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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.

For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

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!

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!

Pitt CS's SteelHacks ranks 18th out of 47 ranked hackathons in North America by MLH!

Created: Sep 02, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Sep 08, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, they power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. SteelHacks is an MLH member event hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, through the Department of Computer Science, for students at colleges & universities across the US who are passionate about getting their hands dirty using technology and design. Congrats SteelHacks!!

Pitt Computer Science to host WiCStart Program!

Created: Aug 04, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Aug 11, 2016 by Julia Qian
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Are you a woman coming to Pitt? Are you unsure of what to study? Do you want to know more about computer science? Sign up for WiCStart!
WiCStart takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science in a no-pressure environment.
WiCStart students will be permitted to move into their residence halls one week early. They will get a broad overview of various topics in computer science and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. Lunch will be served daily.

Throughout the week, students will learn about such topics as basic hardware and software concepts, programming, big data, and artificial intelligence. They will also learn about the benefits of being a CS student at Pitt and graduating with a CS degree. Finally, they will be given the chance to connect with other technical women.

There are no costs for attending WiCStart. In addition to an early move-in date and free lunch, we’ll provide all necessary materials and equipment.

Please email wicstart@cs.pitt.edu if you are interested in learning more.

Pitt CS Welcomes TLI Participants

Created: Jun 14, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Jun 27, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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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 Students Ritwik Gupta and Laurence Putterman Win Red Bull's Hack the Hits!

Created: Apr 14, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Apr 15, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Pitt Computer Science students Laurence Putterman and Ritwik Gupta, along with Tiffany Jiang from Carnegie Mellon, were recently one of 5 teams around the nation picked to compete in Red Bull’s Hack the Hits hackathon in San Francisco this past weekend. Their team won first place where they created a MIDI controller that mimics the experience of playing a string instrument with some additions. Over the course of 24 hours, each of the 5 teams (from schools such as Stanford and UC Berkeley) tried to create an expressive, playable instrument that could be used in a live or studio setting. Using four touch sensitive “thinpot” (thin potentiometer) sensors connected to an Arduino and some cardboard, they recreated the general shape of a guitar, where the thinpot sensors took the place of strings. This enabled the player to expressively slide their notes just like a string instrument player. In addition, a Leap Motion attached to the body of the instrument allowed players to modulate effects by gesturing in front of the instrument with their hands. The thinpot sensors send their output to the Arduino, which relays the information over a serial connection. Max for Live, a powerful visual programming environment specifically designed for interfacing with Ableton Live (audio software), receives this data, separates the data according to sensor, and transforms those values into MIDI. Each sensor outputs to its own MIDI channel, allowing the user a great deal of flexibility with regards to how they would like the instrument to sound. They were featured in Forbes, follow the link for the article http://goo.gl/RR5G8M Congratulations to Ritwik and Laurence!!!

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
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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!

Red Bull Hack the Hits Selects Pitt CS Students Ritwik Gupta and Laurence Putterman to Compete!!

Created: Apr 05, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
Updated: Apr 05, 2016 by Mackenzie L. Ball
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Pitt Computer Science students Ritwik Gupta and Laurence Putterman are part of one of only 7 teams chosen around the nation to compete in Red Bull's musical hackathon called Hack the Hits this weekend in San Francisco, California! Learn more about the hackathon and their team at http://redbullhackthehits.com! They are really excited to represent Pitt CS at the hackathon!! Wish them Luck!

Mohamed Aly, CS Ph.D. Alumni, featured in Forbes Magazine

Created: Mar 02, 2016 by Lydia Moss
Updated: Mar 02, 2016 by Lydia Moss
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Mohamed Aly, under the advising of Panos Chrysanthis and Kirk Pruhs, received his Ph.D. in 2009. In 2011, he founded his own start-up called Seeloz.
Read the full Forbes article here

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