Spring 2014 CSRC Career Fair

Publish Date: 02/17/2014

On Monday, February 17, the Computer Science Resources Consortium spring luncheon was held in Owens Banquet Hall at Virginia Tech, followed by the CSRC Spring Career Fair later that evening. At the luncheon, company representatives, faculty, and invited students heard presentations from undergraduate and graduate students working on a variety of research projects.

Later in the day, over 400 students attended the CSRC Spring Career Fair in the Commonwealth Ballroom of Squires Student Center. The CSRC Spring Career Fair, in its twenty-third year, gave CS majors an opportunity to visit with our corporate partners to discuss internship, co-operative education, and full-time positions. The CSRC is pleased to see the continuing growth of its program, with four new members. The CSRC welcomed the following companies for Spring 2014: CustomInk, Hewlett-Packard Company, SimonComputing, and Visa. It is encouraging to see the membership in the CSRC grow.

Pictures from the Spring 2014 Career Fair!

CS Seminar: Sarah Miracle

Event Date: 
Mon, 2014-02-17 10:00 - 11:30

Sarah Miracle

School of Computer Science Georgia Tech

Monday, February 17, 2014 10:10AM-11:30AM
655 McBryde

Card Shuffling and Other Sampling Algorithms for Discrete Models from Chemistry, Economics, and Discrete Mathematics

CS Seminar: Jeff Huang

Event Date: 
Tue, 2014-02-18 09:30 - 10:45

Jeff Huang

University of Illinois

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:30AM-10:45AM
655 McBryde

Effective Methods for Debugging Concurrent Software

CS Seminar: Sharath Raghvendra

Event Date: 
Fri, 2014-02-14 11:15 - 12:30

Sharath Raghvendra

Social Algorithms Lab Stanford University

DATE CHANGE: Friday 11:15am in Torg 2150 (our usual location)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:30AM-10:45AM 655 McBryde


Congratulations to Steve Edwards - Webcat reaches a milestone

Publish Date: 02/05/2014

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Edwards as Web-CAT reaches this impressive milestone in handling student assignments (external and internal). Steve reports that over 60,000 were processed in the past 30 days. The highest weekly total reported by Steve has been just under 25,000 with the busiest day last month having over 5,000 submissions from students at multiple institutions.

Another measure of the size that Web-CAT has grown as an impactful service: the primary server has almost 13,000 user accounts from about 20 schools. For more about Web-CAT, please see Steve's webpage

Congratulations to CS Affiliated Professor Mark Gardner

Publish Date: 02/05/2014

Congratulations to Mark Gardner on his proposed work with FitNet.  FitNet software creates a virtual exercise experience on devices allowing users to participate in a class, interact with others at a different physical location, and get feedback from the class instructor, all in real time. Mark is PI on the NSF funding with co-PIs FitNet founder and CEO Bob Summers and senior data scientist Kevin Hill as co-PIs.

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T.M. Murali acknowledged as an ACM Distinguished Scientist

Publish Date: 02/05/2014

T.M. Murali has been acknowledged as an ACM Distinguished Scientist!  

From the ACM website, the following description defines an ACM Distinguished Scientist:  "The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field."

We are very proud to have another of our CS@VT faculty achieve this honor.  You can check out all of our external faculty honors on our new faculty honors webpage: http://www.cs.vt.edu/faculty-honors


Congratulations Ji-Sum Kim who placed 2nd in the ACM GHC Grad Student Research Compeition

Publish Date: 02/05/2014

Ji-Sun KIm, 2012-2013 PHD graduate of the department, with co-advisors Denis Gracanin and Francis Quek, on being named 2nd place winner of the ACM Grace Hopper Celebration (http://gracehopper.org/2013) Graduate Student Research Competition earlier this month. Her competition entry, entitled "Action-Transferred Design Approach of Navigation Techniques for Effective Spatial Learning in 3D Virtual Environments", describes the core part of her doctoral research.  

Ji-Sun describes her research thusly: "The proposed action-transferred design approach was inspired by observations from theories of learning, action, perception, and neuropsychology. We empirically demonstrated the proposed action-transferred design approach addresses the practical usability issues of previous walking-like navigation techniques, while effectively supporting spatial learning. We believe that the action-transferred design approach can open many research opportunities and applications in human computer interaction (HCI) research area. These applications include virtual exploration of scientific datasets, historic places, or real estate, architectural or urban design, military or firefighting training, and even robotics (operation of unmanned vehicles)."

This is the 2nd year in a row that the department had a graduate student win 2nd place in this competition,  As a winner of a Student Research Competition at GHC Ji-Sun will be eligible to participate in the Grand Finals of all the ACM student research competitions for 2013-2014: http://src.acm.org/?searchterm=student+research+competitions

CS PhD 2012 graduate Alex Endert winner of the first annual IEEE VGTC Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

Publish Date: 02/05/2014

Alex Endert (and advisor Chris North), winner of the first annual IEEE VGTC Best Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award was presented at the IEEE VIS Conference in October 2013.

Alex completed his dissertation in Computer Science at Virginia Tech in August 2012, under advisor Chris North. His dissertation is entitled "Semantic Interaction for Visual Analytics: Inferring Analytical Reasoning for Model Steering". Alex also won the Best Dissertation Award in the Department of Computer Science.

"The IEEE VGTC Doctoral Dissertation Competition IEEE Computer Society Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) has recently established the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award program to recognize outstanding academic research and development in visualization and visual analytics. The dissertations must address a topic relevant to visualization or visual analytics. The competition will be administrated by the IEEE VGTC Visualization Pioneers Group (VPG) under the auspices of VGTC. The award, to be known as the IEEE/VGTC VIS Pioneers Group Doctoral Dissertation Award, will be presented annually at the VPG Reception held at IEEE VIS conference."