by UGC, and later by the Special SCIS Curriculum Review Committee. Currently, security is present in our curriculum only by piecing together bits and pieces of several unrelated courses; hence the need for a new course. The syllabus incorporates many elements of the ACM recommended Net-Centric computing knowledge units.
CS Curriculum Proposal #2 (IT also) • REPLACE CGS-3092 WITH CGS-3XXX: The 1-credit ethics course has been redesigned as a 3-credit Global Learning course with ethical, social, and cultural issues with global perspective. This new course was approved in 2011-2012 Bulletin #2 and was accepted as a global learning course in 2011-2012 Bulletin #3. The need for a three-credit replacement as part of the required curriculum was identified by an SCIS Subject Area Coordinator report(s), was supported by the Assessments Coordinator, was recommended by UGC, and later by the Special SCIS Curriculum Review Committee. Students have repeatedly and consistently complained that the amount of work contained in the existing one-credit course has warranted at least one, possibly two additional credits, and our internal review has concluded that this is the case. The new course has additional material that warrants a full three credits. This course will also satisfy a global learning requirement. As an added benefit, this course will clearly serve as a W catalog course should FIU adopt the Provost’s Writing Initiative as part of the curriculum.
Curriculum Proposal #3 (IT also) • REPLACE ENC-3213 WITH ENC-3XXX: Based on SCIS request, the English department redesigned ENC 3213. This course was approved in 2011-2012 Bulletin#2 Based on course samples it is evident that the ENC-3213 course as taught contained some elements that could be improved for our majors. Consequently we asked English to redesign this course to match the ENC-3246 course that is required for Computing majors at the University of South Florida. This course has computing specific writing requirements and presentation requirements that are appropriate for computing majors. The major facets of the requested re-design were a) to expand the oral communication component that already existed in ENC 3213, and b) to provide other technical writing competencies that were noted by the Software Engineering Area Coordinator as deficiencies in student written presentations; these include preparation of bibliographies, and documentation of sources. As an added benefit, this course will clearly serve as a W catalog course should FIU adopt the Provost’s Writing Initiative as part of the curriculum.
Curriculum Proposal #4 • REMOVE COM-3110 COM 3110 has not delivered the expected oral presentation learning experience for our students. The online version of the course evidently has no oral presentation requirement. Further, there is apparent overlap in the content of the existing COM 3110 and ENC 3213. Thus, like University of South Florida, we feel that only one integrative course is needed. The elimination of this course allows the addition of Net-Centric Computing without new credits.
Curriculum Proposal #5 • Change of Prerequisite and Co-requisite for CEN-4010 As CEN-4010 requires web and database technologies to implement software engineering projects, the following changes are recommended: Current pre-requisite: COM-3110, CGS-3092, and COP-3530 Current co-requisite: None New pre-requisite: CGS-3XXX, COP-3530, and COP-4710 New co-requisite: CNT-4XXX In the early part of CNT-4XXX, web technologies will be taught so that CEN-4010 students can apply those skills in the second half of the term.
Curriculum Proposal #6 • Change of Prerequisite and Co-requisite for COP-4710 To accommodate the above changes and not to extend course dependency chain, the following changes are recommended. Current pre-requisite: COP-3530 Current co-requisite: None New pre-requisite: COP-3337 New co-requisite: COP-3530 In the early part of COP-3530, B-tree and hash will be taught so that COP-4710 students can use that knowledge in the second half of the term.
Curriculum Proposal #7 • ADD COP-4520 AND COP-4722 TO SET 1 These two existing advanced courses are added to Set1 elective list so that these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
Curriculum Proposal #8 • INCREASE ELECTIVE CHOICES FOR CS-TRACK AND REMOVE TWO MATH ELECTIVES Only 19 Computer Science majors have taken MAD-4203 or MHF-4302 since Fall 2004. Since Fall 2006 (six years), no Computer Science major has actually passed MAD-4203 and only three have passed MHF-4302. These courses are functionally inactive for Computer Science, and thus need to be removed. With only two remaining math electives, and some newer CS electives, it makes sense to combine the two set for CS-track, as many students are interested in taking a broader array of electives. Since SDD-Track students are required to take one Set1 course, we list both sets with the flexibility for CS-track students to take any three courses.
Curriculum Proposal #9 (Internal) • CHANGE COP-4338 to cover only C and Unix There have been recurring problems with COP-4610 due to lack of C background. We have piloted the change this year with apparent success. • If made permanent, syllabus needs to be changed, outcomes altered, and likely COP-4604 (Unix) needs to be redesigned or eliminated. • If not we need to revert back to C++ starting Summer 2012.
Senior Project Class • Recent faculty comments: • Reduce the software engineering requirements in the deliverables • Provide more emphasis on completing the project and working demos • Incorporate more projects that involve an industry partner • Discussion
Faculty Discussion on Other Items • Should COP-2210 and COP-2250 at least be in the same format? • Labs for COP-3337 and COP-3804? • Systems Integration and Architecture (SIA) course for IT Program • Requirements/Acquisition and Sourcing/Integration and Deployment/Project Management/Testing and QA/Orginizational Context/Architecture • Service Courses and Certificate Programs
Hiring Areas Listed on the Ad • Bio/medical/health informatics • Computer architecture • Computer graphics • Large-scale data management, search, and visualization • Human-computer interaction (HCI) • Networking • Programming languages • Robotics and game theory • Telecommunication
Current Research Focuses Areas • Data and Information Management • (Multidisciplinary ) Informatics • Networking • Security • Software Engineering • Systems
Recruitment Rationale • To fulfill the school goals • Teaching needs, research growth • To maintain and expand current school strengths • To leverage the college and the University Strategic Plans
Top Priority Areas • Networking and Telecommunication • Bio/Medical/Health Informatics • Large-scale data management /Social Media Mining • Robotics/Game Theory • Computer Graphics, Data Visualization, and HCI
Other Considerations • Female candidates • Minority especially Hispanic candidates • Senior candidates (especially well-known established researchers in our focus areas)
Logistics • Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2012 • Over 200 applications so far • But we will evaluate and consider late applicants as well • The committee will start go over the applicant files after the deadline • Christine, Jason, Raju, Tao, Peter, Xudong
Current Statistics • Applicants from Top Schools • MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell , CMU, UCLA, UIUC, Johns Hopkins, Duke, Yale, Maryland, Purdue, Washington, Wisconsin-Madison, New York, Columbia, Georgia Institute of Technology, USC
FIU Discovery Lab • Lab Motto : Future-inspired Innovation • Location : ECS 232 • People : Dr. Iyengar, Dr. Kim, and Mr. Penubaku • Generating more patents and starts ups • Commercialization of research • Area : • Computing/Security/Automation/Intelligent Robotics Start Small, Think Big
Micro Teaching Workshops • Formative Assessment by Dr. Leslie Richardson, Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT)
Issues and Future Development • Enrollment is very important • Our Graduation Rates 42.75% • Retention rates: 54.25% • Research Funding is close to 4 million Dollars • Revenue Generation Programs • MS Telecommunication and Networking Program • MS IT program • MS Computer Science • Fund raising • Certification of programs (Industry, Student) • Market Rate Program: Self Sustainability
Mentorship For Un-tenured Faculty members • Academic Mentoring: How to give it and How to get it? • There will be a workshop from the College of Arts of Sciences on Academic Mentoring soon.
Industry Engagement • Participate in regional technology industry meetings and create a presence at these events to raise awareness about the School • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce • Miami’s Got Tech Event in March at Marlins Stadium • South Florida Technology Association • Refresh Community • Industry Day --- April 5th • companies to meet with faculty/students and see demos of research and senior projects
Thank you for participating. Let’s make it a great semester!