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Pedro Felzenszwalb Wins ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award

Pedro Felzenszwalb Wins ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award

Pedro Felzenszwalb, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown University, has just won the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Grace Murray Hopper Award for his contributions to object recognition in pictures and video. It’s accompanied by a prize in the expected amount of $35,000.

Pedro is the first Brown faculty recipient of the award, and he joins Don Knuth, Stephen Wozniak, and other notable previous winners. The Grace Murray Hopper Award is given yearly to an outstanding computer professional who makes a major technical or service contribution while age thirty-five or younger.

“Most of my ...

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Erik Sudderth Wins NSF CAREER Award

Erik Sudderth Wins NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Erik Sudderth of Brown University’s Computer Science Department has just won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work on Bayesian nonparametric learning for large-scale structure discovery. It’s accompanied by a grant in the expected amount of more than $509,000. He joins multiple previous Brown CS faculty winners, including (most recently) James Hays, Ben Raphael, and Chad Jenkins. CAREER Awards are the most prestigious awards given by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of outstanding junior faculty teacher-scholars who excel at research, education, and integration of the two within the context of an ...

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Iman Hajirasouliha Receives NSERC Fellowship

Iman Hajirasouliha Receives NSERC Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Associate Iman Hajirasouliha of Brown University’s Computer Science Department and the Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB) has just received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for his proposal (“Algorithms for constructing ancestral history of deep-sequenced tumors”) on cancer heterogeneity. Iman is the second member of BrownCS to receive the fellowship, joining Glencora Borradaile, who received hers in 2007.

“It’s very exciting and gratifying,” he says. “I knew that this fellowship is competitive, and I was thrilled that my proposal was accepted. It shows the importance of computational ...

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Anna Lysyanskaya Appointed To EPIC Advisory Board

Anna Lysyanskaya Appointed To EPIC Advisory Board

Brown University’s Computer Science Department congratulates Professor Anna Lysyanskaya on her appointment to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)’s Advisory Board.  She joins BrownCS alumna danah boyd.  EPIC is a leading privacy organization, and its Advisory Board is a distinguished group of experts that often contribute to “friend of the court” briefs for emerging privacy and civil liberties cases on both the state and federal level.  More information about the EPIC Advisory Board, including biographies of Board members, can be found at http://epic.org/epic/advisory_board.html.

Reached for comment, Professor Lysyanskaya said, “I am delighted to ...

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Tom Doeppner Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance

Tom Doeppner Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance

The themes of collegiality and collaboration were unavoidable as colleagues and friends reflected on the news that Thomas W. Doeppner, Associate Professor (Research) and Vice Chair of the Computer Science Department, had just received Brown University’s President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance. He joins previous winner John Savage of the Department, who was honored in 2009. “Tom is one of the elders of BrownCS,” explains Department Chair Roberto Tamassia, “and this award really celebrates his vision. He has a tremendous understanding of Brown’s educational and research mission, and it’s led him to work individually with ...

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Stefanie Tellex Receives Salomon Award

Stefanie Tellex Receives Salomon Award

Assistant Professor Stefanie Tellex of the Computer Science Department has just received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award from Brown University’s Office of the Vice-President for Research. She joins multiple previous winners from the Department, including Rodrigo Fonseca, Ugur Cetintemel, and John Jannotti. The award, given annually, was established to support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for selected faculty research projects of exceptional merit with preference given to junior faculty who are in the process of building their research portfolio.

Stefanie’s scholarly interests include human-robot collaboration, and her Salomon-funded research will continue her study of ...

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Paul Valiant Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Paul Valiant Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor Paul Valiant of the Department of Computer Science has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in one of the oldest and most competitive fellowship programs in the country. He joins multiple Sloan Research Fellows in the Department, including recent winners Ben Raphael and Chad Jenkins. The fellowships are awarded to honor and promote the science of outstanding researchers early in their academic careers in physics, chemistry, ocean sciences, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience.

Selection procedures for the Sloan Research Fellowships are designed to identify individuals who show the most outstanding ...

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Leela Senthil Nathan Receives Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Program

Leela Senthil Nathan Receives Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Program

Leela Senthil Nathan has just been awarded an honorable mention in the 2014 Computing Research Association’s Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award program. She joins the Department of Computer Science’s Yudi Fu and Douglas McErlean, who received honorable mention last year. The program recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding potential in an area of computing research.

Leela’s research included a project with Professor James Hays in which she devised a new approach to scene understanding in photographs through the use of uniform segmentation to estimate geometric structure. She also worked with Professor Amy ...

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Pedro Felzenszwalb Wins Technical Achievement Award from IEEE Computer Society

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Pedro Felzenszwalb, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected to receive a 2014 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society.  Felzenszwalb will be honored “for the deformable parts model method of detecting objects in images and video.”

The IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award is given for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past ten, and not more than 15, years. Contributions must have significantly promoted technical progress in the field.

Previous Brown University recipients of the award include Roberto Tamassia, Plastech ...

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David Laidlaw Named IEEE Fellow

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David Laidlaw, Professor of Computer Science, has been named a 2014 IEEE Fellow for contributions to data visualization and analytics. His main contributions to computer science are threefold: developing scientific data visualization solutions; pioneering evaluation of visualization software for scientific inquiry; and transitioning visualization insights to quantitative evidence.

The software systems and techniques developed by Laidlaw’s group have helped collaborators in many disciplines, including bioengineers studying fluid flow in coronary arteries, archeologists studying their finds in a virtual reality model of their site, and brain researchers studying the complex 3D geometry that makes up the wiring in human brains ...

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