NYU Computer Science News

Remembering Prof. Jack Schwartz

One of the founders of the NYU Computer Science Department, Jack Schwartz, is remembered in a collection of reminiscences in the current issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, including a contribution from Professor Emeritus Martin Davis.

2014-2015 Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Russell Power has been awarded the 2014-2015 Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Sciences for his thesis "Building efficient distributed in-memory systems". His advisor was Jinyang Li. Congratulations!

2015 NYUAD Annual Hackathon

The fourth Annual NYUAD Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World, organized by Professor Sana Odeh, took place April 10-12. It drew over 100 students from a dozen countries worldwide. 

For more news about the hackathon, see here.

ACM Fellow

Juliana Freire has been named a Fellow of ACM for contributions to provenance management research and technology, and computational reproducibility. Congratulations!

See the press release for more information.

ACM Distinguished Scientist

Clark Barrett has been named a 2014 Distinguished Scientist by the ACM. Congratulations!

2015 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award

Theodore Rappaport and his students have been awarded the 2015 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for the outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper in IEEE publications. Congratulations!

Technical Achievement Award

Claudio Silva has been awarded the 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award in recognition of seminal advances in geometric computing. Congratulations!

Silver Professorship

NYU has awarded a Silver Professorship to Patrick Cousot. Congratulations!

Best Paper Award

"Finding Minimum Type Error Sources" by doctoral students Zvonimir Pavlinovic and Tim King and Prof. Thomas Wies has won the Best Paper Award at OOPSLA 2014 (Object Oriented Programming, Systems, Language, and Applications). Congratulations!


David Sontag and Thomas Wies have each received an NSF CAREER award for their projects "Exact Algorithms for Learning Latent Structures" and "Abstracting Programs for Automated Debugging". Congratulations!

Profile of Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun's work on back-propagation neural networks and deep learning are the subject of an in-depth profile in Wired.

Subhash Khot wins Nevanlinna Prize

Subhash Khot has been awarded the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for 2014 for his formulation and analysis of the Unique Games Conjecture. The Nevanlinna Prize is given every 4 years by the International Mathematical Union for outstanding contributions in mathematical aspects of information sciences. The award citation states that "Efforts to prove the conjecture, to disprove it, and to discover its consequences have all proven enormously fruitful. The Unique Games Conjecture will be driving research in theoretical computer science for many years to come." Congratulations!

Read the News Release.

Read the "What It Takes to Win the World's Highest Computer Science Honor" Article in Wired.

International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals

At the 2014 World Finals ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest, held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, the NYU team placed 13th overall, and 1st among North American teams, beating out teams from such schools as MIT, Stanford, CMU, and Berkeley. Congratulations to the team Bowen Yu, Fabian Gundlach, and Danilo Neves Ribeiro and their coaches Brett Bernstein, Evan Korth and Sean McIntyre!


Marateck Prize to Deena Engel

Deena Engel is the first recipient of the Samuel L. Marateck Prize for Outstanding Teaching in Computer Science. The Marateck Prize was established by the Courant Institute in memory of Prof. Sam Marateck, an outstanding and well-loved teacher and colleague in the Computer Science Department from 1973 to 2013. 

IEEE Harlan D. Mills Award

The IEEE Computer Society has awarded the Harlan D. Mills 2014 Award to Patrick Cousot and Radhia Cousot for the invention of abstract interpretation, development of tool support, and its practical application. Congratulations! Link

Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data

Ernie Davis (Professor of Computer Science) and Gary Marcus (Professor of Psychology) give their thoughts on Big Data in an op-ed article in the New York Times.


North American Invitational Programming Contest

At the 2014 North American Invitational Programming Contest, the NYU team came in 7th. Congratulations to the team Bowen Yu, Fabian Gundlach, and Danilo Neves Ribeiro and their coaches Brett Bernstein, Evan Korth, and Sean McIntyre. 


Distinguished Young Alumnus Award to Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison, an alumnus of the department, is the recipient of the 2014 NYU Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Chris is a gradute of the accelerated Bachelor's/ Master's program in Computer Science at NYU. He received his BA in 2005 and his M.Sc. in 2006. Having finished a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, he is now an assistant professor at CMU. He is one of the leading researchers in the area of human-computer interactions. Link.

Gold Medal to Yi Louisa Lu in ACM Competition

Yi Louisa Lu has won the first prize in the Undergraduate Student Competition at the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization for her project "Unleashing the Power of General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit" under the supervision of Prof. Mohamed Zahran. Louisa is a senior doing a joint major in computer science and math. Congratulations!


Arab Women in Computing

Sana Odeh's research on Arab Women in Computing is featured in a video article on the BBC.

Sam Marateck

Prof. Sam Marateck passed away on January 14, after an illness of several months.

Sam taught for decades in the Computer Science department. He was a particularly well-loved teacher, deeply engaged with his many students. 

He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed. 


ACM Fellow

Dennis Shasha has been named a Fellow of the ACM. Congratulations! Link

NYU, Facebook to collaborate in new research lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Facebook will be creating a new research lab focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a branch at Astor Place, and with close ties to the Center for Data Science and to the Computer Science Department. Yann LeCun has been appointed as founding director of the lab.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/yann.lecun/posts/10151728212367143

Longuet-Higgins Prize

Rob Fergus has won the IEEE CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) Longuet-Higgins prize for his 2003 paper "Object Class Recognition by Unsupervised Scale-Invariant Learning" with Pietro Perona and Andrew Zisserman. The prize is awarded for "fundamental contributions in computer vision." Link

New initiative in data-intensive science and discovery

New York University has launched a new multi-million dollar collaboration, with Berkeley and U. Washington, to enable university researchers to harness the full potential of the data-rich world that characterizes all fields of science and discovery. At NYU, the initiative will be led by Yann LeCun. This partnership will spur collaborations within and across the three campuses and other partners pursuing similar data-intensive science goals.

The new five-year, $37.8 million initiative, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, was announced today November 12, at a meeting sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

A televised annoucement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy can be viewed at http://live.science360.gov tomorrow November 13 at 2:00 PM. Link

Is Code the Most Important Language?

Professor Evan Korth discusses coding and programming languages in an episode of the PBS video series Off Book. 


NYU Purple team wins Greater New York ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

The NYU Purple team of Bowen Yu, Fabian Gundlach, and Danilo Neves Ribeiro won the 2013 Greater New York ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, held October 27 at Yale University. The team answered all nine problems with no mistakes, and came in 1st of 50 teams, including teams from Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, SUNY Stony Brook, and Yale. They are invited to compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Yekaterinburg, Russia next June.

Four other NYU teams competed as well, and did very well. NYU White (Kelly Martin, Danny Padawer, and Chris Williams) placed 11th. NYU Bobcat (Yury Skobov, David Ackerman, and Aviv Goldgeier) placed 14th. NYU Torch (Stephen Hu, Weilun Du, and Dun Wang) placed 17th. NYU Gold (Y.D. Choi, Emily Lin, and Ben Xie) placed 25th out of 50 teams.

Congratulations to all the participants, and to coaches Evan Korth, Brett Bernstein, Sean McIntyre, and Zhuoran Yu.


Regional Finalist in Siemens Competition

Surin Ahn, a student of Mamaroneck High School, has been named as one of 100 Regional Finalists in the 2013 Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Her project, on robot motion planning, was mentored by Professor Chee Yap. 

Link to News Article. 

Honorary Member London Math Society

Margaret Wright has been elected an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society. Congratulations! Link

IEEE CIS Neural Networks Pioneer Award to Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun has been awarded the 2014 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Networks Pioneer Award, recognizing "significant contributions to early concepts and sustained  development in the field of neural networks."

James H. Wilkinson Prize

Lexing Ying has received the 2013 James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical analysis and Scientific Computation. Lexing got his Ph.D. from the NYU Computer Science Department in 2004 under the supervision of Denis Zorin. Link

Best Paper Award at Robotics: Science and Systems

Chee Yap's paper "Soft Subdivision Search in Motion Planning" has won a Challenges and Vision Best Paper Award at the Robotics: Science and Systems Conference. Congratulations! Link

The future of AI

A PBS Off Book video on the future of artificial intelligence features interviews with Ernie Davis and Yann LeCun. Link

Patrick and Radhia Cousot receive SIGPLAN Achievement award

Patrick and Radhia Cousot have received the SIGPLAN Achievement award, for the invention, development, and application of abstract interpretation. Congratulations! Link

Deep Learning

A historical survey of deep learning in the current issue of CACM features the work of Yann LeCun. Link

Machine learning for early detection of diabetes

David Sontag is leading a research group, with collaborators from NYU, Langone Medical Center, and Independence Blue Cross, to apply machine learning techniques to IBC's medical and pharmacy claims data to detect patients at risk for undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes. The co-investigators are Saul Blecker and Ann Marie Schmidt, at Langone, and Yann LeCun at Courant. Link

CRA Undergraduate Researcher Award

Mark Rich has received an honorable mention in the CRA (Computing Research Association) Undergraduate Research Awards. Mark's project, carried out under the advisement of Prof. Lakshmi Subramanian, involved building a city-level traffic congestion detection and mitigation system that computes real-time traffic densities, based on data from noisy traffic cameras at different locations within a city. The system uses a belief network to interpret and integrate the data, and then leverages this information to accurately predict traffic congestion levels and potentially mitigate traffic jams. Mark is a senior with a double major in Economics and a joint major in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Outstanding Teacher Award

Craig Kapp has received an Outstanding Teacher Award for 2013.

Motion Capture for Terrorist Surveillance

Chris Bregler's work on applying motion capture technology to detecting terrorist activities in videos of crowds is featured in an article in the online Scientific American. Link. Story in NPR.

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award

Zvi Kedem has received the Outstanding Contribution to ACM award for his leadership in rebuilding the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) as a modern cognitive map of the computing field for the worldwide computing community. As editor-in-chief, Kedem managed the effort to revise and automate the key component that underlies the ACM Digital Library's search index infrastructure. Link


Evan Korth discusses hacking in a PBS OffBook video. Link.

Analyzing fan behavior at sporting events

The work of George Williams, of the NYU Movement Lab, on automated analysis of facial expressions of fans in a sports stadium is featured in Time Magazine's "10 Ideas That Make A Difference". LinkScan.

NYUAD Hackathon

The NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World took place on Feb. 21-25. More than 80 students from 16 countries participated. The Hackathon was founded and is organized by Prof. Sana' Odeh. Congratulations to all involved! Link  News Story

Center for Data Science

NYU has announced the launching of an initiative in Data Science and Statistics. The university-wide effort includes the creation of the Center for Data Science, the first such program in the United States. Prof. Yann LeCun is Director of the Center. The Center will have a masters degree program, accepting students for the fall of 2013, and plans to have a doctoral program starting at a later date. Link

Motion Capture in 2012

A New York Times retrospective on graphics in 2012 features four projects from Chris Bregler's Motion Capture Lab: "Olympics Diving", "Olympics One with the Water", "What Romney and Obama's Body Language Says to Voters", and "Connecting Music and Gesture (The Maestro's Mojo, Alan Gilbert and the NY Philharmonics)". Link

Labelling artworks

The Entrupy system, developed by Lakshmi Subramanian and Ashlesh Sharma, for labelling works of art against counterfeiting, is featured in Forbes magazine as one of "Four Disruptive Technologies to Watch in 2013". Link

Movement Lab partners with Digitas

The Movement Lab and Digitas have announced a partnership program to co-create 3D Motion Capture Brand Experiences. Link

Fellows of IEEE and ACM

Claudio Silva has been named a fellow of IEEE and Keith Ross has been named a fellow of ACM. Claudio and Keith are affiliated faculty members and professors at NYU-Poly. Links: Claudio and Keith

Research in Deep Learning

A front page article in NY Times discusses progress in deep learning and cites Yann LeCun's research. Link.

AMS Fellows

Profs. Joel Spencer and Margaret Wright and professor emeritus Martin Davis have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, together with 21 other Courant Institute faculty. Link

2013 NYUAD Annual Hackathon

The NYU Abu Dhabi Department for Computer Science, in associate with the NYUAD Institute, is excited to announce the 2013 NYUAD Annual Hackathon: Building Apps for Social Good in the Arab World. Link

Researchers Determine How Inflammatory Cells Function

Prof. Rich Bonneau is part of a research team that has analyzed how T-cells regulate their genomes. This understanding could lead to developing new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory diseases, such as Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. Link

CACM Research Highlight Nomination

"SuperC: Parsing All of C by Taming the Preprocessor" by Ph.D. student Paul Gazzillo and Professor Robert Grimm, presented at PLDI 12 (Programming Language Design and Implementation), has been nominated for a CACM Research Highlight by ACM SIGPLAN.). Link

Workshop on Women in Computing in the Arab World

The Regional Conference on Women in Computing in the Arab World, organized by Prof. Sana' Odeh, held on March 4 and 5 2012 at NYU Abu Dhabi, is featured in an article in the current issue of ACM's Women in Computing (pg 33-34). Link

Academy for Software Engineering opens

A new New York City high school, the Academy for Software Engineering, has opened this fall with a freshman class of 100 students. Several members of the NYU Computer Science department are involved with this: Evan Korth is Chair of the Advisory Board; Deena Engel and Adam Meyers are members of the Advisory Board; and Mike Zamansky (BA 1989, MS 1995) is a member of the Advisory Board and has been one of the leading figures in getting the Academy established. Link

IEEE Education Award

Ted Rappaport has received the IEEE William E. Sayle II Award for Achievement in Education. Congratulations! Link

Computing Extremal Quasiconformal Maps

The paper "Computing Extremal Quasiconformal Maps" by Ofir Weber, Ashish Myles and Denis Zorin has been awarded the 1st place Best Paper Award at the Eurographics/ACM Symposium on Geometry Processing.

Computer Vision article in Popular Science

The computer vision research of Yann LeCun and his collaborators at five universities, and its applications to guiding self-piloted drones, are featured in an article in Popular Science. Link

Best Paper Award

The paper "Computing Extremal Quasiconformal Maps" by Ofir Weber, Ashish Myles and Denis Zorin has been awarded the first place Best Paper Award at the Eurographics/ACM Symposium on Geometry Processing. Link

Motion Capture and the Butterfly Stroke

Chris Bregler's motion capture technology is used in this New York Times analysis of the butterfly stroke, executed by Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer. Link Chris has also applied motion capture to Olympic diving. Link

Best Paper Prize at DEBS 2012

The best paper prize at DEBS 2012 (Distributed Event-Based Systems) has been awarded to the paper "From a Calculus to an Execution Environment for Stream Processing" by Robert Soulé (Ph.D. NYU), Martin Hirzel (IBM Research), Buğra Gedik (Bilkent University) and Prof. Robert Grimm. Congratulations! Link.

Google Faculty Research Awards

Professors Yann LeCun, Mehryar Mohri, Ken Perlin, and David Sontag have each been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award. (Prof. LeCun's is joint with Eugenio Culurciello of Purdue.) Congratulations! Link

Augmented reality glove

Prof. Ken Perlin, together with a team from the MIT Media Lab, has developed an augmented reality glove called T(ether), to enhance interaction between the physical and digital worlds. Link

Object Recognition in a Distributed Neural Network

A team of scientists at Google, including Marc'Aurelio Ranzato (Ph.D. NYU Computer Science, 2009), implemented a distributed neural network with 1 billion connection over a network with 16,000 processors(1000 machines). Applying "deep learning" to a dataset of 10,000,000 unlabelled images, the network achieved an accuracy of 15.8% in identifying 20,000 different categories, an improvement of 70% over the state of the art. An article in the New York Times reports the work; the article also quotes Prof. Yann LeCun on the application of deep learning techniques to speech recognition. Link. Click here to view the video: Link

A rat is smarter than Google

A discussion between Yann LeCun and Josh Tenenbaum of MIT on artificial intelligence is featured in TechNews. Link

Best Paper at SIGCHI 2012

Yuichiro Takeuchi and Professor Ken Perlin won a Best Paper prize at the SIGCHI 2012 for "ClayVision : The (Elastic) Image of the City". Congratulations! Link

How the Blind are Reinventing the iPhone

Nektarios Paisios's research on applying computer technology for the blind is featured in an article in Atlantic Magazine. Link

NYU President's Service Award

Erica Wolfe has been awarded an NYU President's Service Award for her work as President of both the Graduate Student Government and the Masters Association for Computer Science.

Tamar Schlick named 2012 SIAM Fellow

Tamar Schlick, Professor of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science has been named a Fellow of SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics).  She is being conferred the fellowship for contributions to integration, optimization, and modeling techniques for the study of biomolecular structure and function. Dr. Schlick's research team develops innovative molecular modling, bioinformatics, and mathematical methods to study problems in DNA repair and fidelity mechanisms, chromatin folding, and RNA structure and function. Link

Motion Capture and Orchestra Conduction

Chris Bregler's Motion Capture Lab has been working with Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, in applying motion capture technique to the gestures and motions of an orchestral conductor. Link.

NYUAD Workshop on Women in Computing in the Arab World

The NYUAD Regional Collaborative Workshop on Women in Computing in the Arab World, organized by Sana' Odeh, took place on March 4-5. Forty Prominent international and regional women (CS professors, IT professionals and entrepreneurs) from 13 countries from the Arab World, the US and Canada. This unprecedented regional workshop explored the opportunities as well as the diverse challenges facing women in computing in the Arab World. Link

Spring 2012 Hackathon

Over 300 students participated in the Spring 2012 Hackathon, held at NYU on March 24-25, and organized by Evan Korth of NYU and Chris Wiggins of Columbia.

Congratulations to the winning teams, Link. Read More, Link.




Molecular Braille Created to Identify DNA Molecules

A research team led by Prof. Bud Mishra of NYU and Profs. Jason Reed and Jim Gimzewski of UCLA has developed a method to use nanoparticles to turn DNA molecule into a form of molecular braille that can be read in the scale of nanometers, using high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy. Link.




HackNY Interview

Brian Lehrer of CUNY TV interviews Prof. Evan Korth of New York University and Prof. Chris Wiggins of Columbia University about HackNY.

Video Link (Starts at the 20:00 mark) 

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

Russell Power is one of the 12 recipients of the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowships for 2012. Congratulations to Russell and to Jinyang Li, his advisor!

Elementary and High School Math

Prof. Alan Siegel, together with Profs. Stanley Ocken and Ethan Aken of CUNY spoke to the Pelham Math Committee about the need for a strong K-12 math curriculum and about the inadequacies of the current "Investigations" curriculum. Read More: Link

People to watch

Two alumni of the Computer Science Department are featured in the article "NewYork tech: 12 people to watch in 2012" in the New York Daily News. Rebecca Zhou (CS minor) organized the "Raise Cache" event last November to raise funds for HackNY. Alex Iskold (MSCS) is the founder of GetGlue, a social network based on entertainment. Read More: Link

Evan Korth, Deena Engel, Adam Meyers and Mike Zamansky, an integral part of Academy for Software Engineering

The Academy for Software Engineering, a new New York City public high school, will be opening this fall. Prof. Evan Korth will be Chair of the Advisory Board for the school. The school was inspired by Stuyvesant High School's successful program led by Computer science Teacher Mike Zamansky who is an alumnus of the Computer Science department (BA, MS). Professors Adam Meyers and Deena Engel also serve on the Advisory Board. Read More: Link

MuseAmi presented at CES

MuseAmi, a music software engine created by a team including Yann LeCun, was presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Read More in an articel in the Philadelphia inquirer: Link

Job opportunities for computer science majors

A story on CNN Money about the growing popularity of the CS major and the job opportunities it offers features interviews with Prof. Evan Korth and NYU CS major Tal Safran. Link.

NYU CS alumnus is one of Forbes' top young scientists.

Chris Harrison, who got his BA and MS from the NYU Computer Science department, and is now a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon, is on the Forbes magazine list of top 30 scientists under 30. Article in Forbes.

Students Shift to Computer Science

Evan Korth is featured in a Wall Street Journal article on the increasing popularity of Computer Science for undergraduate students. Link

Deena Engel's class praised by Chronicle of Higher Education

Deena Engel's class "Literary Archives and Web Development" has been cited in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education as an exemplar of the kind of training in technical skills that current humanities graduate students should get. Read More.

NYU-AD International Hackathon

The first International Hackathon for the Social Good in the Arab World was held October 28-30 at NYU Abu Dhabi. The event brought together 50 student participants, from colleges in the Middle East and the US, and more than 20 experts acting as speakers, mentors, and judges, for three-days of intensive programming. NYU-NY undergraduates Max Stoller and Tengchao Zhou, teaming with Monir Abu Hilal from PSUT (Jordan) won second prize for their application "OpenMena", a web-based resource designed to provide government data in an accessible format for computer programmers. Read More

The Human Proteome Folding Project uses World Community Grid to Solve Protein Problems

The Human Proteome Folding Project, led by Richard Bonneau, has used the World Community Grid to solve problems of predicting protein function. The project has run on 1.5 million CPUs worldwide, totalling to date 500,000 CPU years. See a short video. Or read the paper.

RaiseCache: A Celebration of NY Tech

RaiseCache, a night-long event with party and fashion show, was held on Nov. 17. It was organized as a fundraiser for hackNY by Rebecca Zhou, who graduated NYU in 2011 with a major in Economics and a minor in Computer Science. Read More. And see videos, including a message from Mayor Bloomberg.

The 4th HackNY hackathon.

The 4th HackNY hackathon, organized by Prof. Evan Korth of NYU and Chris Wiggins of Columbia, met October 1-2 at NYU, attracting more than 300 registrants from 40 schools in the US and Canada. Congratulations to NYU students David Coss and Michael Bartnett, who won first prize for their project MidiPHON! Read More.

Recognizing criminals by their gait

Chris Bregler is working on using motion capture technology to identify potential security threats, such as people carrying hidden bombs, via patterns of movement. Story in Scientific American

iPhone programming course

The New York Post calls Prof. Nathan Hull's iPhone programming course "today's hottest course". Read More.

NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon

The first NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World will take place Thursday October 27-Sunday October 30 at NYU Abu Dhabi. The event is being organized by Prof. Sana Odeh. Information is available at http://nyuad.nyu.edu/institute/hackathon-2011.html
Funding is available to cover expenses for both students and faculty who wish to attend.

Technology Blurs the Line Between the Animated and the real- NYTimes

In an article in the New York Sunday Times, Prof. Chris Bregler discusses the use of motion-capture technology in the animation of chimpanzees in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Read More.

Courant Institute establishes Risk Economics Lab for Decision Metrics

The Courant Institute has established the Risk Economics Lab for Decision Metrics, which will apply a range of computational methods to researching geopolitical and socioeconomic issues, such as aging and health trends, immigration, and consumer behavior. The lab is supported by a $1 million leadership pledge from the David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Charitable Trust. The acting director is Roy Lowrance, a doctoral student in computer science, working with Prof. Yann LeCun. Read More

Dr. Alicia Abella, computer science alumna, appointed to Presidential Advisory Commission

Dr. Alicia Abella, Executive Director of the Innovative Services Research Department at AT&T Labs, has been appointed to the Presidential advisory commission on educational excellence for Hispanics.Dr. Abella was a computer science major and mathematics minor at NYU; she received her Bachelor of Science in 1990. Read More

People to Watch

Professors Evan Korth and Chris Wiggins (Columbia) are "People to Watch in Silicon Alley" according to Crain's New York. Link

Bud Mishra Awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award

Prof. Bud Mishra has been awarded the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Computer Science Department Researchers Use Innovative Data Collection Method-A Video by Dutch Band C-Mon & Kypski

Researchers at NYU’s Computer Science Department have adopted an innovative data collection method for their latest work in the area of computer vision-a music video created by the Dutch progressive-electro band C-Mon & Kypski. The full article is available from NYU Today.

Courant Researchers Outline Method for DNA Computation in New Book

Jessica Chang and Prof. Dennis Shasha  have published a book outlining a method for storing programs inside DNA that simplifies nanocomputing computation at the molecular level. The theory comes out of the thesis research carried out by Ms. Chang for her master's degree in mathematics, supervised by Prof. Shasha. The full article is available from NYU Today.

Student project at MOMA

Five students in the computer science department --- Susana Delgadillo, Kelsey Lee, Elizabeth Pelka, Erin Schoenfelder and Albert Yau --- worked on a research project preparing documentation for the computational art work "33 Questions Per Minute" by Raphael Lozano-Hemmer, in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The documentation facilitates conservation decisions about this work in particular and provides a model for this process for such works in general. Susana, Kelsey, Elizabeth, and Albert are computer science majors; Erin is a web programming minor. The project was supervised by Deena Engel of the Computer Science dept at NYU and by Glenn Wharton of MOMA and the NYU Department of Museum Studies. Link

Jiao Li received DURF

Congratulations to CS undergrad Jiao Li for being named a recipient of the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) Grant for Spring 2011. Jiao's research studies algorithms for solving Boolean satisfiability problems on highly parallel architectures. He is working with Prof. Clark Barrett and Dr. Morgan Deters. DURF Grants are awarded each year by the College of Arts and Sciences to undergrads to help defray the cost of conducting their research.  Recipients are chosen through a competitive process, based on the merits of their research proposals.

Angjoo Kim awarded Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Angjoo Kim, a senior majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, has been awarded a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations! The late Anita Borg herself got her doctorate in computer science at NYU in 1981.

A Bird and a Plane -- Courant Institute Receives Office of Naval Research Grant to Develop Crow-Sized Autonomous Plane

Professor Yann LeCun has received a grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a bird-sized, self-flying plane that could navigate through both forests and urban environments Link

Marsha Berger elected as fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Marsha Berger has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class of 212 new members and 16 foreign Honorary Members. Marsha will be inducted at a special ceremony on October 1. Link

CS Graduate Student Xinxin Zhang Selected for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Internship

Xinxin Zhang, a student in the Computer Science master's program, has been awarded an internship at Pixar Labs by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for summer 2011.

Spring 2011 Hackathon

Almost 300 students participated in the 24-hour HackNY Hackathon, held at NYU and organized by Prof. Evan Korth of NYU and Prof. Chris Wiggins of Columbia. See the Wall Street Journal article. Rob Spectre in Business Insider gives "Four Reasons Why the hackNY Kids are Really Smart."

HackNY Expands and gets Praise

HackNY, organized by Evan Korth of NYU and Chris Wiggins of Columbia, will be doubling the size of its summer program this year. HackNY Doubles Effort To Match Top Tech Students With NYC Startups. In recent weeks HackNY has been praised by Mayor Bloomberg and featured in an article in the New York Times.

First annual CTED conference at NYU Abu Dhabi

The first annual CTED (Center for Technology and Economic Development) conference will take place at NYU Abu Dhabi on March 8. Link
CTED is a multidisciplinary research lab at NYU-AD that focuses on combining economic principles, technological advances, and human-centric design to create innovative solutions for the problems experienced in emerging regions.

Lakshmi Subramanian wins 2010 IBM Faculty Research Award.

Two Computer Science Faculty Win Sloan Research Fellowships

Jinyang Li and Rob Fergus have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2011. Michael Freedman of Princeton, who received his Ph.D. from the NYU CS Dept in 2007, was also awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. Link

Aaron Hertzmann received Steacie award

Aaron Hertzmann of the University of Toronto, who got his Ph.D. from the NYU CS department in 2001, received the 2010 Steacie Prize for exceptional research by a scientist or engineer aged 40 or younger carried out in Canada. Hertzmann is the second computer scientist to receive the Steacie prize since the award's inception in 1964. Link

Computer Science faculty members will be named Silver Professors

Richard Cole and Olof Widlund will be named Silver Professors. Silver Chairs, funded by an endowment to the University from alumnus Julius Silver, are awarded in recognition of outstanding scholarly contributions.

Innovation Nation's "Motion Capture" episode features Chris Bregler

The episode "Motion Capture" of the program Innovation Nation on the Science/Discovery channel, featuring Chris Bregler's motion capture lab, is now available on the web. Link
HD footage is available here.

Assaf Naor has received the 2011 Bocher Memorial Prize

The Bôcher Prize, awarded by the American Mathematical Society, recognizes “the most notable paper in analysis published during thepreceding six years.” The AMS awarded the prize to Assaf "for introducing new invariants of metric spaces and for applying his new understanding of the distortion between various metric structures to theoretical computer science." Link

Bud Mishra elected as a 2010 AAAS Fellow

Bud Mishra has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Congratulations! Link

Antony Kaplan wins Honorable Mention in CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

Antony Kaplan, a senior doing a joint major in Computer Science and Physics, has won "Honorable Mention" in the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards for 2011. Antony has won the award for two research projects he carried out. First, under the supervision of Prof. Douglas Schmidt of Vanderbilt University and Prof. Jinyang Li, he developed a set of tools for implementing applications of many different kinds in a cloud computing environment. Second, under the supervision of Prof. Margaret Wright, he did an in-depth study of the errors made by the Excel program in numerical computation.

2010 ACM Gordon Bell Prize

The 2010 ACM Gordon Bell prize for outstanding achievement in high-performance computing has been awarded to a team from Georgia Tech, NYU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The NYU members of the team are Shravan Veerapaneni and Denis Zorin. The team was led by George Biros who was a postdoc at NYU in 2000-2003. They created a blood-flow simulation of 260 million deformable red blood cells flowing in plasma, topping the previous largest blood-flow simulation (of 14,000 cells) by four orders of magnitude. It ran at 700 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second) on the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge.The code is based on the kernel-independent version of the fast multipole method developed at NYU by Lexing Ying (PhD, Computer Science, 2004), George Biros and Denis Zorin. Link

Most Cited Paper Award, Computer Aided Geometric Design

Denis Zorin and his co-authors have received the "Most Cited Paper Award" from the journal "Computer Aided Geometric Design" for their paper "Discrete quadratic curvature energies" published in 2007. The paper presents an algorithm for computing the forces involved in surface bending, a critical step in simulating materials such as cloth, as well as many other types of geometry processing algorithms. The method is orders of magnitude faster than earlier algorithms.

Courant researchers develop algebraic model to monitor cellular change

Bud Mishra and co-authors Vera Cherepinsky of Fairfield University and Ghazala Hashmi of BioArray Solutions Ltd have developed a new mathematical model for DNA hybridization. Link

Evan Korth is a cool tech person

Evan Korth and the other co-founders of HackNY are on the Business Insider's list of 100 coolest NY Tech People. Link

Yann LeCun develops vision systems for mobile robots

Yann LeCun has developed vision systems for mobile robots based on convolutional neural networks, which learn from examples how to interpret what they see. Yann LeCun's work is featured as a cover story in the October 23 issue of The Economist. Link

He is also collaborating with researchers at Yale on the ``NeuFlow'' chip, which may soon be guiding self-driving cars. The NeuFlow chip can process a stream of megapixel images in real time. Link

BigPlant project studies genomics and evolution of plants.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $3.75 millon dollar grant to the BigPlant project, a collaborative effort between Dennis Shasha and scientists at the NYU Center for Genomics, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The goal of the project is to understand the evolutionary relationships among a wide variety of plant species, and to discover genes that are likely to contribute to economically and environmentally important traits, by applying machine learning techniques to genomic data. Link

Students Code The Night Away At HackNY's Fall Hackathon

More than 200 students from 33 universities gathered Saturday afternoon to attend HackNY's fall Hackathon at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Fourteen companies, including Meetup, Aviary and Drop.io, demoed their APIs before students settled into couches and chairs to brainstorm ideas while noshing on catered burritos. Link

Startup Week at NYU

Tech@NYU’s second NYU Startup Week, a series of widely diverse speakers and content focused on tech entrepreneurship , was held Oct. 4 - Oct. 9. Link

Chris Bregler discusses the use of Motion Capture for Athletes.

Chris Bregler discusses the use of motion capture in treating athletic injuries on the front page of the Sunday New York Times. Link

Diaspora* releases its code

Diaspora*, the open-source social networking alternative developed by four NYU students, has released its code. Users will be allowed to download the code used to build the new service and begin exploring and enhancing the Diaspora* software. Link The developers of Diaspora* have been featured in an article in New York Magazine.

New York Times launches News Blog Produced by NYU Students

The New York Times will launch its latest hyperlocal offering, an East Village community news blog produced by students from NYU's graduate j-school, on Monday, Sept. 13. The endeavor draws upon additional academic resources at NYU: the Stern Consulting Corps (SCC) at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the Tisch School of the Arts’ Interactive Telecommunications Program. Link

Clark Barrett wins HVC Award for work on SMT

The Haifa Verification Conference award committee gave the award this year to five people who played a pivotal and continuous role in building and promoting the Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) community, including Clark Barrett. Link

Everyone is talking about hackNY

NYC technology community leaders, Nate Westheimer (NYTech organizer), David Lerner (Columbia University Tech Ventures), and Charlie O'Donnell (First Round Capital, nextNY) cite Professor Korth's hackNY initiative as an important reason NYC's startup ecosystem is thriving and rising. Link 1 -- Link 2-- Link 3

Professor Shasha Publishes On Natural Computing

Professor Dennis Shasha and coauthor Cathy Lazere have published a new book on Natural Computing, featuring profiles of 16 scientists who are pushing computer science beyond traditional boundaries Link. Professor Shasha also discussed the future of biologically-based computing in this article in the Guardian.

Yann LeCun Aids Development of Music Software Improvox

Concert pianist Robert Taub has found a new inspiration, and a great partner in Yann LeCun: together they're realizing the musician's dream of creating software that can read and transcribe music, correct notes, and more. Link

Fighting for Number Two: Why Aren't New York Start-Ups Recruiting in Boston?

Professor Korth goes to bat for New York City's technical talent pool in this article comparing the startup environments of New York and Boston. Link

NYU-Poly Receives Major Grant to Educate Future Cyber Security Engineers

The National Science Foundation has given a $2.85 million grant to NYU-Poly to launch "an innovative graduate education program to educate scientists and engineers to address the increasingly complex issues surrounding information security and privacy."  The program will enlist faculty from across NYU departments, including the Courant Institute, and includes funding for graduate students.  The full release is available from NYU Today. Link

Courant Graduate Student founds Rebellion Research

Spencer Greenberg, a Courant PhD student, has cofounded Rebellion Research, a company that uses machine learning to make investment decisions. Link

Professor Korth Weighs In on the Makerbot

On Monday July 5, CBS News did a feature on the Makerbot, a variation of a 3D printer which creates plastic models from 3d computer images. Courant Professor Evan Korth provided the last word on where he sees this machine in our future: on every deskop, as an appliance which will revolutionize the way people interact with the objects in their lives. Link

NYU's Movement Lab Reconstructs Mariano Riveras Pitching Motion

New York University’s Movement Laboratory has reconstructed Yankee closer Mariano Rivera’s pitching motion to offer an animated three-dimensional look at how he appears before hitters. The video is part of an online feature, “Mariano Rivera, King of Closers,” at NYTimes.com. The Yankee pitcher is also featured on the cover of this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. More

NYU Helps Create Data Mining Algorithm GOALIE

NYU, in collaboration with Virginia Tech and the University of Milan, has created GOALIE: a new data mining algorithm developed by NYU's Courant Institute, which measures the timing of cellular processes. Courant's Bud Mishra reports that GOALIE will play a part in the larger goal of integrating data mining with modeling tools to better understand and represent biology on a cellular level. Link

Courant graduate student selected for academy of motion picture arts and sciences internship

Jihun Yu, a doctoral candidate in New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to participate in a summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics, technology, and research. Yu was one of five interns chosen by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council. More

HackNY Guides Grads to Startups

A new orginization named HackNY is working to steer recent college grads away from big financial firms and towards NYC's smaller start-up companies. Professors from NYU and Columbia have noticed their math and computer science students finding less satisfaction in today's big businesses, and more room for growth and opportunity in new, growing companies which can more uniquely utilize their skills. HackNY connects these bright prospects with a future of more individualized, creative work. Link

Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus work on Deep Thought

NYU Computer Science professors Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus are working on a set of algorithms named Deep Thought, a new step in the way computers analyze data. Their work, funded by the Pentagon's Darpa agency, allows for a computer to generate its own analytic criteria. When fully realized, the project will eliminate countless man hours of data entry, and would make a machine able to recognize everything from a face in a crowd to sarcasm in a sentence. Link

Creating a network like Facebook, only private

A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street, decided to build a social network that wouldn't force people to surrender their privacy to a big business. It would take three or four months to write the code, and they would need a few thousand dollars each to live on. Link

HackNY - A Hackathon for Students

Inspired by Yahoo's Open Hack Day NYC, HackNY held its inaugural hackathon on the NYU campus, giving students the opportunity to hone their skills in a 24-hour hackathon, along with networking with several tech startups from the NYC area. In a terrific event, students from over 30 different area schools attended (some as far as Pennsylvania), listened to startups pitch their technology, formed teams and ideas, hacked through the night and came out on the other side with working demos to show off. [video]

Math whizzes turn to tech startups

For students like Adler Perotte, small companies' chief attractions over Wall Street include interesting problems and more flexible work schedules. Link

Technology and Entrepreneurship explored at Inaugural NYC Hackathon

The inaugural, 24-hour "Hackathon" will take place in Warren Weaver Hall this April 2-3. The 24-hour event hosted by hackNY will bring more than 100 students from 20 different New York-area universities to work with datasets and technologies from the hottest NYC startups—including Foursquare, 10gen, Aviary, Chartbeat, and Hot Potato—at NYU's Courant Institute. Startups will introduce and demo their technologies; students will then have 24 hours to develop their own products and demos. The full press release is available from NYU Today.

MuseAmi Hopes to Take Music Automation to New Level

Professor Yann LeCun is co-founder of MuseAmi, which builds tools for musicians and was recently written up by the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog. The company also employs former NYU Master of Science student, George Tourtellot.

Yann LeCun's learning robot featured on the Science Channel

Yann LeCun's learning robot is featured on the Science Channel's TV series "Sci Fi Science" hosting by physicist Michio Kaku. The episode entitled "Buillding a Sci Fi Robot", first aired on January 19, features a segment on Yann LeCun's LAGR mobile robot, which automatically teaches itself to navigate off-road environments using on-line machine learning methods. More information on the NYU LAGR is available Link

Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus selected for a 3-year DARPA-sponsored program

Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus have been selected for a 3-year DARPA-sponsored program entitled "Deep Learning", slated to start this month. LeCun and Fergus are part of team that includes Prof. Yoshua Bengio from Universty of Mentreal and Ronan Collobert for NEC's research lab in Princeton, NJ. Deep Learning designates a new class of machine learning techniques that allows machines to learn internal representations of complex data and sensory inputs by using a combination of unlabeled and supervised learning. Unsupervised learning, requiring small amount of labeled data, and large amount of easily-obtainable unlabeled data. [more]

Subhash Khot wins NSF's Waterman Award

We are delighted to announce that Subhash Khot has been chosen to receive the extremely prestigious Alan T. Waterman Award. This award is given annually by NSF to an outstanding young researcher in any field of science and engineering supported by NSF. Subhash joins a very distinguished recipient list; only two computer scientists have won this award in the past.
Jeannette Wing, Assistant Director for Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at NSF, has written: "We in CISE are thrilled to have Subhash named the Waterman winner. Subhash is a brilliant theoretical computer scientist and is most well known for his Unique Games Conjecture. He has made many unexpected and original contributions to computational complexity and his work draws connections between optimization, computer science, mathematics."
Congratulations to Subhash!

WinC (Women in Computing) awarded Google RISE award

NYU's WinC (Women in Computing) has been awarded the Google RISE Award for the second consecutive year to fund our outreach event to NYC high school girls. WinC will be teaming up with Google and Princeton's GWISE for the third year to host a a Full-Day of Engineering and Computer Science Instruction for NYC High School Girls at the Kimmel center, NYU on Friday April 30th from 8 am - 4pm. [Event website] [Google Rise website]

Graduate Students Narzisi and Wichs receive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards

Giuseppe Narzisi and Daniel Wichs, computer science doctoral students, have received IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards. The Fellowship Awards Program "is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. " Link

Graduate Students Krishnan and Lopez receive Awards from Microsoft

Dilip Krishnan and Adriana Lopez, graduate students in computer science, have received a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship, respectively. The awards are given to outstanding students in the areas of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics. Link

Google Lime Scholarship Awarded to Doctoral Student, Nektarios Paisios

Nektarios Paisios, computer science doctoral student, has received a 2010-2011 Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. In addition to the scholarship, recipients of the award, which is based on academics, innovation, and leadership, are invited to attend an all-expenses-paid networking retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Link

Multitouch Screens Could Enliven New Devices

Ilya Rosenberg, Ken Perlin and a small team of computer scientists from New York University's Media Research Lab hope to bring a new kind of multitouch to everything from new e-readers to musical instruments, with their new company, Touchco. Link

New Computer Modeling Program Can Help Hospitals Prepare For The Worst

A new and novel computer modeling platform developed through intensive, multidisciplinary collaboration at New York University can help hospitals and cities to be more prepared for catastrophic public health scenarios. Link

NYU Computer Science Students Make Awesome iPhone Apps

This semester, NYU's Computer Science department offered the class "iPhone Programming", where students learned to write code in order to create working iPhone applications that could even be sold in the App Store. The students' projects can be seen at the NYU Computer Science Spring Showcase on Wednesday, May 6 from 5pm to 9pm. Link

Ben Jai, Google Server Architect, revealed Google's data center secrets at their Efficient Data Center Summit on April 1, 2009

Benchiao Jai, Department of Computer Science Ph.D., presented "Google's big surprise: each server has its own 12-volt battery to supply power if there's a problem with the main source of electricity. The company also revealed for the first time that since 2005, its data centers have been composed of standard shipping containers--each with 1,160 servers and a power consumption that can reach 250 kilowatts. " Link, YouTube Video

Chris Bregler Receives $1.47 Million Grant to Enhance Motion Capture Tools

New York University Computer Science Professor Chris Bregler has received a $1.47 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) to enhance his laboratory's previous work on motion capture and computer vision. Link

Bud Mishra named a IEEE fellow

Bud Mishra was named a Fellow of the IEEE in January 2009, for "contributions to the mathematical modeling of robotic grasping". Link

Ken Perlin to direct new Games for Learning Institute

Ken Perlin will direct a new Games for Learning Institute (G4LI). This institute, funded by Microsoft Research and announced in October 2008, is a multidisciplinary and multi-department gaming research alliance for supporting games as learning tools for mathematics and science in middle school. Link

Margaret Wright receives an honorary doctorate from KTH

Margaret Wright received an honorary doctorate of technology from KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, in November 2008, for "major contributions to applied mathematics in its widest meaning". Link

SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award

Amir Pnueli (and co-authors) received a 2008 "Impact Paper Award" of the ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT).

IAS/NYU/Princeton/Rutgers NSF "Expeditions" grant

Subhash Khot, Assaf Naor and collaborators at Princeton, Rutgers, and the IAS received one of the first four "Expeditions" NSF grants. Their research, to "understand, cope with, and benefit from intractability", seeks to bridge fundamental gaps in understanding the boundary between the computationally tractable and the intractable problems. Expeditions grants are awarded for research on "far-reaching agendas that promise significant advances in the computing frontier and great benefit to society". Link

NYU Courant Establishes Risk Economics Lab as Initial Part of Center to Study Socioeconomic Geopolitical and Financial Systems

The Courant Institute has established the Risk Economics Lab for Decision Metrics, which will apply a range of computational methods to researching geopolitical and socioeconomic issues, such as aging and health trends, immigration, and consumer behavior. The lab is supported by a $1 million leadership pledge from the David K.A. Mordecai and Samantha Kappagoda Charitable Trust. The acting director is Roy Lowrance, a doctoral student in computer science, working with Prof. Yann LeCun. Read More

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