Duke CS Class of 2022 Undergraduate Awards
Undergraduate Awards 2022

Congratulations to all recipients of the 2022 undergraduate student awards!

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Cynthia Rudin AAAI Fellow
Cynthia Rudin selected as 2022 Bass Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Rudin, Duke Earl D. McLean, Jr. Professor of CS, ECE, Statistics, Math, Biostats & Bioinformatics on being named a 2022 Bass Chair. One of only four Duke Professors selected for this honor, Rudin is recognized for demonstrating excellence in both teaching and research.

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NC Governor Honors Two Duke Faculty as Black Leaders in STEM: Duke CS Professors Dr. Shanundra (Shani) B. Daily and Dr. Nicki Washington
Professors Shaundra Daily and Nicki Washington Receive Dean's Diversity Award

Professors Nicki Washington and Shani Daily were selected as 2021 co-recipients of the Dean’s Diversity Award, which recognizes how diversity drives excellence in research, teaching, advising, mentoring, and service. Their leadership of the Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows Program and the Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AIICE) is transforming participation and perspectives in computing.

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Robert Calderbank Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Robert Calderbank Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Robert Calderbank, Ph.D., Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Math, ECE, and Physics; Director of the Rhodes Information Initiative, and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science and Society, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy was founded in 1780 to honor excellence and national leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research.

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2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients - CS News Tile Image
3 Duke CS Students Receive 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Three Duke CS students received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Jerry Liu, who also just received the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, worked with Dr. Cynthia Rudin and will pursue a PhD in computational mathematics at Stanford. ECE-CS student Alex Oesterling worked with Dr. David Smith and Dr. Guillermo Sapiro, and will pursue a PhD in computer science at Harvard, focusing on algorithmic fairness and trustworthy AI. Andy Zhang, whose CS mentor was Dr. Bruce Donald, will pursue a PhD program in applied mathematics at Princeton. Congratulations to all!

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Aditya Paul Wins 2022 Goldwater Scholarship
Aditya Paul Named 2022 Goldwater Scholar

Aditya Paul, Duke Computer Science/ECE double major with a Math minor, won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. This national award is based on academic merit and supports students who show promise of being part of the next generation of research leaders. Paul plans to earn a doctorate in electrical engineering, conduct research in quantum information systems and algorithms, and teach at a university. Congratulations!

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Cynthia Rudin AAAI Fellow
Cynthia Rudin Named 2022 AAAI Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow

Congratulations to Duke Computer Science, ECE, Statistics, Biostats and Math Professor Cynthia Rudin who was recently elected as a new Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for groundbreaking and pioneering work on interpretable machine learning and trustworthy AI. New Fellows were honored at a special virtual ceremony during the AAAI 2022 Conference. Rudin also received the 2022 AAAI Squirrel AI Award for pioneering socially responsible AI and the prestigious 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship which supports her work to promote transparent, interpretable, socially responsible AI with an open-ended funding award.

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TikTok Videos Trend Math and CS Concepts in Bruce Donald's CS230 Class
TikTok Videos Trend Math and CS Concepts in Bruce Donald's CS230 Class

Duke CS/Math Professor Bruce Donald's students use TikTok videos in his CS230 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science class to illustrate complex mathematical and computer science concepts from Turing’s halting theory or computability to transcendental numbers. CS major Rhea Tejwani said, “In class, we were learning about a lot of big ideas and complex problems, so trying to compress them into a clear and concise 60-second video really helped me understand those topics.” The students' CS230 TikToks now have over 17K views.

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Anru Zhang wins Tweedie Award
Anru Zhang wins Tweedie Award

Duke Associate Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, CS, Math, and Statistics Anru Zhang is the recipient of the 2022 Tweedie Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Recognized as a leading early career researcher in statistical science with this prominent and prestigious international award, Zhang will present the Tweedie New Researcher Invited Lecture at the upcoming 2022 IMS New Researchers Conference. Congratulations!

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Bruce Donald and Collaborators Discover How a Single Small Mutation Makes a Big Difference in Drug Efficacy: New Research Article

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Bruce Donald, his students, and collaborators at the University of Connecticut discovered how a single mutation in MRSA has such a large impact on antibiotic resistance. Now they can use computational strategies to develop better drugs to fight Staph infections.

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Guillermo Sapiro Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Guillermo Sapiro Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering

Duke ECE, Computer Science, BME, and Math Professor Guillermo Sapiro has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), among the highest professional honors to be accorded an engineer. He was recognized for 3 decades of transformative contributions to the theory and practice of imaging which have significantly affected a wide range of fields. Congratulations!

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NC Governor Honors Two Duke Faculty as Black Leaders in STEM: Duke CS Professors Dr. Shanundra (Shani) B. Daily and Dr. Nicki Washington
NC Governor Honors Two Duke Faculty as Black Leaders in STEM: Duke CS Professors Dr. Shani Daily and Dr. Nicki Washington

Governor Roy Cooper honored Duke Computer Science Professors Dr. Shani Daily and Dr. Nicki Washington, among others as NC Black STEM leaders during Black History Month for their critical, innovative work focused on helping their communities. Cooper said that NC is a stronger state thanks to the contributions of many talented Black leaders in STEM fields and that "As we celebrate their achievements, we must also work to break down barriers."

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PhD student Zhi Chen wins SPES+Q&P Student Paper Award
PhD student Zhi Chen wins SPES+Q&P Student Paper Award

Duke Computer Science doctoral student Zhi Chen won an award in the Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences (SPES) and Quality and Productivity (Q&P) 2022 Student Paper Competition of the American Statistical Association. The paper was entitled "How to See Hidden Patterns in Metamaterials with Interpretable Machine Learning" and co-authors include Duke professors Cynthia Rudin and Cate Brinson, and Caltech collaborators Alexander Ogren and Professor Chiara Daraio. Zhi is advised by Professor Cynthia Rudin.

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IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award 2022
Vincent Conitzer and Tuomas Sandholm receive the IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award 2022

Duke University Distinguished Professor of New Technologies and Professor of Computer Science, Economics, and Philosophy Vincent Conitzer and coauthor Professor Tuomas Sandholm of CMU received the 2022 IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award for their highly-cited, seminal paper entitled "Computing the optimal strategy to commit to." Their paper set the basis for computing optimal leader strategies in security games, leading to impactful work with real-world applications and establishing a strong mechanism design community. Congratulations!

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CoNECD names Duke University's 3C Fellows Program of the Year
CoNECD names Duke University's 3C Fellows Program of the Year

Duke University's 3C (Cultural Competence in Computing) Fellows Program was awarded 2022 Program of the Year by The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD), an American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE)-affiliated conference. Director and Professor Nicki Washington, PhD; Professor Shaundra Daily, PhD; and PhD Student Cecilé Sadler will receive this award during the CoNECD 2022 conference in February. 3C Fellows is a cohort-based professional development program that helps computing faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and professionals learn more about identity, intersectionality, racism, bias, and discrimination with a goal of making computing more equitable and inclusive.

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Bruce Donald receives $3M Established Investigator MIRA award

Bruce Donald, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Math and Chemistry and professor of biochemistry, has received a five year, $2.9M Established Investigator Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for computational and experimental studies of protein structure and design. “This project concentrates on two interlocking themes: protein structure and design,” says Donald. “The design of new therapeutics can alleviate mortality, morbidity, and human suffering.”

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Computational Thinking is for Everyone
Computational Thinking is for Everyone

Duke’s Center for Computational Thinking (CCT) enables computational education by incorporating computer-related content into courses throughout the university. Duke Computer Science Chair Jun Yang says that exposure to computational thinking is important for all students “not just to prepare our students to survive in this new world, but to help them to lead.”

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ACM Fellow Dr. Helen Li
Dr. Helen Li Named ACM Fellow

Dr. Helen Li, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Duke University, has been named an ACM Fellow for her contributions to neuromorphic computing and deep-learning acceleration. As a fellow, Dr. Li joins a select group of the top 1% of ACM professional members recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals.

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MS Concentrations Coming Soon
MS Concentrations Coming in Fall 2022

Two optional MS concentrations  Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Cybersecurity  are coming soon in Fall 2022!

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Duke CS Students Win 2022 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards
Duke CS Students Win 2022 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards

Three Duke Computer Science students received awards from the Computing Research Association (CRA) for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in 2022. Selected as a Runner-up, Norah Xinyu Tan worked on quantum computing/information theory, coding theory, and signal processing with Robert Calderbank and Jianfeng Lu. Awarded an Honorable Mention, Jerry Liu is interested in incorporating domain knowledge into black box deep learning methods, including work in computer vision and NLP with Cynthia Rudin. Also awarded an Honorable Mention, Zeyu Shen works on algorithmic problems such as algorithmic fairness and MCMC algorithms with Kamesh Munagala and Holden Lee. Congratulations to all on these prestigious national awards!

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Dr. Nicki Washington Video - An Algorithm for a Better World
An Algorithm for a Better World

Duke Computer Science Professor Dr. Nicki Washington is developing a new formula for equality in the tech industry: Disrupting the policies, practices and points of view standing in the way of marginalized computer science students. What if we could use computer science to combat systemic racism?

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Yasa Baig wins 2022 Marshall Scholarship
Yasa Baig Wins 2022 Marshall Scholarship

Duke CS and Physics major Yasa Baig received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, awarded to exceptional American students to pursue graduate studies in the UK. Duke President Vincent Price said that "This great honor reflects [his] extraordinary contributions here on campus and beyond,” as well as his commitment to service, innovation, and principled leadership. Baig also received the Goldwater Scholarship earlier this year. Congratulations!

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Professor Cynthia Rudin
Cynthia Rudin Wins 2022 $1M AAAI Squirrel AI Award for the Benefit of Humanity

Duke Computer Science, ECE, Statistics, and Biostats Professor Cynthia Rudin won the 2022 $1M Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). This award recognizes Rudin for her “pioneering scientific work in the area of interpretable and transparent AI systems in real-world deployments, the advocacy for these features in highly sensitive areas such as social justice and medical diagnosis, and serving as a role model for researchers and practitioners.” Congratulations!

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Dr. Bing Zie Duke CS PhD '17 wins 2021 IEEE-CS TCHPC Award
Duke CS PhD '17 Dr. Bing Zie Wins 2021 IEEE-CS TCHPC Award

Dr. Bing Xie, Duke CS PhD '17 (advisor Professor Jeff Chase) was selected by the IEEE Computer Society as a winner of the IEEE-CS Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) Early Career Researchers Award for Excellence in High Performance Computing (HPC). This award recognizes her outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting HPC contributions. An HPC research scientist at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Dr. Xie's computer systems research results have been presented at multiple major conferences and published in many journals.

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Ingrid Daubechies: Godmother of the Digital Image and Duke Legend

Ingrid Daubechies, Duke Distinguished Professor of Math and ECE was recently profiled in the NYT Magazine. Her pioneering study of mathematical structures known as wavelets facilitated the use of data compression in electronic apps like smartphones and MRI machines. She is also renowned as a barrier-breaking role model for successful female mathematicians. Duke CS, ECE, Statistics, and B&B Professor Cynthia Rudin calls her "the deus ex machina adviser" and Daubechies' partner is Duke CS Professor Robert Calderbank.

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Duke Statistical Science, Math, and Computer Science Professor Sayan Mukherjee
Sayan Mukherjee is a Duke IGVF Predictive Modeling Center Leader

Duke recently received 2 large grants totaling almost $12 M from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) as part of its new Impact of Genomic Variation on Function (IGVF) Consortium. Duke Statistical Science, Math, and Computer Science Professor Sayan Mukherjee is among the leaders of the Duke Predictive Modeling Center. One of seven such centers, it recently received a $3.2 M award.

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Danyang Zhuo
Danyang Zhuo Receives Amazon Research Award

Duke CS Assistant Professor Danyang Zhuo received an Amazon Research Award for his "Push-Button Verification of Software Middleboxes" research, which used software verification techniques to ensure the correctness of software middleboxes, such as NATs, firewalls, and load balancers. Zhuo and 25 other recipients from universities in 11 countries met rigorous criteria as to scientific content, creativity, and potential to impact both the research community and society. Award recipients have access to more than 250 Amazon public datasets and use of AWS AI/ML services and tools.

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Alberto Bartesaghi
Bartesaghi Awarded $1.3M NIH Grant Over 4 Years

Duke CS, Biochem, and ECE Associate Professor Alberto Bartesaghi's lab recently received a 4-year $1.3M grant from NIH to design computational tools to improve the resolution of cryo-electron tomography and extend its applicability to a wider class of biomedically relevant targets. The researchers' methods will help accelerate biomedical research, providing more opportunities for the development of new medical treatments. Dr. Bartesaghi said, "The new methods will allow, for the first time, the visualization of protein structures at unprecedented level of detail within the native environment of the cell. This will provide unique clues for understanding the role proteins play in physiological processes and disease."

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Nicki Washington and Shani Daily
Nicki Washington and Shani Daily receive $10M NSF Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education Award

Duke CS Professors Nicki Washington and Shani Daily received an NSF Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AIICE) Award @ $10M over 5 years for increasing equity and broadening participation in computing. Specifically, AIICE aims to increase the entry, retention, and course/degree completion rates of high-school and undergraduate students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing through evidence-based, identity-inclusive interventions. Professor Washington said, "The computing discipline is finally acknowledging the ways in which technology is harmful for people of various identities. However, there is not enough being done to acknowledge how this applies in academic/professional environments. We are excited to lead this effort to transform the discipline."

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NSF AI Institute at Duke - Leader Yiran Chen
The NSF Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute at Duke

NSF recently launched a $20M AI Research Institute at Duke, and Duke ECE and Computer Science Professor Yiran Chen is a leader of Athena, the NSF AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging Next-generation Networks. Duke’s institute will support a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, statisticians, legal scholars, and psychologists from 7 universities. The institute aims to transform the design, operation, and service of future mobile systems and networks with AI.

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Duke Plus Programs Summer 2021 Expo
Duke CS+, Data+ and Code+ Summer 2021 Expo

CS+, Data+ and Code+ undergraduate summer research programs will hold an online expo to showcase student projects leveraging big data, computer science, and mobile app and web development on Friday, August 6. More than 150 students total will participate. Join us as we celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of our students!

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Swathi Ramprasad
Duke CS-Public Policy Alumna Swathi Ramprasad selected as an Eisenhower Global Scholar

Duke CS-Public Policy Alumna Swathi Ramprasad was named an Eisenhower Global Scholar for her academic achievement, community involvement, and demonstrated leadership potential. The award provides funding for Ramprasad to attend Oxford University for a master’s degree. Her honors thesis on the demographic biases of bail-setting algorithms was awarded highest distinction, and she's the first Duke student to win this award. Congratulations!

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Alberto Bartesaghi
Alberto Bartesaghi's team receives a $700K grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to improve Cryo-EM Images

Duke Computer Science, Biochem and ECE associate professor Alberto Bartesaghi's team (cryoem.cs.duke.edu) recently received a $700K grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). They will develop cryo-EM software based on AI to sort out the shapes of individual proteins within the crowded interior of a cell, enabling knowledge about protein function and their interactions.

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Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala and Dan Kifer Win 2021 ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award

Duke Computer Science Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala and coauthor Daniel Kifer of Penn State University received the 2021 ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award for their "foundational paper on data privacy" entitled No free lunch in data privacy. Seminal ideas from the paper are being used to quantify the privacy ensured by the 2020 Decennial Census to US citizens. Congratulations!

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Duke Math/Comp Sci Major Norah Tan Named Faculty Scholar
Math/Computer Science Major Norah Tan Named Faculty Scholar for Outstanding Research

Duke Math/Comp Sci major Norah Tan recently received a Faculty Scholars Award, Duke faculty's highest honor bestowed on undergrads. It honors students for innovative, independent research and scholarship. Tan's research included working on a project with Duke CS Professor Robert Calderbank to identify an original and elegant research solution to a problem in quantum benchmarking, now documented in a journal-submitted paper. Only two other Duke students received this prestigious award. Congratulations!

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2021 Undergrad Awards
Undergraduate Awards 2021

Congratulations to all recipients of the 2021 undergraduate student awards!

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Hanrui Zhang FB Fellowship Finalist
Duke CS Grad Student Hanrui Zhang named Facebook Fellowship Finalist

Duke Computer Science PhD student Hanrui Zhang was recognized as a Finalist in the 2021 Facebook Fellowship Program, which encourages and supports promising doctoral students in research related to computer science and engineering. Of the 2,163 worldwide applicants, only 26 were selected as Facebook fellows, with Finalists among the top 5%. Advised by Professor Vincent Conitzer, Hanrui is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on Economics and Computation. Zhang also won the ESA 2020 best student paper award.

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2021 Graduation
Duke Computer Science Celebrates the Class of 2021

Celebrate our graduates with us! Enjoy the Sunday May 2 virtual commencement on live stream video, plus special features like distinguished Duke CS alumni recordings, faculty messages, and more. Congratulations to all!

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Nicki Washington
Nicki Washington is the Keynote Speaker at AfroPix 2021

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science Nicki Washington will be the keynote speaker at AfroPix 2021 on Saturday, April 17. Hosted by Black in Technology -BiT, this inclusive virtual symposium features workshops, alumni panel discussions, networking with top tech companies, and more. Don't miss it!

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Robert Calderbank
Robert Calderbank Named SIAM Fellow

Duke Computer Science Professor Robert Calderbank was selected as a 2021 SIAM Fellow, one of the highest honors of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. This distinction recognizes Calderbank's deep contributions to information theory, in addition to his exemplary research and outstanding service to the community. Congratulations!

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Goldwater Scholars 2021
Duke Computer Science undergraduates win prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Anish Karpurapu and Yasa Baig, junior Computer Science majors at Duke University, were named 2021 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This is a prestigious national award for undergraduates in the fields of mathematics, natural science, and engineering. Congratulations!

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Yuan Deng
Recent Duke CS PhD Yuan Deng won an honorable mention for the Victor Lesser Dissertation Award

Recent Duke CS PhD Yuan Deng won an honorable mention for the 2020 Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award. The AAMAS (International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) recognizes his thesis “Dynamic Mechanism Design in Complex Environments” for its originality, depth, impact, and written quality. Supervised by Professor Vincent Conitzer, he also received the department's outstanding dissertation award. Dr. Deng is now a Research Scientist in the Market Algorithms Group at Google Research in New York City. Congratulations!

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Vince Conitzer Named ACM Fellow
Conitzer is Winner of 2021 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

Duke Computer Science Professor Vincent Conitzer is the winner of the 2021 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award, which acknowledges the contributions of outstanding researchers in the field of autonomous agents, and recognizes excellence in work that influences and sets the direction for the field. Among other factors, Conitzer's highly cited work in multi-agent systems spans interdisciplinary areas in game theory, social choice, and economics. Conitzer will present a plenary talk at the AAMAS 2021 conference. Congratulations!

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Alvin Lebeck
The Phitonex Journey

In this new video, Duke Computer Science Professor Alvin Lebeck answers questions about Phitonex, an innovative startup company that he co-founded. Crediting both the Phitonex team and Duke University, Lebeck states that "The foundational research behind the technology was performed at Duke over a span of about 17 years." Phitonex pioneered a spectral dye platform for high-resolution biology applications to accelerate research and development in cell therapy, immuno-oncology and immunology research, and the startup was recently acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Nicki Washington and Shani Daily
Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows

Duke University's new Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) professional development program welcomed 144 fellows to its inaugural cohort. With Duke CS Professor Nicki Washington as director, in collaboration with ECE/CS Professor Shani Daily and ECE grad student Cecilé Sadler, the program provides expert training in identity-inclusive topics to improve computing diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Vince Conitzer
Vince Conitzer Partners With New AI Institute at Oxford

Vince Conitzer was appointed for a leading role with the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University as the Institute’s Head of Technical AI Engagement and Professor of Computer Science and Philosophy. He’ll continue teaching and researching here at Duke. Congratulations!

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CS-Ed Podcast
New CS-Ed Podcast: Grading for Equity

Kristin Stephens-Martinez hosts Joe Feldman, author of Grading for Equity and the CEO of Crescendo Education Group in this latest CS-Ed Podcast episode. Learn about the history of grading and why now is a good time to rethink our grading process to make it more equitable. Joe said, "Grades should only convey the student’s level of mastery, not their behavior."

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Benjamin Bauchwitz 2020 CSCRS Student of the Year
Benjamin Bauchwitz Named 2020 CSCRS Student of the Year

Duke Computer Science graduate student Benjamin Bauchwitz was named 2020 Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) Student of the Year! As part of a US DOT program honoring students from University Transportation Centers who demonstrate achievements in academic performance, research, leadership, professionalism, and potential future contributions, Bauchwitz was selected by CSCRS as its outstanding student. Duke ECE and Computer Science professor Missy Cummings said “Students like Ben are extremely rare, and he is most deserving of this award.” Congratulations!

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Lisa Wills NSF CAREER Award
Lisa Wills receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Lisa Wills has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "CAREER: Effectuating Hardware-Accelerated Systems with Domain-Specific Primitives." Total funding will be $544,448 over 5 years. The award will support Wills' research into how to create highly efficient hardware-accelerated systems for compute- and memory-intensive applications that process enormous volumes of data. This is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty.

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Students Liang "Charles" Lyu and Yikai Wu - CRA undergrad research award winners 2021
Duke CS Students Win CRA 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards

Duke Computer Science students Liang (Charles) Lyu and Yikai Wu received awards from the Computing Research Association (CRA) for 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Research. Selected as a Finalist, Charles studied incorporating fairness and diversity into established algorithmic frameworks with Kamesh Munagala and Brandon Fain. Awarded an Honorable Mention, Yikai designed query answering algorithms under differential privacy with Ashwin Machanavajjhala, and investigated the structures of Hessians for neural networks with Rong Ge. Congratulations on these prestigious national awards!

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Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala named ACM Distinguished Member

Duke Computer Science Associate Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals, for "outstanding scientific contributions to computing" in the areas of cybersecurity and differential privacy. Congratulations to Ashwin on this well deserved recognition by his peers "for a range of accomplishments that move the computing field forward."

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Xiaochen Du
Computer Science / Chemistry major Xiaochen Du Named Faculty Scholar for Outstanding Research

Xiaochen Du received Duke faculty's highest honor bestowed on undergraduates for innovative and independent research and scholarship. His research included 2 semesters of independent study with Associate Computer Science Professor Alberto Bartesaghi on cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) image analysis. Only 2 other students at Duke received this prestigious award. Congratulations!

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Raluca Gordan
Raluca Gordan and research team publish a new paper in Nature journal

Duke Computer Science Associate Professor and computational biologist Raluca Gordan and research team recently published a Nature journal paper on how transcription factors may inadvertently lock in DNA mistakes. This is because binding to mismatched DNA takes less energy, and may explain how regulatory mutations get locked in.

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Robert Calderbank and Vahid Tarokh Lead $5 Million Center to Develop US Air Force Wireless Communications Protocols

Duke Computer Science, ECE, Math and Physics Professor Robert Calderbank and ECE and Math Professor Vahid Tarokh will lead a new 5-year, $5 M program, the Air Force Research Lab/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFRL/AFOSR) University Center of Excellence: Agile Waveform Design for Communication Networks in Contested Environments. VT, Princeton, CMU, CSU and ASU researchers are collaborating on this national initiative to develop AI-informed communication and networking protocols that are fast and reliable enough to handle data-heavy Air Force requirements.

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Michael Reiter
Michael Reiter: Cybersecurity Is a Moving Target

A national authority on cybersecurity and currently at UNC, Professor Michael Reiter will join Duke in January 2021 as a computer science and ece professor. Reiter says, “We have to engage all corners in developing this technology that's going to rule our lives or support our lives.”

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Ben Rossman
Benjamin Rossman works at the busy intersections of computer science and mathematics

New Duke Computer Science associate professor Benjamin Rossman works in complexity theory and engages in cutting-edge research at the intersection of computer science and mathematics. He is enthused not only about continuing his theoretical work at Duke, but also for the opportunity to work with outstanding undergrad and grad students.

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Nicki Washington
Nicki Washington tackles issues of equity and inclusion in computer science

Meet Nicki Washington, new Professor of the Practice at Duke Computer Science. With a focus on addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues at all levels, she looks forward to not only teaching core computer courses, but also supporting students in overcoming non-technical barriers to success, with a goal of creating a more inclusive environment.

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Cate Brinson and Cynthia Rudin
NSF $3M grant to Duke for AI and materials science research training

NSF awarded Duke a $3 M grant to develop a graduate program for developing expertise in using AI for materials science research. Duke MEMS Chair Cate Brinson is the director of aiM (AI for Understanding and Designing Materials). Duke Computer Science Professor and aiM associate director Cynthia Rudin says that one of the keys to developing a workforce in AI for materials science is recognizing its interdisciplinary nature.

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Brandon Fain
Brandon Fain aims to prepare Duke Computer Science students for real-world computer science success

Meet Brandon Fain, new assistant professor of the practice at Duke Computer Science. With a focus on collaboration and group projects, his goals are to use computer science to solve real-world problems and to teach the next generation of students to do the same.

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NSF-Simons Project Award
NSF and the Simons Foundation partner to uncover foundations of Deep Learning and AI

NSF and the Simons Foundation partnered to fund research through the Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning (MoDL) to understand and develop the theoretical foundations for deep learning networks. This $10 M multi-university, interdisciplinary project contains a Duke research award with investigators including Duke ECE, Computer Science, and Math Professor Guillermo Sapiro, Duke Computer Science and Math Associate Professor Rong Ge and James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Math and ECE Ingrid Daubechies.

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Alberto Bartesaghi and Gustavo Silva
Alberto Bartesaghi and Gustavo Silva publish research study in PNAS

Duke Associate Professor of Computer Science, Biochemistry, and ECE Alberto Bartesaghi with Assistant Professor of Biology Gustavo Silva and coauthors recently published a study in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science (PNAS). Their paper focuses on research using high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy to understand new ways cells deal with environmental stress.

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Nicki Washington
Nicki Washington's New Course on Race, Gender, Class & Computing

Nicki Washington's new course explores diversity challenges in computer science and the effects that this lack of inclusion has on technology. Washington says, "We have to change the mindset of a workforce that is overwhelmingly white, Asian and male so that we all recognize that new perspectives lead to more innovation.” Undergrads, register until 11:59 PM EDT this Friday, Aug. 28 for COMPSCI 190.

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Hanrui Zhang
Hanrui Zhang to receive best student paper award at ESA 2020

Duke Computer Science PhD candidate Hanrui Zhang will receive the best student paper award at the 28th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA) Sept. 7-9, 2020. A fourth-year PhD student, Zhang is advised by Professor Vincent Conitzer and his research area is Economics and Computation. Zhang's recent focus is on learning and decision making in complex environments in the presence of strategic behavior. Congratulations!

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Danyang Zhuo
Danyang Zhuo brings new ideas to Duke Computer Science

Meet Danyang Zhuo, new assistant professor at Duke Computer Science. With a focus on building efficient and reliable data center systems, distributed computing frameworks, and data center-scale computer networks, he looks forward to collaborating with faculty while educating students on computer systems principles and helping them develop the ability to reason and adapt to change.

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Professor Susan Rodger
Susan Rodger is Top 5 in 24 years ITiCSE Award Winner

Duke Computer Science Professor of the Practice Susan Rodger's paper with co-authors "Exploring the role of visualization and engagement in CS education" was selected as one of the top 5 ITiCSE Working Group papers from the past 24 years of ITiCSE conferences by ACM SIGCSE. Congratulations!

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Data+, Code+ and CS+ Summer 2020 Expo - Newstile Image
Data+, Code+ and CS+ Summer 2020 Expo

The Data+, Code+, and CS+ undergraduate summer programs will hold an online expo to showcase student projects leveraging big data, mobile app and web development, and computer science on July 30 and 31. Over 50 student teams -- more than 180 students -- will participate. Join us as we celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of our students!

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Jun Yang - Chair, Duke Computer Science
Jun Yang named Chair of Duke Computer Science

Jun Yang is named Chair of Duke Department of Computer Science effective July 1, 2020. Yang, Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor at Duke, has been with the department since 2001 and served as associate chair from 2017-2020. Yang said, "These are tumultuous times, yet the current crises are opportunities for us to come together to reimagine ourselves, and to act. Thanks to the department's hard work and to Pankaj Agarwal's leadership, we are well-positioned to tackle today's challenges with kindness, creativity, and hard work to reemerge both better and stronger."

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Duke Computer Science at ICML 2020
Duke Computer Science at ICML 2020

Duke Computer Science students and professors presented 9 research papers at the ICML 2020 37th International Conference on Machine Learning July 12-18. Duke had an overall combined total of 22 paper presentations. A prestigious machine learning conference, this year ICML was virtual.

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Research, Startups and Event Horizons
Research, Startups and Event Horizons

Learn about three innovative startup companies that began at Duke Computer Science, and the people who generated these projects and initiatives that spin up and out from campus, bringing critical solutions into the larger world.

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Alvin Lebeck
Alvin Lebeck Wins the 2020 SIGARCH Berenbaum Award

Duke Computer Science Professor Alvin Lebeck is the recipient of the 2020 Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award for creating, curating, and architecting the Computer Architecture Today blog, which transformed how the computer architecture community connects and communicates. This annual award is given by ACM SIGARCH to recognize an individual who has contributed important service to the computer architecture community. Congratulations!

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Undergraduate Research Showcase 2020

The third annual Computer Science Undergraduate Project Showcase celebrated student inquiry in computer science. Students submitted 16 videos on projects from mentored research, class projects, and independent work. The projects showcased students creatively applying skills and concepts from their computer science coursework.

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Professor Susan Rodger
Susan Rodger Wins the NCWIT 2020 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Duke Professor of the Practice in Computer Science Susan Rodger won the 2020 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award from the National Center for Women and IT. A competitive award recognizing a senior faculty member's outstanding mentorship, efforts to encourage undergraduates in computing-related fields and to advance women and minority students at a PhD granting research institution, it is a great honor for Dr. Rodger to be selected for the NCWIT URM award. Congratulations!

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2020 Undergrad Awards
Undergraduate Awards 2020

Congratulations to all recipients of the 2020 undergraduate student awards!

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Duke CS Chair Pankaj Agarwal's Message to Students
Duke Computer Science Celebrates the Class of 2020

Since our 2020 Commencement is postponed because of ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke CS is recognizing the Class of 2020 with faculty and student videos + messages to mark the moment of graduation from Duke. We're proud of our students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to all!

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Duke COVID-19 NSF Award Poirot Project
Kartik Nayak, Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Jun Yang and Lavanya Vasudevan receive an NSF award for COVID-19 exposure detection project

Duke Computer Science professors Kartik NayakAshwin Machanavajjhala, and Jun Yang are collaborating with Lavanya Vasudevan from Duke FMCH in an NSF-funded COVID-19 exposure detection project, Poirot. A privacy-preserving system that uses smartphones to detect contact with potentially infectious individuals, Poirot also provides users with proactive alerts, a personalized assessment, and the ability to add retroactive information about users!

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Professor Bruce R Donald
Bruce Donald's research paper in the Journal of Computational Chemistry is one of the top downloaded articles

Bruce Donald's research paper in the Journal of Computational Chemistry is among the top 10% most downloaded papers! "OSPREY 3.0: Open‐source protein redesign for you", a collaborative effort with 13 Duke students and postdocs whom Donald advised, including  4 undergrads, received some of the most downloads in the 12 months following online publication. Congratulations!

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Duke summer storm
Hundreds of Duke students have lost internships. Now they’re creating their own.

Duke Computer Science and Engineering students joined together to create their own internships, as consequences from the coronavirus pandemic led many companies to cancel their plans for interns. The new Project Phoenix program teams up technology-minded Duke students to work remotely on business, governmental and academic projects over the summer.

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Professor Jun Yang
Jun Yang selected as 2020 Bass Fellow

Jun Yang is Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Computer Science and co-director of the Duke Database Research Group. One of only five Duke professors selected for this honor, he is recognized for demonstrating excellence in research and undergraduate instruction, and also for being a good university citizen. Congratulations!

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Cynthia Rudin
Meet Cynthia Rudin, A Champion of Interpretable Machine Learning

Duke Computer Science, ECE, Math and Statistics professor Cynthia Rudin, who runs a top interpretable machine learning lab, is interviewed in Chance Magazine by Sam Behseta and Michelle Dunn.

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Duke students, professors scattered around the world work across time zones

Duke Computer Science professors accommodate students over multiple time zones as classes transition online. Reinventing education and teaching worldwide classes, Vincent Conitzer and Owen Astrachan support students through an unimaginably disruptive time with a focus on preparing resilient leaders of tomorrow.

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Alvin Lebeck
Duke Comp Sci Startup Phitonex Pushes the Envelope of Immunology Research

Phitonex, Inc., a startup co-founded by Duke Computer Science Professor Alvin Lebeck, has pushed flow cytometry to the upper limit of what is currently possible and announced the first data set showing 40 colors measured simultaneously on single cells in an experiment. The timing is critical, as these developers of next-gen fluorescent labels for biomarker detection collaborate in the fight against diseases like COVID-19 to understand the immune response. Congratulations!

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COVID-19 Literature Graph
COVID-19 Scholarly Articles Website, Database & Literature Graph

Nikos Pitsianis and Xiaobai Sun with Aristotle University's Dimitris Floros announce the launch of a  a COVID-19 scholarly articles website, database and literature graph which contain more than 100,000 hot-off-the-press (HOTP) articles worldwide.

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Duke students develop an app that can trace contacts of coronavirus patients

Duke students developed an app to trace contacts of coronavirus patients and help stop the spread. Shehzan Maredia, computer science/math major + developer and junior Alyssa Nicholas, who's marketing ContainIt say "With this app, you can help other people in your community stay informed."

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Professor Susan Rodger
Working@Duke recognizes Susan Rodger

During #WomensHistoryMonth, Working@Duke recently recognized Susan Rodger, Duke Computer Science Professor of the Practice for her accomplishments.

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COVID-19 Update
Duke CS Presents Virtual Events

In compliance with Duke’s COVID-19 policies, Duke Computer Science is moving events like in-person seminars to virtual platform Zoom. Information about how to join these events will be available via email.

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Carla Ellis-Habermann Award
Professor Emerita Carla Ellis Receives the 2020 CRA Habermann Award

Duke Computer Science Professor Emerita Carla Ellis recently won the 2020 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award for her tireless efforts to address diversity at all stages of the computing education pipeline. Congratulations!

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Alberto Bartesaghi
Alberto Bartesaghi and colleagues publish article in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine

Duke Computer Science Associate Professor Alberto Bartesaghi and colleagues Tamir Bendory of Tel Aviv University and Princeton University's Amit Singer published an article "Single-Particle Cryo-Electron Microscopy: Mathematical Theory, Computational Challenges, and Opportunities" in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine that is featured on the cover page. Congratulations!

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Duke CS+Linguistics Major Opens New Pathways

Duke's Computer Science and Linguistics departments have joined forces to create a new interdepartmental major. Students can choose one of two defined pathways, focusing on cognitive neurolinguistics or sociolinguistics, preparing for future careers in a wide variety of fields. This new major is one of only three such programs in the U.S.

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Lisa Wu Wills
Lisa Wu Wills, Duke's Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of CS/ECE selected for the Systems for ML Facebook Research Award

Distinguished from research proposals originating in 26 countries and more than 100 universities worldwide, Lisa Wu Wills' project "Accelerating and Deploying Natural Language Processing Systems in Data Centers" placed Duke in the top 10 Facebook award winners for most prestigious universities for architecture and systems research. Wills plans to explore how accelerated NLP systems can help with drug discovery and more.

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Professor Vince Conitzer
Vince Conitzer wins NSF 2026 Idea Machine Meritorious Prize

Duke Computer Science Professor Vince Conitzer is a meritorious prize winner of the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2026 Idea Machine competition for his grand challenge "Theory of Conscious Experience." While Conitzer's idea was identified as "exciting, ambitious, creative, and highly interdisciplinary" and his team won a $10K prize, the real win is the opportunity to promote the progress of science by helping NSF identify new areas of research. Congratulations!

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CS+, Data+, and Code+ Summer Programs Info Fair 2020
Data+/Code+/CS+ Information Fair

The 2020 Information Fair for Data+, Code+ and CS+ summer programs took place on Friday, Jan. 17.

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Professor Donald Loveland
Professor Emeritus Donald Loveland Named AAAS Fellow

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and former Department Chair Donald Loveland was among seven Duke University faculty to be named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Loveland was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of automated deduction and development of the model elimination theorem-proving procedure.

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Duke CS Students Win CRA Awards 2020
Duke CS Students Win CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards for 2020

Four Duke Computer Science students received awards from the Computing Research Association (CRA) for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in 2020. Finalists: Caroline L. Wang, Rohith Kuditipudi, and Sachit Menon. Liang "Charles" Lyu received an Honorable Mention. Congratulations!

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ACM Fellow
Vince Conitzer Named ACM Fellow

Vince Conitzer, University Professor of New Technologies and Professor of Computer Science, Economics, and Philosophy at Duke Computer Science has been named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to game theory, social choice theory, and mechanism design. As a fellow, Conitzer joins a select group of the top 1% of 2019 ACM professional members recognized for far-reaching accomplishments that define the digital age. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

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Kevin Zheng, Schwarzman Scholar
Kevin Zheng, Trinity '19 Biology/Computer Science Double Major named a Schwarzman Scholar

Duke CS Alumnus Kevin Zheng was named a Schwarzman Scholar, and will pursue a master's degree in AI in China. Just 4 additional Duke students were chosen for this prestigious honor. As an undergrad, Zheng served as an EMT and then co-founded Optiml, which uses AI to detect eye diseases. Zheng's long-term goal is to develop equitable health care technologies through global collaboration. Congratulations!

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Cynthia Rudin
Duke Computer Science Professor Cynthia Rudin's BBC interview on AI

In this BBC interview on privacy issues, 3D scanning and mobile phones, Cynthia Rudin explains why bird identification was the perfect model to test and check computers’ abilities to make decisions about image classification, helping reduce mistakes by AI in medical imaging (begins at 22:33).

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In Memoriam: Tom Gallie
In Memoriam: Tom Gallie, Duke Computer Science Professor Emeritus

Tom Gallie, Duke Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, passed away recently. Joining Duke as a Math Research Instructor in 1954 and then becoming a Math Professor, he helped to develop a computer science program in the Math Department in the 1960s, and also built a student computing facility. He led the creation of the Duke Computer Science Program in 1971 and became its Director. A founding member of the Duke Computer Science department in 1972, he served in multiple roles, including Interim Chair before his retirement from Duke in 1989.

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Duke Computer Science Professor John Reif
Groundbreaking research at Duke Computer Science: Tiny devices made of DNA can detect cancer with fewer false alarms

Duke Computer Science Professor John Reif and a student research team recently published an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) about a new cancer-detecting tool which uses tiny circuits made of DNA to identify cancer cells by the molecular signatures on their surface. This innovation provides researchers with the hope that their work could improve diagnosis, or give cancer therapies better aim.

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Dr. Kristin Stephens-Martinez
CS-Ed Podcast: NEW! Duke Computer Science Education Podcast Series

Hosted by Dr. Kristin Stephens-Martinez at Duke University's Computer Science Department, this new podcast series focuses on the best teaching practices for computer science. Featuring engaging and compelling discussions on teaching with computer science educators as guests, we'll learn how they teach and manage their classrooms, their research and more.

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Amit Bagga
Alumni Profile: Amit Bagga

Amit Bagga talks about his career journey from Duke Comp Sci PhD student to Vice President of AI & Discovery at Comcast in this Duke Graduate School interview. Among other benefits of a Duke education, he enjoyed the diversity, flexibility and freedom to explore programs and specialties before deciding on a topic for his PhD. Bagga's management skills like effective communication, trust, and empowerment were modeled by his advisor and former Duke computer science department chair, Alan Biermann.

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ACM Distinguished Members 2019
Ben Lee, Kamesh Munagala, Jun Yang and Landon Cox named ACM Distinguished Members

Duke Computer Science Professors Ben Lee, Kamesh Munagala, and Jun Yang were selected as ACM Distinguished Members for outstanding scientific contributions to computing. Landon Cox, former Duke Computer Science Professor now at Microsoft, was also selected. Congratulations to all on this well deserved recognition for "accomplishments that have contributed to technologies that underpin how we live, work and play."

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Grad Student Awards 2018-2019

Graduate student awards for 2018-2019 were presented at the 2019 annual departmental meeting.

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Duke Computer Science Professor Alvy Lebeck
Duke Comp Sci Startup Phitonex Announces $2M Seed Funding

Phitonex, Inc., a startup co-founded by Duke Computer Science Professor Alvin Lebeck with former Duke research colleagues Chris Dwyer and Craig LaBoda, recently announced that it received a $2M seed round mainly from private investors. Phitonex's groundbreaking new platform provides unmatched cell population resolution to drive enhanced biological insight. Congrats on this significant accomplishment!

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How computer science students feel about Duke’s most popular major

Computer science is the most popular major at Duke, with 734 undergrad students majoring in it. Also, 1,746 undergrad and 376 grad students are enrolled in comp sci courses. What is the student experience like? The Duke Chronicle reports that even with some packed lectures, students appreciate new options like expanded course offerings, online resources, and TA-led review sessions.

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Jun Yang and Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala and Jun Yang collaborate with research team in $1M NSF Program Award to Combat Misinformation

Duke Computer Science professors Jun Yang and Ashwin Machanavajjhala are collaborating with Lavanya Vasudevan from Duke Community and Family Medicine and Global Health and also a multi-institution, multi-disciplinary research team in an NSF ~$1M project award to help combat misinformation.

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CS Faculty redesign courses
Duke CS Faculty Meet with Duke Learning Innovation to Design Courses

Several Duke Computer Science faculty members redesigned their courses and learned from each other's teaching experiences during a Duke Learning Innovation session this summer. Faculty participants explored research-supported, interactive teaching practices and innovative ideas around facilitating group work, holding students to seven programming steps, and helping them to think through problems.

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Professor Bruce R Donald
New "Protein Design by Provable Algorithms" Article by Bruce Donald and Mark Hallen Published in the Communications of the ACM

Published in the Oct. 2019 Communications of the ACM (CACM), the new review article "Protein Design by Provable Algorithms" by Bruce Donald and Mark Hallen explores designing synthetic proteins to suit our biomedical and industrial needs by using mathematically provable algorithms such as those included in OSPREY, the Donald Laboratory’s open-source suite of molecular design software.

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Duke NSF Data Science Center
Duke Computer Science Researchers Win $1.5M NSF Award

A Duke University team led by professor of statistical science, mathematics and computer science Sayan Mukherjee won a $1.5 million dollar grant, making Duke a National Science Foundation center for data/statistical science. Co-principal investigators include professors Cynthia Rudin, Robert Calderbank, Jianfeng Lu, and Rong Ge.

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Rong Ge, Duke University Associate Professor of Computer Science
Rong Ge Receives 2019 NSF Career Award and Sloan Fellowship

A banner year for Rong Ge, Duke Associate Professor of Computer Science, in 2019 he received both an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and a Sloan Research Fellowship. Congratulations!

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Justin Sherman Senior Duke Student
CS student Justin Sherman discusses Duke's interdisciplinary aspects

Computer science student Justin Sherman talks about how Duke's interdisciplinary aspects make it the best place to mesh his academic interests in computer science with literature and also political science.

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New Faculty: Cybersecurity Expert Kartik Nayak Joins Duke Computer Science

Kartik Nayak, an expert in security, applied cryptography, distributed computing, and blockchains recently joined Duke Computer Science as an assistant professor. While teaching a course on consensus protocols for distributed computing and blockchains, Nayak is also organizing the inaugural Triangle Area Privacy and Security Day (TAPS) event in October with colleague Ashwin Machanavajjhala.

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Lisa Wu Wills
New Faculty: Lisa Wu Wills adds expertise in architecture and application-driven hardware acceleration

Welcome to Lisa Wu Wills, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Solving computing problems that can arise with today’s big-data analytics, Wills is an expert in the interdisciplinary research of computer architecture and health care.

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Professor Bruce Donald Receives $170K NIH Award

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health recently awarded Bruce R. Donald, Duke Professor of Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, a grant @ $170K+. The grant is a supplement to buy a GPU-enabled computer cluster for his NIH research project, Deep Topological Sampling of Protein Structures. Congratulations to Dr. Donald.

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Alberto Bartesaghi
Bartesaghi Presents at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2019 Meeting

Duke Computer Science, Biochemistry, and ECE Associate Professor Alberto Bartesaghi will speak at the premier microscopy education event, Microscopy & Microanalysis 2019 Meeting in Portland. Having pushed the resolution of cryoEM protein structure determination during his career, Bartesaghi will present the biological sciences tutorial “X43 Expanding the Computational Toolbox for CryoEM” at M&M 2019.

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Rudin Named IMS Fellow and ASA Fellow
Cynthia Rudin Named IMS Fellow and ASA Fellow

Duke Professor of Computer Science, ECE, and Statistical Science Cynthia Rudin was selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and also as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, in recognition of her professional contributions and leadership.

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Summer Undergrad 2019 Research Showcase
A Showcase of Summer of Research: Data+, Code+ and Computer Science Summer Programs

Duke Computer Science, Data+ and Code+ undergraduate summer programs conclude this Friday, August 2, 2019 with a  research showcase, featuring over 40 posters from all 3 undergrad programs! This is the first time that CS and Code+ will join Data+ for this poster session.

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Cynthia Rudin
Gender Diversity in AI Research: Key Report Findings

Duke Professor Cynthia Rudin is named as one of the 20 most productive female AI researchers, as measured by the number of papers posted on arXiv.org in an important new report. It also indicates that less than 14% of AI papers feature a female co-author.

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KDD 2019
KDD 2019 Announces Duke University Computer Scientist Cynthia Rudin as a Keynote Speaker for 25th Annual Conference

KDD keynote speakers Duke Computer Science Professor Cynthia Rudin and Microsoft Healthcare's Corporate VP Peter Lee will address key industry challenges related to data science in interpretable ML and healthcare at KDD 2019. The premier interdisciplinary conference for data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data researchers and practitioners, KDD is Aug. 4-8 in Alaska.

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Duke Computer Science at SIGMOD 2019

Duke Computer Science's database group presented five research papers and a demo at the SIGMOD 2019 conference in Amsterdam June 30-July 5. Also, a Duke paper was selected for the 2018 ACM SIGMOD Research Highlight Award.

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Phitonex
Phitonex wins the technology showcase event at CYTO2019

Co-founded by Alvin Lebeck with former Duke research colleagues Chris Dwyer and Craig LaBoda, Phitonex, Inc. launched new NovaFluor dyes on June 24 at CYTO2019, winning the technology showcase event.

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Professor Richard Lucic Celebrating End of 27-Year Duke Career

Approaching retirement, Associate Chair Lucic reflects on his career and what's next.

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Chunge Wang
Duke Comp Sci undergrad Chunge Wang develops app to deter drones from delivering prison contraband

Duke Computer Science undergrad Chunge Wang developed a new app that helps to stop drones from delivering contraband to prisons. In conjunction with an alerting system developed by Duke ECE Professor Mary "Missy" Cummings and team, the Prison Reconnaissance Information System (PRIS) interface notifies prison security personnel when it detects a drone or human intruder.

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Undergraduate Awards Presented 2019

Congratulations to recipients of the 2019 undergraduate student awards presented at commencement ceremonies on May 12.

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Professor Susan Rodger
IEEE interviews Susan Rodger, Taylor L. Booth Education Award Winner

In honor of her winning the 2019 Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the IEEE Computer Society recently published an interview with Professor Susan Rodger. She talks about her ground-breaking work to increase younger students' computer literacy, and much more.

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Vincent Conitzer
Conitzer Submits Video on the "Theory of Conscious Experience" to the NSF 2026 Idea Machine

Conitzer entered his video on consciousness in the National Science Foundation competition, which sets the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. View and comment by June 26 to help select Conitzer's question as vital research to address in the coming decade.

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Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala speaks on Differential Privacy in Washington, DC at the National Academies of Sciences

Duke Computer Science Associate Professor and security expert Ashwin Machanavajjhala spoke in Washington, DC on current capabilities of differential privacy and its applications to federal statistical agencies at a workshop held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on June 6.

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2019 Graduation: Degrees Conferred

The department congratulates our newest graduates, who were awarded degrees at commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2019. Article | Photos