Our NSF CSR project got some press

“We want cars to communicate with one another—sharing and analyzing information—as well as with the cloud, so that they can learn from each other, reducing the expensive bandwidth that comes with contacting the cloud,” said Stacy Patterson, the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science. She is developing the approach with Montana State University researcher Mike P. Wittie, in a new project supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Link [February 2016]


Award for Excellence

Computer Science senior Clint Cooper was recognized as one of 40 outstanding seniors at the MSU Alumni Association / Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence banquet on February 16th. Recipients excel academically and through service. Clint selected Mike Wittie as his inspirational mentor. [February 2016]


Highly personalized traveler information system to be delivered for I-90 and I-94

In a chat with Bernie Wagenblast, of our associate webcaster Transportation Radio, Steve Albert, director of the Western Transportation Institute (pictured), has revealed that a new level of personalization is currently being planned for travel information on I-90 and I-94. The routes, which stretch right across the northwestern states of the USA, are known as the North/West Passage, and already have their own dedicated, cross-state, real-time traffic information website Now, Albert reveals, a mobile app for smart devices is being developed, which will allow regular users of the route to upload a profile that will enable personalized information to be sent to them as and when it becomes available. Link. [December 2015]


Roads to Safe Discovery mentioned on Transportation Radio.

Winter weather and long, lonely stretches of highway can make traveling along Interstates 90 and 94 treacherous. Having a wide variety of both real-time and reference information can make for a safer trip and provide confidence before heading out. The Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University recently launched North/West Passage. The institute’s director, Steve Albert, gave Transportation Radio some background on the project. [December 2015]


Best Paper Award Finalist

Graduate students Mehdi Assefi and Guangchi Liu, working with Dr. Clem Izurieta and Dr. Mike Wittie, received a Best Paper Finalist Award for a paper entitled An Experimental Evaluation of Apple Siri and Google Speech Recognition.  The award was conferred at the 24th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE). [October 2015]


A Hybrid Vehicle-Cloud Solution for Robust, Cost-Efficient Road Monitoring

Dr. Mike Wittie and Dr. Stacy Patterson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) received funding from NSF to undertake a project that assists drivers in route planning and safe driving by using a vehicle's GPS, networking capabilities, environmental sensors and performance sensors.  The project will investigate how large-scale sensing and road monitoring can address the cost and scalability limitations of centralized architectures.  Mike receives $184K for his part of the work.  [October 2015]


New Traveler Website

Working with the Western Transportation Institute, Dr. Mike Wittie and Dr. Qing Yang have helped create a recently launched traveler website that facilitates travel on the I-90 and I-94 corridors.  [October 2015]


Unstable Slope Management Program

Dr. Upulee Kanewala and Dr. Mike Wittie have received $138K as co-PIs to undertake a $320K Western Transportation Institute project that is funded by the Federal Highway Administration.  Eli Cuelho of the WTI is the PI.  The goal of the project is to inventory and assess potentially unstable road slope conditions so that corrective action can be taken.  [September 2015]


Mobile Internet Testbed Project

Dr. Mike Wittie received $164K from NSF for a 2-year project entitled MITATE: Mobile Internet Testbed for Application Traffic Experimentation.  [August 2015]

About Me

Since Fall 2011 I am a RightNow Technologies Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Montana State University. I have received my PhD in Computer Science from the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I was advised by Professor Kevin Almeroth's and Professor Elizabeth Belding. Before joining UCSB I worked for Anzus Inc. in San Diego, who have since been acquired by Rockwell Collins. Before coming to San Diego, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MSE in Computer Science and a BA in Cognitive Science, cum laude.

At MSU I am a co-director of the Network+Algorithms Lab. My students and I focus on making the networks more interactive to improve the Quality of User Experience (QoE) in applications such as interactive Web, online gaming, augmented reality, human-AI interactions (ex. Siri), and mobile apps. We are also invoved in several interdisciplinary projects with connected vehicles, automatic transportation systems, and sexual assault prevention.

Prospective Students

Thinking about a PhD in Computer Science? Pursuing a doctoral degree is one of the most challenging, rewarding, and affirming experiences. If you would like to know more about what to expect from a PhD program, check out the advice for graduate students on my research page. Here are a few reasons why you should consider MSU and how to apply. For more general information about MSU, check out our viewbook.

The choice of an advisor is as important than the choice of the graduate school. If you are interested in working with me at MSU please take a look at my research page. There you can find out about my research interest, projects, and publications. If you would like to talk with me about coming to MSU, or about project and funding opportunities, feel free to email me, or schedule a meeting. If you are a Masters student I have several projects in the areas of mobile applications, database design, and network experimentation you can get involved with right away.

Finally the Networks+Algorithms lab is actively recruiting new PhD students for the following project:

Contact Information


Tel: (406) 994-3541

Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 3:10-4PM and by appointment in EPS 361. To schedule an appointment outside of office hours, please take a look at my calendar below and email me with a time that's not already taken.