Applications of Machine Learning

34th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators

April 12-13, 2019


Call for Participation

The Department of Computer Science at Millersville University is excited to host the 34th 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 Applications of Machine Learning. 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 (birds-of-a-feather, etc.)
  • 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 can be downloaded as a PDF here

Quick links to templates:


Early Registration Deadline: March 26, 2019

Students, Faculty, and Guests will all be required to register by completing a Registration Form.

As a reminder, submissions will only be accepted if the presenter registers and attends the PACISE conference.

Keynote --- Applied Machine Learning

Dave Feltenberger, Software Engineer, Google
Dave Feltenberger
Staff Software Engineer


Drawing on Dave's experience leading a machine learning organization, this talk will cover several applied case studies of machine learning on corporate ("Enterprise") data. After a brief introduction to machine learning concepts, a few hypothetical Enterprise case studies will be discussed. In particular, some work with patent classification; finding organically forming groups for answering questions such as "who works on what?"; routing helpdesk tickets to the proper channels without laborious and repetitive human intervention; and finally, a brief discussion about production machine learning systems in industry settings. There will be ample time for questions after the talk.


Dave is a graduate of the Computer Science department at Millersville University (class of 2003). He also holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a focus on machine learning. Following and concurrent with his studies, Dave worked in a number of industries -- building some of the early telematics systems for large fleets of vehicles; an electronic medical records startup; distributed systems work on Goldman Sachs’ equity and derivatives trading platform; and finally, leading multiple machine learning teams at Google. Currently, Dave leads a machine learning team in the location platform of Google Maps.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 15, 2019: Submission Drafts Deadline
  • Mar. 22, 2019: Author Notification
  • Mar. 26, 2019: Early Registration Deadline
  • Mar. 29, 2019: Camera-Ready Manuscripts Deadline
  • Mar. 29, 2019: Special Topics Deadline (BOF, workshop, etc)
  • Mar. 29, 2019: Abstracts (for Presentations)
  • Apr. 5, 2019: Programming Competition Registration Deadline
  • Apr. 5, 2019: Security Competition Registration Deadline
  • Apr. 12, 2019: PACISE Annual Conference


A PDF of the detailed schedule is available [HERE].

Friday, April 12

3:00-5:45PM Registration
SMC Lobby outside of MPR
3:00-4:00PM Poster Setup
SMC Lobby outside of MPR
4:00-5:45PM Poster Judging
SMC Lobby outside of MPR
4:00-5:00PM Workshop (Robotics)
SMC MPR (114)
4:15-5:45PM Student Presentations
SMC 18, SMC 24, SMC 118
4:00-5:45PM PACISE Board Meeting
SMC 202
6:00-7:30PM Dinner Reception and Keynote
Lehr Dining Room, Bolger Conference Center
7:45-??? Programming Competition Practice
Roddy 130, Roddy 131
7:45PM Security Competition Kickoff
NOW Roddy 136

Saturday, April 13

7:45-8:00AM Programming Competition Check-In
Roddy 130, Roddy 131
8:00-9:00AM Registration
SMC Lobby outside of MPR
8:00-11:45AM Programming Competition
Roddy 130, Roddy 131
9:00-11:45AM Poster Session
SMC Lobby outside of MPR
9:00-10:00AM BOF Session
SMC 118
9:00-10:00AM Presentations
SMC 18, SMC 24
10:00-10:15AM Break
10:15-11:45AM Presentations
SMC 18, SMC 24
10:15-11:45AM BOF Session
SMC 118
11:45AM End of Security Competition
12:00PM Lunch, Awards, and General Meeting
SMC 114 (MPR)


Programming Competition

The programming competition will return once again this year. Teams of up to three students will have 3.5 hours to solve as many of the assigned programming problems as possible. We will adhere to (relaxed) ICPC rules.


Security Competition

New to PACISE this 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. Kali Linux).

The PACISE 2019 Security Competition will be a capture the flag event. Topics will be from security knowledge, stenography, cryptography, log analysis, and more. 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 11:30am 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.


Special Sessions


BSE Computer Science -- Saturday @ 9:00AM -- SMC 118

Continually Updating Computer Science General Education for Informed Citizens Beyond 2020 -- Saturday @ 10:15AM -- SMC 118


Cooperation with Minimal Communication

This workshop will discuss and, hopefully, try out different approaches to getting two or more bots to solve a problem together. The core problem will involve moving a ball in a joint operation to a final location. Taped lines will be used to help guide the bots. The problem will likely involve 2-3 different bots having to work together. Additional details on the problem(s) will be sent out ahead of time to give those interested time to think of and develop potential solutions (which will be difficult to test given most of us only have one EV3 bot). Please contact Dr. C. Dudley Girard at Shippensburg University ( for additional details. Interested persons can bring their bots to this.


  • Millersville University is hosting the annual PACISE conference at the Student Memorial Center (SMC).
  • The Programming Competition will be held in Roddy Hall (the CS department)
  • Online Campus Map
  • SMC Map
  • Annotated Campus Map
  • Parking will be available around the Student Memorial Center
  • Directions to campus can use the address of:
    1 S George Street
    Millersville, PA, 17551

Directions to Millersville SMC from Rt. 999

  1. Turn onto George Street
  2. Continue straight until you get to the *second* traffic light (Frederick Street).
  3. Turn Right onto Frederick Street
  4. Turn Left at the next road (Shenks Lane)
  5. Continue Straight. The SMC will be on your left side.
  6. Turn Left onto Centennial Drive after the SMC.
  7. Turn Left into the parking lot.

We have reserved a block of rooms at a few hotels nearby. Rooms will only be held until March 12, 2019. Be sure to mention PACISE when reserving a room.

DoubleTree Resort
2400 Willow Street Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602

The DoubleTree is located about 15 minutes away from campus and is easily accessible.

Phone: (717) 464-2711

Fax: (717) 464-4784

Website: DoubleTree Resort

The Hotel Lancaster
26 East Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

The Hotel Lancaster is located in downtown Lancaster City and is about 20 minutes from campus.

Phone: (717) 394-0900

Fax: (717) 394-3405


MainStay Suites
314 Primrose Lane
Mountville, PA 17554

NOTE: These are single-room suites with one queen bed and a two-person sofa-bed

Phone: (717) 285-2500

Fax: (717) 285-2500

Website: Choice Hotels


Stephanie Schwartz
Conference Chair
William Killian
Contests Chair
Chad Hogg
Registration Chair
Dave Mooney
Editorial Board Chair
Tonya Pyles
Department Secretary
Todd Echterling
Technical Liason

PACISE is supported in part by the Office of the Provost and the College of Science and Technology at Millersville University

Awards and prizes for the programming contest, capture-the-flag contest, best paper, best student paper, and best poster are sponsored by Northrop Grumman