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Opportunities that Matter

Business Solutions

Global Impact

Innovative Research

Technology Mavens

Designs that Inspire


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GRAPHIC DESIGN Brendan Jones Gaby Rodriguez

COPYEDITOR Tira Rogers ‘01, ‘05

PHOTOGRAPHS Brendan Jones Gaby Rodriguez Joshua Rodamer ‘08, ‘12 Timothy D. Sofranko

CONTRIBUTORS Geoff Smith Justin Taylor

CORRESPONDENCE Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Informatics Griffin Hall Suite 330, Nunn Drive Highland Heights, KY 41099 Phone: (859) 572-7610 Web: E-mail:

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Contents 4.

A Letter from the Executive Director


A Note from Provost Wells


Mission, Vision, Values, & the Virtual Co-op Program


The College of Informatics


A Letter from Dean Kirby


UpTech Ideas: The First Class


Spotlight on Students and Alumni


Impacting K-12


Collaborating for Water Quality


Engaging Web Solutions


Educational Innovations


Mobile in Health and Fitness


Corporate Mobile Research


CAI by the Numbers


Professional Development and Community Engagement


2012-13 Graduates & Student Accomplishments


Students and Alumni


Impacted Organizations Snapshot


CAI Advisory Board


Faculty and Staff


Community Sponsors


Project Index

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A Letter from the Executive Director Friends and supporters of CAI: The 2012-13 academic year was both eventful and successful for the Center for Applied Informatics. Our student base has grown, requiring new space for innovative research and problem solving; the countless hours our students invest in experiential learning continue to flourish; and our business/community interactions are cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with the university. As CAI has become rooted in the college, our opportunities and output have increased exponentially. This academic year 17 students graduated with the unique experience of working with organizations at NKU, throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky and with large multinational corporations, all before graduation. At the end of 2013 we will exceed 200,000 hours of student experiential learning since CAI’s start. This feat is culminating with three labs full of students working on new and exciting technologies and an innovations center, where we find business and students coming together, challenging one another to grow and demonstrate informatics excellence. CAI is now on the map, touching organizations from Washington, D.C., to California, from Cincinnati to Switzerland; we have a global impact and continue to gain exposure for NKU and our college. We continue to increase our K-12 engagement in multiple informatics sectors. Assurance of a strong student pipeline is critical to student success as well as the success of CAI. This year we spent significant time engaging the Kentucky Center for Mathematics to build a system that enables teachers to strengthen math skills of developing students. Additionally, we participated in a separate program that brought mobile app development instruction to elementary school students. This early-age mobile instruction took place through a collaboration with the Partnership for Innovation in Education. One of our most noteworthy engagements of the year was our collaboration with the Department of Education and Department of Biology at NKU on a water quality application. This app, available on iOS devices, is already in use, helping citizen scientists collect data on the vital waterways in our communities. The success of the application has enabled the CAI to receive partial funding for two students to further the development and sustainability of the application. The funding provided through the NKU Research Foundation created two $5,000 grants to fund NKURF/CAI student scholars. The students supported by the funding are part of our foundational virtual co-op program. The CAI continues to engage professionals in key areas such as security, collaboration and innovation. Last fall, nearly 300 people attended our annual security symposium, which included a track for legal professionals in the security and open-source space. This spring, a partnership with Max Technical Training attracted 350 professionals for a day of SharePoint education and networking. Additionally, our students have participated in multiple startup and think-tank events, providing innovative ideas and designs to organizations that push the boundaries of technological imagination. Specifically, our students were a key component in the first class of UpTech, a business incubator initiative that is growing high-tech jobs in the region through economic development and entrepreneurship. In closing, I would like to thank all of our supporters at NKU, in the community and in our legislature that recognize the opportunity the CAI provides to students seeking more in their education. Without your support we would not be able to deliver such exceptional additions to the workforce. Sincerely,

Tim Ferguson, Executive Director Center for Applied Informatics


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A Note from Provost Wells The Center for Applied Informatics has become a signature program for NKU. Through the work of the CAI our students have the opportunity to work on real-world applied problems. This work dramatically enhances their learning while also meeting the needs of nonprofit, corporate, small-business and governmental entities from our region and around the world. As a result, NKU’s CAI graduates are well prepared for career or graduate school. Nationally, the CAI has been regarded as a leader in aligning students seeking stimulating cooperative opportunities with companies desiring talent and a mutually beneficial relationship with a university. The outcome is well-rounded students who are eager to compete and thrive in a fast-paced, technologydriven market. Through innovation and creativity our students have been responsible for award-winning solutions that are important to the organizations’ effectiveness and efficiency. In turn, participating organizations gain a partnership with an innovative program and access to the talent of NKU and the College of Informatics. I am exceptionally proud of the work of the CAI and offer my sincerest congratulations to the CAI students, faculty and staff for their impressive accomplishments. Sincerely, Gail Wells, Vice President Academic Affairs

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Mission Vision Values MISSION To increase the quality, speed and scope of technology innovation and student learning by pairing the talent, facilities and funding resources of the College of Informatics to solve future-focused business challenges and business opportunities. This will be accomplished through collaborative research, virtual co-ops, student/ faculty/staff projects, business-development opportunities, and the dissemination of the practice and discipline of informatics to create long-term economic value.

VISION To be a world-class nexus for student innovation in information technology through collaboration and the application of the cross-disciplinary science of informatics to help our business partners solve business problems.


Student and professional collaborative learning through hands-on research, experiential learning, internships, workshops and web-connected project teams is the best formula for driving knowledge transfer between business and academia. DRIVE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The CAI embraces the university’s strategic plan that will position the region to compete in a global, knowledge-based economy by increasing the pool of talented workers and providing the region with a resource for new innovative technology and training. The CAI works collaboratively with businesses and government agencies to develop solutions to business challenges through research, grants, internships, joint ventures and business-development opportunities. DRIVE INNOVATION

New ideas attract talent, talent attracts investment, and investment nurtures more new ideas – which in turn attracts more talent. The primary role of the university and the CAI is to attract, train and grow talent. Regional and national growth through Griffin Hall and CAI Labs in action


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innovation is only sustainable if we can supply a renewable base of workforce talent.

Virtual Co-Op Program VIRTUAL CO-OPS Traditionally, organizations accepting college students into co-op positions have been required to provide some initial training, technology to support their work, and resources to oversee their work. The CAI provides virtual co-op opportunities to organizations and students, eliminating barriers to performing quality work and achieving efficiency in experiential learning.

STUDENT SUCCESS RESEARCH The CAI has spent more than six years monitoring and researching student performance in the virtual co-op setting. The collective of organization and student interaction has contributed to an extensive amount of knowledge on how experiential programs can be created, managed and supported in the university setting. The success of informatics students, and the organizations engaging these students through virtual co-ops, has drawn the attention of other universities across the U.S. seeking to understand how value can be added to higher education through applied programs.

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WHAT IS INFORMATICS? The common thread of informatics is

producing graduates under ten

degrees and certificates. This fall,

information – its acquisition, collection,

bachelor’s degree programs, five

students will have the opportunity to

analysis, manipulation, application,

master’s degree programs, multiple

pursue a brand new major, data science.

packaging, presentation and marketing.

graduate certificates and several minors.

This program will usher in a stream of

All of these activities involve informatics.

More information on the world-class

talented data scientists, fulfilling

It is where the science and technology

programs and certificates offered by the

a current workforce gap in business

that handle information meet the human

College of Informatics can be found at

for organizing and using extremely

arts and psychology of delivering it and

large datasets.



The College of Informatics was formed

College of Informatics faculty provide

in 2006 as the university acted on

the academic foundation within the

a new idea in organizing fields of

CAI. Their expertise and talent allow

study. The concept of the college cut

the CAI to host numerous professional

diagonally across traditional groupings

development events each year,

of academics, such as business,

produce extraordinary research,

engineering, arts, humanities and

and develop key relationships with

science. The formation of the college

professional organizations and other

called for the molding together of

academic institutions.

brings them together under a single theory of applied technology. Today there is virtually no area of business, science, industry or entertainment that does not use some aspect of informatics. They all need a means of managing information and presenting it in the most useful and effective way. To function well in today’s world, you need practical knowledge of both the technical management and the artistic presentation. When students graduate with a degree from the NKU College of Informatics, they have both the technical knowledge and the communication skills to be a highly valued operator in this age of information.

COLLEGE ACADEMICS The College of Informatics houses three academic departments: business informatics, communication and computer science. These departments feed the academic powerhouse,


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business informatics, computer science and communication departments, later followed by the Infrastructure Management Institute, now the CAI, as an outreach and communityengagement arm. In spring 2008, 1,134 undergraduates

Additionally, the collaboration of faculty with the CAI allows real-time developments to take place that improve student experience and learning. Together with the faculty and staff of the college, the CAI is bridging the gap between academia and business.

took control of their futures by enrolling in the college. Just three years later, undergraduate majors had grown to nearly 1,500, with more than 255 graduate students pursuing master’s

College of Informatics can be found at

A Letter from Dean Kirby In 2005 when we sketched out what was to become the College of Informatics, we knew we needed to have (as we called it then) a “portal to the real world.” The idea was that even though we could have a cutting-edge cross-disciplinary curriculum, unless we built in a channel for our students and faculty to engage with the broader community, we would be just another college. And the last thing we wanted to be was just another college. Now eight years later, as you can see in this annual report, the idea has unfolded in ways we could never have foreseen. This modest “portal” has grown into the large and impactful Center for Applied Informatics. In many ways, the CAI has put the college on the map. This report conveys well the range and the intensity of the CAI’s work. But I also want to acknowledge how powerfully the CAI students and staff can communicate their work in person. For example, in January 2013 the college hosted its inaugural Informatics Showcase, an evening of fast-paced TED-style talks presented to an overflow audience of regional leaders in the Rieveschl Digitorium. Several CAI students presented projects. Aaron Corsi described his work with the biological sciences department on a water quality app and website, and John Herold explained his work with the Kentucky Center for Mathematics on the Kentucky Numeracy Project. CAI students have also made memorable tours of Griffin Hall, designed to engage groups ranging from middle school students to C-level executives. A few student comments to those touring our facility stand out: “I would spend the night in Griffin Hall if they would let me.” “I learn as much in this lab as I do in my classes.” “This is where I am preparing for my future.” I encourage all our stakeholders to learn more about the CAI, its amazing Mobile & Web Academy and its exciting symposia for professionals. Informatics is the art, science, technology and business of information, and the CAI is where it all comes together.

Kevin Kirby, Ph.D. Dean, College of Informatics

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UpTech Ideas: The First Class BUILDING AN INFORMATICS CLUSTER IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY expedite the growth of technology and informatics-focused business in our region. CAI was an included resource in this initiative, providing student talent for the program and answering the demand for a skilled technology workforce ready Where do investors look for talent when

to innovate, take risks and grow the

incubating new technology business?

community’s economy. In addition to

The answer is no surprise to those

helping those chosen in the first class

familiar with the virtual co-op program.

of UpTech to build the technology

College of Informatics students in the

involved in their ideas, CAI students

CAI had the opportunity to help multiple

helped UpTech revamp its own website.

entrepreneurs build the foundations for

Students worked with UpTech to create

their ideas and businesses. UpTech, a

updated graphics and a new look and

business accelerator program, provided

feel for the site.

a select group of entrepreneurs with investment funding, a broad array of business-support resources, and CAI student talent to kick-start their unique informatics ideas. In the first year, this new, groundbreaking program nurtured eight ideas, or companies, to help

UpTech Ideas: Round 1 Companies • GamiGen • MakeupHaulic • CitiLogics • OneMorePallet • Crowdspark • Student Source • InstrumentLife • Text And The City


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Makayla Schultz

Matt Lemox

Ellie Ebner


CAI student Nick Grout found his niche in InstrumentLife. Working with company front-man Chris Sturm, Grout not only contributed a significant effort to the company’s website build but also became passionate about the idea of

Nick Grout Lead student developer

InstrumentLife itself. InstrumentLife is a unique software service that houses and protects the story each musical instrument contains. InstrumentLife allows users to secure purchase, service and performance history of any instrument in one online location for the life of that musical instrument while connecting the musician to the

CAI student team members

service providers that support their talent. Chris Sturm and Nick Grout spoke about their collaboration during the College of Informatics’ Informatics Showcase 2013, which took place in January. The duo could finish one another’s sentences and spoke to the project, as well as the college, as a

Bobby Crawford

thread that binds entrepreneurs, students and investors into business success.

Trevor Schmitz

Matt Lemox

Matt Johnson

Calvin McLain

Gaby Rodriguez

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Spotlight on Students MAKAYLA SCHULTZ Makayla Schultz joined the CAI team in fall 2011 as a media specialist. In this role, her most notable contribution has been to the interactive donor board in the Eva G. and Oakley Farris Commons of Griffin Hall. Makayla worked with other students to create the animations and compile the information featured on the donor board. Outside of her work at CAI, she is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in visual communication design and is minoring in media informatics. She is a member of AIGA, president of the NKU Design Guild and member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Makayla has received several honors during her tenure at NKU including being awarded the Achievers Scholarship, receiving the Staff Congress Award, earning recognition on the Presidential Honors List and the Dean’s List, and being selected to feature her work in the 2011 and 2012 Fine Arts Juried Student Exhibition. Makayla Schultz Media Specialist BFA Visual Communication Design Major

Recently, Makayla worked with two other students to develop an idea for an application that would automatically respond to text messages, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. Makayla and her team members took this idea to a strenuous international competition. Their application made it into the top 10 out of 55 teams worldwide. After graduation, Makayla hopes to land a job in Cincinnati in visual communication or as an interactive designer.

ALEX KREBIEHL Alex Krebiehl joined the CAI team in fall 2012 as a mobile application developer. Alex has excelled in his work at CAI, quickly becoming a proficient programmer for both Android and iOS applications. Currently, he is working on a multiplayer game for a CAI client and is learning to solve problems of integrating applications across the web. Alex has also worked on a project for P&G while at the CAI, where he developed an application concept and made it a reality by creating a functional prototype. He has found that his experience at CAI is reshaping his interests and has recently discovered a passion for game design. Alex is majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics. When he graduates in fall 2014, he plans to pursue a master’s degree at NKU. In addition to his skill in Alex Krebiehl Mobile Developer Computer Science Major

programming, Alex also enjoys photography. His photo, titled The Color of Cincinnati, was selected to be featured in Cincinnati Library’s Frame Cincinnati Exhibit. More than 200 photos were entered into the contest, and Alex’s photo was one of only 25 featured from student entries.


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Spotlight on Alumni JOHN NEWMAN John Newman joined the CAI team in the fall 2010 as a mobile applications developer. He graduated magna cum laude from NKU in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science and completed a double minor in computer information technology and computer forensics. As an undergraduate student, John made the Dean’s List multiple times, was in the honors program, and was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. After graduation, John was hired by the CAI to manage current undergraduates in the virtual co-op program. He is a full-time mobile application developer for the CAI and mentors those following in his footsteps as programmers and developers. At the CAI, John had worked on a variety of productivity mobile applications that John Newman Mobile Application Developer NKU Graduate

increase the efficiency of those using the applications. For example, John worked on an application for law enforcement that would put information and reporting tools into the hands of officers. When asked what value he obtained from the CAI, he stated, “The social involvement and interactions with various real-world clients is experience that you simply cannot quantify, and I’m glad to have had that opportunity.”

TREVOR SCHMITZ Trevor Schmitz joined the CAI team in fall 2011 as a web development specialist. He graduated cum laude in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in computer information technology and a minor in business informatics. During his time at the CAI, Trevor was instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous projects, not only completing the tasks assigned to him but also aiding his fellow students in their personal growth. He excelled in custom web development, styling and interactive websites. He also developed a strong skillset in servers, databases and various administrative functions. Trevor is preparing to begin his career at Raco Wireless, LLC, as a web developer. Raco Wireless provides specialized wireless services focusing on machine-tomachine applications. Trevor Schmitz Web Development Specialist NKU Graduate

Trevor explained that the CAI provided him with the opportunity to do more with his education, stating, “Through CAI I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom and then build on those ideas, challenging myself and strengthening my professional skillsets.”

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Impacting K-12 MOBILE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION EXPANDING The CAI featured a story in the 2011-12

In addition to teaching K-12 students

annual report of collaboration with the

core concepts in application design

Partnership for Innovation in Education,

and development, CAI students and

a nonprofit that teaches business

staff frequently visit K-12 schools

concepts to elementary school students.

throughout Northern Kentucky and

In 2012-13 CAI continued to engage PIE,

the Greater Cincinnati area to guide

returning to Kilgour Elementary in fall

instructors in STEM disciplines on

2012 to teach a more detailed mobile

incorporating mobile development into

development program to students.

their curriculum. CAI staff have judged

The afterschool development class

applications developed by K-12 students

taught more than 20 children in grades

in various competitions. In March, three

1-6 how to create a smartphone

CAI staffers traveled to Lexington to

application. The class was the result

judge a mobile app competition at

of Kilgour being awarded a MiCTA

the Student Technology Leadership

2012 Innovation Award for the mutual

Program state championship. The STLP

work performed on the Lemon Smash

has a mission of advancing individual

App Initiative. MiCTA is a national

capabilities; motivating all students,

nonprofit group that represents

and creating leadership opportunities

thousands of higher education, K-12,

through the use of technology. Each

healthcare, library, governmental and

year, CAI is present at the regional

charitable entities. The group seeks to

STLP Showcase held at NKU to speak

resolve common voice, video and data

with K-12 students on how students

issues; provide helpful information;

interested in informatics can prepare for

participate in legislative and regulatory

college and professional careers.

telecommunications advocacy; and negotiate discounted purchase contracts

CAI participation in local and regional

in telecommunications and technology

K-12 will continue to grow, ensuring that

services for its members.

the pipeline of talented, technologycapable students stand ready to earn

This coming year, CAI will reproduce the

higher education degrees and fill

program in Northern Kentucky in the

the informatics vacancies currently

Ludlow Independent School District.

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Impacting K-12

Harvard professors have created a tradition teaching middle and high-school students a business case every year. I wanted to give elementary students the same opportunity

but with a tech twist. PIE has introduced the first known business-tech program in the nation that allows elementary public school students to apply innovation, develop career skills and earn funding sources for cash-strapped districts.

­— Mary Schlueter, Founder, Partnership for Innovation in Education

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Collaborating for Water Quality WATER QUALITY APPLICATION The reality of your fairy-tale bubbling brook may shock you – or reassure you. Aaron Corsi, top-student-turned-employee at CAI, worked interdepartmentally with NKU biology and education professors to create a mobile application for the citizen scientist. The application provides a straightforward data collection and analysis tool to help students, educators, researchers and the environmentally curious with a way to collect stream data and learn what exactly is in our waterways. The user provides data inputs, such as the water’s PH balance, organisms found in the water, site location and weather conditions, and the app provides feedback on the potential pollutant level of the water. This project was so successful that it is has already been adopted by students participating in hands-on learning through biology field trips. Additionally, Northern Kentucky University’s Research Foundation has funded two student scholars to ensure

Aaron Corsi

this important application receives the continued attention and resources required to expand and refine its effectiveness. The next stage of the project will provide a means to transmit data from the application to a web server, where it will be stored and accessible by scientists researching streams or seeking stream data.

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Collaborating for Water Quality

The water quality app is an easy and

accessible tool for anyone eager to learn

how to measure water quality. There is no greater method of learning than by doing.

My high school students were thrilled with the ability to record the findings instantly, and they gained confidence by being able to access information about what they were investigating on the spot. ­— Beth Schuck, Teacher, Covington Catholic.

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Engaging Web Solutions LA TILDE When NFL hall of famer Anthony Muñoz wanted to create a web presence for his lifestyle brand, La Tilde, his organization turned to the CAI. Students worked closely with La Tilde to develop a fresh digital face for this unifying brand in the Latino community. From graphic design to web programming and development, students were the vehicle for the manifestation of this brand on the web. Student graphic designer Gaby Rodriguez enjoyed working on the project. She felt very connected to the project as an international student from Venezuela working and learning in the U.S. Rodriguez said, “This was more than a branding project – La Tilde promotes inspiring stories from the Latino community, identifying common goals, role models and success stories.”

CAI team with Anthony Muñoz

Gaby Rodriguez

Emily Crawford


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Engaging Web Solutions ANCRA Ancra, a company that manufactures cargo handling and restraint systems, relied on the CAI for a website rebuild project that launched the organization into modern web design and development. Students worked with Ancra to design new corporate and truck-and-trailer division sites that related to its customers, creating a real-time product search feature for its online catalog and a backend system to keep part/ product information up to date. The site also employs a responsive design that

Gaby Rodriguez

Nick Sullivan

Ellie Ebner

Makayla Schultz

automatically adjusts content on the web pages based on the screen size of the device being used to view the page. The result is a user-friendly site for digital-age customers who depend on accurate information at their fingertips, when they need it, wherever they need it. Because of the success of the initial collaboration with Ancra, CAI students are now developing a site for another Ancra business division, specifically the military products division.

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Educational Innovations KENTUCKY NUMERACY PROJECT GETS TECH-BOOST FROM COLLABORATION A new website for the Kentucky Numeracy Project, created in collaboration with students working for NKU’s Center for Applied Informatics virtual co-op program, was released to Kentucky teachers during the Kentucky Council of Teachers of


Mathematics annual conference.

Kentucky Numeracy

The revamped website is a tablet-friendly, interactive K-3 mathematics instructional


system used by primary-grades teachers working to strengthen and deepen student number knowledge. The information housed in the system was created by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, a statewide center housed at NKU. Perhaps the most popular feature of the new KNP website is the searchable database with hundreds of supplemental numeracy learning experiences teachers can use in developing students’ understanding and skill with number and operation. These learning experiences are built around the new K-3 Common Core Standards for Mathematics, adopted in Kentucky in spring 2010, and specific research-based intervention strategies learned through the professional development established by Bob Wright and the U.S. Math Recovery Council. The intervention guide averaged 250 interactions per month between February 2011 and October 2012 while available as a spreadsheet for download. Since the release of the new KNP website, with a much more teacher-friendly interface, the use has doubled – there were more than 400 site interactions in the first three weeks. This free resource for Kentucky K-3 teachers allows dynamic searching of engaging activities by multiple search query options. Searches can be performed by common core standard, by grade level, or by a subject, such as a specific number or a type of operation. The search returns resources including a written lesson plan, a teacher guidance clip, classroom implementation video and all the printed documents and websites necessary for immediate student intervention. Kentucky’s implementation of the new standards calls for teachers to use formative assessment for making instructional decisions based on student need. As such, the

John Herold

KNP system is a just-in-time resource for teachers, with appropriate professional learning, to know what and how to successfully teach early mathematics for deep understanding and lasting skill. “Our district doesn’t use a math series, and our teachers work so hard finding materials,” explains Johnsie Tucker, a mathematics intervention teacher in Owensboro, Ky. “This is like giving them a gold mine. The old spreadsheet wasn’t user friendly, but this is amazing.”


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Nick Brummer

Educational Innovations DEVELOPING ANDROID APPLICATIONS TO THE NKU COMMUNITY CAI has traditionally worked with the

a valuable tool for both visitors and

Office of Information Technology at

students alike.

Northern Kentucky University to develop new mobile applications used by the university or other departments on campus. Three applications previously developed for iOS had not yet been developed for the Android platform. CAI students rebuilt these applications for the Android platform, significantly increasing the mobile application offerings by NKU to its students, faculty, staff and community members. iNKU is an app that allows NKU students to check grades, view course schedules, perform course evaluations, and perform several other academic-related actions.

n@NKU is an app for prospective NKU students. The app contains general info about NKU as well as information to aid those applying to the university. NKU uses this application to place admission information in the hands of prospective students anytime, anyplace, answering the demands of a new generation of college applicants. GoNorse is a relatively new app that

Josh Newkirk

Levi Rosenbaum

covers the NKU athletics program extensively. The app features news, game schedules and all the information that a diehard Division 1 Norse fan demands.

In addition, the application houses an

Aaron Disibio

interactive campus map that has been

KDE MOBILE ANDROID CAI students created two mobile applications for the Kentucky Department of Education, now available in the iTunes App Store and set for a summer 2013 release in the Android Marketplace. One is a news application that provides up-to-the-minute details about happenings in and involving KDE. The other, an internal alerting application, serves as a functional tool to help KDE meet the daily demands of the students, teachers and administrators it supports throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky.

KDE News Application

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Mobile in Health & Fitness HEALTH WEB APP CAI students from the Mobile & Web Academy worked with Brian Olivier, a veteran and entrepreneur, to create a web application that helps educate diabetes patients about managing their condition. The application has an assessment function to help patients to evaluate their condition before an appointment with their doctor. Patients complete the assessment, which is sent to their doctor for review. Then the doctor can provide additional information to the patient. In doing so the application alerts the patient’s doctor to the specific patient needs, which helps the doctor to determine

Sean Butts

treatment and management strategies for the disease. The ability of the application to collect information prior to visiting a doctor can create more efficiency and understanding during appointments. It is the hope of the developers that this project will aid diabetes patients in managing and treating their disease efficiently and effectively.

Tyler Darby

DESTINATION FITNESS Student employee Eric Versteeg worked with CAI staff to develop a research project for a company named Destination Fitness. The goal was to design a concept application for a local entrepreneur that could recognize specific body gestures on the front-facing camera of iOS devices. The application can recognize specific hand and arm gestures as well as other motions by the head, torso and legs. To demonstrate the technology, the team created a demo game named Falling Balls.

Eric Versteeg.

By having the iOS device docked in such a manner as to capture a person’s entire body on the front-facing camera, a digital representation of the person was rendered on the screen that mirrored the movements of the individual facing the camera. The game adequately displays the technology’s ability to capture live movements, as testers demonstrated their ability to hit the balls falling on the iOS device’s screen by moving their body parts. Additionally, students in CAI’s Mobile & Web Academy created a social fitness website for the same entrepreneur in 2012.


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Robbie Greis

Mobile in Business LECTORA USER CONFERENCE APP CAI has been partnering with Trivantis Corporation Inc. for three years now to create a unique mobile conference experience for its Lectora© product users. The app puts top conference information in the hands of the attendees – from local restaurants to event speakers. The application was developed with professional networking in mind, and social media sharing was made a key part of the app. The goal of the app was ultimately to provide attendees with a streamlined, easy-to-use tool so they can enjoy their conference and expend little effort in the hunt for travel or conference information.

Lectora© conference app

NEW MOBILE APPLICATIONS P&G and CAI are partnering to create innovative designs for new mobile applications. The mobile apps will give P&G employees a unique and enhanced way to interact with each other and view corporate information. Employees will make better 1:1 connections across globally distributed teams. Additionally, they will be able to easily access corporate information on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, with the intent of increasing productivity and speed of decision making.

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Professional Development & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

SECURITY SYMPOSIUM In 2012, the annual security symposium featured a new addition to our lineup of engaging security topics. CAI partnered with the NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute to add a track on legal and open-source issues. The additional track attracted a broader attendee base, including several attorneys from the Greater Cincinnati area. The event

Kevin Kampman

attracted nearly 300 professionals across technical, administrative and

Chris Plescia

legal sectors of information technology for a day packed with professional development and networking.

SHAREPOINT CINCY 2013 The annual SharePoint Cincy event was an enormous success for the CAI and Max Technical Training, our exclusive event partner. SharePoint Cincy attracted

speakers. The event featured information

education on topics from SharePoint

nearly 400 attendees participating in 24

on the latest SharePoint release as

administration to development and

sessions led by a very strong lineup of

well as a broad spectrum of continuing

organizational adoption.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP FORUM The ITLF was launched in 2007 as a cornerstone outreach program for CAI. The forum

ITLF Leader Geoff Smith

is a vibrant group of IT leaders who are united by their common willingness to share and learn from each other. The ITLF, now in its seventh year, is stronger than ever with nearly 30 members from a diverse mix of companies/industries. Our membership comes from organizations of all kinds –small organizations to large multinationals and public and private sectors. Importantly, our members are very active and engaged, and because of the continuity of membership, meaningful peer relationships have been established over the years. The group meets bimonthly to discuss topics that are of most importance to current professional needs. Members select meeting topics, and the format is a mix of peer learning/sharing sessions and outside experts. Some of the topics we focused on this year: talent pipeline development, enterprise social networking applications,

ITLF Leader Frank Caccamo

virtualization, and user-experience design.

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2012-13 Graduates

Eric Hancock 12’

Brian Leibreich 12’

Dejan Ristic 12’

Joey Wessel 12’

Matt Wiley 12’

Jeni Tisza-Nitsch 12’

Beth Russell 12’

Aaron Corsi 13’

Robert Greis 13’

Ryan Durbin 13’

Justin Brown 13’

Sean Butts 13’

Joshua Newkirk 13’

Trevor Schmitz 13’

Nicholas Sullivan 13’

John Herold 13’

Andrew Livingston 13’

Justin Taylor 13’

Debra Nestadt-Hertz 13’

Casey Binder 13’


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2012-13 Student Accomplishments THE ATOS IT CHALLENGE 2013 Nick Sullivan, Makayla Schultz, Andrew Acree and Josh Newkirk submitted an application idea that made it into the top 10 of an international competition of more than 55 teams. The NKU team was the only submission from the United States to enter this international competition.

Nick Sullivan

Makayla Schultz

Josh Newkirk

Andrew Acree

The idea: Make the road a safer place for mobile-phone users and keep track of personal automobile records, such as insurance and accident information. The main feature of the app is to automatically reply to text messages or calls while driving; a secondary feature provides weather-related notifications based on current location.


Gaurav Aryal

Aaron Corsi Eric Hancock Beth Russell Nick Sullivan Jeni Tisza-Nitsch JOURNALISM RECOGNITION AWARD





Gaurav Aryal




Ryan Durbin

Matt Lemox

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Students and Alumni Andrew Acree

Rashmi Dayal

Kimberly Hatcher

Lora Anneken

Ben De Angelis

Megan Hatton

Raj Akula

Thomas Delaney

Michael Hebert

Gaurav Aryal

Katherine Dillon

Jeremy Henage

Shrestha Barkha

Aaron Disibio

Jennifer (Moore) Henson

Casey Binder

Ryan Durbin

Evan Herberth

Jordan Bossman

Eleanor Ebner

John Herold

David Botos

Amy (Walters) Edwards

Brandon Hinkel

Ashley Bravo

Brenton Edwards

Jesse Hockenbury

Corey Bridewell

Spencer Egart

Nick Hoffman

Andrew Brown

Kenneth Eickenhorst

Tyler Holhubner

Justin Brown

Mike Espelage

Adam Howard

Nick Brummer

Katie Ferguson

Gabe Howard

Sean Butts

Matt Field

Jeremy Hughes

David Carmack

Michael Firesheets

Santiago Jamriska

Arthur Chitanda

Luke Freihofer

Zach Janszen

Betina Colley

Jason Froehlich

Ben Jaspers

Sam Conley

Matthew Gallagher

Robert Jeffers

Nicholas Cooper

Jason Gentry

Kevin Jo

Tommy Cooper

Risha Golden

Amy Johnson

Aaron Corsi

Chris Goodridge

Matt Johnson

Franรงois Cortes

Ashley Gregory

Brendan Jones

Bobby Crawford

Robby Greis

Joshua Kahwema

Troy Crosley

Gina Grittner

Katelyn Kappes

Christopher Daniels

Nicholas Grout

Alison Keller

Jason Daniels

Kelly Hammer

Bikash Khadka

Tyler Darby

Jason Hamrick

Daniel Koabel

Gary Darna

Eric Hancock

Steven Kohus

Paul Davis

Dennis Hartsock

Kieth Kramer


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Students and Alumni Alex Krebiehl

Dejan Ristic

Justin Taylor

Rebecca Kuhlmann

Kelly Rodamer

Adam Thompson

Luminda Kulasiri

Gaby Rodriguez

Jeni Tisza-Nitsch

Brian Leibreich

Eric Rolf

Andrei Ursan

Matt Lemox

Javier Rondon

Rajini Varadgan

Ellen Liang

Levi Rosenbaum

Sri Harsha Vasireddy

Arthur Littlefield

Josh Ross

Eric Versteeg

Andrew Livingston

Brad Rubin

Irina Vorobyeva

Kulasiri Luminda

Shelly Ruffing

William Watson

Cody Mathews

Elizabeth Russell

Katlyn Weber

Grant McDonald

Michael Sames

Grant Welch

Brandon Mefford

Jamie Santini

Joey Wessel

Caroline Miller

Brian Sauer

Brandon Wever

Jacquelin Moore

Keith Saylor

Lindsay Whitehead

Kevin Morrison

Trevor Schmitz

Matthew (Matt) Wiley

George Muntz

Jonathan Schrage

Gregory Wilson

John Murray

Michael Schuler

Brady Wurtz

Muzammil (Ali) Nadir

Makayla Schultz

Debra Nestdadt-Hertz

Steve Scotilla

Logan Newell

Heyna Shah

Joshua Newkirk

Tyler Small

John Newman

Brad Sorrell

John James (J.J.) Painter

Wes Stafford

William (Kurt) Patrick

Amber Stanton

Morgan Peterson

Amanda Stenger

Kristy Pommier

Bradley Stephens

Pochara (Porsche) Prapatanant

Mahesh Subramanian

Abed Refai

Nicholas Sullivan

Christian Rice

Emily Taylor

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Impacted Organizations Snapshot 2TRG All Ohio P.E.T.S. Ancra Ardent Technologies ArtsWave Arzner Software (Swiss Fire Department project) At The Yard Roosters Baseball Aunt Kathy’s Ashland Independent School District Background Bureau Barren County Schools Basic Trust Beck’s Day Care Beech Acres Beechwood Elementary School Beechwood High School Beechwood Independent Schools, Board of Education Behringer-Crawford Museum Bellevue Independent Schools Berea Independent Schools Biederman Big Loving Big Whale Productions Bob G. Elkins Boone County Fiscal Court Bridges to Opportunity Bright Future Brighton Center Building Crafts, Inc. Burgin Independent Schools Calloway County School District Campbell County Board of Education Campbell County Fire District 1 Campbell County Fiscal Court Campbell County High School Campbell County Middle School Campbell County Public Library Campbell Ridge Elementary Care Bear Career Achievement Network Caudsys Catholic Charities Center for Chemical Addictions Chapman Child Development Center Cherokee Learning Center Children Inc.


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The Children’s Garden Chronic Care Solutions Cincinnati Family Services Cincinnati Financial Corp. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Cincinnati Public Schools Cincinnati Rotary Club CincyIP CitiLogics City of Ashland, Ky. City of Cincinnati Fire Department City of Covington, Ky. The City of Highland Heights City of Murray, Ky. Commonwealth of Kentucky Connected Nation ConnectKentucky Consortium for Resilient Young Children Convergys Covington Independent Schools Covington Ladies Home Crossroads Elementary Crowdspark Dayton Youth Center Destination Fitness Diocese of Covington Doc Halo Donald E. Cline Elementary dunnhumby Duke Energy The E. W. Scripps Company East Carolina School of Dental Medicine East Pendleton Water District Eastern Kentucky University Eco-Revolution Erlanger Fire Department Every Child Succeeds Federal Transit Administration Fifth Third Bank Fire Department of Switzerland First Christian Church of Covington Floyd County Schools Flying Olive FOTO Focus Fourth Street Elementary Freestore Foodbank Friends of White Water Shaker Village

G.L.A.D. House Gallatin Steel Gannett General Cable Global Quality Corp. Grant County Schools Grants Lick Elementary Grayson County Schools GVM/Green Vision Media Happy Fit Head Start Heavenly Hickory Grove Baptist Church Preschool Highlands High School Highlands Middle School The Hillman Group Holly Hill Children’s Services Hospice of Southwest Ohio Howell Elementary IBM iCitizen iCity iNKUbator Innovations (Cincinnati) Institute for Nonprofit Capacity at NKU InstrumentLife interALLIANCE Jewish Vocational Service John W. Reiley Elementary Johnson Elementary KACRAO Kenton County Schools Kentucky Campus Compact Kentucky Center for Mathematics Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Kentucky Department for Public Health Kentucky Department of Commercialization and Innovation Kentucky Department of Education Kentucky Education Technology System Kentucky Innovations Conference Kentucky Occupational License Association Kentucky Society for Technology in Education Kids and Cribs Kilgour Elementary

Impacted Organizations Snapshot Kinder Academy Kings Kids CDC KnowledgeWorks The Kroger Co. Lasting Sentiments LaTilde Leaders of Tomorrow Let’s Immunize Northern Kentucky Lindeman Elementary Liquid Matrix Little Red School House Little Trains Lloyd Memorial High School LP Enterprises MakeupHaulic Master Provisions Matrix Liquid Manufacturing Mayerson Foundation Max Technical Training Mazak McCracken County Public Schools mDynamik MedaCheck LLC Metro United Way (Louisville, Ky.) Metro/SORTA (Southern Ohio Regional Transit Authority) Michael Schwartz Crystal Gifts Middle East Partnership Initiative Mildred Dean Elementary Miles Elementary MobileX Mom’s Christian Day Care Morehead State University Mother Hubbard Mountwest Community and Technical College Moyer Elementary Mustard Seeds Child Care Nassau County Community College National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Natural Bridge Technical Solutions Nelson County Schools New Perceptions Newport Adult Learning Center Newport High School Newport Independent Schools Newport Middle School

NKU Alumni Association NKU METS Center NKU’s International Business Center NKY Rents Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Northern Kentucky Education Council Northern Kentucky University Northern Magazine, NKU Alumni Programs Northern Pendleton Elementary Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) Omnicare One More Pallet Outdoor Alternatives P.I.E. Pendleton High School Pike County, Ky. The Place for Kids Power Inspires Progress Powerohm Resistors, Inc. Procter & Gamble PulsePoint Foundation Raniero’s Pizzeria Redwood Reis Promotions Research in Motion Restyling Lives River on the Web Romper Room Ryle High School San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Sanitation District Number 1 Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. The Scripps Howard Foundation SeaShells Sharp Middle School The Shephard Group Silverlake Academy SonLight Preschool Sons of Italy Southern Pendleton Elementary Southside SportsNation360 St. Elizabeth

St. Thomas Preschool Strong Minds Student Designed Success By 6 Taagus Taft Museum of Art Technology Management Partners Technology Medical Partners Text And The City Tichenor Middle School Tixers Toddler Town Toyota Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) Triple Crown Fundraising Trivantis TRIWIC True North U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of Transportation United Way University of Promo UPIC Solutions UpTech Urban Appalachian Council Urgent Dental VIA Institute on Character Vision 2015 W. Frank Steely Library W. Ron Adams Walton-Verona Independent Schools WCPO Channel 9 Cincinnati West Virginia Department of Libraries and Archives Whizit Who Killed Our Kids Williamstown Schools WinWholesale Inc. The Wireless Store Women in Informatics Woodfill Elementary

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CAI Advisory Board Frank Braun, D.M.

Kevin Kirby, Ph.D.

Lecturer Department of Business Informatics at NKU

Dean College of Informatics at NKU

Frank Caccamo

Ben Martz, Ph.D.

Retired CIO at P&G COI Advisory Board at NKU Jim Cordas Chair COI Advisory Board at NKU Jim Dixon CTO Technology Medical Partners Bill Fleissner Corporate Director, Business Intelligence Catholic Healthcare Partners Kevin Gallagher, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Business Informatics at NKU

Chair & Professor. Department of Business Informatics at NKU Randy McCleese Vice President of Information Systems and CIO St. Claire Regional Medical Center Geoff Smith Owner/President LP Enterprises, LLC Keith Stafford Managing Partner Strategic Data Systems James Walden, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science at NKU

Brian Hammond Senior Vice President Sogeti Rich Hempel CEO and Co-founder Natural Bridge Group Steve Hinkel General Manager Deliver-Technology Solutions Mike Inman Retired CIO Commonwealth of Kentucky Nick Kaufman Vice President of Information Systems and Services The Kroger Co.


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Frank Caccamo

Faculty and Staff COLLEGE OF INFORMATICS FACULTY The Center for Applied Informatics would like to recognize the College of Informatics faculty that facilitate and allow us to perform the work we do on a daily basis. Pam Atkinson, MHI

John Gibson, M.A.

Kevin Kirby, Ph.D.

Frank Braun, E.M.D.

Leslie Hammann, M.S.L.S.

Ben Martz, Ph.D.

Alina Campan, Ph.D.

Wei Hao, Ph.D.

Vijay Raghavan, Ph.D.

Greg De Blasio, Ph.D.

Zach Hart, Ph.D.

Chris Strobel, M.A.

Maureen Doyle, Ph.D.

Yi Hu, Ph.D.

David Thomson, M.A.

Charles Frank, Ph.D.

Renee Human, Ph.D. Candidate

Marius Truta, Ph.D.

Kevin Gallagher, Ph.D.

Hetal Jasani, Ph.D.

CAI STAFF ADMINISTRATIVE Tim Ferguson, Executive Director David Hirsch, Program Director Joshua Rodamer, Communication Manager Tina Altenhofen, Assistant to the Director MOBILE ACADEMY Aaron Corsi, Mobile Applications Developer Chris Rider, Senior Technology Architect Chris Walker, Technology Architect

Aaron Corsi Mobile developer at CAI

Dejan Ristic, Mobile Applications Developer John Newman, Mobile Applications Developer Spencer Egart, Mobile Application Developer SPECIAL PROJECTS Emily Crawford Taylor, Project Specialist Gary Ozanich, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Advancement Mike Sames, Project Coordinator Vincent Scheben, Project Coordinator Dejan RIstic Mobile developer at CAI

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Community Sponsors FOUNDING SPONSORS

10.10.11 SPONSORS




Apple, Inc

Commonwealth of Kentucky



DBA Direct


C-Forward Information Technologies

Duke Energy

DBA Direct

Cincinnati Bell

Fidelity Investments


Cincinnati Chapter of the Licensing

iET Solutions

Diversified Systems

Executive Society

Northern Kentucky University



Ohio National Financial Services










Verizon Wireless

Decision First Technologies

Windstream Communications






Gartner IBM


MAX Technical Training McAfee Microsoft Microstrategy Natural Bridge Technologies PCMS IT Advisor Group Plante & Moran Research in Motion SIS SportsNation360 Unbridled Information Technology


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Project Index UpTech Ideas

page 5

InstrumentLife, An Uptech Story

page 6

Kilgour Elementary and STLP Impact

page 7

Water Quality Mobile Application

page 16

La Tilde Website & Brand Project

page 18

Ancra Website Project

page 19

Kentucky Numeracy Project Collaboration

page 20

NKU & Kentucky Department of Education Mobile Apps

page 21

Health Web App & Destination Fitness Mobile App

page 22

P&G Mobile Project & Trivantis Conference App

page 23

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CAI logo design: Gaby Rodriguez

2013 CAI Annual Report  

2013 report of projects and statistics from the Center for Applied Informatics at Northern Kentucky University's College of Informatics

2013 CAI Annual Report  

2013 report of projects and statistics from the Center for Applied Informatics at Northern Kentucky University's College of Informatics