Major Research Labs
Research in the COAS is conducted by a diverse group of well-trained faculty members who are committed to advancing knowledge in their disciplines. Because teaching is our main activity, every effort is made to use research as a teaching tool. Consequently, students are actively engaged in faculty research labs as mentees, research assistants, or interns. Faculty members in the CAS participate in research consortia and partnerships at state, national and international levels, and collaborate with federal agencies and others in industry. Some of their works have received national and international recognition for excellence. Some have secured patents for their inventions. Researchers in the STEM disciplines operate individual or team research labs, which they established and support primarily through grants and industry partnerships.
Research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) means anything that makes machines act more intelligently. The lab's work includes basic and applied research in machine learning, deep question answering, search and planning, knowledge representation, and cognitive architectures. Visit the official AI site.
Bowie State University has a fledgling medicinal chemistry program, which is led by two outstanding junior faculty members - Drs. Alan Anderson and Eric Bonsu, who are both highly trained organic chemists. They engage students throughout the year and host intensive summer experiences for students, which attract participants from other college programs. The medicinal chemistry program is large grant-funded.
The Center for Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies (CCS&ET) at Bowie State University provides educational, research and training opportunities in network and information security to both students and faculty. CCS&ET embodies the joint efforts of the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Management Information Systems at BSU.
Data & Knowledge Lab
Dr. Bo Yang leads the Data and Knowledge Systems Lab. His research focuses on mobile information systems and intelligent data search, which are critical fields having great promises as well as technical challenges. The recent exponential data explosion, partly due to the rapid proliferation of Internet, has given rise to the research in these fields, including mobile content distribution, pervasive computing, multimedia semantics, and content-based retrieval. For example, the need of distributed data search and its applications such as Google and Bing, have stimulated the research in finding more precise and efficient search engines for large-scale data repositories. However, the traditional techniques used in these fields are falling far behind the emerging need of mobile data processing.
Genomics & Biotechnology Lab
The Genomics & Biotechnology Lab is interested in surveying tropical germplasm for biodiversity, conservation efforts and phylogenetic studies. Other interests are in DNA fingerprinting, molecular mapping and marker-assisted selection for crop improvement. Drs. George Ude and George Acquaah lead this laboratory.
Xseed is a local name for Bowie State University's Apple G5 supercomputer. On March 9, 2005, BSU, in cooperation with Apple Computer, Inc., built a $1 million supercomputer that the University named Xseed. The name was inspired by one of America's frontier man, Johnny Appleseed, who, according to the legend, spread his apple seeds throughout the Northeast and the Great Lakes region, and from the germinated seeds sprang up countless apple trees along the way. It is the hope of BSU that Xseed will similarly produce the seeds of inspiration in the University's community and beyond.
Mobile Device Research
The HS-SEER program studies crowd behavior during evacuations due to terror events. The Lab applies research methods from social science and human-computer interaction to address the challenge of including social, emotional, and communication factors into simulations of crowd behavior. The Lab's researchers hope to enable policymakers and first-responders to evaluate evacuation strategies and mobile device usage during evacuations. Drs. Quincy Brown and Sharad Sharma lead this laboratory.
The Protein Crystallography Lab teaches students how to purify proteins. The Lab teaches protein crystallization techniques and x-ray structure determination. Dr. Bradford Braden leads the Lab.
Sensor Network & Robotics
The Sensor Network & Robotics Lab uses video cameras, communication devices and cutting-edge software to conduct robotics experiments that rely on the detection of sensors to produce an outcome. The Lab's data processing center is the University's Xseed supercomputer, which is among the top 200 fastest in the world. The Lab's researchers study ways to facilitate communication between peer sensors and control stations where sensor data is stored in a database and used for system decision making.
Virtual Reality Lab
The Virtual Reality laboratory introduce students to VR hardware and software, and provides an opportunity for them to apply this knowledge to educational and gaming applications. This laboratory applies cutting-edge VR technology currently available in academia and industry.