Computing on the Edge

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

April 3-4, 2020

Call for Participation

The conference is cancelled but the proceedings will still be published.

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.


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!


To be announced.


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]

Special Sessions


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