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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 ...

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Erik Sudderth Wins NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Erik Sudderth of Brown University’s Computer Science Department has just won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work on Bayesian nonparametric learning for large-scale structure discovery. It’s accompanied by a grant in the expected amount of more than $509,000. He joins multiple previous Brown CS faculty winners, including ...

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Iman Hajirasouliha Receives NSERC Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Associate Iman Hajirasouliha of Brown University’s Computer Science Department and the Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB) has just received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for his proposal (“Algorithms for constructing ancestral history of deep-sequenced tumors”) on cancer heterogeneity. Iman is the second ...

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Anna Lysyanskaya Appointed To EPIC Advisory Board

Brown University’s Computer Science Department congratulates Professor Anna Lysyanskaya on her appointment to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)’s Advisory Board.  She joins BrownCS alumna danah boyd.  EPIC is a leading privacy organization, and its Advisory Board is a distinguished group of experts that often contribute to “friend of the court” briefs for ...

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Brown University Press Release Media Contact: Kevin Stacey

To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle.

Yes, that’s a dance move, but it’s also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University.

The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns ...