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Open-Source Software Group Designs Humanitarian Projects

Gabriel Elkind '14 speaks about a graphical software used for forest ecology simulation during the HFOSS Project 2011 Summer Institute final presentations on July 22.

This summer, 26 students representing six colleges and universities in the Northeast participated in the
Humanitarian Free and Open-Source Software (HFOSS) Project 2011 Summer Institute, hosted by Wesleyan.

Wesleyan is part of a growing community involved in The Humanitarian FOSS Project, dedicated to building and using free and open source software to benefit humanity.

Trinity's HFOSS director Trishan DeLanerolle and Wesleyan's HFOSS director Norman Danner, associate professor of computer science, listen to the students' presentations.

Students from Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Trinity, St. John’s College, Mt. Holyoke College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute participated in the summer institute and designed 11 projects for HFOSS. They presented their research July 22 in Woodhead Lounge.

Diego Calderon ’13, Jeremy Fehr ’13 and Trinity student Vlad Burca worked on a project called “Tor Status,” a support application for the Tor network, a tool that allows for anonymous web access. Tor Status allows users to see general information about the entire network at a glance, as well as get detailed information on any specific server in the network.

Brian Gapinski ’14 and Gabriel Elkind ’14 worked on a project titled “Landis/LIME.” Landis is forest ecology simulation software developed and used by academic researchers, the U.S. Forest Service, land-user managers and others. LIME is a graphical front-end to Landis, making it much easier to use for individuals who might be less comfortable with programming tasks.

Diego Calderon '13 and Trinity student Vlad Burca speak about their HFOSS project, "Tor Status," a tool which prevents anyone from learning a user's online browsing habits. (Photos by Bill Tyner '13)

Calderon, Gehr, Burca, Gapinski and Elkind also worked on a content management system-based “HFOSS@Wesleyan” web site. Norman Danner, associate professor of computer science, is project advisor and director of the summer institute.

Wesleyan is a founding chapter of the HFOSS Project, along with Trinity College and Connecticut College. The HFOSS Project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

To view a list of former Wesleyan HFOSS projects, click here.

Ruberg ’12, Vitale ’11, Wagner ’12 Create Software for Human Rights Workers

Computer science majors Jeff Ruberg ’12, Michael Vitale ’11 and Katie Wagner ’12 participated in the Humanitarian Fee and Open Source Software Project summer internship program.

For their project, they worked on software that is part of the Tor network. Tor is software that allows users to browse the web anonymously, and is used by human rights workers, individuals in repressive regimes, and people who just don’t want corporations tracking their on-line movements. It is implemented as a world-wide network of “relays” that are run by volunteers on anything ranging from academic servers to home computers.

Ruberg, Vitale and Wagner completely re-designed and re-implemented Tor Weather, an application that allows Tor relay operators to sign up to be notified of important events on their relays. Their software has now gone live, and is an important component of the Tor Project.

“Congratulations to these students on a  job well-done and on writing software that is helping to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Norman Danner, associate professor of computer science.

Students Present Open Source Software at Summer Institute

Standing, Norman Danner, associate professor of computer science, speaks to students from Bergen Community College about privacy issues in medical records during the 2010 Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) Project Summer Institutes Workshop July 30. The group is developing a mobile application for use by EMS personnel for recording medical data when on calls.