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06/09/2024

Maurice Herlihy Remembers His Teenage Work In Digital Humanities With His Pioneering Father, David Herlihy

Brown CS faculty member Maurice Herlihy is widely known for his work in practical and theoretical aspects of concurrent and distributed systems, but readers may be less familiar with one of his earliest research efforts. As a teenager, he traveled to Florence, Italy, where he helped his father, David Herlihy, on a project where he created punch cards based on data in the Florentine castato, or land registration system.

Learn more here at Brown CS News: http://bit.ly/4bUTKCC

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FestivEli Celebrates Eli Upfal, His Career, And His Collaborations

Brown University’s Eli Upfal, Rush C. Hawkins Professor of Computer Science, turned seventy in 2024. To celebrate the occasion, four of his former PhD students invited his many collaborators and colleagues over the years to FestivEli, a series of talks and informal chats about the topics most dear to Eli, and where his contributions have been long-lasting and often trendsetting. Held on May 20-21, 2024, the organizers were Gopal Pandurangan (PhD ‘02, now Professor of Computer Science at the University of Houston, TX), Aris Anagnostopoulos (PhD ‘06, now Professor of Computer Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Matteo Riondato (PhD ‘14, now Associate Professor of Computer Science at Amherst College, MA), and Lorenzo De Stefani (PhD ‘20, now Lecturer of Computer Science at Brown), with support from Brown CS Administration and Finance Manager Lisa Manekofsky.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/06/06/festiveli-celebrates-eli-upfal-his-career-and-his-collaborations

05/29/2024

Malte Schwarzkopf And Ritambhara Singh Receive Named Professorships

Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) is pleased to announce that pending the anticipated approval of Brown’s Corporation, faculty members Malte Schwarzkopf and Ritambhara Singh (also of Brown’s Data Science Institute and Center for Computational Molecular Biology) will receive named professorships. Effective July 1, 2024, Malte will be the Eliot Horowitz ‘03 Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Ritambhara will be the John E. Savage Assistant Professor in Computer Science.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/24/malte-schwarzkopf-and-ritambhara-singh-receive-named-professorships

05/29/2024

Tom Doeppner Receives A Named Professorship

Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) is pleased to announce that pending the anticipated approval of Brown’s Corporation, Associate Professor (Research), Vice Chair, and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies Tom Doeppner has received a named professorship. Effective July 1, 2024, Tom will be the Royce Family Associate Professor of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/24/tom-doeppner-receives-named-professorship

05/26/2024
05/21/2024

Shriram Krishnamurthi’s Sabbatical Includes An ACM India Annual Event Keynote And A Cross-India Lecture Tour

Not known for his love of convention, Brown CS faculty member Shriram Krishnamurthi recently saw an invitation to deliver a keynote address in the middle of a sabbatical as an opportunity to abandon days of quiet contemplation in favor of a subcontinent-spanning lecture tour.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/21/shriram-krishnamurthis-sabbatical-includes-an-acm-india-annual-event-keynote-and-a-cross-india-lecture-tour

05/17/2024

Brown CS PhD Student Victor Ojewale And Collaborators Receive An IEEE SATML Distinguished Paper Award

Held in Toronto, Canada, last month, the IEEE Conference on Secure and Trustworthy Machine Learning (IEEE SATML) focuses on expanding on the theoretical and practical understandings of vulnerabilities inherent to ML systems, exploring the robustness of ML algorithms and systems, and aiding in developing a unified, coherent scientific community which aims to build trustworthy ML systems. The event’s organizers recognized only two papers with their Distinguished Paper Award, and new research by Brown CS PhD student Victor Ojewale was one of them.

Learn more about their work at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/17/brown-cs-phd-student-victor-ojewale-and-collaborators-receive-ieee-satml-distinguished-paper-award

05/16/2024

Brown CS PhD Alum Sridhar Ramaswamy Has Been Named CEO Of Snowflake

Brown CS PhD alum Sridhar Ramaswamy has recently been named Chief Executive Officer of Snowflake, an American cloud computing–based data cloud company with headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. Snowflake is a scalable data cloud platform that allows organizations to store, analyze, collaborate and build applications on top of data efficiently. Snowflake was ranked first on the Forbes Cloud 100 in 2019 and its initial public offering raised $3.4 billion in 2020, one of the largest software IPOs in history. Previously, Sridhar held the position of Snowflake’s Senior Vice President of AI.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/16/brown-cs-phd-alum-sridhar-ramaswamy-has-been-named-ceo-snowflake

05/14/2024

Shriram Krishnamurthi Receives Brown’s Philip J. Bray Award For Excellence In Teaching In The Physical Sciences

Brown University’s Dean of the Faculty gives out five different awards annually to recognize continued excellence in teaching, and this year, Brown CS faculty member Shriram Krishnamurthi has received the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/14/shriram-krishnamurthi-receives-browns-philip-j-bray-award-for-excellence-in-teaching-in-the-physical-sciences

05/13/2024

Avrim Blum Gives The 23rd Annual Kanellakis Memorial Lecture

Each year, Brown CS invites one of the field's most prominent scientists to address wide-ranging topics in honor of Paris C. Kanellakis, a distinguished computer scientist who was an esteemed and beloved member of the Brown CS community. Last month, Avrim Blum, Professor and Chief Academic Officer of the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), delivered the twenty-third annual Paris C. Kanellakis Memorial Lecture: “Robustly-reliable learners for unreliable data”.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/13/avrim-blum-gives-23rd-annual-kanellakis-memorial-lecture/

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Brown CS PhD Student Zainab Iftikhar Asks How Machines Understand Empathy

Do a machine and a human understand empathy in the same way? Brown CS doctoral student Zainab Iftikhar and her collaborators suggest not entirely. The emergence of ChatGPT has stirred up discussions around the essence of humanity in the world of artificial intelligence. Traditionally, humans have been recognized for their critical thinking, compassion, and empathy. However, a shift occurred as large language models joined the club, changing the focus of computational psychotherapy to use AI to develop models that write empathetically and blur the lines between human and machine understanding of empathy.

Learn more about her research at Brown CS Blog: https://blog.cs.brown.edu/2024/05/09/brown-cs-student-zainab-iftikhar-asks-how-machines-understand-empathy/

05/08/2024

Brown CS PhD Student Tongyu Zhou’s Generative AI Infographics Share The Stage With Shaq

You’ve probably never seen infographics like these. If you have, did you ever dream of creating them yourself?

They’re the work of Brown CS PhD student Tongyu Zhou. Advised by faculty member Jeff Huang, she was part of the team at Adobe that built Project Infograph It, a tool that allows laypeople to use generative AI to easily build customizable infographics from data sets and text prompts. At the recent Adobe Summit in Las Vegas, she took the stage alongside basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal for a keynote in which she rapidly turned a set of statistics from a fictional basketball player into an appropriately-themed infographic.

See more of her work at Brown CS Blog: https://blog.cs.brown.edu/2024/05/08/brown-cs-phd-student-tongyu-zhous-generative-ai-infographics-share-the-stage-with-shaq/

05/08/2024

Serdar Kadioglu Wins The 2024 AAAI Educational AI Video Competition

Serdar Kadioglu, Brown CS adjunct faculty member and Group VP of AI at Fidelity Investments, recently won the 2024 AAAI Educational AI Video Competition, a new competition for informative AI videos for general audiences whose goal is to create positive videos that help spread informative, accurate, and timely information about AI research and applications for the general public. His video, “From Classical AI to Modern and Generative AI: The Evolution of AI Paradigms”, explored the decades-long progress of AI.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://bit.ly/3UOPqyp

05/07/2024

Ellie Pavlick Receives Brown’s Early Career Research Achievement Award

Now in its eighth year, Brown University’s annual Early Career Research Achievement Award is presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research and supported by the Office of the President and the Provost to nurture and recognize the extraordinary research contributions of faculty. It’s given in three areas (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Life Sciences and Public Health) to a member of the faculty at the Assistant Professor rank or who was promoted to Associate Professor in the previous academic year, in recognition of an exemplary portfolio of research achievement during their first years at Brown. This year, Manning Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ellie Pavlick is the winner in the Physical Sciences category.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/07/ellie-pavlick-receives-browns-early-career-research-achievement-award/

05/07/2024

Qiuhong (Anna) Wei Receives The Norman K. Meyrowitz '81 Award

Brown University's Department of Computer Science has just announced that Qiuhong (Anna) Wei, a Brown CS student in the concurrent Master's program concentrating in Computer Science and Mathematics, a researcher in the Brown Visual Computing and Theoretical Computer Science at Brown groups, and one of the Meta Undergraduate Research Assistants (MURAs) who coordinate undergraduate research, has just won the Norman K. Meyrowitz '81 Award. Named for an alum known for his contributions to the department, the award recognizes exceptionally meritorious service to Brown CS and is accompanied by a cash prize of five hundred dollars.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/07/qiuhong-anna-wei-receives-norman-k-meyrowitz-81-award

05/06/2024

Twenty-Eight Students Win 2024 Brown CS Senior Prizes

Anika Bahl, Nathan Benavides-Luu, Nicholas Bottone, Swetabh Changkakoti, Ivery Chen, Jiahua Chen, Jack Cheng, Daniel Cho, Troy Conklin, Benjamin Goff, Mandy He, David Heffren, Dylan Hu, Helen Huang, Hammad Izhar, Mehek Jethani, Anirudh Narsipur, Anna Ohrt, Nishka Pant, Sreehari Rammohan, Joseph Rotella, Shreyas Sundara Raman, Shirley Loayza Sanchez, Anh Truong, Qiuhong (Anna) Wei, Angela Xing, Carolyn Zech, and Conrad Zimmerman have each received the Senior Prize in Computer Science for their academic work as well as their service to Brown CS.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/06/twenty-eight-students-win-2024-brown-cs-senior-prizes

05/06/2024

Brown Students Place In The Top Two In Multiple Challenges At MIT iQuHACK 2024

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT’s) iQuHACK (Interdisciplinary Quantum Hackathon) is MIT’s annual quantum hackathon that aims to bring students from a diverse set of backgrounds and from high school through early-career professionals to explore improvements and applications of near-term quantum devices. The 2024 iteration of the hackathon was held in early February and offered both an in-person hackathon where participants developed and tested their code on real quantum hardware as well as a virtual hackathon for a larger outreach to further students.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://bit.ly/4b7neMW

05/06/2024

Ritambhara Singh Receives Brown University's Dean's Award For Excellence In Teaching

Brown University’s Dean of the Faculty gives out five different awards annually to recognize continued excellence in teaching, and this year, Brown CS and Data Science Institute faculty member Ritambhara Singh has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for a junior faculty member from the physical or life sciences.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/06/ritambhara-singh-receives-brown-universitys-deans-award-excellence-teaching/

Does AI Know What an Apple Is? She Aims to Find Out. | Quanta Magazine 05/03/2024

Today, Quanta Magazine has an in-depth conversation with Brown CS faculty member Ellie Pavlick, whose work on large language models often merges philosophy with science. Her research, she explains, often involves translating concepts such as “meaning” into concrete, testable ideas:

Does AI Know What an Apple Is? She Aims to Find Out. | Quanta Magazine The computer scientist Ellie Pavlick is translating philosophical concepts such as “meaning” into concrete, testable ideas.

05/02/2024

Diverse Career Paths: Brown CS Alum Peter Revesz Deciphers The Inscription On An Ancient Sphinx

On a trip to Athens as a Fulbright scholar in 2008, Brown CS alum Peter Revesz, now a professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Computing with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, remembered his conversations with the late Paris Kanellakis, a Brown CS faculty member. They ultimately led to his deciphering a series of enigmatic ancient inscriptions, including 28 Minoan Linear A texts, the Phaistos Disk, and most recently, the inscription on a 3rd-century Roman statue of a sphinx that has baffled scholars for almost two centuries.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://blog.cs.brown.edu/2024/05/02/diverse-career-paths-brown-cs-alum-peter-revesz-deciphers-inscription-ancient-sphinx

05/01/2024

Congratulations to our three Brown CS winners of Amazon Research Awards! In the Automated Reasoning category, Shriram Krishnamurthi and Malte Schwarzkopf have been funded for "Paralegal: Scalable Tooling to Find Privacy Bugs in Application Code", and Peihan Miao has been funded for "Advancing Private Set Intersection for Wider Industrial Adoption" in the AWS Cryptography and Privacy category.

05/01/2024

Roberto Tamassia Gives An Invited Talk On Searchable Encryption At Italy’s National Cybersecurity Agency

Late last year, Brown University’s Roberto Tamassia (Chair of the Department of Computer Science and James A. and Julie N. Brown Professor of Computer Science) gave an invited talk at the Italian National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN), the branch of the Italian government devoted to the protection of national interests in the field of cybersecurity. Reporting directly to Italy's Prime Minister, ACN is responsible for safeguarding Italy's security and resilience in cyberspace, preventing and mitigating cyber attacks, and promoting cybersecurity awareness and education in government, business, and society.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/05/01/roberto-tamassia-gives-an-invited-talk-on-searchable-encryption-at-italys-national-cybersecurity-agency/

04/30/2024

Anna Lysyanskaya Has Been Recognized As An Identity 25 Digital Identity Pioneer

Okta Ventures, the venture investment arm of cloud-based identity solutions provider Okta, has recently announced the Identity 25, a list of trailblazers in the burgeoning field of digital identity, and Brown University’s James A. and Julie N. Brown Professor of Computer Science Anna Lysyanskaya is one of the honorees.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/04/30/anna-lysyanskaya-has-been-recognized-identity-25-digital-identity-pioneer

04/23/2024

Anna Lysyanskaya Receives The Levchin Prize For Real-World Cryptography

The International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) is a nonprofit scientific organization whose purpose is to further research in cryptology and related fields. Every year at the Real World Crypto Symposium (RWC), they award the Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography, which honors major innovations in cryptography that have had a significant impact on the practice of cryptography and its use in real-world systems. Two prizes are awarded each year, and one of this year’s winners is Brown University James A. and Julie N. Brown Professor of Computer Science Anna Lysyanskaya.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/04/23/anna-lysyanskaya-receives-levchin-prize-real-world-cryptography/

04/22/2024

Tim Nelson, Daniel Ritchie, And James Tompkin Receive Promotions

Brown CS is happy to announce that faculty members Tim Nelson, Daniel Ritchie, and James Tompkin have received promotions. Pending the approval of Brown’s Corporation and effective as of July 1, 2024, Tim has been promoted to Senior Lecturer, Daniel to Associate Professor with tenure, and James to Associate Professor with tenure.

Learn more about Tim, Daniel, and James at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/04/22/tim-nelson-daniel-ritchie-and-james-tompkin-receive-promotions

04/22/2024

Congratulations to Brown CS alum Derek Aguiar (https://www.derekaguiar.com), now a tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut!

04/18/2024

Brown CS Scientists, NASA, And The Smithsonian Bring Accessible Cosmic Explorations To Smartphones

Gaze at the ethereal colors of distant nebulae. Zoom into the heart of an exploded star. Listen to chimes, bells and electric rhythms representing a celestial object far off in space. Through new Instagram filters, users of the app can now embark on cosmic journeys through their smartphones with space-themed augmented reality experiences.

The filters are fun, for sure — but they’re also grounded in some serious science. The experiences were created by researchers from Brown University, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chandra spacecraft, NASA’s flagship X-ray telescope. The goals are to engage the public, make images of space more accessible and add new layers of understanding to some of the most well-known and widely studied objects in the sky.

Learn more at Brown CS News: https://cs.brown.edu/news/2024/04/18/brown-cs-scientists-nasa-and-smithsonian-bring-accessible-cosmic-explorations-smartphones/

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