Professor Rudin
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!

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Duke CompSci Alumnus Lirong Xia Publishes Book on AI and ML
Duke CompSci Alumnus Lirong Xia Publishes Book on AI and ML

Lirong Xia, Duke CS PhD ’11, Economics MA '10 and now associate CS professor at RPI, published a book entitled Learning and Decision-Making from Rank Data as part of Mongan & Claypool's Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

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IAAA 2019 finalists
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.

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Rong Ge, 2019 Sloan Research Fellow and Duke University Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Professor Rong Ge Awarded 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship

Awarded to the most promising scientific researchers working today, The Sloan Research Fellowship recognizes that Professor Rong Ge's achievements and potential place him among the next generation of scientific leaders. Congratulations!

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Alex Balfanz
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."

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Gavilán Biodesign
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!

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Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala spoke at AAAS Annual Meeting on Privacy and the Census

Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke computer science professor and privacy expert, spoke on “Public Use Data Products and Privacy Protection: Experiences from the Front Lines” at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

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Vahid Tarokh
Vahid Tarokh elected to NAE

Vahid Tarokh, the Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics, was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Congratulations!

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AAAI Fellow Vince Conitzer
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.

Professor Cynthia Rudin
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.

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Duke University's Astrachan, Berry, Cox, and Mitchener Nominated for SIGCSE Top 10 Symposium Papers of All Time Award
Astrachan, Berry, Cox, and Mitchener Nominated for SIGCSE Top 10 Symposium Papers of All Time Award

Congratulations to Owen Astrachan and then-undergraduate joint authors Landon Cox, Garret Mitchener, and Geoffrey Berry. They were recently nominated for the SIGCSE Top 10 Symposium Papers of All Time Award for "Design patterns: an essential component of CS curricula."

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Brandon Fain
Brandon Fain Wins the 2019 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Doctoral candidate Brandon Fain was selected as a 2019 Teaching Award Recipient. This is well-deserved recognition for his outstanding efforts. It's a highly competitive award, and he was chosen from a large pool of university-wide nominees. Congratulations!

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Jeff Forbes
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.”

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Bob Wagner
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
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.

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Shalin Shah and John Reif
Shah and Reif Receive Best Presentation Award at DNA24 Conference

Congratulations to Shalin Shah and John Reif who recently won the 2018 Best Presentation Award for their paper “Temporal DNA Barcodes: A Time-Based Approach for Single-Molecule Imaging” at DNA24: 24th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming.

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Duke students Runliang Oscar Li, Hui Frederick Xu, Rohith Kuditipudi win CRA awards
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!

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Munagala, Cheng, Wang, and Gravin Receive Best Paper Award at WINE 2018
Munagala, Cheng, Wang, and Gravin Receive Best Paper Award at WINE 2018

Congratulations to Kamesh Munagala and joint authors Yu Cheng, Kangning Wang, and Nick Gravin (Shanghai UFE). They recently won the Best Paper Award for "A Simple Mechanism for a Budget Constrained Buyer" at WINE 2018: The 14th Conference on Web and Internet Economics.

Bruce Maggs
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.

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Aaron Lowe and Pankaj Agarwal
Aaron Lowe and Pankaj Agarwal Win 2018 Best Paper Award at ACM SIGSPATIAL

Congratulations to Aaron Lowe and Pankaj Agarwal for winning the 2018 Best Paper Award at the 26th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in November.

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Krishnendu Chakrabarty
Krishnendu Chakrabarty named AAAS Fellow

Five Duke University faculty members, including Krishnendu Chakrabarty, and one staff member have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Digital brain
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.

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William Shakespeare
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.

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Dr. Sandra Johnson
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. 

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Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Privacy Expert Awarded for Teaching Excellence

In recognition of his teaching excellence, Associate Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala received the 2018 David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Award from Duke University’s Trinity College

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Jun Yang
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.

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Alberto Bartesaghi
We Welcome Alberto Bartesaghi

We welcome Alberto Bartesaghi as Associate Professor of Computer Science, Biochemistry, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Read about him in Duke's new faculty member profiles.

Rebecca Steorts
Rebecca Steorts Develops Techniques to Tally War Dead

Computer scientist and statistician Rebecca Steorts has been developing state-of-the-art statistics and machine learning techniques to help human rights groups take on the grim task of tallying Syria's war dead.   

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Grad student award recipients 2018
Grad Student Awards 2017-18

Graduate student awards for 2017-18 were presented at the 2018 annual departmental meeting.

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How AI Changed Organ Donation in the US

A person stepping forward to donate a kidney can set off a chain that saves dozen of lives. An article in Quartz features  work by Vince Conitzer and his colleagues in AI, economics, and philosophy.

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Professor Vince Conitzer
Article by Vince Conitzer Appears in Wall Street Journal

An article by Vincent Conitzer, "Natural Intelligence Still has its Advantages," appears in the Wall Street Journal.

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Professor Vince Conitzer
Vince Conitzer Receives NSF Grant for AI Research

Vincent Conitzer has been awarded an NSF grant titled "RI: Small: Designing Preferences, Beliefs, and Identities for Artificial Intelligence." Total funding is $400,000.

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Bruce Donald and Former Students
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.  

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2018 Undergrad Awards Recipients
Undergraduate Awards Presented 2018

Congratulations to recipients of the 2018 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 13.   

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Graduation 2018 PhD Grads
Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2017-18

The Department congratulates our newest graduates who were awarded degrees for 2017-18 at commencement ceremonies on May 13.  Article | Photos

Tianyu Wang
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.  

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Jennifer Schmidt
Jennifer Schmidt Joins Staff

We welcome Jennifer Schmidt, who joins the Department as the Chair's Assistant.

Luke Westfield
Luke Westfield Joins Lab Staff

We welcome Luke Westfield who joins the Department as an IT Analyst.

Frank Starmer
Frank Starmer Receives Med School Award

Frank Starmer, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, has won the Duke School of Medicine's 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. Med School | Local Paper

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Undergraduate Research Showcase 2018

The inaugural Computer Science Undergraduate Project Showcase celebrated student inquiry in computer science. Students presented 22 posters on projects from mentored research, class projects, and independent work.  More | Photos

Samantha Washko
Samantha Washko Profiled by Salisbury Post

The Salisbury Post recounts challenges overcome by recent graduate Samantha Washko.   

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Professor Debmalya Panigrahi
Paper by Debmalya Panigrahi takes Honorable Mention

A paper co-authored by Debmalya Panigrahi has been selected as an honorable mention for the Best Paper Award at WWW 2018. The paper is titled "Minimizing Latency in Online Ride and Delivery Services."  

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Professor Bruce R Donald
Bruce Donald receives NIH Grant for Protein Design

Bruce Donald has been awarded an R01 grant from the NIH entitled "Computational Structure-Based Protein Design."  Total funding will be $1,403,624 over 4 years.  

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Professor Vince Conitzer
Vince Conitzer a Panelist on AI in the Administrative State

Vince Conitzer participated in a Duke conference designed to  explore promising uses of AI and the challenges they pose in administering diverse governmental functions involving science, technology, health and intellectual property. Conference site | Video

Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala Promoted

Congratulations to Ashwin Machanavajjhala, who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Professor Amanda Randles
Amanda Randles Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Amanda Randles has been named the recipient of the 2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for developing HARVEY, a massively parallel circulatory simulation code capable of modeling the full human arterial system at subcellular resolution.  ACM | People of ACMDuke BME

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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.  

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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.

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Lee Research Group
Duke Research Team Wins HPCA Best Paper Award

Co-first authors Seyed Majid Zahedi (G) and Qiuyun Llull, and Benjamin Lee won the HPCA Best Paper Award for a processor allocation framework that uses Amdahl’s Law to apportion resources fairly among data center users.  

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Guillermo Sapiro
Guillermo Sapiro Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Guillermo Sapiro has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on theory and applications in computer vision, computer graphics, medical imaging, image analysis and machine learning.  Pratt | DukeToday

Asa Royal
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.  

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Yuan Deng
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.  

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Pranav Warman
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.

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Jeff Chase
Jeff Chase receives USENIX 2018 FAST Test of Time Award

A paper co-authored by Jeff Chase received the USENIX 2018 FAST Test of Time Award. The paper is titled "Designing for Disasters." The award recognizes papers that have had a lasting impact on their field.  

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Professor Alvin Lebeck
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
Ashlee Long Joins Staff

We welcome Ashlee Long, who joins the department as a staff assistant.

Kristin Stephens-Martinez
New Faculty: Kristin Stephens-Martinez

Kristin Stephens-Martinez joined Duke’s Computer Science faculty in January as an assistant professor of the practice. She brings a range of experience in software engineering, computer networking, human-computer interface, data science, education, and information visualization.

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AiFi customer tracking
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.

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Professor Sudeepa Roy
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.

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AAAI 2018 Student Paper Award Given for paper Co-authored by Conitzer and Freedman

An algorithm trained to decide which patient receives a donor kidney wins AAAI 2018 Student Paper Award.  Rachel Freedman (AB '17) and Vincent Conitzer are co-authors. 

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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).

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Rudin Uses Machine-Learning Algorithm to Predict Re-Arrest

Cynthia Rudin writes about scrapping secret proprietary algorithms in decisions about bail, sentencing, and parole in favor of transparent machine-learning algorithms such as CORELS.

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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.

Professor Debmalya Panigrahi
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.

 

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Computer Science students in a classroom
Washington Post Features Astrachan's work on New AP Course

The Washington Post reports on a new AP Computer Science course that Owen Astrachan was instrumental in developing. The course was created in an effort to broaden the demographic base of students in computer science.

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Anna Lowegard
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.

Kristin Stephens-Martinez
Stephen-Martinez Joins Faculty

The Department welcomes Kristin Stephens-Martinez, who has joined CS as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Computer Science

Githens Middle School. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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.  

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Wings team
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

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David Kost
Alum Update: Kost

David Kotz (G '91) has been appointed interim provost at Dartmouth.

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Participants in Duke's DTech Program
DTech Experiences Successes and Challenges

The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the early successes and challenges of The Duke Technology Scholars Project (DTech), a career-training program that seeks to increase gender diversity in the technology industry.  

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Eddy Cue and DTech Scholars
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

Recipients of Grad Student Awards
Grad Student Awards 2016-17

Graduate student awards for 2016-17 were presented at the annual departmental meeting.  Article  | Meeting Photos

Georgia Tse
CS Welcomes Tse

CS welcomes Georgia Tse (U '17), who has joined the department as a Program Coordinator.

Samuel KamauWe welcome Samuel Kamau, who has joined CS as the Administrative Manager.
Kamau joins CS

We welcome Samuel Kamau, who has joined CS as the Administrative Manager.

Eddy Cue
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.

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Professor Bruce R Donald
NIH Grant Awarded to Donald

Bruce Donald has been awarded a new R01 grant from the NIH entitled "Deep Topological Sampling of Protein Structures." Total funding will be $1.2M over 4 years.

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Professor Pankaj K Agarwal
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.

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Xi He
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.  

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Pankaj K Agarwal
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.  

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Professor Jun Yang
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.

Handcuffs
Rudin Trains Computers to Predict Recidivism

Cynthia Rudin and colleagues are training computers to build statistical models to predict future criminal behavior, called recidivism, that are just as accurate as black-box models, but more transparent and easier to interpret.  

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3-d models of household items
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.

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Alice Workshop 2017
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).

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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.

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Professor Rong Ge
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

Graduation 2017
Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2016-17

The Department congratulates our newest graduates who were awarded degrees for 2016-17 at commencement ceremonies on May 14. Article | Photos

Duke in DC Panel
Conitzer on Duke in DC Panel

Vincent Conitzer participated in a Duke in DC panel on the coming effects of artificial intelligence on the job market.  

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Face, 0s and 1s
Machanavajjhala and Haney Develop "Differential Privacy" Methods for Census Data

Ashwin Machanavajjhala and Sam Haney (G) work to ensure that Census statistics can be mined for insights about the nation without leaking private information about individuals.  

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Undergrad award ceremony
Undergraduate Awards Presented 2017

Congratulations to recipients of the 2017 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 14.

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Professor Owen Astrachan
Astrachan Named ACM Outstanding Educator

ACM has named Owen Astrachan recipient of the 2016 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for three decades of innovative computer science pedagogy and inspirational community leadership in broadening the appeal of high school and college introductory computer science courses.  

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Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala
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
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

Tonya Mozingo-Ware
Mozingo-Ware Joins Staff

CS welcomes Tonya Mozingo-Ware (S) who has joined CS as Assistant to the Chair.

Globe, circuits
Lebeck Edits New ACM SIGARCH Blog

Alvin Lebeck is the inaugural editor of Computer Architecture Today, the recently-launched ACM SIGARCH blog whose mission is to inform the broad computing community about current activities, advances and future directions in computer architecture.  

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Rudin Creates Tools for Transparent Algorithms

Algorithms, like humans, can discriminate. Cynthia Rudin addresses this problem by creating publicly available tools for transparent algorithms.

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NYT shark cartoon
Conitzer Wins Weekly New Yorker Caption Contest

With the quip "The doctor said it might help me quit," Vincent Conitzer won the New Yorker's weekly contest in which readers send in suggested captions. Conitzer felt drawn to this cartoon because his three-year-old son is going through a shark phase.

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Conitzer Keeps AI Debate Grounded in Reality

Progress in artificial intelligence has been rapid in recent years. Vincent Conitzer discusses concerns about AI's impact on human societies.  

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Professor Cynthia Rudin
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.

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Professor Vince Conitzer
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.  

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Rupert Freeman
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.  

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Alison Hriciga
Hriciga Joins Staff

We welcome Alison Hriciga, who has joined CS as the Graduate & Financial Assistant.

Duke Receives Three Architecture Top Pick Honorable Mentions

Three papers from Ben Lee’s and Alvin Lebeck’s research groups were selected for honorable mention as IEEE micro top picks in computer architecture for 2016.

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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.  

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Yan Chen
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.

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Professor Carlo Tomasi
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.

Professor Alvin Lebeck
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.

Professor John Reif and students
DNA Circuit Does Math in Test Tube: SciWorks Radio Interviews Reif

John Reif and Tianqi Song (G) have created an analog DNA circuit that can add, subtract and multiply as the molecules form and break bonds. SciWorks | Article

Recipients of Grad Student Awards
Grad Student Awards 2015-16

Graduate student awards for 2015-16 were presented at the annual departmental meeting.

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Yang and Walenz Develop Political Fact-Checking Site

Jun Yang and Brett Walenz (G) have created the iCheck website for checking the accuracy of congressional voting claims. Article | iCheck site

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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."

Mac Mason and Susan Rocco
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

Robot
Konidaris and Sorin Take on Challenges of Robotic Motion Planning

A fast and power-efficient processor developed by Dan Sorin and George Konidaris opens up new opportunities for robots and autonomous vehicles.

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Professor Sudeepa Roy
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.

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Professor Vince Conitzer
Conitzer Weighs in on New Rules for AI

Vince Conitzer sees a need to set up the right incentives to attain the goals of Microsoft CEO Nadella's 10 new rules for artificial intelligence.

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Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DIVE)
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

Smart phone camera
Cox, Machanavajjhala, Srivastava Develop Video Privacy Tool

Landon Cox, Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Animesh Srivastava (G), and other Duke computer scientists have developed software that helps prevent inadvertent disclosure of trade secrets and other restricted information within a camera's field of view by letting users specify what others can see.

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Device for testing motion planning robot
Team Led by Konidaris and Sorin Develops Motion Planning Processor

George Konidaris, Dan Sorin, and CS students Will Floyd-Jones (U) and Ying Qi (U) have introduced a specially-designed computer processor for motion planning that can plan up to 10,000 times faster than existing approaches.

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Professor Kamesh Munagala
Munagala Promoted

Congratulations to Kamesh Munagala, who has been promoted to professor.

Two Graduates
Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2015-16

The Department congratulates our newest graduates who were awarded degrees for 2015-16 at commencement ceremonies on May 15. Article | Photos

Chair presents award to undergrad student
Undergraduate Awards Presented 2016

Congratulations to recipients of the 2016 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 15.

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Professor Carlo Tomasi
Tomasi Awarded Named Professorship

Carlo Tomasi has been named the Iris Einheuser Professor of Computer Science in recognition of his seminal contributions to computer vision, effective July 1, 2016. A distinguished professorship such as this is the highest honor Duke can award its faculty members.

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Book Cover
New Book by Conitzer

The rapidly growing field of computational social choice, at the intersection of computer science and economics, deals with the computational aspects of collective decision making. This handbook, written by thirty-six prominent members of the computational social choice community and co-edited by Vincent Conitzer, covers the field comprehensively. Amazon