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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."

Excerpt:

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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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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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Yunmeng Ban chosen as Microsoft Scholar

(Sun February 2, 2014)

Doctoral student Yunmeng Ban is the recipient of a 2014 Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship. She is one of ten scholars chosen from 101 applicants.

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. Along with the scholarship funds, she will also receive a travel award to attend a research conference in her field of study.

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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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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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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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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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