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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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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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Letter From the Chair (Summer 2013)

(Wed August 21, 2013)

Lori A. Clarke, Professor and CS Chair

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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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Industrial Affiliate News (summer 2013)

(Mon August 19, 2013)

The School of CS has an active industrial affiliates program (IAP). Some IAP activities are highlighted below.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Graduate fellowships and scholarships awarded

(Mon August 19, 2013)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Tiffany Liu received a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Liu is in her second year in the UMass Amherst CS doctoral program. She graduated from Smith College with a B.S. in Engineering Science and Computer Science in May 2012. David Belanger and Rick Freedman received Honorable Mention in the 2013 NSF Fellowship competition.

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White House names Beverly Woolf a Presidential Innovation Fellow

(Mon August 19, 2013)

President Barack Obama’s office recently named Research Professor Beverly Woolf a Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) for 2013, recognizing her leadership in designing software tutors that respond to a student’s mood and personal learning pace, for example, to dramatically improve lesson effectiveness.

Woolf’s work combines artificial intelligence, computer network technology and multimedia features in digital tutoring software for teaching mathematics according to individual students’ needs. She attended a ceremony at the White House on June 21 to accept the fellowship.

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CS Scholarships established

(Mon August 19, 2013)

The School is pleased to announce that two endowed scholarships have been established, thanks to generous contributions from our CS alums. 

The Jim Gray Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship was established in 2013 by CS alum Hanuma Kodavalla to pay tribute to renowned computer scientist, Jim Gray, who was lost at sea in 2007. Hanuma works at Microsoft and received a M.S. in Computer Science at UMass Amherst in 1988. The scholarship will provide support to first year CS graduate students pursuing research in the area of systems.

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

(Sun August 18, 2013)

Faculty News

Professor Andrew McCallum was elected as the next President of the International Machine Learning Society (IMLS), the parent organization of the ICML conference. His three-year term will begin in 2014.

Elisha Rosensweig, (CS Ph.D. ‘12), Daniel Menasche (CS Ph.D. ‘11), and Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose received the  IEEE INFOCOM 2013 Best Paper Award (chosen from more than 1600 papers submitted) for their paper, “On the steady state of cache networks.”
 

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