Cynthia Rudin's paper "Stop explaining black box machine learning models for high stakes decisions and use interpretable models instead" is published on Nature Machine Intelligence
Alina Barnett Named an Energy Data Analytics Fellow
Computer science doctoral student Alina Barnett was selected as Energy Data Analytics PhD Student Fellow by Duke University Energy Initiative.Read More
Luke Farrell's undergraduate research took him to the US Supreme Court
Duke computer science and neuroscience major Luke Farrell's undergrad research with a Bass Connections team provided evidence that gerrymandering in North Carolina diminished the value of some people's votes - and it took him to the US Supreme Court.Read More
Duke's Cynthia Rudin and Colleagues from Wisconsin, Harvard, and Mass General take first prize at IAAA
Duke's Cynthia Rudin recently demonstrated the real-world impact that interdisciplinary research can make, when her team of two machine learning experts and two neurologists used interpretable models to predict seizures in ICU patients. Rudin and colleagues from Wisconsin, Harvard, and Mass General won first prize in the INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition. Congratulations!Read More
Duke Computer Science undergraduate wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Caroline Wang, a junior computer science major at Duke University, has been named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This is a prestigious national award for undergraduates in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Congratulations!Read More
Bruce Donald and researchers from his Duke lab start company that uses software to overcome drug resistance, fight cancer
Susan Rodger Recipient of Brooks Teaching Award
In recognition of her teaching excellence, Professor of the Practice in Computer Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies Susan Rodger received the 2019 David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Award from Duke University’s Trinity College. Congratulations!Read More
Shah, Reif, and Dubey to Present Temporal DNA Barcode Research at FNANO19 Conference
Shalin Shah, John Reif, and Abhishek Dubey of Oak Ridge National Lab just published research on a new imaging technique in which tiny light-up DNA barcodes identify molecules by their twinkling. The team will present their work on April 15, 2019 at the 16th Foundations of Nanoscience Conference (FNANO19).Read More
Jun Yang Publishes "Data Management in Machine Learning Systems"
Jun Yang, Associate Chair and Duke Professor of Computer Science, recently published Data Management in Machine Learning Systems, with coauthors Matthias Boehm and Arun Kumar. This important book follows a data-centric view of ML systems and provides a comprehensive overview of data management in ML systems for the end-to-end data science or ML lifecycle.
Susan Rodger is Recognized with IEEE Computer Society 2019 Taylor L. Booth Education Award
Susan Rodger, a professor of the practice of computer science at Duke University, will receive the 2019 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award “for leadership in undergraduate and K-12 computer science education, and for broadening participation of women in computing.” Congratulations!Read More
Morality and machines: New program aims to integrate ethics into technology curriculum
The Lane Family Ethics in Technology Program begins next fall for a three-year trial run and seeks to integrate ethics into engineering and computer science, addressing new ethical quandaries that have come along with the advancement of technology.Read More
NYPD Unveils Controversial Algorithm to Track Crime Patterns
Professor Cynthia Rudin comments on an AI approach to finding patterns between related crimes she helped invent while at MIT, along with former student Tong Wang, Lt. Daniel Wagner and Rich Sevieri of the Cambridge PD. These ideas are now being implemented in software at the NYPD to solve crimes!Read More
Duke CompSci Alumnus Lirong Xia Publishes Book on AI and ML
Duke's Cynthia Rudin and Colleagues from Wisconsin, Harvard, and Mass General are IAAA Finalists
Cynthia Rudin's collaborative project with colleagues from Wisconsin, Harvard, and Mass General "Transparent ML Models for Predicting Seizures in ICU Patients" was recognized as a finalist for the 2019 INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award for providing immediate value and meaningful results with its creative combination of analytical techniques in a new application.Read More
Professor Rong Ge Awarded 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship
Jailbreak computer game made Duke Computer Science student Alex Balfanz millions
Duke Sophomore Alex Balfanz used his programming skills to develop the wildly popular Jailbreak game, earning millions. His ongoing improvements and coding updates keep the players coming back. Initially drawn to Duke's machine learning department and now studying computer science and statistics, Balfanz says "I always knew I wanted to do programming for my career. . . I just want to keep doing what I love."Read More
Using Supercomputers to Checkmate Cancer
Gavilán Biodesign was formed by Professor Bruce Donald and Duke Co-founders Mark Hallen, Jonathan Jou, and Marcel Frenkel to design better drugs, while anticipating drug resistance. Now selected as a biotech start-up at IndieBio, Gavilán's technology will enter the world of entrepreneurship. Congratulations to this interdisciplinary team of Duke scientists!Read More
Vince Conitzer Named 2019 AAAI Fellow
Congratulations to Vincent Conitzer, who was recently elected as a new AAAI fellow. Officially inducted at the AAAI 2019 conference, Conitzer is Kimberly J. Jenkins University Professor of New Technologies, Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University.
Duke Computer Science receives FICO Recognition Award
FICO recently announced winners of the inaugural explainable machine learning challenge. Duke Computer Science received the FICO Recognition Award for going above and beyond expectations with a fully transparent global model and a user-friendly dashboard. Duke's team included Cynthia Rudin, Chaofan Chen, Kangcheng Lin, Yaron Shaposhnik, Sijia Wang, and Tong Wang.Read More
Astrachan, Berry, Cox, and Mitchener Nominated for SIGCSE Top 10 Symposium Papers of All Time Award
Brandon Fain Wins the 2019 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jeff Forbes Awarded Grant to Develop Computer Science Degree and Career Paths for Minority Students
Jeff Forbes, Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science was recently awarded a substantial grant through a partnership with Siegel Family Endowment. The grant funds a project originating in an October 2018 ACM report, "Lighting the Path: From Community College to Computing Careers.”Read More
Computer Science Emeritus Professor Bob Wagner Dies
Bob Wagner, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Duke University, passed away in December 2018. Bob joined the Department of Computer Science at Duke in 1978 and retired in 2007. Over the span of three decades, he served the department in multiple capacities. He was well known for his foundational work in algorithms and complexity, especially string algorithms.
Machanavajjhala and Kotsogiannis Present Novel Private Database System at CIDR 2019
Ashwin Machanavajjhala and Ios Kotsogiannis will unveil a revolutionary system to build databases that manage sensitive data about individuals when they present their paper "Architecting a Differentially Private SQL Engine" at the biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research on Jan. 14, 2019.Read More
Shah and Reif Receive Best Presentation Award at DNA24 Conference
Duke Students Win CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards
Three Duke students received awards from the Computing Research Association (CRA) for Outstanding Undergraduate Research: Runliang (Oscar) Li - Finalist, Hui (Frederick) Xu - Honorable Mention, and Rohith Kuditipudi - Honorable Mention. Congratulations!Read More
Munagala, Cheng, Wang, and Gravin Receive Best Paper Award at WINE 2018
Bruce Maggs Named ACM Fellow
Bruce M. Maggs, the Pelham Wilder Professor of Computer Science, has been named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to the development of content distribution networks and the theory of computer networks. As a fellow, Maggs joins a select group of the top 1% of ACM professional members. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.Read More
Can Artificial Intelligence Help Us Be More Moral?
Duke researchers like Vince Conitzer, Kimberly J. Jenkins University Professor of New Technologies and Professor of Computer Science discuss how AI can help decision making.Read More
Duke Data Science Team Wins Computer-Generated Poetry Competition
Could a computer write sonnets convincing enough to fool people into thinking they were written by human poets rather than machines? One Duke team created an algorithm to find out.Read More
Meet Dr. Sandra Johnson, Computer Engineering "Hidden Figure"
Duke University recently hosted global technology leader and trailblazer, Dr. Sandra Johnson. As the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in computer engineering in the US, Dr. Johnson inspired a crowd on November 8.Read More
Real-Time Fact-Checking: There's (Almost) An App For That
With an endless onslaught of news and opinion pounding us from traditional outlets, blogs and social media, fact-checking helps a weary public determine which political claims are accurate and which ones aren’t. A fact-checking app being developed by a team lead by Jun Yang and and Bill Adair will rely on a database of fact-checks that were published by organizations such as The Washington Post, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org. The database grew out of an earlier partnership between the Reporters’ Lab and Google.Read More
Grad Student Awards 2017-18
Graduate student awards for 2017-18 were presented at the 2018 annual departmental meeting.Read More
Bruce Donald Honored by Colleagues and Students
Bruce Donald was honored at a 60th birthday tribute organized by his former students. More than 50 colleagues, students, and postdocs gathered at Duke Gardens for what was a full day of talks followed by dinner, some from as far away as California, New York, France, Switzerland and China.Read More
Undergraduate Awards Presented 2018
Congratulations to recipients of the 2018 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 13.Read More
Tianyu Wang Named an Energy Data Analytics Fellow
Tianyu Wang (G) has been named to the inaugural cohort of Energy Data Analytics PhD Student Fellows.Read More
Jennifer Schmidt Joins Staff
We welcome Jennifer Schmidt, who joins the Department as the Chair's Assistant.
Luke Westfield Joins Lab Staff
We welcome Luke Westfield who joins the Department as an IT Analyst.
Samantha Washko Profiled by Salisbury Post
The Salisbury Post recounts challenges overcome by recent graduate Samantha Washko.Read More
Vince Conitzer a Panelist on AI in the Administrative State
Ashwin Machanavajjhala Promoted
Congratulations to Ashwin Machanavajjhala, who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
Amanda Randles Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
Duke Undergrads Lead Middle Schoolers in Developing Mobile Apps
Duke undergraduates reach out to the Durham community with Mobile Citizens, an after-school program that enables middle school students to build mobile apps.Read More
Cynthia Rudin and Sudeepa Roy Awarded Duke Energy Initiative Grant
Cynthia Rudin and Sudeepa Roy have been awarded a Duke Energy Initiative Grant for their project titled "Enabling Better Energy Decisions Through Better Interpretable Causal Inference Methods for Personalized Treatment Effects." The project's goal is to improve our ability to make policy decisions and understand energy use by making casual inference.Read More
Asa Royal Fights Misinformation
Asa Royal (U), a CS major and student researcher in the Duke Reporters' Lab, uses computer skills to fight the problem of fake news.Read More
Yuan Deng Awarded 2018 Google Fellowship
Yuan Deng (G) has been awarded a 2018 Google Fellowship for his project titled "Algorithms for Improved Game-Theoretic Solutions.” Google created the PhD Fellowship Program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines.Read More
Pranav Warman Named Goldwater Scholar
Pranav Warman, a sophomore double majoring in computer science and biology, has been named a 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.Read More
Alvin Lebeck Serves as Program Co-Chair for ASPLOS 2019
Alvin Lebeck serves as Program Co-Chair for the 24th ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2019). ASPLOS is the premier forum for multidisciplinary systems research spanning computer architecture and hardware, programming languages and compilers, operating systems and networking.
Ashlee Long Joins Staff
We welcome Ashlee Long, who joins the department as a staff assistant.
New Faculty: Kristin Stephens-Martinez
AiFi, founded by alums Steve Gu and Ying Zheng, tracks shoppers' behaviors
AiFi, a company founded by CS alumni Steve Gu and Ying Zheng, announces the availability of its checkout-free solution for retailers.Read More
Sudeepa Roy: Making Sense of “Big Data” Databases
As numbers and facts continue to accumulate in today’s world of big data, a growing challenge is how to sift through the reams of data for relevant discoveries. Enter Sudeepa Roy, assistant professor of computer science. Roy is a database researcher who is creating new ways to help mine enormous data sets for meaning.Read More
Missy Cummings Presents at Davos
Missy Cummings presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence (AI).Read More
Reif and Students Research DNA Computing Time Using Locality
A core principle of computer architecture for fast computing is the principle of locality. Adopting a similar principle for DNA computing, John Reif and students Hieu Bui, Shalin Shah, Reem Mokhtar, Tianqi Song, and Sudhanshu Garg show that a significant improvement in computing time is possible by using the principle of locality. More in ACS Nano Journal.
Panigrahi Receives NSF CAREER Award
Debmalya Panigrahi has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "CAREER: New Directions in Graph Algorithms." Total funding will be $515,998 over 5 years. The award will support Panigrahi's research into fundamental problems in graph algorithms seeking generic solutions for core algorithmic challenges in modern networks: efficiency at scale, uncertainty and impreciseness of network requirements, and correlation effects. This is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty.
Lowegard receives PhRMA Fellowship
Anna Lowegard, a CBB student in the Donald Lab, was recently awarded a PhRMA predoctoral fellowship in informatics. Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences.
Stephen-Martinez Joins Faculty
The Department welcomes Kristin Stephens-Martinez, who has joined CS as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Duke Students Bring Computer Science to Middle Schoolers
Sophomore Carter Zenke (U) and senior Tanner Johnson (U) created the Mobile Citizens after-school program in Durham to broaden participation in computer science. In the program, middle schoolers develop their own apps.Read More
Duke Hosted ACM Programming Contest 2017
Duke hosted the 2017 annual ACM Regional Programming Contest on November 11. There were six Duke teams. The Duke team Wing placed highest, taking 4th place overall out of 171 teams. Wing team members were Liang Lyu, Yunhao Qing, and Yikai Wu.Read More
Alum Update: Kost
David Kotz (G '91) has been appointed interim provost at Dartmouth.Read More
CS Alum and Apple Innovator Eddy Cue Meets with DTech Scholars
Eddy Cue (AB ’86), Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services met with Duke Technology (DTech) Scholars in an effort to inspire more Duke women undergrads to choose careers in computer science and electrical & computer engineering. Duke Today article
CS Welcomes Tse
CS welcomes Georgia Tse (U '17), who has joined the department as a Program Coordinator.
Kamau joins CS
We welcome Samuel Kamau, who has joined CS as the Administrative Manager.
Apple's Cue to Speak at Duke
Eddy Cue (AB '86), Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, will give a special talk at Duke on September 29. Eddy earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke in 1986. He joined Apple in 1989. CS is co-hosting the talk with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and DTech.Read More
Agarwal Seeks Solution for Small Faculty Size
In response to the strain that increased demand for computer science classes has imposed on a small faculty, CS Chair Pankaj Agarwal plans to enhance the department through collaborations with other departments, as well as pursuing initiatives for enhancing minorities' involvement in computer science.Read More
Xi He Awarded 2017 Google Fellowship
Xi He (G) has been awarded a Google 2017 Fellowship. Her project is titled "Private Mobility Data Publication, Integration." The fellowship begins on September 1.Read More
Agarwal Named Department Chair
The department is pleased to announce the appointment of Pankaj K. Agarwal as department chair effective August 15. Agarwal is the RJR Nabisco Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Duke as an assistant professor in computer science in 1989. He served as department chair 2004-2010.Read More
Yang Named Associate Chair
Jun Yang has agreed to serve as an Associate Chair of the department for a three year term effective August 15, 2017. Besides assisting Pankaj Agarwal with many of chair's responsibilities, Yang also will be leading some of the department's strategic initiatives.
Burchfiel Helps Robots See in 3D
Ben Burchfiel (G) and his thesis advisor have developed new technology that enables machines to make sense of 3-D objects in a richer and more human-like way.Read More
Alice Workshop 2017 Led by Rodger
A two-week Adventures in Alice Programming workshop to teach middle school and high school teachers how to program and to integrate programming into their disciplines was led by Susan Rodger and five undergraduates: Natalie Huffman (Duke), Jonathan Kuo (Duke), Erich Narten (UNC Charlotte), Jack Wrigley (Amherst College), and Vicki Zhang (Duke).Read More
Duke Technology Scholars Program Helps Women Thrive in Tech
Duke students are participating in DTech, a partnership between the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering designed to attract and retain women in computing studies and create a pipeline of women into industry.Read More
Ge Awarded NSF Grant
Rong Ge has received an award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "AF: Large: Collaborative Research: Nonconvex Methods and Models for Learning: Towards Algorithms with Provable and Interpretable Guarantees." Total funding will be $499,998, for 5 years starting June 1. Abstract
Undergraduate Awards Presented 2017
Congratulations to recipients of the 2017 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 14.Read More
Astrachan Named ACM Outstanding Educator
Machanavajjhala receives Influential Paper Award
Ashwin Machanavajjhala has received the IEEE ICDE 2017 Influential Paper Award for his 2006 paper "L-diversity: privacy beyond k-anonymity."
CS Alumni Reception 2017
Department Chair Ron Parr and CS faculty hosted a reception for CS alumni during Duke's 2017 Alumni Reunion. The reception featured remarks by Owen Astrachan and Landon Cox on their latest efforts to incorporate mobile technologies into our undergraduate curriculum, and a discussion of the new DTech Scholars Program by Monica Jenkins. Photos
Mozingo-Ware Joins Staff
CS welcomes Tonya Mozingo-Ware (S) who has joined CS as Assistant to the Chair.
Conitzer Wins Weekly New Yorker Caption Contest
Rudin Designs Algorithms to Help Turn Raw Information into Informed Choices
Cynthia Rudin, a rising star in the field of machine learning, focuses on writing algorithms that are easily interpretable by human experts for practical tasks like predicting energy grid reliability or diagnosing sleep apnea. She holds a dual appointment in Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.Read More
Conitzer Takes CCC Blue Sky Award
Vincent Conitzer is one of three winners of Blue Sky Awards sponsored by CCC (Computing Community Consortium) for his paper "Moral Decision Making Frameworks for Artificial Intelligence."
Duke Partners with Google to Address the Capacity Crunch
Duke's involvement in Google's Capacity program, designed to address dramatic increases in undergraduate Computer Science enrollments, has resulted in new approaches to the engagement of women and underrepresented students and increased access to peer mentoring.Read More
Freeman Selected for Facebook Fellowship
Rupert Freeman (G) has been selected to receive a Facebook Fellowship for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.Read More
Hriciga Joins Staff
We welcome Alison Hriciga, who has joined CS as the Graduate & Financial Assistant.
Alum Update: First
Andrew First (U '10) has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 - Enterprise Technology (2017). First was a Compsci-ECE double major who co-founded Leanplum.Read More
Chen Receives Best Paper Award
Yan Chen's (G) paper, "Differentially Private Regression Diagnostics," has been selected as one of the best papers at the International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2016.
Alum Update: Perriman
FanWide, a social sports app created by Symon Perriman (U '07) and his team, has gone nationwide. FanWide connects fans of the same team and organizes viewing parties.Read More
Carlo Tomasi Named ACM Fellow
Carlo Tomasi, Iris Einheuser Professor of Computer Science, has been named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision. As a fellow, Tomasi joins a select group of the top 1% of ACM professional members. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.
Lebeck Elevated to IEEE Fellow
Alvin Lebeck has been elevated to IEEE Fellow in recognition of his contributions to memory hierarchies and energy-efficient and parallel computing. Less than 0.1% of voting IEEE members are selected annually for elevation to fellow status. This is IEEE's highest honor.
Grad Student Awards 2015-16
Graduate student awards for 2015-16 were presented at the annual departmental meeting.Read More
He, Raval, Machanavajjhala Take Best Demo Award at VLDB 2016
Xi He (G), Nisarg Raval (G), and Ashwin Machanavajjhala won the VLDB 2016 Best Demonstration Award for "VisDPT: Visual Exploration of Differentially Private Trajectories."
CRA Features CS Alum: Mason, Ricco, Chen
The Computing Research Association (CRA) published a set of short videos to explain the benefits of pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. Mac Mason (G '14), Susanna Ricco (G '14), and Tiffany Chen (U '06) were featured. On YouTube: Mason and Ricco talk about their work in robotics and vision at Google | Chen talks about her work in bioinformatics at Cytobank
Roy Receives NSF CAREER Award
Sudeepa Roy has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "CAREER: FIREFLY - Rich Explanations for Database Queries." Total funding will be $550,000 over 5 years. This award will support Roy's research into providing automatic explanations to help a range of people harness Big Data more efficiently. This is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.Read More
Alice Workshop 2016 Led by Rodger
A two-week Adventures in Alice Programming workshop to teach K-12 teachers how to program and to integrate programming into their disciplines was held. It was led by Prof. Susan Rodger, teacher Chari Distler, and Duke undergraduates Carolyn Sun, Ademola Olayinka (U) and Anh Trinh (U). In addition to programming 3D virtual worlds, the teachers got a chance to step into a real virtual world, the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment. Photos
Cox, Machanavajjhala, Srivastava Develop Video Privacy Tool
Team Led by Konidaris and Sorin Develops Motion Planning Processor
Congratulations to Kamesh Munagala, who has been promoted to professor.