CS Major Savishinsky 5th in Mainframe Contest
CS Major Zach Savishinsky place 5th from among 1,750 students participating in the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, winning himself a new Nintendo Wii system! In the competitive three Phase contest, graduate student Xiaoshuang Wang was a Part 2 winner (Top 60, $100), and graduate student Beilan Wang received an honorable mention.
Recent Student's Startup Company Goes Live
Recent CS Major Jake McGraw is Lead Developer at a new startup company, called Big Carrot. The company promotes and facilitates "crowd sourced inducement prizes."
Senior Loverro Places 2nd in Security Competition
Caleb Loverro, CS Senior, ranked high in 3 competitions at the Poyltechnic University Cybersecurity Awareness Week security competition. In particular, he placed 2nd in the Digital Forensics Challenge, 3rd in the Pitney Bowes Challenge. He also competed alone in the Capture the Flag, team competition, and placed 5th out of 14 teams, winning the award for "best individual! This is the second year a student from Binghamton has competed and won cash prizes.
Professor Earns Disability Awareness Award for Department
Professor Bill Ziegler's volunteer work with a local mentally disabled high school student has earned the CS Department a Disability Awareness Award. Prof. Ziegler accepted the award at the Heritage Country Club on Wednesday Oct. 17, 2007.
Loscalzo Earns Honor Society Scholarship Award
Former CS Major (May 2007) Steve Loscalzo was one of three undergraduate students nationwide to have earned a $1,000 Scholarship from UPE (missing link). UPE (Upsilon Pi Epsilon), is the national honor society for computer science. Binghamton has an active local chapter of the society. Last Spring, Loscalzo earned the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship; he is currently a Teaching Assistant in the CS Department, and is pursuing research with Professor Lei Yu.
BU Computer Science Team wins Honorable Mention in International Web Site Competition
As part of a semester-long project in Professor Ziegler's CS495 Professional Ethics and Communication class during the Spring 2007 semester, a team of Computer Science undergraduate students entered CHC61: The IEEE Computer Society Web Programming Competition. The competition required teams to design and implement a web site that explored an unsung hero in the history of computing. Nearly 70 teams from 63 universities in 27 countries participated in the competition. The BU Team earned the Honorable Mention Award and consisted of CS undergraduates Keith Nobbe, Alvin Oh, Hyun Mo Yoon and Yui Pang, with assistance from Peter Bazyluk and David Rodrigeuz. Professor Ziegler served as faculty advisor for the team. The title of the students' project was, "Posidonius and Ancient Computers." The competition was sponsored by Microsoft and The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, an educational non-profit organization, and the world's largest and oldest professional association of computer scientists and engineers.
Meng's Company Releases News Metasearch Engine
Webscalers (www.webscalers.com), a company co-founded by Professor Weiyi Meng who serves as its President, released to the public a news metasearch engine called AllInOneNews (www.allinonenews.com) on August 22th, 2007. AllInOneNews connects to over 1,800 news sources in more than 200 countries/regions. The ability to connect with many search engines simultaneously enables AllInOneNews to provide the timeliest information possible. AllInOneNews also performs "semantic search," meaning that it looks not only for keywords, but also for subject matter closely related to the original query. AllInOneNews grew out of a research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Later, NSF's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provided funds for Phase-I and II of the project. Prof. Meng is a leading researcher in large-scale metasearch technology. A PR Newswire Item contains more information about the release.
Prof. Yu Presents Tutorial at a Top Data Mining Conference
Professor Lei Yu presented a tutorial on Dimensionality Reduction for Data Mining, April 28th at the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SDM is one of the leading conferences in the field of data mining research, and Prof. Yu's tutorial was one of three selected from proposals submitted to the conference.
Faculty Continue in Leadership Positions
The CS Department faculty continue to serve in leadership roles within their respective research communities. For example, Professor Madden recently wrapped up service as General Chair of ISPD 2007, the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, and is also a Program Committee Chair of EDPS, the Electronic Design Process Subcommittee of IEEE DATC, a workshop meeting next week. Professor Abu-Ghazaleh will Co-Chair the Technical Program Committee of MSWiM, the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems, for the 2nd consecutive year. This year's conference will be held in Crete Island, Greece, in late October. And Professor Chiu is co-organizing SOCP '07, a Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing Performance: Aspects, Issues, and Approaches, to be held in conjunction with HPDC '07 (the top grid computing conference) this June. Chiu is also serving as Program Co-Chair of e-Science 2007, the 3rd International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing, to be held in Bangalore, India in mid-December.
UPE Inducts New Members
The UPE Computer Science Honor Society inducted six new members this semester: Rostislav Agashiyev, Ovidiu (Lucian) Bolintis, Ari Fuchs, Jon Grode, Charles June, and Krzysztof Stasik. In the Fall 2006 Semester, the following six students had been inducted: Matthew Fowler, Saugata Ghose, Moonjeong Kang, Keith Nobbe, Luke Pamel, and Brett Taylor. The UPE web space contains lists of the honor society's full student membership, rules for membership, events, and more. Among other things, UPE offers free tutoring of other students. Congratulations to the new (and existing) members, and thank you for your hard work and excellent service to the Department!
Madden Secures $25K Sandia Grant
Professor Patrick Madden has received a $25K grant from Sandia National Laboratories to design dense interconnect structures for integrated circuits such as optical sensors. The circuits have more than a quarter million connection points in an area roughly the size of a nickle. Graduate student Satoshi Ono is working on the project.
Ghose, Ponomarev Secure Intel Grant
Professors Kanad Ghose and Dmitry Ponomarev of the Computer Architecture and Power-Aware Systems (CAPS) Research Group have recently been awarded an Intel research grant to improve the performance and energy-efficiency of multicore microprocessors and to develop related software tools.