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NACLO 2012 at University of Rochester

University of Rochester is hosting a site for the 2012 North American Olympiad in Computational Linguistics (NACLO). NACLO is a competition for middle-school and high-school students which involves solving problems about language and computational linguistics. It consists of two rounds: the Open Round (February 2), open to all interested students,  and the Invitational Round (March 13), for students who have advanced from the first round. The winners of the Invitational Competition will be invited to participate in the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Kollar receives best student paper award at ICMI-2010

Tom Kollar (BS - '04)  earned the distinction of Best Student Paper at the International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces in Beijing, China this month.  Kollar's paper is entitled "Grounding Spatial Language for Video Search".  Tom is currently a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

CSUG wins First Annual HSEAS Pumpkin Design Contest

Congratulations to CSC undergraduates (Robin Miller, Adina Rubinoff, Josh Pawlicki, David Klein and Rintaro Kuwoira) who put together the winning entry in the First Annual HSEAS Pumpkin Design contest.  The CSC pumpkin won both categories - "Most Creative" and "Best Representation of the Discipline" for their pumpkin.

Undergrad Sam White wins ACM Student Research Competition @ ASSETS

Sam White '12 was announced as the winner of the ACM Student Research Competition (Undergraduate Division) at ASSETS, a SIGACCESS research conference on computers and accessibility.  Sam's research is entitled "AudioWiz: Nearly Real-time Audio Transcriptions." For more information about the the student research competition, please visit http://www.sigaccess.org/assets10/competition.html.

Michael (Ph.D '97) receives IBM Award

Maged Michael (Ph.D. '97) has received an IBM 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award in appreciation for Scientific Innovations in Lock-Free Memory Management.

ROC HCI makes impressive showing at UIST

The highly selective User Interface Software and Technology conference (UIST) announced their awards on 10/5/10.  The paper on VizWiz submitted by our HCI group, led by faculty member Jeff Bigham, won best paper overall.  Co-authors of this paper included Sam White '12 and Robin Miller '12 as well as Hanjie Ji (ECE graduate student). For more information about the paper, go to:  http://hci.cs.rochester.edu/currentprojects.php?proj=vw

Marty Guenther wins HSEAS Outstanding Staff Award

Undergraduate Coordinator Marty Guenther won the Hajim School 2010 Outstanding Staff Award for the dedicated advising and organizational work that has made her the heart of our undergraduate program.  She received the award at the Hajim School of Engineering Annual Fall Reception, Thursday 9/2 at Oak Hill Country Club.

Vallino (Ph.D. '98) named chair of Software Engineering at RIT

Jim Vallino '98 was recently named chair of the Department of Software Engineering in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technolgy.  Jim has been with the department since 1997.

Spear (PhD '09) wins Outstanding Dissertation Award for engineering.

Michael Spear (PhD '09) has been selected as co-winner of this year's Outstanding Dissertation Award for Engineering. Mike's dissertation entitled "Fast Software Transactions," was advised by Michael Scott.  Mike is currently an assistant professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Vallino (Ph.D. '98) wins Oustanding Teaching Award at RIT

Dr James Vallino has been selected as co-winner this year of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology.  The award will be presented at RIT's annual Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship, an evening reception and dinner, Tuesday, May 11th.   Jim has been teaching and challenging students at RIT since 1997.

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