CS 5944 Organizational Meeting - No Seminar

Event Date: 
Fri, 2014-01-24 11:15 - 12:15

CS5944 Organizational Meeting. Only enrolled students must attend. There will be no seminar this date.

CS Seminar: Dr. Chandrajit Bajaj

Event Date: 
Fri, 2014-01-31 11:15 - 12:30

Friday January 31, 2014, 11:15AM - 12:30PM in TORG 2150

Title: Automated Prediction of Molecular Assemblies with Quantified Uncertainty


image Most bio-molecular complexes involve three or more molecules. We consider the automated prediction of bimolecular structure assemblies formulating it as the solution of a non-convex geometric optimization problem.

Dr Katherine Yelick - Distinguished Lecture - More Data, More Science and … Moore’s Law?

Event Date: 
Fri, 2014-02-28 11:15 - 12:30

Location: 2150 Torgersen Hall
Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Time:  11:15-12:30pm
This talk is open to the general public.


Katherine Yelick
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley

Qualifier 2013-2014 Announced

Publish Date: 12/26/2013

November, 2013

Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations for 2013-2014 have been announced. This exam is one of the two ways to score points for the "excellence in depth" component of the Ph.D. qualifying process. Based on student interest, the faculty offer exams in several areas for this academic season. Please register with the chairperson of your exam area as soon as possible. Good luck to everybody!

Full details available http://people.cs.vt.edu/~gback/qualifier/2013fordepartment.html.

  • Software Engineering (Chair: Dr. Osman Balci)
  • Numerical and Scientific Computing/Computational Science; High End Computing and Computational Science (Chair: Dr. Layne Watson) Link
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (Chair: Dr. Lenny Heath) Link
  • Algorithms/theory (Chair: Dr. Anil Vullikanti) Link
  • Data, Information, Knowledge, and Libraries (Chair: Dr. Chang-Tien Lu) Link
  • Human-Computer Interaction (Chair: Dr. Chris North) Link
  • Systems, Networking, Cybersecurity (Chair: Dr. Wenjing Lou) Link
  • Cyberarts and Visualization (Chair: Dr. Nicholas Polys) Link

Policy. Every area sets their own policies with respect to registration and deadlines.

If an area chair does not set their own policy, the following default policies will apply:

Default Schedule and Deadlines

Students have 3 weeks to study the readings, and two weeks to answer the questions provided. The committee has 2-3 weeks to grade the exam and/or conduct oral exams (if needed or required by the committee).

  • December 6, 2013 (Friday): Complete Reading List Available. Some reading lists are already available, check for your area.
  • December 11, 2013 (Wednesday, last day of classes): Students must commit to take exam. You have to register with the chair of the exam.
  • January: Written Examination Available.
  • 2 weeks later: Written Examination Due. Different committees might have oral presentations required too.
  • Feb 15, 2014 (Friday): Exam Results due to GPC.

Please read the web page for your area carefully as it may contain information that supercedes the information posted on this page. Be careful to follow any guidelines about required registration, in particular. Your participation in the survey did not register you for any exam. You also have not committed to taking any exam yet.

Please contact the chair of the area you are interested in for any further questions.

Dual-Region Location Management for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Li, Y., I. R. Chen, and D. C. Wang, "Dual-Region Location Management for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks", 19th IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Seoul, Korea, 12/2013.

ACM Programming Team advances to ICPC World Finals

Publish Date: 12/06/2013


(pictured left to right, Dr. Hwajung Lee, Radford University/Contest Site Director; Eric Woods, IBM Representative (and VT grad); Dr. Godmar Back; Nick Sharp, Matt Dallmeyer, and Mike O'Beirne)

December 6, 2013 -- The 2nd place VT team has advanced to the 2014 ACM-ICPC World Finals sponsored by IBM and hosted by Ural Federal University, June 22 - June 26, 2014 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

On Nov 2nd, the Virginia Tech ACM Programming Team competed in the 2013 Regional Qualifier for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC).  Virginia Tech fielded six teams of three students each, who competed among 192 teams from universities and colleges across the Mid-Atlantic region for a coveted spot at the ACM ICPC World Finals, which will be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia in June 2014.  The Mid-Atlantic region comprises universities and colleges in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., East Pennsylvania
and South New Jersey.

The ACM ICPC contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure.  It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

All participating students were CS majors or minors, ranging from sophomores who competed for the first time to seniors who participated for the 2nd or 3rd year.  Virginia Tech's top-scoring team, which consisted of CS seniors Nicholas Sharp, Michael O'Beirne, and Matt Dallmeyer, finished overall 2nd place in the region, which places it into consideration for a wildcard slot at next year's World Finals.

Overall, our teams placed as follows:

2nd place:  Nicholas Sharp, Michael O'Beirne, Matt Dallmeyer

11th place: David Hernandez, Brendan Avent, Tucker Noia

28th place: Andrew Koh, Kais Sorrels, Scott Pruett

37th place: Jean-Marie Menye-Menye, Mike Shuffett, Nate Craun

64th place: Loran Steinberg, Mohammed Davoodi, Roger Yamada

72nd place: Miraziz Yusupov,  Amit Ishairzay, Tim Collins

Our teams prepared in weekly practices and multiple 5-hour mock contests held on the weekends leading up to the regional contest.

The ACM Programming Team is open to all undergraduate students and to graduate students who have not completed more than 5 years of post-K12 education. See here for complete eligibility requirements.

Students interested in participating in the team should contact Team Coach Dr. Godmar Back (gback@vt.edu).

Status of CS Graduate Program

Event Date: 
Fri, 2013-12-06 11:15 - 12:30

As discussed at a previous graduate seminar meeting, all CS graduate students are invited to join
the discussion on the state of the CS graduate program.  This is your opportunity to have your voice heard in matters of our graduate program. The discussion will be led by Dr. Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones, director of the graduate program in CS.