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Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel
Department of Computing Sciences
Villanova University

(Not useful during the pandemic!)


Current and Recent Courses :(Broken links due moved files. Will fix as time allows.


Biography :
Memberships :

My teaching and research interests are focused on digital libraries and information retrieval in the Web.  Current work includes data science, including curriculum development efforts.  The ACM data science curriculum task force is currently looking for example courses.  These will be considered for illustrating how the community is addressing the need for data science course content.  Submit sample courses, please.  The ABET CAC criteria committee has also developed material related to data science programs. 

Recent work included the Ensemble project, part of the NSF NSDL.  NSDL seeks to provide easy access to a large amount of material for teaching and learning any topic in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics areas.  The Ensemble project provides the computing related components.  Ensemble includes materials and services not included in NSDL, so it is appropriate to visit the Ensemble site directly.  The Ensemble site has now been archived and is not accepting new content.  Previously included content can still be found. 

The Computing Ontology project attempts to describe the entire computing and information related topic space.  We work with the newly revised ACM CCS and include materials from curriculum documents and accreditation materials from around the world.  The website evolves as the project progresses.

Work in the area of Distribute Expertise is funded through the NSF CPATH program and investigates the potential of shared exprtise across department and even institutional boundaries. 

New in 2012: Earlier and Broader Access to Machine Learning.  Funded by the NSF TUES program, this project will develop learning modules in Machine learning that can be integrated into a variety of courses, allowing more students to learn this important topic without the need for extensive mathematics or computer science preparation.

Degrees :
  • Ph.D. Computer Science University of Delaware
  • M.S. Computer Science University of Delaware
Books and Publications (needs updating!)


Professional Activities :

Villanova Activities :

  • Chair - Department of Computing Sciences (2013 -  2019)
  • Director - Graduate Program in Computing Sciences (2004 - 2009)
  • Chair - Faculty Congress (2008 -- 2010)

Grants :

  • NSF Online Interactive Learning Platforms in STEM Education.  A study of motivation and engagement.  In collaboration with Dr. Darina Dicheva, Winston-Salem State University (2018 - 2021)
  • NSF Exploring the Status of Education for Data Science (Workshop)
  • NSF DUE IUSE Collaborative Research: Data Computing for All: Developing an Introductory Data Science Course in Flipped Format
  • NSF DUE Earlier and broader access to machine learning
  • NSF NSDL Ensemble
  • NSF CPATH Distributed Expertise
  • NSF Interdisciplinary Computing
  • NSF TUES Machine Learning
  • NSF NSDL program