Computer Science Students, Professor to Present Class Findings at Portland Conference

May 28, 2014

Four representatives of Saint Joseph’s College will attend this year’s O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON), the premier gathering of the open source community, July 20–24 in Portland, Ore. SJC Assistant Professor of Computer Science Brian Capouch is leading the group. This is Capouch’s fourth straight year presenting at the conference.

The group will present findings it made while investigating various aspects of Web Real-Time Communication (webRTC) as part of a special topics in Computer Science class. webRTC allows a browser to conduct audio, video, and screen sharing with another browser without the need for a server to act as a middleman. webRTC includes such applications as Google Hangouts and a few other very new products. The class limited itself to only working with applications that are open source.

Open source products develop, via universal access, free licensing to a product's design or blueprint and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.

The four students involved, all Computer Science majors, are recent graduates Alex Yong ’14 and Steven Quella ’14, senior Nathan Samano, and junior Danilo Zekovic. Zekovic will not attend the conference as he is serving a summer internship in Eastern Europe.

“What we have found is a vibrant, chaotic, and very active community of developers who represent a stunning range of talents and vision,” said Capouch. “It has been common to find useful applications and toolkits that have been abandoned by their developers, products which exhibit only a small portion of the functionality they advertise, or which have unsavory side effects on the systems with which they interact.”

The presentation will cover a wide variety of the products that were reviewed and provide a summary and quality assessment for each.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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