Departmental News

Pitt CS Grad Students Christopher Thomas and Xiaoyu Ge win the Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award!!

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

The Computer Science Department has awarded Christopher Thomas with the CS Department Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award! The CS Department also awarded Xiaoyu Ge the Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award as a runner-up! Congrats to Christopher and Xiaoyu!

Congratulations to Pitt CS Faculty and TA's on your Achievements!

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

Congratulations to the following faculty and TA's for achieving the highest evaluation scores for overall effectiveness and receiving teaching awards for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year:
Teaching Assistant Award: SeyedSalim Malakouti 4.70
George Jucha Part Time Instructor Award: Paulo Ferreira 4.81 CS0401
Core Class Lecturer Award: John Ramirez 4.84 CS0401
UG Classes Tenure Stream Award: Adam Lee 4.44 CS0441
Upper Level Lecturer Award: Jon Misurda 4.65 CS1550
Upper Level Tenure Stream Award: Rebecca Hwa 4.33 CS1671
Graduate 2000 Level Award: Rami Melhem 4.83 CS2410

Honorable Mentions for receiving at least one 10 Decile or more:
Jon Misurda, John Ramirez, Rebecca Hwa, Tan Kosiyatrakul, Bill Laboon, Nick Farnan, Paula Ferreira, Bryan Mills, Bill Franolich, Kirk Pruhs, Rami Melhem, Patricia Quirin, Youtao Zhang.

Congratulations to Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis on receiving new NSF Award!

Created: Sep 13, 2016 by Julia Qian
Updated: Sep 15, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Press Releases, Accolades, Departmental News

Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis, together with colleagues from the School of Engineering (Prof. Peyman Givi, PI) and the Math Department (Prof. William Layton) received new research funding from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled Appraisal of Subgrid Scale Closures in Reacting Turbulence via DNS Big Data. The project will employ a range of strategies and computational tools for utilizing DNS data to appraise the performance of large eddy simulation (LES) predictions in turbulent combustion. The study will pave the way for LES to become the primary means of predictions for future design and manufacturing of combustion systems, while building a data sharing infrastructure, and providing educational and outreach programs to students at all levels.

Pitt Computer Science Lecturer Bill Garrison, Presented at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Created: Sep 08, 2016 by Julia Qian
Updated: Sep 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the premier forum for presenting developments in computer security and electronic privacy, and for bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field. The 2016 Symposium marked the 37th annual meeting of this flagship conference.

The Symposium was held on May 23-25, and the Security and Privacy Workshops were held on May 26, 2016. Both events were in San Jose, California at The Fairmont.

Congratulations to Dr. John "Jack" Lange on His Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure!

Created: Sep 08, 2016 by Julia Qian
Updated: Sep 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Accolades, Departmental News

We are excited to announce that Dr.John "Jack" Lange has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!
Before joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2010, Dr. Lange received his PhD and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Northwestern University (2006 and 2010). Prior to that he received a B.S. in Computer Engineering as well as a B.S. in Computer Science also from Northwestern University (2003).

His research specializes in High Performance Computing and Operating Systems, as well as networking, virtualization and distributed systems. His current focus lies in the area of specialized operating systems for super-computing environments.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lange on his promotion!

Pitt CS Welcomes TLI Participants

Created: Jun 14, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Jun 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Outreach News, Departmental News

The Department of Computer Science's Technology Leadership Initiative kicked off its summer program by welcoming 35 middle school girls to Sennott Square for Tech Divaz, a week full of technology and fun. Shelley Goldberg and Sabrina Aravena, the instructors for Tech Divaz, planned an exciting and innovative curriculum that focuses on introducing the girls to the field of computer science through activities encompassing everything the discipline has to offer, from hardware to software and everything in between. At the end of the week, we are looking forward to welcoming friends and family to the department and seeing the projects the students have put together!
High School Academy follows Tech Divaz and gives students in grades 9-12 a two-week crash course in computer science and allows them a glimpse into life at the University of Pittsburgh and potential career paths as a computer science major.

Pitt CS Startup Receiving Local Attention

Created: Jun 13, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Departmental News

CS seniors Natalie Boehm and Robbie McKinstry, along with two other Pitt students, have created software to assist in grading computer science projects. They named their software Alligrader, and recently competed in the Blast Furnace demo event held at the William Pitt Union. Alligrader is a software intended to help improve the accuracy and efficiency of grading computer science projects, a task that is time-consuming for professors and TAs. Though they didn't win the startup competition, they do hope to market their product to department chairs and are looking to partner with other accelerators. Read the full Post-Gazette article here

PhD student Huy Nguyen Wins Best Student Paper Award

Created: May 25, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Accolades, Departmental News

Huy Nguyen, a sixth year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh under the advising of Dr. Diane Litman was recently awarded "Best Student Paper" at the 29th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society conference. Congratulations!!

Valued Staff Member Russell A. Howard II Passes Away

Created: May 09, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: May 09, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Press Releases, Departmental News

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of long time staff member Russell "Russ" Howard's passing. He received his BS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for the Department of Computer Science for over 20 years as a valued and beloved member of the technical staff. He contributed to the CS Department in countless ways, and was an important part of the CS Department staff. He was well liked by all and he will be deeply missed. We will remember him always for his devotion to the Department and his sincere kindness to everyone he met.

Pitt Computer Science Supports NCWIT Aspirations in Computing by offering scholarships to NCWIT Winners!

Created: Apr 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Apr 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Press Releases, Outreach News, Departmental News

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. The Department of Computer Science is a proud NCWIT Academic Alliance Member.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Offers both a national and local award competition.
The Department of Computer Science offers a $5,000 scholarship for NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Winners! The award ceremony was held on April, 2nd, 2016!

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