Articles by Jesse Polhemus

A Guided Tour Of The Brown CS Digital Archive


The latest cover story from Conduit, the Brown CS annual magazine, is an intimate look at a treasure trove of our department's history.

Now in its fifth year, the Brown CS Digital Archive (BCSDA) is a crowdsourced effort to curate items that have contributed to Brown CS history and preserve them permanently online, where they’ll be accessible to all. The vast majority of the BCSDA’s more than 400 artifacts (photos, graphics, audio, video, and even code) have been submitted by alum Paul Anagnostopoulos. In the pages below, Paul takes us behind the scenes, telling the story of developing the …

Brown CS Student Mattie Ji Is A Runner-Up For The Schafer Prize For Excellence In Mathematics By An Undergraduate Woman


Almost twenty-five years ago, the Association for Women in Mathematics established the Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, to be awarded to an undergraduate woman for excellence in mathematics. This year, Brown CS student Mattie Ji, a senior majoring in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science, was the prize's runner-up.

Yong Zheng-Xin, Cristina Menghini, And Stephen Bach Earn A Socially Responsible Language Modelling Research (SoLaR) Best Paper Award


At the recent conference, work ("Low-Resource Languages Jailbreak GPT-4") from Brown CS PhD student Yong Zheng-Xin, postdoctoral researcher Cristina Menghini of Brown’s Data Science Institute, and Brown CS faculty member Stephen Bach was selected from 121 submissions to receive the workshop's Best Paper Award.

Michael Littman's New Book Recommends That We "Code To Joy" In A New Age Of Programming


We’re at a crucial moment, Brown CS University Professor Michael Littman believes, as the users and potentially the programmers of enormously powerful machines. In the face of doomsday artificial intelligence (AI) scenarios, algorithmic bias, and fears of job loss due to automation, he has a simple recommendation: we can get more happiness from our machines by telling them what our hearts desire. It’s the theme of his new book, Code to Joy, which was released earlier this year by The MIT Press.x

Brown CS Student Artem Agvanian And Alum Hannah Gross Earn First And Second Place SOSP Student Research Honors


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) is the organization’s flagship conference in computer systems and widely considered one of the world’s two top venues in systems research. Every year, their Student Research Competition allows undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their work to the community, and this year, Brown CS student Artem Agvanian and alum Hannah Gross (now a doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology) won prizes for their work. 

Michael Littman Receives The AAAI/EAAI Patrick Henry Winston Outstanding Educator Award


Every year at the Symposium on Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI), the Assocation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) awards the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator award, widely considered the highest honor in the field of AI education. This year's recipients were Brown CS faculty member Michael Littman and his longtime collaborator, Charles Isbell of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.