Department of Computer Science celebrates research, faculty achievements and more

Umur Ciftci, a PhD student in computer science, poses for a 3D scan in Professor Lijun Yin’s lab at the Innovative Technologies Complex. Ciftci’s doctoral thesis will focus on detecting “deepfake” videos. Image Credit: Jonathan Cohen.
Umur Ciftci, a PhD student in computer science, poses for a 3D scan in Professor Lijun Yin’s lab at the Innovative Technologies Complex. Ciftci’s doctoral thesis will focus on detecting “deepfake” videos.
Umur Ciftci, a PhD student in computer science, poses for a 3D scan in Professor Lijun Yin’s lab at the Innovative Technologies Complex. Ciftci’s doctoral thesis will focus on detecting “deepfake” videos. Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe in early 2020, Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science went virtual for students, faculty and staff.

The Department of Computer Science stepped up to the challenges and attained notable achievements during the 2019-20 academic year.

NSF CAREER Awards

The department earned an unprecedented three NSF CAREER Awards, which the National Science Foundation gives to support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Other faculty and staff news

  • Professor Zhongfei “Mark” Zhang has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow “for contributions to multimodal data content understanding and mining.” Zhang directs the Multimedia Research Laboratory at Binghamton, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed academic papers in international journals and conferences.
  • Weiyi Meng, chair of the Watson School’s Department of Computer Science, received the University Award for Excellence in International Education. Watson School Dean Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari said, “This recognizes the superb work that he has done to help advance Binghamton’s interests across the globe. He has been (and continues to be) a tireless champion for Binghamton University.”
  • Professor Dmitry Ponomarev was recognized for the annual Watson School Recognition Awards for Outstanding Faculty Service.
  • April St. John, senior assistant to the chair, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
  • Assistant Professor Jeremy Blackburn ​joined the department in fall 2019. His research focuses on weaponized information, which includes measuring, analyzing and modelling various ways in which people use the internet to be jerks. Examples include fake news, memes, racism and hate speech, and online extremism.
  • Two new faculty members will join the department in fall 2020: Hoda Naghibijouybari and Sujoy Sikdar. Naghibijouybari will receive her PhD from University of California at Riverside, and Sikdar received his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Student achievements

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