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Astrachan's work on new AP Computer Science Principles course featured
The Washington Post reports on a new AP Computer Science course that Owen Astrachan helped develop in an effort to broaden the demographic base of students in computer science. More
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. More
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.
Alum Update: Kost
David Kotz (G '91) has been appointed interim provost at Dartmouth. More
DTech Experiences Successes and Challenges
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
Grad Student Awards 2016-17
CS Welcomes Tse
CS welcomes Georgia Tse (U '17), who has joined the department as a Program Coordinator.
Kamau joins CS
We welcome Samuel Kamau, who has joined CS as the Administrative Manager.
Apple's Cue to Speak at Duke
Eddy Cue (AB '86), Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, will give a special talk at Duke on September 29. Eddy earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke in 1986. He joined Apple in 1989. CS is co-hosting the talk with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and DTech. More
NIH Grant Awarded to Donald
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. More
Xi He Awarded Google 2017 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.
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. More
Yang Named Associate Chair
Jun Yang has agreed to serve as an Associate Chair of the department for a three year term effective August 15, 2017. Besides assisting Pankaj Agarwal with many of chair's responsibilities, Yang also will be leading some of the department's strategic initiatives.
Rudin Trains Computers to Predict Recidivism
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. More
Alice Workshop 2017 Led by Rodger
A two-week Adventures in Alice Programming workshop to teach middle school and high school teachers how to program and to integrate programming into their disciplines was led by Susan Rodger and five undergraduates: Natalie Huffman (Duke), Jonathan Kuo (Duke), Erich Narten (UNC Charlotte), Jack Wrigley (Amherst College), and Vicki Zhang (Duke). More
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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. More
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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: Degrees Conferred for 2016-2017
Conitzer on Duke in DC Panel
Machanavajjhala and Haney Develop "Differential Privacy" Methods for Census Data
Undergrad Awards Presented 2017
Congratulations to recipients of the 2017 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 14. More
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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. More
Machanavajjhala receives Influential Paper Award
Ashwin Machanavajjhala has received the IEEE ICDE 2017 Influential Paper Award for his 2006 paper "L-diversity: privacy beyond k-anonymity."
CS Alumni Reception 2017
Department Chair Ron Parr and CS faculty hosted a reception for CS alumni during Duke's 2017 Alumni Reunion. The reception featured remarks by Owen Astrachan and Landon Cox on their latest efforts to incorporate mobile technologies into our undergraduate curriculum, and a discussion of the new DTech Scholars Program by Monica Jenkins. Photos
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Mozingo-Ware Joins Staff
CS welcomes Tonya Mozingo-Ware (S) who has joined CS as Assistant to the Chair.
Lebeck Edits New ACM SIGARCH Blog
Rudin Creates Tools for Transparent Algorithms
Conitzer Wins Weekly New Yorker Caption Contest
Conitzer Keeps AI Debate Grounded in Reality
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. More
Conitzer Takes CCC Blue Sky Award
Vincent Conitzer is one of three winners of Blue Sky Awards sponsored by CCC (Computing Community Consortium) for his paper "Moral Decision Making Frameworks for Artificial Intelligence."
Duke Partners with Google to Address the Capacity Crunch
Duke's involvement in Google's Capacity program, designed to address dramatic increases in undergraduate Computer Science enrollments, has resulted in new approaches to the engagement of women and underrepresented students and increased access to peer mentoring. More
Freeman Selected for Facebook Fellowship
Rupert Freeman (G) has been selected to receive a Facebook Fellowship for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. More
Hriciga Joins Staff
We welcome Alison Hriciga, who has joined CS as the Graduate & Financial Assistant.
Duke Receives Three Architecture Top Pick Honorable Mentions
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. More
Chen Receives Best Paper Award
Yan Chen's (G) paper, "Differentially Private Regression Diagnostics," has been selected as one of the best papers at the International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2016.
Alum Update: Perriman
FanWide, a social sports app created by Symon Perriman (U '07) and his team, has gone nationwide. FanWide connects fans of the same team and organizes viewing parties. More
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.
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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.
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DNA Circuit Does Math in Test Tube: SciWorks Radio Interviews Reif
Grad Student Awards 2015-16
Graduate student awards for 2015-16 were presented at the annual departmental meeting. More
Yang and Walenz Develop Political Fact-Checking Site
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."
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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
Konidaris and Sorin Take on Challenges of Robotic Motion Planning
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. More
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Conitzer Weighs in on New Rules for AI
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
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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. More
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Team Led by Konidaris and Sorin Develops Motion Planning Processor
Congratulations to Kamesh Munagala, who has been promoted to professor.
Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2015-16
Undergraduate Awards Presented 2016
Congratulations to recipients of the 2016 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 15. More
Tomasi Awarded Named Professorship
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
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.
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Trey Bagley Recreates Weasleys' Clock
TechConnect 2016 Spring
Over 300 Pratt Engineering and CS students connected with 37 companies at the 7th spring TechConnect networking fair. The evening started with a panel of industry representatives. The reps, some who are alum, shared information, advice, insights and stories about their organizations, the job market and what they wish they had known when they were students. Web site | Photos
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. More
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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. More
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. More
Donald Named AAAS Fellow
Bruce Donald has been elected a 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. More
Azhar Brings Silicon Valley Mentality to Duke
Sapiro, Calderbank Collaborate on Autism Detection App
Grad Student Awards 2014-15
Seyed Majid Zahedi (G), Zhenyu Zhou (G), Brandon Fain (G), and Nat Kell (G) received graduate student awards for
Shamblin receives Staff Award
Joe Shamblin (S) was presented the 2014-5 Outstanding Departmental Service Award for his outstanding flexibility and support of the department both on a daily basis and through several special circumstances
inDuke TechConnect 2015, an event hosted by the Duke University Department of Computer Science, Pratt School of Engineering, and Career Center to bring students and employers together for networking and education was held in September.
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Susan Rodger has been reappointed as Professor of the Practice (PoP) of Computer Science. Rodger has been with the department since 1994. She has played a key role in shaping the CS undergraduate experience through her teaching, advising, and mentoring. Recipient of the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator award, she is a nationally recognized figure in computer science education. Rodger has also been a tireless champion of diversity in our field.
Konidaris Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award
George Konidaris is the winner of a Young Faculty Award (YFA) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The YFA aims to provide high-impact fundung to exceptional junior faculty in the first few years of their appointment. Konidaris plans to use the award to fund his research on learning high-level task descriptions that robotics can use to rapidly find solutions to new tasks.
Roy Joins Faculty
Conitzer Named Jenkins Chair
Vincent Conitzer has been named the Kimberly J. Jenkins University Professor of New Technologies effective September 1, 2015. The Jenkins Chair is designated for the appointment of a scholar who has achieved national or international distinction and whose work is concerned with the social and cultural impact of information technologies, including the Internet.
Ge Joins Faculty
Heller Receives Google Research Award
Katherine Heller has received a Google Research Award for her project entitled "Bayesian Models for Online Conversations and Bullying Behavior." Total funding will be $60,785.
Hauser Joins Faculty
Fulton Joins Staff
Panigrahi Receives Yahoo FREP Award
Debmalya Panigrahi has been named a recipient of the 2015 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award. Over the course of the next year and beyond, FREP award recipients and Yahoo Labs scientists will work closely to further research in their mutual areas of interest. More
Benson Receives Yahoo FREP Award
Theo Benson has been named a recipient of the 2015 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award. The FREP awards unrestricted gifts to support new, exciting Internet research studies and experiments between academics across the globe and their Yahoo Research Scientist counterparts. More
Summer Undergraduate Enrichment Experiences 2015
The Computer Science Department provided rising sophomores, juniors and seniors with summer research experiences from May to August 2015. In addition to the individual research projects, students also participated in a weekly seminar of faculty and graduate student speakers to learn about other research ongoing in the department.
Donald and Hallen Work to Outsmart HIV
In Memoriam: Don Rose
The Duke University Department of Computer Science and members of the broader Duke community mourn the loss of Donald J. Rose. Don served Duke for 31 years, including 7 years as department chair. More
Hallen Awarded Fellowship
Mark Hallen (G) was awarded a Liebmann Fellowship for graduate studies.
Hartemink Named Director of Office of Scholars and Fellows
Alex Hartemink has been appointed faculty director of the Duke Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows (OUSF). The office oversees Duke's eight merit scholar programs and Duke's Phi Beta Kappa Society chapter. OUSF also supports students seeking post-graduation fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Fulbrights. More
Alice Workshop 2015 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 led Susan Rodger and Chari Distler, and three Duke undergraduates: David Yan (U), Erin Taylor (U), and Alex Boldt (U). These workshops have been held at Duke every summer since 2008. More
Panigrahi Receives Best Paper Award
Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2014-15
The Department congratulates our newest graduates who were awarded degrees for 2014-15 at commencement ceremonies on May 10. More
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Undergraduate Awards Presented 2015
Student awards for 2014 were presented to undergraduates at commencement ceremonies on May 10. More
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Conitzer Awarded Distinguished Professorship
Conitzer Selected as Guggenheim Fellow
Introducing the New CS Robot
Meet the newest member of the department, George Konidaris's robot. It will be his primary research platform, to be used in three broad areas: 1) research into automatically learning motor control skills, like opening doors or playing table tennis, 2) learning abstract representations of the world that can be used to reason and plan at a high level, and 3) learning how to manipulate every-day objects - figuring out what they do and how they work; for example, discovering how to operate a microwave, what each button does, etc.
Department Overhauls Introductory Course
Since 2010, computer science professors have been revamping course COMPSCI 101 to place more emphasis on real-world applications and solving problems in small groups with peer tutors. Many lectures include discussions about Duke alumni who took the course, or professionals doing creative work in the field. More
Code is Powerful Blueprint for Ugrad Programmers
Duke Magazine features CS undergrads who use coding skills and imagination to catch cancer early, sustain farmers, and boost safety for athletes. More
Graduate Admissions Visit 2015
Thirty-one top applicants attended this year's visit for prospective grad students, which was held February 19-21. The event included talks by faculty and students, one-on-one meetings with faculty, a poster session, and a campus tour. Mayuresh Kunji (G) is shown discussing his poster.
Hartemink Receives NHGRI Grant
Alex Hartemink is part of a diverse Duke team to receive $5.9 million from the National Human Genome Research Institute to characterize how human lung epithelial cells respond to anti-inflammatory drugs called glucocorticoids. The team includes Medical School faculty members Tim Reddy and Greg Crawford, and the Pratt School's Charles Gersbach.
Alum Update: Xia
Lirong Xia (G '11) is a 2015 recipient of an NSF CAREER Award. This grant will support work on his project, "A New Theory of Social Choice for More than Two Alternatives: Combining Economics, Statistics, and Computation." Xia is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Duke Econ article | NSF award abstract
Alum Update: Perriman
Symon Perriman (U '07) has been named Vice President, Business Development & Marketing by 5nine Software. More
Yahoo! Donates Equipment
Yahoo! has donated 300 servers and four switches to Duke CS. The equipment will enable Shivnath Babu and Theo Benson to study the problems that big-data frameworks (e.g. Hadoop) and cluster management paradigms (e.g. Software Defined Networking and OpenStack) encounter, and search for ways to make them perform better and more reliably.