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Legand L.
Burge, III


L.K. Downing Hall, Room 2040

Faculty Details


Certificate (1990), Cryptology, National Cryptologic School
B.S. (1992), Computer and Information Science / Mathematics, Langston University
M.S. (1995), Computer Science, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. (1998), Computer Science, Oklahoma State University


Operating Systems
Distributed / Parallel Computing
Mobile Computing


Context-aware Computing
Telehealth Information Systems Design/Development
Mobile Middleware
Mobile Computing
Computational Biology (Application of HPC for Protein Identification Problems)
CS Education / Diversity

Subjects Taught: 

Operating Systems, Advanced Operating Systems, Web Services, Structure of Programming Languages, Computer Architecture, CS 0 - Intro. to Computer Science, Large Scale Programming, Mobile Application Development, Lean LaunchPad, Design Thinking, Bison Startup, Bison Accelerate, Special Topics in Advanced WWW Applications.

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Burge's research interests lie in the field of distributed computing. The primary thrust of his current research is in global resource management in large-scale distributed systems. In particular, he is interested in middleware technology to support scalable infrastructures for pervasive environments capable of servicing a very large number of small (possibly mobile) distributed and embedded devices efficiently. He is also interested in the application of distributed high performance computing to solve computational science problems in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Dr. Burge is currently the director of the Distributed Systems Research Group (DSRG) and associate director of the Center for Applied High Performance Computing at Howard University. Dr. Burge is also interested in Computer Science Education and Diversity, and Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Burge is a AAAS Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar recipient.

Prior to coming to Howard University Dr. Burge worked for the National Security Agency as a Computer Analyst for 5 years, and as a computer consultant for several years. Dr. Burge's previous research includes consistency management in distributed databases, and message passing libraries for distributed parallel computing. The work on consistency management is aimed at developing lightweight protocols that communicate using epidemic algorithms. The distributed parallel computing work consisted of the design and development of an actor-based message passing and thread migration package for Java. The package was used to design a campus wide non-dedicated meta-computer that distributed, and performed load balancing of computations based on CPU cycle stealing.


In his spare time, Dr. Burge enjoys playing the piano, swimming, cycling, traveling, and teaching Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.


1. Jabu Mtsweni, Ernest Ketcha Ngassam, Legand Burge A profile-aware microtasking approach for improving task assignment in crowdsourcing services, 2016 IST-Africa Conference, 11 - 13 May 2016, Durban, South Africa, DOI: 10.1109/ISTAFRICA.2016.7530702.
2. Marlon Mejias, Ketly Jean-Pierre, Qi’Anne Knox, Elizabeth Ricks, Legand Burge III,A. Nicki Washington, Meaningful Gamification of a Computer Science Department: Considerations and Challenges, 2015 Int'l Conf. Frontiers in Education: CS and CE, p10-16.
3. Washington, A. N. and Burge, L., Mejias, M. ‡, and Jean-Pierre, K. ‡, Knox, Q. ‡ “Bridging the Divide: Developing Culturally-Responsive Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science Education”, SIGCSE '15 Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, p. 707-707.
4. Washington, A. N. and Burge, L., Mejias, M. ‡, and Jean-Pierre, K. ‡, Knox, Q. ‡ "Improving Undergraduate Student Performance in Computer Science at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through Industry Partnerships", SIGCSE '15 Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, p. 203-206.
5. Jabu Mtsweni, Legand Burge, The Potential Benefits of Mobile Microwork Services in Developing Nations: Research Opportunities and Challenges, IST-Africa 2014 Conference Proceedings, p1-10, May 2014.
6. Hui Li, Chunmei Liu, Feras Yousef; Mugizi Rwebangira, Legand Burge, Mono-isotope Prediction for Mass Spectra Using Bayesian Network , TSINGHUA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ISSN 1007-0214 06/10 pp617-623 Volume 19, Number 6, December 2014.
7. Kamal Al Nasr, Chunmei Liu, Mugizi Rwebangira, Legand Burge, Jing He, “Intensity-Based Skeletonization of CryoEM Grayscale Images Using a True Segmentation-Free Algorithm”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1289 - 1298 (9/2013).
8. A. Brereton, G. Warner, L. Burge, “An Adaptive Computational Model for Predicting the Density Distribution of the Proximal Femur”, Journal on Computing (JoC) Vol.1 No.4, p. 18-23, January 2012
9. Ronald J. Leach; Todd Shurn; Legand L. Burge; Peter A. Keiller; John Trimble “A service model for improving healthcare delivery in rural developing communities” International Journal of Services, Economics and Management (IJSEM), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2012.
10. Washington, A. N. and Burge, L., Mejias, M. ‡, and Jean-Pierre, K. ‡ “The Partnership for Early Engagement in Computer Science (PEECS) Program: Teaching African-American Middle-School Students Computer Science,” Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (FECS'12), 2012, USA
11. Hui Li, Jean-Claude Tounkara‡, Legand Burge, Chunmei Liu, " A rapid 3D protein Structural Classification using Pseudo 2D HMMs", in GRC '12 Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing (GrC-2012), p. 742-745.
12. Kyung Dae Ko, Chunmei Liu, Amen Ra Mashariki, Legand Burge, SMISB: A system for Managing Minimum Information from omics' studies in systems biology. CIBCB 2012: 164-168.


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