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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
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 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 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
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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
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
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
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 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 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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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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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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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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