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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 Names Founding Dean of School of Computing and Information

Created: May 08, 2017 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at:

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.

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Professor Labrinidis current project has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Created: Apr 11, 2017 by Julia Qian
Updated: Apr 12, 2017 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops.

The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District.

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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!

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Instructor/Lecturer Job Posting

Created: Mar 21, 2017 by Julia Qian
Updated: Mar 21, 2017 by Julia Qian
Departmental News

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a search for three non-tenure track Assistant Instructor/Lecturer Positions effective September 2017. All applications from experienced instructors with educational accomplishments and intellectual leadership are encouraged. Candidates with a PhD are preferred, although applicants with a MS in Computer Science will be considered for the Assistant Instructor positions. Ideal candidates should demonstrate excellence in instruction and educational curiosity. Additional qualifications include experience advising undergraduate students, designing and managing curricula, enhancing diversity, and promoting extra-curricular activities.

For further information about the Department please see The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Please apply at:
Application deadline is April 24, 2017.

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.

New Computing and Information School Supports Discovery, Innovation

Created: Jan 05, 2017 by Julia Qian
Departmental News

In October, University of Pittsburgh trustees approved the creation of a new school to address that need. In an era characterized by the outsized influence of technology on advances in many fields, the School of Computing and Information (SCI) at Pitt will host an array of academic programs that integrate computing and information with core disciplinary strengths across the University.
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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 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

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