Address

  • Mail & Courier:
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (LAS 1003),
    York University
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3
    Canada
    Telephone for courier deliveries: 416-736-5053

  • Office:
    Room: LAS 2020
    Tel. (416) 736-2100 ext. 66146
    Fax. (416) 736-5872
    Algorithm to reach the office:
       precondition: your are in LAS
       {
          takeElevator("floor 2"); 
          turn("right"); 
          walk("all_the_way");
          turn("left"); 
          walk("halfway"); 
       }
       postcondition: the office is to your right
  • Internet:
    E-mail: roumani at cse dot yorku dot ca
    URL: http://www.eecs.yorku.ca/~roumani


Courses

The following courses are designed / taught by professor Roumani (link active when taught):


Projects

The following projects are brainchildren of professor Roumani:
  • The Abstract Stock Exchange
  • The York Programming Environment
  • Scientific Computing
  • Secure Grade Reporting
  • Rethinking Computing Education
  • How Do Computers Work?


Selected Publications & Lectures

  • "Resource Hints in HTML5: A New Pandora's Box of Security Nightmares" (2017)
    The International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, Reggio Calabria, Italy. Link.

  • "The Double Life of Your Browser: Implications on Privacy and Forensics" (2017)
    The 12th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

  • "A Brief Encounter With Information Security" (2016)
    A lecture given to first-year students (EECS1001). Link.

  • "Cross-Site Request Forgery" (2015)
    A book chapter in "Emerging Trends in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Security" with N. Vlajic and M. Andrade, Morgan Kaufmann, Elsevier.

  • "Optimal Cascade Block Size in BB84 Quantum Key Distribution" (2014)
    Capstone thesis of student: Abdulaziz Busbate.

  • "XBANK: Test Bed Platform for Cross-Site Request Forgery" (2014)
    Mater thesis of student: Maria Angel Marquez Andrade.

  • "Cloud Security and Insider Attacks" (2013)
    . Capstone Project of student: Frank Warnock.

  • "Visual Location-Based URL Screening Tool for Improved WWW Security" (2012)
    with A. Naumov and N. Vlajic. Proceedings of the World Congress of Internet Security.

  • "Good Teaching & Good Learning" (2011)
    Presented at the EECS Departmental Retreat, Kettleby, Ont, Sept 16, 2011. Link.

  • "The iShare System" (2009)
    iShare enables an instructor to demonstrate a technique to all students in the lab by actually performing the technique on the instructor's machine and have students watch the process on their screens. Sept. 2009. Link.

  • "How Scientists Teach" (2009)
    Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Number 53, Fall 2009. Link.

  • "Address Based Memory Diagrams" (2008)
    with Franck van Breugel, Feb. 2008. Link.

  • "The Science in Computer Science: A Journey Through Abstractions" (2007)
    Presented at the Royal Canadian Institute, Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto on Sun Oct. 28, 2007. Link, press article, and footage: Optimized for Windows streaming and Cross-Platform Flash.

  • "The ePost System" (2007-present)
    A Secure Web-Based Grade Posting System for EECS@York. The latest version supports impersonation, http authentication over SSL, and automatic production of the course performance summary forms. Sept. 2007 Link.

  • "Separation of Concerns in CS1/CS2" (2006)
    Presented at the York/EECS Seminars, March 24, 2006. Slides, Programs.

  • "Practice What You Preach" (2006)
    Published in the proceedings of the 37th ACM SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer Science Education, pp 491, 2006. Presented in Houston, TX. PDF

  • "We Don't Need Arrays" (2005)
    Presented at the 7th ACSE conference (2005). Link.

  • "Java By Abstraction" (2005-2016)
    A textbook published by Pearson Education Canada, Addison-Wesley (2005). Site and press article.

  • "HCW: A Lab Handbook on Assembly and Hardware Design Languages" (2004-2017)
    A series of labs in MIPS and Verilog on how computers work. Link.

  • "A Guided Tour of Unix" (2004)
    A hand-on introduction to the Unix/Linux environment @EECS. Intended for newcomers to the department including EECS1020 and transfer students, grads, and new faculty. Published in July 2004. Link.

  • "Fortran@York" (2003)
    A comprehensive site on Fortran and the SLATEC library. Includes software downloads, resources, and a set of labs. Published in June 2003. Link.

  • "Design Guidelines for the Lab Component of Objects-First CS1" (2002)
    Published in the proceedings of the 33rd ACM SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer Science Education, pp 222, 2002. Presented in Cincinnati, OH. PDF

  • More Publications
    Follow this link .


Biography

Dr. Roumani received his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics from the SIGCSE (the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education), STLHE (the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), and BEST (the Best Engineering and Science Teaching FSE Council committee).


Awards

Dr. Roumani is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including:
  • The Canada-Wide 3M Fellowship
    in 2009, Citation. Media: 3M, York STLHE.

  • The Province-Wide LIFT (Leadership in Faculty Teaching) Award ( LIFT)
    in 2007, Province of Ontario. Press article.

  • The University-Wide Award for Teaching Excellence
    in 1996, York University. President's list.

  • The Faculty-Wide Excellence in Teaching Award
    in 1995 and 2000, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

  • The Departmental Mildred Baptist Award
    in 2000, 2001, and 2004, Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, list.

  • The Lassonde Educator of the Year Award
    in 2017, Lassonde School of Engineering.


Teaching Philosophy

It is my belief that concentrating on the general ideas and the Big Picture without worrying about details will produce an individual who may be computer-literate but certainly not a productive computer professional. At the other extreme, an individual who masters the intricate details of a particular environment without being able to abstract will be obsolete as soon as the technology that underlies that environment becomes obsolete (which happens quickly in the computing field).

A blend of the two approaches is essential for confronting today's ever-changing state of this field which is nothing short of "evolution in action" with an "adapt or die" paradigm. Luckily, while technological details are changing rapidly and in a revolutionary manner, abstract concepts are evolving slowly and incrementally. Hence, by understanding how today's details fit in the general abstract scheme, we should be able to easily adapt and quickly comprehend tomorrow's technologies.

We can achieve this blend by observing two prime directives that tell us how to orchestrate the topics within a course and how to choreograph the discovery of concepts so that students can explore what can be rather than imitate what is. Here are simple yet enlightening depictions of the two directives:

  • What is the relation between driving a car and the combustion engine? Do I need to known one in order to learn the other? And more to the point, why did you keep referring to spark plugs when you were showing me how to accelerate?

  • Try as you may but I don't think your lectures will ever teach me how to skate. You have explained the techniques really well, even made me an expert in the physics of skating, but I still fall flat on my face every time I set foot in the rink!
For more on Roumani's philosophy, follow this link .


My Links

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L'OSCARS: Lassonde Educator of the Year Award, 2017

The Android Development Site, 2017

The JR Project: Rethinking Computing Education, 2014-16

Quantum Cryptography: Cascade Optimization in QKD, 2014

The 4th edition of my book, 2014.

Master Thesis: Cross-Site Request Forgery, 2014

Book Chapter 20, Elsevier Morgan Kaufmann 2013

Cloud Security through Cryptographic Secret Sharing

New thematic course on web computing. Jan 8, 2013.

Imagine What's Next" event at Casa Loma. May 10, 2012.

A Toast to Teaching Excellence" at Queen's Park. April 2012.

Academic Spotlight at us.blackberry.com Feb. 2012.

Trick-Or-Treating in York Lanes, Oct 31, 2011.

Quantum Information Summer School, July 2011.

NanoFab Centre, Université de Sherbrooke, June 2011.

The 3rd edition of my book came out Sept 2010.

Postcard to 3M, June 2010

The What-How Phenomenon, 2010

The 3M Ceremony, Fredericton, NB, June 2009

Roumani becomes a 3M Fellow, Feb 5, 2009

Retirement party of Prof. Eshrat Arjomandi, Oct. 16, 2008

Toronto during Earth Hour, March 29, 2008

Video of this 2007 lecture is available in two format:
Windows Streaming and Cross-Platform Flash.

With the CSE Tech Team, Dec. 2007

Roumani receives the Province-Wide LIFT Award

The LIFT Award Ceremony with York President Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri (left) and FSE Dean Dr. Nick Cercone. Nov. 2007.

With Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Carl Weinman. Oct. 2007.

Wireless Sensor Networks Project with Hamdi, 2007.

Real Time Mono2Stereo Synthesis, ENG4000, April 2007.

My Java textbooks. The 2nd Ed came out Jan 2008.

With the Honorable NDP Leader Jack Layton. June 2006.

My Java textbook and news article. 2004.

You can reach me at roumani @ cse . yorku . ca