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Software Developed by RCOS supported Students used elsewhere and Local and Worldwide Competitions won by RCOS supported students

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RCOS had a fall poster session on November 19th with most of RCOS students participating. Here are a couple of photos Keenan explaining his project and Group Photo
HackRPI was held at RPI by four students (Jacob Martin ’16, Jazmine Olinger ’16, Robert Rouhani ’16, and Sebastian Sarbora ’16, all current RCOS students ) along with a lot of volunteers. This was done independent of RCOS. This event was a great success - widely covered in the local media. Please see Inside Rensselaer Times Union and WNYT. Logan Shire (current RCOS Student) won a humanitarian prize for his contribution (program for anonymous chat). Congratulations to the organizers, particpiants and the winners.
Aaron Gunderson, Kiana McNellis, Josh Makinen, Severin Ibarluzea and Logan Shire participated in YHack held at Yale University. Aaron Gunderson, Kiana McNellis and Josh Makinen were winners of the Pebble API award and thinkgeek award. Congratulations to Aaron, Kiana and Josh and to Sevi and Logan
In the silicon chef competition held on 11/1/2014, RCOS memebers performed well and played major roles in first and second place teams. The First Place Team consisted of Dan Foster (RCOS Member), Michael Hosier (RCOS Member),Eric Oswald (RCOS Member) and Galen Schretlen (Former RCOS Member) The Second Place Team consisted of Aaron Perl '18 (freshmen), Robert Rouhani (RCOS Member) and Sebastian Sarbora (RCOS Member). Congratulations to Dan, Michael, Eric, Galen, Aaron, Robert and Sebastian
In UpState Hack (held in Syracuse October 2014) Raymond Jacobson (RCOS participant in 2012 ans 2013), Alex Freska (RCOS participant since 2011), Jacob Abrahamson (RCOS participant) won first place Click (here) Congratulations to Raymond, Alex and Jacob
Rensselaer Magazine Fall 2014 has a very nice article about RCOS Link(click)
David Vorrick and Luke Champine are mentioned in the RPI news.
The following students/groups presented in the recent UGRS (undergraduate Research Symposium) at RPI on April 2, 2014. Great Job People and Congratulations!!! 1) Project MeNext MeNext and the participants Joshua Makinen, Philip Watters, Emmett Hitz, Vijay Nambiar, Rob Russo, Theodore Browne, Jim Boulter, and Andy Kakkaramadam.
2) Project Hydrogen by Colin Rice
3) Project Honeycrisp Honeycrisp by Matt Zanchelli
A great write up about RCOS Rensselaer Insider Article
Nice article about Jazmine,Mike, Sebatian and Robert and RCOS (Dr. Goldschmidt) Inside Rensselaer Article March 2014
RCOS students Robert Rouhani, Jazmine Olinger, Mike Zemsky, and Sebastian Sarbora participated in Hacktech in California, Jan 2014. Their Project ArtPres (a hardware and software project) made to the finals (10 out of 2000 participants) Even though they did not win, their reaching the finals is extremely noteworthy. Their project may be found in Art. Congratulations to Robert, jazmine, Mike and Sebastian for their awesome performance!
Ethan Bond and Raymond Jacobson won the NYS Health Data Codeathon at EMPAC on Dec 2013. Please see Victors' photo here . Congratulations to Ethan and Raymond !
RCOS Students participated in a number of Hackathons (MITHack, YaleHack, RareDisease Hackathon) this semester.
RCOS students participated in Linux Kernel Hackathon on October 25. Many patches were submitted. Please see this awesome Photo
Ben Vreeland won an award from President for suggesting the name AMOS to RPI's new petascale computer. Here is a Ben's photo receiving an award from RPI's president
Colin Rice, Bharath Santhosh, David Vorick, Matt Zanchelli, Ben Pringle, Javier Camino won Founders awards during Honors convocation on October 19, 2013. Congratulations Everyone!
In the recent kaggle cause-effect pair competition, Aug 2013, protoML (winners (RCOS alumni) used an open source machine language library developed at RCOS (by the winners) protoml won! Leaderboard Congratulations to Diogo Almeida '13 (RCOS Spring 2013).
Six RPI and RCOS students participated Hacker Olympics, September 13-15, 2013 in San Francisco. Good Job Colin, Damian, Austin, Diogo, Christopher, Devin
Colin Rice has been invited to the University Hacker Olympics (all expenes paid) in September 2013 based on his performance of regional hacker olympics. Congratulations to Colin Rice
Matt Zanchelli's' control (MTZTiltReflectionSlider) has been starred on GitHub over 70 times and is featured in CocoaPods (The popular Objective-C Library Manager). Passcode for iOS has been (as of yesterday has 2133 downloads!) Please see the following links and Keep up the great work Matt Z and congratulations to Matt Z
RCOS had a great presence in Undergraduate Research Symposium (2013) at RPI - We had four poster presentations (Shawn,Branden, Matt Z, Elizabeth W, Jorel L, Monica, Jonah, Andy L, Justin, Brian,Tim) and four oral presentations (Jerry, Zach, Bharath, Dimitar, Ben , Tim Brian, Nikhil, Austin, Damian, Ethan, Colin R). All of them showed a great professional poise (and I could not recognize most of them as they are all tied (aka dressed) up! Jerry, Zach and Colin R got honorable mention awards. Congratulations to Shawn,Branden, Matt Z, Elizabeth W, Jorel L, Monica, Jonah, Andy L, Justin, Brian,Tim, Jerry, Zach, Bharath, Dimitar, Ben , Tim Brian, Nikhil, Austin, Damian, Ethan, Colin R . Special congratulations to Jerry, Zach and Colin R
Ethan Bond, Raymond Jacobson '16 (freshmen) won second place in the recently concluded Hackathon at Syracuse on April 7,8, 2013. Syracuse paper article From that paper "Two freshman from Rensalear Polytechnic Institute have tackled file sharing as well, though with an entirely different model. Users create a temporary “bubbl” for their projects. The bubbl will be available to anyone with an internet connection and a link, and will expire after seven days of idleness. The tradeoff for minimal security? No time wasted on user authentication."" Congratulations to

Ethan and Raymond

Congratulations to Diogo Moitinho de Almeida for a RPI team member of Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling and is run by COMAP which won the outstanding award (one among the five among 957 teams) at the competition this year (2013). Their paper employed a data-driven, machine learning approach to model the Earth Damage Score, representing estimated economic loss from natural disasters in terms of human activity variables, such as population growth, agricultural growth, industrial growth, GDP growth, and literacy. They formulated a network model connecting the variables associated to various nations, both by geographical proximity and diplomatic links. The PageRank algorithm was used to determine the countries whose changes in human activity would have the greatest impact upon the earth's health.
Congratulations to Vera Aelrod for a RPI team member of Mathematical Contest in Modeling, which is run by COMAP which won the Meritorious distinction (top 15%) for their paper on the optimal design of a brownie pan for even heat distribution and loading in the oven.
Congratulations to Tor E Hagemann for a RPI team member of Mathematical Contest in Modeling, which is run by COMAP which won the Meritorious distinction (top 15%) on designing a mathematical model for water resource strategy for a nation

Diogo, Vera, Tor

Congratulations to David Vorick (RCOS member for the last two semesters) who was part of a team that won the Startup Weekend in Saratoga,NY March 1-3, 2013

. RCOS member Dave Vorick attended Startup weekend (at Saratoga, NY) which is an all-weekend event. Please see here for details (click) The handful of RPI students that went were sponsored so that they did not have to worry about the $100 admission ticket. 7 meals were provided between Friday and Sunday. Most of the competitors were from the workforce, only a handful were students. There were mentors from many walks of the business field and the entire weekend was very educational with regards to entreprenuership. Even before winning, Dave Vorick was able to speak to several CEO's and an Angel Investor. It was an amazing experience and Dave would highly reccommend it to anybody interested in entreprenuership.
Jorel Lalicki gave a presentation at Tech Valley Makers on November 28,2012. This was part of a kickoff meeting to organize and discuss a Makerspace / Hackerspace for the Capital District. Congratulations to Jorel
Matt Zanchelli's IOS Passcode Program RCOS project is getting downloaded and reviewed well by people using ios. Please see here and here Congratulations to Matt Z
Jorel Lalicki's has a kick starter project here Good Luck Jorel
UPE OSS Festival UPE Open Sourse Software Festival on Wednesday Oct 24, 2012 in DCC Great Hall Please participate with posters/presentations. Here is a nice write up about it in Poly
Priti Kumar was one of the students who was honored during the Honors Convocation on 10/20/2012. Congratulations to Priti
Asher Glick, Matt Zanchelli, Christian Johnson, Jorel Lalicki, Adm Derusha participated and manned the RCOS booth in CS open house on Oct 13, 2012. They explained about RCOS and their projects to perspective students and parents. Photos may be found in here Great work Asher, Matt, Christian, Jorel and Adam
Mr. Sean O'Sullivan will be formally elected to RPI's board of Trustees on December 2012. Congratulations Mr. Sean O' Sullivan and thanks for your help. For details please see here
Asher Glick, Beth Towns, Matt Zanchelli, Stephen Silber, Dan Vegeto and Beth Werbaneth participated in a poster session with their RCOS projects in connection with Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the year celebration on 5th October 2012. Photos may be found in here (thanks to Matt Z) Great job and congratulations to Asher, Beth T, Matt Z, Stephen S, Dan V and Beth W.
Jorel Lalicki participated in Maker Faire in New York City on September 30, 2012 with his RCOS project (and a kickstarter project) Details are Jorel's Project. Great Job Jorel
RCOS Fall 2012 Hackathon was on September 22nd and Asher Glick was the lead organizer. Photos fromt the hackathon are here
Matt Zanchelli's'Cloud got the attention of the founder of Minus, an image sharing startup. Matt Zanchelli's'Passcode was selected to be a part of Apple's Safari Extension Gallery and should be on display soon. He also worked on a cool iOS version of this, and is currently under review for the iOS App Store. He also plans on improving the web interface Congratulations Matt
Summer hackathon organized by RCOS mentor Asher Glick to push the progress of summer RCOS projects on 7-18-2012. Photos during the hackathon
Open Hatch had a hackathon in conjunction with RCOS on April 21st and Apr 22nd. Poly has an article. Please see here for further information.
Photos taken during the hackathon
During Spring 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2012, RCOS has a large contigent of students participating. Asher Glick and Elizabeth Towns, Peter Hajas and Jeff Hui, Dan Vegeto, Jerry Schenider and Sean Chase participated in the oral presentation category. Jeff Hui and Jinzhen Gong, Christian Johnson, Mike Horowitz and Dan Kimball, Matt Zanchelli, Elizabeth Werbenath, Griffin Milsap, Justin Renga and Colin Neville, Bharath Santhosh (three projects- two posters and one oral), Samuel Sandeen and Michael Pomeranz participated in poster presentations. Congratulations to all of them. Special congratulations Peter Hajas for winning the first place award for the oral presentation category. Link
Matt Zanchelli was featured in Capital District Business Review on 4/6/2012. Here is the online link Congratulations to Matt Z
Asher Glick, Elizabeth Towns presented their projects Briefcase and Dan Vegeto presented his work Collective Congress in Suny Albany Open Source Festival on March 29, 2012. See the program here Photoes taken during Dan's presentations are here . Photoes taken during Asher and Beth's presentations are here The photoes taken during the general meeting (you can see a number of RCOS students and Alumni) are here
RCOS Project Observatory done by RCOS students Nate Stedman '11, Tim Horton '11 and Colin Sullivan '11 are used by Singapore Hackers Club Tree House COngratulations Nate, Tim and Colin
RCOS project Off campus Housing Rentals done by RCOS student Joe Chrzanowski '11 has been used by Rensselaer Community. Congratulations Joe
Github is recognizing those who have responsibly contributed to their security here. Joe Dougherty , a RCOS member and mentor is one of those people who acted responsibly. Congratulations and Great Job Joe
Joe Dougherty, Peter Hajas and Jerry Schenider were awarded Founders Award during Honors Commencement on Saturday Oct. 29, 2011. Congratulations to Joe, Peter and Jerry
Alex Gaynor has participated as GSOC mentor last year for the Django Software Foundation. In the previous two years he participated as a GSOC student. Congratulations to Alex Gaynor
Joe Dougherty, Tom Rozanski, Matt Arsenault, Jeff Hui, John Dickinson, Alex Hunt, Jonathan Kriss, Frank Kotarski, Christian Johnson, Mike Horowitz, Dan Kimball, Austin Wagner, Alex Shulgach, Brendon Justin, Umesh Jonnalagadda, Mike O'Keeffe, Peter Haja participated in Poster presentation for CS department Open House (10/15/2011) as a part of CS recruitment efforts. Great Job Guys.
Latest News: Seed , RCOS project of Rob carr, Tim Horton and Matt Arsenault will be on the ubuntu cd in 12.04, as part of a few new projects. Congratulations to Rob, Tim and Matt
Sean O'Sullivan '85 (Donor for RCOS) Named Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. Please see Here for Details Congratulations Mr Sean O' Sullivan
Nate Stedman's envelope (a Mac reddit client) was top 12 in the Mac App store (9/16/2011) and the number 2 news app in Mac app store. Nate a RCOS alumni uses an open soure frame work funsize that he wrote earlier. Congratulations Nate
Peter Hajas is again on the media 7 Hackers Who Got Legit Jobs From Their Exploits in PC Maagine . Congratulations to Peter Hajas
Seed, RCOS Project by Matt Arsenault, Rob Carr, Tim Horton is going to be included in Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot (11.10), as per here, mostly because Gedit and Epiphany depend on it. A Million Downloads by the blink of an eye! Awesome Job Matt, Rob and Tim
Graylin Kim's sc2reader library has over 100 followers and 30 forks on Github and supports several community websites and research projects. Graylin Kim also contributed several patches to the CiviCRM project which is used by organizations like the Wikimedia and the Free Software Foundation. Congratulations to Graylin Kim
Peter Hajas (our current IPhone Guru has been in news and blogs all over the web for his contribution to Mobile Notifier project. Here are a few links worth reading. mobile crunch blog spot Business insider RPI Approach Blog Congratulations and keep up the good work Peter Hajas
Taptap the company that Devin Ross (Alumnus of RCOS) is associated with (please look under programmers in has been producing top app for IPhone. Please check out this Techcrunch link
The Widge project of Peter Hajas has been given a fine treatment in modmyi on line forum. Awesomeness continues for Peter
Peter Hajas was interviewed by a jailbreak site (on video) about Peter's open source software MobileNotifier for IPhones. . The whole 15 minutes interview is posted here . Awesome Peter
GNOME 3.0 is Considering using Seed (developed by Rob Carr and Tim Horton as a RCOS project) as the JavaScript engine powering GNOME Shell, the new GNOME 3.0 Desktop Interface. Congratulations and awesome job Rob Carr and Tim Horton
Peter Hajas released his Mobile Notifier v4 early May 2011, and his IPhone software has been downloaded more than 206,000 times. He has more than one developer contributing to his project. Congratulations and Keep up the good work Peter!
Joe Dougherty and Tom Rozanski finished in second place for Services/Non-profit category in New York Business Plan Competition. They received a prize of 5,000 dollars. details from rpi information site Congratulations to Joe and Tom!!!
The number of downloads (as of April 21, 2011) of the shuttle tracker applications so far.
iOS - 117
Android - 64
Congratulations to Alex, Austin, Brendon and Umesh.
On April 17th Amy Wieliczka and Beth Werbaneth represented RCOS at Design Your Future Day, informing 150 high achieving high school girls and their parents about the opportunities for exploring Computer Science and open source software at RPI
On Accepted Students Day (4/9/2011) many RCOS students participated and showcased their projects.with RCOS for students who have been accpted to RPI class of 2016. These students include Nate Stedman, Peter Hajas, Joe LaBarbera, Zack Clapper, Tim Horton, Matt Arsenault, Brian Michalski, and Brendon Justin , .
There is a write up about course scheduler developed by UPE and RCOS here (RPI Home page (4/8/2011) . Congratulations to EVan, Dan P, and Joe Z
The Fire Department Management System by Joe Dougherty and Thomas Rozanski has been accepted as a finalist to the New Energy New York 2011 Business Plan Competition! We will be presenting on April 28th at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering's facilities in Albany. Congratulations to Joe and Tom
The Milkyway project has about 26,000 active users within the last 30 days (March 7-April 7, 2011). Congratulations to Matt Arsenault
The following students participated in Second Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium They are Nate stedman, Graylin Kim, Tim Horton, Peter Hajas, Rob Carr, Brendon Justin, Alexander Shulgach, Austin Wagner, Umesh Jonnalagadda, Colin Sullivan, Kathryn Celentano, Mike Ding, Jeff Warren and Ash Islam Congratulations to all of them for wonderful posters and presentations Special Congratulations to Peter and Nate for winning the honorable mentions award. RCOS students presented at the Second Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Mobile Shuttle Tracker at the UGRSPeter Hajas presenting MobileNotifier at the UGRSRobb Carr presenting GObject Detector at the UGRS
how of founding a open source software center at RPI an article by Dave Doria in
Congratulations and thanks to Dave Doria for promoting and helping RCOS activities.

MobileNotifier (by Peter Hajas) has been downloaded more than 138000 times. Awesome Peter Hajas

A blog (by Leslie Hawthorne) in opensource,com mentions about rcos in the recent HFOSS workshop (under SIGCSE 2011 conference in Dallas), TX.

Another blog mentions about the cool projects done at RCOS! (as a aprt of HFOSS workshop at SIGCSE 2011 conference in Dallas, TX). Congratulations to Brian Michalski and and Graylin Kim Who had poster sessions on Community mapping and Open Legislation respectively.

David Doria is the latest community member to be featured in our Contributor Spotlight in open Have a look: Dated 3/1/2011. Congratulations to David Doria

RCOS project MobileNotifier by Peter Hajas is on the front page of Engadget for IPhones! IMobile Notifier is also in Boygenius report
In Wired
Congratulations Peter

MobileNotifier a continuing project of Peter Hajas project is really generating a lot of buzz! Here's a forum post about it: Forum where it is discussed
a blog post about it: and there's a LOT of buzz on Twitter! Congratulations to Peter Hajas

Dave Doria, a lead peer mentor was nice enough to publish a short article about RCOS in Open Source - an online journal on open source (appeared on 2/11/2011). Congratulations to David Doria.

Poly has published (on December 12/8/2010) a very nice article on RPISEC during their CTF competition. Many members of RPISEC are also members of RCOS. There has been a lot of co-operation between RPISEC and RCOS - pooling the resources to achieve greater things. Ryan G, John McM, Alex Rad are mentioned by name in that article.

Poly had published a nice article on RCOS on November 10, 2010. That article may be found here.

In Capture the Flag Competition in Cyber Security Awareness Week at NY Poly Nov. 2010 RPISEC (with team members Ryan Govostes, Adam Comella, Jeremy Pope, and Shawn Denbow) came third behind two teams from CMU. Ryan Govostes had been associated with RCOS. Congratulations to Ryan, Adam, Jeremy and Shawn of the RPISEC team.

Ease started as a summer 2009 rcos project by Nate Stedman and currently devloped by Nate and Rob got an excellent review here. Their opening statement is "Better yet it (ease) has a very neat, animated cluttter-based interface that makes OpenOffice.Org Impress look so Windows 95 in comparison". Wow - That is an accomplishment! Congratulations to Nate Stedman, Rob Carr

CERN uses Concerto for their digital signage displays. Please see ConcertoScreens. Congratulations to Brian Zaik and the WTG team at RPI

Tim Horton, Matt Arsenault, Nate Stedman attended Gnome summitt in Boston on 6 and 7th of November. Topics of discussion included Ease Nate and Rob's presentation software. Blog about the Summit Congratulations to Tim, Nate and Matt.

In the recent Honors convocation at RPI, the following RCOS people were honored. Luke Perkins, Evan Patton, Allen Lavoie, David Doria, Nate Stedman, Congratulations to Luke, Evan, Allen, Dave and Nate

For the spring Semester 2011, RPI is opening Evan Patton and group's ROCS, Rensselaer Online COurse Scheduler for all students at RPI. From a lightning talk at the recent Jasig conference by Arlen Johnson on ROCS was received enthusiastically by other universities. Course Scheduler is the offcial web site. Thanks to dotCIO's office (Arlen Johnson in particular), Registrar's office (Sharon Kunkel and Mike Conroy) were extremely co-operative. Congratulations to Evan Patton and UPE Group for proposing this as a RCOS project

Devin Ross RCOS alumni was interviewed by David Appleyard of Envato for the recently published ebook iPhone App Entrepreneur. His entire interview may be found in here . Congratulations to Devin Ross

Alex, Joe, Peter in Times Union Paper - photographed during Mundie's (Microsoft) Talk

Luke Perkins is a senior in Computer Science who did an open source project with RCOS (during Summer 2010) to create mimicbot to play starcraft game. Luke Perkins' bot (named mimicbot) won the first place in the competition. His paper is also accepted in the conference. Congratulations to Luke for a job well done.

Here are the results of Tournament 3 of the AIIDE 2010 Starcraft AI Competition:


As you can see, it was won by AI bot, Mimic Bot written by Luke Perkins, senior in CS and RCOS particpant:


Luke has also uploaded the source code of Mimic Bot under GPLv2 here: Code On a related note, a 6-page paper Luke has written on the terrain analysis choke point detection algorithm used in the BWTA project ( Terrain Analysis ) has been accepted by the AIIDE 2010 conference for publication and a poster presentation: Paper Details

Congratulations to Luke Perkins

Dr. Luis Ibanez Blog post about his open source teaching experience appeared in this blog. Congratulations to Dr. Ibanez

It is great to see some one is writing seedkit library for seed developed by Rob Carr and Tim Horton

Graylin Kim participating in the NY State Open Government.

Led by Nate Stedman with assistance from Rob Carr have released Ease 0.3 (Presentation software for Gnome Desktop) and it is is in located here Congratulations Nate Stedman, Rob Carr.
Graylin Kim Is attending Capitol Camp (an effort for making making the State politics transparent and make the underlying software open source.)
John Britton RCOS Alumni gave a talk at the NY Tech group meeting to a group of 850 attendees with a live demo. His talk can be seen here. His P2PU (Peer to Peer University) his RCOS project seems to have taken off big. It has been written up in various news papers all over the world.
Stephen Trombetti and James McMillan RCOS Summer 2010 participants will be presenting their HFOSS work on Sahana Eden in Wesleyan University. Please see for further details. Congratulations to Steve and Jim
Dr.Luis Ibanez who taught Open Source Software Course at RPI (Falls of 2007, 2008 and 2009) presented two talks on his experiences on educating future engineers at OSCON 10 . Further Details Congratulations to Luis
Down Loads Downloads - Software developed by RCOS students have been down loaded numerous times. Recent noteworthy downloads include Concerto and BWAPI software. Congratulations to Luke Perkins and Brian Michalski
HFOSS efforts at RPI through RCOS has been set up and it is a member of HFOSS chapters
Glide (a RCOS project of Rob Carr ) has ben written in LWN news. A blurb fron that LWN site
    Good presentations, and good presenters, are not a result of good software. 
    But bad presentation software can make creating a good presentation much 
    more challenging. Rather than complaining about poor presentation-ware, 
    Robert Carr and Amy Wieliczka have been working on Glide: a Clutter/GTK-based 
    presentation application to fill the gap.

    Sponsored by the Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software, Glide is a 
    GNOME presentation program in its earliest stages. Glide is licensed 
    under the GPLv3, is written in Vala and C, and attempts to do away with 
    some of the baggage of standard presentation applications.
Congratulations to Rob Carr
Ease (a RCOS project of Nate Stedman has been accepted as a GNOME Google Summer of Code project (Summer of 2010), proposed by Stphane Maniaci, a student at Universite Montpellier 2, France. As Ease is still at an early point, instead of improving a specific feature, Stephane and Nate are working together to finish all necessary features for an initial release. Congratulations to Nate
Sean Austin, Griffin Milsap and Diana Mazzola are happy to update of the droidViz success. Right now, thereare about 1800 downloads and gaining everyday. The application has gotten some nice reviews (some bad ones too!) but the trio are working on really making it robust and into a live wallpaper for 2.1+ phones. Link to Details
Mukkai S. Krishnamoorthy attended the
HFOSS Workshop for Faculty held at Trinity College Hartford, CT, May 18-20, 2010.
Josh Elser has been inducted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Into Phalanx Honor Society. Please see Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Inducts New Members Into Phalanx Honor Society for further details. Congratulations Josh Elser
John McMaster Our local embedded system expert has been writing a blog about reverse engineering(RE)the Integrated Circuits(IC). His IC RE blog can be found at: It has actually been one of the most popular blogs online. Several people have contacted him about it and there are a handful of followers already on it. Congratulations John McMaster
Today (4/21/2010) there was an elevator pitch competition and three of the finalists group (among a total of fifteen) are from RCOS. The three RCOS groups are:
    VOTEBOX ballot system Sara Sass, Joseph Dougherty, Brian Heller,Matthew Heffler (all sophomores) Conservation Marketplace Eric Allen 10 (senior) Interactive Tutoring Tool Anna Cyganowski 11 (junior)
Congratulations to all of them. It is great that Eric Allen won the second place award. One of the judges singled out Eric for his brilliant presentation. Congratulations Eric Allen
Congratulations to Allen Lavoie and past RCOS participant David Pizzuto for getting Google Summer Internship for two years in a row. Congratulations Allen Lavoie, David Pizzuto
Congratulations to Devin Ross (RCOS's IPhone expert) for having his open source library mentioned in a book to be published in May.(Please see the attached sheet) It is also great to have such positive reviews of his open source library. The page is here. Congratulations Devin Ross!
Five current RCOS students will be presenting in RPI's first Undergraduate Symposium They are
    Eric AllenBen Boeckel, Rob Escriva and Joe WertherAllen lavoie John McMaster Devin Ross.
The presentations/posters are on April 27th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm in DCC (Posters) and CII (Presentations). Congratulations and Good Luck to these students. Besides these five, past RCOS student Alex Radocea and RPISEC club member Andrew Zonenberg will also be presenting on the research symposium. These seven students are among a select group of undergraduate student (RPI) presenters on the symposium.
Rocs really Rocks!. ROCS (Rensselaer Open Source Course Scheduler) (long live anagrams!) Done jointly with UPE and RCOS is finally out - Thanks to extreme co-operation of Registrar and dotCIO. It has been used from Spring 2010 for course scheduling during registration time. From what I hear from registrar's office is nothing but praise. Great job by the team headed by Evan Patton (started as Spring 09 RCOS project). This is a really crowning achievement for RCOS as it is a community and co-operative effort by many units and all came through.
Thanks to our local IPhone Wiz Devin Ross Digg for iPhone is finally out on the App Store (3/26/2010). Its already climbed to #19 on the global top downloaded apps chart after day 1. IPhone Wiz Devin Ross will probably go #1 overall sometime soon. The app is getting great reviews (which doesn't happen often; see screenshot).
Security Competition at RIT (3/20/2010)
Ten teams of students were tasked with managing a network and maintaining service levels. An eleventh team consisting of industry professionals and RIT adjuncts was tasked with attacking
Team Knurds 1:
    Alex Radocea (RCOS participant in Fall 09, Spring 09)Ben Boeckel (RCOS participant Fall 09, Spring 10)Joe Werther, (RCOS participant Fall 09, Spring 10)Robert Escriva (RCOS participant Spring 09, Summer '09, Fall 09, Spring 10, Mentor)
Team Knurds 2:
    Adam Comella Andrew Zonenberg Jay Smith Ryan Govostes (RCOS participant Spring '09, Fall '09) Shawn Denbow
Knurds 1 took first, with Knurds 2 coming in second. An RIT team took 3rd. More information will be published on our blogs and on Sparsa's website. Congratulations to all.
Allen Lavoie did a poster presentation on his Automatic Paper Classification in Computer Science Department on 3/19/2010. Allen's preliminary results are turning a few heads. Allen did a blog post here where you can see his poster.
Joe, Matt and Brian'svotebox has reached the finals of the RPI elevator Pitch competition. I am very glad to see Anna has also reached the finals of the competition for her Interactive Tutorial work . Eric Allen has reached the finals for his project on Conservation Marktplace Three out of fifteen finalists is quite good as rcos students represent much less than 20 percentage of undergraduate students at RPI/

Devin Ross was tipped yesterday (3/15/2010) by Apple that they are going to feature Attic (His music IPhone app) in the Itunes store. Lo and behold, you can see from the image above that Apple did indeed feature Devin's app in the front center of the store (3/16/2010) Hats off to IPhone Guru Devin.
Mukkai Krishnamoorthy was an invited discussant on the HFOSS panel discussion during the ACM SIGCSE conference, Milwaukee on March 10, 2010 .

Attic Devin ross's IPhone app is number 5 on top music apps on iTunes ahead of popular apps like Ocarina and GuitarToolkit. Please take a look at the screen shot of the rankings taken on Rankings (3/6/2010).
It is worthwhile mentioning that Devin makes use of his Library extensively. Hats to our IPhone Guru Devin
The Android project created by Diana Mazzola, Sean Austin, studidroid , has approximately 2,000 downloads on the Android Market. The open source code can be found here . Also, Sean was just chosen as one of a group of top android developers who are to be part of the Device Seeding Program which rewards the top developers with the newest Android devices. They are distributing either a Droid or Nexus One for free to Sean because of his for-profit app, BatteryTime Lite. The free version has roughly 100,000 downloads while the paid one roughly 1,200. Congratulations to Sean and Diana .
Seed Developed by Rob Carr, Matt Arsenault and Tim Horton has been taken on by other developers most notably Alan Knowles. In their Git log, one can see alan (Alan Knowles) committing a bunch: Developers, Bug Fixers Robb and Matt and Tim, a bunch of random GNOME people) Mailing list for Seed Feb Mailing List Archive Also, lots of bugs filed by other people (and mostly fixed by Rob, Tim and Matt): Bug Fixes by Rob, Tim and Matt Great Job by Rob, Tim and Matt
Yongqian Li , a Fall 2008 project participant of RCOS, created a Firefox extension called FastestFox ( It is quite popular, with several million users. It has also been covered in the media, with reviews on CNet, Lifehacker, and other, smaller, blogs. It is also profitable, mostly from ads, to Li (who is in the Bay area on leave from RPI) Press coverage:
    cnet Life Hacker
Congratulations to Li (whose 2008 Fall project was about mining wikipedia)
Eric Allen attended RubyConf and JRubyConf in November, 2009. His tracks software have been downloaded hundreds if not more. Eric's dashboard will keep us all honest and motivate us to work hard(er).
Rob Escriva and Ben Boeckel attended FUDCon (Fedrora Users and Developers Conference) in Toronoto, Canada, in Decmber, 2009. They also presented their ppaper on CHASM (Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Secured Mirroring solution) their mirroring software.
RPISEC (with the members inluding Alex Radocea and Ryan Govostes) scored 18th out of 56 teams (world wide). For details please see International Capture the Flag Competition. RPISEC, an undergraduate Security Club at RPI (mainly CS, ECSYS students) participated inthe annual NYU-Poly (worldwide security contest). Many are also members of RCOS (Rensselaer Open Source Software Center). Congratulations to RPISEC for a job very well done. In quiz part of the tournament, they came in first and second csaw. And the Winners are:
Place Team University/Institute
FirstRobert Escriva and Jay Smith, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
SecondAdam Camella and Andrew Zonenberg,Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

In Capture the Flag part of the competition, they came in second CTF And the Winners Are
Position/RankTeamSchoolTeam Members
1st Place ppopCarnegie Mellon University Brian Pak, Andrew Wesie, David Kohlbrenner, Tyler Nighswander
2nd Place RPISEC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alexandru Radocea, Ryan Govostes, Adam Comella, Andrew Zonenberg

Matt Arsenault and Tim Horton attended GNOME Boston Developer Summit in October. Matt, Tim and Rob Carr are involved in GNOME Development activities for past many years and will continue to be involved in future
Joseph Dougherty and Matthew Heffler work on Votebox made it to made it reddit Kudos to Joe and Maat.
It is noteworthy that Alex Radocea (a rising junior) won a commendable fourth position (tied) in a worldwide security contest by Google. (see Google news release). Alex worked on a security project with RCOS in Spring of 2009.
Seed (RCOS project in Fall of 2009 by Rob Carr, Tim Horton, Mathew Arsenault and Nate Stedman) is getting noteworthy mention in the press and it is being shipped with next Gnome release.
iRPI developed by Devin Ross and Album Shuffle by Devin Ross As of end of August 2009, iRPI had 449 downloads and Album Shuffle had 2722 downloads.
Vault Developed by Devin Ross and Amit Kumar As of end of August 2009, Vault had 14,702 downloads.
Decription and write up of digital signage systems including Concerto Developed By Brian Zaik, August Fietkau, and Web Tech Group
Off Campus housing for RPI students - can easily be adapted to other universities - developed by Joe Chrzanowski.
Semantic RPI map developed by Jin Guang Zheng working with tetherless constellation group at RPI.
RPI Planner Developed by by a group headed by Eric Allen
Mirror website (of various linux flavors) for RPI students/faculty/staff mainitained by Rob Escriva.
A number of students (past participants of RCOS) participated in google summer of code.

Papers published by RCOS supported students:

  • Amit Kumar, Josh Elser (on their OLPC XO Geography game) and John Britton (on Peer to Peer University) participated on Education without Borders 2009 conference..
  • John Britton was invited speaker at Education without Borders 2008 conference.
  • G. Nagy, B. Clifford, A. Berg, G. Saunders, E. Barney Smith, D. Lopresti, Document photography in vitro, Third International Workshop on Camera-Based Document Analysis CDBAR 2009, Barcelona, July 25, 2009.
  • G.Nagy, B.Clifford, A.Berg, G.Saunders, D.Lopresti, Elisa Barney Smith , Camera-based Ballot Counter , International Conference on Document Imaging and Recognition (ICDARW2009), Barcelona, July 26-29, 2009.
  • R. Padmanabhan, R. C. Jandhyala, M. Krishnamoorthy, G. Nagy, S. Seth, W. Silversmith, How many different kinds of tables are there? Eighth IAPR International Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC 2009), La Rochelle, July 22-23, 2009. Also appear in GREC 2009, LNCS 6020 proceedings, 2010.
  • R. C. Jandhyala, R. Padmanabhan, M. Krishnamoorthy, G. Nagy, S. Seth, W. Silversmith, From tessellations to table interpretation, 8th International Conference on Mathematical Knowledge Management, MKM 2009 Grand Bend, Ontario, 10-12 July 2009.
  • George Nagy, Raghav Padmanabhan, Ramana C. Jandhyala, William Silversmith, and Mukkai S. Krishnamoorthy. Table Metadata: Headers, Augmentations and Aggregates DAS 10, Short Paper, Cambridge, MA 2010.
  • Eric Allen, Comparison of Object-oriented and Functional Programming for Code Generation, Technical Report No. 10-04, Computer Science Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180.
  • Allen Lavoie and M. Krishnamoorthy, Algorithmic Detection of Computer Generated Text, Technical Report No. 10-07, Computer Science Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180.
  • Luke Perkins has written a paper on the terrain analysis choke point detection algorithm used in the BWTA project (Terrain Analysis) has been accepted by the AIIDE 2010 conference for publication and a poster presentation: Paper Details Congratulations to Luke Perkins
  • Brian Michalski has written a paper on Community Mapping (FlagShip Geo) has been accepted by the SIGCSE/HFOSS, Dallas 2011 and a poster presentation: Congratulations to Brian Michalski
  • Graylin Kim has written a paper on Open Legislation (Open Legislation) has been accepted by the SIGCSE/HFOSS, Dallas 2011 and a poster presentation: Congratulations to Graylin Kim
  • Mithun Chakraborty, Sanmay Das, Allen Lavoie, Malik Magdon-Ismail, and Yonatan Naamad Instructor Rating Markets ( paper) Workshop on Social Computing and User Generated Content at the ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, June 2011 Also, an abstract will appear in the Proceedings of the Second Conference on Auctions, Market Mechanisms, and Their Applications, August 2011. Congratulations to Yonatan Namaad
  • Jared Williams, Noel Hidalgo and Graylin Kim Government Legislative Data, The Other Great White Fail Whale _ How To Avoid It OSCON Conference, Portland, Oregon, July 25-27, 2011 Presentation Slides(in ppt) Congratulations to Graylin Kim
  • George Nagy, Mangesh Tamhankar, VeriClick: an efficient tool for table format verification in in SPIE conference on Document Recognition and Retrieval XIX, Jan 2012 Congratulations to Mangesh Tamhankar
  • Jeongmin Lee, who worked with Prof. McGuinness on a RCOS project in Summer '12 is one of the co-authors of the first prize winning paper.
    McCusker, J., McGuinness, D.L., Lee, J., Thomas, C., Courtney, P., Tatalovich, Z., Contractor, N., Morgan, G.D., and Shaikh, A.R. 2013. Towards Next Generation Health Data Exploration: A Data Cube-based Investigation into Population Statistics for Tobacco. In Proceedings of Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2013 (January 7-10 2013, Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii).

    This paper won best paper award

    Congratulations to Jeongmi Lee and to Prof. McGuinness