Dr. Tom Way

Research Interests <<plan>>

Computational Nanotechnology and Nanocompilers

This research involves the design of a hypothetical nanocompiler, that is a source code compiler that translates a high level language to both a low level machine description and the executable code that will run on that machine.  These ideas fall within the rapidly advancing field of computational nanotechnology, inspired by the work of K. Eric Drexler and others. <<read more>><<and more>>

Enterprise-scale Service Oriented Architecture Modeling

I am the Program Manager of the Applied Research for Computing Enterprise Services (ARCES) project, a collaborative research effort involving the U.S. Air Force and Gestalt, LLC, a software company. This project is the first of many involving the University's Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology (CEET) program. As part of this research, we are evaluating OPNET for use both in our research and as an educational tool. I am pursuiing additional research in this area in collaboration with Vijay Gehlot, Elliot Sloane and Robert Beck into applications of modeling and simulation in non-DoD enterprise-scale networks, such as health care information and weather information. <<read more>><<and more>>

Other research projects:

Applied Computing Technology Laboratory

To encourage student-faculty collaborative research, and to provide a viable place for anyone interested in developing innovative uses of computers to solve problems, I founded the Applied Computing Technology (ACT) Laboratory in 2005.  The ACT Lab is open to any interested researchers, and is dedicating to following neat computing ideas wherever they may lead. <<ACT Lab>>

Text-based Interventions

I am collaborating with Dr. Michael Mason of VCU on a number of text-messaging-based projects. We are exploring the use of Tropo as a platform. <<read more>>

Information & Technology Literacy

Understanding how technology can be used, and misused, is key to being a literate person in today's information-flooded world.  My research focuses on educational techniques that foster greater understanding of technology, creating a more literate citizen.  A key avenue of this research is the use of a science satire web site I developed in 1997 that is now used worldwide as an educational tool by librarians, teachers and students to explore critical thinking and reading, and evaluation of information skills that are so crucial to being an information literate person. <<read more>>

Education & Magic

I am collaborating with Dr. Mary-Angela Papalaskari and an interdisciplinary team of Villanova professors and students to conduct research into innovative educational methods that combine the sciences with theatre and magic.  The project is a broadening of a successful magic and science camp begun in the Summer of 2005, involving university faculty, and students at the graduate, undergraduate, high school and elementary school levels. <<read more>>


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last updated: 02/06/12