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Recent Computer Science Ph.D. graduates (2013)

(Sun February 2, 2014)

Recent Computer Science Ph.D. graduates

Marc-Allen Cartright; Query-Time Optimization Techniques for Structured Queries in Information Retrieval; (James Allan, Advisor); Sept. 2013; Software Engineer, Google, Inc.

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John E. and Alice M. Flynn Scholarship established

(Sun February 2, 2014)

Thanks to generous contributions from CS alum Daniel E. Flynn (BS ’87), the John E. and Alice M. Flynn Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor his parents. The Scholarship will provide support to undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science.  Preference will be given to students with financial need.  According to Daniel, both John and Alice were “blue collar, hard-working, good people” with six children and eight grandchildren.  They were lifelong residents of Massachusetts. Alice passed away in 1997 and John in 2007.

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CAITE/ECEP expands computing education outreach to K12 and beyond Massachusetts

(Sun February 2, 2014)

The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), and its successor project, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways alliance (ECEP), both National Science Foundation-funded alliances to broaden participation in computing, spent the fall semester engaging students and teachers in computing education.

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Ross Beveridge and Bruce Draper team up on vision research

(Sun February 2, 2014)


Colorado State University (CSU) Computer Science Professors Ross Beveridge and Bruce Draper did their Ph.D. work in the UMass Amherst Computer Vision Group, under the joint direction of Professors Ed Riseman and Al Hanson, and both graduated with Ph.D.s in 1993. The pair currently codirect the Computer Vision Research Group at CSU, following in the footsteps of Riseman and Hanson, leading the next generation of vision researchers.    

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Latest CS research – from microgenetic learning to space exploration

(Sat February 1, 2014)

Latest CS research – from microgenetic learning to space exploration

A few of the school’s many research projects are highlighted below.

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News about Faculty, Researchers, Students, and Staff (Winter 2014)

(Sat February 1, 2014)

Faculty News

Assistant Professors Alexandra Meliou and Andrew McGregor each received a 2013 Google Faculty Research Award for structured data research. Meliou’s research project is “Bidirectional Data Cleaning” and McGregor’s is “Summarizing and Sketching Massive Graphs.”

Assistant Professor Benjamin Marlin received a Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award for his research on “Identifying and Exploiting Temporal Patterns in Online Recommender Systems.”

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Andrew Barto to receive 2014 Hebb Award from INNS

(Sat December 21, 2013)

Professor Emeritus Andrew Barto was selected as the 2014 recipient of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Hebb Award “in recognition of long-standing contribution and achievements in biological and computational learning.”

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Yuriy Brun receives 2013 IEEE TCSC Young Achievers in Scalable Computing Award

(Fri December 20, 2013)

Assistant Professor Yuriy Brun received a 2013 IEEE TCSC Young Achievers in Scalable Computing Award during the Supercomputing Conference in Denver, CO in November.  According to IEEE, the  award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field 
of scalable computing within 5 years of receiving their PhD degree as of January 01 of the year of the award.

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Yariv Levy and Andrew Barto lead study on use of meditation in treating addiction

(Thu December 19, 2013)

Using a computational model of addiction, a literature review and an in silico experiment, theoretical computer scientist Yariv Levy (Ph.D. '13) and colleagues suggest in a new paper this week that rehabilitation strategies coupling meditation-like practices with drug and behavior therapies are more helpful than drug-plus-talk therapy alone when helping people overcome addiction.

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CS Researchers among ICB3 Open Source Software Innovation Competition winners

(Fri November 8, 2013)

The Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics, and Bioinformatics (ICB3) has awarded two top prizes of $4,500 in its 2013 Open Source Software Innovation competition. CS Postdoc Laura Dietz is on the winning team and CS Assoc. Prof. Deepak Ganesan and grad students Siddharth Gupta, Abhinav Parate, and Moaj Musthag received Honorable Mention. CS alum Peter Krafft was also on a team receiving honorable mention. CS Assoc. Prof. David Jensen coordinated the competition.

Full UMass Amherst News office press release:

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Jim Kurose chosen for Distinguished Faculty Lecture series

(Thu November 7, 2013)

Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose is one of four faculty chosen for the 2013-2014 UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.

On April 9, 2014, Kurose will speak on “Design and Analysis of a Content-oriented Internet.” He will present an overview of the evolution of Internet architecture and discuss challenges and approaches for the next transformation of the Internet.

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Ramesh Sitaraman's research quanitifies the effectiveness of video ads

(Tue October 29, 2013)

Online video is a “killer application” of the Internet, predicted to soon make up 86 percent of consumer traffic on the web, says Associate Professor Ramesh Sitaraman. But advertisers who want to capitalize on it face a huge question: How effective are video ads?

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