December 11, 2018
Research done by the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) was highlighted by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) of the Computing Research Association (CRA) in their "Great Innovative Ideas" series for December 2018. The series highlights the work that group has done in applying machine learning techniques to analyze and model the complex nuances and interplay of verbal language, facial expressions, gestures, and intonation in human communication. This work has led to his group's development of several AI systems to assist diverse populations of people to improve their communication skills through interaction with online tools (see ROC Speak, LISSA, and CoCo).
December 10, 2018
Three of the 56 newly elected fellows of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) are faculty members of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. Two hold primary appointments in the Computer Science Department (Professor and Chair Sandhya Dwarkadas and Professor Jiebo Luo), and one holds a secondary appointment in Computer Science (Professor and Dean of the Hajim School Wendi Heinzelman).
December 6, 2018
Dr. Andrea Salgian (PhD, 2001), was promoted to the rank of full professor at The College of New Jersey in Fall 2018. Her research interests include: human computer interaction, gesture recognition, object recognition, music information retrieval, computer vision, and artificial intelligence.
November 14, 2018
Nasrin Mostafazadeh (PhD 2017) has been named to the Forbes 2019 30 under 30 (Science) for her work on storytelling and commonsense reasoning. Nasrin serves as a Senior Research Scientist at Elemental Cognition, where she applies her expertise in AI/NLP to building programs that are better able to understand and collaborate with humans.
October 8, 2018
Gene Kim, a fourth-year computer science PhD student advised by Professor Len Schubert, was selected by ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) and the NSF as one of the members of the American Delegation to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which took place from September 23-28, 2018. Gene recently returned from the event, a week-long conversation between the old guard and young researchers in the fields of computer science and mathematics. The event included a wide-range of lectures by the laureates – from an introduction of AI and deep learning, to algebraic geometry, and even laser cooling for improving atomic clocks!
September 21, 2018
Professor Michael Scott was awarded the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his track record of excellence in research, teaching, and leadership.
September 20, 2018
Jiebo Luo, professor of computer science, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Region 1 Technological Innovation (Academic) Award from IEEE for his contributions in computer vision and data mining. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association for the advancement of technology; the technological innovation award recognizes distinguished development, advancement and pursuit of the IEEE’s technical objectives.
September 3, 2018
Zhengyuan Yang, a third-year PhD student working in Professor Jiebo Luo’s group, won the 2018 ICPR Best Industry Related Paper Award (BIRPA) for his paper entitled “End-to-end Multi-Modal Multi-Task Vehicle Control for Self-Driving Cars with Visual Perception.” This paper was the result of a collaborative project funded by SAIC (the Shanghai Automotive Innovation Center in San Jose, CA), and was recognized as a work that not only exemplifies excellence in research, but also the potential to have a commercial impact.
August 31, 2018
August 15, 2018
Matt Boutell (URCS Ph.D. 2005 - co-advised by Profs. Chris Brown and Jiebo Luo) was recently promoted to Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prof. Boutell specializes in image recognition, machine learning, and pattern recognition. He received the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016 and was a Fulbright Scholar at Zambia’s Copperbelt University from 2011-2012.
Professor Zhu receives Honorable Mention in the SIGARCH/TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Award competition
June 6, 2018
Assistant Professor Yuhao Zhu has received an Honorable Mention for the ACM SIGARCH/IEEE CS TCCA Outstanding Dissertation Award for "innovations in computer architecture, spanning hardware design, runtime orchestration, and programming language implementation, for making the Web energy-efficient."
May 31, 2018
Congratulations to Ehsan Hoque, who has just received a CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) award from the National Science Foundation. These are NSF’s “most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”
May 29, 2018
Xipeng Shen (URCS Ph.D. 2006) has been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He moved to NCSU in 2014 from The College of William and Mary, where he was the Adina Allen Term Distinguished Associate Professor. Prof. Shen's research is in the areas of Programming Systems and Machine Learning. He received the DOE Early Career Award, NSF CAREER Award, Google Faculty Research Award, and IBM CAS Faculty Fellow Award. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and a senior member of IEEE. His former graduates are now faculty members at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Colorado School of Mines, and University of California at Riverside and at Santa Barbara.
May 9, 2018
Joseph Izraelevitz, who defended his Ph.D. in December 2017, has received commendation in the University's Outstanding Dissertation Award competition. Joe’s research explores the impact of nonvolatile memory (NVM) devices, which are expected to replace DRAM in many applications over the coming decade. Specifically, his dissertation, Concurrency Implications of Nonvolatile Byte-Addressable Memory, showed how to integrate persistence into existing models of concurrent programming, as a step toward faster databases for transaction processing, shorter checkpoints for high-performance computing, and a method for consistent computing on intermittently powered devices in the Internet of Things. Since January, 2018, Joe has been a postdoctoral researcher at the IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain.
May 3, 2018
Undergraduate Computer Science major Ashely Tenesaca '20 won a competitive Daivs Projects for Peace Grant of $10,000. Along with Shingirai Dhoro '20, and Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Tenesaca will use the grant to create a water supply system in Zimbabwe for a project titled "Water for Peace: Solving Mukwerera Conflict through Provision of Sustainable Water Supply."
April 24, 2018
Henry Kautz, the founding director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester, will direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) division that supports artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and data science.
March 9, 2018
The study of computer science has undergone sweeping change in the past couple of decades, right along with the technology itself. And Marty Guenther, who recently retired as the undergraduate coordinator in the computer science department, has been both witness to that and a key participant during her 25 years at the University.
February 1, 2018
Assistant Professor Ji Liu has been named to MIT Technology Review's list of "35 Innovators Under 35 in China" for his contributions to the fields of machine learning, optimization, and reinforcement learning. He and his group proposed and investitaged a series of brand-new parallel frameworks including asynchronization and decentralization technologies to overcome the computation and communication bottleneck of traditional centralized synchronous parallel algorithms. The asynchronization technology has been widely used in modern deep / machine learning tools such as Tensorflow, CNTK, MXnet, Pytorch, etc. His work bridges optimization and reinforcement learning, providing fundamental understanding for the complexity of solving reinforcement learning, and winning the Facebook best student paper award in UAI 2015.