Special Event: 2015 CCICADA RESEARCH RETREAT at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- March 19, 2015 – March 21, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University


Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Saturday, March 21, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“My heart is in the work” – Andrew Carnegie

Organizing Committee:
William Pottenger, CCICADA/Rutgers, billp at dimacs.rutgers.edu *
Dan Roth, CCICADA/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, danr at uiuc.edu *
Paul Kantor, CCICADA/Rutgers, paul.kantor at rutgers.edu *
James Wojtowicz, CCICADA/Rutgers, wojtowic at ccicada.org *
Eduard Hovy, CCICADA/CMU, hovy at cmu.edu **
Fred S. Roberts, CCICADA/Rutgers, froberts at ccicada.org ***
* Retreat Program Committee
** Local Retreat Organizer
*** CCICADA Director

Workshop Program

Transportation & Directions


You are cordially invited to the seventh CCICADA-wide Research Retreat on March 19-21, 2015, which will be held at and hosted by our partners at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the ‘City of Bridges’ (446 bridges!).

The goal of the Retreat is to bring together those involved with CCICADA research projects and activities. In this vein, we want to offer all researchers, research specialists and post-doctoral associates working on CCICADA projects, including our affiliated students from across all partner institutions, the opportunity to present their work. The presentations will be of varying lengths and formats. Time will also be made available to promote interaction and discussion. We strongly encourage all CCICADA student researchers to participate and submit abstracts for presentations and posters for consideration.

Call for Participation

Note that the Retreat is open to CCICADA affiliates researchers and invited guests only.

The Abstract submission period is now closed.

Retreat Registration

Retreat Registration is now closed.

Please contact the PI/your faculty advisor at your institution for assistance with travel expenses.

Whether or not you submit a presentation or if you proposed talk is selected, please consider attending. The Retreat is a stimulating, interesting and fun event, and you meet colleagues from all around the country doing work that might be relevant to yours. We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh, America’s Most Livable City (by Places Rated Almanac)!

Retreat Program
Gates Hillman Center/Raj Reddy Conference Room 4405 – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Day 1

6:30pm – 8:30pm+  Welcome
Eduard Hovy, CCICADA Director of Research
Carnegie Mellon University

Fred Roberts, Director of CCICADA
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Dinner- All India Restaurant  (315 North Craig Street, Oakland – about 30 minute walk from the hotel)

Around the Room Introductions

Invited Talk: Dr. Joe DiRenzo III, Senior Advisor to the Area Commander for Science, Technology and Innovation US Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANT-097)

Strategic Surprise
Why do we so frequently scratch our heads in the middle of a major calamity and ask ourselves why we didn’t  see it coming? These events should inspire visionary thinking and challenge conventional wisdom, forcing maritime decision makers to ponder what could really happen if a situation unfolds in a manner that was neither planned nor anticipated. Events like these can be categorized as either “strategic surprises” or “predictable failures.”

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was, by definition, a “strategic surprise,” and in 2012, Hurricane Sandy was a “predictable failure.” These types of events provide a foundation for leaders and their staffs to unleash thinking that ponders not only the disaster itself but the impacts of second- and third-order magnitudes that encompass the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. This type of innovative thinking goes beyond classic strategic/operational planning and demands a more abstract, but very real, method of addressing those things that should not catch us off guard.

Research Retreat Activity Announcement – MFP3 -or- Mock Funding Proposal Pitch Presentations (details to be provided)

Friday, March 20, 2015 – Day 2

8:00am – 8:40am  Breakfast

8:40am – 8:55am  Welcome and Opening Remarks
Joseph Kielman, Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Fred Roberts, Director of CCICADA
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

8:55am – 10:10am  Presentations

Event Retrieval and Decomposition over Microblogs
Haoyu Wang, Carnegie Mellon University

Computer Science: Online Social Networks
Lila Ghemri – Texas Southern University

From Paraphrase Database to Compositional Model and Back
John Wieting, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Questions and Answers – Discussion

10:10am – 10:25am  Break

10:25am – 11:50am  Presentations

Dynamic Modeling for Arctic Resource Allocation
Richard Garrett, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with brief discussion of internships with the USCG   Charles ‘Chuck’ Turner, USCG and David Boyd, USCG

Walk-Through Metal Detectors at Large Stadiums
Christie Nelson/Brian Ricks, Rutgers University

Analyzing Railroad Grade Crossing Accidents using Probabilistic Topic Modeling
Trefor Williams, Rutgers University

Questions and Answers – Discussion

11:50am – 1:00pm  Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm  Invited Talk: Kathleen Carley, Director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS)

Introduction by Al Wallace, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Break (poster set-up)

2:15pm – 3:30pm  Presentations

Border Security; Game Theory
Paul Kantor, Rutgers University

High Performance Numerical Solutions of Heat and Mass Transfer Simulation in Capillary Porous Media using GPGPU
Fan Wu, Tuskegee University

Mining Quality Phrases from Massive Text Corpora
Jingbo Shang, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Questions and Answers – Discussion

3:30 pm – 4:20pm   Panel Discussion:US Coast Guard Problems
Moderator: Fred S. Roberts
Panelists: Joseph DiRenzo, Charles ‘Chuck’ Turner, David Boyd, William Pottenger and Paul Kantor

4:20 pm – 4:30pm    Break

4:30 pm  – 5:45pm    Presentations

Big Data Evaluation
Ahlam Tannouri & Sam Tannouri, Morgan State University

Statistical Data Type Classification
Nicole L. Beebe, University of Texas at San Antonio

Classification Based IP Geolocation Approach to Locate Mobile User Data in Cloud Data Centers
Sachin Shetty – Tennessee State University

Questions and Answers – Discussion

5:45pm – 6:30pm  Poster and Demo Session

Optimal USCG Boat Allocations with Sharing
Brian Nakamura, Rutgers University

Highly Efficient Evaluation Design (HEED) to Compare Algorithms that Process Nuclear Detection Sensor Data
Christie Nelson and Paul Kantor, Rutgers University

Situational Awareness for the USCG using Social Media
Charlie File, Christie Nelson, Chenyun Lan and William Pottenger, Rutgers University

Graph Visualization – Project X
Ram Hari Dahal, Howard University

Aspects of Personal Cybersecurity
David Klaper, Carnegie Mellon University

Mission Statement Analysis – USDHS
James Wojtowicz, Rutgers University

Visualization of Geographical and Temporal Distribution of Landscape Sounds
Jun Xiang Tee, VACCINE, Purdue University

Climatology and Cluster Analysis: Self-Organizing Maps (SOMs)
Ayzha Ward, Texas Southern University

Premonition of Future Events Based on Learning Temporal Associations
Alok Kothari, Carnegie Mellon University

Crowd Simulation of the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Brian Ricks, Rutgers University

Analysis and Training for the Defense of Biological and Digital Threats
Mark Eppinger, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio

A Climate Change Analysis
Roshil Paudyal, Howard University

Spacio-Temporal Sea Level Modeling
Erica Ashe, Rutgers University

Using Crowd Simulation to Suggest Efficient Evacuation in Emergency Situations
Roshan Thapaliya, Howard University

6:30pm – 6:45pm  Break

6:45pm – 8:15pm+  Dinner

Invited Talk: Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology & Public Policy at the Heinz College, CMU
Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality

 Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Day 3**

**LOCATION: Gates Hillman Center/Raj Reddy Conference Room 4405

8:00am – 8:45am  Breakfast

8:45am – 9:45am  Research Retreat Activity – MFP3
Mock Funding Proposal Pitch Presentations

9:45am – 10:00am  Break

**Move LOCATION to: GHC 6th Floor Terrace and Collaborative Commons

10:00am – 10:50am  Presentations

A Computational Approach to Determine Damage in an Infrastructure System due to Cyber Attacks on its Control System
Huy Nguyen, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Square Tiling of Closed Surfaces via Discrete Harmonic 1-Forms
Edward Chien, Rutgers University

Questions and Answers – Discussion

10:50am – 11:40am   Presentations

Sea level estimation using intrinsic statistics and a nonstationary covariance function
Chintan Dalal, Rutgers University

Statistical Analysis of Immigration Application Volume at USCIS
Kun Chang, Rutgers University

Questions and Answers – Discussion

11:40am  Closing Remarks –  Lunch (To go)

Organizing Committee

2015 CCICADA Research Retreat Program Committee
William Pottenger, CCICADA/Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Dan Roth, CCICADA/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paul Kantor, CCICADA/ Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

2015 CCICADA Research Retreat Local Organizer
Eduard Hovy, CCICADA/ Carnegie Mellon University

Director of CCICADA
Fred S. Roberts

A special thank you to Laura Alford and Stefan Hadricky, CMU who were extremely helpful in coordinating the local arrangements.

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