Category – Awards

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.

Brown CS Student Michael Foiani Will Receive A Joslin Award


Brown University's Department of Computer Science has just announced that Michael Foiani, a concentrator in computer science and physics, will receive Brown's Alfred H. Joslin Award. The Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown. Award winners generally demonstrate a wide breadth of involvement during their campus years as well as substantial depth in one or more areas. Through their leadership and involvement, they have not only enhanced their own liberal education, they have also provided services, programs and other opportunities for involvement to …

Anna Lysyanskaya Receives A Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Response Policy Research Fund Award


This year, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Response Policy Research Fund is providing $226,536 to support four Brown University research projects that will help policymakers, health officials, educators, and community leaders understand and address critical lessons learned from COVID-19. One of them (“Privacy-Preserving Digital Health Certificates”), led by Brown CS faculty member Anna Lysyanskaya, will explore using privacy-preserving authentication algorithms in digital vaccine credentials.

Chen Sun Receives A Salomon Award For Learning From Astronaut Spacewalk Videos


A new project ("Learning Implicit Structured Neural Network Representation by Watching and Listening to Astronaut Spacewalk Videos") by Brown CS faculty member Chen Sun has just received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award. This honor, given annually by Brown University’s Office of the Vice President for Research, was established to support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for selected faculty research projects of exceptional merit, with preference given to junior faculty in the process of building their research portfolio.

Brown CS Alum Ani Kristo And Collaborators Are 2022 Sort Benchmark Winners


Developed in 1994 by Turing Award winner Jim Gray, Sort Benchmark is an annual competition in which researchers attempt to rapidly sort a terabyte of data. Brown CS alum Ani Kristo, now at Meta, and Adjunct Associate Professor Tim Kraska, now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with collaborator Padmanabhan S. Pillai of Intel Labs, have recently won the contest’s top prize in the JouleSort Indy category, which measures energy efficiency, using a Learned Sorting algorithm. Their implementation, ELSAR, showed that one can sort a terabyte using 62,912 (+/- 372) joules with a runtime of 618.1 (+/- 5) seconds on …

Brown CS Undergraduates Advance To The International Collegiate Programming Contest Nationals


Brown CS faculty member Yu Cheng, the department’s new ICPC coach, is himself a prior ICPC World Finalist. On February 25, he brought twelve students to the ICPC’s 2022 Northeast North America (NENA) Regional Contest at the College of the Holy Cross site: one team ranked sixth, earning one of four silver medals, and advanced to the North America Championship (NAC), to be held at the University of Central Florida in May. Their competitors will include teams from 50 universities from the United States and Canada that advanced to the NAC from one of the 11 North America Regional Contests, …