Students Show Off Skills at Annual C-Day Event


Computing showcase gives students chance to share knowledge with industry leaders

MARIETTA, Ga. (Dec 7, 2016) — Students and faculty in the College of Computing and Software Engineering celebrated students’ talent and creativity, and their ability to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice, during the annual Computing Showcase, also called C-Day.


“C-Day is a great way for students to showcase the culmination of their learning in all of their courses,” said Jon Preston, interim dean of the College. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect students to judges to get industry feedback and let our industry partners see the depth of student talent at KSU.”

Student projects, displayed Dec. 1 at the Marietta Campus Gymnasium, ranged from research to community partnerships to creative endeavors.

One request from the Cherokee County Fire Department led a group of four computer science students to design and program a device to prevent heat-related deaths in vehicles.

The team said these heat-related deaths, particularly in children, occur when a driver accidentally leaves a child passenger in the backseat, or a child crawls inside to play in the car when parked, becoming trapped inside. 

Their design, called HeatBeep, is a small device that beeps when the driver steps out of the vehicle to warn the driver that a child is still in the car, much like a car’s sensors that warn when headlights are left on or keys remain in the ignition.  

The motion sensor technology sets off a resounding alarm if the driver exits the vehicle without taking the child. The system also sends notifications to a parent’s phone. The portable device can be used in any vehicle.


For other students, C-Day provided an opportunity to show off their skills in performing specific tasks.

One project, “Network Traffic Pattern Analysis Based on Armitage Exploits,” focused on hacking machines, the team explained.  

The team used a Linux-based device to attack a computer with Windows 7 or XP operating system.  Their IT security project sniffed out in-network vulnerabilities and simulated the activity spikes that occur when a system is penetrated.

Graduate student Mahbubul Islam has been working on security protections that reach beyond passwords, pincodes and fingerprint recognition. His research, “Authentication using Iris Detection and Pupillary Response,” examined the use of the eye as a better security measure.

“This is a unique signature, using a combination of pupillary response and iris detection,” he said. He said that this technology will one day surpass current touch ID methods.

The Computing Showcase featured more than 63 projects and 150 students, as well as 24 industry leaders who selected project winners in various categories.

2016 C-Day Project Winners

Best Game: Horizon
Students: Jason Bourn and Jaylin Ferguson-Gillam
Faculty Advisor: Alan Fowler

Best Capstone/SeniorProject:  HeatBeep
Students: In Cho, Michael Clapper, Payne Patzke, James Pyle, Drake Rocker, Josh Saxton
Faculty Advisor: Amber Wagner

Best Graduate Research/Thesis:  NoSQL Injection Security Analysis & Defense Solution
Student: Boyu Hou
Faculty Advisor: Yong Shi

Best Undergraduate Research: Convolutional Neural Networks for Image Classification With the Nao Robot
Student: Virinchi Puligundla (Wheeler High School)
Faculty Advisor: Chih Cheng Hung


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