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B.E.T.T.E.R.- Building Excellence in Teaching, Training, Education, and Research

The B.E.T.T.E.R. program was established on September 1, 2004, on the campus of Bowie State University. Through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation(NSF) this program will help to develop an academic infrastructure that produces quality science, technology, engineering, & mathematics(STEM) graduates, expand the participation of underrepresented minority students and faculty, as well as strengthen the diverse, internationally competitive, and globally engaged workforce of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
C.I.B.A.C. - Chesapeake Information Based Aeronautics Consortium

The purpose of the Chesapeake Information Based Aeronautics Consortium (CIBAC) is to conduct aeronautics research in the areas of aviation safety, sensor development, knowledge fusion, aircraft maintenance and operations, aircraft health definition and monitoring, and air traffic control. Click the previous link to learn more.

S.I.E.C.A.- Summer Institute in Engineering and Computer Applications Program

The Summer Institute in Computer Applications (SICA) program came into existence during the Summer of 1970 as the result of a proposal made by Bowie State University (BSU) to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. SICA was designed primarily to provide space-related research experience for minority undergraduate students. The vast majority of the undergraduate participants over the past years have been minorities enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). The SICA program gained a graduate component in 1992. In 1994, there was the addition of “engineering” to the name of the program to form the Summer Institute in Engineering and Computer Applications (SIECA).

HS-SEER- Homeland Security Expertise to Support Emergency Evacuation Research

The Developing Homeland Security Expertise to Support Emergency Evacuation Research (HS-SEER) program will establish a comprehensive program and provide curricula, student programming, and research experiences to graduate students. Through this program the CS Department will develop three graduate level courses to train students in quantitative data analysis research methods and social network analysis. Supported students will receive stipends and engage in summer research at the National Consortium For The Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland College Park. Students and faculty will engage in research to explore the use of mobile devices during emergency evacuations and integrate human emotion and behavior in virtual reality evacuation simulations.

NSF-TIP- Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory for Research and Education

Bowie State University's (BSU) Targeted Infusion Project entitled "Increasing Expertise of Minority Students by Development of a Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory for Research and Education at Bowie State University" will enhance the computer science and mathematics curriculum and increase research opportunities for undergraduate students by deploying Virtual and Augmented Reality (VAR) as a research and educational vehicle to immerse students in research and critical thinking challenges. The students will gain experience by using state-of-the-art VR equipment, software and technologies including 3D Wall, Head Mounted Display (HMD) that allows students to visualize complex data in three dimensional (3D) objects, working in 3D space to solve complex spatial problems, and conducting novel research through course work and research experience in the laboratory.

Xseed    Xseed - Super Computer

Xseed is a local name for the Bowie State University's Apple's G5 supercomputer. On March 9, 2005, Bowie State University, in cooperation with Apple Computer, Inc., built a $1 million supercomputer which the university named Xseed. The name, Xseed, was inspired by one of the American frontier-man, Johny Appleseed, who, according to the legend, spread his apple seeds throughout the Northeast and the Great Lakes region, and from the germinated seeds sprang up countless apple trees along the way. It is the hope of BSU that Xseed will similarly produce the seeds of inspiration in the university's community and beyond, the inspiration that will lead to the widespread of the supercomputer for research, education, and business.

Xseed  Security In : Injecting Security throughout the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum

September 2008 - August 2012 : The aim of this project is to develop, test, deploy, and disseminate security injections in pursuit of an eventual goal of establishing security across the curriculum: the inclusion of security concerns in classes throughout the undergraduate computer science and computer information systems curricula. Security injections are topical modules that can be integrated into existing courses with little or no disruption to existing curricula.

Xseed     DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program: Capacity Building

This project develops a senior capstone hands-on course in network security. The course is based on a sequence of hands-on laboratory exercises for teams of students developed at Towson University for a long-running case studies course in security. It emphasizes defensive tools and techniques at the expense of attacks; it also takes a network centered view where student teams set up, configure and defend entire networks.  As part of the adaptation process, we plan to develop a common structure and format for the laboratory exercises. This will allow the two institutions to collaborate on the development of additional curriculum which could then be used at either institution.

Xseed     ARTISA (Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact)

The ARTSI (Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact) Alliance is a collaborative education and research project centered around robotics for healthcare, the arts, and entrepreneurship. Spelman College, a historically black college (HBCU) for women is leading the alliance in partnership with several other HBCUs and Research I (R1) institutions. These institutions include Bowie State University, Florida A&M University, the University of the District of Columbia, Hampton University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, Winston-Salem State University, the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tennessee State University, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina A&T, Jackson State University, and Howard University. R1 membes include Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Brown University, Duke University, the University of Alabama, the University of Washington, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Research Laboratories

VR Lab Virtual Reality Laboratory - VR Lab

The goal of this VR laboratory is to introduce students to Virtual Reality (VR) hardware, software, and provide an opportunity for them to apply this knowledge to applications for training, education, and games. This laboratory applies cutting-edge VR technology currently available in academia and industry. In addition, the lab allows robotics experimentation and research in Multi-agent systems for evacuation. The current projects in the Virtual Reality Laboratory focus on evacuation simulation, way finding, modeling emergency scenarios, virtual museum, Multi-user gaming environments, and online VR classroom.


GMPLL Lab Games + Mobile - Play, Learn, Live Lab - GMPLL Lab

In G'MPL2 our core research efforts are directed at understanding the design of mobile and gaming applications to support playing, learning, and living. We engage in activities to the uncover interaction modes, interface designs, and activities in support of these aspects of our lives. Our mission is to conduct experimental, exploratory, and field research involving human interactions with gaming and mobile technology. Current projects include the design and implementation of mobile applications to support Computer Science and Chemistry learning, mobile applications to  to promote Green Businesses in Maryland, and the use of gesture based interactions using the Microsoft Kinect motion sensor. 

GMPLL Lab Laboratory for Information and Infrastructure Security and Assurance - LIISA

The Laboratory for Information and Infrastructure Security and Assurance (LIISA) provides students with state-of-the-technology equipment and software to both attack and defend target computer networks in a secure environment that is not connected to the Internet and isolated from the campus computer network. The network consists of three policy domains—Attack, Target, and Administrative/Research. The attack domain (never connected to the Internet) will support commonly used operating systems. The stations in the attack domain use emulators such as VMware to simulate a variety of operating systems on a single computer. This domain allows students to exploit the vulnerabilities of the target domain. The target domain includes/supports Windows systems, Linux, Solaris, and operating systems for mobile devices, such as the Apple iOS and the Google Android. To prevent eavesdropping on traffic by attackers, all the traffic in the target domain is packet-switched. The administrative/research domain will monitor traffic between the attack and target domains in real-time. Network isolation is a fundamental requirement for this lab to prevent undesirable consequences while studying security topics such as worms, viruses, and Trojan horses.



The Center for Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies


The Center for Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies (CCS&ET) at Bowie State University (BSU) provides educational, research and training opportunities in cyber security, computer forensics and emerging technologies to both students and faculty. CCS&ET also engages in outreach activities in these areas to the broader community, including industry, government and other universities. It embodies the joint efforts of the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Management Information Systems at BSU.






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