"Of course we don't know what we are doing; 
          That's why it's called research." 
                               -Albert Einstein 

Final Report

Week 1(June 3rd - June: 10th)
Boot Camp: 
Linux - S. Duckworth & G. Collier - June 5th - 7th
Java/C/C++/Eclipse - J. Hallstrom - (June 8th)

Seminar:  June 4 - June 24
Cyber-institute & Transdisciplinary Work - J. Gemmill - June 5th
Intelligent River Project - J. Hallstrom - June 7th

Weekly Summary: My first week at Clemson was a great time to get to know everyone here as well as learn new skills to help me throughout the rest of the DREU program as well as my academic career.  Beside learn how to manage, write to and execute programs on various operating systems with new languages, we had a cook-in at Dr. Apon's house to get to know the other members. This is also the week we began our first project with the Cessna data on Thursday, June 7th.

Week 2(June 11th - June: 17th)
Boot Camp: 
Python - B. Malloy & E. Duffy - June 11th - June 12th
Matlab and Modeling - B. Dean & J. Martin - June 13th - June 14th
Palmetto & Concurrency - G. Collier, B. Von Oehsen & A. Apon - June 15th

Parallel File System  - W. Ligon - June 12th
Head in the Clouds - S. Goasguen - June 14th

Weekly Summary: My second week at Clemson we continued with the boot camp and afternoon seminar schedule. We continued to learn new skills to help me throughout the rest of the DREU program as well as my academic career.  On Thursday, June 14 we were able to present our work for Cessna to the CEO Mr. Scott Earnest and a few of his other colleagues as well as the CIO of Clemson Mr. Jim Bottum. This was a great second week and a few of the students,including me took a trip to Charleston, NC to visit the beach as a celebration to a good beginning.

Week 3(June 18th - June: 24th)
Boot Camp: 
Palmetto & Concurrency - G. Collier, B. Von Oehsen & A. Apon - June 18th - June 19th
Database & MySQL - S. Duckworth - June 20th
LaTeX and BibTex - W. Goddard - June 21st
Tools Smorgasboard - J. Gemmill - June 22nd
Internet 2 - J. Von Oehson - June 19th
Field Trip: Information Technology Center - June 21st

Weekly Summary: My third week at Clemson was very informative and interactive. We began to really get to know the other students as well as begin forming strategies for our new project that we would like to be our final project(check below for further information - Project 2). This week was the last week for Boot Camp and of course we were able to learn new tools that could potentially help us in the future and we conditioned to have our afternoon seminar sections which were also informative. During the first seminar we had a webinar on Internet 2 and on our second seminar we took a trip to ITC which is the center for the 129th Super Computer in the world housed here at Clemson(to the left is a simple collage of ITC http://www.clemson.edu/ccit/).

Week 4(June 25th - June: 29th)
Weekly Summary: My fourth week at Clemson we are finished with boot camp and the afternoon seminar schedule will continue on the sixth week. We continued to learn new skills to help us throughout the rest of the DREU/CI-SEEDS program as well as in my academic career. They also included a brief seminar on "How to Prepare a Presentation" by Dr. D. Jacobs. This week was to focus on our presentations on Thursday, June 28th where we spoke about our project, our individual contributions and our planned outcome(for more information see Project 2 below). We also took a trip to play disk golf with the other students and Dr. Dean in Clemson and later we went downtown to Spill the Beans for Ice cream! This was a great trip to get away from the office for a few hours.

Week 5(July 2nd- June: 6th)
Weekly Summary: My fifth week at Clemson was very productive. We continued our individual parts on Monday and Tuesday. Our team is so fortunately that Dr. Apon has Ph.D students working in the office with us and that they are always available to help us when we get stuck in any situation from programming to brainstorming and they are full of knowledge from their previous work with Dr. Apon and other doctors. Tuesday after work we took a trip to the damn in downtown Clemson where we gathered on the top of the hill to watch the firework display for the Fourth of July celebration.  We had July 4th off and upon returning to work on Thursday we had a meeting to talk about where we should be and where we need to go. We then began to brainstorm over the flow or our projected research paper.

Week 6(July 9th - June: 13th)
The Evolution of Broadband Access Networks - J. Martin - July 10th
Fault Tolerance in Distributed and P2P Computing - P. Srimani - July 12th

Week 7(July 16th - July: 20th)
The Role of Video Games in Education - B. Malloy - July 17th
Verified Software - M. Sitaraman - July 19th

Week 8(July 23rd - July: 27th)
Community based Cloud for Biomedical Informatics - J. Wang - July 24th
Posters/Presentations - CI-SEEDS - July 26th

Weekly Summary: For the pass few weeks I have been intensely working on my portion of the Higher Education database. Between meeting with our adviser, afternoon seminars and group outings my focus was to create a script that can easily generate new information from our IPEDS source. This is the week of our final presentations which went well! It was fun talking about everything that got us to that point from the preparation of the Cessna presentation to the Higher Education. I really enjoyed my summer at Clemson form everything we accomplished to the beautiful campus and city! I am so happy I chose to research at Clemson University this summer.  

Project 1: Cessna
Group: Kimberly Ferguson, Christin Marshall, John McCann, Linh Ngo, Pengfei Xuan, Yueli Zheng,
Objective: To come up with an organized presentation to present to the CEO and President of Cessna to promote funding and research opportunities for Clemson University using a series of data analysis and social media data extracting tools.
About Cessna: "More than eight decades ago, a small aircraft company started in Wichita, Kan., to do what others said could not be done - to build a monoplane that used a wing without supporting struts or braces. When the Cessna All Purpose took off August 13, 1927, the aviation world was forever changes. In fact, Clyde Cessna's cantilever design has been the standard ever since.
Truth be told, the history of Cessna is a long line of first. With such a heritage, it's no wonder Cessna Aircraft Company is the leading designer and manufacturer of light and midsize business jets, utility turboprops and single engine aircraft, having sold and delivered more aircraft than anyone else in history - 193,500 and counting. Today, with 8,500-plus dedicated employees worldwide and billions of dollars in orders for some of the world's most advanced aircraft, the future of our company and our customers is even brighter than our lustrous past  (http://www.cessna.com/about-cessna.html)." 
My Role: As a member of this group, I was responsible for mastering and demonstrating the user friendly side of the Radian6 social media  monitoring tool. This included learning all of the tools to this software and being able to give a brief summary of the data extracted from the various search queries.  An example of what I was able to demonstrate was the good and bad news ratio extracted as well the various difference in activity between Cessna and their competitors. (http://www.radian6.com/) 
Presentation Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Project 2: Higher Ed - Big Data Analysis
Group: Kimberly Ferguson, Christin Marshall,  John McCann, Linh Ngo, Pengfei Xuan, Yueli Zheng,
Objective: In recent years, higher education institutions are challenged with increased competition, fiscal difficulty, increased demands for accountability, expansion of diverse needs from the student bodies, and opportunities and difficulties in pervasive new technologies. The recent challenges for higher education call for research that can offer a comprehensive understanding about the performances and efficiency of higher education institutions in their three primary missions: research, education and service. In order for this to happen, it is necessary for researchers to have access to a multitude of data sources. Much information from institutions are collected and stored by databases from the National Science Foundation, the National Institution of Health, the Institute for Scientific Information, the Top 500 HPC List, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System.
My Role: The incoming support data sets for higher education data (HED) research are obtained from multiple sources, types, scales, and locations with varying degrees of quality and reliability. Organization about there data sets could be characterized by either SQL or NoSQL data model, and information about these data sets could be either highly relevant and high quality or sparse and unreliable. The stage of higher education data collection involves many large and complex data problems emerging from its relevant research domains. To simplify data processing and improve data quality of several data collection pipelines are developed and integrated to our higher education data analysis platform. In this stage, the pipelines scrape, capture, format, and store raw data sets that originate from different data sources. The purpose of this stage is to reduce the data size by filtering noise or by indexing, summarizing, or marking it up so that dpwnstream analysis can manipulate it more efficiently. 
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Presentation Date: July 26th

Student Biography:
Name: Christin E. Marshall
Current University: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Classification: Junior
Major of Study: Computer Science
Contact Information: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/christin-marshall/2b/35b/6b1 
Mentor Biography:
Name: Dr. Amy Apon
Current University: Clemson University
Department: Chair of Computer Science Department
Contact Information: http://www.clemson.edu/ces/computing/news-stories/aapon.html