Recent News & Accomplishments


Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dan Suciu. Title: Querying Probabilistic Data Date: Monday October 18, 2010 Time: 4pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 A major challenge in data management is how to manage uncertain data. Many reasons for the uncertainty exists: the data may be extracted automatically from text, it may be derived from the physical world such as RFID data, it may be integrated using fuzzy matches, or may be the result of complex stochastic models. Whatever the reason for the uncertainty, a data management system needs to offer predictable performance to queries over...  read more
Skybox Security, the leader in automated security risk and compliance management, today announced the appointment of Dr. Amnon Lotem as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Lotem has more than 20 years of experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI), modeling and simulation techniques. Amnon Lotem received his Ph.D. from Maryland in 2000 Press release  read more
Fall Colloquium presents Professor Ben Bederson on October 11, 2010. Title: The Role of Humans in Computing Date: Monday October 11, 2010 Time: 4pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 The fields of natural language processing, computer vision (and artificial intelligence in general) have an important characteristic in common: All seek to automate tasks that humans do naturally so that they can be done more quickly and in greater quantity. Whether it be recognizing the faces of missing children in airports, translating documents between languages, or summarizing the opinions of Iranian blogs,...  read more
Fall Colloquium presents Professor Amol Deshpande. Title: Managing and Querying Large Probabilistic Databases Date: Monday October 4, 2010 Time: 4pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 Increasing numbers of real-world application domains are generating data that is inherently noisy, incomplete, and probabilistic in nature. Statistical analysis and probabilistic inference, widely used in those domains, often introduce additional layers of uncertainty. Examples include sensor data analysis, data integration and information extraction on the Web, social network analysis, and scientific and...  read more
Fall Colloquium Series presents Professor Mihai Pop. Title: Computational Challenges in Genomics Research Date: Monday September 27, 2010 Time: 4pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 During the past few years we have witnessed dramatic advances in DNA sequencing and mapping technologies. These technologies generate data orders of magnitude faster, and at just a fraction of the costs previously possible. As a result, DNA sequencing is rapidly becoming a critical tool in many areas of biology research. At the same time, the wealth of data being generated is rapidly challenging the capacity of...  read more
Nico Zazworka, Kai Stapel, Eric Knauss, Forrest Shull, Victor Basili and Kurt Schneider won best research paper award at ESEM 2010 for the paper, Are developers complying with the process: an XP study".  read more
Dr. Tsz Wo (Nicholas) Sze who received his Ph.D. from the department in 2007 has broken the record on computing pi. More on this achievement can be found at:  read more
Fall Colloquium Series presents Professor Neil Spring. Title: Underspecified Network Protocols Complicate Research Date: Monday September 20, 2010 Time: 4pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 Network protocols are well-specified where it matters: features necessary for interoperation. For other behaviors, such as heuristics or corner cases, standards are silent or ignored. I describe two research efforts that, at the start, seemed to be straightforward but became interesting because of varied implementation choices in routers and in wireless interfaces. Maranello is our modification of the...  read more
Undergraduate CS students Tapan Patel, Barry Smith, and Akash Trivedi were instrumental in helping to recover data from equipment in the CATT Laboratory (Center for Advanced Transportation Technology) in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, when the lab's server room was flooded during a major thunderstorm. Equipment was lost but these students were able to get partial functionality back up in the lab within the same day and successfully recovered data from the lab's critical code repository. See the following link for more on this amazing recovery. link  read more
INFORMS recently decided to give an annual prize for outstanding undergraduate research in operations research. There were many applicants from all over the world and the winner of the inaugural prize was John Silberholz, a recent CS graduate. Another student, Richard Matthew McCutchen was a 2010 Awardee of the CRA Outstanding UG Researcher Award.  read more