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Seminars & Workshops


Dr. Rose Shumba

Fall 2023

Transformative Innovations in IBM HPC Design

Friday, December 15th, 2023 : 10am - 12pm

Dr. Appolo Tankeh will talk about  IBM HPC(High Performance Computing),  and reflect on some of the innovations in  the design and development. The IBM HPC team came out with  a radically new approach to problems of  optimizing the performance of HPC  systems. These  new features were implemented in the  Software[Linux] and hardware layers that improve the  system performance of IBM HPC drastically.

These methods were used in many generation of Super Computers, including  ASCI Purple  and Blue_Gene.  He will  give an overview of the Architecture, and the impact it has on: MPI performance, IBM Competitiveness in the server business, Open source movement, Cloud computing, AI, etc.

Information on Dr. Appolo Tankeh:

Dr. Appolo Tankeh is a Professor in the Computer Science department at the Bowie State University. He has previous experience as a university lecturer and adjunct professor at universities in London, State of New York and Martyland. He held a number of US patents in HPC (High Performance Computing).  His current research areas are blockchain, Web3 programming, Docker/Container based systems, Cloud computing, High Performance Computing, message passing, File systems, operating systems and networks. This also include topics in concurrency, databases, computer/processor architecture, distributed systems, programming languages, compilers, Browsers, algorithms, AI, Dynamical systems, Markov Chains, Quantum Computing, Statistics and Probability theory.

This workshop will be held via zoom.

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 845 7374 7237

Passcode: 321112

Machine Learning in business: building a recommendation engine

Friday, November 10th, 2023 : 10am - 12pm

Dr. Kashif is a physicist by training. He did his undergraduate studies in Yale University, his PhD in Harvard University, and was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN). As a member of the ATLAS collaboration in CERN, he contributed to the search and discovery of the Higgs boson, which resulted in the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013. Dr. Kashif currently heads the Machine Learning (ML) function in Cvent, innovating applications of ML and AI in the events space.

This workshop was held via zoom.

Web Security Threat

Friday, October 20th, 2023 : 10am - 12pm

Dr. Kun Sun is a Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University. He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) and the Director of Sun Security Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. His research focuses on systems and network security. Dr. Sun has more than 15 years working experience in both industry and academia, publishing over 130 conference and journal papers, and two papers won the Best Paper Award. His current research focuses on software security, network security, trustworthy computing, moving target defense, AI security, and cloud security. He won the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Research from George Mason University in 2022.

This workshop was held via zoom.

Cross-domain Sensing & Modeling for Smart Environments

Friday, October 6th, 2023 : 10am - 12pm

Avijoy Chakma is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Bowie State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in July 2023. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2013 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Lamar University, Texas, in 2018. Before his graduate study, he had 2.5 years of experience working in the software industry. He has published multiple peerreviewed journals and conference papers, and he is the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM CHASE Conference 2022. During his Ph.D., he actively supervised multiple Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) students. His research interests are cyber-physical systems, smart health, and machine learning

This workshop was held via zoom.

Preparing to be an Effective Computer Science Researcher

Friday, September 22nd, 2023 : 10am - 12pm

Josiah Dykstra is a seasoned cybersecurity practitioner, researcher, author, and speaker. He is a senior leader at the National Security Agency (NSA) and the owner of Designer Security, LLC. Dr. Dykstra holds a Ph.D. in computer science and previously served as a cyber operator and researcher. He is interested in cybersecurity science, especially where humans intersect with technology. He has studied stress in hacking, action bias in incident response, and the economics of knowing when sharing threat intelligence is more work than it is worth. Dr. Dykstra is a frequent author and speaker, including Black Hat and RSA Conference. He received the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) fellowship and is one of six people in the SFS Hall of Fame. In 2017, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from then President Barack Obama. Dr. Dykstra is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is the author of numerous research papers and an author on two books, Essential Cybersecurity Science (O’Reilly Media, 2016) and Cybersecurity Myths and Misconceptions (Pearson, 2023).

This workshop was held via zoom.

Artificial Intelligence explainability and applications.

Friday, Septemebr 8th, 2023 : 10am - 12pm

Dr. Md Kamruzzaman "Zaman" Sarker has previous experience as an assistant professor at the University of Hartford. Before joining the University of Hartford, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University. He earned his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Wright State University and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Kansas State University. He also worked for several industries, including Intel, Accenture, and Samsung.  His research domain spans the broad field of artificial intelligence and its application. Some specific topics he is focusing on now include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, deep learning, trustworthy artificial intelligence, application of deep learning, cybersecurity enhancement using deep learning, and high-performance computing..

This workshop was held via zoom.


Spring 2023

The Science of Audio Deepfake Detection

Monday, April 3rd, 2023 1:00PM-2:00PM

Deepfakes are becoming a widely deployed technology for both fun and profit. Within this space, audio deepfakes are particularly interesting as they have the capacity to improve people’s lives, such as giving someone back their voice when they have lost the ability to speak.

What I Wish I Knew When I Started as a Data Scientist

Monday, April 3rd, 2023 9:00AM-12:00PM

Data Science has been billed "The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" where the tools developed and used are leading to life changing technologies (both as a positive and in terms of some devastating unforeseen consequences). To learn more redirect here.

The Life Cycle of High-Performance Computing (HPC)

Thursday, March 2nd 2023 9:30am - 2:30pm

Dr. Marcel Fallet will introduce HPC from the standpoints of hardware, software, and architecture, and how all three topics intimately interact to form a definition of HPC consistent with NSA values. 

Multi-Media Manipulation (M3): Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid

Friday, February 17th, 2023 9:00AM - 12:00PM

This workshop will provide attendees introductory exposure to Multi-Media Manipulation (M3)—using media to exploit the difference between perception and reality. It will focus on M3 techniques and tradecraft, why these techniques are used, how they work and how to detect them.

Fall 2022

CAE Forum

The use of Steganography and Steganalysis Trends in Computer Forensics

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Presenter(s): Dinesh Reddy, Our Lady of the Lake University

Location: https://caecommunity.zoom.us/j/83488759886

Just log in as “Guest” and enter your name. No password required.


Vulnerabilities of Machine Learning Algorithms to Adversarial Attacks for Cyber-Physical Power

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Presenter(s): Tapadhir Das, University of Nevada, Reno

Location: https://caecommunity.zoom.us/j/83488759886

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The FBI's Role in the Cyber Threat Landscape

Friday, October 28th, 2022 9:00AM – 1:30PM

Join the Computer Science department as they bring FBI agent to Bowie State, DCPS, and Charles Flowers High Schoolers. Learn more about the FBI's role in the cyber threat landscape.


SOPSS Lab: Research Activities

October 14th, 2022 12:00PM – 1:00 PM

The lecture presents the preliminary introduction of the work at SOPSS Lab, directed by Dr. Vivek Shandilya.


Summer 2022

Bulldog 3C - Cyber, Code, and Create Summer Camp

June 27th - July 1st, 2022, 9am - 4pm

Learn the basics of cybersecurity, how to create Music, Videos, presentations using Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, and Video Editor, how to use Playground pre-coded blocks to create a program that animates a character on an object and gain the knowledge you need to create Apps for Mac, iPads, iPhones, Apple watch and other devices using Swift and Storyboard.


CompuGirls Summer Camp

June 27th - July 1st, 2022, 9am - 4pm

This program is designed to encourage and support individuals in becoming future leaders of cybersecurity and IT!! Click here to view event flier.


Goal Setting for Success at all Levels

Friday, 17th June, 2022, 12pm-1pm

A 30-minute version loaded with practical, immediately applicable takeaways

  • Seizing the Moment & Capitalizing on the Opportunities
  • Identifying the Goal (Goals vs. Acquisitions) : GPS your Future
  • Start where you are
  • Identify where you are going: This can be passing finals, gaining an internship, or getting that dream job, the formula  and the tools are the same. A + B = C. Always!
  • Map-Making 101

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Bowie State University and IBM Skills Summer Academy Workshops

June 6th - July 6th, 2022, 5:15pm - 7:15pm(twice a week)

The Bowie State University Departments of Computer Science (CS) and Mathematics partnered with the IBM Skills Academy to provide professional development programs to career professionals, STEM teachers, students, community college faculty necessary to compete and excel in the next generation of jobs.


Spring 2022

Project REACH Cyber Workshop

Friday, May 20th, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

For grades 9 - 12, Community College, and undergraduate students.


Preparing to be an effective Computer Science researcher

Friday, May 6th, 2022

This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamentals of research methods applicable to the broad field of computer science, with special emphasis on cyber security. Topics introduced will include the language of research, research design, quantitative and qualitative forms of analysis, ethical issues in research, and appropriate documentation of research processes and outcomes. Participants will become critical evaluators of research, with emphasis placed on engaging the students in analytical reading of research literature in computer science and the application of skills in conducting primary research.


Possibilities Beyond Graduate School

Friday, April 22, 2022, 10:00am - 12:30pm

This interactive workshop will introduce the best practices for preparing graduate students for life after graduate school,strategies for establishing oneself as a thought leader and expert, practical portfolio building, relationship economics, innovative careers use-cases, and contextualizing global real-world applications and problems with an emphasis on emerging technologies.


Bias by Us – How Cognitive Psychology can make you better Data Scientists

Friday, April 29th, 2022, 10am - 2pm

Data scientists are trained to be the experts in scrutinizing all aspects of data, sources, and results but it is still rare to see data scientists putting that same level of scrutiny on themselves as data scientists and the choices/decisions made.


Fall 2021

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) For ALL

AI and Machine Learning are hot topics of today and will be essential for solving almost every problem in the future. Therefore, the US Congress has characterized AI/ML as a top priority in education and research. 


Summer 2021

Introduction to Research Methods in Computer Science

Friday, May 21 2021 - 9 am to 12 pm

This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamentals of research methods applicable to the broad field of computer science, with special emphasis on cyber security.

Spring 2021

Detecting Deepfakes 101

March 26, 2021 - 9am to 12pm

This workshop provides attendees with lightweight hands-on experience with Deepfake detection tools, also known as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). In the hands of the wrong person, GANs can be used for fraud and/or malicious influence. For instance, recently, a deepfaked voice was used to scam the CEO of a UK firm $244,000. GANs can generate images of people doing something out of character.


Machine Learning, Graphics, Vision, HCI, & AR/VR at Adobe Research

March 12, 2021 - 11 am to 2 pm

Adobe Research conducts academic and industrial research in many areas such as computer vision, graphics, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and virtual and augmented reality that is published in top conferences and integrated into products used by millions of customers. 


Cloud (AWS/Azure) and Apache Spark™ Workshop

February 26, 2021 - 9am to 12pm

  • Just Enough Python/Scala for Apache Spark™
  • Apache Spark™ Overview & Programming
  • Apache Spark™ Tuning and Best Practices            
  • Delta Lake
  • Apache Spark™ for Machine Learning and Data Science 
  • Hands on Deep Learning with Keras, TensorFlow, and Apache Spark™