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Alumni Honors

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Matt Myrick - National Cybersecurity Innovation Award 2012

MattMyrick.jpgCSU, Chico alumnus Matt Myrick (BS in Computer Science, 2003 and MS in Computer Science, 2004) accepted an award for one of the 25 top cybersecurity innovations of 2012 at the National Cybersecurity Innovation Conference in Baltimore, Md. He presented the tool to the cybersecurity experts gathered for the conference, including representatives from the White House, National Security Agency and Department of Defense.

The Master Block List (MBL), a service and data aggregation tool, was developed by the LLNL-led Focused Advanced Persistent Threat (FAPT) group, convened by DOE/NNSA to leverage the collective cyber security expertise resident across the complex. The service allows the 10 DOE/NNSA labs and plants to share in realtime domain names that are known or suspected to be untrustworthy. These lists are used to create filters or blocks against cyber attacks.

See the LLNL press release.

Christopher Morris - Outstanding Project - 2008-2009

Chris MorrisCSU, Chico alumnus Chris Morris (MS in Computer Science, with Distinction, 2008) has been awarded the honor of 2008-2009 University Outstanding Project for his MS project: A Classification of All Connected Graphs on Seven, Eight, and Nine Vertices with Respect to the Property of Intrinsic Knotting


Robertson and Seymour proved that there exists a finite set of minor minimal intrinsically knotted graphs, yet this set of graphs is unknown. The single goal of this project is to aid the mathematics community in advancing one step closer to determining this finite set of minor minimal intrinsically knotted graphs. The project achieves its goal in two distinct ways.

First, the project included the creation of an original, software-based toolset that is capable of classifying any graph into one of three distinct states—intrinsically knotted, not intrinsically knotted, or indeterminate. The tools use classification techniques that are based on the encoding of proved findings in the mathematics literature with regards to the property of intrinsic knotting. According to the literature search, this is the first example of such software-based tools.

The project offers a second contribution to the mathematics community, by applying this toolset to all the connected graphs on seven, eight, and nine vertices. As expected, the tools classified all of the seven and eight-vertex graphs as either intrinsically knotted or not intrinsically knotted, with the specific classifications matching previous results from the mathematics literature. The classification efforts of nine-vertex graphs, which have never been attempted before, revealed 32 indeterminate graphs. This set of 32 graphs likely includes new, previously undiscovered, minor minimal intrinsically knotted graphs. These 32 graphs are offered to the mathematics community as a starting point for the discovery of new minor minimal intrinsically knotted graphs.

It is with its original, software-based toolset for classifying graphs as intrinsically knotted and its presentation of 32 indeterminate graphs on nine vertices that this project hopes to aid the mathematics community in determining which graphs are in the finite set of minor minimal intrinsically knotted graphs.

Cha Lee - Best Student Paper - 2007

chalee.jpgCSU, Chico alumnus Cha Lee (BS in Computer Information Systems, 2005) is currently pursuing a PhD at UC Santa Barbara. He is first author on a paper that recently won Best Student Paper at the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology 2007. An image from the work also made the cover of the conference proceedings.

vrst.gifAn Immaterial Depth-Fused 3D Display 

Cha Lee, Stephen DiVerdi, Tobias Hollerer

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