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

    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 http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

    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 http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

  • Congratulations to Alexandros Labrinidis on his promotion to Full Professor!

    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!

    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

    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.

    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

    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).

    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).