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Yuriy Brun selected for 2014 SEIF Award

(Fri May 30, 2014)

Assistant Professor Yuriy Brun has received one of twelve 2014 Microsoft Research Awards from the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF), which support academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching methods.

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Andrew McCallum receives Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award

(Fri May 23, 2014)

Professor Andrew McCallum is a 2014-2015 UMass Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award Recipient, one of three chosen from the UMass Amherst campus. As a Conti Fellow, McCallum receives a year's leave of absence to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work and scholarly attainment. Selection of the awardees is based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishment and potential for continued excellence in research and scholarly or creative activity.

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Akshat Kumar wins ICAPS 2014 Best Dissertation Award

(Thu May 22, 2014)

Akshat Kumar (Ph.D. '13) was selected as the winner of the ICAPS (International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling) 2014 Best Dissertation Award. His dissertation "Exploiting Domain Structure in Multiagent Decision-Theoretic Planning and Reasoning" was completed in 2013. The award was presented at the 24th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling thattook place in Portsmouth, NH in June. Kumar also recently received the UMass Amherst CS Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.

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Bruce Croft receives IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award

(Thu May 22, 2014)

The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society named Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft as a recipient of its 2014 Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions to information retrieval and the development of search engines.” The award recognizes contributions in the past 10-15 years that significantly promoted technical progress in the field.

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Tung Pham receives Barbara Burn Scholarship

(Mon May 19, 2014)

Tung Pham, a CS undergrad and Commonwealth Honors College student, who works with Professors Tim Richards and Rick Adrion, has recently received the Barbara B. Burn Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Barbara B. Burn founded the International Programs Office at UMass Amherst and devoted her career to the ideal of making international education accessible to any student. When she died in February 2002, her family, in cooperation with the University, established a memorial scholarship in her memory.

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2014 Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards

(Fri May 2, 2014)

The Sixth Annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards ceremony was held on May 2, 2014. View OAA 2014 site for details on this year's recipients.

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Lifetime email forwarding addresses for CS alums

(Fri March 7, 2014)

We are pleased to announce that Computer Science alum email forwarding addresses are now available for any of our UMass Amherst CS alums. Although you might change employers or Internet providers, your CS alum email address will always stay the same and will forward your email to whatever address you choose. The email address will generally be firstname [dot] lastname [at] alum [dot] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu. To sign up for your email forwarding address, go to

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Significant Bits Winter issue now available

(Thu March 6, 2014)

The Winter 2014 Significant Bits newsletter is now available.  View now. Alums and friends should receive this issue in the mail by mid March. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the print version, send email to bits [at] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu.

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Letter from the Chair (Winter 2014)

(Wed March 5, 2014)

From the Chair

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EMC Student Award recipients

(Tue March 4, 2014)

The following students have been named 2014 EMC Student Participation Award recipients: Elisabeth Baseman, Shiri Dori-Hacohen, Amanda Gentzel, Chang Liu, Ayse Pinar Ozisik, and Jennie Steshenko. EMC Corporation has established this new award to assist our students in conference travel and other activities. The award funding will help defray costs to attend this year’s CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop. These students are the inaugural recipients of EMC’s generosity and dedication to UMass Amherst CS.

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Jim Kurose re-elected to CRA Board

(Mon March 3, 2014)

Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose was re-elected to a three-year term on the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors.

More on CRA elections.

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Bruce Croft selected for outstanding accomplishments in research award

(Sat March 1, 2014)

During the UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation held in September, 2014, Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft was presented with the UMass Amherst 2014 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity. He is one of eight nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty members presented with the 2014 award. Croft is the founding director of the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR), and he recently graduated his 33rd Ph.D. student.

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