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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



Computer Science Colloquium: November 7

The third Computer Science Colloquium of the semester will be held on Friday, November 7.  Mr. Shawn Sivy, Director of Networking & Technical Services at TCNJ, will give a talk entitled “This Is Not Your Home Network: Understanding the Design of the TCNJ Wireless and Wired Networks, How They Work, and How To Get the Most Out of Them”.

Please join CS faculty and students in Science Complex Room P101 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

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

Internship Information Sessions

The Computer Science Department will be holding two informational sessions about internships this semester.

Dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday, 10/29, 12 - 1 PM

Wednesday, 11/5,  6 – 7 PM

Both sessions will be held in Forcina 408.

If you plan on applying for an internship at some point in your curriculum, you must attend one informational session prior to submitting your application.  Additional info sessions will be planned in future semesters.  (If you don’t plan to do an internship as a capstone experience, you do not need to attend a session.)


Computer Science Colloquium: October 24

The second Computer Science Colloquium of the semester will be held on Friday, October 24.  Mr. Matthew Tom-Wolverton (TCNJ ’10) of Tumblr will give a talk entitled “Behind the Scenes at Tumblr”.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Education Building 113 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Curious about what it’s like to work on a site that has millions of users every day? I’ll give you a peek into life at Tumblr, my experiences scaling our advertising, and some of the other things I’ve done and learned here, as well as the journey of how I wound up here in the first place.

From the early days programming BASIC on an Atari 800XL, to his college years (TCNJ Class of ’10!), to currently leading the Ads Engineering team at Tumblr, Matthew has always had a passion for building cool stuff. His tools of choice include PHP, vi, and the Canon 6D.

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!

Computer Science Colloquium: September 5

The Computer Science Department will be holding the first colloquium of the academic year on Friday, September 5.   Dr. David G. Cooper, adjunct professor and instructor of CSC 320: Information Retrieval, will be giving at talk entitled “Affect Detection for a Classroom Computerized Geometry Tutoring System”. Dr. Cooper’s biography and an abstract of his talk can be found below. Please join Dr. Cooper, faculty, and students on Friday in Forcina 408 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.  Pizza will be provided and all are welcome to attend.



Minimally invasive sensor technology is mature enough to equip classrooms of up to 25 students with four sensors at the same time while using a computer based intelligent tutoring system. The sensors, which are on each student’s chair, mouse, monitor, and wrist, provide data about posture, movement, grip tension, arousal, and facially expressed mental states. Accurate affect detection can provide an intelligent tutoring system with cues to give feedback to individual students using the system. We discuss a method to clarify classifier ranking for the purpose of affective models. The method begins with a careful collection of a training and testing set, each from a separate population, and concludes with a non-parametric ranking of the trained classifiers on the testing set. The talk will conclude with a discussion of future directions that affective sensing could go for education and beyond.


David G. Cooper is a lecturer at Ursinus College in the Math and Computer Science Department and at The College of New Jersey in the Department of Computer Science. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on computational affect (emotion) detection. He earned his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University. While working as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin, David was on a team to prototype distributed data fusion software for helicopter communication, and was able to test the software while in flight on a Black Hawk helicopter. David’s research has ranged from human robot interaction in the Robot Tug of War project to emotion detection for a computerized geometry tutor for middle and high school students.

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:

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