Articles by Jesse Polhemus

Philip Klein And Brown CS Alums Receive The 2023 STOC Test Of Time Award


The Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC), held since 1969, is widely considered the one of the two most important conferences in the field of theory of computing.  This year, a 1991 paper by Brown CS faculty member Philip Klein and his doctoral advisees Ajit Agrawal (founder and current head of AKAconomics, a fintech company) and R. Ravi (now Andris A. Zoltners Professor of Business and Professor of Operations Research and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University) has received the conference’s 30-year Test of Time Award.

Anna Lysyanskaya Receives A Named Chair


Brown University’s Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) is pleased to announce that faculty member Anna Lysyanskaya received a named chair in the Senior Chair rank at the May, 2023 meeting of the Corporation of Brown University. Anna is now the James A. and Julie N. Brown Professor of Computer Science.

Brown CS Remembers Eugene Charniak


Brown CS is mourning the loss of University Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Cognitive Science Eugene Charniak, one of our founding faculty members. He passed away on June 13, just a few days after his seventy-seventh birthday. A pioneer in the field of natural language processing, Eugene joined the department in 1978, served as Department Chair from 1991 to 1997, was recognized with an endowed professorship in 2006, and retired last year. 

BinWrap: Safeguarding Node.js Applications From Native Library Risks


In a forthcoming paper that has received the ACM ASIA Conference on Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS 2023)’s Distinguished Paper Award, researchers at Brown and collaborators at Aarno Labs, FORTH, and TUC developed a new system that can automatically protect against these native library threats while requiring minimal developer effort. The system, called BinWrap, combines protections of both the native portion of a library and its language-specific wrapper.

Brown CS Will Host HotOS 2023, Bringing The World’s Top Systems Researchers To Campus


From June 22-24, Brown University’s Department of Computer Science will host the world’s most prominent workshop on new ideas in computer systems, the ACM SIGOPS 19th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS 2023). The event will bring 100 of the field’s thought leaders to Providence and demonstrate Brown’s continued status as a leading center for systems research and study. Brown CS faculty member Malte Schwarzkopf is the event’s General Chair.

Look Where Our 2023 Graduates Are Headed!


At last month's Commencement ceremony, Brown CS presented diplomas to 346 undergraduate students, 20.6% of all the undergraduates who graduated from Brown this May. Just as it’s been for the last seven years, Computer Science is the most popular concentration on campus.

WIRED Asks A New Brown CS Research Group About Multilingual Large Language Models


Three doctoral students at Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) have formed a new research group, and last week, WIRED asked them about the problem that ChatGPT and its peers are far less capable when faced with non-English languages. Jessica Forde (advised by Brown CS faculty member Michael Litman), Ruochen Zhang (advised by Brown CS faculty member Carsten Eickhoff), and Yong Zheng-Xin (advised by Brown CS faculty member Stephen Bach) have made it their goal to build natural language processing (NLP) technology for Southeast Asian languages. 


Brown CS Alum Atul Butte Has Been Named An AAAS Fellow


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. Late last year, they elected Brown CS alum Atul Butte (now Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco) to the rank of Fellow in the Section on Medical Sciences.