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CSCI Major Azmain Amin ’17 Honors Thesis Presentation

Azmain Amin’s Honors Thesis is entitled “An Automated, Customizable Framework for Applying Genetic Algorithms to Generate Test Cases for Web Applications” and will be presented on Friday, April 7 at 3:30 pm in Parmly 405.

THESIS ABSTRACT: Web application testing is an integral part of the web application development process. Faults within a web application can damage a company’s reputation and lead to financial losses. Customers will lose confidence if they experience inconvenience. Rigorous testing is necessary to expose faults before production release. Test case generation is a time- and resource-consuming process. Testing requirements increase exponentially with code size, and it might be impossible to exhaustively test any sufficiently complex software. This is specially true of web apps where you have multiple platforms integrating together.

In this thesis, I propose the use of genetic algorithm to generate usage-based test cases. Genetic-algorithm-based test case generation requires considerably less resources and is customizable and automated. I modeled usage-based test cases (i.e., user sessions) as components of genetic algorithm, namely genes, chromosomes and genomes, and created a customizable and automated genetic-algorithm-based testing framework. I carried out several sets of experiments, running the genetic algorithm and tuning various parameters to evaluate the effect of each parameter on the resulting generated test suite. Our results show that genetic-algorithm-based test case generation is very cost effective. The test suite is considerably smaller in size compared to the initial collection of user sessions and still maintained high resource coverage.

 



Meet Johnson Scholar and CSCI Major Karishma Patel ’18

Karishma, a double major in Business Administration and Computer Science is currently studying abroad in Madrid.  Click on the link to learn more, as she shares her insights and experiences…

https://columns.wlu.edu/karishma-patel-18



Computer Science Department 2017 PBK Inductees

Congratulations to PBK Inductees Dan Claroni ’17 (CS Minor), Patrick Ozark ’17 (CS Major) and Gillen Beck ’18 (CS Minor). The Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation will be held on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

Click on the links for more details:

https://columns.wlu.edu/william-m-tsutsui-president-of-hendrix-college-to-address-wls-phi-beta-kappa-convocation/

https://columns.wlu.edu/phi-beta-kappa-initiates-new-members-during-2017-convocation/



Meet Senior CSCI Major Ulemj “Lenny” Enkhbold

Lenny Enkhbold ’17 (a double major in Computer Science and German with a minor in Philosophy) is featured on the University website, in the Ethics and Leadership section.  Click on the link below to read more about Lenny’s experiences at W&L

https://columns.wlu.edu/my-wl-ulemj-lenny-enkhbold-17/



CSCI Major Azmain Amin ’17 inducted into ODK

During W&L’s annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation on Jan. 19th, Azmain Amin along with four honorary and 38 student initiates will be inducted into Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.  The ceremony will take place at 5pm in Lee Chapel.  Congratulations Azmain!

Click on the following link for more details:

https://columns.wlu.edu/odk-to-initiate-four-honorary-and-39-student-members-during-2017-founders-dayodk-convocation/

 



Grace Hopper Conference 2016 — Celebrating Women in Computer Science

Alexus McGriff ’18, Karishma Patel ’18, and Professor Sara Sprenkle attended the 2016 Grace Hopper  Women in Computing Conference, in Houston, Texas, October 18-22. The primary focus of the Conference was technical and professional development with a highlight being that Alexus was awarded a scholarship to attend.  The conference has grown over the years to about 15,000 attendees–this one being the biggest GHC conference yet.   This was Prof. Sprenkle’s 9th Hopper Conference and she attended, in part, as Co-Chair of the Faculty Track.   Her first one, in Vancouver, had about 600 attendees. With GHC  expanding to 15,000–it’s a completely different experience now!

Alexus provided a wonderful observation about the conference: “In short, I feel that it was a great opportunity to be put into contact with a lot of powerful women, and not solely for networking reasons, but to simply be inspired by them. It was such an amazing feeling to be able see a great woman in computing every where I turned for four straight days. It was my first GHC, and I totally plan to go again next year!”

The conference web site is:  http://ghc.anitaborg.org/

The Keynote speaker was Latanya Sweeney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latanya_Sweeney

Grace Hopper’s profile can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper

Here are some pictures from GHC 2016:

Alexus in a Google car
Alexus in a Google car
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Alexus met Latanya Sweeney after Latanya’s keynote speech
sprenkle_with_hopper
Prof. Sprenkle excited (perhaps a little too much?!) to get her picture taken with a cartoon version of Grace Hopper!

 

karishmaandfriends

And here’s  a little movie of Karishma and friends having fun at the Google booth!

 

 

 

 



CSCI Major AJ Joshi ’17 — Internship Highlights

Learn more about AJ Joshi Class of 2017, a double major in Physics-Engineering and Computer Science,  as he elaborates on his Internship pursuits–

https://www.wlu.edu/transformative-education?feature=true&id=x16859

 



Faculty Focus — Professor Ken Lambert’s Book

CSCI Department Chair, Ken Lambert, is spending the summer completing a book on computer programming called “A Gentle Introduction to Functional Programming in Haskell”.  Click on the link to learn more!

https://www.wlu.edu/transformative-education?feature=true&id=x15957

 

 



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Computer Science Major/Minor Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following CSCI students who have received scholarships awards or prizes:

MICHAEL WATKINS HOLT – Special Honors – Valedictorian; The Robinson Award in Mathematics and Science,  Johnson Scholar, William D. McHenry Male Scholar-Athlete

LUCY MAUDE SIMKO (’11) – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (three years of funding in support of graduate study)

JOHANNA MICHELLE GEORGEN – The Computer Science Department Award

BRENNON THORNTON WILLIAMS – The Academy of American Poets Award,  The Maxwell P. Wilkinson Scholarship in English

JOHN PATRICK BARRY – Johnson Scholar

MITHRA MUTHUKRISHNAN – Johnson Scholar

MITCHELL DEAN OLSON – Johnson Scholar

JOHN LUCIUS KIRBY – The Physics and Engineering Departmental Scholarship

RACHEL ELIZABETH STONE – The Douglas C Halstead Memorial Scholarship

JOK GENGA ASIYO –  The Callum Owings Memorial Award

DARREN A. DOUGLAS – Coaches and Captains Award

HARRISON P. DEKNIGHT – Coaches and Captains Track and Field Award




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