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  1. 1. 2325 Elliston Place #401 James Edmondson Nashville, TN 37203 Phone: (615) 957-4797 Education 2008-Present Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Major: Computer Science  Intended specialization in Distributed Real Time and Embedded Systems  Ph.D. Student, Department of EECS / Computer Science Program  Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) / Distributed Object Computing (DOC) Group  Core graduate courses: Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Parallel Programming, Algorithms  Interests: Machine learning, swarm intelligence, parallel systems, compilers, and software engineering 2004-2007 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN Major: Computer Science Minor: Mathematics GPA: 3.68 Major GPA: 3.84  Bachelor of Science – May 2007  McNair Scholar, Dean’s List, NSF CSEM Scholar, ACM Member  Attended Graduate Courses: Operating Systems, Parallel Architecture 1999-2000 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN Major: Computer Science GPA: 2.78 Major GPA: 3.36  TTU Honors, 88.5 WTTU DJ Professional & Research Experience 2006-Present Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Research Assistant, DOC Group  Working on testing infrastructure for QED project (cooperatively with BBN, Boeing, IHMC and the Air Force Research Labs).  Developing visual modeling tools for object oriented programming languages (GOAL - http:// ). Work in progress.  Developing resource allocation and cloud computing tools based on machine learning and distributed AI (Madara - ). Will likely form MPD cloud used by MPIES, an implementation of the MPI 1.0 spec which I co-developed (MPIES – ). Both are works in progress.  Researched the OMG DDS standard and vendor implementations of that standard including RTI NDDS, PrismTech OpenSplice, and OCI TAO-DDS.  Designed and implemented the DDS Benchmarking Environment (DBE) used by the Vanderbilt University DOC Group to empirically test OMG DDS implementations in distributed, multi-processed test scenarios.  Developed test cases and conducted tests on latency and throughput for implementations of DDS and other pub/sub architectures (GSOAP, JMS). 2006-2007 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN Scientia Student Editor  Reading and summarizing ten years of student research in Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University.
  2. 2.  Selecting student papers and writing articles for Scientia that outline the importance of selected student papers. Fall 2006-Spring 2007 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Scholar  Developing generic array preparation algorithm (Sift Algorithm) for comparison-based sorting algorithms.  Researching algorithmic structures for inclusion in research methodologies and comparing the effective results of using those structures against the Sift Algorithm.  Researching advanced implementations of the Sift Algorithm for specialized sorting cases and working on the theoretical explanations and average case analysis for why the Sift Algorithm accomplishes what it does. Results from preliminary tests are very promising with some sorting algorithms like Insertion Sort and Bubble Sort performing at fractions of their previous times. Spring 2006 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Scholar  Applied for and received funding for development of teaching aid for undergraduate Computer Architecture courses.  Designed and developed a compiler, interpreter, and GUI emulator called the Relatively Simple Computer (RSC) Emulator which is currently being used by professors at MTSU.  Published results of research with Associate Professor Brenda Parker. Students showed marked interest in using the Emulator and student retention and ability to build a final computer improved noticeably. 2005 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN McNair Summer Research Scholar  Researched a sorting algorithm called Multiple Pivot Sort (M Pivot Sort) that had very little empirical testing published previously.  Empirically tested the algorithm against other comparison based sorting algorithms like Merge Sort, Quick Sort, and Heap Sort. M Pivot Sort performed better than the pre-mentioned algorithms on integer and string sorting for all cases at all sizes of lists (10-10,000,000).  Disseminated results to other scholars in the group through presentations, posters, and publications. Spring 2005 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN Undergraduate Research Grant  Conducted preliminary research into new sorting algorithm methodologies. Focused on existing algorithms and data structures like Minheaps.  Developed new data organization methodologies around heap structures, including a new concept called a Reverse Maxheap. This research resulted in the first Sift Algorithm, which requires data being organized with a Minheap and a Reverse Maxheap. 2000-2003 Aurum Industries, Inc. (defunct) St. Cloud, MN Software Developer  Researched homogenous, embedded systems and worked on the design of a new Operating System called ZROS. The target market was small, embedded devices that could communicate in a networked manner and required a small memory footprint and hardware requirements. Primarily worked with C and assembly language.  Developed server/client model software for businesses. Applications included POS, employee tracking, and other applications that required databases and information management. Primarily worked with C++, MFC, and the Windows API.  Designed and developed websites with and without database backends. Work included graphic design, HTML editing, Perl, JSP, MySQL setup and maintenance, Apache, bind and named configuration, etc.
  3. 3.  Project leader of million line coding projects (ProCerts) and smaller projects comprised of only thousands of lines of code. Coordinated teams of 4-5 persons on maintenance, debugging, new feature design, technical workshops, and employee and customer training. Presentations and Publications Refereed Journal Publications 1. Hill, J. H., Edmondson, J., Gokhale, A., and Schmidt. D.C. Agile Development of Component-based Distributed Real-time and Embedded Systems via Model-Driven Engineering Techniques, IEEE Software [conditional accept] Refereed Conference Publications 1. Hill, J. H., Turner, H., Edmondson, J. and Schmidt, D.C. (2009, April). Unit Testing Non-Functional Concerns of Component-based Distributed Systems. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation (ICST), Denver, CO. 2. Parker, B., Edmondson, J. (2006). Application of Simulation in Computer Architecture. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications. Orlando, FL. 3. Edmondson J., Hankins J. (2006). “M Pivot Sort – Faster than Quick Sort!” McNair Research Review. Murfreesboro, TN. 4. Edmondson J. (2005). M Pivot Sort – Replacing Quick Sort. Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Algorithmic Mathematics and Computer Science. Las Vegas, NV.
  4. 4. Refereed Poster Presentations 1. Edmondson J., Parker B. (2007, April). Application of Simulation in Computer Architecture. To be presented at poster session of MTSU Scholars Week 2007. Murfreesboro, TN. 2. Edmondson J., Hankins J. (2007, April). The Sift Algorithm. To be presented at poster session of MTSU Scholars Week 2007. Murfreesboro, TN. 3. Edmondson J. (2006, April) The Sift Algorithm. Poster session presented at MTSU Scholars Week 2006. Murfreesboro, TN. 4. Edmondson J., Hankins J. (2005, July) M Pivot Sort – Faster than Quick Sort! McNair Summer Research Symposium. Murfreesboro, TN. Unfinished Manuscripts 1. Edmondson J., Hankins J. “New array preparation technique for comparison-based sorting algorithms.” Currently preparing document for journal submission. Preferably Journal of the ACM. Technical Expertise  Programming Languages: proficient in C/C++, Visual C++, HTML, Perl, Java, Javascript, XML, SQL, Visual Basic, Assembly Language, and byte code programming.  OS Platforms: Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Storm, Red Hat), Windows (95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP), SCO Unix  Middleware and Software Development Kits: Windows API, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), MPI, Apache Runtime (APR), ACE, and TAO.  Programming Environments: Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft .NET, Eclipse, Programmers File Editor.  Modeling Tools: Generic Modeling Environment (GME), Visio  Database Applications: Postgre SQL, MySQL  Other: Subversion (SVN), Concurrent Versioning System (CVS), Wiki, Apache, Bind, Named, algorithmic development Activies and Awards Fellowships/Scholarships Research Assistant Position (Vanderbilt, awarded 2007-2009), McNair Scholar (2005-2007), Undergraduate Research and Creative Programs Scholarship (Spring 2006, Fall 2006-Spring 2007), MTSU Computer Science Square D Computer Science Scholarship Award (Spring 2006), Undergraduate Research Grant (Spring 2005). Leadership Positions Director of Web Services (Aurum Industries, Inc. 2001-2003), Secretary of the Board (Aurum Industries, Inc. 2001-2003), Project Leader (MPIMT Project at MTSU 2006) Other Association for Computing Machinery (2004-2006) Interest My interests include consulting, coding at lower levels (like assembly language and C), traveling, gaming, and reading science fiction. References Available upon request