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New Opportunities In CS: An SMS-Based Commodity Exchange In Ghana

by Wilson Cusack

For my undergraduate thesis, I am building an SMS-based commodity and transport exchange that I am planning to work on full-time in Ghana after graduating. Below is some reflection on my journey to this and the career culture in computer science.  


My interest in agriculture came when I took a year ...

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Brown CS Earns Landmark Recognition In Computer Operating Systems At SOSP 2015

Brown University’s Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has made its strongest showing to date at the 25th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2015), earning two of the most significant honors in the field of computer operating systems.

Professor Maurice Herlihy (and his collaborator, J. Eliot B. Moss ...

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Mace, Roelke, And Fonseca Win A Best Paper Award At SOSP 2015

Brown University Computer Science (Brown CS) PhD Candidate Jonathan Mace, Ryan Roelke '15 (now at Vertica), and Brown CS Assistant Professor Rodrigo Fonseca have just received one of three Best Paper Awards at the 25th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2015), currently being held in Monterey, California. SOSP is ...

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Jonathan Mace And Rodrigo Fonseca Develop

Inside Microsoft Research reports that PhD candidate Jonathan Mace and Professor Rodrigo Fonseca of Brown CS, collaborating with Microsoft Researchers Peter Bodik and Madan Musuvathi, have created a new server resource management framework, known as Retro. It identifies the cause of bottlenecks in cloud systems, then optimizes cloud resources to make cloud operations more cost-effective ...

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Jeff Huang Wins NSF CRII Grant And Salomon Award

Brown CS community members continue to win noteworthy grants and awards. To read more articles click here.

Less than two years after his arrival at Brown University’s Computer Science Department, Assistant Professor Jeff Huang has received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award from Brown’s Office of the Vice-President for Research as well ...

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Rodrigo Fonseca Wins NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Rodrigo Fonseca of Brown University’s Computer Science Department has just won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work on understanding the performance of distributed systems through causal tracing. He joins multiple previous Brown CS faculty winners, including (most recently) Erik Sudderth, James Hays, Ben Raphael, and Chad Jenkins. CAREER Awards ...

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Rodrigo Fonseca Helps Fight Brazilian Bank Fraud

Widespread weaknesses recently revealed in the Brazilian banking system have already resulted in up to US $3.75 billion in fraud. For readers unfamiliar with Brazil and its use of the “boleto” (a printable document issued by banks and businesses that allows easy financial transactions), Professor Rodrigo Fonseca of Brown University’s Department of Computer ...

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Stefanie Tellex Receives Salomon Award

Assistant Professor Stefanie Tellex of the Computer Science Department has just received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award from Brown University’s Office of the Vice-President for Research. She joins multiple previous winners from the Department, including Rodrigo Fonseca, Ugur Cetintemel, and John Jannotti. The award, given annually, was established to support excellence in ...

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Jeff Rasley

Computer Science PhD graduate student Jeff Rasley has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a prestigious and highly competitive program.

Jeff is broadly interested in networks, distributed systems, and security. His current research is on network profiling of "big data" workloads, which aims to better understand the interaction and performance of data center ...

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PhD student Andrew Ferguson was recently selected for a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship for his research in computer networks. He is advised by Rodrigo Fonseca. Andrew's proposed plan of research is to develop new methods for applications to collaboratively configure datacenter and enterprise networks. He is currently developing a technique ...