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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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Senator Rosenberg presents State Senate Citation during Computer Science’s new Schoolhood/50th anniversary celebration

(Thu October 24, 2013)

 Senator Stanley Rosenberg presents CS Chair Lori Clarke with Senate Citation

During the School of Computer Science’s celebration dinner on Friday, October 18, Massachusetts Senator Stanley Rosenberg presented School Chair Lori Clarke will a citation from the Massachusetts Senate “in Recognition of:  The Celebration of the 50th annivers

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Bruce Croft honored with 2013 Tony Kent Strix Award

(Thu October 24, 2013)

UKeiG (U.K. eInformation Group) announced that Professor W Bruce Croft is the 2013 winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award which was presented at the Internet Librarian International (ILI 2013) in London on October 16.

The Tony Kent Strix Award is presented by UKeiG, in partnership with the Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC CICAG); the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK Chapter (ISKO UK) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG).

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Key features of Apple's new OS based on Profs. Emery Berger's and Scott Kaplan's research

(Wed October 23, 2013)

CS Prof. Emery Berger's and CS Adjunct Prof. Scott Kaplan's (Amherst College faculty) research is included in Apple's new operating system, Mavericks.  According to the news release, "their contributions will significantly improve performance and extend the battery life of Apple computers operating around the world with the new OS."  See details:’s-new-operating-system

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School of Computer Science Community Celebration: Oct. 17-19, 2013

(Thu October 17, 2013)

Celebrating the School of Computer Science:
Broadening the Impact of Computing

October 17-19, 2013

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MGHPCC Becomes First University Research Data Center Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

(Tue October 1, 2013)

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) has become the first university research data center to receive a LEED® Platinum certification, the highest green building ranking. The MGHPCC is also one of only 13 data centers in the country to receive a Platinum certification. Computing centers are typically large users of energy.

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