Two teams of undergraduate students from the University of Rochester were among 28 teams selected from applicants all over the country to compete May 3-4, 2013 at the Cornell Intel Embedded Systems Design competition in Orlando, FL.
Microsoft Research has announced this year's recipients of the very competitive MSR PhD Fellowships. Our own Walter Lasecki is one of twelve chosen for this prestigious award. This fellowship will cover 100% of the tuition and fees for two academic years, as well as a stipend, conference and travel allowance and a salaried internship.
University of Rochester is hosting a site for the 2013 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 (January 31, 2013), open to all interested students, and the Invitational Round (March 19), 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.
Registration is still open for RocData: The Rochester Big Data Initiative, which will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science from October 4-6, 2012. Space is limited, so please register ASAP. For more information regarding this conference, please go to the Conference website:
A student math team from the University of Rochester finished in the top three percent in the recent William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.
The team—made up of senior Xiaoqing Tang, sophomore Vincent Yu, and freshman Douglas Miller—finished 15th among 460 teams.
Xiaoqing (Sean) Tang '12 and Douglas Miller '15 are both double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Vincent Yu is a MTH major with a CSC minor.
The University of Rochester has announced that CS Professor Lane A. Hemaspaandra has received the 2012 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Lane received strong nomination letters from his students from his decades of teaching undergraduates, especially in CSC 200, the Undergraduate Problem Seminar.
At the 2012 ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining held in February in Seattle, our research team of Adam Sadilek, Henry Kautz and Jeff Bigham received the Best Paper Award for the conference. The paper, entitled "Finding Your Friends and Following Them to Where You Are" was chosen from 75 papers presented at the conference.
Graduate student Adam Sadilek's recent work has focused on predicting a social network user's location by looking where their friends are. His work is featured in a recent publication by New Scientist magazine.