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Congratulations to CS major Matthew Griffith '14, winner
of the William Waite Concerto Competition. Watch him
in "The Algorithm of Jazz".
has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS). Details.
Yale sent three teams to the Greater New York Regionals of the
ACM Programming Contest, which took place on Sunday, October
28th, at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY:
* Team 1
(Michael Hopkins '15, Cezar Mocan '16, and Cyril Zhang '15)
finished in 4th place among the 42 teams competing.
They were the top freshman/sophomore team.
* Team 2
(Mika Sumida '13, Ruyue Tan MS'13, and Michael Tan '15)
finished in 5th place.
* Team 3
(Michael Giuffrida '13, Benjamin Peterson '15, and Kayo Teramoto
'15) finished in 8th place.
The teams were coached by Yitzchak Lockerman, and Professor
Michael Fischer.Full details (including both problems and
standings) will be available soon at http://www.acmgnyr.org/
Yale CS alum James Hendler '78 was awarded the Inaugural
Strata Data Innovation Award at the O'Reilly Strata Conference.
The "Big Data Science" symposium in honor of
Martin Schultz was
held Oct 26. See details
of the presentations at the symposium page.
It was announced at this week's OSDI conference that Kai Li
and Paul Hudak 1989 Memory
coherence in shared virtual memory systems, ACM Trans. Comput. Syst. 7,
4 (November 1989), 321-359 has been selected for the ACM SIGOPS
Hall of Fame.
The Yale Corporation, at its last meeting, confirmed
Vladimir Rokhlin's appointment as the Arthur K. Watson
Professor of Computer Science.
Dan Spielman has been named
a MacArthur Fellow
for “connecting theoretical and applied computing to
resolve issues in code optimization theory with implications for how we
measure, predict, and regulate our environment and behavior.”
Dan Spielman has been
named one of the first Simons
Investigators. This new program provides long term funding to outstanding
investigators to pursue fundamental research.
Brian Scassellati and
his research group are the subjects of a short
film at the LA
is one of the invited speakers at the LICS
2012 plenary session being held in honor of Alan Turing on the occasion
of his centenary.
"Exact Recovery of Sparsely-Used Dictionaries" by Daniel
Spielman (Yale), Huan Wang (Yale) and John
Wright (Columbia), has been selected as best paper in the COLT
Congratulations to 2012 Degree
The Simon's Foundation has commissioned an article featuring
the work of Dan Spielman,
which can be read
Prof. Brian Scassellati
is the lead PI on a newly awarded $10 million NSF "Expedition
in Computing" grant entitled "Making
Socially Assistive Robots." See announcements at NSF
Prof. Dan Spielman has been elected to the Connecticut
Academy of Science and Engineering in recognition of his
contribution to the advancement of science.
Yale News story.
Prof. Joan Feigenbaum was
presented with the Academic Innovation and Leadership award
at the 2012 Women of Innovation Awards sponsored by the Connecticut Technology
Council at a gala dinner on March 1st.
Prof. Bryan Ford has
been awarded an NSF CAREER award for his work “From
Storm Clouds to EverClouds: Heading Off Long-Term Cloud Computing Risks”.
Julie Dorsey has been appointed
as the new Editor-in-Chief of ACM
Transactions on Graphics, with her term beginning January
Postdoctoral fellow Georgios
Zervas, together with collaborators at BU and Harvard, recently
discovered and resolved a threat to personal-data security on Yelp. See
The ACM Regional Collegiate Programming Contest of the Greater
New York Region (ACMGNYR), perhaps the most prestigious annual
contest in our area, took place Sunday October 30th 2011. Yale’s
freshmen team came in 1st in the freshman/sophomore category and came
in 10th place overall. Michael Hopkins ’15, Cyril Zhang
’15, and Xiao Shi ’15 each received $100 for the
accomplishment. Yale’s other teams obtained 7th and 27th places
out of 51 teams competing. Details.
A Yale start up called Hadapt, co-founded by
computer science professors Daniel
Abadi and Avi
Silberschatz, along with current CEO Justin Borgman
SOM ’12 and Kamil Bajda-Pawlikowski GRD ’15,
has secured funds to expand. See full story.
Dan Spielman's work is featured
in an article in the October 2011 issue of Notices
of the American Mathematical Society http://www.ams.org/notices/201109/rtx110901288p.pdf.
President Richard C. Levin has announced the appointment of Computer Science
chair to Holly Rushmeier.
She replaces Avi Silberschatz,
who served as chair for two terms. The appointment is effective July 1st.
Congratulations to Computer Science 2011 degree
Holly Rushmeier has been
named a fellow of the Eurographics
Association in recognition of her leadership role in the computer
graphics field; her technical contributions to computer graphics through
both basic and use-inspired research; her contributions to scholarly publishing
through chief-editorships of leading journals and advisory boards; her
direct contributions to Eurographics, most recently as co-chief editor
of Computer Graphics Forum. The full citation can be
Daniel Spielman has been named ACM Fellow
for contributions to the design and analysis of algorithms. Also among
the new Fellows is Yale Alumnus Doug Burger. See a complete
list of 2010 Fellows and the news release here.
Daniel Spielman has
been named one of the winners of the Best Paper Award for the
annual Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM) Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC), to be held in
June. The paper, "Electrical Flows, Laplacian Systems, and Faster
Approximation of Maximum Flow in Undirected Graphs," was written
with Paul Christiano, Jonathan Kelner and Aleksander Madry of M.I.T. and
with Shang-Hua Teng of U.S.C.
Mathematics visiting fellow Willard Miranker passed away
at the age of 79 on Wednesday, April 27th. Prior to joining the Mathematics
Department in 2010, he was an adjunct professor in the Computer Science
Department, joining the department in 1989.
a doctoral student working in Prof. Richard Yang's group, has been selected
as one of 10 recipients of the Cascadia
from about 300 applicants from colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
Michael Nowlan has received a 2011 National Defense
Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. His application
was selected by the DoD from over 2,900 submitted applications that were
received this year. Congratulations!
Dana Angluin is one of six
teachers who was awarded a Yale College teaching prize
on April 25th for classroom excellence in inspiring undergraduate students.
Jenny Liu, a high school student working with Brian
Scassellati's group, has been named one of the 40 Intel
Science Talent Search finalists. A complete list of the Intel STS
finalists can be found here.
In December, Avi Silberschatz
was elected by the AAAS Council as a Fellow
of AAAS. Individuals elected will be recognized for their
contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held
in February during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The new
Fellows will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol
of their distinguished accomplishments.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Computer Science Poetry
Contest, held in conjunction with the Grace Hopper Birthday and
Computer Science Education Week Celebration on December 8th. Entries
can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Eleanor
Avrunin, who was selected as a finalist
in the CRA Outstanding
Undergraduates Research Awards.
Daniel Spielman named the
Henry Ford II Professor. Read Yale Daily Bulletin
Yale sent two teams to Rutgers University, coached by Bryan
Ford and Yitzchak Lockerman, on Sunday,
October 24th for the regional contest of the Association
for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest.
Daily News article.
Shu-Chun Weng, Sen Hu, and Bryan
Ford received the Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award
at OSDI 2010
for their paper, Efficient
System-Enforced Deterministic Parallelism.
Professor Vladimir Rokhlin has been selected as the recipient
for the ICIAM Maxwell Prize
in 2011. He is being recognized for his research in the area
of fast multipole methods. His research has revolutionized the field of
numerical electromagnetism for radar and molecular dynamics for chemistry,
among others. Details.
DBMS Musings: The
problems with ACID, and how to fix them without going NoSQL,
Daniel Abadi and Alexander
professor of computer science and applied mathematics, has won the Rolf
Nevanlinna Prize, one of the highest honors in the field
of mathematics. Details.
Congratulations 2009-2010 Degree
Yale University Commencement, May 24th, 2010
Two CS majors, Chris Riederer '10 and Henry Corrigan-Gibbs
'10, win Microsoft US Imagine Cup 2010, an annual competition
that awards prizes to young people for their technological innovations.
Professor Michael Fischer is featured in an article in the
Yale Bulletin on figure skating, Being ‘Pretty
Good’ Is Not Enough for Skating Computer Scientist. Read
Professors Julie Dorsey
and Holly Rushmeier
have received a Google Research Award for their project,
"Sketch-Based Exploration of the Relationship Between Built Form
and Landscape." Congratulations to both!
Congratulations to the two teams sent by Yale to the Greater
New York Regionals of the ACM Collegiate Programming Contest,
held at Hofstra University, Hempstead NY on Sunday, October 18th. Full
details (including both problems and standings) will be available soon
On August 23rd, Daniel Spielman
was awarded the 2009 Fulkerson
Prize for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics.
It was awarded at ISMP
by the Mathematical Programming
Society and the American Mathematical
Computer Science Degree Recipients 2008-09 Congratulations!
has been awarded an IBM
Ph.D. Fellowship Award.
has been interviewed by InfoQ regarding the philosophy
of higher order programming, the success and influence of Haskell, its
use in the mainstream, and the idea of teaching computer music and Haskell
Christopher Crick is the winner of the 2009 Higher-Level
Cognition Modeling Prize at the 2009 Cognitive Science conference
for his paper Intention-based Robot Control in Social Games.
Congratulations to Elaine Short, class of 2010,
on winning the 2009
Google US Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship.
Both Brian Scassellati and
Richard Yang have been
granted tenure by the Board of Permanent Officers, composed of full professors
in Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations
go out to both.
Avi Silberschatz has recently
been elected to the Connecticut
Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). It is in recognition
of his sustained, pioneering research contributions to diverse areas of
computer systems, for the design and productization of leading-edge system
technologies, and for outstanding contributions to Computer Science education.
(Taken from the CASE announcement.) Congratulations
on this honor!
Daniel Abadi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has
received notification from NSF regarding his CAREER grant proposal, Architecting
a Database Management System for Semantic Web Data. He has been
informed that it has been funded for 5 years. Congratulations to Professor
Computer science major Justin Kosslyn '09, had an article
in Yale Daily News, published January 12, Elegance, not tech support,
The World Beautiful. Read article.
President Richard Levin accounced on January 15th that Paul
Hudak, Professor of Computer Science, will be the ninth master
of Saybrook College, taking over the post from Edward Kamens. His term will
last five years, beginning July 1, 2009. Yale
Daily News article.
Paul Hudak, Master of
Results from the Greater New York Regionals of the ACM
Programming Contest, held at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue,
NY on Sunday, October 26th. Two teams from Yale participated.
The Yale Computer Science Department is deeply saddened by the untimely
death of Robert Dunne on August 16th, who joined the Department
faculty in 1999. He was well-known for his lecture, Computers and
the Law, which was among the University's most heavily enrolled
courses. In 2006, he was awarded the William Clyde DeVane Medal, the highest
honor conferred for undergraduate teaching at Yale. He was held in high
esteem by both his colleagues and students and will be greatly missed by
everyone. Yale Daily News article.
A memorial service was held at Battel Chapel on
discusses issues of controlling availability and use of private and sensitive
information in a Yale University Engineering and Technology podcast.
Joan Feigenbaum has been interviewed by Computerworld
magazine regarding" the problem with encryption, the need for 'information
accountability' and what's wrong with role models". Read
Victor Cheng, CS major -- balances practice, books and business
-- written up in College Sports at ESPN.com. Read
A former CS PhD graduate, Steven A. Gold, passed away on
July 4, 2008. He was founder and CEO of GraphLogic
Inc., a cutting edge software company in Branford, Connecticut.
NY Times death notice.
Joan Feigenbaum has been appointed
the inaugural Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science. Details.
ACM's Special Interest Group
on Algorithms and Computing Theory (SIGACT)
honors Daniel Spielman
and Shang-Hua with 2008 Gödel Prize for helping computers
solve practical problems. Details.
Stanley Eisenstat has been awarded the Dylan
Hixon '88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Brian Scassellati gets Microsoft
“Breakthrough Research Award” for Robotics. Details.
Yale hosted the 2008 NSF Cyber Trust PI Meeting.
Vladimir Rokhlin has been elected
to the National
Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE is among the highest
professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors
those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice,
On February 7, 2008 the Yale College Faculty approved a new major on
and the Arts.” The new major is designed for students
integrating work in computing and one of the arts disciplines: Art, History
of Art, Music or Theater Studies.
Joan Feigenbaum has
been added to the Science Council for the Global
Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), along with 3 others. The
new members will join 15 current members of the council in providing scientific
guidance for the GENI project -- a proposed experimental facility to allow
research on a wide variety of problems in communications, networking, and
Julie Dorsey won a fellowship to support development of innovative
teaching materials for CPSC 179, Digital Photorealism.
Professor Paul Hudak received the Most Influential
ICFP Paper Award for the paper Functional Reactive
Animation, written jointly with Conal
Elliott, and presented in 1997 at the ACM
International Conference on Functional Programming. The award is presented
annually by ACM to the authors of an ICFP paper that is judged to be the
most influential paper in the past ten years. Hudak and Elliott were presented
their award on October 2 at the annual conference, held this year in Freiburg,
Daniel Abadi won the VLDB-2007
Best Paper award, 33rd International
Conference on Very Large Data Bases September 23-27 2007, University
of Vienna, Austria.
Kevin Gold and Marek Doniec
won the Best Paper award at the 6th IEEE
International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2007) for
paper "Learning grounded semantics with word trees: prepositions and
pronouns" coauthored with faculty member Brian
Lev Reyzin won the Best Student Paper Award at the 20th
Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2007) for the paper "Learning
Large-Alphabet and Analog Circuits with Value Injection Queries" coauthored
with faculty members Dana Angluin
and James Aspnes, and
of the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University.
Tom Kempner – a Yale 1975 Alumni with a B.A. in Computer
Science – has agreed to establish the Thomas L. Kempner, Jr.
Fellowship Fund, which will provide support to Ph.D. students in
Computer Science. The fund’s initial value is about $2,200,000. Tom
graduated magna cum laude from Yale. After Yale, Tom went to Harvard Business
School where he obtained his M.B.A. He is the Executive Managing Member
of Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC, a New York-based hedge fund
with $12 billion of assets under management. Tom’s son Nathaniel Kempner
graduated from Yale in 2005 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and his
son Trevor Kempner is a Theatre Studies major in the Class of 2009.
David Gelernter wrote an article that appears in Forbes
90th Anniversary issue, The
Inside-Out Web, May 7, 2007.
The National Science Foundation awarded graduate research fellowships to
two Computer Science students: senior Emily Pitler (Artificial
Intelligence) and graduate student Lev
Reyzin (Machine Learning).
Could robots help provide
better diagnostic tools for children with autism? An article in
Monitor on Psychology, APA online, discussing
autism research being conducted by Brian
Scassellati and his team.
Brian Scassellati has been awarded a Sloan Research
Fellowship. These awards are intended to enhance the careers of
the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science. Press
Yale sent four teams to the Greater New York Regionals of the ACM
Collegiate Programming Contest on October 29th. Full details (including
both problems and standings) will be available soon at http://www.acmgnyr.org/.
Lev Reyzin won the Best Student Paper Award at the 23rd International
Conference on Machine Learning (ICML
2006) for his work with Robert Schapire on "How Boosting the Margin
Can Also Boost Classifier Complexity."
Holly Rushmeier has recently been promoted to a Distinguished ACM
Member, having achieved a significant impact on the computing field.
Collin Jackson, BS '04, is part of the team that won the 2006 Computerworld
Horizon Award for anti-phishing tool PwdHash. Details.
John Fujii, BS '87, was presented the 2006 ACM
SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award at the recent SIGGRAPH conference
held in Boston. John is the seventh recipient of the award, which is presented
once every two years. John is an advanced graphics software engineer for
the Hewlett-Packard Workstations in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fred
Shic won Best Applied Computational Modeling Paper at the
28th Annual Meeting
of the Cognitive Science Society. The paper was based on collaboration
with Ami Klin and Fred Volkmar at the Yale Child Study Center (Shic F, Jones
W, Klin A, Scassellati B., Swimming in the Underlying Stream: Computational
Models of Gaze in a Comparative Behavioral Analysis of Autism). CogSci
is the primary conference venue for the Cognitive
Science Society. Vladimir
Rokhlin has been named recipient of the 2006 IEEE Honorary
Membership. Sponsored by the IEEE, the award honors Rokhlin for his invention
of fast multipole methods (FMM), a revolutionary way for engineers and scientists
to solve tough problems. Details.Robert
Dunne, who was recently named Senior Lecturer, has been voted recipient
of the undergraduate PBK DeVane
Medal. Each year the Alpha of Connecticut confers the
DeVane Medal on members of the faculty who have distinguished themselves
as teachers of undergraduates in Yale College and as scholars in their fields.
Pictures and speech.Yale sent four teams
to the Greater New York Regionals of the
ACM Collegiate Programming Contest, held at Nassau Community
College (Garden City, NY, on Long Island) October 29th. Full details (including
both problems and standings) will be available soon at http://www.acmgnyr.org/.
Congratulations to all who participated.