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CHallenging Algorithmics and Mathematics in Problem Solving for middle school students

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PI: Jorge A. Cobb
Dr. Cobb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UTD, where he has performed research in computer networking and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in this area. His main research focus is providing effective and eficient quality of service scheduling and signaling protocols for real-time and delay- sensitive applications for the future Internet. In addition, he investigates multiple issues in mobile computing, distributed computing, and fault tolerance. In particular, he focuses on the application of self-stabilization techniques to networking protocols in order to ensure their convergence to a normal operating state irrespective of their initial state or their state after the occurrence of transient faults.
Co-PI: Gopal Gupta
Dr. Gupta is the Department Head and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Applied Logic, Programming Languages, and Systems (ALPS) Laboratory. Dr. Gupta has produced several research software systems, some publicly distributed, and has been awarded more than two dozen research grants totaling more than $8 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation (more than a dozen grants), the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He is a member of the Editorial Board, Theory and Practice of Logic Programming, an executive board member of the Association for Logic Programming and the European Association on Programming Languages and Systems, and the Founder/ Coordinator of COMPULOG Americas, a network of logic/ constraint programming research groups.
Co-PI: Kang Zhang
Dr. Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and director of UTD's Visual Computing Lab. He is also an afiliated faculty member of UTD’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program and Computer Engineering program. Dr. Zhang was a computer-aided design (CAD) software engineer at the East-China Research Institute of Computer Technology in Shanghai in the early 1980s, and he then held academic positions in the UK and Australia from 1986 to 1999. His current research interests are in visual languages, software engineering, visual design and information visualization. He is a senior member of the IEEE and on the editorial boards of Visual Languages and Computing and the International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering.
Co-PI: Sook-Kim
Dr. Sook Kim is the Assistant Dean for Assessment of the Erik Jonsson School. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Baldwin-Wallace College and received her Ph.D. degree in Developmental Psychology with interdisciplinary specialization in Language Development from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has worked in diverse areas of psychology including sanity/insanity evaluation and Program Evaluation. Dr. Kim's research topics include intelligence, adult reasoning, cross-cultural studies, and social perception. Her expertise also includes research methodology, measurement, as well as interpersonal/intercultural communications. Dr. Kim joined the Erik Jonsson School in 1999 and built an academic advising program. In 2000, she built a comprehensive self-assessment operation which provides professional support for the outcomes assessment. Dr. Kim is also responsible for the Jonsson School's data management and liaison for American Society for Engineering Education, Survey of Engineering Colleges since 2004.
Co-PI: Titu Andreescu
Dr. Andreescu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics Education. He received his B.A., M.S, and Ph.D. in Mathematics, from the University of West Timisoara, Romania. He is an Assistant Coach of the USA IMO Team, a member of the IMO Advisory Board, and Founder and Director of AwesomeMath. His research interests include enhancing students' interests and skills in mathematics; the impact and relationships between mathematics competitions, and secondary mathematics curriculum.

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