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					C. Project Description

1     OVERVIEW, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, AND SIGNIFICANCE
1.1    Overview
This project proposes a continuation of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida
International University (FIU) Center for Distributed Computing: Theory, Development and
Application. During the first five years, the Center has met its objectives:
1. Increasing the number of minority students majoring and graduating in the areas of Science,
   Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET). Need numbers from final report.
2. Strengthening the research capabilities of FAMU and FIU at departmental levels. Need
   papers/grants numbers from final report.
3. Increasing the number of minority students pursuing advanced degrees in SMET. Need
   numbers from final report.

Of the state-funded Universities in the state of Florida, these two institutions have the highest
concentrations of minority students (90% African American at FAMU, 60% Hispanic at FIU).
FAMU has a reputation as a national resource, successfully competing with Harvard University
for National Achievement Scholars [Need reference]. These scholars who matriculate at FAMU
represent the finest African American talent in America.
                                                   Minority Population
                                           African American      Hispanic           Non-Minority      Total
      Graduate                FIU                         453               1,354             7688        9495
                             FAMU                         485                 35               213            709
                             Totals                       938               1,389
    Undergraduate             FIU                       2,912            10,875              6,358      20,144
                             FAMU                      10,800                200               332      11,500
                             Total                     13,712            11,075
            Total Minority Enrollments                 14,650            12,464


                 Table 1. FAMU/Florida International University serve over 27,000 minority students


This project leverages the successes of the existing project, while exploiting new opportunities
for research infrastructure improvement, principally within the FAMU Computer and
Information Systems (CIS) Department. The strong collaborative partnership with the FAMU
Physics Department, and the School of Computer Science at FIU will be focused to catalyze the
transition of the CIS Department emphasis from one that is primarily undergraduate teaching to
one of research and graduate education.




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1.2     Project Goals
The goal of this CREST grant is to position the FAMU CIS Department to offer the Ph.D. in
computer science and to establish the infrastructure of faculty and student support needed to
achieve national competitiveness. The set of supporting projects provide an initial set of
collaborations, some within Florida A&M University
1.    Foster the pursuit of degrees in computing by minority students
2.    Expand and strengthen graduate program offerings
3.    Transition the FAMU CIS culture from teaching to research
4.    Recruit and develop research faculty
5.    Attract other sources to fund research programs (e.g., institutes/centers) in key focus areas.

1.3     Objectives
This project will satisfy the CREST Program objectives stated in the Program Solicitation. Table 1 shows
how CREST program objectives will be satisfied, and identifies the proposal section where details can be
found.
                                                                                                      Relevant
                                                                                                      Proposal
          CREST Objective                         Ways Satisfied
                                                                                                      Sections
                                                     Attract and fund motivated students
Obj1      Enhance research capabilities and
          educational activities at these most       Strengthen M.S. program
          productive minority serving                Offer Ph.D. in Computer Science
          institutions                               Grow research faculty through targeted
                                                      recruitment, competition
                                                     Infrastructure for research-conducive
                                                      culture
                                                     Interdisciplinary application of distributed
Obj2      Produce new knowledge
                                                      computing
                                                     Centers of excellence in specific disciplines
                                                     Recruit senior research faculty
Obj3      Enhance national research
          competitiveness of individual faculty      Designation of research faculty
                                                     Attractive start-up packages for new faculty
                                                     Opportunity for research stars to emerge
                                                     Technical exchanges
Obj4      Promote organizational connections
          and linkages between CREST                 Partnership on projects
          institutions and outstanding research      2-way pipeline of students and faculty
          and development organizations              Hiring Ph.D. graduates from collaborating
                                                      schools
                                                     New courses
Obj5      Foster integration of research and
          education at CREST institutions            Interdisciplinary projects
                                                     Host workshops in focus areas
                                                     Institutes for technology transfer
                                                     Leverage other recruitments/enrichment
Obj6      Increase participation in SMET
                                                      programs
          disciplines by a diverse student
          population                                 Cross-recruitment with colloaborating
                                                      institutions


                           Table 2. Project thrusts satisfy CREST Project Objectives




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1.4     Significance
1.4.1    Computer Science at an HBCU
Florida A&M University is committed to introducing Ph.D. programs in SMET [REF], and is
positioned to become the first HBCU to offer the Ph.D. in Computer Science. This project seeks
to continue the progression of FAMU CIS Departmental improvements enabled through a series
of infrastructure grants, starting with the NSF MII grant in 1993, the CREST grant in 1997, and a
second NSF MII grant in 1999. The Ph.D. program is expected to stimulate cross-disciplinary
research within the university, e.g., research into information technology in education.
1.4.2    Underrepresented Populations
The proposed work will be performed at two minority institutions that have been successful
attracting and graduating students from a traditionally underrepresented population group, at
both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This project leverages the previous NSF CREST
grant and two minority institution infrastructure grants (one currently active at FAMU) aimed at
developing and enhancing the Florida A&M University's software engineering education
infrastructure and stimulating research involving faculty and students. During the timeframe of
these previous grants, the undergraduate population increased 30%, and a Master of Software
Engineering Science program was initiated. Research and educational results from this project
will be disseminated at the annual Symposium for Computing at Minority Institutions (ADMI),
where the participants include African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.

2      BACKGROUND AND RELATED WORK

2.1     Results to Date
Progress to date has been made possible by NSF grant HRD 96-144 (awarded August 1997).

                                                           5-year Improvements in CREST Participants
CREST Objective                            FAMU Improvements                          FIU Improvements
                                           CIS
Obj1      Enhance research
          capabilities and educational        Offer M.S. in Software Engineering
          activities at these productive       Science
          minority serving institution      nn publications vs. mm
                                            mm M.S. graduates
                                            nn students in Ph.D.programs
                                           Physics
                                                Initiated Ph.D. program
                                                nn publications vs mm
                                                Recruited x faculty
                                           CIS
Obj2      Produce new knowledge
                                                xxx
                                                xxx




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                                         Physics
                                          New theory of xxx
                                          Algorithms
                                          Tools
                                         CIS
Obj3     Enhance national research
         competitiveness of individual        $XXXM funding
         faculty                              Faculty xx recognized

                                         Physics
                                          $XXXM funding
                                          Faculty xx recognized
                                         
                                         CIS
Obj4     Promote organizational
         connections and linkages             MSU collaboration
         between CREST institutions           Army High Performance project
         and outstanding research
         and development
         organizations
                                         Physics
                                              MSU collaboration
                                              AHPC project
                                              other schools

                                         CIS
Obj5     Foster integration of
         research and education at       
         CREST institutions              Physics
                                         
                                         CIS
Obj6     Increase participation in
         SMET disciplines by a           
         diverse student population      Physics
                                         


                         Table 3. Improvements Enabled by Previous CREST Award




3      RESEARCH PLAN


3.1    Research Projects
Distributed computing remains the Center focus. Advances in distributed computing are driven
by advances in computer and network architectures, on one hand, and by the proliferation of
computation- and network-intensive applications that are essential elements of the academic,
research and business infrastructures. Distributed computing promises increased performance,
reliability and access to geographically dispersed data sources and end users. Recent economic


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growth and productivity increases are due in part to the exploitation of distributed paradigm in
the workplace.
This proposal seeks to continue the Center for Distributed Computing to combine theory,
practice and application of distributed computing technology. The Center will conduct research
on systems design issues related to distributed computing, such as fault tolerance, recovery
schemes, physical network design, and communication protocols. Software issues that will be
investigated include data engineering and computational schemes for managing large volumes of
distributed data to which computationally intensive computations are applied. Software
engineering issues include rigorous technology for specifying, developing and verifying
distributed systems.
There are four research components of the Florida A&M University/Florida International
University Center for Distributed Computing. A brief description of each project is given the
subsections that follow.
   A Methodology for Developing and Analyzing Software Architecture Specifications of High
    Assurance Systems
   Heterogeneous Distributed Database System Incorporating Semantic Binary Databases for a
    Multi-Dimensional Visualization System
   Application of Distributed Computing to Molecular Reaction Theory
   Spoken Language Dialogue in Distributed Systems


3.1.1   A Methodology for Developing and Analyzing Software Architecture Specifications of High
        Assurance Systems
In this research, we propose a methodology for developing and analyzing architectural
specifications of high-assurance systems using SAM. The methodology will be based on a set of
well-defined heuristics for specifying behavior models and property constraints in using SAM
and for verifying correctness of behavior models against property specifications. SAM supports
structural as well as behavioral analysis of software architectures.
3.1.2   Heterogeneous Distributed Database System Incorporating Semantic Binary Databases for a
        Multi-dimensional Visualization System
This research will investigate ways to provide support for 3-D visualization of data stored in a
high-performance distributed database system. Real-time data manipulation poses demands on
both the communication infrastructure and the database management system support structure.
Visualizing, as well as querying, the spatial-temporal data often requires intensive computation
based on the raw data store in the database. We will employ the Semantic Object Oriented
Database (Sem-ODB) as the database for this project, a system developed at FIU. We will pursue
ways to improve Sem-ODB’s performance in dealing with heterogeneous data sources, and in
providing data for visualization tools.
3.1.3   Application of Distributed Computing to Molecular Reaction Theory
As distributed computing continues to evolve, it will increasingly be the vehicle for development
of parallel computing applications such as Molecular Reaction Theory (MRT). The calculations
are large and require significant computational resources. It is imperative that efficient
algorithms be developed to take maximum advantage of processing power wherever it may be
located, and which scales effectively with increasingly large numbers of processors. This project


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will continue to develop new and robust algorithms for high performance computing systems,
and will apply them to important problems in MRT.
3.1.4    Spoken Language Dialogue in a Distributed Environment
The focus of our research will be on developing a methodology and software development
environment for creating multi-user spoken dialogue systems. A spoken dialogue system allows
a user to interact with a computer application using conversational speech. Current spoken
dialogue systems tend to focus on single user dialogues: the system interacts with one user, not
multiple users. Furthermore, current development environments for developing spoken dialogue
systems also assume single-user interaction. Our work will focus on developing a methodology
for using a distributed computing environment to support multi-user spoken language
applications. A distributed computing environment not only offers the opportunity to distribute
the resources needed for spoken language systems, but also provides a way to distribute the
control that is necessary to manage multiple users interacting with a speech application.

3.2     Center Research Infrastructure Improvements
This section details research infrastructure improvements in the FAMU CIS Department to be
accomplished over the period of this grant. These improvements are consistent with satisfying
overall CREST program objectives.
3.2.1    Scientific
The first area of improvement is the quality assurance and expansion of the curricular offerings,
along with enhancement of the faculty research. Research productivity is determined by the
capabilities of faculty and students, by access to laboratories and scholarly literature, and by the
preparation afforded by the curriculum.
     CSAC Accreditation
     Faculty Recruitment and Development
     Student Recruitment and Support
     Strengthen M.S. Program
     Offer Ph.D. Program
     Curriculum Enhancement
     Laboratories

3.2.1.1 CSAC Accreditation
     Motivated by MII grant
     Benefits reduced teaching load, more time for research
     Students more attractive for graduate school
The Science Option (track) of the CIS curriculum is being evaluated by the Computer Science
Accreditation Committee during the 2000-2001 accreditation cycle. Attaining accreditation is an
important step towards meeting the goals of offering the Ph.D. program in several ways. First, it
means reduced teaching loads for faculty, resulting in more time for research. Second, it makes
FAMU CIS graduates more competitive for graduate school admission. Finally, the reduced
teaching load makes it easier to recruit faculty who are committed to research.
3.2.1.2 Faculty Recruitment and Development
     Start-up packages for new faculty


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          Salary supplements for Senior faculty
          In-residence collaboration
          Submit CREST supplemental and co-funding grants.

    Faculty research requires having the time and having an environment of physical space,
    hardware and software. We are proposing CREST funds to supplement by $25,000 the start-up
    package offered to one newly hired Assistant Professor during years 2 and 4 of the grant, and a
    $35,000 supplement package for one newly hired Associate Professor in years 1 and 3. We are
    also requesting $20,000 in CREST funds to be used as annual salary supplements for newly
    recruited senior research faculty for years 2-5.
Total Start-Up Packages = $120K
Total Salary Supplements = $20K x 4 years = $80K


    Funds are also requested to permit CREST faculty to strengthen their research by in-residence
    collaboration with experts in their respective research area. These faculty members are expected
    to develop and submit a CREST RII supplemental proposal.
Faculty Research: 6 summer months @ $11K = $66,000
Faculty Release Time: 4 faculty @ $14K = $56,000


    3.2.1.3 Students
         Leverage existing recruitment infrastructure
         Recruitment expenses
         Financial packages for graduate students
         Conference registration and travel

    In order for this grant to be successful, it is essential that we identify, recruit and support the best
    students. Student development, especially students committed to pursuing advanced degrees in
    SMET, is a critical part of this proposal. The Center commitment is to identify high potential
    students, to invest in their development, and to support their pursuit of advanced degrees.
    Whereas the previous CREST grant included outreach activities aimed at pre-college students,
    this proposal relies upon pre-enrollment outreach and recruitment programs already extant at the
    Center institutions. (These include programs such as Florida/Georgia Alliance for Minority
    Participation in the Sciences (FGAMP); Program of Excellence in Mathematics, Science and
    Computer Education; Panhandle College Reach Out Program, Upward Bound Program, Minority
    Access to Research Careers Program.) The Center will leverage these efforts, lending material
    and manpower support for their activities. The Center's participation will include printed
    brochures and pamphlets, electronic media or web sites promoting the pursuit of careers in
    SMET, and invited presentations by CREST faculty and students.
Support for Existing Student Recruitment/Development Activities: $15K / year = $75,000
    <OLD>The Center will establish five full undergraduate scholarships to be awarded by the
    participating departments.



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    Funds are being requested for recruiting students for the FAMU CIS graduate programs,
    including travel by strong candidates to visit the FAMU campus. We will leverage existing
    programs in the FAMU School of Graduate Studies in the recruitment process. We will also
    submit papers to student-focused conferences in the Southeast, and sponsor recruitment activities
    at the conference.
Student Recruitment at Conferences: 2 per year x $400 materials = $800 x 5 years = $4,000
    3.2.1.4 Strengthen M.S. Program
         Success
         Attract full time minority students from national pool
         Align with CREST research projects

    The Masters in Software Engineering Science program offered by the FAMU CIS Department
    was initiated under the current CREST grant, and was encouraged by an NSF Minority
    Infrastructure grant. We have successfully attracted minority students into this program, have
    awarded xx M.S. degrees, and have encouraged xx to go on to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Under
    the current CREST grant, xx full-time M.S. students are being supported. This proposal requests
    funds to raise this number to eight (8). CREST support enables us to recruit nationally, and to
    offer a competitive support package for students. These students, in turn, become valuable
    departmental resources while helping faculty further their research agendas.
8 MS Students Support = 8 x $15K = $120K/year = $600,000
    Improvements to the M.S. program reflect the need to increase the number and quality of full-
    time graduate students. Full-time students are more likely to benefit from the mentoring of
    CREST faculty, and are also more likely to want to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Full-time students
    can serve as teaching assistants, effectively reducing the teaching load of CREST faculty.
    Finally, full-time students become reliable resources for conducting research on the component
    projects.
    3.2.1.5 Offer Ph.D. Program
         Define focus areas for faculty recruitment and growth
         Recruit Senior Faculty
         CREST support for Ph.D. students

    FAMU is committed to increasing the number of Ph.D. programs. The <CENTER OF
    EXCELLENCE> funded by the State of Florida calls for the Physics Department to offer a Ph.D.
    program in 2001, and the CIS Department in 2002. The CREST research projects intersect the
    focus areas targeted for Ph.D. program: distributed intelligent systems, software engineering of
    distributed systems, and high performance computing. These projects also present opportunities
    for interdisciplinary research.
    Recruitment of students and faculty is required. Senior faculty will be recruited in these focus
    areas to complement and leverage the background and interest of the current faculty. The
    graduate faculty will increase from 7 to 13. Funds are requested to launch an aggressive search
    for faculty who align with the focus areas of the Ph.D. program. Funds are also requested to
    support one new Ph.D. student each year for years 2-5.
Annual Faculty Recruitment Advertising: 3 months @ $600/month = 1,800, years 1-5 = $9,000


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New PhD student support: 25,000/year = 25K + 50K + 75K + 100K
    3.2.1.6 Curriculum Enhancement
         Ph.D. curriculum
         Graduate elective courses in focus areas
         Access to research materials for students/faculty
         Colloquium series

    During the period of this grant, curriculum enhancement will occur for the purpose of
    stimulating student participation in research. Graduate elective courses will be introduced to
    prepare Master's students for research in topics relevant to CREST projects. Some of these
    courses may evolve into courses required for the Computer Science Ph.D. The Computer Science
    Ph.D. curriculum will be developed based on the XXXX model.
Ph.D. Planning = $100,000 year 1
    A colloquium series will be established, and incorporated into the graduate curriculum (and
    recommended for the B.S. Science Option) to introduce students to current research. Funds are
    being requested to invite a national expert once per year. To further the spirit of research, funds
    are being requested for departmental subscriptions to digital libraries relevant to CREST projects
    and faculty research areas.
Departmental Journal Subscriptions: 15 @ $400/year = 6,000
    3.2.1.7 Collaborations
         MOU with national labs (ARL, etc.)
         Guest Scientist program

    Collaboration will be used to strengthen the research of current FAMU CIS faculty. The
    proposed model of collaboration improves upon the successful collaboration of the current
    CREST grant. One purpose of collaboration is catch up, where one collaborator is raised to a
    comparable state of currency in the research area as the other collaborator. A second prupose is
    synergy, whereby collaborators at a comparable state of currency are able to combine forces to
    further the state of the art. It is expected that initially both types of collaboration will occur.
    When synergy is achieved, it is expected that CREST supplemental proposals will be developed
    to around the area of synergy.
    Several mechanisms will be used to develop collaborative relationship between FAMU CIS
    faculty and professionals in academia, government or industry. Memoranda of Understanding
    will be established between FAMU CIS and national labs, such as the Army Research Lab.
    Participation in subject-specific workshops may also lead to informal collaboration that may
    blossom into more formal arrangements.
4 Collaboration Trips per year @1500/trip = $6,000 = $30,000 total
    We are proposing the establishment of a Guest Scientist program, starting in year three, where a
    researcher of national prominence is invited to the FAMU campus for a period between three
    days and two weeks. During that time, the Guest Scientist will hold lectures and small-group
    meetings with faculty and students.
Guest Scientist: $10,000 per week or $2,000 per day. TOTAL 5 weeks = $50K


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    3.2.2   Staffing / Administrative
       Program Assistant
       External Advisory Committee
       Laboratories

    The next area of improvement focuses on establishing a research culture that is essential for
    productive research. Additional infrastructure is needed to relieve researchers of the important,
    yet administrative, tasks that can be done by competent staff. This area also includes significant
    interaction with an External Advisory Committee that provides an objective perspective on the
    direction and implementation of the CREST project. The adequacy of the computing resources
    must keep pace with the demands of the graduate program; these resources include laboratory
    staff with adequate and continuing training.
    3.2.2.1 Program Assistant
         Project administration, reporting
         Contracts for students, personnel
         Coordinate/manage collaborations

    Funds are being requested to hire a full-time CREST Program Assistant to administer all facets
    of the CDC. Tasks include, but are not limited to coordination/preparation of annual and interim
    reports; preparing contracts for CREST students and personnel; coordinate activities associated
    with collaborations.
Program Assistant: $70,000 per 12 months years 1-5 = $350,000
    3.2.2.2 External Advisory Committee
         Significant input
         Leads to value-added relationships

    The External Advisory Committee will meet bi-annually in April to review project
    accomplishments and to refine plans for the following year. Prior to the meeting a draft final
    report summary is distributed to Committee members, who are requested to provide general
    comments and feedback prior to the annual meeting. During the meeting, the Center Director
    will give a status briefing, highlighting the accomplishments and the challenges. The briefing
    will followed by an open discussion of the Committee feedback. The formal recommendation
    prepared by the Committee will be included in the annual report to NSF. Funds are being
    requested to facilitate the Committee participation, including travel, document distribution and
    delivery. The Committee meeting is scheduled during the FAMU Spring Business Cluster, so
    that a special trip is not required.
Committee Meeting = 5 members travel @ $1500 = $7500, years 1, 3, 5 = 22,500
    3.2.2.3 Laboratories
         Adequate number, training -- tier of system administrators
         Integrated office automation
         Upgrade/maintain Software licenses
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    Adequate computing resources are available to start the project, but additional computing
    hardware and software will be required to maintain currency and to support increased faculty and
    graduate student research. The graduate laboratory will be expanded by XXX workstations; PCs
    will be replaced by Sun workstations. Additional software licenses will be required for
    commercial software products required by the research; current licenses will be maintained.
40 workstations @ $2500 = $100,000 years, purchased years 1, 3, 5
2 servers @ $30,000, years 2, 5 = $60.000
Research Software Licenses = $3,000/year = $15,000
    As the CIS Department transitions into the research department, laboratories separate from the
    teaching mission are required. These must provide high speed, reliable access to information
    resources available through the Internet. A separate Internet gateway will be implemented for the
    CIS graduate programs.
    Finally, office automation software will be acquired to integrate the teaching, administrative and
    research functions of faculty members, providing new levels of productivity and communication.
Licenses for Office Automation Software = $3K/year = $15,000

    3.2.3   Fiscal
       Travel
       Start-Up Packages
       Senior Scientist Faculty
        Classrooms
         Expand wiring
         Mounted projectors

    This section summarizes the items requested for the CREST Center, along with a discussion of
    cost sharing.


Total Start-Up Packages = $120K
Total Salary Supplements = $20K x 3 years = $60K
Faculty Research: 6 summer months @ $11K = $66,000
Faculty Release Time: 4 faculty @ $14K = $56,000
Support for Existing Student Recruitment/Development Activities: $15K / year = $75,000
Student Recruitment at Conferences: 2 per year x $400 materials = $800 x 5 years = $4,000
8 MS Students Support = 8 x $15K = $120K/year = $600,000
Annual Faculty Recruitment Advertising: 3 months @ $600/month = 1,800, years 1-5 = $9,000
New PhD student support: 25,000/year = 25K + 50K + 75K + 100K
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Departmental Journal Subscriptions: 15 @ $400/year = 6,000
4 Collaboration Trips per year @1500/trip = $6,000 = $30,000 total
Guest Scientist: $10,000 per week or $2,000 per day. TOTAL 5 weeks = $50K
Program Assistant: $70,000 per 12 months years 1-5 = $350,000
Committee Meeting = 5 members travel @ $1500 = $7500, years 1, 3, 5 = $22,500
40 workstations @ $2500 = $100,000 years 1-4
2 servers @ $30,000, years 2, 5 = $60.000
Research Software Licenses = $3,000/year = $15,000
Licenses for Office Automation Software = $3K/year = $15,000



    4     PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION
    The project will begin the construction of an infrastructure for long-term research program. The
    goals are to construct major elements to a point where their feasibility can be ascertained. Certain
    elements of the infrastructure will be completed as M.S. thesis projects; others, particularly test
    artifacts, will be completed by undergraduate students. In the early stages (years 1-3), results will
    be disseminated to the CS education community, and in later years, to the testing research
    community. It is expected that additional personnel (co-PIs and graduate students) will be needed
    to complete the infrastructure. Collateral funding will be sought to leverage the funds requested
    by this proposal. The milestones for each year of this project are listed below.
    4.1   Management Plan
    Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, President of Florida A&M University, will chair the Center for
    Distributing Computing (CDC). He will be aided by an External Advisory Board, which will
    review the progress of the project and recommend directional changes to meet the objectives of
    the overall project. This committee will consist of Dr. Humphries, Dr. Gladys Lang, Interim
    Provost of Florida A&M University, Dr. Franklin D. Hamilton, Vice President of Sponsored
    Research at Florida A&M University, Dr. Arthur C. Washington, Dean of the College of Arts
    and Sciences at Florida A&M University, and Cathy Thurman, Director of the Division of
    Sponsored Research and Training at Florida International University.
    The Principal Investigator, Dr. Edward L. Jones, will serve as the Project Director of the Center
    for Distributed Computing. The Director will be responsible for coordination of research,
    allocation of funds, and University accounting procedures for faculty and students involved in
    the Center. The Center Director shall be assigned a Program Assistant to coordinate and manage
    the day-to-day activities of the Center, such as: coordinating schedules for meetings and travel;
    preparing Center reports; advertising Center programs; tracking progress of Center students;
    managing Center budgets for payroll and purchasing; and other tasks as needed.
    The Center will have an External Advisory Board (EAB) consisting of industry representatives
    and academic researchers. This board will monitor Center projects relative to annual goals and
    deliverables, and will participate in the annual Center evaluation and planning activities.
    Members of the EAB include Dr. Reginald Perry, Associate Dean of the Florida A&M


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University-Florida State University School of Engineering; Dr. xxx, title, The Eli Lilly
Company, Dr. Theodore Baker, Chairman, Computer Science Department, Florida State
University, Dr. Richard Newman, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science Department, Florida
Institute of Technology.


4.2     Evaluation Plan

4.3     Project Milestones
4.3.1    Year 1

4.3.2    Year 2
4.3.3    Year 3


4.3.4    Year 4


4.3.5    Year 5



5     PROJECT INNOVATIONS AND IMPACT ON RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
5.1.1    Innovations
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5.1.2    Research Impact
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5.1.3 Educational Impact
 Broader student experience
 Expanded career options
 Student practitioners support testing in the curriculum
 undergraduate curriculum emphasis




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TABLE OF CONTENTS
C. Project Description....................................................................................................................................................1
1    Overview, Goals and Objectives, and Significance ...............................................................................................1
  1.1     Overview .......................................................................................................................................................1
  1.2     Project Goals..................................................................................................................................................2
  1.3     Objectives ......................................................................................................................................................2
  1.4     Significance ...................................................................................................................................................3
     1.4.1     Computer Science at an HBCU .............................................................................................................3
     1.4.2     Underrepresented Populations ...............................................................................................................3
2    Background and Related Work ..............................................................................................................................3
  2.1     Results to Date ...............................................................................................................................................3
3    Research Plan ........................................................................................................................................................4
  3.1     Research Projects ...........................................................................................................................................4
     3.1.1     A Methodology for Developing and Analyzing Software Architecture Specifications of High
     Assurance Systems ................................................................................................................................................5
     3.1.2     Heterogeneous Distributed Database System Incorporating Semantic Binary Databases for a Multi-
     dimensional Visualization System .........................................................................................................................5
     3.1.3     Application of Distributed Computing to Molecular Reaction Theory .................................................5
     3.1.4     Spoken Language Dialogue in a Distributed Environment ....................................................................6
  3.2     Center Research Infrastructure Improvements ..............................................................................................6
     3.2.1     Scientific ................................................................................................................................................6
       3.2.1.1 CSAC Accreditation ..........................................................................................................................6
       3.2.1.2 Faculty Recruitment and Development ..............................................................................................6
       3.2.1.3 Students..............................................................................................................................................7
       3.2.1.4 Strengthen M.S. Program...................................................................................................................8
       3.2.1.5 Offer Ph.D. Program ..........................................................................................................................8
       3.2.1.6 Curriculum Enhancement ..................................................................................................................9
       3.2.1.7 Collaborations ....................................................................................................................................9
     3.2.2     Staffing / Administrative ..................................................................................................................... 10
       3.2.2.1 Program Assistant ............................................................................................................................ 10
       3.2.2.2 External Advisory Committee ......................................................................................................... 10
       3.2.2.3 Laboratories ..................................................................................................................................... 10
     3.2.3     Fiscal .................................................................................................................................................... 11
4    Project MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION ................................................................................................ 12
  4.1     Management Plan ........................................................................................................................................ 12
  4.2     Evaluation Plan ............................................................................................................................................ 13
  4.3     Project Milestones ....................................................................................................................................... 13
     4.3.1     Year 1 .................................................................................................................................................. 13
     4.3.2     Year 2 .................................................................................................................................................. 13
     4.3.3     Year 3 .................................................................................................................................................. 13
     4.3.4     Year 4 .................................................................................................................................................. 13
     4.3.5     Year 5 .................................................................................................................................................. 13
5    Project Innovations and Impact on Research and Education ............................................................................... 13
     5.1.1     Innovations .......................................................................................................................................... 13
     5.1.2     Research Impact ................................................................................................................................... 13
     5.1.3     Educational Impact .............................................................................................................................. 13




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