Graduate students William C. Garrison III, Yechen Qiao, and Professor Adam J. Lee won an Outstanding Paper Award for their work entitled, "On the Suitability of Dissemination-centric Access Control Systems for Group-centric Sharing," in Proceedings of the Fourth ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy at CODASPY.
The Department of Computer Science initiated 22 new members into Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines on Friday, February 28, 2014. The UPE Honor Society was chartered at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Membership in UPE is by invitation only. This year's initiates include Nicholas Amoscato, Andrew Armstrong, David Busch, Alec Deitloff, Leart Doko, Joseph Gelpi, Shelley Goldberg, Eric Gratta, David Grayson, Tak-Yee Ho, Christine Lim, John Linden, Xin Liu, Virginia Mulky, Sean Myers, Tri Nguyen, Benjamin Pratt, Joel Roggeman, Zachary Sadler, Frank Wolverton, Sheridan Zivanovich, and Joshua Zwolan. Many of these new initiates also participated in the University's Honors Convocation earlier that same day. The President of the Honor Society is Alec Deitloff and the faculty advisor is Dr. Thumrongsak "Tan" Kosiyatrakul. [March 2014]
Congratulations to graduate student Rakan Maddah on receiving an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015. [March 2014]
Congratulations to Professor Diane Litman for winning the Winter 2014 Google Research Award for her project entitled,"Peer Review Search & Analytics in MOOCs via Natural Language Processing". The grant covers tuition for a graduate student and provides both faculty and students the opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers.[February 2014]
The Department of Computer Science has lost Alfs Berztiss, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Berztiss was hired during the departments early years in September 1970 and retired after 28 years with the department. Dr. Berztiss' retirement was featured in the Fall 1998 LINKS. He will be missed by the Computer Science community.
You can view the obituary Post Gazette , University Times.
Second year graduate students John Wenskovitch (CS),Tim Luciani (CS), and Koonwah Chen (IS), and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai won the IEEE BIOVIS 2013 Data Contest Visualization Award at IEEE VIS in Atlanta, GA, for their paper and system "Fixing TIM: Identifying Functional Mutations in Protein Families through the Interactive Exploration of Sequence and Structural Data". Congratulations Pitt VIS team![October 2013]
Professor Daniel Mosse' will present for the University Honors College Friday Afternoon Lecture series on Friday, October 25th at 2:00pm, 3500 Cathedral of Learning. His talk is Energy-Aware Computing.[October 2013]
Graduate student Adrian Maries and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai will be presenting their paper entitled GRACE: A Visual Comparison Framework for Integrated Spatial and Non-Spatial Geriatric Data at the IEEE VIS 2013 conference on October 17th 2013.[October 2013]
Graduate student Md. Abedul Haque and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai will be presenting their paper entitled "A Semi-Automated Method for Subject-Specific Modeling of the Spinal Canal from Computed Tomography Images and Dynamic Radiographs" at the EuroGraphics-sponsored 18th International Workshop on Vision, Modeling and Visualization VMV2013 on September 11, 2013.[September 2013]
PhD student Nicholas L. Farnan and Professors Adam J. Lee and Panos K. Chrysanthis demonstrated "PAQO: A Preference-Aware Query Optimizer for PostgreSQL" at VLDB 2013 in Riva del Garda, Italy. PAQO was developed in cooperation with Professor Ting Yu of North Carolina State University.[September 2013]