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A third UMass Lowell Computer Science course this spring engaged students in developing mobile applications.

On May 10, more than 20 students gathered in Olsen 311 for the project demos from the course “91.650: Topics in Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing.” The course, offered by Prof. Guanling Chen, covered a variety of topics on both principles and practices of the state-of-art academic research and industry development on emerging mobile platforms and wireless technologies.

All 14 students showed their project demos. Examples included:

  • Anthony Biasella presented an Android-based adventure game called "The Legend of Adlez"
  • Beibei Yang demonstrated sentimental analysis of movies currently playing in nearby theaters, using data mashed from Twitter and Google services
  • Chris Dietsch showed his iPhone app for guitar tablature search based on the song currently playing by the iPod
  • Jesse Lucas showed his Android app for bar-hopping and pub crawl
  • Mehrdad Nourai demonstrated an iOS app for QRCode-based inventory control
  • Roger Dejean presented an Android-based app for car theft detection using motion detection
  • Zach Kissel showed an Bluetooth proximity monitor for office and home automation
At the end of session, the audience unanimously voted Beibei Yang's movie app as their favorite demo. This web app is implemented using HTML5 so it works across multiple mobile platforms. By first locating the user's position, this app uses Google movie service to find the titles of the movies being played at the nearby theaters. The app then pulls Twitter conversations about these movies and applies sentimental analysis algorithms to show how the movie is liked or disliked by Twitter users.

The project reports and some video demos can be found at the project website.


Two screenshots from Beibei Yang's “Twitiment” web service for geolocation mashups.
Prof. Benyuan Liu recently received an equipment grant from Microsoft Research to introduce Windows 7 phones and related mobile cloud services in 91.564 Data Communications II. The grant was received in time for the Spring 2011 semester, and Liu integrated the technologies into his course. 

Prof. Liu reported that “students were very excited about the opportunity to use the advanced mobile cloud technologies from Microsoft Research, and learned a great amount about the principles and practice of wireless networking and mobile computing through the smart phone application developments.”

On May 18, students demonstrated the applications they have developed for the course projects, ranging from smartphone RSS news reader to providing various services for the community. The projects were:

  • UML Parking Finder by Peng Xia and Shan Lu, for finding parking spaces at UMass Lowell.
  • ZurianSwap by Steve Bilozur, Swapnil Gewande and Ian White for sign translation using smartphones.
  • iBridge: Augmenting Reality with Barcode by Ke Huang and Liuying Peng, to scan product barcodes with smartphone and obtain relevant information (e.g., stores nearby, compare price, nutrition analysis, etc).
  • UML Shuttle Tracker by Jason Chan, I-Hsuan Lin and Xiawei Liu, a user friendly smartphone  application to look up the shuttle bus’s location in real time.
  • SleepSafe by Bhanu Kaushik, a smartphone based approach for sleepwalking detection.
  • Language Translator by Darshan Darbari and Rachit Mathur, language translator on smartphones for storing translated text.
  • UML App by Kavya Kona, Prathiba Dyavegowda and Sunil Kumar Balaganchi Thammaiah, All-you-want  to know information about UMass Lowell (shuttle services, dining services, on-campus residence, athletic centers, libraries, emergence notifications, etc)
  • UML 4-Ride by Malav Parikh, Purva Patil, Puneet Agrawal and Pragya Singhal, providing UML students with ride service at ease with smart phones.
  • RSS Reader by Naiem Sleiman and Naji Dagher, RSS Reader for keeping up with news and information on smartphones.
Liu commented that “as smart phones are quickly becoming indispensible communication and computing devices in people’s daily lives, it is exciting to see students become facile with these technologies.”

Peng Xia explains his “UML Parking Finder” app, designed with collaborator Shan Lu.
Bo Yan, a doctoral student advised by Prof. Guanling Chen, will present his paper on AppJoy at the Ninth ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys). MobiSys is a prestigious conference on mobile and wireless systems with a low acceptance rate of 18% this year.

AppJoy is a service that helps Android users to discover interesting applications through personalized recommendation algorithms. It is available in Åndroid Market and has been used by more than 5000 users worldwide. For more information, see the AppJoy web site.
Professor Fred Martin has received a $50,000 award from Google's education group to create resources for users of App Inventor for Android.

App Inventor is a system developed by Google to allow novice programmers to develop applications for their Android phones with an easy-to-use visual programming environment.

With the award, Dr. Martin's group will develop a web site for App Inventor users to publish and share their projects.  This “Community Gallery” site is being modeled after MIT's successful Scratch site.

The project team includes faculty and students from Wellesley College, Mills College, Trinity College, the University of San Francisco, and MIT.
Professor Benyuan Liu was chosen by Microsoft Research as part of a university engagement program for an equipment grant.  

UMass Lowell is one of twenty schools selected for an award.  The grant consists of a dozen Windows 7 phones, development SDK, and free access to Windows Azure and other cloud services.

Prof. Liu is using the equipment this spring's graduate course 91.564 - Data Communications II, and for his research in mobile cloud computing.

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