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November 13, 2019
Professors Michael Zink, electrical and computer engineering, and Ramesh Sitaraman of CICS, invite you to imagine watching a Super Bowl game from the comfort of your own living room, but experiencing the game as if you were on the field with the... more
November 13, 2019
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a collaborative team led by Andrew McGregor, computer science, a three-year, $1.5 million grant to further develop the foundations of data science in a project that will create NSF's national ... more
November 01, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education has recently funded an efficacy study of MathSpring, a research-­based, game-like intelligent math tutor developed by Beverly Woolf, a research professor at the College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass... more
November 01, 2019
Yuriy Brun and Charles C. Weems Jr., both associate professors in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, have been selected as 2019 Distinguished Members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
October 24, 2019
CICS Associate Professor Arjun Guha received a Most Influential Paper Award at the ACM OOPSLA conference today in Athens, Greece for his 2009 paper, “Flapjax: A Programming Language for Ajax Applications.” The award is presented annually to the... more
October 23, 2019
CICS doctoral students Abhinav Jangda and Donald Pinckney, along with professors Arjun Guha and Yuriy Brun, have received an ACM SIGPLAN 2019 Distinguished Paper Award for their paper, “Formal Foundations of Serverless Computing,” presented today at... more
Sunghoon Ivan Lee, left, and Jie Xiong discuss how they will design a smaller device based on the larger prototype apparatus pictured.
October 16, 2019
Two UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences researchers have received a $1.15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a wireless device, worn like a necklace, that aims to transform the understanding... more
October 11, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Dean Laura Haas spoke at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of women technologists. The conference is hosted annually by AnitaB.org, a digital community for women... more
October 04, 2019
The National Science Foundation announced recently that computer scientist Arun Venkataramani and computer engineer Lixin Gao at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a three-year, $1.2 million grant to develop and test a method to... more
October 04, 2019
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Dean Laura Haas will participate in the leadership team for the newly formed Research, Educator and Business Leaders’ network (REBL), a statewide research-practice partnership program... more
October 03, 2019
Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home reliably answer questions within seconds for millions of users daily—especially when they have simple fact-based answers, such as “What is the diameter of the Earth?” But they don’t do as well with... more
Graphic: Massachusetts Cybersecurity Week
October 02, 2019
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Cybersecurity Institute at the College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst (CICS) will host four guest speakers this October from government, industry, and higher education... more
September 19, 2019
Applications like web browsers or smartphone apps often use a lot of memory. To address this, a research group co-led by Emery Berger, a professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a system they call Mesh ... more
September 19, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral student Ryan McKenna recently won first place and a $25,000 prize in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) 2019 Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge.
Physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep garments dubbed “phyjamas.”  Image courtesy of UMass Amherst/Andrew lab.
September 11, 2019
UMass Amherst materials chemists, computer scientists design smart sleepwear Scientists expect that in the future, electronically active garments containing unobtrusive, portable devices for monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep... more
September 06, 2019
Fourteen CICS faculty were promoted, reappointed, or granted tenure over the summer of 2019:
Cumulative bird migration map
August 28, 2019
On many evenings during spring and fall migration, tens of millions of birds take flight at sunset and pass over our heads, unseen in the night sky. Though these flights have been recorded for decades by the National Weather Services' network of... more
Mohammad Hajiesmaili
August 27, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Research Assistant Professor Mohammad Hajiesmaili has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project to optimize data center energy procurement using machine... more
August 12, 2019
This July, CICS hosted three summer programs promoting youth STEM participation: the UMass Turing Summer Program, the Massenberg STEM Institute, and a UMass Summer Programs course on robotics.
August 07, 2019
Industry figures show the global rate of solar energy installations grew by 30 percent in one recent year, and the average cost of installing solar has fallen from $7 per watt to $2.8 per watt, making rooftop solar attractive to many more homeowners... more
July 30, 2019
Vani Gupta, a doctoral student in the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), and her advisors, Professors Ramesh Sitaraman and Prashant Shenoy, won the Best Paper award at the ACM e-Energy 2019 conference in Phoenix, AZ... more
July 24, 2019
CICS has appointed five new tenure-track and teaching faculty in 2019. These new hires will amplify the college's research in educational systems and human-computer interaction. The college hired nine new faculty in 2018. In addition to the new... more
July 23, 2019
Algorithm and data management expert Barna Saha, assistant professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), was recently chosen by the White House to receive the highest U.S. award given to rising stars of science and technology... more
May 31, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral students Su Lin Blodgett and Hamed Zamani were recently selected to receive the Accomplishments in Search & Artificial Intelligence Award, sponsored by Microsoft. The awards were... more
May 31, 2019
Former UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences faculty Kevin Fu and alums Thomas Heydt-Benjamin (MS '07), Benjamin Ransford (MS '10, PhD '13), Shane Clark (BS '07, MS '11, PhD '13), and Benessa Defend (MS '08) have received the... more
May 23, 2019
Marc Liberatore, a member of the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) teaching faculty and the associate director of the Digital Forensics Lab was selected to receive the college's 2019 College Outstanding Teaching Award... more
May 22, 2019
Daniel Bernstein (Ph.D. ‘05), Professor Shlomo Zilberstein and Professor Neil Immerman were selected to receive the 2019 IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award in Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems for their two papers, “The Complexity of... more
May 17, 2019
Associate Professor Charles ("Chip") Weems of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) has been awarded the 2018-2019 Distinguished Teaching Award by the University of Massachusetts Amherst for excellence in classroom teaching.
May 16, 2019
Seven graduate students in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) were selected to receive Outstanding Graduate Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Major General Jody J. Daniels
April 29, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences alumna Major General Jody J. Daniels (M.S. '93, Ph.D. '97) will receive an honorary degree during the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
April 26, 2019
Computer science students increasingly need to learn JavaScript, one of the most widely-used programming languages in the world. Unfortunately, the language has a laundry list of bad features that get in the way of programming, leading to bugs in... more
Rico Angell
April 22, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral student Rico Angell has recently been selected to receive a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.
Mohammad Hajiesmaili
April 22, 2019
Data centers are using increasingly massive amounts of power, consuming by some estimates up to 3% of the world’s power supply and doubling their appetite every four years. While companies such as Google and Amazon are offsetting the energy... more
Milad Nasr
April 18, 2019
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral student Milad Nasr has recently been granted a Google PhD Fellowship in recognition of his promising research on circumventing internet censorship.
Emery Berger
April 16, 2019
Professor Emery Berger, co-director of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) PLASMA Research Lab, has won the Most Influential Paper Award at the 24th annual ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming... more
award ribbon
April 02, 2019
Four Computer of Information and Computer Sciences students are among the 2019 recipients of scholarships and awards presented by the Student Alumni Association. Anjali Devakumar ('19) received a Senior Leadership Award, which recognizes graduating... more
March 29, 2019
Advancements in microelectromechanical technology have shown tremendous potential for the biomedical field, promising a new class of miniaturized body-wearable sensors that will empower health providers to monitor and safeguard the health of aging... more
Professor Shlomo Zilberstein
March 22, 2019
Shlomo Zilberstein, CICS professor and associate dean of research and engagement, will give a UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series talk on April 18 at 4 pm in the Old Chapel. Professor Zilberstein's lecture, "AI Will Change Everything... more
March 13, 2019
Dean Laura Haas of the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been chosen to receive the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award for 2019 "for significant contributions to early concepts... more
March 08, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Professor and Chair of the Faculty James Allan has been elected treasurer of the Computing Research Association (CRA) Executive Committee. Allan was elected to the post by the CRA Board of... more
Robin Popplestone Memorial Fellowship recipients with Professor Roderic Grupen
March 01, 2019
Applications for donor-funded scholarships within the College of Information and Computer Sciences may be submitted starting today, March 1, through midnight on March 31. To Apply:
award plaques
February 28, 2019
On April 5, the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) will honor selected alumni during the 11th annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy (OAA) award banquet and ceremony. The OAA awards were established to celebrate the remarkable... more
February 28, 2019
UMass Center for Data Science professor Benjamin Marlin has received a three-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation grant from its Computer and Information Science and Engineering Community Research Infrastructure program to develop mResearch, a... more
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February 20, 2019
The February 2019 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) features a paper by UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral student Matteo Brucato, NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor Azza Abouzied, and CICS Assistant... more
February 19, 2019
Barna Saha, assistant professor of computer science in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for her research in theoretical computer science and the mathematical foundation... more
student project - 16x16 LED cube showing classic Mario jumping
February 15, 2019
On Monday, January 28, the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) unveiled its new makerspace. The innovative new space, located in 2,970 square feet on the first floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center, will provide aspiring... more
CS students Ruby Ramsay and Lynn Li
February 11, 2019
The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) held an interdisciplinary panel comprised of UMass professors on January 29 discussing how important it is for computer science majors to study social sciences and humanities. The panel was co... more
Ryan McKenna
February 07, 2019
College of Computer and Informational Sciences doctoral student Ryan McKenna has recently won third place and a $5,000 prize in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) first ever Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge.... more
Joydeep Biswas
February 07, 2019
Assistant Professor Joydeep Biswas has recently been awarded an Amazon Research Award of $80,000 to fund his research on modeling dynamic human environments for robot perception.
James Allan
February 04, 2019
UMass Amherst College of Computer and Information Sciences Chair of Faculty and Computing Research Association (CRA) Board Member James Allan has recently been profiled by the Computer Research Association (CRA) in their February 2019 CRA Bulletin.

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