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."

Eli Tilevich receives IBM Faculty Award

Publish Date: 02/05/2014

Congratulations Dr. Eli Tilevich, on your recent IBM Faculty Award. Eli describes the focus of this award as follows: "The intent of this award is to support my ongoing research and teaching projects in mobile computing at both graduate and undergraduate levels."  It is great to have this strong interest from IBM in your efforts in mobile computing. Eli has received previous awards from IBM for his research.

Carlo Del Mundo advances in the ACM Student Research Competition

Publish Date: 02/04/2014

Congratulations to Carlo Del Mundo and his faculty advisor Wu Feng, on the selection of Carlo as one of 6 finalists in the ACM Student Research Competition at Supercomputing 2013 last week. Of the ~20 semifinalists, 6 were chosen as finalists to present their work at a technical session, and of those, 3 were awarded gold medals (Carlo was one of those). He now advances to the next stage in the research competition to vie with other ACM conference winners for a chance to win an ACM Grand Finals award.  

Carlo's project was entitled Enabling Efficient Intra-Warp Communication for Fourier Transforms in a Many-Core Architecture.  A version of his poster can be found here: http://carlodelmundo.com/posters/073113-on-efficacy-shuffle-sc2013.pdf

The three SC13 ACM Student Research Competition medalists earned: Gold, Silver, Bronze medals. Thus, Carlo as the only gold medalist, will be the ONLY medalist to advance to the wider ACM competition.

Dr. Kirk Cameron selected as an organizer for the 2014 IAFOE Symposium

Publish Date: 02/04/2014

Dr. Kirk Cameron has been selected as an organizer for the 2014 Indo-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Kirk was asked to chair  and organize a session on Green Approaches to Communication with an Indian computer scientist colleague. (Note: Kirk is a column editor on green computing for IEEE Computer.) Being an organizer for this Symposium is an honor, as is being asked to attend.

The Indo-U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (IAFOE) program aims to bring together outstanding, early-career Indian and American engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers from the two countries.

The 2014 Indo-American Frontiers of Engineering will be held May 19-21, at the Infosys Center in Mysore, India. About 60 outstanding engineers under the age of 45 will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments in four areas: Biomaterials, Water Resource Management in the Face of Climate Change, Green Approaches to Communications, and Engineering in the Context of Big Data. The event facilitates international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promotes the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourages the creation of a transatlantic network of world-class engineers