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Spring 2015 Registration Redux

Spring 2015 course rosters have been stabilized and currently there are no seats open in most Computer Science courses.

You can use this form to let us know of Computer Science courses that you still would like to take in Spring 2015, should seats become available:

Please note that YOU are responsible for ensuring that

  • you have the necessary pre-requisites for each course that you select,
  • you will have no time conflicts in the revised schedule,
  • you are able to drop a conflicting course before selecting a new CS course.

After January 20, 2015, we will enroll students from the wait list, if there are available seats

Email cs [at] tcnj [dot] edu if you have further questions.

Spring 2015 Registration Wait List Closed

The registration period for Spring 2015 is over and the CS wait list is now closed. We have completed the process of going through the wait list and have allocated seats to students based on requests and availability.

If you did not get into a course you wanted, you can take it when it’s next offered. All core / required courses will be offered in the fall and / or spring of the next academic year. You are also welcome to monitor the course on PAWS and sign yourself in if someone drops it and frees up a seat.

Spring 2015 Registration

Registration is here and upper level CS courses are filling up quickly! There are some seats reserved for CS majors in all the upper level courses. After your registration windows opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the waiting list using the form here:

 Be sure to enter all the information requested.

As seats open up during the registration window, we will enroll students in order based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Email cs [at] tcnj [dot] edu if you have further questions.

Spring 2015 Registration Newsletter



Summer Undergraduate Research Project Leads to a Peer-reviewed Publication

(The following article and faculty profile were written by Danielle Leng and published on the School of Science’s webpage)

During TCNJ’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) 2014, Dr. Dimitris Papamichail worked together with computer science student Nathan Gould (’17) and biology student Oliver Hendy (’15) to study different computer programs that answer biological questions through the use of synthetic genes. Their summer-long efforts have culminated into a peer-reviewed paper that was published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary science, promoting the utilization of algorithms to create novel biological systems. By using computer biological models, scientists are able to further gene and protein research in terms of their structure and function and create novel drugs and vaccines. Specifically, Papamichail and his research students are looking into tools that aid the design of synthetic genes. Each tool utilizes different algorithms and provides varying lists of pros and cons.

Hendy and Gould were able to obtain experience researching the various computer programs, but also have their efforts showcased in a published paper. Their publication stems from Papamichail’s current research on improving algorithms for synthetic gene design.

– Danielle Leng

Spring 2015 Registration Newsletter


Attention CS Major and Minor Students:

It’s that time of the year again! If you haven’t done so already, start thinking about registration for next semester.

Advising Window: October 28 – November 4

Note: some faculty members may offer advising appointments before the window begins, so check your email.

Registration Window:  November 4 – 14

It is the policy of the CS department that all majors should meet with their academic advisors before registering for classes. A registration hold has been automatically placed on your account and will be removed after the advising meeting. Please watch for an email from your advisor asking you to make an advising appointment. Check PAWS for information on your advisor and registration date and time.

Please view the department’s registration newsletter regarding upcoming advising and registration windows.

You can view the department’s Spring 2015 Registration Newsletter here.

Couldn’t get into the courses you wanted? 

Complete the CS Department’s Qualtrics Survey in order to get on the waiting list.

Don’t forget to fill out all of the required information!

CS Senior Scott Bouloutian presenting at ISVC 2014

Congratulations to Scott Bouloutian, a senior in the Computer Science department, for his accepted publication in the International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC)!  His research paper, titled “Artificial Intelligence Gaming Assistant for Google Glass”, is a continuation of his mentored research work and utilizes knowledge from several fields of computer science including, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud Computing. His paper was accepted after being blind-refereed by three reviewers based upon accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of results, and presentation quality. Scott will be presenting a poster at the symposium in Las Vegas in December. Congratulations Scott!

MUSE 2014

TCNJ’s MUSE (Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience) program runs every summer. This year, Dr. Dimitris Papamichail worked with Joie Murphy, Nathan Gould, and Dylan Wulf – all rising sophomore Computer Science Majors – to complete their specific projects, described below by Dr. Papamichail:

Joie Murphy and Dylan Wulf worked on a project that aims to develop a set of computational tools to aid the computational textual criticism of Latin texts.  An ultimate goal of traditional textual criticism is the reconstruction of the archetype of a given work, where various manuscripts from different time periods and from different regions are available as the source of texts for reconstruction; some are only fragments. To tackle this goal, it is important to figure out, by comparing differences and similarities among multiple versions the work, whether one version is derived from another, and whether two or more versions descend from a hypothetical version that is now lost. The students worked on methods to construct and evaluate trees representing the relationships of extant and hypothetical extinct documents.

Nathan Gould and Oliver Hendy (senior Biology major) studied algorithmic issues behind synthetic gene optimization and the approaches that different computational tools have adopted to redesign gene DNA sequences and maximize desired coding features. The students studied an extended bibliography in synthetic biology and gene redesign, and utilized test cases to demonstrate the efficiency of each gene design approach, as well as identify their strengths and limitations of the available tools. This study resulted in a manuscript that has been submitted for publication.

For more information on MUSE, please visit TCNJ’s webpage:

Three CS Students Receive CREU Funding


Joie Murphy (class of 2017), Kate Evans (2017), and J.R. Villari (2016) have received Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) funding to perform research during the 2014-15 academic year under the supervision of Dr. Dimitris Papamichail. They will work on a project that aims to create efficient algorithms and computational tools for the construction of optimized, rationally-designed synthetic genes.

The funding is provided by the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to J.R., Kate, and Joie on their achievements!



The NSF-funded CABECT project has received Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplemental funding to support two undergraduate research students as they investigate the hypothesis that contributions from a large number of motivated users who actively review and adapt site content will result in a self-sustaining research repository. Selected students will received stipends during the 2014-2015 academic year and 2015 summer, as well as travel funding and on-campus summer housing. For more information on the project “CABECTPortal: Leveraging Social Computational Concepts to Enhance Project Dissemination and Sustainability”, expectations, and how to apply see The application deadline is 5 p.m. August 27, 2014.

Computer Science thanks Linode

The Department of Computer Science was thrilled to welcome Christopher Aker (CEO), Thomas Asaro (COO) and Keith Craig (Public Relations Manager), from Linode LLC on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The welcoming party included Dr. Peter DePasquale and Dr. Monisha Pulimood from Computer Science, Dr. Jeffrey Osborn (Dean of School of Science) and Mr. Guy Calcerano (Major Gifts Officer). The primary purpose for inviting Linode was to express TCNJ’s gratitude for Linode’s generous donation of servers that have opened up exciting new opportunities for research and education in Computer Science, as well as in the other departments within the School of Science (Physics, Math, Biology and Chemistry). Our guests took the opportunity to tour our facilities and meet with MUSE students working with Dr. Papamichail. We also explored additional avenues for collaboration between Linode and Computer Science at TCNJ. Watch this space for future developments.

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