Dr. Boetticher's previous research explored Software Metrics, Computational Bioinformatics and Data Mining. His current research effort focus on Financial Data Mining.
A question you might ask is, "Why should I pursue a thesis instead of a capstone project?" Surely, a capstone project is much easier. However consider what opportunities await you when you graduate.
You can focus on an area that is interesting to you, and contribute in a significant way to the work being done. Furthermore, you have an opportunity to develop your writing skills, your speaking skills, and your independent learning skills. Research can be intimidating because it is often undefined up front, but in the end, you can be proud of the accomplishments you've made in the face of uncertainty.
Research is not for everyone, it does require hard work. But, the rewards are much greater! Making the decision to pursue research requires you to think deeply about your goals and interests before you decide to pursue a thesis.
I am one of the highest rated Computer Science/Software Engineering faculty member on Google Scholar.
I was awarded a United States Patent 60/961,631 issued on July 22, 2011. (Awarded) Molecular Phenotyping of Severe Asthma
Overall, I have published 36 papers (19 papers co-authored with graduate students). Two of these papers won "best paper" awards. So, if you would like to gain lots of international recognition, publish many quality papers, solve some very tough problems, make your family proud, earn money, and of course have fun, then please contact me.
So you want to work with me?
Now, you may have decided that you share some interest in what I do, and you think you want to work for me. I have certain expectations when collaborating.
Your role as my student is to assist me in my work, and as a consequence, you will not only acquire knowledge for a given research area, but through reading, writing, and presentation opportunities you will become very successful regardless of whether you go into industry or stay in academia. My role as an advisor is to keep you focused, and provide opportunities for developing your research, reading, writing, and presentation skills. Sometimes students are confused about this relationship and think advisors should be assisting them.
If you are interested in working with me, I recommend the following steps.