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Professor Kirk Pruhs was a keynote speaker at the Scheduling Under Uncertainty Workshop in June in Eindhoven Netherlands, and one of the three speakers at the Max Planck Advanced Course on the Foundations of Computer Science in August in Saarbrucken Germany.[August 2015]

Professor Diane Litman has been elected to a 3-year term as Councilor of the AAAI. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.[August 2015]

Congrats to CS Student Kyle Amoroso on his win in the online hackathon on ChallengePost, Reinvent the Selfie! His hack called, Game Boy Selfie won the MLH prize! Congrats Kyle on your national online hackathon win![July 2015]

Professor Jan Wiebe has been named the General Chair of the 2016 Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference (EMNLP-2016). [July 2015]

Professors Wang, Menekse, and Litman are collaborating with grad students on an exciting new project, CourseMIRROR! CourseMIRROR improves student-instructor interactions in large-classrooms and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) via mobile interfaces and natural language processing. CourseMIRROR facilitates learning at scale by enabling students to reflect in-situ via mobile devices. It also helps instructors to capture the gist of reflections effectively via natural language processing. CourseMIRROR is free and supports major mobile platforms and PCs. Please visit for more details.[June 2015]

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of the CS Department's long time Part-Time Instructor George Jucha. George was an award winning PTI, who had an excellent work ethic and loved helping students, sometimes staying 2 hours after class to help them. Many of his past students have said that he was their favorite instructor at Pitt. We will miss him deeply.[June 2015]

Professor Jan Wiebe is the Academic Keynote Speaker at the Canadian AI Conference 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.[June 2015]

88 more students declare as a Computer Science major since January 2015! The CS Department grows as the demand for computer scientists is on the rise! Recent studies show that a degree in computer science is now the 3rd most in-demand and valuable degree in the United States! [May 2015]

It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Dr. Robert Daley has passed away this week. Dr. Daley was a professor in the Department of Computer Science for 40 years, and he was a valued member of the faculty. He contributed to the Department in countless ways, and we will remember him always for his devotion to the Department, his sincere kindness, and his homemade honey. and [April 2015]

Congrats to all of the Computer Science students that entered the Randall Family Big Idea Competition! The Department of Computer Science had the most students enter the competition out of any other department in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences! A special congrats to the CS students that made it to the 3rd & final round of the competition, Deeksha Gupta, Zhijie Wang, Ashish Juneja, Charles Kiorpes, David Tsui, David Duan and Tayane Silva Fernandes de Moura![April 2015]

Check out Pitt Computer Science student Elliot Spencer Bingol's work on bringing Homestead and West Homestead into the 21st century with digital government! Find the news article here.[April 2015]

Congratulations to Professor Panos Chrysanthis for receiving the Provost's Mentor Award! The Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring recognizes University of Pittsburgh faculty who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students. The University strives to train the next generation of professional scholars, and the faculty who provide both intellectual and personal leadership to support and promote personal and professional development to students are recognized by this award for their efforts. Only as many as four faculty members are given this award each year. Congrats to Panos on receiving this prestigious award![April 2015]

The Class of 2015 is expected to be the largest graduating class the Computer Science Department has ever had, with an anticipated 107 graduates! The Department of Computer Science will hold its Graduation Reception on April 25th 2015. Congrats to the class of 2015! #LetsGoPittCS[April 2015]

Congrats to Pitt CS undergraduates Natalie Isenberg and Sylvia Ujwary on being a 2015 DAAD RISE recipient! (German Academic Exchange Service Research Internships in Science & Engineering)Through the DAAD RISE, these students will work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of two to three months during the summer. [April 2015]

Congratulations to Professor Adam Lee and Doctoral Candidate Bill Garrison on their Mentor-Mentee Teaching Award! We are happy to announce that their proposal has been approved! Congrats! [April 2015]

Congrats to Pitt CS Alumnus Jesse Thomason Jesse has been awarded the 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congrats Jesse! #H2P[April 2015]

Congrats to our CS Day Graduate Research Winners! AI: Charmgil Hong, Systems/Networks: Xiaolong Cui, Theory/Algorithms: Neal Barcelo, Databases: Cory Thoma, HCI: Xiangmin Fan. Sponsored by Compunetix.[April 2015]

Congratulations to Panos Chrysanthis and Alex Labrinidis on recieving a MCSI 2015 Research Seed Grant![March 2015]

Breaking the 300-Mark: CS Declared Majors are at an All-Time High This year the Department of Computer Science is proud to announce that we have over 300 declared CS students. This is the most declared CS majors that we have ever had in department history. With the realization that Computer Science and Computing is a huge part of our present, as well as our future, more and more students have been choosing computer science as their major. [March 2015]

The Department of Computer Science has ranked #52 according to US News and World Report Rankings on the best grad schools and #26 among public universities!. [March 2015]

CS DAY 2015 is right around the corner! March 27, 2015 is the 15th Annual Computer Science Day! Find out all the details at our CS Day Homepage.[March 2015]

SteelHacks - March 27th - 29th 2015! Department of Computer Science will host 150 students from Pitt, CMU, and Duquesne for SteelHacks[February 2015]

Announcing the CS Day Hackathon: SteelHacks The Department of Computer Science is partnering with the Pitt CS Club to bring you SteelHacks [February 2015]

We are proud to announce that NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) has selected the University of Pittsburgh’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group to receive a 2015 NCWIT Student Seed Fund award sponsored by Symantec. WiCS has been awarded $1,000 to support She Innovates, Pitt’s first all-women’s hackathon. Congratulations to WiCS![January 2015]

Professor Jan Wiebe will be the Academic Keynote Speaker for The 28th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2-5, 2015! Congrats Prof. Wiebe![January 2015]

Department of Computer Science Alumnus Robert S. (Bob) Seiner (class of 1985) recently published his first book on Non-Invasive Data Governance™ (Technics Publications 2014). Bob has been the President & Principal of KIK Consulting and Education Services since 1997 serving Fortune 100/500 and international clients to improve how they manage their data and information as a valued and strategic asset. Congrats Bob! [January 2015]

She Innovates Kick-off Party will be held on 1/30/2015 at 5pm-7pm in 5317 Sennott Square! Pitt's first all-women's hackathon![January 2015]

NCWIT Collegiate Award Applications Are Now Open Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, the NCWIT Collegiate Award honors outstanding undergraduate women for their computing and technical accomplishments. Awardees will receive a $7,500 cash award and a trip to the award ceremony at the 2015 NCWIT Summit in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Apply at: [January 2015]



Department of Computer Science Alumnus Chad Lane (class of 2004) recently accepted a position as Assoc. Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His appointment will be in the Dept. of Educational Psychology, with joint appointments in Informatics and the Beckman Institute! Congrats Chad![December 2014]

SHE INNOVATES... The Department of Computer Science will be partnering with Innovation Institute, Pitt SWE, and Pitt WiCS to host Pitt's first all women's hackathon!! She Innovates will be held on 01/30/2015 - 02/01/2015 in the Sennott Square Building![December 2014]

The Mu chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines inducted four new members on November 20, 2014. Congratulations to the newest inductees: Dana Gipe, Alex Lederer, Peter Mash, and Haleigh Wright. [December 2014]

December Graduate Recognition and Reception to be held on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 4:00pm![November 2014]

Brunch for Newly Declared CS Majors on 11/21/2014 @ 10:00am in 5317 Sennott Square! If you declared after January 2014, then you are invited!![November 2014]

CS welcomes high school students in Big Data Class on 11/19!![November 2014]

CS DAY 2015! CS DAY will be held on March 27th, 2015![November 2014]

Professors Alexandros Labrinidis and Panos K. Chrysanthis are co-investigators in the newly funded Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery of Biomedical Knowledge from Big Data (CCMD), which is one of the 12 new Centers of Excellence funded through NIH's Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program.   NIH press release, Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [October 2014]

Professor Alexandros Labrinidis is the co-author of a new review article, entitled Big Data and Its Technical Challenges, that was published in the July 2014 issue of the Communications of the ACM. [July 2014]

Congratulations to Professor Alexandros Labrinidis on being a newly elected member of the Faculty Assembly for Natural Sciences from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He will serve for three years.[May 2014]

Congratulations to Professor Adam Lee on becoming a tenured faculty member effective September 2014![May 2014]

Graduate student Chris Thomas has been awarded the 2013-2014 Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award for his dedication to the advancement of undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh. Chris is the first in our department to win this prestigious award. [April 2014]

Alumni Andrew Head received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention for his work in Human Computer Interaction.[April 2014]

The Computer Science Department and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will host an international workshop, Building Community Resilience to Global Hazards: A Sociotechnical Approach, on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Room 307 Eberly Hall. Students are welcome to attend the talks on Friday and Saturday morning. [April 2014]

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. [March 2014]

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. [October 2013]

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]

Professor G. Elisabeta Marai (Computer Science) and Professor Kay Nieselt (Bioinformatics, University of Tuebingen) are Program Chairs for the 3rd IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis' 13), the premier venue for bioinformatics visualization. BioVis will take place on 13-14 October 2013, in Atlanta, GA as part of the IEEE Visualization Week.[August 2013]

The department just concluded its Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) where over 70 middle and high school students learned about fundamental computing concepts! Pictures to follow soon![August 2013]

Graduate student Timothy Luciani gave a research presentation titled Large-Scale Overlays and Trends: Visually Mining, Panning and Zooming the Observable Universe at the Allegheny Observatory on July 19, 2013. The presentation introduced joint work with CS undergraduate students Daniel Oliphant and Sean Myers, CS Professors Alexandros Labrinidis and G. Elisabeta Marai, and Dr. Brian Cherinka and Prof. W. Michael Wood-Vasey of Pitt's Physics and Astronomy Department. [August 2013]

Graduate student Nicholas Farnan received the Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and graduate student Wenting Xiong is an alternate for this prestigious fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. [August 2013]

Professor Alexandros Labrinidis participated in the panel on "Education and career paths for data scientists" of the 25th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, held on July 31.[August 2013]

Professor Diane Litman will be presenting a keynote address entitled "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Spoken Dialogue for STEM Education" at the Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) Workshop on August 30, 2013. The SLATE workshop series is organized yearly by the International Speech Communication Association Special Interest Group.[July 2013]

Graduate student Md. Abedul Haque and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai will be presenting their paper entitled "Image to Mesh: Spinal Ligament 2D Surface Models from Bone Volume Images and Dynamic Radiographs" at the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) 2013 Workshop on Mesh Processing in Medical Image Analysis on Sep. 26th 2013. [July 2013]

Graduate student Eric Heim received a SMART Scholarship (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) through the National Defense Education Program. He is only the third person at the University of Pittsburgh to receive this prestigious scholarship. Congratulations Eric![July 2013]

Professor Panos K. Chrysanthis together with Professor Ling Liu of Georgia Institute of Technology are trusted to co-chair again the 2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Big Data (C-Big2013) to be held in Austin, Texas, in October 2013. [July 2013]

Graduate student Daniel Walker will be presenting a talk at the Mensa Regional Gathering held in Pittsburgh about LEGOs and education in September 2013. [June 2013]

Graduate student William Garrison III, Professor Adam Lee,University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Timothy L. Hinrichs and Professor Lenore Zuck, as well as University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student Diego Martinoia,and graduate student Alessandro Panebianco,will be presenting their paper entitled, "Application-Sensitive Access Control Evaluation using Parameterized Expressiveness" in Proceedings of the 26th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF 2013) on June 27, 2013.[June 2013]

The department is proud to announce that Professor Adam Lee has been honored with an Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. He will use this grant to, “design computational tools that enable everyday users to better manage their system participation by understanding the interplay between security, privacy, and utility”. Congratulations Dr. Lee. [June 2013]

Graduate Student Andrew Adams and Professor Adam Lee were invited to present their paper entitled,"Combining Social Authentication and Untrusted Clouds for Private Location Sharing" at the SACMAT Conference held in Amsterdam, Holland on June 12-14 2013.[June 2013]

Newly PhD graduate Panickos Neophytou and his advisors Professors Panos K. Chrysanthis and Alexandros Labrinidis will present their paper enitled "A Continuous Workflow Scheduling Framework" at the 2nd international workshop on Scalable Workflow Enactment Engines and Technologies (SWEET'13) to be held in conjunction with the SIGMOD Conference in June 2013.[June 2013]

Graduate students Michael Lipschultz, Huy Nguyen and Wenting Xiong, alumni undergraduate Jesse Thomason, and Professor Diane Litman will be presenting 5 papers and posters at both the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, and the 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining. All events are held in Memphis, TN from July 6-13.[June 2013]

Graduate students Wencan Luo and Wenting Xiong, alumni undergraduate Jesse Thomason, and Professor Diane Litman will present 3 papers spanning both the 2013 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies and its associated student research workshop. All events are held in Atlanta, Georgia from June 9-15.[May 2013]

Professor Sangyeun Cho and graduate student Juyoung Jung will present a paper entitled "Memorage: Emerging Persistent RAM based Malleable Main Memory and Storage Architecture," at the 27th ACM International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS) held in Eugene, Oregon from June 10-14 2013.[May 2013]

Professor Liz Marai organized and ran a hands-on introduction to animation workshop along with Graduate students, Kelli Ireland, Mike Lipschultz, Tim Luciani, and John Wenskovitch for 18 high school students on Saturday May 11th. Students learned animation from a computer science perspective, fundamentals of computer graphics, and of animation design and implementation. [May 2013]

Congratualtions to undergraduate student Jesse Thomason on receiving an Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (Male) 2013.[May 2013]

Senior Lecturer George Novacky's Introduction to Computer Programming with Python Course was the focus of the Datamation article entitled, "Back to the Classroom: An IT Veteran Seeks Technical Enlightenment". [May 2013]

On April 19th, our department hosted a viewing and panel discussion of the film entitled, "She++ the Documentary" which addressed women's representation in computer science. Panelists included CS Professors Dr. Hwa and Dr. Litman, Professor Jean Carr, head of Pitt's Women's Studies Department, Theresa Dean, Engineering Director of KIT Solutions, and Julie Pagano, Co-Founder of Girl Develop It Pittsburgh.[April 2013]

Congratulations to all the high school girls who were named the 2013 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing winners! Our department chaired and hosted the first ever local affiliate of this prestigious national award. [April 2013]

Professors Chrysanthis and Labrinidis were featured in a University Times article where they talk about the recently launched Pittsburgh DataWorks Initiative, their group's Big Data projects, and about the Big Data phenomenon in general.[April 2013]

Congratulations to PhD Student Neal Barcelo for being one of the eleven recipients this year of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in the area of algorithms/theory.[April 2013]

Outreach Coordinator Tasha Isenberg will be co-chairing the first ever Western and Central PA/West Virginia NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. The event will be on Saturday, April 13th. [March 2013]

Professors Chrysanthis and Labrinidis are members of the advisory board that has founded the Pittsburgh DataWorks initiative, whose aim is to bring together organizations and people working on "big data" throughout southwestern PA, with the ultimate goal of supporting ongoing initiatives and attracting big data talent and investments to the US’s “most livable city”.[March 2013]

PhD student Jiannan Ouyang and Professor Jack Lange will be presenting their paper entitled, "Preemptable Ticket Spinlocks: Improving Consolidated Performance in the Cloud" at the Ninth Annual International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments (VEE 2013) in Houston, Texas on March 16-17 2013. [March 2013]

Graduate student Ryan W. Moore and Professor Bruce R. Childers will be presenting their paper entitled, "Automatic Generation of Program Affinity Policies Using Machine Learning" at The International Conference on Compiler Construction (CC'13) in Rome, Italy in March 2013. [February 2013]



On October 26th Professor John Ramirez was on a panel of faculty who received the 2012 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. You can hear from Ramirez's distinctive teaching philosophies, approaches, and classroom activities by following this link to his talk entitled, Learning Computer Science: From Idea to Mastery. [November 2012]

PHD student Socrates Demetriades and Professor Sangyeun Cho have been chosen to present their paper entitled, "Predicting Coherence Communication by Tracking Synchronization Points at Run Time" at the 45th Annual MICRO-45 Conference held in Vancouver Canada in December 2012.[November 2012]

CS Professor Panos Chrysanthis, along with Stavros Papastavrou, and George Samaras will be presenting their research on, "Exploring Content Dependencies to Better Balance Performance and Freshness in Web Databases" at the 13th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering(WISE 2012) held in Paphos, Cyprus on November 28-30 2012.[October 2012]

Graduate student Timothy Luciani, Astronomy graduate student Brian Cherinka, CS alumni student Boyu Sun, undergraduate student Sean Myers, Astronomy Professor Michael Wood-Vasey,Professor Alex Labrinidis, and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai have received an Honorable Mention for their paper "Panning and Zooming the Observable Universe with Prefix-Matching Indices and Pixel-Based Overlays" at the IEEE Visualization 2012, Large-Scale Data Analysis and Visualization Symposium, held in Seattle, WA in October 2012.[October 2012]

Professor Adam Lee has started his research on the Foundations of Application-Sensitive Access Control Evaluation. This NSF grant was awarded to Dr. Lee in September 2012.[October 2012]

CS alumni Lindsay Bieda and Julie Pagano founded the nonprofit Pittsburgh chapter of Girl Develop It, an organization that encourages women to consider careers in software development. The Tribune Review wrote an article entitled Girls Urged to Pursue Careers Involving Computer Software. The department's diversity initiatives are also included in the article. CS is a founding organizer and sponsor of this org.[September 2012]

Professors Panos K. Chrysanthis and Alexandros Labrinidis ,co- directors of The Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory, and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai, director of The Interdisciplinary Visualization Research Lab (iVRL) have received a new NSF CDS&E grant, together with colleagues from the School of Engineering and the Center for Simulation and Modeling. The grant is entitled, Data Management and Visualization in Petascale Turbulent Combustion Simulation. This builds upon a history of many other successful collaborations of the ADMT Lab and iVRL, with researchers in the Medical School, and Physics and Astronomy, addressing Big Data challenges.[September 2012]

Congratulations to Dr. Sangyeun Cho for winning a 2012 GRO award for Redefining DRAM Interface for Future Platforms. This achievement will build a lasting research partnership between the department and SAMSUNG. [August 2012]

The Department of Computer Science just concluded its Technology Leadership Initiative! Congratulations to the middle and high school students who completed the program! Stay tuned for new pictures![August 2012]

Graduate student PJ Dillon and Professor Taieb Znati will be presenting their paper and poster entitled, “Towards an Architecture for Mobile Healthcare” at the 37th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) held in Clearwater, Florida from October 22-25 2012.[August 2012]

Graduate student William C. Garrison III, Assistant Professor Adam J. Lee, and their collaborator Timothy L. Hinrichs will be presenting their publication entitled, "The Need for Application-Aware Access Control Evaluation,” in Proceedings of the New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) held in Bertinoro, Italy in September 2012. [July 2012]

Tim Luciani, first year doctoral student in CS, is the second CS student to receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Tim's selection was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. Congratulations Tim! [July 2012]

Congratulations to graduate student Mehmud Abliz and Professor Taieb Znati for winning the Best Paper Award on the New Approach to Mitigating Distributed Service Flooding Attacks at the Seventh International Conference on Systems held in Saint Gilles, Reunion Island from February 29-March 5, 2012. [July 2012]

The Department of Computer Science is proud to partner with Girl Develop It which is an organization that aims to empower more women with confidence in their technological abilities.[July 2012]

Professor Bruce Childers organized the successful NSF-sponsored Workshop on a Community Supported Computer Architecture Design and Evaluation Framework. The workshop, held in Arlington, Virginia from May 31-June 1, 2012, engaged the academic community, government and industry to collectively address the need for a community framework allowing interoperability of simulation tools for Computer Architecture.[June 2012]

Professors Panos K. Chrysanthis and Alexandros Labrinidis, directors of the Advanced Data Management Technology Lab, were invited to the inaugural EMC University Day in Boston on June 11, 2012. At this very successful event, Prof. Labrinidis served on the Big Data panel, whereas their PhD students Lory Al Moakar and Thao N Pham participated in the Poster Session. Congratulations to Lory, whose poster finished 3rd in the best poster competition (after CMU and Cornell). [June 2012]

As an initiative to increase diversity in our department, we are proud to be a bronze sponsor of the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women and Computing.[June 2012]

We are pleased to announce that our department is now an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. The Academic Alliance consists of over 400 distinguished representatives from the computer science and IT departments of nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country.[May 2012]

On March 29. 2012, the Obama Administration unveiled its $200M Big Data R&D Initiative. Associate Professor Alexandros Labrinidis was part of a team of leading data management researchers across the United States who co-wrote a community white paper on the Challenges and Opportunities with Big Data.The white paper, published earlier in March, will be discussed at a panel during the VLDB 2012 International Conference from August 27-31 in Istanbul. [May 2012]

Alice Lingming Lai who received the 2012 Outstanding CS Undergraduate Student Award, has also been awarded a 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Double Congratulations Alice! Details on the NSF award information can be found at Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards.[April 2012]

CS Part-time faculty Paul Covaleski receives the Students' Choice Award from the College of General Studies Student Government. The award was presented on Friday, April 13th at the 20th Annual Excellence in CGS Reception.[April 2012]

Rami Melhem, CS faculty, is awarded the 2012 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree.[April 2012]

As we approach the last week of classes and finals week, the Teaching Times would like to offer faculty and graduate instructors some information to help students successfully complete the semester in spite of the recent disruptions on campus. Click Class Disruption Tips to learn more about how you can be as productive as possible during this time.[April 2012]

The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), chose graduate student Chelsea Mafrica to attend the 3rd summer school workshop on Computer Architecture. Let's offer her a big congratulations! For more information on the workshop, visit: Summer School workshop on Computer Architecture. [April 2012]

Graduate student PJ Dillon has been selected to participate in the 2012 NYC Turing Fellows Summer Internship Program and matched with Sulia, a New York City company focusing on content organization. Let's offer him a big congratulations!You can find more information on the program at: Turing Fellows Summer Internship Program. [April 2012]

Marian Iskander, Ryan Moore, and Thao Nguyen Pham, CS graduate students, received the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year.[March 2012]

John Ramirez, CS Senior Lecturer, is one of 5 awarded the 2012 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Ramirez was recognized for having a teaching style that encourages students to pursue intellectually demanding subjects. He is the second CS faculty, along with Dr. George Novacky ('93), to receive this award.
Pitt Chronicle
University Times[February 2012]

Sangyeun Cho, CS Faculty, is elected as a Senior Member of IEEE. IEEE recognizes as Senior Members those IEEE members who have shown technical and professional excellence after being in professional practice for at least ten years.[January 2012]

CS Alum, Tawfig Al Rabiah (MS'96, PhD'99), appointed Minister of Commerce and Industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry develops and expands domestic and foreign trade and adopts initiatives fostering the role of the private sector.[January 2012]



Adam M. Smith and Yao Sun (CS graduate students), Wen Xu (MS '11), James R. Faeder (Computational Systems & Biology faculty) and G. Elisabeta Marai (CS faculty) have received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Vis '11 Symposium on Biological Data Visualization for their paper RuleBender: Integrated Visualization for Biochemical Rule-Based Modeling. The paper describes the visual paradigms, algorithms, design and implementation decisions behind RuleBender, an open-source visual tool for constructing, debugging, simulating and analyzing rule-based biological models. The project is the result of a successful collaboration between visualization and biology researchers, and has been downloaded more than 160 times in the four months since its initial announcement.[October 2011]

Two CS undergrad teams compete for the World's Smartest Trophy lead by coach John Ramirez. The Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest regional competition will be held at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH on Saturday. Champions will advance to the World Finals. Pitt News [October 2011]

Congratulations to the Faculty and Graduate Students who received awards at the 2011 Annual Welcome Back reception! The 2010-2011 CS Department Teaching Awards, Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award, and the Graduate Student Awards were announced at the event.[September 2011]

In April 2011, Professor Kirk Pruhs gave the keynote invited talk, entitled Managing Power Heterogeneity, at TAPAS, the ICST Conference on Theory and Practice of Algorithms in (Computer) Systems. In October 2011 he will give an invited talk/tutorial, entitled Green Computing Algorithmics, at FOCS, the IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science. In April 2012 he will give an invited talk at LATIN, the Latin American Symposium on Theoretical Informatics.[September 2011]

Youtao Zhang is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (effective September 1, 2011). Congratulations! [September 2011]

Professor Diane Litman, CS Faculty, is honored as s Senior Member in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-11). Senior Member status recognizes AAAI members who have achieved significant accomplishments within the field of artificial intelligence. She is one of only 25 AAAI members recognized as Senior Member this year.[August 2011]

CS and Physics & Astronomy faculty awarded a 4-year, $1.6M NSF Grant for Understanding the Universe through Scalable Navigation of a Galaxy of Annotations. This project will impact the ability to share astronomical data quickly and widely. Alexandros Labrinidis, Panos K. Chrysanthis, and Liz Marai will be working with Physics & Astronomy faculty Jeffrey Newman, Michael Wood-Vasey, and Arthur Kosowsky. [August 2011]

Jingtao Wang
Assistant Professor Jingtao Wang selected for the 12th annual Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE). His proposal, Software as a Service for Mobile Computing is one of only eight to receive an ACIE award this year.
Teaching Times Article[May 2011]

Sangyeun Cho
Associate Professor Sangyeun Cho selected for the 12th annual Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE). His proposal, Cracking Personal Supercomputing is one of only eight to receive an ACIE award this year.
Teaching Times Article[May 2011]

Graduating CS seniors and their family celebrate on Saturday evening at the William Pitt Union. Some photos from the evening's celebration.[May 2011]

Graduating CS seniors and their family celebrate on Saturday evening at the William Pitt Union. Some photos from the evening's celebration.[May 2011]

Joanna Drummond, CS alumnus, has been selected to receive a 2011-2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Joanna's selection was based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her ability to contribute to strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. [April 2011]

CS Undergrad Brian Sisco is part of the Pitt team competing in Let's Play Jeopardy! during the day-long IBM Watson Symposium on March 30th. Pitt and CMU students challenged IBM's Watson to a Jeopardy! match. Interview with Pitt's Team [April 2011]

An Open Space Conference was held April 2nd at the Department of Computer Science. A group of Pittsburgh technologists enthusiasts discussed topics that range from how to be a more productive programmer, to the use of social medias and distributed Agile teams. The group was pleased with the department and being on campus added to the conference goal of continuous education.[April 2011]

Nancy Kreuzer retires after 29 years in the Department of Computer Science. We celebrated her retirement on Thursday, March 31st and many colleagues across the campus joined the party. Many photos of the event are available on the CS Photo Gallery. The department will miss her.[April 2011]

Department Chairman Daniel Mosse' and CS Faculty Diane Litman participated in the IBM Watson Symposium on March 30, 2011. This day-long symposium included discussions with Pitt and CMU experts in technology, health care, and law. Dr. Mosse' made opening remarks and Professor Litman was a panelist in the NLP forum. [March 2011]

Diane Litman
Professor Diane Litman participates in the IBM Watson Symposium on March 30, 2011. Diane Litman was a panelist in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) forum, along with David Ferucci, PI of the deepQA/Watson Project for IBM; and Eric Nyberg, professor in CMU's Language Technology Institute. The symposium ended with the IBM Watson Presentation, Demonstration and Q&A Panel with a Jeopardy! challenge between Pitt student team, CMU student team, and Watson.[March 2011]

CS sophomores, Kevin Jeffries and Sean Myers, are among the 50 selected nationwide to receive the Microsoft Golden Ticket. Kevin and Sean will travel to the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington to experience the products, people, and culture of Microsoft. Students are nominated by their professors and selected by Microsoft staff based upon their academic achievements and potential.[March 2011]

The National Research Council (NRC) has ranked the Department of Computer Science 34th out of 128 ranked programs. The department jumping 9 positions ahead since the last NRC rankings in 1995.[March 2011]

Iyad Batal and Wenting Xiong, CS graduate students, received the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.[March 2011]

A research submission from Jesse Thomason, sophomore in CS, has been accepted by the upcoming NCUR 2011 conference in Ithaca, NY. Jesse's research project, "Embodied Exploration of Large Scale Multi-dimentional Data on Mobile Devices" is advised by Prof. Jingtao Wang and is supported in part by the Honors Research Assistantship. NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.[February 2011]

Wen Xu, CS Graduate student, has been selected to attend CRA-W 2011 Grad Cohort Workshop in April.[February 2011]

The CS Department is participating in the A&S Hot Metal Bridge Program, a new two-semester post-baccalaureate fellowship for those who are highly motivated and show strong academic promise as well as help A&S meet student diversity goals. Preparing for doctoral study, the program will match students with faculty mentor/advisor and graduate student mentor. Apply by April 1, 2011. [February 2011]

Mengmeng Li, CS Graduate Student, awarded the Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship. This scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. School of Arts & Sciences highlights Mengmeng's award and has a feature story. See Pitt News article.[January 2011]



Two CS alumni were recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientist this year, Evelyn Duesterwald (PhD,'96) currently at IBM Research and Lori Pollock (PhD,'86) at the University of Delaware.[December 2010]

Mary Jean Harrold, a 1988 PhD graduate of our department, will be elevated to the grade of Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society in 2011. Dr. Harrold is a Professor of Computing and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Georgia Tech.[December 2010]

Yi Deng(Ph.D.'92) was appointed last year as Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.[December 2010]

CS Undergraduate Heather Friedberg has been selected for Honorable Mention in the Computing Research for CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards 2011. [December 2010]

Associate Professor Milos Hauskrecht received the Homer R. Warner award for his paper Conditional Outlier Detection for Clinical Alerting during the AMIA 2010. The co-authors are Michal Valko and Iyad Batal from CS department, Dr. Gilles Clermont from Dept. of Critical Care, and Dr. Shyam Visweswaran and Dr. Gregory Cooper from DBMI. [November 2010]

Computer Science's team for the MS Puzzle Challenge takes 6th place at CMU event and 62nd place of the 420 nationally competing teams. Heather Friedberg, Joanna Drummond, David Goldberg and Christian Woods also captured an honorable mention award in the "First Appearance" category at the local competition. See the official team rankings.[November 2010]

CS Grad students, Wenting Xiao, Yao Sun, Octavio Herrera, and Emilio Zegarra awarded second place in the Technology Scavenger Hunt of the 6th Annual Love Your Computer Event.[October 2010]

CS Undergraduate Heather Friedberg was awarded the 2010 Google Engineering Intern Scholarship. The recipients are selected from Google Summer 2010 Engineering Interns in North America and evaluated on their academic achievements, community involvement, and leadership accomplishments. [September 2010]

Panos Chrysanthis
Professor Panos Chrysanthis receives the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Asssociation of Computing Machinery (ACM). This distinction is for his contributions to the fields of computing and information technology. Panos is the first faculty member to receive this ACM award at the University of Pittsburgh.[August 2010]

Alexander Conrad, CS graduate student and Gregory Kapfhammer, CS alumnus (PhD,'07), receive the Best Paper Award in the Search-Base Software Engineering Track of the ACM SIGEVO Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (2010). "Empirically Studying the Role of Selection Operators during Search-Based Test Suite Prioritization" was co-authored with Robert Roos.[July 2010]

CS alumnus, John Grefenstette (PhD,'80), is named the director of the new Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health, bringing together scientists to produce the next generation of tools for public health analysis. University Times article in the July 22 edition. [July 2010]

Sangyeun Paul Cho is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (effective September 1st, 2010). Sangyeun is going to be the 5th Associate Professor currently in our Department.[July 2010]

Professor Panos K. Chrysanthis was named the Program Chair for HDMS2010, Program Co-Chair for ODBASE2010 and Group PC Leader for EDBT2011.[July 2010]

Best Paper Award at the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) 2010 awarded to Professor Diane Litman, with co-authors, Min Chi (recent ISP graduate), and Kurt VanLehn(former CS faculty). "Do Micro-Level Tutorial Decisions Matter: Applying Reinforcement Learning to Induce Pedagogical Tutorial Tactics" is based on Min Chi's dissertation work.[July 2010]

Michal Valko, CS graduate student, receives the Google Best Paper Award during CVPR 2010. "Online Semi-Supervised Perception: Real-Time Learning without Explicit Feedback" was co-authored with Branislav Kveton, Matthai Philipose, and Ling Huang, from Intel Labs. [June 2010]

Yann Le Gall, CS graduate student is featured in the article, Yann Le Gall: Transcending Boundaries in the June, 2010 issue of the Arts & Sciences E-newsletter Snapshot.[June 2010]

CSR: Large: Storage Class Memory Architecture for Efficient Data
Associate Professor Bruce Childers (Principal Investigator) awarded an NSF grant and is a joint CS and ECE project. Dr. Childers will be working with Dr. Sangyeun Cho (Co-PI), Dr. Daniel Mosse' (Co-PI), Dr. Jun Yang (Co-PI), and Dr. Youtao Zhang (Co-PI). This project uses multiple technologies to construct a high-capacity, energy efficient memory system for virtualized computer servers with a new Storage Class Memory Architecture that incorporates multiple memory technologies such as DRAM, Phase-change memory (PRAM) and Flash. [June 2010]

Professors Panos K. Chrysanthis and Kirk Pruhs presented NSF-funded Research on Sustainable Computing at PittCS in the Coalition for National Science Funding Annual Science Exposition on Capitol Hill on April 15, 2010.[May 2010]

Amy Scarbrough, Honors College Student and CS Bioinformatics undergraduate, receives the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for her excellent academic record and research on the environment.[April 2010]

Toward Formal, Risk-Aware Authorization
Assistant Professor Adam Lee receives a four year NSF Award in the Trustworthy Computing Program. The Trustworthy Computing Program supports research and education activities that explore novel frameworks, theories, and approaches towards secure and privacy-preserving systems, recognizing that a number of intertwined scientific, technological, economic and sociological challenges must be overcome, if we are to realize a trustworthy computing future. [April 2010]

CAREER: Data-driven Bottom-Up Humanoid Articulations
Assistant Professor Liz Marai receives an NSF CAREER grant. Her work under this grant will investigate in much more detail the human anatomy and dynamics to further progress in replicating human articulation capabilities. [April 2010]

Associate Professor Bruce Childers named the Program Chair for the LCTES 2010 - ACM SIGPLAN/SIGBED Conference on Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems and is being held in Stockholm, Sweden.[March 2010]

The Pitt CS Technology Leadership Initiative, TLI, has been awarded $7,500 from the Google RISE Program to further the TLI's goals.[March 2010]

Assistant Professor Youtao Zhang receives Google award to design course projects for CS2210/CS1622. "Experimenting Effective Code Update Techniques for Android Phones" with 5 Verizon/Motorola DROID phones.[March 2010]

Associate Professor Alexandros Labrinidis was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in an article about the pervasiveness of smart-phones in modern society.[March 2010]

Miao Zhou, CS graduate student, received the outstanding paper award for his presentation in the 2010 Grad Expo.[March 2010]

CS Grad students, Michal Valko, John Yackovich, Maio Zhou, Santiago Bock, Socrates Demetriades, and Wenting Xiong were selected to present papers or posters at the 2010 Grad Expo on Monday, March 22nd. See the schedule for times of their presentations.[March 2010]

Dara Kusic has joined the Department of Computer Science as a 2009-2010 Computing Innovations Post-doctoral Fellow of the National Science Foundation (CIFellows).[February 2010]



Enabling Fast and Versatile Packet Processing for Future Larger-Scale Networks
Assistant Professor Sangyuen Cho receives a two-year NSF Award in the Division of Computer and Communication Foundations. This exploratory research addresses the increasingly more critical performance, power, and functional requirements of search operations in key inter-networking devices like routers and firewalls. [December 2009]

Undergraduate Yann Le Gall has been awarded the Arts & Sciences Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Fellowship.[November 2009]

Word Sense and Multilingual Subjectivity Analysis
Professor Janyce Wiebe received an NSF Award in the Robust Intelligence Program. The goal of this three year project is to investigate novel methods for subjectivity sense labeling, and to exploit the results in sense-aware subjectivity and sentiment analysis. [October 2009]

Detecting Deviations in Clinical Care in ICU data Streams
Associate Professor Milos Hauskrecht with his collaborator Professor Gilles Clermont in the Department of Critical Care has received $1,521,570 for a 3-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Studies (NIH) to study computational methods for detecting deviations in clinical care in intensive care unit (ICU) data. [October 2009]

Using Medical Records Repositories to Improve the Alert System Design
Associate Professor Milos Hauskrecht was awarded a $1,137,679, 3-year grant from the National Library of Medicine (NIH) to develop and study a new computational framework from off-line evaluation and optimization of clinical alerting systems based on retrospective electronic health record data. [October 2009]

Congratulations to the Faculty and Graduate Students who received awards at the 2009 Annual Welcome Back reception![September 2009]

An Affect-Adaptive Spoken Dialogue System that Responds Based on User Model and Multiple Affective States
Professor Diane Litman receives an NSF Award in the Robust Intelligence and the Human-Centered Computing Programs. The goal of this three year project is to improve the state of the art in affective spoken dialogue systems along three dimensions, by drawing on the results of prior research in a wider spoken dialogue and affective system communities. [September 2009]

Instructor and Graduate Student Jonathan Misurda was recognized by the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) for "Outstanding Contributions [...] Guiding, Instruction, and Nurturing Teaching Assistants" during the New Teaching Assistant Orientation (NTAO) sessions for the Academic Years 2004-2010.[September 2009]

Rebecca Hwa is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (effective September 1st, 2009). Rebecca became the 4th Associate Professor in our department.[September 2009]

Assistant Professor Liz Marai and other colleagues in the Center for Simulation and Modeling awarded the 2009 University Research Council (URC) Multidisciplinary Small Grant to establish a Program on Geriatric Research in Ambulatory and Cognitive Excellence (GRACE). Caterina Rosano, Bob Boudreau (Epidemiology), and Bill Layton (Mathematics) will contribute to this multidisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative endeavor.[September 2009]

Towards a Dynamic and Composable Model of Trust
Assistant Professor Adam Lee received an NSF Award in the Trustworthy Computing Program. The Trustworthy Computing Program supports research and education activities that explore novel frameworks, theories, and approaches towards secure and privacy-preserving systems, recognizing that a number of intertwined scientific, technological, economic and sociological challenges must be overcome, if we are to realize a trustworthy computing future. [August 2009]

Professor Alexandros Labrinidis elected Secretary/Treasurer of ACM SIGMOD to serve a four-year term (July 2009 - June 2013). ACM SIGMOD, is the premier professional organization for database researchers and practitioners.[June 2009]

Kathleen O'Connor, CS staff member, has served four years on the Provost Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC). PACWC received the 2009 Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award in honor of making a significant contribution in affirmative action. See the PACWC article.[June 2009]

Prof. Janyce Wiebe has been named the Program Co-Chair for ACL-IJCNLP 2009, the premier conference in Computational Linguistics which is being held in Singapore in August.[June 2009]

The Pitt CS Technology Leadership Initiative, TLI , is the recipient of a 2009 award from the Google RISE Program .[June 2009]

Undergraduate Heather Friedberg (WiCS undergrad coordinator) was awarded a Grace Hopper Celebration 2009 scholarship to attend the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, co-presented by ACM and ABI.[June 2009]

Congratulations to Kelli Ireland, a 2009 Anita Borg Scholarship finalist. Kelli is a graduate student in the CoE graduate program, which is joint between CS and ECE.[May 2009]

Liz Marai
Congratulations to Liz Marai, Assistant Professor, for receiving the 2009 Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) innovation in education award. Her proposal, Immersive Software Engineering, is one of only eleven to receive an ACIE award this year. [April 2009]

CS Day was a great success!! CS graduate and undergraduate students participated in several competitions and the 2009 CS Day Awards are those judged as the best entries.[March 2009]

Ihsan Ayyub Qazi and Swapna Somasundaran, CS graduate students, received the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year.[March 2009]

Sri Mandayam (a WiCS coordinator), Kelli Ireland (CoE), and Tonya Groover (CS), all graduate students, have been selected to attend CRA-W 2009 Grad Cohort Workshop in March.[February 2009]

Colleges try to increase numbers of women, minorities in science and engineering and Tonya Groover, a graduate student in our Department, helps stimulate STEM interest.[February 2009]

Raja, the Chair of the CS Industry Board was selected as a Carnegie Science 'Entrepreneur Award' winner. Raja was also featured in the Pittsburgh Magazine recently.[January 2009]

KyoungSoo Park
KyoungSoo Park joined the Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor in the Spring of 2009. The goal of Dr. Park's research is to find and establish the fundamental principles in designing and improving the large-scale networked systems which impact the daily lives of millions of people. [January 2009]



Brian Wongchaowart, an undergradute student in our Department and a member of the ADMT Lab, has received an Honorable Mention at the 2009 CRA Undergraduate Student Award Competition.[December 2008]

Congratulations to the Faculty and Graduate Students who received awards at the Annual Welcome Back reception! Click here for a complete list of recipients.[September 2008]

Adam Lee
Adam Lee, Assistant Professor, a new faculty member, joined the Department in the fall of 2008. His research interests lie at the intersection of the computer security, privacy, and distributed systems fields.[August 2008]

CAREER: User-Centric Data Management
Associate Professor Alexandros Labrinidis received an award from the Faculty Early Career Development Program. The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and eduction within the context of the mission of their organization.[July 2008]

CAREER: Robust Parsing for New Domains and Languages
Assistant Professor Rebecca Hwa, received an award from the Faculty Early Career Development Program. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.[July 2008]

Kirk Pruhs, a Professor in our Department is the recipient of a 2008 IBM Faculty Award for his work, "Algorithms for Integrated Scheduling and Power Management."[June 2008]

Alex Connor, an undergraduate student and staff member of the ADMT Lab, won the best poster award at the ACM SIGMOD 2008 Undergraduate Poster Competition. His poster entry was entitled "Nearest Neighbor Queries over Graph Data".[June 2008]

Sangyeun Cho, an Assistant Professor in our Department was recently awarded a 2008 A. Richard Newton scholarship.[June 2008]

CS Undergraduate student Corey Bonnell is featured in the Pitt News for his software, Pitt Lab Printer.[March 2008]

Michal Valko, Qinglan Li and Weijia Li, our three graduate students were awarded Mellon Fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year.[March 2008]

Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis to participate in Large Synoptic Survey Telescope effort (Press Release / University Times / Pitt News)[January 2008]

New recognition for Prof. Panos K. Chrysanthis: Panos is among the new 98 ACM Senior Members of 2007. In 2006, he was elected IEEE Senior member. (University Times article)[January 2008]



Staff Appreciation: Bob Hoffman, Nancy Kreuzer, Kathy O'Connor, and Terry Wood are being recognized by the University of Pittsburgh for their 30, 25, 25 and 20 years of service respectively. A big Thank You from the entire Department. [November 2007]

Starting salary offers for Computer Science majors continue to be among highest [NACE Salary Survey][November 2007]

Graduate Student Tonya Groover named Entrepreneur of the year by NFTE. Read the article about Tonya and the TLI here.[September 2007]

Ahmed Amer discussed his thoughts on the future of CD's in a recent issue of the Pitt Chronicle. View the full interview here.[September 2007]

Liz Marai
Dr. Liz Marai joined the Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2007. Dr. Marai received her BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the "Politehnica" University in Bucharest, Romania. In May of 2007, she received her PhD from Brown University.[August 2007]

Professor Daniel Mossé was also featured in a recent article that ran in the Pitt Chronicle. The article can be found here.[August 2007]

Java Lab Upgrade: Our Java Lab classroom was recently upgraded from Sun SPARC machines running Solaris to Intel-based Apple Mac Minis running OS X Tiger. Through the use of the Parallels virtual machine software, these computers will also be able to run Microsoft Windows, allowing us to utilize this classroom for more courses than just those requiring Java.[August 2007]

Congratulations to the Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) for another successful summer![July 2007]

Pittsburgh rated most livable city in the US according to the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Places Rated Almanac[April 2007]

Prof. Kirk Pruhs has been invited to join the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Algorithms.[April 2007]

Xin Li's work on Face Alive Icons has been mentioned in the Technology Review (full article here). [March 2007]

Professor Daniel Mossé was recently featured in an article from the Spring 2007 issue of the Pitt Magazine.[March 2007]



Understanding Events and Beliefs Expressed in Text
Professor Janyce Wiebe will lead research in a University Affiliate Research Center funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The center has been awarded $2.4 million over the next three years to develop accurate and robust techniques for extracting and summarizing information about events and beliefs from text.[August 2006]

After years of networking research, Professor Taieb Znati, has become the NSF Director of the CNS (Division of Computer and Network Systems).[April 2006]

Center for Modeling Pulmonary Immunity
Professor Panos K. Chrysanthis and Professor Alexandros Labrinidis will lead the bioinformatics effort in the recently established Center for Modeling Pulmonary Immunity. The center was established in September 2005, from a $9 million contract from the National Institutes of Health, and is a joint effort between the University of Pittsburgh (School of Medicine and School of Arts & Sciences), Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Michigan. [January 2006]



Ras Bodik
Ras Bodik got his PhD at Pitt in 2000 under the guidance of Rajiv Gupta and Mary Lou Soffa. He then went on to work as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin. After two happy years in Madison, he moved to the University of California at Berkeley, where he is now a tenure-track assistant professor. [September 2005]

Optoelectronic Computing Research Group Installs Clean Room
The newest addition to the research facilities in Sennott Square is a 300 square foot, class 1000 clean room facility in the fifth floor optical computing lab. Dr. Chiarulli and Dr. Levitan use this facility in their research on high-speed optical and electronic data links for chip-to-chip and network-on-chip applications. [August 2005]

Parsing Arabic Dialects
This summer, Assistant Professor Rebecca Hwa, along with researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the University of Amsterdam, is participating in an NSF-sponsored workshop on Parsing Arabic Dialects. Students from Stanford University, The University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Tech are also participating in the project. [August 2005]

Kurt VanLehn Presents LearnLab in D.C.
Kurt VanLehn, a professor in Pitt's Department of Computer Science and codirector of the Pitt-Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC), represented the University at the June 21 Exhibition of the Coalition for National Science Funding in Washington, D.C. [June 2005]

Mary Lou Soffa
After being recruited by a number of other universities during her outstanding academic career, Professor Mary Lou Soffa finally succumbed to an offer – a very attractive offer. She decided to leave her faculty position in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh, effective September of 2004, to assume the roles of Owen R. Cheatham Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Virginia. [February 2005]



Gerard A. Pompa
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pompa received his BS in computer science and mathematics and his MS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and 1987. [September 2004]

Sangyeun Paul Cho
Sangyeun Cho joined the Department of Computer Science in the fall of 2004. He received his BS in computer engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 1994, and his PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota in 2002. [August 2004]

Daniel Mossé
Dr. Daniel Mossé became a full Professor in the Computer Science Department in 2004. Here, he discusses how he came to the department, his love for teaching, and his (so far) fruitless campaign to squeeze more time into a 24-hour day.[August 2004]

Panos Chrysanthis
Dr. Panos K. Chrysanthis became officially the ninth full Professor in our Department on 1.1.2004. He is the co-director of the the Advanced Data Management Technologies (ADMT) lab which focuses on innovative theories, paradigms, and applications in network-centric data management. [January 2004]



Rebecca Hwa
Dr. Rebecca Hwa joined the Department of Computer Science in the fall of 2003. She received her BS in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA in 1993, and her PhD in Computer Science from Harvard University in 2001. Her research is in the areas of artificial intelligence and natural language processing.[August 2003]

D. Raja
D. Raja is the co-founder of Computer Enterprises, Inc., better known as CEI. Raja holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India. Raja moved to the United States from India to obtain his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh. [April 2003]

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