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2008-0908.newfac.pngAssistant Professors Rodrigo Fonseca and Erik Sudderth

The Department is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members, Rodrigo Fonseca and Erik Sudderth, who will both start at Brown in the fall of 2009. Rodrigo will join the Department after doing postdoctoral work at Yahoo! Research and receiving his Ph.D. from the ...

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The National Science Foundation has recently awarded Professors Tom Doeppner, Spike Hughes, Shriram Krishnamurthi and Steven Reiss a grant, in the expected amount of $540,000, to develop an integrated and rigorous set of courses for teaching students in the humanities and social sciences concepts from computer science. The project, entitled “Applied Computer Science for ...

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By Jocelyn Adams and Ian Sherman

In the spring of 2007, a team composed of Jocelyn Adams, a composer/musician and music concentrator, and Ian Sherman, a musician and computer science concentrator, received a named UTRA earmarked for research in media and production. They pursued their project entitled, “Wearable sensor networks as an interface to ...

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2008-0716.robot.pngMy collaborator Sonia Chernova, gesturing to our prototype.

By Matthew Loper, Ph.D. Student

As a roboticist, the most frequently asked question I hear is, “where is my robot?” People are fascinated by the humanoid mechanical golems that roam across their TV screens, and to them, it’s my duty to provide one.

I could ...

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The Office of Naval Research has recently awarded funding in the expected amount of $1 million to Chad Jenkins for his research project on the development of physics-based methods for human tracking from video.

As a recipient of the PECASE award, Chad was eligible to apply for this substantial funding. This research pursues physically plausible ...

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Along with coauthor J. Eliot B. Moss, Maurice Herlihy was recently given an award for the most influential paper by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group - Computer Architecture (ACM SIGARCH) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Computer Society Technical Community on Computer Architecture (IEEE-CS TCCA) for his 1993 paper, Transactional Memory ...

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Q: How did you end up in Computer Science?

A: Long story short: As an undergraduate, I concentrated in math and I spent lots of time hanging out with grad students in Harvard’s math department, enough time to convince me that I did not want to be a math grad student. After I graduated, I ...

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Q: How did you end up in Computer Science?

A: I took a course about computers at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia around 1965 and never looked back.

Q: You’ve consistently taught the Introduction to Software Engineering course. How has the course evolved? What about the students?

A: Actually I taught the courses that kept ...

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On Friday, May 30, Chad Jenkins and the Brown Robotics Group hosted the Fourth Annual New England Manipulation Symposium (NEMS). Researchers from Clark University, the University of Connecticut, Dartmouth, ENERGID, Harvard, MIT, Olin College, Roger Williams University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Union College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Yale attended the one-day ...

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At Brown University's 240th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25, 2008, the Computer Science Department awarded 30 Master of Science degrees and 12 Ph.Ds. In addition, 48 bachelor's degrees were conferred in the department's 29th year. Chair Roberto Tamassia, who completed his 20th academic year as a faculty member at Brown ...

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