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February 13, 2013
The Winter 2013 Significant Bits newsletter is now available.  View now. The newsletter was being mailed to alums and friends on February 8th. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the print version, send email to bits@cs.umass.edu.
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February 12, 2013
The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) was highlighted on the National Science Foundation Discovery site: "New Radar System Provides Earlier Severe Weather Alerts." Along with a number of others, CS Distinguished... more
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February 12, 2013
The School of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is offering open, online courses to anyone interested in learning about computer science topics. Courses are offered for free on a non-credit basis, and run in tandem with on-... more
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February 08, 2013
The Department of Computer Science is now the School of Computer Science. On December 11th, 2012, the UMass Amherst Faculty Senate officially ushered in a new era, voting to approve the transformation of the Department of Computer Science into the... more
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February 08, 2013
Lori A. Clarke, Professor and CS Chair
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February 07, 2013
The School's faculty are embarking on many exiting new projects and collaborations. A few are highlighted below.
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February 07, 2013
Thanks to a generous initial contribution by Emeritus Professor Allen Hanson and his wife Joan, a new graduate student scholarship has been created to recognize the contributions of Emeritus Professors Edward Riseman and Hanson. Once endowed, the... more
February 07, 2013
As we each move through the physical world, and interact in the digital world, our activities leave digital traces. When these traces are combined with the traces of others, they form valuable data sources that can be used to advance scientific... more
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February 06, 2013
Professor Prashant Shenoy, along with researchers Chris Hill of MIT, Claudio Rebbi of Boston University, and Gene Cooperman of Northeastern University, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation... more
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February 06, 2013
During the UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation held in September, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy presented Professor Andrew McCallum with the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.  McCallum was one... more
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February 06, 2013
Professor Rod Grupen and UMass Amherst Communication Disorders researchers have teamed up to explore whether a personal humanoid robot may help people recovering from stroke by delivering therapy, such as word-retrieval games and arm movement tasks... more
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February 06, 2013
Alum Research Focus: Amy McGovern Improving the understanding and prediction of severe weather through spatiotemporal data mining
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February 06, 2013
Professor Edwina Rissland retired in December after a thirty-three year career as faculty at UMass Amherst Computer Science. Her research interests include case-based reasoning (CBR), artificial intelligence (AI), legal reasoning, CBR and... more
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February 05, 2013
At the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) State of the College event held in September, Dean Steve Goodwin announced that Professor James Allan is a recipient of the CNS 2012 Outstanding Advisor Award. Allan was recognized for his five-year term as... more
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February 04, 2013
Associate Professor Ramesh Sitaraman and collaborators at Akamai conducted the first large-scale study of its kind to quantitatively demonstrate how video stream quality causes changes in viewer behavior. "Anyone who provides online video content,... more
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February 04, 2013
Faculty News Hava Siegelmann was promoted to full professor and Rui Wang was promoted to Associate Professor. Kevin Fu, Yannis Smaragdakis, and David Smith were appointed as adjunct faculty members.
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February 04, 2013
In the Northeast Regional Preliminary Contest of the 2012 ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition, one of the UMass Amherst Computer Science teams placed second, qualifying them for the regional finals.
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February 03, 2013
Rebecca "Becky" Bryan, a freshman computer science undergraduate student at UMass Amherst, was a 2011-2012 winner of the Massachusetts Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award (MACAA) and a runner-up of the National Center for Women &... more
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February 01, 2013
Computer Science undergrad Daniel Stubbs was selected for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award and also honored as 2013-2014 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher.
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January 15, 2013
Computer Science Research Associate Professor R. Manmatha received a one-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of software and techniques for scholars in the humanities to use in processing large corpora of... more
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December 18, 2012
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), recently announced that CS alum Lixin Gao (Ph.D. '97) has been named an ACM Fellow for contributions to network protocols and internet routing. She is a Professor of Electrical & Computer... more
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November 27, 2012
CS Professor Prashant Shenoy and CS Alum Matthew Dwyer (PhD '95) have been named a 2013 IEEE Fellows. Shenoy is being recognized for contributions to the design and analysis of distributed systems and computer networking. Dwyer, Henson Professor of... more
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November 15, 2012
Building on its success in drawing more women and under-represented minority students to study computer science at Massachusetts public colleges and universities over the past five years, the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology... more
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November 15, 2012
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined university leaders and technology executives in November to cut the ribbon on the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The new Center will... more
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November 09, 2012
CS Alum Matthew Rattigan (Ph.D.
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October 30, 2012
Associate Professor Emery Berger and co-authors Benjamin Zorn and former UMass Amherst CS professor Kathryn McKinley were chosen as the recipients of the ACM Special Interest Group for Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) Most Influential Paper Award for... more
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September 06, 2012
Associate Professor Ramesh Sitaraman's research on an energy-efficient cloud system is described in the following: Batteries should be part of the Internet Infrastructurehttp://gigaom.com/cleantech/batteries-should-be-part-of-the-future-of-internet-... more
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August 05, 2012
Professor Sridhar Mahadevan and alum Satinder Singh (Ph.D. '94; Professor at the University of Michigan) organized a Celebratory Workshop for Andrew Barto's Research in Reinforcement Learning. The event was held in the department on July 6-7, 2012... more
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January 14, 2012
Jane Yolen has created a new scholarship in loving memory of her husband, Emeritus Professor David Stemple. Once endowed, the fund will provide an annual David W. Stemple Scholarship in Computing to a first-year graduate student, with priority given... more
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December 14, 2011
Professor Emeritus Wendy Lehnert retired in September 2011 after a twenty-nine year career as faculty in the UMass Amherst Department of Computer Science.

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