Archive – June 2019

Kamara And Moataz Work With MongoDB To Analyze Its End-To-End Encryption


"In today's security environment," says Professor Seny Kamara of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS), "we believe it's necessary to have systems that fully encrypt the user's data at every point in its life cycle." He's talking about end-to-end encryption, the focus of his Encrypted Systems Lab and new startup Aroki Systems. Last year, the …

Look Where Our 2019 Graduates Are Headed!


At this spring's Commencement ceremony in the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, Brown CS presented undergraduate diplomas to 259 students. It was another historic number, beating previous records of 249 last year, 205 the year before, and 168 in 2016. Here are just a few of the places where our newest alums will be …

The Brown CS Digital Archive Grows To More Than 100 Items


by Rujul SinghFrom the IBM punch cards of the 1960’s to the machine learning labs of today, Brown University's Department of Computer Science has undergone decades of transformational change since its founding. The Brown CS Digital Archive (BCSDA) is a crowdsourced effort to preserve this history, curating items from faculty, staff, students, …

Krishnamurthi And van Dam Win SIGSOFT And SIGGRAPH Educator Awards


Within the span of a single year, Brown CS faculty members have won two of the field's highest distinctions for teaching: Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi received the SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award and Professor Andy van Dam earned the inaugural ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award. ("We're teaching twins," commented Andy when the two gathered for the …

Seny Kamara And Collaborators Win A Grant For Responsible CS Education


by Ajula Van Ness-OtunnuOn April 30, 2019, Brown CS Professor Seny Kamara was announced as a winner of The Responsible Computer Science Challenge from Omidyar Network, Mozilla, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Seny worked in collaboration with colleagues Suresh Venkatasubramanian (University of Utah) and Sorelle A. Friedler (Haverford College) to “integrate ethics and responsibility …

Michael Littman Has Been Named An ACM Fellow


In a ceremony on June 15, 2019, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and professional computing society, elevated Professor Michael Littman of Brown CS to the rank of Fellow, the organization's highest membership grade, for contributions to the design and analysis of sequential decision-making algorithms in artificial …

Robert Sedgewick, Brown Alum And Former Faculty Member, Wins ACM's Outstanding Educator Award


In a ceremony on June 15, 2019, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, presented Robert Sedgewick (William O. Baker '39 Professor at Princeton University) with the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for developing classic textbooks and online materials for the study …