Welcome to the website of the USF Computing Education Research & Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory!
What is this lab about?
This lab gathers researchers from diversified disciplines who share an interest in;
Identifying & understanding the learning barriers encountered by students of the computing disciplines.
Developing & evaluating Innovative, technology-supported pedagogies to address them.
Developing Evolutionary techniques that are able to tackle challenging application domains that require very
significant adaptive capabilities; e.g. interactive or time-dependent optimization problems.
Applying our experience with the above to develop Evolutionary-Aided Teaching and Learning approaches;
e.g. autonomous design of practice problems, automated discovery of concept inventories.
As a result of these interests, our work spans both the Computing Education research and the Evolutionary Computation fields.
Feel free to browse the other tabs to get more information about our activities.
Do not hesitate to drop us a line if you have any inquiries
about any of the material in this site. If you are a student looking for a Senior Project, we regularly
offer projects related to our ongoing or in-preparation grants; get in touch with us.
If you are looking for the CEReAL - Computing Education Research & Adult Learning group's website,
it has been archived here
Over the years, and the various incarnations of this group, many faculty and students
have partnered to do research on Evolutionary Computation and Computing Education.
You will find a list, that I hope to be complete, below.
Masters in Computer Science, started spring 2018,
"Genetic Programming Techniques to Evolve Distracters for Parsons Puzzles".
Ph.D. in Computer Science, pre-quals, Tentative Topics;
"Injection of Partial Symmetries in Evolutionary Fitness Landscapes".
Masters in Information Technology, 2015,
"Evolving Parsons Puzzles"
Matt McDermott, CLUE Project - 2011 IT Senior Project; CLUE self-study VM Prototype
Michael Nachtigal, CLUE Project - OPS - Syntax Analyzer development
Benjamin Geiger, SOFTICE Project - OPS - kernel labs development
Alex Kranh, SOFTICE Project - 2007 IT Senior Project; VMware educational virtual appliance
Janet Offray, SOFTICE Project - 2006 IT Senior Project; Applying SOFTICE to Linux sysadmin Labs
Clark Godwin, SOFTICE Project - 2005 IT Senior Project; Linux Kernel Loadable Modules
Eric Murray, SOFTICE Project - 2005 IT Senior Project; Debian Packaging for the Warewulf Project
Nestor Rentas, SOFTICE Project - 2005 IT Senior Project; Linux Stealth Intrusion Detection
Andrew Wong, SOFTICE Project - 2005 IT Senior Project; SSI clustering on classroom PCs
Barry Cohen, SOFTICE Project - 2005 IT Senior Project; Debian Linux installation of a private LAN
Faculty and Collaborators
Paul Wiegand, Research Associate, University of Central Florida.
Jennifer Albert, Assistant Professor, The Citadel.
Amruth kumar, Professor, Computer Science Department, Ramapo College.
Make sure to visit Dr. Amruth Kumar PI Forum
NSF-sponsored project for more information about other research initiatives focussed on programming pedagogy.
Alessio Gaspar, Associate Professor, USF Department of Computer Science & Engineering.
Naomi Boyer, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Polk State College
Dave Armitage, Associate Professor, USF Department of Computer Science & Engineering