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05/31/2007 - Triangle Welcomes GU CS Faculty

With the move of the Gonzaga University’s Computer Science Department (GU CS) from Arts and Sciences to Engineering, new faculty experts with dynamic specialties have been added.

Patricia Crowley, PhD, has just finished her first year as an Assistant Professor at GU – arriving from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Crowley has received a grant from NASA to conduct computer systems research. Dr. Crowley’s project is to create a way of handling the bulk transfer of large amounts of data using inexpensive, small devices, such as low cost network cards. The $40,000 grant comes from the National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) Small Business Innovation Research Program. NASA selects research proposals that will meet specific research and development needs of the federal government while supporting small businesses. The program awarded approximately $25 million to qualified projects this year.

Dr. Crowley’s project was one of more than 200 projects chosen from 1,709 applications. She is working with SeaFire, Inc. in Massachusetts to study Grid computing. She says the project will, “research the efficacy and fairness of a protocol-bypass approach to offloading UDP.” The project is important to allowing businesses to use both UDP and TCP protocol effectively without expensive hardware.

Also newly appointed this past academic year as an Associate Professor was Christopher Smith, PhD. Dr. Smith also came to GU from the University of New Mexico. Smith’s special areas of interest are robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, medical image processing, intelligent transportation systems, and virtual collaborative environments.

Smith’s current work involves “Active Deformable Models”, which is a computer vision technique similar to the Magic Lasso in Photoshop. He uses these models to segment and track objects of interest in video sequences, such as those taken from a camera mounted on a robot or on a vehicle. The models run in real-time (up to 60 hertz for a video stream) on a generic desktop or laptop computer.

GU CS, which offers a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, emphasizes high quality instruction, and undergraduates work closely with each other and the faculty. The Department of Computer Science is a joint participant, along with Mathematics and Civil Engineering, in the Gonzaga University Center for Evolutionary Algorithms. To learn more about Gonzaga Computer Science Department, visit

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