My primary research interest is in learning systems and collaborative technologies, with applications to software engineering, and in computer science education.
My approach to research involves a mixture of theoretical development, software system implementation, controlled experimental evaluation, and ultimately deployment of the systems developed. My interest in learning systems revolves around the development of new technologies that take into consideration the cognitive behavior and needs of end-users.
The specific types of learning systems that I am interested in are related to computing which has motivated my work in software engineering. Because both learning and software engineering are highly collaborative activities, I have also become interested in understanding how collaboration works, ranging from the dynamics of collaborative groups to the technologies required for computer-supported work.
My original interest in learning systems was sparked by a long standing interest in computer science education which continues to engage me. These underlying interests in learning systems and collaboration are the unifying theme for my publications, dissertation advisement, system development and professional involvement.
Most of this research has been supported by grants where I have been the principal or co-principal investigator.
Note: * refers to co-authors who are PhD students of F. Deek.** refers to co-authors who are masters students of F. Deek.*** refers to co-authors who are undergraduate students of F. Deek.
F.P. Deek and J. McHugh, Open Source – Technology and Policy, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 978-0-521-88103-6 - Hard Copy, ISBN: 978-0-521-70741-1 - Soft Copy, (369 pages), 2007.
F.P. Deek, J. McHugh and O. Eljabiri*, Strategic Software Engineering - An Interdisciplinary Approach, Taylor & Francis Group - Auerbach Publications, ISBN: 0-8493-3939-1, (350 pages), 2005.
F.P. Deek and J. McHugh, Computer-Supported Collaboration with Applications to Software Development, Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN: 1-4020-7385-2 (264 pages), 2003.
Edited Books/ProceedingsA. Tucker (Editor-in-Chief), R. Cupper, F.P. Deek, and R. Noonan (Editorial Advisors), Computer Science Handbook, Second edition, ISBN: 158488360X, CRC Press, (2,752 pages), 2004.
A. Tucker (Editor), F.P. Deek, J. Jones, C. Stephenson, A. Verno, Final Report of the ACM K-12 Task Force Curriculum Committee - A Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science, ACM Press, New York, New York, ACM ISBN: 1-58113-837-7, 2004.
N. Ansari, F.P. Deek, C-Y. Lin, H. Yu (Editors), Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information Technology: Research and Education (ITRE 2003), IEEE Communications Society, Newark, New Jersey, ISBN: 0-7803-7878-4, August 2003.
F.P. Deek and H. Kimmel (Editors), Computer Science Education in the Secondary Schools: Curriculum Guidelines, Content and Professional Development, Proceedings of the 1995, 1996 and 1997 Conferences, [online]. Available: http://csla.njit.edu/fadi/public/books/csebook.htm. Newark, New Jersey, USA, 1998. Book Chapters B. Van de Walle, C. Campbell*, and F.P. Deek, The Impact of Task Structure and Negotiation Sequence on Distributed Requirements Negotiation Activity, Conflict, and Satisfaction, in Advanced Information Systems Engineering, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Book Series, J. Krogstie, A.L. Opdahl, and G. Sindre (Editors), Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, vol. 4495, pp. 381-394, ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print) 1611-3349 (Online), 2007.
R. Statica and F.P. Deek, Topology for Intelligent Mobile Computing, in Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, E-Government, and Mobile Commerce, M. Khosrow-Pour (Editor), Idea Group Publishing, pp. 1070-1074, ISBN: 1591407990, 2006.
C. Bladek** and F.P. Deek, Understanding Novice Programmers Difficulties as a Requirement to Specifying Effective Learning Environments, in New Directions in Higher Education, R. Nata (Editor), Nova Science Publishing, pp. 1-22, ISBN: 1-59454-333-X, 2005.
F.P. Deek and R. Friedman, Analogies in Computing and Composition, in Issues in Higher Education, R. Nata (Editor), Nova Science Publishing, pp. 15-34, ISBN: 1-59454-332-1, 2005.
L. Zhao* and F.P. Deek, An Overview of Open Source Software Development Model, in Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, M. Khosrow-Pour (Editor), Idea Group Publishing, pp. 2221-2224, ISBN: 1-59140-553-X, 2004.
F.P. Deek and J. McHugh, Computer Supported Collaboration, in Computer Science Handbook, Second edition, A. Tucker (Editor-in-Chief), CRC Press, pp. 50.1-50.20, ISBN: 158488360X, 2004.
O. Eljabiri* and F.P. Deek, Specialized System Development, in Computer Science Handbook, Second edition, A. Tucker (Editor-in-Chief), CRC Press, pp. 110.1-110.18, ISBN: 158488360X, 2004.
M. Mohtashami*, F.P. Deek, and I. Im, Critical Factors in Collaborative Software Development in the Supply Chain Management, in Strategy and Organization in Supply Chains, S. Seuring, M. Müller, M. Goldbach, and U. Schneidewind (Editors), Physica Verlag, pp. 257-272, ISBN: 3790800244, 2003.
A. Lippel and F.P. Deek, Using the System for Educational Learning and Feedback (SELF) in a Sociology Telecourse, in Efficiency in Adult Higher Education: A Practitioners’ Handbook, M.T. Keeton, B. Mayo-Wells, J. Porosky, and B.G. Sheckley (Editors), University of Maryland University College, Institute for Research on Adults in Higher Education, Chapter 7, Case 7.2, pp. 126-129, 1995.