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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kartik Nayak-Welcome to Duke
New Faculty: Cybersecurity Expert Kartik Nayak Joins Duke Computer Science

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

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

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

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Professor Bruce R Donald
Professor Bruce Donald Receives $170K NIH Award

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

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Alberto Bartesaghi
Bartesaghi Presents at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2019 Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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Cynthia Rudin
Gender Diversity in AI Research: Key Report Findings

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

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

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

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Duke Computer Science at SIGMOD 2019

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

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Phitonex wins the technology showcase event at CYTO2019

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

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Richard Lucic with student
Professor Richard Lucic Celebrating End of 27-Year Duke Career

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

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

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

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Undergraduate Awards Presented 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 Graduation PhD Grads
2019 Graduation: Degrees Conferred

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

Professor Rudin
Cynthia Rudin's paper "Stop explaining black box machine learning models for high stakes decisions and use interpretable models instead" is published on Nature Machine Intelligence

Professor Cynthia Rudin states in this new paper that both “black box” and “explainable” machine learning models carry serious concerns for those who care about justice and accuracy in high-stakes fields like criminal justice and healthcare.

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Alina Barnett
Alina Barnett Named an Energy Data Analytics Fellow

Computer science doctoral student Alina Barnett was selected as Energy Data Analytics PhD Student Fellow by Duke University Energy Initiative.

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Luke Farrell's undergraduate research took him to the US Supreme Court

Duke computer science and neuroscience major Luke Farrell's undergrad research with a Bass Connections team provided evidence that gerrymandering in North Carolina diminished the value of some people's votes - and it took him to the US Supreme Court.

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IAAA 2019 finalists
Duke's Cynthia Rudin and Colleagues from Wisconsin, Harvard, and Mass General take first prize at IAAA

Duke's Cynthia Rudin recently demonstrated the real-world impact that interdisciplinary research can make, when her team of two machine learning experts and two neurologists used interpretable models to predict seizures in ICU patients. Rudin and colleagues from Wisconsin, Harvard, and Mass General won first prize in the INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition. Congratulations!

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Caroline Wang
Duke Computer Science undergraduate wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Caroline Wang, a junior computer science major at Duke University, has been named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This is a prestigious national award for undergraduates in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Congratulations!

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Bruce Donald and researchers from his Duke lab start company that uses software to overcome drug resistance, fight cancer

Duke's Bruce Donald, James B. Duke professor of computer science and researchers from his lab launched Gavilán Biodesign, which uses software to overcome drug resistance and fight cancer. Their company was selected as a startup by IndieBio, a biotech startup accelerator.

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Susan Rodger Brooks Award
Susan Rodger Recipient of Brooks Teaching Award

In recognition of her teaching excellence, Professor of the Practice in Computer Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies Susan Rodger received the 2019 David and Janet Vaughn Brooks Award from Duke University’s Trinity College. Congratulations!

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Shah, Reif, and Dubey to Present Temporal DNA Barcode Research at FNANO19 Conference

Shalin Shah, John Reif, and Abhishek Dubey of Oak Ridge National Lab just published research on a new imaging technique in which tiny light-up DNA barcodes identify molecules by their twinkling. The team will present their work on April 15, 2019 at the 16th Foundations of Nanoscience Conference (FNANO19).

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Professor Jun Yang
Jun Yang Publishes "Data Management in Machine Learning Systems"

Jun Yang, Associate Chair and Duke Professor of Computer Science, recently published Data Management in Machine Learning Systems, with coauthors Matthias Boehm and Arun Kumar. This important book follows a data-centric view of ML systems and provides a comprehensive overview of data management in ML systems for the end-to-end data science or ML lifecycle.

Professor Susan Rodger
Susan Rodger is Recognized with IEEE Computer Society 2019 Taylor L. Booth Education Award

Susan Rodger, a professor of the practice of computer science at Duke University, will receive the 2019 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award “for leadership in undergraduate and K-12 computer science education, and for broadening participation of women in computing.” Congratulations!

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Lane Family Ethics in Technology Program at Duke
Morality and machines: New program aims to integrate ethics into technology curriculum

The Lane Family Ethics in Technology Program begins next fall for a three-year trial run and seeks to integrate ethics into engineering and computer science, addressing new ethical quandaries that have come along with the advancement of technology.

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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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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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Organ matching process
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 Takes a “Meaning-full” Approach to Data Science

Kristin Stephens-Martinez joined Duke’s Computer Science faculty in 2018 as an assistant professor of the practice. Her range of experience includes data science, software engineering, computer networking, human-computer interface, 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 Davos in Davos, Switzerland
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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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.

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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DTech Group-
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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Screen capture of Tay Tweets
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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Dashboard of driverless car
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