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The promise and pitfalls of private data (Gerome Miklau's research highlighted)

(Thu February 7, 2013)

As we each move through the physical world, and interact in the digital world, our activities leave digital traces. When these traces are combined with the traces of others, they form valuable data sources that can be used to advance scientific understanding and improve our lives. But these digital traces also contain sensitive personal information whose misuse could cause significant harm. Government regulations can sometimes limit the ability of institutions to collect and use information about us, but they often lag far behind current data usage practices.

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New research initiatives

(Thu February 7, 2013)

The School’s faculty are embarking on many exiting new projects and collaborations. A few are highlighted below.

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Shenoy receives grant to build academic cloud at MGHPCC

(Wed February 6, 2013)

Professor Prashant Shenoy, along with researchers Chris Hill of MIT, Claudio Rebbi of Boston University, and Gene Cooperman of Northeastern University, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program to support a shared computer cluster housed at the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke, MA.

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McCallum honored with Chancellor’s Award

(Wed February 6, 2013)

During the UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation held in September, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy presented Professor Andrew McCallum with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.  McCallum was one of five nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty members presented with the award.

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Study explores use of robots to aid recovery from stroke

(Wed February 6, 2013)

Professor Rod Grupen and UMass Amherst Communication Disorders researchers have teamed up to explore whether a personal humanoid robot may help people recovering from stroke by delivering therapy, such as word-retrieval games and arm movement tasks, in an enjoyable and engaging way.

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Edwina Rissland retires

(Wed February 6, 2013)

Professor Edwina Rissland retired in December after a thirty-three year career as faculty at UMass Amherst Computer Science. Her research interests include case-based reasoning (CBR), artificial intelligence (AI), legal reasoning, CBR and information retrieval, mixed paradigm reasoning, and cyberlaw.

“Edwina is well known as one of the founders and leading researchers in the area of case-based reasoning,” says CS Chair Lori Clarke. “Her work on AI and the law has had and will continue to have a tremendous influence in how computing is used to support the judicial system.”

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Better weather prediction through data mining (Alum Amy McGovern's research)

(Wed February 6, 2013)

Alum Research Focus: Amy McGovern

Improving the understanding and prediction of severe weather through spatiotemporal data mining

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Allan and Joyce receive CNS Awards

(Tue February 5, 2013)

At the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) State of the College event held in September, Dean Steve Goodwin announced that Professor James Allan is a recipient of the CNS 2012 Outstanding Advisor Award.

Allan was recognized for his five-year term as the graduate program director (GPD) in which his efforts led to a revised and revitalized CS graduate program. During his tenure as GPD, the number of graduate student fellowships has increased, the time to degree has decreased, and the quality and satisfaction with the graduate program by both the faculty and students have increased.

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Ramesh Sitaraman's research shows how poor online video quality impacts viewers

(Mon February 4, 2013)

Associate Professor Ramesh Sitaraman and collaborators at Akamai conducted the first large-scale study of its kind to quantitatively demonstrate how video stream quality causes changes in viewer behavior. “Anyone who provides online video content, from the major news channels to sports and movie outlets, is worried about such things as a video failing, how fast a video starts up, whether it freezes, and how such loss of quality affects viewers,” says Sitaraman.

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Second place in ACM international competition

(Mon February 4, 2013)

In the Northeast Regional Preliminary Contest of the 2012 ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition, one of the UMass Amherst Computer Science teams placed second, qualifying them for the regional finals.

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News about Faculty, Researchers, Students, and Staff - Winter 2013

(Mon February 4, 2013)

Faculty News

Hava Siegelmann was promoted to full professor and Rui Wang was promoted to Associate Professor.

Kevin Fu, Yannis Smaragdakis, and David Smith were appointed as adjunct faculty members.

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Bryan receives Aspirations in Computing Award

(Sun February 3, 2013)

Rebecca “Becky” Bryan, a freshman computer science undergraduate student at UMass Amherst, was a 2011-2012 winner of the Massachusetts Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award (MACAA) and a runner-up of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCW IT) Award for Aspirations in Computing.  As a recipient of the Massachusetts award, she also received a $5,000 UMass Amherst Computer Science scholarship.

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