DCS891C Research Seminar
Each student makes a class presentation and a Web publication on a research paper:
essence/context/significance, methodology, related papers, related research problems
Meeting     Topics    
May 21
Fred: Course introduction/objective: students select and report on a research paper
Fred: discussion of research paper selections and presentations
Chuck: DPS Internal Website http://support.csis.pace.edu/dps/dpsinternal/
Chuck: How To Do Research   Example Research Study
Fred: critique of example research study
Jun 18
Fred: Preliminary discussions
Chuck: CSIS Computer Science Projects Support DPS Research:
   E-Learn 2002 Conference: Slides  Paper 
   ISECON 2004 Conference: Slides  Paper 
   Link to Chuck's homepage for detailed CS615-616 project information
Student research paper presentations
Jul 16
Fred: Preliminary discussions
Chuck: Review of a DPS dissertation: Suman Kalia's Slides  Paper  Spreadsheet 
Student research paper presentations
Aug 6
Fred: Preliminary discussions
Chuck: Review of a DPS dissertation: Jonathan Law's Dissertation 
Student research paper presentations
Leedy, P.D. and Ormrod, J.E., Practical Research: Planning and Design (7th Edition), Prentice, 2000.
Bolker, J, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, Holt, 1998.
Suggested Research Topics by Sung Cha and Chuck Tappert


In accordance with the learning objectives of the research seminar sequence, the primary focus this semester is on having the students pick a research paper and make a class presentation and Web publication that cover the following items related to the paper: essence/context/significance, methodology, related papers, related research problems. We frequently add other material but often do not have time to cover it in detail. Therefore, we have included these notes describing the additional material so that you can understand what it concerns and review it on your own. If you have any questions on this material, please contact us.

For meeting 1 we review the DPS Internal Website and especially the material related to dissertations. We also review the general research methodology, and then present and critique a master's level study.

For meeting 2 there are links to slides and a corresponding paper that describe how projects in a master's level Software Engineering course sequence (CS615-616) can be used to build the infrastructure, such as a database, to support faculty and DPS dissertation research. The third link is to Dr. Tappert's homepage that includes links to the CS615 and CS616 courses that, in turn, contain links to the team project information. For example, CS616 for the spring of 2005 has two projects that will provide supporting systems for two DPS dissertations in biometrics.

For meeting 3 there is a dissertation review consisting of links to three items related to a dissertation entitled "A Pervasive Computing Solution to Asset, Problem and Knowledge Management," by Dr. Suman Kalia, class of 2002. The first two items are a set of Powerpoint slides and a corresponding technical paper from a conference presentation and proceedings that summarize the dissertation. The third item is a spreadsheet that Suman developed, and it is included here because it shows how Microsoft Excel can perform statistical tests, such as Chi Square, to determine the significance of experimental results.

For meeting 4 there is another dissertation review entitled "An Efficient First Pass of a Two-Stage Approach for Automatic Language Identification of Telephone Speech," by Dr. Jonathan Law, class of 2002. This dissertation demonstrates how a difficult general problem can be scoped (narrowed down) into a piece of research that can be completed in a time period reasonable for our DPS program.

Finally, the Suggested Research Topics describe the research areas of interest to Sung Cha and Chuck Tappert and some of the recent publications and activities in these areas. We are particularly interested in working with DPS students doing dissertations in these areas.