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Faculty

Legand L Burge (Him/He)

Professor of Computer Science

  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, CEA
  • College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

Biography

Dr. Burge is a Professor of Computer Science and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Howard West initiative at Howard University. His primary research interest is in distributed computing and its applications in the design and development of social-technical systems. He is currently investigating the design and development of smart spaces to support immersive learning within a classroom, and smart spaces that facilitate the innovation process in distributed teams. He is also working with the Howard University Medical School's RCMI Center to utilize historical medical data to develop precision medicine tools to manage, detect, and prevent chronic diseases which affect African Americans. Additionally, he is also interested in researching design patterns for consensus algorithms for distributed Blockchain solutions. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, Dept of Education, DHS, AFSOR, and various industry companies such as Amazon, and Google. His most recently funded project involves the design and development of socio-technology to triage elderly adults who suffer from cognitive decline utilizing ML/AI for Modeling Vocal Prosody and Facial Expressions.Dr. Burge is also interested in Computer Science Education and Diversity, and Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His work in CS Education and Diversity has primarily been focused on informal and personalized learning, and on the use of technology to aid in the socio-technical enculturation of underrepresented students in CS, K-12 initiatives, and diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond compliance. Dr. Burge practices design thinking as an innovative teaching methodology and promotes immersive learning and learning by doing. He co-teaches the Bison Startup and Bison Accelerate courses co-developed with YCombinator, in which students are guided through the process of founding technology startups. Dr. Burge is a certified Lean Launchpad Educator, and Stanford D-School Design Thinker. He is a co-founder of XediaLabs, a DC-based startup studio that provides training and technical consulting to local startups.Dr. Burge has been featured in several articles, radio, and conference panels regarding diversity and inclusion in tech, and conducted a TedX talk on HBCUs role in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for African Americans. Dr. Burge is a Fellow of AAAS, BEYA Innovation Award recipient, and a Fulbright Scholar recipient.

Education & Expertise

Education

Innovation / Design Thinking

Certificate
Stanford University
2017

Computer Science

Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
1998

Computer Science

MS
Oklahoma State University
1995

Computer and Information Science / Mathematics

BS
Langston University
1992

Certificate

Cryptology
National Cryptologic School
1991

Expertise

CS Education

Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

CS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Distributed Computing

Operating Systems

Academics

Academics

CSCI 401 Operating Systems

CSCI 402 Mobile Application Development

CSCI 492 Senior Project I

CSCI 492 Senior Project II

CSCI 493 Bison Startup: Tech Entrepreneurship and Lean Startups

CSCI 494 Bison Accelerate: Launch and Iterate

CSCI 375 Software Engineering

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of software engineering including the software lifecycle, requirements analysis, design, coding, testing and documentation. Professional ethics in computer science and the social impact of computing are discussed. Additional topics may include tools for software development, software metrics, and software maintenance. The objectives of the course are met using classroom lecturers, in-class labs, and a semester-long project developed in a team setting.

CSCI 410 Software Development Studio

This course is an integrative experience that brings together all components of the undergraduate computer science curriculum in a hands-on real-world setting.  The course is a bridge between the academic experience and the professional workplace.  The objectives of the course are to give the student the experience of (1) being involved in building a non-trivial real-world software development project; (2) working with other developers in a team environment; (3) building a web application; and (4) integrating knowledge of topics such as programming, data structures, algorithms, databases, and software engineering within a team-project framework. Students will present their final product at the end of the semester. 

EGPP 501 Bison Innovate: Product Management

CSCI 680 Advanced Operating Systems

CSCI 501 Computer Architecture

Research

Research

Specialty

Distributed Computing, CS Education, Education Technology, Smart Spaces, Applied AI

Funding

NSF, NIH, Dept of Education, Amazon, Google, DHS, AFSOR

Group Information

https://aim-ahead.net/home/leadership/training#0http://www.cs.cea.howard.edu/peecs/https://soihub.org/

Accomplishments

Accomplishments

Fellow of AAAS

BEYA Innovation Award recipient

Fulbright Scholar recipient

Eminent Scholar Tau Beta Pi

Sigma Xi Honor Society

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTEXT-AWARE MOBILE DATA MANAGEMENT, United States of America, US 8751743, 13/047,992, 2014/6/10, Howard University

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTEXT-AWARE MOBILE DATA MANAGEMENT, United States of America, US20160308996 , 5/189,160, 2016, Howard University

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