William Erdly, Ph.D.

Current Research Projects and/or Areas of Interest

  • Designing and developing social media systems that enhance student learning in such areas as computational thinking, and core STEM concepts
  • Developing metrics and techniques for conducting social network analytics (SNA) that integrates both quantitative and qualitative measures.
  • Work force development in the areas of computer science – including recruitment and retention of diverse populations.
  • Design and development of new approaches to interactive narrative in game design.
  • Large scale WAN design and QoS for broadband access to rural communities.
  • Improving health care information systems using telemedicine, improved focus on patient wellness, and construction of data standards that are HIPAA-compliant.
  • Project management for game design, human-computer-interaction and development and testing of game mechanics.

Subject or Domain Expertise

  • Social/organizational psychology as related to design of software applications
  • Knowledge management systems & the semantic web
  • Health care informatics
  • WAN-level network design
  • Technology management
  • Human computer interaction
  • Social computing
  • Software engineering principles
  • Software metrics, research design and advanced statistical analysis
  • Neurophysiology/EEG analysis

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Programming Languages, Tools, Applications, or Hardware/Software of Interest

  • Statistical analysis software
  • Database software/SQL
  • Adobe CS5
  • Cloud services – Amazon/Azure
  • Semantic web tools such as RDF, RDFs, OWL, SparQL
  • Cisco router configuration & management/QoS
  • Agile/Scrum and other SDLC’s (theory and practice)

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Past/Present Courses Taught at UWB

  • CSS 301: Technical Writing for Computing Professionals
  • CSS 350: Management Principles for Computing Professionals
  • CSS 432: Network Design
  • CSS 471: The Business of Computing
  • CSS 480: Principles of Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSS 490/BHLTH 490: Special Topic: Health Care Informatics
  • CSS 490: Special Topic: Interactive Game Design
  • CSS 490: Special Topic: Social Computing
  • CSS 497/498/499: Internships, readings, and research for undergraduates
  • CSS 565: Research Methods in Computing
  • CSS 583: Knowledge Management Systems
  • CSS 595/596: Capstone Master’s Project Seminar.

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Selected Publications & Projects

Selected Publications

  • Erdly, W. W. & Bissell, D. (2003). Technological innovation via education: Some guidelines for building partnerships with tribal communities. In G. E. de los Santos, A. G. de los Santos and M. D. Milliron (Eds.) From Digital Divide to Digital Democracy. ISBN 1-931300-36-4
  • Rothman, M.L.; Hedrick, S.C., Bulcroft, K.A., Erdly, W.W., & Nickinovich, D.G. (1993) Effects of VA adult day health care on health outcomes and satisfaction with care. Medical Care, 31, ss38 - ss49.
  • Chapko, M.; Rothman, M.L.; Ehreth, J.; Hedrick, S.C., Sullivan, J.; Erdly, W.W., & Cooper, S. (1993) Data collection in the adult day health care evaluation study. Medical Care, 31, ss15 - ss25.
  • Connis, R.T.; Hedrick, S.C.; Ries, L.M.; Erdly, W.W.; Ehreth, J.L.; & Conrad, K.J. (1993) Adult day health care organizational and program characteristics. Medical Care, 31, ss26 - ss37.
  • Pauri, F., Pierelli, F., Chatrian, G.E., & Erdly, W.W. (1992) Long-term EEG video-audio monitoring: computer detection of local EEG seizure patterns. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 82, 1 - 9.
  • Pierelli, F., Chatrian, G. E., Erdly, W. W., & Swanson, P. D. (1989) Long-term EEG-video-audio monitoring: Detection of partial epileptic seizures and psychogenic episodes by twenty-four hour EEG record review. Epilepsia, 30, 513- 523.
  • Pagel, M., Erdly, W.W., and Becker, J. (1987) Social supports: We get by with (and in spite of) a little help from our friends. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 53, 793-804.

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Recent (Software) Projects

  • Math + Innovative Support = Four Year Computer Science Transfer Degree: League for Innovation (2008)
  • Connecting Through Creativity. Presentation and served as panel moderator: Sponsored by the Initiative for Creativity & Performance (2007)
  • Computing, Mathematics and Creativity: Panel member – Sponsored by the Initiative for Creativity & Performance (2007) with Profs. Matthew Burtner (Visiting Scholar), Peter Littig, and Gray Kochhar-Lindgren.
  • Computing as a Means to an End: Creating a Bridge between Science, Art and Eco-cultures. Conference presentation at Earth Rites: Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures (2005)
  • Linking Technology and Cultural Knowledge. International pre-conference workshop for Earth Rites: Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures (2005)
  • The Role of Computing Technology within a Tribal Culture (2004) – Panel Presentation
  • Connect to Your Future (2004) – Presentation Title: The Future, Technology and You
  • RATEC Technology Workforce Development Summit (2003) – Keynote Speaker – Reconceptualizing the Information Technology Workforce
  • CompTIA National Conference (2003) – Invited Session Panelist – Future Trends In Technology Education
  • Society for Information Management – Seattle Chapter (2003) – Keynote Speaker – Building a Business Strategy: A Partnership with IT
  • Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2001) - Presentation title: The Tulalip Tribes’ Technology Leap Initiative: Cultivating the Regional Political Climate for Growing Tribal Technology
  • League for Innovation (2001) - Presentation title: Technological Innovation via Educatioon: Some Guidelines for Building Partnerships with Tribal Communities

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Selected Grants & Other Projects

  • ARRA Broadband Stimulus Grant – Infrastructure for Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit Counties,. (Sub-award for $1.65 Million for infrastructure buidout in 2011)
  • Planning Grant: Building a Community to Revitalize Community College Undergraduate Computing Pathways (2007) – Co-Principal Investigator (National Science Foundation award for $213, 578).
  • Initiative for Creativity and Performance Research (2006) – Co-investigator. Worthington Scholar Award – University of Washington, Bothell. ($40,000 total award expected)
  • An Analysis of the Information Technology Workforce in the State of Washington (2003) – Principal Investigator). Funded by the Workforce Technology and Education Board (WTECB). ($38,500)
  • Web-based Health Information Systems for a Tribal Community (2003) – Investigator. Funded by Verizon Northwest. ($14,000). Funds support student internships for software development project.
  • Distance Learning Content Development Grant (2000 – 2001) – Co-developer & Project Manager. Funds supported course development activities at UWB, UW Computer Science & Engineering and UW Educational Outreach. Funded by the U. S. Department of Labor. ($1,500,000)
  • Tulalip Data Services (1999 to 2010). Founder/Program Director. Tribal technology infrastructure development project. Funding from The Tulalip Tribes to support student internships for University of Washington, Bothell; Everett Community College students, tribal members, software development, capital projects (networking, servers, computers, advanced software applications, technology vendor subcontracts and education/training. ($8.3 Million/year project in 2010 – over $50 Million for entire project)

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Industry Affiliations, Experiences, & Interests

  • Aerospace
  • Health care – hospitals, clinics
  • Game development
  • Network design and management
  • Educational software
  • Software engineering – small & large company 
  • General business management, technology start-ups, consulting

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Random Point of Interest

Was a varsity letterman for the University of Washington Rowing team in the late 1970’s. Lived in (then West) Germany for many years and still remember a bit of the language. Am an Army-brat; founder of the CSS program; and have developed and taught courses at UWS and in four of the five major programs at UWB. Programmed my first computer game for learning in 1974! Completed the Seattle-Portland bicycle event (STP) six times.

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