The Computer Science Department and Industrial Technology
The Computer Science and Industrial Technology department currently offer the following:
- a four-year Computer Science program
- a four-year program in Industrial Technology and
- a two-year program in Industrial Technology
The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Computer Science is designed to provide the foundation necessary for computer science graduates to succeed in the computing profession as well as in graduate school. There are three concentrations: Scientific, Information Systems, and Information Technology.
The Computer Science Department is housed in Fayard Hall. These labs are equipped with software supporting advanced computer science classes and serve the needs of upper class computer science students. One lab is equipped with a Sympodium system which controls a projector and all student stations. The student stations are low profile computers which can be operated independently by the students or can be taken over by the instructor’s Sympodium. It is a general purpose classroom/lab available to all relevant classes of our department. This state-of-the art computer assisted classroom, Computer Enhanced Classroom (CEC), has been enthusiastically endorsed by the students and faculty members that have used it are excited about the possibilities it presents.
A robotics lab is also housed in Fayard Hall. The lab will support underwater data collection projects, limbed robotics, learning among individuals and groups of robots. The underwater robotics research project in the Computer Science and Industrial Technology Department at Southeastern is designed to serve as a platform for basic and applied research in intelligent robotics, as a hands-on learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students in CS and IT programs, as well as for community outreach involving local schools. The project personnel include new CSIT faculty Dr. Raj Pandian and Dr. Ho-Hoon Lee who previously were at Tulane University, and current CSIT faculty Dr. Mike Asoodeh and Dr. Pat McDowell. Some of the robotics research problems under study include design and development of a low-cost prototype autonomous underwater vehicle-manipulator system and its intelligent and energy efficient path planning and control using non-model based techniques. Anticipated applications for the project include environmental monitoring of local aquatic environments, use for monitoring levees and flood control projects, and so on. Currently, the project involves collaboration with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and Research Center in Madisonville. The collaboration is supported by an 18-month $30,000 environmental education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Goals of the EPA project include Internet-based environmental monitoring of the Lake Pontchartrain and Tchefuncte River, and development of hands-on environmental education models for local school children. The underwater robotics project, which was initiated at Tulane by Dr. Pandian in collaboration with the Maritime Museum in Madisonville, also involves research collaboration with researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory in Stennis Space Center, and at Ritsumeikan and Tokai Universities in Japan.
There are four concentrations under the Industrial Technology program: Automated Systems, Drafting Design, Internship, Supervision. The two-year Industrial Technology program has four concentrations: Construction Technology, Design Drafter Technology, Supervision, Occupational Safety-Health-Environment (OSHE). The Industrial Technology program is related to engineering in that it requires some engineering fundamentals and understanding of technology.
The Industrial Technology program is mainly housed in Anzalone Hall. The labs contain a wide variety of equipment such as computers, construction equipment, robots, CNC lathes, milling and welding machines, microscopes, metal casting equipment, etc. All lab courses such as construction, robotics, manufacturing, machine tool technology, materials science and metallurgy, welding, electricity, industrial fluid power, and computer aided drafting, and drafting are taught in these labs.
In Wilson Hall there are two new laboratories that will support computer engineering instruction as well as senior projects and mechanical engineering research as well as senior projects. The lab contains a large industrial crane with servos wired for industrial controls research.
The facilities currently utilized by the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology are adequate to meet current needs for student learning and research in accordance with accreditation guidelines.