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CS Faculty Co-Host Human-Robot Interaction Symposium

Last update on Dec. 21, 2012.

Members of the CS department, including Pedro FelzenszwalbJames Hays, Chad JenkinsMichael Littman  and Eli Upfal, participated in the Initiative in Human-Robot Interaction’s inaugural symposium on Monday, December 10. The symposium was organized by Chad, Michael, and Bertram Malle(CLPS) and was sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, the Digital Society Initiative ...

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Roberto Tamassia Named ACM Fellow

Last update on Dec. 21, 2012.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, recently elevated Roberto Tamassiato Fellowfor “contributions to graph drawing, algorithms and data structures and to computer science education.”

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Roberto, who joined the department in 1988, works on information security, design and analysis of algorithms, graph drawing, geometric computing ...

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Department Hosts 12th Annual Paris C. Kanellakis Memorial Lecture

Last update on Dec. 21, 2012.

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On December 6, 2012, Cynthia Dwork, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, delivered the 12th Annual Paris C. Kanellakis Memorial Lecture. This lecture series has been held annually by the department in honor of Paris on or around his birthday. In a standing-room only lecture, Dr. Dwork kindly devoted an introduction to Paris, mentioning their close ...

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Anna Lysyanskaya Elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cryptologic Research

Last update on Dec. 21, 2012.

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The International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), a non-profit scientific organization whose purpose is to further research in cryptology and related fields, elected Anna Lysyanskayato its Board of Directors in a recent election.

Cryptology is the science and practice of designing computation and communication systems which are secure in the presence of adversaries.

The ...

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Roberto Tamassia Named AAAS Fellow

Last update on Dec. 21, 2012.

Tamassia.jpg The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association, recently elected Roberto Tamassiato Fellowfor “distinguished contributions to algorithms and data structures, particularly for pioneering work on graph drawing, and to ...

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Brown awarded $1.5M for new Big Data tools

Last update on Dec. 13, 2012.

2012-1003.BigData.pngEli Upfal, Fabio Vandin, and Ben Raphael, from left, are developing Big Data analytical tools that make sense of large datasets and eliminate the noise of data errors. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University

By Kevin Stacey

As datasets expand and new generations of faster computers arrive, users urgently require more powerful algorithms to make sense ...

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Computer program can identify rough sketches

Last update on Dec. 13, 2012.

2012-0920.james.pngEars and whiskers are a hint...Computers can recognize photos and careful drawings of rabbits, but quick sketches by non-artists ... not so much.

by Kevin Stacey

Computers are good at speed, numbers, and massive amounts of data, but understanding the content of a simple drawing is more difficult. Researchers at Brown and the Technical University ...

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Michael Littman Returns to Brown with Professor Appointment; Tim Kraska and Paul Valiant to Join the Department as Assistant Professors

Last update on Nov. 18, 2012.

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The Department is thrilled to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2012-2013 academic year. PhD alum Michael Littman ’96 and Paul Valiant will begin teaching in September and Tim Kraska will join the department in January.

Michael previously spent many years as the director of the Rutgers Laboratory for Real-Life Reinforcement ...

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Shriram Krishnamurthi Wins SIGPLAN Robin Milner Young Researcher Award

Last update on Nov. 18, 2012.

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Shriram Krishnamurthi was recently awarded the first ever SIGPLAN Robin Milner Young Researcher Award. The award was given by SIGPLAN, ACM's Special Interest Group on programming languages, to recognize outstanding contributions by young investigators in this area.

The official award announcement refers to Shriram as "a prolific researcher who brings programming language theory ...

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Three Day Startup Successfully Launched at Brown

Last update on Nov. 18, 2012.

Undergrad Anne Kenyon founded Brown’s 3 Day Startup (3DS) weekend, which was held in early April with the support of the department, Google, 10Gen, and Teespring.

The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start a technology company over the course of three days. Work space was available for an entire weekend, 25 students ...

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