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CS Professor Md. Ehsan Hoque receives World Technology Award

December 12, 2016

Assistant Professor Md. Ehsan Hoque has received the 2016 World Technology Award in IT Software for his achievements in "applying emotion technologies in the domains of social skills training, public speaking preparation, customer service modeling, assessment technologies, and assisting individuals with social developmental disabilities." 


URCS Alumni Bryan Lyles and Ricardo Bianchini named ACM Fellows

December 8, 2016

The Association for Computing Machinery, the leading professional organization for computer science, has named 53 of its members as ACM Fellows — its highest honorary class of membership.  Among those named are URCS Ph.D. alumni Bryan Lyles (’83) and Ricardo Bianchini (’95).  Lyles, who did his thesis work with Jerry Feldman, currently serves as a Research and Development Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He was cited “For contributions to Internet infrastructure technology, measurement and research.”  Bianchini, who did his thesis work with Tom LeBlanc, currently serves as Chief Efficiency Strategist at Microsoft.  He was cited “For contributions to power, energy and thermal management of servers and datacenters.”  Further information can be found in the ACM press release.


Professor and Chair Sandhya Dwarkadas named an IEEE Fellow

December 1, 2016


Yellowjackets Move on to World Finals in ACM-ICPC Programming competition

November 19, 2016



Jiebo Luo issued US Patent UR 6-14017 "Computer Vision Based Method and System for Evaluating and Grading Surgical Procedures"

September 28, 2016

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires that each ophthalmology residency training program provides a wet laboratory for residents to prepare intraocular surgery prior to live human surgery. Training residents in cataract surgery has been a challenge for residency programs as a result of several factors: 1. Surgery is usually performed on an awake patient. 2. Wet lab facilities are underfunded. 3. Faculties are not funded for teaching. 4. Lack of high-fidelity, low-cost simulation models.


Ehsan Hoque named an MIT ‘Innovator under 35’

August 23, 2016

The editors of MIT Technology Review have named Hoque one of this year’s “innovators under 35”—an  honor that has previously gone to the likes of  Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple.


Coherence Protocol Patent Awarded

August 9, 2016

Sandhya Dwarkadas and former students, Arrvindh Shriraman (currently on the faculty at Simon Fraser) and Hongzhou Zhao (currently at NVidia), were issued US patent#9,411,733 on August 9th, 2016, for their invention "Sharing Pattern-Based Directory Coherence for Multicore Scalability (SPACE)".


ROCSpeak: Using machine learning analysis to help people improve communication skills

June 16, 2016

Researchers in our Rochester Human Computer Interaction Group, led by Professor M. Ehsan Hoque, have developed a tool called ROCSpeak to help people improve their communication skills. ROCSpeak uses cloud-based technology to allow users to upload a video of themselves speaking and generates semi-automated feedback to provide suggestions for improvement. ROCSpeak built on the RocHCI group's previous creation, My Automated Conversation coacH (MACH). For a detailed overview of how ROCSpeak works, read this research paper: ROC Speak: Semi-Automated Personalized Feedback on Nonverbal Behavior from Recorded Videos


Naim receives commendation for dissertation

May 3, 2016

Iftekhar Naim (PhD, '16) received commendation in the University of Rochester Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition for his dissertation, "Unsupervised Alignment of Natural Language with Video" supervised by Professor Daniel Gildea. Naim is currently working as a software engineer at Google in Mountain View, CA.


Two CS Faculty Appointed to Named Positions

March 7, 2016

Sandhya Dwarkadas and Michael Scott have both recently been appointed to named positions. The positions were approved by the Board of Trustees in January.  Prof. Dwarkadas is now the Albert Arendt Hopeman Professor of Engineering.