Computing on the Edge

35th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators

April 3-4, 2020

Call for Participation

The Department of Computer Science at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is excited to host the 35th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators (PACISE), a professional organization representing faculty in all areas of computing and computing education in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The theme of this year’s conference is Computing on the Edge. Submissions are not restricted to this topic; topics in all areas of computer science, computer education, computer engineering, and related computing fields will be considered. Submissions are being solicited in the following areas:

  • Papers for peer review
  • Posters
  • Special sessions
  • Abstracts (for non-peer review consideration)

Faculty are asked to encourage students who are involved in research and large projects to submit their work.

The complete Call for Submissions and Participation can be downloaded as a PDF here

Quick links to templates:


Registration link for students, faculty, and guests: [Link]
As a reminder, submissions will only be accepted if the presenter registers and attends the PACISE conference.


Dr. James Barr von Oehsen
Dr. James Barr von Oehsen
Associate Vice President
The Rutgers University
Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC)


Research and Discovery – Emerging Research and Education Platforms Access to advanced computing, distributed data, and cloud infrastructures have become increasingly critical to research and education endeavors in a wide range of disciplines. As research computing groups, campus IT, regional network providers, and research centers around the country try to address the needs of these diverse research and education communities, coordination between these entities has become essential in creating sustainable, scalable, and flexible distributed federated resources (local, regional, and national), and commercial cloud. These coordinated efforts have recently become even more imperative as the push from funding agencies to support cross-disciplinary collaborative proposals that span multiple institutions continues to grow. In this presentation Dr. Barr von Oehsen will give an overview of the local, regional, and national projects he is currently involved with as well as discuss the future of advanced research computing/cyberinfrastructure within this ecosystem and how groups such as PACISE can get involved.


Dr. James Barr von Oehsen is the Associate Vice President of the Rutgers University Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC). Dr. von Oehsen is responsible for providing strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements through next generation computing, networking, and data science infrastructure. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was employed by Clemson University Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) as the Executive Director of the Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration (CITI) group. Dr. von Oehsen has extensive experience working with diverse campus research communities throughout the nation as well as within the US industry sector. His interests are in high performance computing, high throughput computing, data science, deep learning, cybersecurity, smart cities, internet of things, mathematical modeling, parallel programming, commercial and campus cloud, and hardware architectures. In 2018 he received the NJEdge Technology Innovation Award for his work involving the convergence of software defined networking, research computing, tiered storage, commercial cloud, and federation of services. He is also a founding member of the Eastern Regional Network, a consortium of universities, regional network providers, and research centers with a vision to simplify multi-campus collaborations and partnerships that advance the frontiers of research, pedagogy, and innovation.

Important Dates

  • February 14 - Submissions Due For Peer Review
  • March 6 - Author Notification
  • March 13 - Early Registration Deadline
  • March 20 - Camera-Ready Manuscripts Due
  • March 20 - Special Topics Deadline
  • March 27 - Competition Registration Deadline
  • April 3, 4 - PACISE 2020!


Friday, April 3
3:00-5:45PM Registration
3:00-4:00PM Poster Setup
4:00-5:45PM Poster Judging

4:15-5:45PM Parallel Sessions: Posters, Papers, Special Sessions
4:00-5:45PM PACISE Board Meeting
6:00-7:30PM Dinner Reception and Keynote
Hollinger Field House
7:45 Programming Competition Practice
7:45 Robotics Competition Practice
7:45PM Security Competition Kickoff
Saturday, April 4
7:45-8:00AM Programming, Robotics Competition Check-In
8:00-9:00AM Registration
8:00-11:45AM Programming Competition
9:00-11:45AM Parallel Sessions: Posters, Papers, Special Sessions

11:45AM End of Competitions
12:00PM Lunch, Awards, and General Meeting
Hollinger Field House


Programming Competition

Registration Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as space permits. Each team must complete the contest registration form (link: and return it no later than March 15th. Note: Team members must also register for the PACISE Conference; this requires a separate registration form which can be found on the conference web site.

Information and Rules
Team Composition
  • All team members, including faculty and alternates, must be registered participants of the PACISE 2020 conference. Any team with one or more members unregistered for the conference will be disqualified.
  • Each team is comprised solely of undergraduate students currently registered at that school. There will be two or three undergraduate students per team, plus alternates.
Location and Hardware
  • The programming contest location is in the Math/Computer Science building.
  • All machines will be running Linux with the configuration similar to that of ICPC’s VM (
  • Each team will be assigned its own account for the practice run and a different account for the competition.
  • A printer will be available to the teams during both the practice run and the competition.
  • Each team will be allocated one computer.
Contest Time
  • There will be a practice session which begins Friday evening at 7:30 PM for the purpose of familiarizing participants with the computing environment. Teams will given directions on using our machines and the PC2, followed by a practice session with one sample problem. This practice session ends at 9:30.
  • The contest will officially run on Saturday from 7:45 AM until 11:45 AM. A group of 5 problems will be given to solve in this time period.
Contest Procedures, Rules and Restrictions
  • No internet access and/or will be allowed.
  • Students can bring text books and printouts, but no electronic tools (flash drives, cell phones, electronic watches, calculators, etc.).
  • All decisions of the judges and/or the contest chair regarding permissible references are final.
  • Team advisors coaches, and alternates are NOT permitted to help (or hinder) teams solve problems during the contest.
  • The conference organizers cannot be responsible for the security of unattended electronic devices.
  • Refreshments will be available.
Rule Violations
  • Violations of the rules may result in team penalties or disqualification.
  • All decisions of the contest judges and/or contest chair are final.
Questions Please forward any questions to Dr. Linh Ngo , Chair of the Programming contest.

Security Competition

Like last year, the security competition will adhere to a "capture-the-flag" like competition where teams of up to 3 students will be given a set of security-oriented problems to solve in a specific amount of time. Teams will be permitted to use as many computers as they'd like with any set of tools (e.g. Python, Ubuntu Linux, Pwntools, GDB).

The PACISE 2020 Security Competition will be a capture the flag event. Topics will be from stack overflow, heap overflow and kernel overflow. The contest can be done individually or as a team of no more than 3 players. Teams/Players are to bring their own computers and tools they need to compete. The contest will run from 7:45pm Friday until 11:30 am on Saturday. Only a WiFi connection is required. Work on campus can be done until 10:00pm Friday evening and can resume on campus at 7:30am. Otherwise, remote connections/WiFi at hotels will be required. Awards will be given to the top 3 teams/players.

Robotics Competition

Teams of up to three students can compete to try to get their robots to complete tasks in the shortest amount of time. In this year's ccompetition, the following robot kits are allowed:

  • The EV3 Home (31313) set consists of: 1 EV3 programmable brick, 2 Large Motors, 1 Medium Motor, 1 Touch Sensor, 1 Color Sensor, 1 Infrared Sensor, 1 Remote Control, cables, USB cable, and 585 TECHNIC elements.
  • The Education EV3 Core Set (45544) set consists of: 1 EV3 programmable brick, 2 Large Motors, 1 Medium Motor, 2 Touch Sensors, 1 Color Sensor, 1 Gyroscopic Sensor, 1 Ultrasonic Sensor, cables, USB cable, 1 Rechargeable battery and 547 TECHNIC elements.

We’re looking for teams to bring their own Lego EV3 Home Kits and teams will also need to supply their own laptops, and any other required components.

A detailed robotics competition rules are available [Here]


Recommended local hotels:

Hotel Warner
120 N High St.
West Chester, PA 19380

The Hotel Warner is located about 5 minutes away from campus and is easily accessible. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved.

Phone: 610-692-6920

Website: Hotel Warner

Quality Inn
943 S High St.
West Chester, PA 19380

5 minute drive to WCU. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved.

Phone: (610) 692-1900

Website: Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center


Richard Burns
Conference Chair
Liu Cui
Assistant Conference Chair
Linh Ngo
Programming Competition Chair
Si Chen
Security Competition Chair
C. Dudley Girard (Shippensburg)
Robotics Competition Chair
Dave Mooney (Shippensburg)
Editorial Board Chair
Kathleen Barimani
Department Secretary / Registration