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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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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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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: 

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/key-features-apple’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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Significant Bits Summer 2013 issue available

(Thu August 22, 2013)

The Summer 2013 Significant Bits newsletter is now available.  View now. Alums and friends should receive this issue in the mail by the end of August. 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 (Summer 2013)

(Wed August 21, 2013)

Lori A. Clarke, Professor and CS Chair

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Arjun Guha joins CS faculty

(Wed August 21, 2013)

Arjun Guha joins the school this fall as an Assistant Professor, where he will co-lead the PLASMA (Programming Languages And Systems at MAssachusetts) group. Guha conducts research in programming languages and enjoys applying his work to other domains.

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Nominations now being accepted for 2014 Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards

(Tue August 20, 2013)

To recognize their remarkable accomplishments of graduates of the Department's degree programs and to acknowledge the support of important friends of the department, the Department established the University of Massachusetts Amherst Computer Science Department Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Award (OAA) program, under which awards will be presented annually in various categories.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 OAA Awards. Nominations should be sent by email to Jean Joyce (jean [at] cs [dot] umass [dot] edu) by November 15, 2014.

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Computer Science to expand its undergraduate offerings to include Informatics

(Tue August 20, 2013)

The School of Computer Science is expanding its undergraduate offerings to include an emphasis on  Informatics. Informatics involves the study of computational principles as they apply to other disciplines.  Initially the Informatics program will  include two tracks, one in Multimedia and the other in Big Data, and will be offered on a limited  basis through BDIC.  See https://www.cs.umass.edu/informatics for details.

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Interactive Visual Computing using GPUs (Rui Wang's research highlighted)

(Tue August 20, 2013)

Advances in visual computing, particularly in computer-generated imagery, have profoundly changed the way we express ideas, create content, exchange information, and interact with machines. Today, visual computing is an indispensable component of many fields, including design, prototyping, data analysis, medical imaging, digital preservation, training, e-commerce, and education. Despite the tremendous progress in recent years, generating convincing imagery at interactive rates remains a major challenge in graphics.

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Fighting Internet-based exploitation of children

(Mon August 19, 2013)

Professor Brian Levine, Research Scientist Marc Liberatore, and researchers within the Center for Forensics continue their work on forensic analysis to directly assist law enforcement agencies that investigate network trafficking of images of child sexual exploitation. In the 12 months from April 2012 to April 2013, their project with federal and state law enforcement has resulted in the rescue of more than 100 children from sexually abusive situations, and more than 1,400 arrests for child pornography possession. Since the start of the project in 2009, there have been 4,546 arrests.

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