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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
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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:
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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
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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.
Shlomo Zilberstein
January 24, 2019
Professor Shlomo Zilberstein has been chosen to receive the 2019 Distinguished Service Award by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a nonprofit society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of... more
Huaizu Jiang
January 23, 2019
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) doctoral student Huaizu Jiang has been selected to receive a $50,000 2019-2020 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship program acknowledges highly accomplished graduate students... more
Andrew Barto
December 12, 2018
A second edition of the widely used textbook, "Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction" by College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) professor emeritus Andrew Barto and alumnus Richard S. Sutton (PhD '84) was released this month by MIT... more
December 12, 2018
College of Information and Computer Sciences Assistant Professor Sunghoon "Ivan" Lee recently received a National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer Award to support a collaboration with Katherine Boyer, associate... more
December 10, 2018
The National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) recently awarded the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) a $10,000 NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) grant for their female undergraduate... more
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December 09, 2018
SUNY University at Albany Associate Professor of political science Virginia Eubanks gave a talk on campus on Nov. 8 as part of The Futures lecture series. In her talk, Eubanks discussed her book, "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile,... more
CS Women
December 09, 2018
Women for UMass Amherst recently granted the CS Women Graduate group $6,000 to fund their travel scholarship. Women for UMass Amherst (WFUM) is a network of alumni that "promotes the advancement of campus programs that provide access, support, and... more
Huaizu Jiang
December 09, 2018
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) PhD student Huaizu Jiang has been named a 2019 Adobe Research Fellow. The Adobe Research Fellowship program acknowledges highly skilled graduate students conducting impactful research... more
Ramesh Sitaraman
December 04, 2018
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, has elevated UMass Amherst Computer Science Professor Ramesh Sitaraman to the honorary position of Fellow... more
Subhransu Maji
November 30, 2018
The National Science Foundation has awarded College of Information and Computer Sciences researcher Subhransu Maji its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year, $545,586 grant to support his work in computer vision and artificial... more
Tribexor, a fabric-based triboelectric joint sensing system
November 11, 2018
 In a paper presented at SenSys 2018, the 16th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems Nov. 4-7 in Shenzhen, China, a team of UMass Amherst scientists introduced Tribexor, a fabric-based triboelectric joint sensing system that can be... more
Emery Berger & Deepak Ganesan
November 11, 2018
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named computer science professors Emery Berger and Deepak Ganesan 2018 ACM Distinguished Members for their outstanding scientific contributions to computing. The two are among 49 innovators honored... more
James Allan
November 06, 2018
Professor James Allan, chair of the faculty in the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences, is a member of the leadership team on a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to support the... more
November 01, 2018
Terrie Kellogg, a software specialist in the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), was recently selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Staff Award for her exceptional work in the college's Computer Science Computing... more
(l. to r.) Gregory Thomas, Grace Hall, and Tom Moliterno
October 29, 2018
The Minute Pitch, the first event of the 2018-2019 Innovation Challenge, began on October 24 with College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) students claiming the first place prize.
Deepak Ganesan and Tauhidur Rahman
October 26, 2018
Computer science researchers Deepak Ganesan and Tauhidur Rahman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of a multi-institution team, have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how work... more
Laura Haas
October 04, 2018
Dear CICS Community, 
Ramesh Sitaraman
October 04, 2018
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences Professor Ramesh Sitaraman and Duke University Professor Bruce M.
Emma Strubell and Pat Verga
October 04, 2018
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) PhD Candidates Emma Strubell and Pat Verga, advised by Distinguished Professor Andrew McCallum, have been awarded Best Long Paper for their work "Linguistically-Informed Self-... more
Hang Su
October 02, 2018
PhD student Hang Su, along with UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences Assistant Professors Subhransu Maji and Evangelos Kalogerakis, have been recognized with an Honorable Mention Best Paper award for their paper “SPLATNet:... more
September 26, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. - The next generation of wearable activity sensors will not be strap-on devices that can be lost or forgotten, say researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, instead they may be threads or fabric patches sewn into shirts... more
Esha Sahai
September 14, 2018
College of Information and Computer Sciences alumna and investment manager Esha Sahai (BS '02, MS '04) has been named a Ventures @ CICS entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR). Sahai is a venture partner at Varidus and a venture fellow at Alumni Ventures... more
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August 31, 2018
Dear College of Information and Computer Sciences Students,
August 29, 2018
The College of Information and Computer Sciences announces the appointment of nine new tenure-track and teaching faculty in 2018-2019 to keep pace with continued growth in the college.  These new hires will amplify the college's data science,... more
August 29, 2018
This thought-provoking speaker series titled 'The Futures Series: Technological Shifts and Social Change' will explore how we can live and thrive in a world where social and technological transformation must be considered simultaneously and... more
Rick Adrion
August 21, 2018
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by computer science professor Rick Adrion have received a four-year, $1.998 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to carry out research that will help teachers,... more
Alexandra Meliou & Yuriy Brun
August 17, 2018
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences researchers Alexandra Meliou and Yuriy Brun have received a four-year, $1.05 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study how software systems can exhibit bias and how... more
Erik Learned-Miller
August 08, 2018
College of Information and Computer Sciences Professor Erik Learned-Miller recently received a four-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support fundamental research that he says will be "especially open to... more
Bruce Croft
July 23, 2018
CICS Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bruce Croft, together with Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) doctoral students Daniel Cohen and Hamed Zamani, were selected to receive a 2018 Bloomberg Data Science Research Grant Program Award...
Andrew McCallum
July 13, 2018
Andrew McCallum, director of the Center for Data Science in UMass Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences, was appointed Distinguished Professor following approval by the Board of Trustees at its June 20 meeting. The title... more
Emma Anderson (l.) and Erika Dawson-Head (r.)
June 22, 2018
Emma Anderson and Erika Dawson-Head have been named the College of Information and Computer Sciences' first Directors of Diversity.   Anderson will be focused internally on building community and celebrating diverse identities and perspectives in... more
Kevin Spiteri (l.) and Ramesh Sitaraman (r.)
June 22, 2018
College of Information and Computer Sciences researchers from the Laboratory for Internet-Scale Distributed Systems (LIDS), PhD student Kevin Spiteri and Professor Ramesh Sitaraman, received the Excellence in DASH Award at last week's Association... more
Startup Recruiting Night
May 23, 2018
On April 19, 2018, the College of Information and Computer Sciences teamed up with Valley Venture Mentors to introduce opportunity-seeking students to a range of innovative startups at their Startup Recruiting Night.
Bruce Croft
May 22, 2018
Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft is retiring this spring after spending his thirty-nine-year career on the computer science faculty at UMass Amherst, but he does not show any signs of slowing down. He is setting aside his faculty responsibilities... more
Kaleigh Clary
May 02, 2018
Kaleigh Clary, a Ph.D. student in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), has been named a 2018 Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellow. Run by the University of Chicago, the summer-long... more
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May 02, 2018
On April 19, 2018, the College of Information and Computer Sciences teamed up with Valley Venture Mentors to introduce opportunity-seeking students to a range of innovative startups at their Startup Recruiting Night. The event was held at... more
Daniel Sheldon
April 20, 2018
College of Information and Computer Sciences researcher Daniel Sheldon has been awarded a five-year, $550,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design and test new mathematical approaches... more
Clemens Rosenbaum
April 19, 2018
International Business Machines (IBM) has awarded College of Information and Computer Sciences PhD Candidate Clemens Rosenbaum a 2018 IBM PhD Fellowship.
Outstanding Achievement & Advocacy Awards Banquet
April 19, 2018
On Friday, April 27, the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the college's Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy (OAA) award recipients during the 10th annual banquet and award... more
Philip Thomas
April 13, 2018
Philip Thomas' and Shannon Roberts' collaborative project, "Improving Warning Systems of Driving Automation Systems Through Reinforcement Learning," has been selected to receive this year's Armstrong Fund for Science award. The Armstrong Fund for... more
Justin Svegliato
April 11, 2018
Justin Svegliato, a second-year Ph.D. student in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), has been awarded a highly competitive 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF fellowship program recruits... more
Mark Guzdial
April 11, 2018
Mark Guzdial, professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, will give two public talks at UMass Amherst April 25 and 26. On Wednesday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m., Guzdial will present "... more
April 07, 2018
Congratulations to College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) undergraduate students Harris Daniel Koumjian ('18), Itamar Levy-Or ('19), James Reedie ('19), and Cole Reilly ('19) who have recently received 2018 University of Massachusetts... more
Rachee Singh
April 05, 2018
College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) graduate student Rachee Singh, a third-year Ph.D. student, has received a 2018 Google Ph.D. Fellowship in recognition of her promising research in improving the performance of wide-area networks (... more
Innovation Challenge
March 27, 2018
On Feb. 28, 2018 seven out the twelve teams participating in the Innovation Challenge semi-finals advanced to the final round. The Innovation Challenge, put on by Isenberg School of Management's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, is a four-part... more
James Allan
March 22, 2018
James Allan, professor and chair of the faculty in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), was recently elected as a member of the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors.
March 20, 2018
The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked among the top twenty graduate computer science programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report's 2019 edition of Best... more
ECEP Annual Meeting Attendees
March 07, 2018
The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences, held its Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. January 26-27. The meeting gathered nearly 90... more
Georges Grinstein
March 02, 2018
Georges Grinstein, research professor in UMass Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 26, 2018. Grinstein joined the UMass Amherst community in spring 2016 after over 30 years at... more
February 14, 2018
“I thought initially that I would want to be in San Francisco, the tech-hub of the world, but UMass has really made me think about being here on the east coast,” Jeremy Kelleher ‘18 said. “I really want to be at the juncture between health and... more
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February 06, 2018
The Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected by IBM to join the company's AI Horizons Network, an international consortium of leading universities working with IBM to develop technologies needed to help... more
January 29, 2018
CICS professor and chair of the faculty, James Allan, is featured in a new video highlighting his work in information retrieval and the importance of data science education. Watch it below.
Hava Siegelmann
January 23, 2018
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, has elevated UMass Amherst computer science professor Hava Siegelmann to the honorary position of Fellow... more
Andrew McCallum, Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg
January 16, 2018
Distinguished scientist and professor Andrew McCallum, director of the Center for Data Science in UMass Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences, will lead a new partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to accelerate science and... more
Xin Liu
December 13, 2017
College of Information and Computer Sciences undergraduate Xin Liu ('18) has been named a 2017-2018 Rising Researcher in recognition of his ambitious pursuit of research and scholarly activity.  
Andrew McCallum
December 11, 2017
Andrew McCallum, computer science professor and director of the Center for Data Science in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), has been named a fellow by the Association for Computing... more
Barna Saha
November 29, 2017
University of Massachusetts Amherst computer science researcher Barna Saha, with colleagues at MIT and elsewhere, are reporting the theoretical solution to a 36-year-old problem in RNA folding predictions, which is widely used in biology for... more
David Jensen
November 22, 2017
One of the newest, most challenging problems facing experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is called "explainability," says David Jensen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. However, it's a problem he is delighted to... more
Prashant Shenoy
November 20, 2017
UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) professor Prashant Shenoy has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members... more
November 17, 2017
Laura Haas, dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a 2017 WITI@UC Athena Award for Executive Leadership from the Women in Technology Initiative at the University... more
Innovation Challenge
November 13, 2017
The Minute Pitch, the first phase of the 2017-2018 Innovation Challenge, kicked-off on October 25, with College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) students participating in teams that won first and third place. At this first Innovation... more
Shlomo Zilberstein and Joydeep Biswas
October 27, 2017
Despite substantial progress in recent years, there are still "considerable barriers" to deploying fully autonomous systems such as self-driving cars or mobile service robots, say computer scientists Shlomo Zilberstein and Joydeep Biswas at the... more
CICS ARL IoBT Grant Recipients
October 04, 2017
A team of computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are part of a four-institution consortium that has been awarded $25 million by the Army Research Labs with $4.5 million slated to go to UMass. The grant will be used... more
Prashant Shenoy
September 14, 2017
Prashant Shenoy, professor of computer science and associate dean in UMass Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences, has been named a 2017-2018 Fulbright Specialist Scholar. He will travel to Mumbai, India to work with researchers at... more
Ramesh Sitaraman
September 11, 2017
CICS Professor Ramesh Sitaraman looks back over a career in research and industry and finds that risk-taking, the sorrow of September 11th, and a little bit of luck helped him find his way.
Laura Haas
September 06, 2017
The climate for women in STEM fields has been prominently in the spotlight, with stories of challenges and barriers to womens' success in both the academy and in industry increasingly reaching the public consciousness. As the academic year begins,... more
New Faculty 2017-2018
August 24, 2017
The UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences has hired seven new tenure-track and teaching faculty, amplifying its data science and mobile health research areas, and adding teaching capacity to address rapid increases in... more
Phillipa Gill
August 16, 2017
Phillipa Gill, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named one of MIT Technology Review's "Innovators Under 35" for her groundbreaking work on Internet censorship and network security.
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August 14, 2017
Today, banks are increasingly using software to decide who will get a loan, courts to judge who should be denied bail, and hospitals to choose treatments for patients. These uses of software make it critical that the software does not discriminate... more
CICS students with their team leader, Joydeep Biswas, at RoboCup 2017
August 10, 2017
A team of College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) graduate and undergraduate students won their lower bracket tournament in RoboCup 2017, an international tournament of robots playing soccer held July 27-31 in Nagoya, Japan.
July 27, 2017
Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate across the United States, largely unseen under the cover of darkness. Now a team of researchers led by College of Information and Computer Sciences professor Daniel Sheldon at the University of... more
2017 Graduates
July 14, 2017
Missed the 2017 CICS Senior Celebration? Or do you just want to relive the day? A video of the 2017 Senior Celebration is now available for viewing here: bit.ly/2uiWSXA Congratulations once again to all of our 2017 graduates! 
Andrew Barto
June 07, 2017
CICS professor emeritus Andrew Barto is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) IJCAI-17 Award for Research Excellence. 
2017 OAA Award Winners
May 02, 2017
On Friday, April 28, the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated the recipients of the college's ninth annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy (OAA) Awards. The OAA banquet was... more
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April 21, 2017
CICS professors David Jensen and Brian Levine and alumni John Burgess and Brian Gallagher will receive a 2017 IEEE INFOCOM Test of Time Paper Award for their 2006 paper, "MaxProp: Routing for Vehicle-Based Disruption-Tolerant Networks."

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