Articles by Jesse Polhemus

Twenty-Eight Students Win 2024 Brown CS Senior Prizes


Anika Bahl, Nathan Benavides-Luu, Nicholas Bottone, Swetabh Changkakoti, Ivery Chen, Jiahua Chen, Jack Cheng, Daniel Cho, Troy Conklin, Benjamin Goff, Mandy He, David Heffren, Dylan Hu, Helen Huang, Hammad Izhar, Mehek Jethani, Anirudh Narsipur, Anna Ohrt, Nishka Pant, Sreehari Rammohan, Joseph Rotella, Shreyas Sundara Raman, Shirley Loayza Sanchez, Anh Truong, Qiuhong (Anna) Wei, Angela Xing, Carolyn Zech, and Conrad Zimmerman have each received the Senior Prize in Computer Science for their academic work as well as their service to Brown CS.  

Diverse Career Paths: Brown CS Alum Peter Revesz Deciphers The Inscription On An Ancient Sphinx


On a trip to Athens as a Fulbright scholar in 2008, Brown CS alum Peter Revesz, now a professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Computing with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, remembered his conversations with the late Paris Kanellakis, a Brown CS faculty member. They ultimately led to his deciphering a series of enigmatic ancient inscriptions, including 28 Minoan Linear A texts, the Phaistos Disk, and most recently, the inscription on a 3rd-century Roman statue of a sphinx that has baffled scholars for almost two centuries.

Roberto Tamassia Gives An Invited Talk On Searchable Encryption At Italy’s National Cybersecurity Agency


Late last year, Brown University’s Roberto Tamassia (Chair of the Department of Computer Science and James A. and Julie N. Brown Professor of Computer Science) gave an invited talk at the Italian National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN), the branch of the Italian government devoted to the protection of national interests in the field of cybersecurity. Reporting directly to Italy's Prime Minister, ACN is responsible for safeguarding Italy's security and resilience in cyberspace, preventing and mitigating cyber attacks, and promoting cybersecurity awareness and education in government, business, and society.

Anna Lysyanskaya Receives The Levchin Prize For Real-World Cryptography


The International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) is a nonprofit scientific organization whose purpose is to further research in cryptology and related fields. Every year at the Real World Crypto Symposium (RWC), they award the Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography, which honors major innovations in cryptography that have had a significant impact on the practice of cryptography and its use in real-world systems. Two prizes are awarded each year, and one of this year’s winners is Brown University James A. and Julie N. Brown Professor of Computer Science Anna Lysyanskaya. 

Tim Nelson, Daniel Ritchie, And James Tompkin Receive Promotions


Brown CS is happy to announce that faculty members Tim Nelson, Daniel Ritchie, and James Tompkin have received promotions. Pending the approval of Brown’s Corporation and effective as of July 1, 2024, Tim has been promoted to Senior Lecturer, Daniel to Associate Professor with tenure, and James to Associate Professor with tenure.

Robert Y. Lewis Co-Founds A New Formalized Mathematics Journal


Brown CS faculty member Robert Y. Lewis has just co-founded the Annals of Formalized Mathematics, a new diamond open-access journal that will publish original articles about formalized mathematics and mathematical applications of proof assistants. Also known as interactive theorem provers, these tools are used to produce formally correct mathematics: users write definitions, theorems, and proofs in a specialized language and receive instant feedback from the computer about each line. Rob will serve as Managing Editor alongside Filippo A. E. Nuccio Mortarino Majno di Capriglio of the Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne in France.