Brown CS News

Alum Adventures: Atty Eleti Talks About Learning By Building At OpenAI


A member of the Brown CS class of 2017, Atty Eleti spent his time at Brown University organizing various hackathons for Hack@Brown, in the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) mentorship program for computer science courses discussing topics such as distributed systems and discrete mathematics, and in the International Mentoring Program helping international students become acclimatized to the university’s community. Atty also augmented his CS degree with Brown’s curriculum and took graphic design courses at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Ntousakis, Kemerlis, Vasilakis, And Collaborators Win The ACM ASIACCS ‘23 Distinguished Paper Award

The 18th Association for Computing Machinery Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security was held from July 10 to July 14 in Melbourne, Australia. Bestowed annually, the ACM ASIACCS Distinguished Paper Award is given to outstanding papers presented at the conference. Brown CS faculty members Vasileios Kemerlis and Nikos Vasilakis and visiting research fellow Grigoris Ntousakis received the 2023 award for their paper, “BinWrap: Hybrid Protection Against Native Node.js Add-Ons”. Other collaborators include George Christou of FORTH-ICS (Foundation for Research and Technology – Institute of Computer Science) in Crete, Greece, Sotiris Ioannidis of the Technical University of Crete, …

Harini Suresh Joins Brown CS As Assistant Professor


Harini Suresh has ambitious plans for her research in machine learning (ML) and human-computer interaction (HCI), decidedly broad in their scope, but she doesn’t intend to tackle them alone. “Can we imagine new futures for technology,” she asks, “that stem from the needs and desires of people who aren’t currently involved in the process? Would things unfold differently if we involve more people in a way that’s thoughtful and intentional, working together to build technology that reflects our shared values?” 

Brown CS Student Joshua Yang Earns First-Place At The ACM CHI ‘23 Student Research Competition


Joshua Yang, a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, won first-place in the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI 2023) Student Research Competition (SRC) held in Hamburg, Germany, for his research with Jeff Huang, Brown CS faculty member and researcher in human-computer interaction. Joshua’s winning research, “Animated Patterns: Applying Dynamic Patterns to Vector Illustrations”, was accepted for publication this February and competed against other accepted SRC submissions at the conference in April.



Malte Schwarzkopf Receives A Hazeltine Citation For Excellence In Teaching, Guidance, And Support


Faculty member Malte Schwarzkopf, head of the ETOS and Systems groups of Brown University’s Department of Computer Science (Brown CS), has been chosen by Brown’s graduating senior class to receive the Barrett Hazeltine Citation. The other recipient was James Morone, John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies.


Brown CS Student Angel Arrazola Builds A Positive Learning Environment For Providence Middle School Students


The classroom might be the last place most college students choose to spend during their summer. Not so for Angel Arrazola.

The rising junior at Brown University is working full-time this summer at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence as an AmeriCorps teaching fellow as part of Generation Teach, a national program that offers college students the opportunity to engage in intensive summer teaching experiences in underserved communities nationwide.

Eli Upfal And Collaborators Receive A 2023 RECOMB Test Of Time Award

Every year, the International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB) bestows its Test of Time Award on regular or special issue papers presented at the conference that were influential in providing a major stepping stone for theoretical advances in computational biology and their applications in molecular biology and medicine. In April, the 2023 conference held in Istanbul, Turkey, recognized the paper “De Novo Discovery of Mutated Driver Pathways in Cancer” presented at RECOMB 2011 and authored by Brown CS faculty member Eli Upfal, Fabio Vandin, now at the University of Padova,Italy, and Ben Raphael, now …

Brown Computer Science Department Response to TALO

Brown’s CS undergraduate TA program is a unique feature of the department that has helped create an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming learning environment for students. This happened largely due to the thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated TAs going back to 1965. The CS department would like to make sure that any problems that occur today are corrected and that the program remains enjoyable and rewarding for all participants—students, TAs, and faculty. This document is a statement of position and principles; negotiation of the details of a future contract and the details of implementing these principles will happen in the bargaining …

Andy van Dam Will Speak At The 50th SIGGRAPH Conference


Andy van Dam is saying good-bye in style to a conference that he’s been attending regularly for a half-century. Now in his ninth decade and still teaching, the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University will be giving two talks at the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) conference, now in its fiftieth year. Andy co-founded ACM SICGRAPH, The Special Interest Committee on Computer Graphics, the precursor to SIGGRAPH, in 1968.