Articles by Jesse Polhemus

Brown CS PhD Student Victor Ojewale And Collaborators Receive An IEEE SATML Distinguished Paper Award


Held in Toronto, Canada, last month, the IEEE Conference on Secure and Trustworthy Machine Learning (IEEE SATML) focuses on expanding on the theoretical and practical understandings of vulnerabilities inherent to ML systems, exploring the robustness of ML algorithms and systems, and aiding in developing a unified, coherent scientific community which aims to build trustworthy ML systems. The event’s organizers recognized only two papers with their Distinguished Paper Award, and new research by Brown CS PhD student Victor Ojewale was one of them. 

Brown CS PhD Alum Sridhar Ramaswamy Has Been Named CEO Of Snowflake


Brown CS PhD alum Sridhar Ramaswamy has recently been named Chief Executive Officer of Snowflake, an American cloud computing–based data cloud company with headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. Snowflake is a scalable data cloud platform that allows organizations to store, analyze, collaborate and build applications on top of data efficiently. Snowflake was ranked first on the Forbes Cloud 100 in 2019 and its initial public offering raised $3.4 billion in 2020, one of the largest software IPOs in history. Previously, Sridhar held the position of Snowflake’s Senior Vice President of AI.

Shriram Krishnamurthi Receives Brown’s Philip J. Bray Award For Excellence In Teaching In The Physical Sciences


Brown University’s Dean of the Faculty gives out five different awards annually to recognize continued excellence in teaching, and this year, Brown CS faculty member Shriram Krishnamurthi has received the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences. 

“It’s humbling to receive the same award as all our prior honorees,” says Shriram, “and....what makes me happiest is to see that our junior faculty are following the same tradition that Andy, John, and Peter established in the 60s and that has been a cultural touchstone for us ever since.”

Avrim Blum Gives The 23rd Annual Kanellakis Memorial Lecture


Each year, Brown CS invites one of the field's most prominent scientists to address wide-ranging topics in honor of Paris C. Kanellakis, a distinguished computer scientist who was an esteemed and beloved member of the Brown CS community. Last month, Avrim Blum, Professor and Chief Academic Officer of the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), delivered the twenty-third annual Paris C. Kanellakis Memorial Lecture: “Robustly-reliable learners for unreliable data”. 

Brown CS PhD Student Zainab Iftikhar Asks How Machines Understand Empathy

Does a machine and a human understand empathy in the same way? Brown CS doctoral student Zainab Iftikhar and her collaborators suggest not entirely. The emergence of Chat-GPT has stirred up discussions around the essence of humanity in the world of artificial intelligence. Traditionally, humans have been recognized for their critical thinking, compassion, and empathy. However, a shift occurred as large language models joined the club, changing the focus of computational psychotherapy to use AI to develop models that write empathetically and blur the lines between human and machine understanding of empathy.

Brown CS PhD Student Tongyu Zhou’s Generative AI Infographics Share The Stage With Shaq

You’ve probably never seen infographics like these. If you have, did you ever dream of creating them yourself? They’re the work of Brown CS PhD student Tongyu Zhou. Advised by faculty member Jeff Huang, she was part of the team at Adobe that built Project Infograph It, a tool that allows laypeople to use generative AI to easily build customizable infographics from data sets and text prompts. At the recent Adobe Summit in Las Vegas, she took the stage alongside basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal for a keynote in which she rapidly turned a set of statistics from a fictional basketball …

Ellie Pavlick Receives Brown’s Early Career Research Achievement Award


Now in its eighth year, Brown University’s annual Early Career Research Achievement Award is presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research and supported by the Office of the President and the Provost to nurture and recognize the extraordinary research contributions of faculty. This year, Manning Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ellie Pavlick is the winner in the Physical Sciences category.

Qiuhong (Anna) Wei Receives The Norman K. Meyrowitz '81 Award


Brown University's Department of Computer Science has just announced that Qiuhong (Anna) Wei, a Brown CS student in the concurrent Master's program concentrating in Computer Science and Mathematics, a researcher in the Brown Visual Computing and Theoretical Computer Science at Brown groups, and one of the Meta Undergraduate Research Assistants (MURAs) who coordinate undergraduate research, has just won the Norman K. Meyrowitz '81 Award. Named for an alum known for his contributions to the department, the award recognizes exceptionally meritorious service to Brown CS and is accompanied by a cash prize of five hundred dollars.