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BrownCS Celebrates 35 Years

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

As the Brown community came together to celebrate Commencement in the University’s 250th year, computer science alumni reunited this weekend to celebrate another anniversary. This year marks the 35th year of Brown’s Department of Computer Science, which was founded in 1979.

Much has changed in ...

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Matteo Riondato Wins SDM 2014 Best Student Poster Award

Just weeks after a successful thesis defense, Brown University Computer Science (BrownCS) graduate Matteo Riondato PhD ’14 has just won the Best Student Poster award at the 2014 SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) International Conference on Data Mining (SDM).

“I was amazed,” he comments. “It’s a wonderful conclusion to my past five ...

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Roberto Tamassia Prepares To Step Down As Department Chair

Roberto Tamassia is stepping down. At the end of his seven-year tenure as Brown University Computer Science (BrownCS) Department Chair (two terms, plus a transitional year as Professor Ugur Cetintemel prepares to take on the role), he takes a moment to look back on the years past from his office on the fourth floor of ...

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BrownCS Alumnus Jack Stankovic To Receive University Of York Honorary Doctorate

Brown University’s Department of Computer Science (BrownCS) alumni continue their tradition of achievement, with Jack Stankovic PhD '79 about to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of the University from University of York, U.K.

Now a professor at the University of Virginia, Stankovic was one of the first graduates of the BrownCS PhD ...

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Brown University’s Department of Computer Science has exceeded its own record for the largest number of Seed Awards in a single year, with six faculty members sharing five awards in 2014. Ugur Cetintemel, Sorin Istrail, Chad Jenkins, Tim Kraska, Michael Littman, and Ben Raphael received the awards from Brown University’s Office of the ...

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Students

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

Community outreach connects Brown CS students to the Providence area. For more articles on how Brown CS students inspire and lead members of the greater Providence community click here.

Middle school teacher Adam Newall calls it “the eternal question” of introductory algebra. As students tread water in ...

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Michael Littman, Melwyn Pak Yong Ho, And Elyse McManus At CHI2014: Programming The Smart Home

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

The idea of a smart home sounds promising enough. Who doesn’t want a house full of automated gadgets — from light switches to appliances to heating systems — that know exactly when to turn on, turn off, heat up or power down?

But in order for all those ...

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Pedro Felzenszwalb Wins ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award

Pedro Felzenszwalb, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown University, has just won the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Grace Murray Hopper Award for his contributions to object recognition in pictures and video. It’s accompanied by a prize in the expected amount of $35,000.

Pedro is the first Brown faculty ...

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Herlihy's Distributed Computing Through Combinatorial Topology Named A Notable Book

Maurice Herlihy's Distributed Computing Through Combinatorial Topology has just been selected by Computing Reviews as a Best of 2013 Notable Book. The entire list is available at the Computing Reviews site. Congratulations, Maurice!

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Alumnus David Blei '97 Wins ACM Award

Professors John Savage and Michael Littman share the news that BrownCS alumnus David Blei '97 has won an ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computer Sciences for his development of powerful modeling techniques to speed information retrieval from large data collections.

Michael says, "I'm really excited for David. I got to work with him a ...