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Articles by Jesse Polhemus

Sorin Istrail Wins A 2021 ESA Test-Of-Time Award


The European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA) recently announced that Julie Nguyen Brown Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Computer Science Sorin Istrail, along with collaborators, won the ESA 2021 Test-of-Time Award for their 2001 paper “SNPs Problems, Complexity, and Algorithms.” The award recognizes “excellent papers in algorithm research that were published ... 19-21 years ago and which are still influential and stimulating for the field today,” according to the ESA. Giuseppe Lancia of the University of Udine, Vineet Bafna of UC San Diego, Ross A. Lippert of DE Shaw Research, and Russell Schwartz of Carnegie Mellon University …

Andy van Dam's CSCI 0150 Gets 2 Million TikTok Views, Reports The Brown Daily Herald


“TikTok is just a way to get people excited about this sometimes very daunting field, especially at Brown,” says Allison Masthay, a CSCI 0150 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science UTA. In a new article, The Brown Daily Herald's Grace Holleb describes how Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science Andy van Dam's long-running course has helped make challenging material less intimidating by sharing its trademark humor on social media, earning as many as two million views. 

Brown CS Remembers Katrina Avery


Brown CS has been mourning the loss of our colleague and friend, Katrina Avery, known to many of our alums through her service of more than twenty-five years as Department Manager. She passed away late last year and her husband, Brown CS Professor Tom Doeppner, shares the memorial below.

The Brown Daily Herald Asks Venkatasubramanian About Working On An AI Bill Of Rights


Brown CS Professor Suresh Venkatasubramanian has just ended a 15-month appointment as advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and The Brown Daily Herald's Jakobi Haskellhas just interviewed him about his work on the country's first blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, which was released by the White House earlier this month.

Apply Today: Researching Socially-Responsible AI With Students From HUGs


At Brown CS and around the globe, interest in AI and related topics is soaring. CSCI 1470 Deep Learning, only a few years old, today has an enrollment of over 200 students. But as computer scientists hope to expand the field to historically underrepresented groups (HUGs), students from demographics that have born the brunt of algorithmic bias and deepfakes may be understandably hesitant to take part. exploreCSR: Socially-Responsible AI for Computational Creativity, a partnership between Brown CS and Google Research, aims to change that.