CS@VT Celebrates Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements at Spring Banquet

Publish Date: 05/30/2014

On Friday, April 25, the second annual CS Spring Awards Banquet was held to recognize faculty, staff, and student achievements from the 2013/2014 academic year.  In addition to faculty, staff, and student award winners, CSRC members Capital One, Eastman, Fidelity, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Qualcomm, Solers, and Vanguard sent representatives to the two days of events.

Pictures from our Spring Awards Banquet

Congratulations to all the award winners!

Congratulations to Chris North on his COE Dean's Award for Research Excellence

Publish Date: 05/09/2014

Congratulations to Dr. Chris North on his COE Dean's Award for Research Excellence -- an award attesting to an "extraordinary level of achievement in research" over the past 2 years. This award is an honor for both you and for the department! It is also wonderful recognition of the excellent visualization work in the Discovery Analytics Center.

Congratulations to Wenjing Lou on becoming a COE Faculty Fellow

Publish Date: 05/09/2014

Congratulations to Dr. Wenjing Lou who became a COE Faculty Fellow at the College awards ceremony on May 7, 2014. This award comes with $5,000 stipends per year for 3 years to be used for discretionary spending.  The award is given "for exceptional merit in research, teaching and/or service".  The award is a great acknowledgement of faculty achievement!  

CS grads Michael Stewart, Nathan Self, Siroberto Scerbo and Chris Frisina featured in the Roanoke Times

Publish Date: 05/09/2014

Excerpts By Jacob Demmitt:

Radious is in the early stages of development on a “co-listening” application that would let users listen to music with friends. The Radious team is made up of four computer science graduate students from Virginia Tech: Michael Stewart, Nathan Self, Siroberto Scerbo and Chris Frisina. “We’re just trying to take off the blinders that are created by these individual [mobile] devices,” co-founder Michael Stewart said. “It doesn’t have to be this way that we can only do things [like listen to music] by ourselves. We’re trying to turn that on its head a little bit and give the opportunity for when we want to re-engage with the people that we might want to share those experiences with.”

Because they don’t have any intellectual property protection right now, the team didn’t want to share the specifics of their idea. All they would say is that, in a way, they hope to take users back to the days of boom boxes when everyone could share musical experiences together.

The startup is based in NuSpark, an office donated by the Virginia Tech Foundation to act as a launch pad for the area’s youngest companies. About eight startups are now based there, and behind each is a team of locals who have decided to forgo typical 9-to-5 careers.

See the May 4th Roanoke Times article.

VTHacks event attracts students from far and wide

Publish Date: 05/07/2014

Over 400 participants brought their energy and enthusiasm to Cassell Coliseum for the first large hackathon held at Virginia Tech.  The April 18-20 VTHacks event brought students from as far away as Texas, Florida, and Connecticut to work on innovative projects.  Approximately 240 Virginia Tech students participated.  Significant financial support from TechPad, SalesForce, and numerous other companies made this exciting event possible, according to VTHacks leaders Ben Johnston and Joella Fabe.  The group is looking forward to planning another hackathon next year, as well as encouraging VT students to participate in hackathons held at other universities.

VTURCS Undergraduate Research and Capstone Symposium

Publish Date: 04/29/2014

On Thursday, April 24, the Computer Science Department held its 12th VTURCS Spring Symposium. Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research in Computer Science (VTURCS) encourages Computer Science undergraduate students to become involved in research. This year's symposium featured 15 projects, including six capstone projects from the CS 4284 Systems and Networking Capstone course, CS 4414 Issues in Scientific Computing and CS 4624 Multimedia/ Hypertext.

The organizers of VTURCS wish to thank all of the judges, including faculty Dr. Denis Gracanin, Dr. Eli Tilevich, and Dr. Godmar Back, and industry representatives Robert Gunter (Capital One), Don Sanderson and Sarah Bastian (Eastman Chemical), Christine Cantu (Fidelity), Steve Choquette (IBM), Laura Bain (Intel), Erin Starnes (Qualcomm), Greg Caufman (Solers), and Rebecca Taylor (Vanguard). Ward Bonneford, Franklin Zheng, Suhas Patel

Awards were presented in four categories:

Research Award
1.  R1: Enabling Efficient Intra-Warp Communication for Fourier Transforms in a Many-Core Architecture
Carlo del Mundo
Advisor: Wu-chun Feng

2. R6: Tracking Mental Engagement: Bringing Context to EEG Data
Ryan Merkel, Jayanth Prathipati, Andrew Weckstein
Advisors: Scott McCrickard, Bobby Beaton

3. R4: Bridging PhoneGap: Native Execution of JavaScript Mobile Applications on the Android Platform
Mohammed Davoodi, Ethan Holder
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

Capstone Award
1. C1: Fortran implementation of QNSTOP for global and stochastic optimization
Brandon Amos
Advisor: Layne Watson 

2. C5: Event Aware Focused Crawler
Ward Bonnefond, Chris Menzel, Zack Morris, Suhas Patel, Tyler Ritchie, Mark Tedesco, Franklin Zheng
Advisors: Ed Fox, Mohamed Magdy Gharib Farag

3. C6: BargainBurg: A Study in Startup Engineering
Antuan Byalik, Tyler Kahn
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

Marston Award
1. C6: BargainBurg: A Study in Startup Engineering
Antuan Byalik, Tyler Kahn
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

T2. C3: Kinda Right
Austin Lopez-Gomez, Divit Singh
Advisor: Ed Fox

T2. R6: Tracking Mental Engagement: Bringing Context to EEG Data
Ryan Merkel, Jayanth Prathipati, Andrew Weckstein
Advisors: Scott McCrickard, Bobby Beaton

People's Choice Award
1. R4: Bridging PhoneGap: Native Execution of JavaScript Mobile Applications on the Android Platform
Mohammed Davoodi, Ethan Holder
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

2. R6: Tracking Mental Engagement: Bringing Context to EEG Data
Ryan Merkel, Jayanth Prathipati, Andrew Weckstein
Advisors: Scott McCrickard, Bobby Beaton

3. R1: Enabling Efficient Intra-Warp Communication for Fourier Transforms in a Many-Core Architecture
Carlo del Mundo
Advisor: Wu-chun Feng

Pictures from the VTURCS Symposium

 

CS Students win 2014 Student Business Concept Challenge

Publish Date: 04/24/2014

Congratulations Joe Acanfora (Computer Science), Jeff Morris (Computer Science), and Paul Feagan (AIS) on your win at the VT Student Business Concept Challenge competition last week.

As described in the Roanoke Times: "[they] won $10,000 in scholarships plus summer workspace at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Vestigo [their real-time smartphone parking lot GPS system] uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high-quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real-time map of available parking. "

Their team also advances to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge in August at the Hotel Roanoke, part of the Global Partnership Week celebration, that involves university students, faculty and people from all over the world.

NeTS: JUNO: Cross-layer cognitive Security for Mobile Applications

Start Date: 05/01/2014
End Date: 04/30/2017

Grant Institution: NSF

Amount: $299,999

People associated with this grant:

Wenjing Lou

Development and Testing of a Novel Neurotechnology to Promote emotion Recognition in Autism

Start Date: 03/12/2014
End Date: 02/28/2015

Grant Institution: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Amount: $84,437

People associated with this grant:

Denis Gracanin