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January 15, 2015
The UMass Amherst campus was selected to house the state-wide Energy Extension Initiative to put clean energy research technologies into practice in the Commonwealth.  The Initiative is led by David Damery (PI), environmental conservationist and... more
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January 10, 2015
In October, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins announced the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K). Prof. Deepak Ganesan is leading the Sensors-to-Information research area within the MD2K... more
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January 05, 2015
In honor of Professor Neil Immerman's 60th birthday, an "ImmermanFest" Workshop was organized as part of the Fifteenth International Workshop on Logic and Computational Complexity (LCC 2014) held in Vienna, Austria.  During the daylong ImmermanFest... more
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January 03, 2015
More than 200 young women from 30 high schools in Massachusetts and the region attended the Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference held on campus on Oct. 27th, 2014. The program aims to inspire and encourage female high school students to... more
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January 03, 2015
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are conducting a pilot project with the Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. that will show the utility and its customers how smart electric meters can save money and power. 
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December 29, 2014
CS Professors Donald Towsley and Ramesh Sitaraman, with ECE Professor Christopher Hollot and CS alum Zhi-Li Zhang (Ph.D. '97; now Prof. at Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities), are collaborating on a National Science Foundation-funded Internet content... more
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December 01, 2014
On November 13 through 17, three graduate students from the UMass Amherst School of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won the $5,000 first prize in the Juniper/Comcast Northeast Division Hackathon. The winning team... more
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December 01, 2014
Thank you to everyone who has given to the School of Computer Science in support of our students and faculty on #GivingTuesday! We appreciate your generosity and hope that the CS community's giving will benefit everyone in the School who needs help... more
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November 06, 2014
The First Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop was held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the School of Computer Science, CS Building, Rooms 150/151.The Workshop was organized to gather a cross-disciplinary group together... more
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September 26, 2014
We are pleased to announce that four new tenure-track faculty joined our School of Computer Science this Fall as Assistant Professors. Amir Houmansadr, Subhransu Maji, Brendan O'Connor, and Barna Saha joined the School in September 2014.  The new... more
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September 25, 2014
From the NSF press release 14-127 (http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132794): The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst Professor James F. Kurose to serve as assistant director (AD)... more
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September 14, 2014
The UMass Amherst College of Computer and Information Sciences is pleased to invite you to our annual New England Networking Evening.  Learn more about the new college, reconnect with professors and friends, and expand your professional network.... more
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September 10, 2014
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the UMass Amherst School of Computer Science will hold an Industrial Affiliates Program Day with a Research Review and Career/Internship Fair. During the morning Research Review, CS Faculty will discuss some of the... more
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September 09, 2014
The Summer 2014 Significant Bits newsletter is now available.  View now. Alums and friends should receive this issue in the mail by late September. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the print version, send email to bits@cs.umass.... more
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August 30, 2014
Computer Science undergraduate enrollment is skyrocketing. The figure below shows CS Amherst enrollments since we first introduced the undergraduate program. This graph is similar to the national trends over this same period of time. Some people... more
Prof. Andrew McGregor
August 29, 2014
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August 11, 2014
Between July 8th and 15th, the School of Computer Science hosted ten rising 8th graders for a five-day workshop as part of the Girls Inc. of Holyoke Eureka! program. Eureka! is a national Girls Inc. initiative that brings girls onto college and... more
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August 11, 2014
The CS Community Drive was launched during our 50th anniversary celebration last fall. The friends and alumni of the School of CS have stepped up to help us achieve our goals, but we can still use your help. CS still needs to gather many more alumni... more
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August 09, 2014
Assistant Professor Benjamin Marlin served as the general co-chair of the symposium on Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data (MUCMD) held on Aug 7-8 at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The symposium, founded in 2011, brings together machine... more
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August 07, 2014
Gordon Anderson joins the CS faculty this fall as a Lecturer. Anderson's computer education and software engineering research interests include educational applications, biological computation models, and psychological and philosophical aspects of... more
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August 01, 2014
Faculty NewsEmery Berger was promoted to full Professor and Andrew McGregor was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
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August 01, 2014
Daniel Stubbs (BS '14) received a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Stubbs, who also received the Computing Research Association 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer... more
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July 30, 2014
CS Alumnus Rajesh Jha ('90 MS) and his wife, Sudha Mishra, have stepped forward with a donation to create a scholarship in Professor Lori A. Clarke's honor. Once it is fully funded, the Lori A. Clarke Scholarship in Computer Sciencewill be awarded... more
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July 30, 2014
As a tribute to Distinguished Professor James "Jim" Kurose's many outstanding, and on-going, contributions to both the UMass Amherst CS community and the field of computer science, alumnus Steve Vinter ('85) has established the James Kurose... more
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July 24, 2014
ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery) announced the election of Alexander L. Wolf (Ph.D. '85) as ACM President for a two-year term beginning July 1.
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July 23, 2014
The UMass Amherst School of Computer Science hosted our very first alumni organized meet-up for UMass Amherst CS alums (and current student interns) at Google's Mountain View, CA facility. It was great to see so many of our alums at the event, over... more
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July 23, 2014
Professor Emery Berger and members of his PLASMA research lab were well-represented in the list of award recipients at the 35th annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI 2014).
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July 20, 2014
Professor Sridhar Mahadevan has been elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) "for significant contributions to the field of machine learning including pioneering work in robot learning and... more
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July 19, 2014
Assistant Professor Benjamin Marlin received a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for the project "Machine Learning for Complex Health Data Analytics." Marlin's CAREER award research will... more
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July 14, 2014
Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in political science and public policy, was named to the "Top Federal 100" by Federal Computer Week. She is one of only two academics to make the list of leaders from government, industry and academia who had... more
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July 10, 2014
Nearly 40 middle school students gathered at the School of Computer Science during spring 2014 to build and program robots in an all-girl team environment. The event, Girls Connect, introduced girls to LEGO Mindstorms robot building and programming... more
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July 01, 2014
Elif Aktolga; Integrating Non-Topical Aspects into Information Retrieval; (James Allan, Advisor); May 2014; Research Engineer, Apple
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July 01, 2014
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Arnold (Arny) Rosenberg retired from UMass Amherst CS in 2007, but that does not mean that he has slowed down in private life or in research. This year, he and his wife Susan celebrated 50 years of... more
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June 30, 2014
Congratulations to our Computer Science students who are on the Spring 2014 Dean's List and those who are recognized for their outstanding performance in the CS classroom during the Spring 2014 semester. View lists.
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June 30, 2014
We are pleased to announce that Jody Daniels (Ph.D. '97) received the 2014 campus Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the Massachusetts State House in April 2014. According to the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest... more
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June 13, 2014
Associate Professor Ramesh Sitaraman was presented with the 2014 College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award during the 2014 CNS Faculty and Staff Awards Reception held in May. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in... more
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June 08, 2014
In June, Professor Leon Osterweil accepted the 2014 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award "for promoting and expanding the field of software engineering through visionary leadership of the Impact Project and for bringing the community to China,... more
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June 04, 2014
Professor Andrew McCallum is a recipient of a 2014 Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) Award.  McCallum received the award for his work on "Knowledge Base Augmentation of Entities and Relations with Tensor Factorization."
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May 30, 2014
Assistant Professor Yuriy Brun has received one of twelve 2014 Microsoft Research Awards from the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF), which support academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching... more
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May 23, 2014
Professor Andrew McCallum is a 2014-2015 UMass Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award Recipient, one of three chosen from the UMass Amherst campus. As a Conti Fellow, McCallum receives a year's leave of absence to concentrate on activities... more
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May 22, 2014
The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society named Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft as a recipient of its 2014 Technical Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to information retrieval and the... more
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May 22, 2014
Akshat Kumar (Ph.D. '13) was selected as the winner of the ICAPS (International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling) 2014 Best Dissertation Award. His dissertation "Exploiting Domain Structure in Multiagent Decision-Theoretic Planning... more
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May 19, 2014
Tung Pham, a CS undergrad and Commonwealth Honors College student, who works with Professors Tim Richards and Rick Adrion, has recently received the Barbara B. Burn Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Barbara B. Burn founded the International Programs Office... more
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May 02, 2014
The Sixth Annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards ceremony was held on May 2, 2014. View OAA 2014 site for details on this year's recipients.
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March 07, 2014
We are pleased to announce that Computer Science alum email forwarding addresses are now available for any of our UMass Amherst CS alums. Although you might change employers or Internet providers, your CS alum email address will always stay the same... more
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March 06, 2014
The Winter 2014 Significant Bits newsletter is now available.  View now. Alums and friends should receive this issue in the mail by mid March. 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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March 05, 2014
From the Chair
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March 04, 2014
The following students have been named 2014 EMC Student Participation Award recipients: Elisabeth Baseman, Shiri Dori-Hacohen, Amanda Gentzel, Chang Liu, Ayse Pinar Ozisik, and Jennie Steshenko. EMC Corporation has established this new award to... more
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March 03, 2014
Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose was re-elected to a three-year term on the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors.More on CRA elections.
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March 01, 2014
During the UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation held in September, 2014, Distinguished Professor Bruce Croft was presented with the UMass Amherst 2014 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity. He is one of eight... more
Graphic depicting Prof. Arun Venkataramani's research
February 28, 2014
Mobile devices and apps have seen a phenomenal growth in the last few years and have transformed our daily lives. Today, the number of smartphones alone far exceeds the number of wired computers on the Internet, and Internet traffic from mobile... more
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February 05, 2014
Professor Prashant Shenoy's smart-grid research is the feature story on the UMass Amherst Research NEXT site in the story, "Toward a Smarter, Greener Grid."Excerpt:
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February 03, 2014
In the Northeast Regional Preliminary Contest of the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Competition, the UMass Amherst Computer Science team, "Execution Time," placed first, qualifying them for the... more
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February 02, 2014
Recent Computer Science Ph.D. graduates Marc-Allen Cartright; Query-Time Optimization Techniques for Structured Queries in Information Retrieval; (James Allan, Advisor); Sept. 2013; Software Engineer, Google, Inc.
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February 02, 2014
Thanks to generous contributions from CS alum Daniel E. Flynn (BS '87), the John E. and Alice M. Flynn Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor his parents. The Scholarship will provide support to undergraduate students majoring in Computer... more
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February 02, 2014
Colorado State University (CSU) Computer Science Professors Ross Beveridge and Bruce Draper did their Ph.D. work in the UMass Amherst Computer Vision Group, under the joint direction of Professors Ed Riseman and Al Hanson, and both graduated with Ph... more
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February 02, 2014
The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), and its successor project, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways alliance (ECEP), both National Science Foundation-funded alliances to broaden participation in computing,... more
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February 02, 2014
Doctoral student Yunmeng Ban is the recipient of a 2014 Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship. She is one of ten scholars chosen from 101 applicants. The Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for... more
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February 01, 2014
Faculty NewsAssistant Professors Alexandra Meliou and Andrew McGregor each received a 2013 Google Faculty Research Award for structured data research. Meliou's research project is "Bidirectional Data Cleaning" and McGregor's is "Summarizing and... more
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February 01, 2014
Latest CS research - from microgenetic learning to space explorationA few of the school's many research projects are highlighted below.
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December 21, 2013
Professor Emeritus Andrew Barto was selected as the 2014 recipient of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Hebb Award "in recognition of long-standing contribution and achievements in biological and computational learning."
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December 20, 2013
Assistant Professor Yuriy Brun received a 2013 IEEE TCSC Young Achievers in Scalable Computing Award during the Supercomputing Conference in Denver, CO in November.  According to IEEE, the  award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding,... more
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December 19, 2013
Using a computational model of addiction, a literature review and an in silico experiment, theoretical computer scientist Yariv Levy (Ph.D. '13) and colleagues suggest in a new paper this week that rehabilitation strategies coupling meditation-like... more
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November 08, 2013
The Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics, and Bioinformatics (ICB3) has awarded two top prizes of $4,500 in its 2013 Open Source Software Innovation competition. CS Postdoc Laura Dietz is on the winning team and CS Assoc. Prof. Deepak... more
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November 07, 2013
Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose is one of four faculty chosen for the 2013-2014 UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.On April 9, 2014, Kurose will speak on "Design and Analysis of a Content-oriented Internet." He will present an... more
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October 29, 2013
Online video is a "killer application" of the Internet, predicted to soon make up 86 percent of consumer traffic on the web, says Associate Professor Ramesh Sitaraman. But advertisers who want to capitalize on it face a huge question: How effective... more
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October 24, 2013
UKeiG (U.K. eInformation Group) announced that Professor W Bruce Croft is the 2013 winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award which was presented at the Internet Librarian International (ILI 2013) in London on October 16.The Tony Kent Strix Award is... more
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October 24, 2013
During the School of Computer Science's celebration dinner on Friday, October 18, Massachusetts Senator Stanley Rosenberg presented School Chair Lori Clarke will a citation from the Massachusetts Senate "in Recognition of:  The Celebration of the... more
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October 23, 2013
CS Prof. Emery Berger's and CS Adjunct Prof. Scott Kaplan's (Amherst College faculty) research is included in Apple's new operating system, Mavericks.  According to the news release, "their contributions will significantly improve performance and... more
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October 17, 2013
Celebrating the School of Computer Science: Broadening the Impact of Computing October 17-19, 2013 Full Schedule of events at:  http://www.cs.umass.edu/SCScelebration Exciting events are planned for October 17-19, 2013 (during the campus Homecoming... more
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October 01, 2013
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) has become the first university research data center to receive a LEED(r) Platinum certification, the highest green building ranking. The MGHPCC is also one of only 13 data centers... more
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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@cs.... more
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August 21, 2013
Lori A. Clarke, Professor and CS Chair
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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... more
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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  ... more
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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... more
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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... more
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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... more
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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... more
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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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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... more
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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... more
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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),... more
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August 18, 2013
Recent Computer Science Ph.D. graduates (AY 2012-2013) Michael Bendersky; Information Retrieval with Query Hypergraphs; (W. Bruce Croft, Advisor); Sept. 2012; Software Engineer, Google, Inc.
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July 01, 2013
Priscilla Scott retired in May, 2013 after a 37-year career at UMass Amherst, working 29 years in the Department/School of Computer Science. A retirement celebration was held in her honor on May 8, 2013 at the University Club on campus. In 1974,... more
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May 08, 2013
Dr. Stephen Constantine died suddenly on May 4, 2013 at his home. Dr. Constantine was a half-time Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, and he also held a half-time appointment in the College of Engineering. He also served as a faculty... more
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May 07, 2013
The UMass Amherst School of Computer Science hosted a social gathering for UMass Amherst CS alums at Microsoft's Bellevue, WA facility. Over 40 people attended. It was great to see so many alums from the west coast. More details.
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May 06, 2013
Nearly 100 people attended the Fifth Annual Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards Banquet held on Friday, May 3, 2013. OAA award winners: Laura K. Dillon, Wayne W. Duso, Arthur I. Karshmer, Rakesh (Teddy) Kumar, Jennifer Neville, Aaron St.... more
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April 23, 2013
Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose received the IEEE INFOCOM 2013 Achievement Award "for seminal contributions in the design, analysis, modeling and measurement of computer networks and their protocols, and for impactful service and educational... more
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April 11, 2013
Associate Professor Yanlei Diao is the recipient of the 2013 CRA-W Anita Borg Early Career Award. The award was established to recognize a woman in computer science and/or engineering who has made both significant research contributions while also... more
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April 10, 2013
Akshat Kumar's dissertation was selected as a runner-up for the IFAAMAS-12 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award recognized outstanding dissertations in the area of Autonomous Agents or Multiagent Systems completed in 2012. A... more
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April 09, 2013
Associate Professor Gerome Miklau and PhD student Chao Li received the Best Paper Award at the 2013 International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT) for their paper "A Theory of Pricing Private Data". The award was shared with co-authors Daniel Li... more
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April 08, 2013
Associate Professor Deepak Ganesan and graduate student Moaj Musthag received the Best Paper Award at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems for "Labor Dynamics in a Mobile Micro-Task Market."
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April 05, 2013
Associate Professor Emery Berger and CS alums Nilanjan Banerjee (Ph.D. '09) and Shaun Kane (M.S. '05) received Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) 2013 Awards. SEIF awards support academic research in software... more
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February 26, 2013
To recognize the remarkable accomplishments of graduates of the School's degree programs and to acknowledge the support of important friends of the school, the School established the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science... more
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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 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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