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 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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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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Vincent 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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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

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 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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Vincent 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

Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Ashwin Machanavajjhala Promoted

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

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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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

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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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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Shadow on dumpster
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.

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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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

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.

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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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.

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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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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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

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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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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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 Vincent 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."

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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Professor Carlo Tomasi
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

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."

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 Vincent 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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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.

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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Fan, Zahedi, and Lee Receive Best Paper Award

Songchun Fan (G), Seyed Zahedi (G), and Ben Lee's paper, "The Computational Sprinting Game," has been selected as the best paper in ASPLOS 2016.

Professor Amanda Randles
Randles Joins Faculty

We welcome Amanda Randles, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, as secondary faculty. Randles is a CS alumna (BA,'05). Her research in biomedical simulation and high performance computing focuses on the development of new computational tools that she uses to provide insight into the localization and development of human diseases ranging from atherosclerosis to cancer.

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Professor Miroslav Pajic
Pajic Joins Faculty

CS welcomes Miroslav Pajic, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as secondary faculty. Pajic's interests focus on design and analysis of cyber-physical systems and in particular, embedded and distributed/networked control, real-time and embedded systems, and high-confidence medical device systems.

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Steorts Joins Faculty

The Department welcomes Assistant Professor of Statistical Science Rebecca Steorts as secondary faculty. Her research interests are in computationally scalable approaches to social science applications, where she focuses on recovering high-dimensional objects from degraded data and determining how to recover the underlying structure.

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Prof Bruce Donald Receives AAAS Award
Donald Named AAAS Fellow

Bruce Donald has been elected a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for contributions in computational molecular biology. The award is bestowed on AAAS members by their peers for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications in society.

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