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Duke students develop an app that can trace contacts of coronavirus patients

Duke students developed an app to trace contacts of coronavirus patients and help stop the spread. Shehzan Maredia, computer science/math major + developer and junior Alyssa Nicholas, who's marketing ContainIt say "With this app, you can help other people in your community stay informed."

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Carla Ellis-Habermann Award
Professor Emerita Carla Ellis Receives the 2020 CRA Habermann Award

Duke Computer Science Professor Emerita Carla Ellis recently won the 2020 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award for her tireless efforts to address diversity at all stages of the computing education pipeline. Congratulations!

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Alberto Bartesaghi
Alberto Bartesaghi and colleagues publish article in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine

Duke Computer Science Associate Professor Alberto Bartesaghi and colleagues Tamir Bendory of Tel Aviv University and Princeton University's Amit Singer published an article "Single-Particle Cryo-Electron Microscopy: Mathematical Theory, Computational Challenges, and Opportunities" in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine that is featured on the cover page. Congratulations!

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Lisa Wu Wills
Lisa Wu Wills, Duke's Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of CS/ECE selected for the Systems for ML Facebook Research Award

Distinguished from research proposals originating in 26 countries and more than 100 universities worldwide, Lisa Wu Wills' project "Accelerating and Deploying Natural Language Processing Systems in Data Centers" placed Duke in the top 10 Facebook award winners for most prestigious universities for architecture and systems research. Wills plans to explore how accelerated NLP systems can help with drug discovery and more.

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Professor Vince Conitzer
Vince Conitzer wins NSF 2026 Idea Machine Meritorious Prize

Duke Computer Science Professor Vince Conitzer is a meritorious prize winner of the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2026 Idea Machine competition for his grand challenge "Theory of Conscious Experience." While Conitzer's idea was identified as "exciting, ambitious, creative, and highly interdisciplinary" and his team won a $10K prize, the real win is the opportunity to promote the progress of science by helping NSF identify new areas of research. Congratulations!

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ACM Fellow
Vince Conitzer Named ACM Fellow

Vince Conitzer, University Professor of New Technologies and Professor of Computer Science, Economics, and Philosophy at Duke Computer Science has been named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to game theory, social choice theory, and mechanism design. As a fellow, Conitzer joins a select group of the top 1% of 2019 ACM professional members recognized for far-reaching accomplishments that define the digital age. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.

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Cynthia Rudin
Duke Computer Science Professor Cynthia Rudin's BBC interview on AI

In this BBC interview on privacy issues, 3D scanning and mobile phones, Cynthia Rudin explains why bird identification was the perfect model to test and check computers’ abilities to make decisions about image classification, helping reduce mistakes by AI in medical imaging (begins at 22:33).

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Duke Computer Science Professor John Reif
Groundbreaking research at Duke Computer Science: Tiny devices made of DNA can detect cancer with fewer false alarms

Duke Computer Science Professor John Reif and a student research team recently published an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) about a new cancer-detecting tool which uses tiny circuits made of DNA to identify cancer cells by the molecular signatures on their surface. This innovation provides researchers with the hope that their work could improve diagnosis, or give cancer therapies better aim.

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Dr. Kristin Stephens-Martinez
CS-Ed Podcast: NEW! Duke Computer Science Education Podcast Series

Hosted by Dr. Kristin Stephens-Martinez at Duke University's Computer Science Department, this new podcast series focuses on the best teaching practices for computer science. Featuring engaging and compelling discussions on teaching with computer science educators as guests, we'll learn how they teach and manage their classrooms, their research and more.

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ACM Distinguished Members 2019
Ben Lee, Kamesh Munagala, Jun Yang and Landon Cox named ACM Distinguished Members

Duke Computer Science Professors Ben Lee, Kamesh Munagala, and Jun Yang were selected as ACM Distinguished Members for outstanding scientific contributions to computing. Landon Cox, former Duke Computer Science Professor now at Microsoft, was also selected. Congratulations to all on this well deserved recognition for "accomplishments that have contributed to technologies that underpin how we live, work and play."

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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Duke startup - company uses sw to fight rx resistance, cancer
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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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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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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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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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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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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Ashwin Machanavajjhala
Privacy Expert Awarded for Teaching Excellence

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

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Jun Yang
Real-Time Fact-Checking: There's (Almost) An App For That

With an endless onslaught of news and opinion pounding us from traditional outlets, blogs and social media, fact-checking helps a weary public determine which political claims are accurate and which ones aren’t. A fact-checking app being developed by a team lead by Jun Yang and and Bill Adair will rely on a database of fact-checks that were published by organizations such as The Washington Post, PolitiFact and The database grew out of an earlier partnership between the Reporters’ Lab and Google.

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Alberto Bartesaghi
We Welcome Alberto Bartesaghi

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

Rebecca Steorts
Rebecca Steorts Develops Techniques to Tally War Dead

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

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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
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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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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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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mHealth poster
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

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 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

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

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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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.

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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Presentation of award
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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Shadow on dumpster
Rudin Uses Machine-Learning Algorithm to Predict Re-Arrest

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

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Research graphic
Reif and Students Research DNA Computing Time Using Locality

A core principle of computer architecture for fast computing is the principle of locality. Adopting a similar principle for DNA computing, John Reif and students Hieu Bui, Shalin Shah, Reem Mokhtar, Tianqi Song, and Sudhanshu Garg show that a significant improvement in computing time is possible by using the principle of locality. More in ACS Nano Journal.

Professor Debmalya Panigrahi
Panigrahi Receives NSF CAREER Award

Debmalya Panigrahi has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "CAREER: New Directions in Graph Algorithms." Total funding will be $515,998 over 5 years. The award will support Panigrahi's research into fundamental problems in graph algorithms seeking generic solutions for core algorithmic challenges in modern networks: efficiency at scale, uncertainty and impreciseness of network requirements, and correlation effects. This is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty.


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

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

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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Professor 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."

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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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 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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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.

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

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

Screencap of research pages
He, Raval, Machanavajjhala Take Best Demo Award at VLDB 2016

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

Mac Mason and Susan Rocco
CRA Features CS Alum: Mason, Ricco, Chen

The Computing Research Association (CRA) published a set of short videos to explain the benefits of pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. Mac Mason (G '14), Susanna Ricco (G '14), and Tiffany Chen (U '06) were featured. On YouTube: Mason and Ricco talk about their work in robotics and vision at Google | Chen talks about her work in bioinformatics at Cytobank

Konidaris and Sorin Take on Challenges of Robotic Motion Planning

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

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Professor Sudeepa Roy
Roy Receives NSF CAREER Award

Sudeepa Roy has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "CAREER: FIREFLY - Rich Explanations for Database Queries." Total funding will be $550,000 over 5 years. This award will support Roy's research into providing automatic explanations to help a range of people harness Big Data more efficiently. This is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.

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Cox, Machanavajjhala, Srivastava Develop Video Privacy Tool

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

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

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

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Professor Carlo Tomasi
Tomasi Awarded Named Professorship

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

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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

Prof Bruce Donald Receives AAAS Award
Bruce Donald Named AAAS Fellow

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

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Camera assesses child's emotional state
Sapiro, Calderbank Collaborate on Autism Detection App

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

Professor George Konidaris
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.

Summer undergrad program participants
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.

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Donald and Hallen Work to Outsmart HIV

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.

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Professor Alex Hartemink
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.

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Professor George Konidaris and robot
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.

Professor Alex Hartemink
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.

Equipment donated by Yahoo!
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.

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OSPREY Software Predicts Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

Software created by the Donald Lab aids scientists in devloping pre-emptive drug strategies.

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Pablo Gainza
TIME Reports on Gainza's Research

Pablo Gainza (G) and his colleagues in the Donald Lab created OSPREY software which predicts the most likely mutations to come out of certain bacteria.

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Raluca Gordan
Gordan Named Sloan Fellow

Raluca Gordan (G '09) has been named a 2014 Sloan Fellow for her work in computational and molecular biology.

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