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January 20, 2023

February 24 Colloquium: "The Curious Case of Carbon efficiency in Sustainable Systems"

While current research has mostly focused on reducing the energy footprint, in this talk, we will discuss how improving energy efficiency does not translate to the goal of zero emissions. More importantly, carbon efficiency can be optimized independently of energy efficiency. Toward this end, I will present some examples of mitigating emissions and some directions toward designing carbon-efficient infrastructures. 

January 20, 2023

February 3 Colloquium: "Probabilistic Commonsense Knowledge in Language"

This talk will introduce a probabilistic model representing commonsense knowledge using a learned latent space of geometric embeddings -- probabilistic box embeddings. Using box embeddings makes it possible to handle commonsense queries with intersections, unions, and negations in a way similar to Venn diagram reasoning. Meanwhile, existing evaluations do not reflect the probabilistic nature of commonsense knowledge. To fill in the gap, I will discuss a method of retrieving commonsense related question answer distributions from human annotators and a novel method of generative evaluation. 

January 5, 2023

February 10 Colloquium: "Towards Inclusive and Equitable Human Language Technologies"

I present three of our recent works: 1) Discourse-aware generation models for automatic social media moderation and mediation, 2) Sign language processing, and 3) Equitable and human-like dialogue generation models based on learning theory. Finally, I describe my research vision: Building inclusive and collaborative communicative systems and grounded artificial intelligence models by leveraging the cognitive science of language use alongside formal methods of machine learning.

January 5, 2023

January 27 Colloquium: "Visualization of the Geometry and Dynamics of Hidden Unit Space"

The juxtaposition of pattern representations is reconfigured at each layer of a multi-layered perceptron. As the activity propagates through the network, the representations are transformed through a systematic progression such that the representation at the penultimate layer is computable at the final stage (e.g., linearly separability for a classification task). 

January 5, 2023

January 20 Colloquium: "Edge-based Real-Time Object Detection for Autonomous Driving"

 In this talk, I will share our recent study on developing a deep-learning-based object detection system on a field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) platform for driving applications.

October 25, 2022

October 28 Colloquium: "Great Stories in Computer Science: the case for complexity analysis and empirical testing"

As an instructor of introductory programming courses (007,401 445, 449) at Pitt and similar courses other universities Prof. Hoffman has consistently encountered math hesitancy to the presentation of complexity analysis. In this talk, he will convey an anecdote - a fascinating story in computer science surrounding the binary search algorithm. 

October 21, 2022

CS Graduate Students, Faculty Win Best Paper Award at the 9th Workshop on Argument Mining

Computer Science Graduate Students Yue Dai, Meiqi Guo, and Zhexiong Liu, as well as Dr. Diane Litman, a professor in the Department of...

Victoria Chuah
September 22, 2022

Crowning achievements: CS Alumna Victoria Chuah on her multifaceted SCI experience

Ms. Victoria Chuah graduated with a BS+MS degree in Computer Science in May 2022 and was crowned Miss Virginia in June 2022. Read the interview to find out about her experience at Pitt and her plans for the future.

September 13, 2022

Computer Science undergraduate program jumped six spots in the latest US News & World Report ranking

Our undergraduate computer science program jumped six spots in the latest US News & World Report Best College rankings. 

Dr. James Morris
September 9, 2022

September 9 colloquium: Thoughts of a Reformed Computer Scientist: On the Nature of Real and Artificial Intelligence -- James Morris

On September 9th, we are hosting a joint Computer Science Colloquium / Research, Ethics and Society Initiative Seminar, entitled Thoughts of a Reformed Computer Scientist: On the Nature of Real and Artificial Intelligence, given by Dr. James Morris, MBA, PhD (Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University).

June 29, 2022

Dr. Diane Litman and collaborators from the LRDC win Future Forums on Learning's Learning Engineering Tools Competition

The Future Forums on Learning awarded Dr. Diane Litman and collaborators from the Learning Research and Development Center, Lindsay Clare Matsumura and Richard Correnti, a Catalyst Prize as part of their 2021-2022 Learning Tools Competition.

June 22, 2022

Xiaowei Jia awarded Best Dissertation Award from University of Minnesota

Department of Computer Science assisstant professor Dr. Xiaowei Jia received one of four best dissertaion awards from his alma mater, The University of Minnesota. 

June 21, 2022

Meet the 2022 CS 50 Fellowship Winners

The CS 50 Fellowship was created in 2021 to celebrate the Department’s 50th Anniversary. In 2022, the competition had two winners, Meiqi Guo and Bingyao Li. 

June 14, 2022

PhD student Pranut Jain receives honorable mention at DIS 2022

Pranut Jain received an honorable mention award at Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2022 for his paper Laila is in a Meeting: Design and Evaluation of a Contextual Auto-Response Messaging Agent. 

June 13, 2022

Dr. Xulong Tang receives new NSF award

Dr. Xulong Tang (Assistant Professor, Computer Science) received a new three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.