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August 21, 2013
Lori A. Clarke, Professor and CS Chair
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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
Graphic depicting Prof. Rui Wang's research
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
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 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 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
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 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 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
Lori A. Clarke, Professor and CS Chair
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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 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
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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.
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
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 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
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 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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