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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
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 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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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
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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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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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
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 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 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
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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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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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
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 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 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
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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July 01, 2014
Elif Aktolga; Integrating Non-Topical Aspects into Information Retrieval; (James Allan, Advisor); May 2014; Research Engineer, Apple
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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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