NYU Computer Science News

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.

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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