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Collection of student theses and dissertations from as early as 1939, but mainly from 2010 to present.

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Web accessible database for Kloosterman cardioid research
In August 2007 a parallel/distributed computer program designed and coded by a team of SDSU computer science graduate students, after running continuously for more than seven months on a 45-node commodity PC cluster, emitted a single 5-digit integer: a prime number counterexample disproving the Evans Conjecture on Kloosterman Sums. In the course of their research, the students discovered another fascinating fact: when the points on the unit circle corresponding to the set of all normalized Kloosterman sums for a given prime p were computed in a particular order and connected by line segments, the resulting graph contained a pronounced embedded epicycloidal locus. In particular, it appeared that for primes p for which the finite field Fp has g=2 as a generator, the locus is a cardioid whose axis of symmetry differs for different p. This thesis project is one of a group of four related thesis projects aimed at developing a suite of software tools to collect, organize, and visualize empirical data about these "Kloosterman cardioids" to aid in the search for a rigorous mathematical explanation for their existence. In particular, this thesis project created a web-accessible database allowing researchers to view and/or download pre-computed Kloosterman cardioid data from a central repository, thereby avoiding incurring the considerable ( O(p3) ) time cost of re-computing the corresponding Kloosterman sums locally.
Web based Tamil language learning
The main objective of this thesis is to create a web based learning tool that enables Tamil Language learning without learning the Tamil script. The goal is accomplished by using English script for teaching Tamil. A web interface is provided for teachers to upload and maintain lessons that could contain text, audio or video. There is a reverse transliterator which converts any Tamil text to its English phonetic equivalent enabling users to read any Tamil content. An English to Tamil translation dictionary provides a huge database of translated words in the English phonetic form, along with an option for the users to add and approve words. Additionally the dictionary search function searches and displays words from the web. The online networking feature provided by the tool enables users to network with other native or non-native users.
Web portal for the Center for Biopharmaceutical and Biodevice Development with blackboard features
The Center for Biopharmaceutical and Biodevice Development (CBBD) provides education and training that augment the professional excellence and career opportunities of professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and those with the impetus to make it large. CBBD envisages the pinnacle of excellence in providing world-class accredited academic and practical education in various areas of the biomedical industry. The CBBD website aims at providing a perfect interface to those aspiring individuals in the biomedical field by putting up all the necessary information at one place thereby making it the one-stop website for a biomedical striver to be a pioneer in the industry. The website is designed using a Content Management System (CMS) and provides easy accessibility for the students and instructors alike. The CMS facilitates effective communication between the faculty members and the students. It truly reflects the goals and the vision of the department
Web version of a shapefile analysis
Thesis (M.S.) Computer Science, This is a web based application to allow the user to view and understand hex dump versions of .shp, .shx, .dbf etc. files submitted by a user from the keyboard. This tool provides the user with an option to upload the shapefiles and then also allows him to download the hex dump of the file and they can also view their hex dumps on the web site. One major improvement over the earlier efforts is, rather than just seeing the hex dump, now you can download the file and keep it for your future reference. When we view anything through a browser it makes it easier to understand as it's in more readable form, rather than on the console. A tool was created, which display the hex dump version of a shapefiles provided by the user. The tool then explains those hex dumps according to their ESRI specified formats. The purpose of this tool is to make it convenient for the students to understand the structure and format of shapefiles, but can be used as well by GIS professionals, for example to validate the data.
Web-based database support system for International Student Tutor-Mentor Program
This project deals with development of a web based database application for the International Student Tutor-Mentor Program at San Diego State University to aid them in better managing student and tutor/mentor information. This application will help serve the directors of International Student Tutor-Mentor Program by providing them ease of access and better control of program participants’ information specific to their program. The main motive behind going for a web based application was to develop a system that matches students with tutors and mentors at the touch of a button and allows data access from any place.
Web-based tool for visualization of online discourse events
The Online Discourse Event Visualizer (ODEV) is an analytical tool which will be used for visual representation and performing visual and mathematical analysis for research on social science evaluation of Human-Computer-Human Interaction. Users of a set of research portals provide their inputs on various propositions for transportation related projects in the form of concerns, comments, votes etc. This tool tracks the events and activities occurring over the duration of research, at various geographical locations and graphically represents the research data in an interactive 3-dimensional visual format. In addition to that this tool performs analytical calculations on the data and provides feedback helpful in visual analysis of the participation of the users of the portal. The ODEV is a Java based software application which facilitates visualization and analysis of spatio-temporal data in a 3-dimensional virtual environment. It extracts the essential data required for the visualization of the discourse events from an MS Access database and then performs a set of calculations. The horizontal axes represent the location of the event (defined in latitude and longitude), whereas the vertical axis represents the time at which the event occurred. The grapevine structure generated as a result of this 3D rendering of the data, progresses vertically as time passes. The ODEV has the following main modules: (1) a Java3D virtual universe module that generates an interactive 3-dimensional platform for rendering the discourse event related data visually, (2) a data extraction module that queries the database for extracting the essential and relevant data needed for analysis and visualization, and finally (3) a cue calculator module which performs the various analytical calculations on the data and generates and handles the results.
Webeaucracy: the collaborative revolution
Through the act of submission we create organization in order to work together toward the common good, thus achieving more than is possible as individuals. It is an unavoidable consequence that this same act of submission simultaneously creates hierarchy, authority, power, and politics, that will forever be linked to traditional bureaucracy. Thus, government bureaucracy is inherently flawed. Communications technology, more than simply a mirror, has affected sociopolitical organization throughout history. The Internet as actor will assert itself, reshaping the sociopolitical landscape. Collaborative Internet utilities functioning much the same as traditional government bureaucracy, sans power, are the first wave, already taking shape in the Webeaucracy. Existing collaborative Internet utilities are explored to elucidate form, taxonomy, and possible futures. An online collaboration utility is presented as a practical exercise: http://yadabyte.org. Finally, strategy points toward the implementation of government sponsored collaborative Internet utilities are presented.