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BrownCS Celebrates 35 Years

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

As the Brown community came together to celebrate Commencement in the University’s 250th year, computer science alumni reunited this weekend to celebrate another anniversary. This year marks the 35th year of Brown’s Department of Computer Science, which was founded in 1979.

Much has changed in ...

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Roberto Tamassia Prepares To Step Down As Department Chair

Roberto Tamassia is stepping down. At the end of his seven-year tenure as Brown University Computer Science (BrownCS) Department Chair (two terms, plus a transitional year as Professor Ugur Cetintemel prepares to take on the role), he takes a moment to look back on the years past from his office on the fourth floor of ...

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Brown University’s Department of Computer Science has exceeded its own record for the largest number of Seed Awards in a single year, with six faculty members sharing five awards in 2014. Ugur Cetintemel, Sorin Istrail, Chad Jenkins, Tim Kraska, Michael Littman, and Ben Raphael received the awards from Brown University’s Office of the ...

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Pedro Felzenszwalb Wins ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award

Pedro Felzenszwalb, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown University, has just won the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Grace Murray Hopper Award for his contributions to object recognition in pictures and video. It’s accompanied by a prize in the expected amount of $35,000.

Pedro is the first Brown faculty ...

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Erik Sudderth Wins NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Erik Sudderth of Brown University’s Computer Science Department has just won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work on Bayesian nonparametric learning for large-scale structure discovery. It’s accompanied by a grant in the expected amount of more than $509,000. He joins multiple previous Brown CS faculty winners, including ...

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Iman Hajirasouliha Receives NSERC Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Associate Iman Hajirasouliha of Brown University’s Computer Science Department and the Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB) has just received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for his proposal (“Algorithms for constructing ancestral history of deep-sequenced tumors”) on cancer heterogeneity. Iman is the second ...

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Anna Lysyanskaya Appointed To EPIC Advisory Board

Brown University’s Computer Science Department congratulates Professor Anna Lysyanskaya on her appointment to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)’s Advisory Board.  She joins BrownCS alumna danah boyd.  EPIC is a leading privacy organization, and its Advisory Board is a distinguished group of experts that often contribute to “friend of the court” briefs for ...

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Tom Doeppner Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance

The themes of collegiality and collaboration were unavoidable as colleagues and friends reflected on the news that Thomas W. Doeppner, Associate Professor (Research) and Vice Chair of the Computer Science Department, had just received Brown University’s President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Governance. He joins previous winner John Savage of the Department, who ...

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Stefanie Tellex Receives Salomon Award

Assistant Professor Stefanie Tellex of the Computer Science Department has just received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award from Brown University’s Office of the Vice-President for Research. She joins multiple previous winners from the Department, including Rodrigo Fonseca, Ugur Cetintemel, and John Jannotti. The award, given annually, was established to support excellence in ...

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Paul Valiant Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor Paul Valiant of the Department of Computer Science has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in one of the oldest and most competitive fellowship programs in the country. He joins multiple Sloan Research Fellows in the Department, including recent winners Ben Raphael and Chad Jenkins. The fellowships are awarded to honor ...