Category Archives: Education

Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities | blog@CACM | Communications of the ACM

Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities | blog@CACM | Communications of the ACM. UMaine started using Python in its introductory course in the Fall 2009 semester. Nice to see the rest of the world catching up! 🙂


Call for Papers, G. Markowsky Guest Editor: Open Journal of Internet of Things (OJIOT)


Special Issue: IOT and SCADA Cybersecurity Education


Prof. George Markowsky, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine, USA

By 2020 various estimates put the number of “things” on the Internet at 26-30 billion. These networked things will be found in every facet of our lives. This is in addition to the SCADA systems that are so critical for functioning of modern civilization. In the excitement of creating these new systems, it seems clear that not enough attention is being paid to cybersecurity of the IOT and SCADA systems. In particular, this aspect of cybersecurity is not addressed in most cybersecurity programs. This is most unfortunate since it is widely believed that these new systems are less secure than the traditional networked systems. It is also clear that vulnerabilities in the IOT and SCADA systems can be exploited to produce vulnerabilities in traditional systems. Therefore, this special issue aims to an international platform for the discussion of IOT and SCADA cybersecurity education.

This special issue will focus on the state of IOT and SCADA Cybersecurity Education. Of special interest are determining which institutions are active in these areas and how people interested in bringing these topics into their cybersecurity curriculum should proceed. We invite contributions that look at all aspects of the cybersecurity of the Internet of Things and SCADA systems. This includes such devices as ATMs, home and automobile control systems, and medical devices as well as the traditional systems such as power grids, pipelines and water systems.


Submission Deadline: August 15, 2014
Author Notification: October 15, 2014

For detailed information on the manuscript submission and preparation, please visit Author Guidelines (

OJIOT Editorial Office
RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Lübeck, Germany

National Day of Civic Hacking: Bangor Maine Participation (Sat. 5/31- Sun. 6/1)



Here is your chance to put your computing skills to civic use. For more information about this event which will be held in 120 cities worldwide see

Here are the details for Bangor Maine.

Maine Civic Hack Day

Maine Civic Hack Day is a hackathon in Bangor, Maine focused on solving community problems as part of a National effort called the “National Day of Civic Hacking” These problems, or challenges, can take a wide array of forms.  During the event we will work to provide a prototype solution to the problem. The event is focused on these goals:
1. Building prototype solutions to real problems
2. Forming new connections between our community members
3. Demonstrating interesting approaches to solving problems
4. Inspiring new initiatives and collaborations

Please check out and register for the event at the website:


More Maine Civic Hack Day Info



Adapting American ERP Systems for China: CS Masters Project Presentation

Computer Science Masters Project Presentation
Friday, May 2, 2014, 10 AM, 336 Boardman Hall

Yiqi Lin
School of Computing & Information Sciences
University of Maine
Advisor: George Markowsky

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems currently used by
American businesses are unsuitable for adoption by small and
medium size Chinese businesses. This talk discusses some of
the chief cross-cultural issues including localization and
interface language differences, implementation costs,
culturally-specific management styles, and financial report
format discrepancies. It also presents a case study of using
agile software engineering methods to design an ERP system
that deals with the cross-cultural issues.