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Computer Science Students Join NCSOSE in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Partnership

It started six years ago with a friendship between new Old Dominion University researchers.

Kevin Adams had been hired as a project scientist at the National Center for System of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE). Janet Brunelle was a new lecturer in computer science.

Through their friendship, they began discussing possible collaborations. "She asked me one time, 'Do you have any projects?'" Adams said. "Do we have projects!"

The result of that interdisciplinary partnership was on display at NCSOSE on May 8.

Throughout the school year, 11 students from Brunelle's Computer-based Productivity Courses (CS 410 and 411) have been working to help solve problems facing NCSOSE while it performs complex engineering systems tasks for military, government and private-sector agencies.

CS 410 is a semester-long course that plans a solution to a real-world problem, encompassing problem analysis, identification and evaluation of major issues, social impact analysis, development of management plans, and integration of business constraints into the generation of a formal set of project specifications. The project continues in the second semester by refining the specifications developed in CS 410, including system hardware and software analysis, cost benefit analysis and prototype development.

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