Brown CS News

Brown CS PhD Student And Staff Member Shaun Wallace Wins A UserTesting Illumi Award


New research co-authored by Shaun Wallace, a Brown CS PhD student and Technical Staff member, has recently won a UserTesting Illumi Award. UserTesting is one of the world's leading human insight platforms. They created the award to inspire the world to think about human insights as a key ingredient for customer experience excellence, product and marketing innovation, and team success.

Srinath Sridhar Wins An NSF CAREER Award For Robotic Perception Of Human Physical Skills


"Everyday human activities," says Brown CS Professor Srinath Sridhar, "are impressive feats of physical intelligence – from careful placement of feet to avoid obstacles when walking to the precise and highly coordinated movement of fingers to type a sentence. Robots with even a fraction of human physical intelligence could revolutionize lives by automating repetitive tasks. Despite advances, however, robots with such physical abilities remain elusive."

But not forever, and Srinath has just received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award that will take a step toward these more capable robots. CAREER Awards are given in support of outstanding junior faculty …

Apply Now: Ritchie And Colleagues Launch A Summer Program On AI For Computational Creativity For Students From HUGs


"Research in this field," says Brown CS Professor Daniel Ritchie, "is poised to revolutionize the means of personal expression for everyone: in writing, photography, design, architecture, and more."

He's talking about creative applications of artificial intelligence (creative generative models, detecting "fake" generated designs, AI for game playing, and more), which will be the focus of a new, nine-week, fully-funded, Brown CS summer residential program. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, "Artificial Intelligence for Computational Creativity" is an NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site aimed at students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) in computer science, bringing them to the …

Kathi Fisler Joins The CACM Editorial Board


Brown CS Professor Kathi Fisler has just joined the editorial board of Communications of the ACM (CACM), widely regarded as the leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields. With a history of more than a half-century, the CACM print magazine reaches more than 100,000 ACM members monthly, and its Communications website continues the tradition of in-depth coverage of emerging areas of computer science, new trends in information technology, and practical applications.

Brown CS Alum David Abel Is A Joint AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award Runner-Up


The Association for the Advancement for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines, and ACM SIGAI is the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence. Working in concert, they present the Joint AAAI/ACM SIGAI Doctoral Dissertation Award annually to recognize and encourage superior research and writing by doctoral candidates in artificial intelligence, and Brown CS alum David Abel has just been announced as one of only two runners-up for the 2020 prize. 

Brown CS PhD Student Denizalp Goktas Becomes A 2022 J.P. Morgan PhD Fellow


Every year since 2019, JPMorgan Chase, the investment bank and financial services holding company, uses its AI Research Awards to empower the best research thinkers across AI, looking for individuals who seek to experiment and challenge and who are at the vanguard of shaping all our futures. This year, Brown CS PhD student Denizalp Goktas was one of just eleven individuals to become a J.P. Morgan PhD Fellow.

Serdar Kadioglu Gives A Featured Talk On Multi-Objective Optimization At NVIDIA GTC


Taking place online from March 21-24, 2022, NVIDIA GTC is a leading AI developer conference with more than 200,000 expected participants. This year, Brown CS Professor Serdar Kadioglu, also the Vice-President of Artificial Intelligence at Fidelity Investments, will be sharing recent work from his research team in a featured talk ("Multi-objective Optimization to Boost Exploration in Recommender Systems"). 

Brown CS Alum Scott Smolka Has Been Named An ACM Fellow


Earlier this year, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and professional computing society, elevated Brown CS alum Scott Smolka to the rank of Fellow, the organization's highest membership grade, for contributions in process algebra, model checking, and runtime verification. The ACM Fellows Program, initiated in 1993, celebrates the exceptional contributions of leading members of the computing field, and Scott joins a distinguished list of colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.