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April 20, 2017
The Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is organizing its second annual Data Science Research Symposium on Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Computer Science Building. In support of the Center's mission... more
Yuriy Brun
April 05, 2017
CICS assistant professor Yuriy Brun and collaborators have been recognized with a Best Paper Award for their paper, Continuous Analysis of Collaborative Design, at the IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA 2017) in Gothenburg... more
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March 24, 2017
The National Science Foundation has awarded its prestigious and highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship to two CICS students, graduate student Su Lin Blodgett and graduating junior Aaron Weiss.
Pengyu Zhang
March 24, 2017
Pengyu Zhang, a 2016 graduate of the UMass CICS PhD program advised by Professor Deepak Ganesan, now a postdoctoral researcher in Stanford University's Computer Science Department, has been named a winner of the 2017 ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral... more
Conrad "Connie" Wogrin
March 13, 2017
Conrad "Connie" Wogrin, 92, emeritus professor of computer science, died peacefully Wednesday, March 8, 2017, surrounded by his family. 
Barna Saha
February 21, 2017
University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences researcher Barna Saha has been awarded a five-year, $549,986 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation, the agency's most... more
Laura M. Haas
February 15, 2017
Laura M. Haas, an IBM Fellow at IBM Research - Almaden known for her foundational research on information integration technology, has been named dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts... more
Erik Learned-Miller
February 08, 2017
With a new cluster of specialized graphics processing units (GPUs) now installed, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is poised to attract the nation's next crop of top Ph.D. students and researchers in such fields as artificial intelligence,... more
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February 01, 2017
Learn how the University of Massachusetts and the Commonwealth are responding to the Trump administration's executive order restricting immigration.  
Assistant Professor Arjun Guha
January 31, 2017
Assistant Professor Arjun Guha looks to programming languages to manage complex computing infrastructures.
ECEP Summit Attendees
December 14, 2016
Nearly 100 educators, researchers, non-profit and industry leaders and government officials from 16 states and Puerto Rico recently attended a two-day summit of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) project in Washington, D.C., organized... more
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December 07, 2016
Hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students and many at colleges and universities across Massachusetts are taking part in classroom and after-school activities this week to observe Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, a nationwide... more
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November 16, 2016
Nabanita De, a second-year CICS master's student, is part of a team that has developed an algorithm, in the form of a Chrome extension, to filter the authenticity of Facebook posts.  The work is in response to a proliferation of fake news posted on... more
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November 14, 2016
In support of the President's recent Computer Science For All announcement, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance pledged to grow the alliance by five states. The ECEP Alliance, part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's... more
November 04, 2016
The UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) has selected Michelle Trim, a member of the CICS teaching faculty, as one of twelve 2016-2017 Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Ambassadors.... more
November 04, 2016
Brant Cheikes joined the Center for Data Science (CDS) on August 1, 2016 as the Center's first executive director. Cheikes will be working with Professor Andrew McCallum, director of the Center, on the full range of CDS activities, including the... more
November 04, 2016
The David Mix Barrington Scholarship in Computer Science has been established in the College of Information and Computer Sciences. This endowed scholarship will provide annual support to a rising senior who is pursuing a second major in addition to... more
Beverly Woolf
November 04, 2016
CICS researcher Beverly Woolf and colleagues have received a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a "smart tutor" that will use a computer's camera and visual recognition software to detect student feelings,... more
Emery Berger
November 03, 2016
In a paper presented on Nov. 3 in Amsterdam, computer science researchers Emery Berger of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Sam Guyer of Tufts University described a new programming language feature they say will help to make software... more
Charlie Curtsinger
November 02, 2016
Charlie Curtsinger, a 2016 graduate of the UMass CICS PhD program advised by Professor Emery Berger and now a faculty member at Grinnell College, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the Dennis Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award.
October 26, 2016
A paper written by CICS alum Boulat Bash (Ph.D. '15) and CICS distinguished professor Don Towsley recently received one of two honorable mentions in the National Security Agency (NSA) 4th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition.
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September 21, 2016
The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) has announced the five lecturers to speak in the college's annual Distinguished Lecturer Series.
Brendan O'Connor
September 08, 2016
For the past 30 years, computer science researchers have been teaching their machines to read, for example, assigning back issues of the Wall Street Journal, so computers can learn the English they need to run search engines like Google or mine... more
Deepak Ganesan
August 25, 2016
In a paper presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery's special interest group on data communication (SIGCOMM) conference in Florianopolis, Brazil, a team of computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led... more
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August 17, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -Today the Baker-Polito administration announced a $5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to establish the UMass Amherst Data Science/Cybersecurity Research and Education Collaborative, a public-private... more
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August 08, 2016
The ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) Test of Time Award, established in 2014, "recognizes research that has had long-lasting influence, including impact on a subarea of information retrieval research, across subareas of... more
Professor Shlomo Zilberstein
July 13, 2016
CICS graduate students Kyle Wray and Luis Pineda, with their professor Shlomo Zilberstein, described a new approach to managing the challenge of transferring control between a human and an autonomous system, in a paper they presented at the... more
Bo Jiang
June 23, 2016
CICS Post Doc Bo Jiang, Distinguished Professor Don Towsley, and alumni Daniel Figueiredo (Ph.D. '05, now at a professor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Bruno Ribeiro (Ph.D. '10, now a professor at Purdue University) won the Best... more
June 23, 2016
Japan's Hokkaido University (HU) and the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) have embarked on a new initiative, part of the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE), to foster collaborative... more
Emery Berger
June 16, 2016
Emery Berger, professor of computer science, has received an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming Languages Design and Implementation (PLDI) Most Influential Paper Award for his 2006 paper, "DieHard: Probabilistic Memory Safety for... more
Communications of the ACM
June 14, 2016
The June 2016 issue of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) features a paper by CICS PLASMA Lab researchers Dan Barowy (UMass Amherst CICS PhD student), Charlie Curtsinger (UMass Amherst CICS PhD alum, now a professor at Grinnell College), Emery... more
June 10, 2016
The MassMutual Foundation, Inc.--a dedicated corporate foundation established by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual)--today announced it is providing the University of Massachusetts Amherst $15 million over 10 years to further... more
Prashant Shenoy
June 08, 2016
Prashant Shenoy, professor of computer science, has been awarded the 2016 ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award for his research paper on multi-tier Internet services, which he co-wrote with Ph.D. student Bhuvan Urgaonkar ('02 M.S., '05 Ph.D.) and... more
June 07, 2016
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mount Holyoke College are teaming up to apply recent advances in machine learning, specifically biologically inspired deep learning methods, to analyze large amounts of scientific data from... more
Hava Siegelmann
May 27, 2016
CICS Professor Hava Siegelmann, director of the BINDS laboratory, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Hebb Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to biological learning. The award will... more
May 24, 2016
Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose, now the assistant director for NSF's Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate, reflects on his Japanese-American heritage in an NSF Discoveries article. Read the article
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May 20, 2016
The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) honored its graduates during Commencement Weekend 2016, May 6-7, 2016. Below are some photo highlights from the Master's and Doctoral Celebration on May 6th and the undergraduate Senior... more
Jim Kurose
May 07, 2016
Jim Kurose is leading the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) as an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is on leave from his UMass Amherst position as Distinguished Professor of... more
May 06, 2016
Computer Science within UMass Amherst has changed from a school to the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), but one of its strongest characteristics remains the same--the connectivity among its faculty and our commitment to... more
Andrew McGregor
May 05, 2016
Associate Professor Andrew McGregor was selected as the recipient of the 2016 CICS Outstanding Teacher Award. "The CICS Awards Committee selected Andrew based on a number of factors including his excellent teaching evaluations, letters from students... more
Shiri Dori-Hacohen
May 03, 2016
The Isenberg School of Management's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently held the 11th annual Innovation Challenge, where six teams of top student entrepreneurs competed for up to $65,000 to help... more
Deepak Ganesan & Ben Marlin
April 20, 2016
Digital health is a rapidly emerging area with the broad goal of improving healthcare delivery, efficiency, and quality by leveraging a diverse array of health data sources including electronic health records, medical claims data, medical imaging... more
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April 20, 2016
CICS Assistant Professor Barna Saha was awarded a 2015 Yahoo! Academic Career Enhancement (ACE) Award and a Google Faculty Research Award. Assistant Professor Yuriy Brun and Professor Prashant Shenoy also received Google Faculty Research Awards.
Eliot Moss
April 20, 2016
During the 2015 Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP), Professor Eliot Moss was honored with the prestigious Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) Hall of Fame Award for his landmark paper... more
Alexandra Meliou
April 14, 2016
Alexandra Meliou, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a prestigious 2016-2017 Lilly Fellowship from the UMass Amherst Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD).
Tracy Mitrano
March 21, 2016
Tracy Mitrano has joined the College of Information and Computer Sciences as the Academic Dean of a new cybersecurity program, the Trust, Assurance and Cybersecurity Certificate, or TACC. A component of the college's Cybersecurity Institute, TACC is... more
Prashant Shenoy
March 20, 2016
Some computer data centers see electricity bills in the millions of dollars each month, and costs continue to rise, said CICS Professor Prashant Shenoy, which is why the official opening in February of New England's first experimental solar-powered... more
Professor Emeritus Andrew Barto
March 14, 2016
The ancient board game Go, played with black and white stones on a grid, is so complex that experts in artificial intelligence (AI) once believed it would be decades, if ever, before a computer could beat the best human player. But today AlphaGo, an... more
Julie Stubbs
February 20, 2016
UMass Amherst fundraiser Julie Stubbs joined CICS as director of development, effective January 19, 2016. Stubbs brings 12 years of experience in heading the philanthropic efforts at nonprofits and UMass Amherst. Her initial position on campus was... more
Amir Houmansadr
February 09, 2016
Internet security expert Amir Houmansadr at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a five-year, $581,458 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to combat Internet censorship by analyzing current censor-circumvention... more
Brian Levine
January 25, 2016
Successful graduates will enter national service to protect vital assets such utilities, water treatment and military defense systems. A team of cybersecurity researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by computer scientist Brian... more
Ramesh Sitaraman
January 20, 2016
Ramesh Sitaraman, professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, will receive India's prestigious Hind Rattan Award in recognition of contributions to the field of computer science. This award is given annually to approximately 25... more
January 07, 2016
Thanks to the work of computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the online database of the country's millions of inventors and patents will be much better to navigate for innovators, business and policy makers.
December 17, 2015
Using 20 years of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from tens of thousands of brain imaging experiments, computational neuroscientists Hava Siegelmann and a postdoctoral colleague in UMass Amherst's College of Information and... more
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December 16, 2015
Two University of Massachusetts Amherst computer scientists who are helping to shape the intellectual agenda of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Big Data Research and Development Initiative attended the first Northeast Big Data Hub workshop... more
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December 14, 2015
  The establishment of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) brings new opportunities and key challenges. Recruiting the best undergraduate and graduate students in an increasingly competitive environment is a pressing issue. In... more
Deepak Ganesan
December 11, 2015
For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this, a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst computer scientists and... more
November 27, 2015
Encryption of a message to make it undecipherable to an unintended observer is often the goal of modern security research.  But what if the mere presence of the message is enough to compromise the security of the transmitting and receiver parties?
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November 25, 2015
Last week, The MIT Technology Review spotlighted the work of CICS researchers in an article, "Browser Plug-in Punches an Unfixable Hole in China's Great Firewall." Highlighted was the work of Assistant CICS Professor Amir Houmansadr and former... more
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November 02, 2015
Barna Saha, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a $10,000 Yahoo Academic Career Enhancement (ACE) Award for her work in algorithm design and analysis, data analytics, and randomization in computation.
October 30, 2015
UMass Amherst receives grant to enhance privacy in smart buildings and homes As more smart grids and buildings are fitted with digital electric meters, Web-enabled appliances and lighting, programmable outlets and switches, and intelligent HVAC... more
October 30, 2015
Two College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Ph.D. students, Srinivasan Iyengar and Stephen Lee, took home first place in the third annual HackUMass, a 36-hour, student-run hackathon that drew almost 400 participants to UMass Amherst's... more
Wearable Electronics - Illuminated Origami
October 16, 2015
On October 15th, approximately 50 CICS students participated in the college's popular wearable electronics workshop led by Rui Wang, associate professor of computer science. During the workshop, Wang used his expertise in computer graphics to help... more
Gerome Miklau
October 16, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) this week named University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of computer science Gerome Miklau to lead a 4.5-year, $2.8 million grant to develop tools and techniques that enable the agency... more
Barna Saha
October 15, 2015
In an interview with Barna Saha, CICS assistant professor, she described some of the research challenges and latest advances in the area of algorithm design and analysis.
October 09, 2015
UMass Amherst computer scientists receive part of $10.8 million for big data research
September 30, 2015
Alexandra Meliou, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a five-year, $549,996 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award to design and develop new... more
September 29, 2015
Andrew McCallum, CICS professor and director of the Center for Data Science, Mark McCartin-Lim, doctoral student in computer science, and Mark Maier, CICS alum (Ph.D. '14), were mentioned in articles about MassTech Collaborative's "Tech Trek" event... more
September 29, 2015
A study by Microsoft Research published this month ranks work by assistant professor Yuriy Brun as the most relevant software engineering research in the last five years. In a survey of over five hundred software developers at Microsoft, Brun's work... more
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September 29, 2015
Distinguished professor Bruce Croft, interim dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) and director of the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR), and James Allan, professor and co-director of the CIIR, are co-... more
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September 14, 2015
The National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program today announced a three-year, $1 million grant to three University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers and others to work with Holyoke Gas &... more
Screen shot from researcher Beverly Woolf's math tutoring software, MathSpring
August 19, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Amherst computer scientist Beverly Woolf, an international leader in intelligent tutoring systems and expert in science and mathematics learning, recently received a one-year, $199,944 grant from the... more
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August 19, 2015
A feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at 'Exploring Computer Science,' a professional development workshop for high school teachers held earlier this month at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke. The... more
August 11, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. - Computer scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by Evangelos Kalogerakis today unveiled a new software modeling program that uses sophisticated geometric matching and machine learning to successfully mimic the... more
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July 31, 2015
University of Massachusetts Amherst provost, Katherine Newman, announced this week the launch of a search for the founding dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS). The dean will have a unique opportunity to shape and grow... more
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July 28, 2015
A feature story in The Boston Globe looks at UMass Amherst's Coaches Connect workshop held at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke earlier this month. The workshop, now in its fifth year, helps parents and educators... more
Girls Inc. Eureka Program
July 08, 2015
For the third consecutive year, the College of Computer and Information Sciences (CICS) is hosting Girls Inc. of Holyoke's Eureka! program, a national initiative that brings girls 12-18 onto college and university campuses to explore science,... more
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June 11, 2015
UMass President Robert L. Caret awarded two Science and Technology Initiative Fund grants to faculty of the College of Information and Computer Sciences faculty.  Andrew McCallum and David Jensen were awarded $85,000 to support the Center for Data... more
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June 01, 2015
Lori Clarke, professor and chair of the School of Computer Science, retired this month after forty years at UMass Amherst.Dr. Clarke is co-director of the University's Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER) where her research... more
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April 15, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. - Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced today the establishment of a new College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst effective Sept. 1. W. Bruce Croft, Distinguished Professor of... more
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April 14, 2015
The Seventh Annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015. View OAA 2015 site for details on this year's recipients.
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April 13, 2015
The Winter/Spring 2015 Significant Bits newsletter is now available.  View now. Alums and friends should receive this issue in the mail by mid April. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the print or electronic version, send email... more
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April 10, 2015
This has been an incredibly busy time for Computer Science, with a number of very exciting new endeavors. First and foremost, plans are moving ahead to become an independent college. It was only a few years ago that we announced that we were a... more
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March 26, 2015
UMass Amherst is creating a new Center for Data Science to coordinate and significantly expand its capacity for research, training and industrial collaboration in support of the exploding demand for the acquisition and analysis of "big data."
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March 25, 2015
Assistant Professor Yuriy Brun received a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for the project "Improving Software Quality using Dynamically Inferred Models.""Software has become an integral... more
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March 25, 2015
Professor James Allan, co-Director of the UMass Amherst Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, is collaborating with Northeastern University's NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks on a half million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon... more
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March 24, 2015
Things were very different on campus when Professor Robert Moll began teaching in the 1970s. In the Campus Center, for example, instead of clusters of tables with laptops like are seen today, there were rows of pinball machines. It was at the "... more
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March 23, 2015
During his first month on the job at NSF as Assistant Director of CISE, Jim Kurose, CS Distinguished Professor, testified before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology for the Science, Space, and Technology Committee of the U.S. House of... more
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March 22, 2015
Four UMass Amherst computer science doctoral students received prestigious fellowships from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and NASA.John Vilk was chosen for a 2015-2016 Facebook Fellowship, one of only 11 Ph.D student winners in the U.S. and Europe.... more
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March 19, 2015
Figure 1: User interface for creating and exploring virtual creatures by specifying semantic attributes reflecting high-level design intent. 
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March 19, 2015
Professor Robert Moll retired this past December, after spending more than forty years on the UMass Amherst Computer Science faculty. He arrived with a full black beard from MIT in the fall of 1973, after completing a doctorate in theoretical... more
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March 18, 2015
In October, the School of Computer Science welcomed CS alumni and friends to a social event held at Amazon's Cambridge, MA facility. The event was at capacity with 150 registered to attend. CS Chair Lori Clarke welcomed attendees and provided a... more
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March 18, 2015
Professor Shlomo Zilberstein has embarked on a National Science Foundation-funded project to explore the planning and challenges involved in automated planning for semi-autonomous systems. On this four-year NSF grant, he is working with Professor... more
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March 18, 2015
Faculty NewsProfessor Andrew McCallum was an invited speaker at the 2014 Workshop on Automated Knowledge Base Construction (AKBC). He and co-authors received Outstanding Paper Awards at AKBC 2014 for their papers "Knowledge Base Completion using... more
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March 18, 2015
EMC Corporation established an undergraduate scholarship this year, and continued funding the EMC Student Participation Awards. The 2015 recipients of the EMC Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Sophomore are Maya Bergandy and Karl Schmeckpeper.... more
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March 17, 2015
Since 2008, Cisco Systems has provided undergraduate scholarships to students within the School of CS. The recipients of the 2015 Cisco Systems Awards for Outstanding Achievement as a Junior Undergraduate are Batkhuyag Batsaikhan, Anna Deng, Molly... more
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March 17, 2015
CS students attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in October, joining nearly 8,000 women at the event held in Phoenix, AZ. Yahoo! provided travel support for some of the students to attend the conference. GHC Attendees... more
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March 16, 2015
Recent Computer Science Ph.D. graduates (September 2014)John Altidor; Subtyping with Generics: A Unified Approach; Yannis Smaragdakis, Advisor; Sept. 2014; Researcher, BBN Technologies
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March 10, 2015
On October 30th, 2014, the UMass Amherst School of Computer Science held an Industrial Affiliates Program Day with a Research Review and Career/Internship Fair. During the morning research review, attended by industrial affiliate partners and CS... more
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March 10, 2015
Emeritus Professor Leon J. Osterweil retired in May 2014 after 21 years of service at UMass Amherst. Through a post-retirement appointment, Osterweil continues to co-direct the Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER) within the... more

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