Recent News & Accomplishments


Spring Colloquium presents Jandelyn Plane, Senior Lecturer. Title: Exploring Computer Science Gender Parity through Research in Afghanistan Date: February 7, 2011 Time: 4:00 pm Location: ECE Conference Room. AVW 2460 Through USAID, Jan Plane has been working with Computer Science Departments in underdeveloped countries of Africa and Asia for the pastdecade assisting them in curriculum development and capacity building.While visiting Afghanistan to work with their professors, she noticedan unusually high percentage of women in their computer scienceclasses. This talk will present lessons...  read more
Russell H. Taylor, Johns Hopkins University, talks about "Medical Robotics and Computer-Integrated Interventional Medicine". Date: January 31, 2011 Time: 11:00 am Location: A.V. Williams Building, Room 2460 This talk will discuss ongoing research at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (CISST ERC) to develop systems that combine innovative algorithms, robotic devices, imaging systems, sensors, and human-machine interfaces to work cooperatively with surgeons in the planning and execution of surgery and other interventional procedures. This...  read more
Ananta Tiwari and Jeff Hollingsworth received best paper - software, at the 2011 IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium. The paper was titled Online Adaptive Code Generation and Tuning".  read more


James Pinkerton and Rafael Setra, advised by Professor Bill Gasarch came in third place at the Siemens Competition in the team category. Siemens Competition 2010  read more
Atif Memon ranked 8th in the field Systems and Software Engineering in the Journal of Systems and Software Top Scholar survey for 2004-2008. This is an annual survey of publications in systems and software engineering; it identifies the top 15 scholars and institutions in the field over a 5-year period. Each ranking is based on the weighted scores of the number of papers published in TSE, TOSEM, JSS, SPE, EMSE, IST, and Software of the corresponding period.  read more
Mohammad Hajiaghayi received a Google Research Award for his proposal "Online Auctions" in the area of algorithms and mechanism design.  read more
Professor Emeritus Jack Minker presented invited lectures at two workshops in Lexington, Kentucky, during November 2010  read more
The department's ACM team, comprising of undergraduates Anirudh Bandi, Holman Gao, and Scott Zimmermann, has advanced to the 2011 ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals, to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The team is one of 100 teams chosen from over 8700 teams that participated in regional contests worldwide.  read more
Robert Kleinberg, Cornell, talks about Converting any algorithm into an incentive-compatible mechanism". Date: November 19, 2010 Time: 1:00 pm Location: CSIC 2107 Does the complexity of algorithms increase dramatically when redesigning them to account for the incentives of selfish users? The theory of algorithmic mechanism design is largely founded on the presumption that the answer is affirmative, a presumption that has been rigorously confirmed under various interpretations of the question. This is unfortunate, since it would be very convenient if there existed generic procedures to convert...  read more
Vikash Mansinghka, CTO of Navia Systems talks about Natively Probabilistic Computation: Principles, Artifacts and Applications". Date: November 15, 2010 Time: 1:00 pm Location: AV Williams 3258 Complex probabilistic models and Bayesian inference are becoming increasingly critical across science and industry, especially in large-scale data analysis. They are also central to our best computational accounts of human cognition, perception and action. However, all these efforts struggle with the infamous curse of dimensionality. Rich probabilistic models can seem hard to write and even harder to...  read more