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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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A Mobility-Centric, trustworthy next-generation Internet (Prof. Arun Venkataramani's research)

(Fri February 28, 2014)

Mobile devices and apps have seen a phenomenal growth in the last few years and have transformed our daily lives. Today, the number of smartphones alone far exceeds the number of wired computers on the Internet, and Internet traffic from mobile devices (roughly doubling every year) is poised to exceed wired Internet traffic in a couple of years. Although the Internet has adapted remarkably to accommodate this growth, its core technology remains a legacy of its wired origins and suffers from several shortcomings.

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Prashant Shenoy's smart-grid research highlighted in "Toward a Smarter, Greener Grid"

(Wed February 5, 2014)

Professor Prashant Shenoy's smart-grid research is the feature story on the UMass Amherst Research NEXT site in the story, "Toward a Smarter, Greener Grid."


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First place in ACM competition

(Mon February 3, 2014)

In the Northeast Regional Preliminary Contest of the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Competition, the UMass Amherst Computer Science team, “Execution Time,” placed first, qualifying them for the regional finals.

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