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Research & Conferences

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Faculty in the CS & IT department have active research programs. Dr. O'Neill is investigating computational models of suspense and surprise in narrative to better understand how people respond to stories. Dr. O'Neill has an active student research group that supports this effort.

Drs. Jackson and Ellis have received several NSF grants to investigate student learning within Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) (  This effort has received over $1 million in NSF funding and provides the opportunity for students to participate in an active research program.

Both faculty and students have presented at conferences including:

  • ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)
  • Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges – Northeastern Region (CCSCNE) Conference
  • ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
  • Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ItiCSE)
  • ACM Annual Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE)