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Sudeepa Roy: Making Sense of “Big Data” Databases

Sudeepa Roy

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. More


Research Faculty

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

Award is presented at AAAI 2018

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. More


Research Alum Faculty Undergraduate

Missy Cummings Presents at Davos

Missy Davos in Davos, Switzerland

Missy Cummings presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence (AI). More


General Faculty

Rudin Uses Machine-Learning Algorithm to Predict Re-Arrest

Shadow on dumpster

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. More


General Research Faculty

Reif and Students Research DNA Computing Time Using Locality

Research graphic

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.


Research Faculty Graduate

Panigrahi Receives NSF CAREER Award

Debmalya Panigrahi

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. More



Research Faculty

Washington Post Features Astrachan's work on New AP Course

Computer Science students in a classroom

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. More


Education Faculty

Stephen-Martinez Joins Faculty

Kristin Stephens-Martinez

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


General Faculty

Duke Students Bring Computer Science to Middle Schoolers

Githens Middle School. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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


Education Undergraduate

Duke Hosted ACM Programming Contest 2017

Wings team

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 WuMore


Event Undergraduate

Alum Update: Kost

David Kost

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


General Alum

DTech Experiences Successes and Challenges

Participants in Duke's DTech Program

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.  More


Education Undergraduate

CS Alum and Apple Innovator Eddy Cue Meets with DTech Scholars

Eddy Cue and 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


Event Alum

Grad Student Awards 2016-17

Recipients of Grad Student Awards

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


General Undergraduate

CS Welcomes Tse

Georgia Tse

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


General Staff

Kamau joins CS

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

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


General Staff

Apple's Cue to Speak at Duke

Eddy Cue

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


Event Alum

NIH Grant Awarded to Donald

Professor Bruce R 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. More


Grants Research Faculty

Agarwal Seeks Solution for Small Faculty Size

Professor Pankaj K Agarwal

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


General Faculty

Xi He Awarded Google 2017 Fellowship

Xi He

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.


Research Graduate

Yang Named Associate Chair

Professor Jun Yang

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.


General Faculty

Agarwal Named Department Chair

Pankaj K Agarwal

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


General Faculty

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.  More


Research Faculty

Burchfiel Helps Robots See in 3D

3-d models of household items

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


Research Graduate

Alice Workshop 2017 Led by Rodger

Alice Workshop 2017

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

DTech Group-

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


Education General Undergraduate

Ge Awarded NSF Grant

Professor Rong Ge

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


Grants Faculty

Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2016-2017

Graduation 2017

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


Event Graduate Undergraduate

Conitzer on Duke in DC Panel

Duke in DC Panel

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


General Faculty

Machanavajjhala and Haney Develop "Differential Privacy" Methods for Census Data

Face, 0s and 1s

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.  More


Faculty Graduate

Undergrad Awards Presented 2017

Undergrad award ceremony

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


Education Event Undergraduate

Astrachan Named ACM Outstanding Educator

Professor Owen Astrachan

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


General Faculty

Machanavajjhala receives Influential Paper Award

Professor Ashwin Machanavajjhala

Ashwin Machanavajjhala has received the IEEE ICDE 2017 Influential Paper Award for his 2006 paper "L-diversity: privacy beyond k-anonymity."


Research Faculty

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


General Alum Faculty

Mozingo-Ware Joins Staff

Tonya Mozingo-Ware

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


General Staff

Lebeck Edits New ACM SIGARCH Blog

Globe, circuits

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.  More


General Faculty

Rudin Creates Tools for Transparent Algorithms

Screen capture of Tay Tweets

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


Research Faculty

Conitzer Wins Weekly New Yorker Caption Contest

NYT shark cartoon

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. More


General Faculty

Conitzer Keeps AI Debate Grounded in Reality

Dashboard of driverless car

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


General Faculty

Rudin Designs Algorithms to Help Turn Raw Information into Informed Choices

Professor Cynthia Rudin

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


Research Faculty

Conitzer Takes CCC Blue Sky Award

Professor Vincent Conitzer

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."


Research Faculty

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


Education Undergraduate

Freeman Selected for Facebook Fellowship

Rupert Freeman

Rupert Freeman (G) has been selected to receive a Facebook Fellowship for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.  More


General Graduate

Hriciga Joins Staff

Alison Hriciga

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


General Staff

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. More


Research Faculty Graduate

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


General Alum

Chen Receives Best Paper Award

Yan Chen

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.


Research Graduate

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


General Alum

Tomasi Named ACM Fellow

Professor Carlo Tomasi

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.


General Research Faculty

Lebeck Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Professor Alvin Lebeck

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.


General Research Faculty

DNA Circuit Does Math in Test Tube: SciWorks Radio Interviews Reif

Professor John Reif and students

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


Research Faculty Graduate

Grad Student Awards 2015-16

Recipients of Grad Student Awards

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


General Graduate

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


Research Faculty Graduate

He, Raval, Machanavajjhala Take Best Demo Award at VLDB 2016

Screencap of research pages

Xi He (G), Nisarg Raval (G), and Ashwin Machanavajjhala won the VLDB 2016 Best Demonstration Award for "VisDPT: Visual Exploration of Differentially Private Trajectories."


Research Faculty Graduate

CRA Features CS Alum: Mason, Ricco, Chen

Mac Mason and Susan Rocco

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


General Alum

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. More


Research Faculty

Roy Receives NSF CAREER Award

Professor Sudeepa Roy

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


General Research Faculty

Alice Workshop 2016 Led by Rodger

Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DIVE)

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


Event Faculty Undergraduate

Conitzer Weighs in on New Rules for AI

Professor Vincent Conitzer

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. More


General Faculty

Cox, Machanavajjhala, Srivastava Develop Video Privacy Tool

Smart phone camera

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


Research Faculty Graduate

Team Led by Konidaris and Sorin Develops Motion Planning Processor

Device for testing motion planning robot

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. More


Research Faculty Undergraduate

Munagala Promoted

Professor Kamesh Munagala

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


General Faculty

Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2015-16

Two Graduates

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


Event Graduate Undergraduate

Undergraduate Awards Presented 2016

Chair presents award to undergrad student

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


General Undergraduate

Tomasi Awarded Named Professorship

Professor Carlo Tomasi

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. More


General Faculty

New Book by Conitzer

Book Cover

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


General Faculty

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.


General Faculty Graduate

Trey Bagley Recreates Weasleys' Clock

Trey Bagley's clock

Trey Bagley (U) created a real-life, digital version of the magical clock from the Weasley's house in Harry Potter. Buzzfeed | NPR


General Undergraduate

TechConnect 2016 Spring

TechConnect Participants

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

Professor Amanda Randles

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


General Alum Faculty

Pajic Joins Faculty

Professor Miroslav Pajic

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


General Faculty

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


General Faculty

Donald Named AAAS Fellow

Prof Bruce Donald Receives AAAS Award

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. More


General Faculty

Azhar Brings Silicon Valley Mentality to Duke

Professor Salman Azhar

Entrepreneur in Residence Salman Azhar introduces his students to a set of conventions and pieces of advice to help them make it in the competitive world of start-ups.  More


General Faculty

Sapiro, Calderbank Collaborate on Autism Detection App

Camera assesses child's emotional state

The Autism & Beyond team at Duke, which includes Robert Calderbank and Guillermo Sapiro, has introduced a free iOS app to detect and study autism in young children. DukeToday | DTMI


Research Faculty

Shamblin receives Staff Award

Joe Shamblin, Ron Parr

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


General Staff

Grad Student Awards 2014-15

Seyed Majid Zahedi (G), Zhenyu Zhou (G), Brandon Fain (G), and Nat Kell (G) received graduate student awards for 2014-15 at the 2015 annual department meeting. More


General Graduate

TechConnect 2015

TechConnect Participants

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. Web Site


Event Graduate Undergraduate

Rodger Reappointed

Professor Susan Rodger

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.


General Faculty

Konidaris Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Professor George Konidaris

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.


General Faculty

Roy Joins Faculty

Professor Sudeepa Roy

The Department welcomes Sudeepa Roy as an assistant professor. Roy is interested in data and information management with a focus on foundational aspects of big data analysis. She will be part of the systems group. More


General Faculty

Conitzer Named Jenkins Chair

Professor Vincent Conitzer

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.


General Faculty

Ge Joins Faculty

Professor Rong Ge

CS welcomes Rong Ge as an assistant professor. Ge comes to us from Microsoft Research. He is interested in theoretical computer science and machine learning and will be part of the algorithms group. More


General Faculty

Heller Receives Google Research Award

Professor Katherine Heller

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.


Grants Faculty

Hauser Joins Faculty

Professor Kris Hauser

CS welcomes Kris Hauser, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as secondary faculty. He focuses on the planning and control of autonomous robots and is part of a a steadily expanding robotics group on campus. More


General Faculty

Fulton Joins Staff

Elaine Fulton

Elaine Fulton (S) has joined CS as the Department Business Manager.


General Staff

Benson Receives Yahoo FREP Award

Professor Theo Benson

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


General Faculty

Panigrahi Receives Yahoo FREP Award

Professor Debmalya Panigrahi

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


General Faculty

Summer Undergraduate Enrichment Experiences 2015

Summer undergrad program participants

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.


Research Undergraduate

Donald and Hallen Work to Outsmart HIV

Research graphic

Bruce Donald, Mark Hallen (G), and colleagues have published a 3-D close-up of a designer protein that, if injected into patients, could help the immune system make better antibodies against the HIV virus. More


Research Faculty Graduate

In Memoriam: Don Rose

Professor 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

Mark Hallen (G) was awarded a Liebmann Fellowship for graduate studies.


Education Graduate

Hartemink Named Director of Office of Scholars and Fellows

Professor Alex Hartemink

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


General Faculty

Alice Workshop 2015 Led by Rodger

Professor Susan Rodger at Alice Workshop

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


Event Faculty

Panigrahi Receives Best Paper Award

Professor Debmalya Panigrahi

Debmalya Panigrahi received the best paper award at the ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures for the paper "Speed Scaling in the Non-clairvoyant Model." More


General Faculty

Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2014-15

Graduates 2015

The Department congratulates our newest graduates who were awarded degrees for 2014-15 at commencement ceremonies on May 10. More


Event Graduate Undergraduate

Undergraduate Awards Presented 2015

Undergrad award recipient

Student awards for 2014 were presented to undergraduates at commencement ceremonies on May 10. More


Education Graduate Undergraduate

Conitzer Awarded Distinguished Professorship

Professor Vince Conitzer

Vincent Conitzer has been named Arts and Sciences Professor of Computer Science. A distinguished professorship such as this is the highest honor Duke can award to its faculty members. More


General Faculty

Conitzer Selected as Guggenheim Fellow

Professor Vince Conitzer

Vincent Conitzer has been named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. Fellows are appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Duke Econ article


General Faculty

Introducing the New CS Robot

Professor George Konidaris and 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.


Research Faculty

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


Education Undergraduate