CRA Publishes CS Department & SCI Highlights!

The Computing Research Association, http://cra.org/ published the CRA Member Book - Academic Department Highlights and it features both the Pitt Computer Science Department and the School of Computing and Information!  To see the highlights please visit: http://cra.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CRA-Member-Book.pdf  Page 94 & 95!

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Staff member part of $300,000 NSF grant to encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education

Mackenzie Ball, outreach coordinator, is one of ten partners at Pitt who was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project titled, “Diversifying Access to Urban Universities for Students in STEM fields.” This project aims to design, develop, and launch a pilot program that recruits high school students for STEM pre-collegiate programs. Five Pitt...

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Congratulations to CS Professors Litman and Hwa on their new NSF Grant on “Development of Human Language Technologies to Improve Disciplinary Writing and Learning through Self-Regulated Revising”

Grant Abstract:  Writing and revising are essential parts of learning, yet many college students graduate without demonstrating improvement or mastery of academic writing. This project explores the feasibility of improving students' academic writing through a revision environment that integrates natural language processing methods, best practices in data visualization and user interfaces, and current pedagogical theories. The environment will support and...

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Congratulations to CS Prof. Kovashka and Prof. Hwa on their new NSF Grant!

"RI: Small: Modeling Vividness and Symbolism for Decoding Visual Rhetoric" Grant Abstract:  This project develops systems for analyzing and inferring the non-literal messages conveyed in the media through persuasive images and text. Computational representations of two persuasive strategies are devised to model the mapping between observable information and underlying messages. First, this project models "vividness": through analyses of how human...

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