CS PhD Student Yanbing Xue wins Best Student Paper Award at FLAIRS 2017!

Created: Jun 02, 2017 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Jun 02, 2017 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

Created: Apr 21, 2017 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt.
The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration.

Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release.

Learn more at

Congratulations to Alexandros Labrinidis on his promotion to Full Professor!

Created: Mar 27, 2017 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Mar 27, 2017 by Lydia Moss
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We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept).

Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

She Innovates receives special funding from the Provost's Office

Created: Jan 12, 2017 by Julia Qian
Updated: Jan 12, 2017 by Julia Qian
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Congratulations to She Innovates! She Innovates has received $5,000 from the Provost's Office and has been named an official University of Pittsburgh Year of Diversity event!
She Innovates is Pitt’s only all-women’s hackathon, and it will take place on January 20th – 22nd, 2017! She Innovates was created by the Department of Computer Science (CS), and is currently co-hosted by CS, the Innovation Institute, Pitt Women in Computer Science (WiCS), and the Pitt Computer Science Club. She Innovates encourages the participation of all female Pitt students and prides itself on providing a space for women to come together to learn, grow, hack, and empower each other. She Innovates prides itself on being an event that fosters the collaboration of women from different backgrounds with a common shared love of technology and problem solving.

Pitt Computer Science Professor Diane Litman, will present at the XPRIZE + Pittsburgh’s AI Experts Forum

Created: Nov 15, 2016 by Julia Qian
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Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships.

This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

Congratulations to Phuong Pham & Jingtao Wang on winning best student paper at ACM ICMI 2016!

Created: Nov 14, 2016 by Lydia Moss

Phuong Pham was awarded best student paper at the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction held in Tokyo. His paper, "Adaptive Review for Mobile MOOC Learning via Implicit Physiological Signal Sensing" can be read at this link


Congratulations to Bill Garrison, Runner-Up for the ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award!

Created: Nov 10, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Nov 10, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at

CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

Created: Oct 14, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Oct 14, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

Congratulations to Mackenzie Ball on receiving the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence!

Created: Sep 28, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science. Mackenzie is the CS Department's Outreach Coordinator. This is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the Department through their commitment and performance.

Congrats to Pitt CS Grad Student Vineet K. Raghu!

Created: Sep 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Pitt CS Grad Student Vineet K. Raghu was awarded the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Mentor Award!! Congrats Vineet!

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