2018 News

ROC HCI Group is featured on CCC's "Great Innovative Ideas" series

December 11, 2018

Research done by the Rochester Human-Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) was highlighted by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) of the Computing Research Association (CRA) in their "Great Innovative Ideas" series for December 2018. The series highlights the work that group has done in applying machine learning techniques to analyze and model the complex nuances and interplay of verbal language, facial expressions, gestures, and intonation in human communication. This work has led to his group's development of several AI systems to assist diverse populations of people to improve their communication skills through interaction with online tools (see ROC SpeakLISSA, and CoCo).

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Three faculty members from CS are named ACM Fellows

December 10, 2018

Three of the 56 newly elected fellows of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) are faculty members of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. Two hold primary appointments in the Computer Science Department (Professor and Chair Sandhya Dwarkadas and Professor Jiebo Luo), and one holds a secondary appointment in Computer Science (Professor and Dean of the Hajim School Wendi Heinzelman).

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URCS alumna Nasrin Mostafazadeh named to Forbes 30 under 30 (Science)

November 14, 2018

Nasrin Mostafazadeh (PhD 2017) has been named to the Forbes 2019 30 under 30 (Science) for her work on storytelling and commonsense reasoning. Nasrin serves as a Senior Research Scientist at Elemental Cognition, where she applies her expertise in AI/NLP to building programs that are better able to understand and collaborate with humans.

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URCS PhD student Gene Kim attends Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2018

October 8, 2018

Gene Kim, a fourth-year computer science PhD student advised by Professor Len Schubert, was selected by ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) and the NSF as one of the members of the American Delegation to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which took place from September 23-28, 2018. Gene recently returned from the event, a week-long conversation between the old guard and young researchers in the fields of computer science and mathematics. The event included a wide-range of lectures by the laureates – from an introduction of AI and deep learning, to algebraic geometry, and even laser cooling for improving atomic clocks! 

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Professor Luo receives IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation (Academic) Award

September 20, 2018

Jiebo Luo, professor of computer science, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Region 1 Technological Innovation (Academic) Award from IEEE for his contributions in computer vision and data mining. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association for the advancement of technology; the technological innovation award recognizes distinguished development, advancement and pursuit of the IEEE’s technical objectives.

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Zhengyuan Yang wins the 2018 ICPR Best Industry Related Paper Award

September 3, 2018

Zhengyuan Yang, a third-year PhD student working in Professor Jiebo Luo’s group, won the 2018 ICPR Best Industry Related Paper Award (BIRPA) for his paper entitled “End-to-end Multi-Modal Multi-Task Vehicle Control for Self-Driving Cars with Visual Perception.” This paper was the result of a collaborative project funded by SAIC (the Shanghai Automotive Innovation Center in San Jose, CA), and was recognized as a work that not only exemplifies excellence in research, but also the potential to have a commercial impact.

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URCS alumnus Matthew R. Boutell promoted to full professorship

August 15, 2018

Matt Boutell (URCS Ph.D. 2005 - co-advised by Profs. Chris Brown and Jiebo Luo) was recently promoted to Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prof. Boutell specializes in image recognition, machine learning, and pattern recognition. He received the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016 and was a Fulbright Scholar at Zambia’s Copperbelt University from 2011-2012.

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Professor Hoque receives NSF CAREER award

May 31, 2018

Congratulations to Ehsan Hoque, who has just received a CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) award from the National Science Foundation. These are NSF’s “most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”

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URCS alumnus Xipeng Shen promoted to full professorship

May 29, 2018

Xipeng Shen (URCS Ph.D. 2006) has been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  He moved to NCSU in 2014 from The College of William and Mary, where he was the Adina Allen Term Distinguished Associate Professor.  Prof. Shen's research is in the areas of Programming Systems and Machine Learning.  He received the DOE Early Career Award, NSF CAREER Award, Google Faculty Research Award, and IBM CAS Faculty Fellow Award. He is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and a senior member of IEEE.  His former graduates are now faculty members at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Colorado School of Mines, and University of California at Riverside and at Santa Barbara.  

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Ashely Tenesaca '20 Wins Davis Projects for Peace Grant

May 3, 2018

Undergraduate Computer Science major Ashely Tenesaca '20 won a competitive Daivs Projects for Peace Grant of $10,000. Along with Shingirai Dhoro '20, and Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Tenesaca will use the grant to create a water supply system in Zimbabwe for a project titled "Water for Peace: Solving Mukwerera Conflict through Provision of Sustainable Water Supply."

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Marty Guenther Retires After 25 Years of Service

March 9, 2018

The study of computer science has undergone sweeping change in the past couple of decades, right along with the technology itself. And Marty Guenther, who recently retired as the undergraduate coordinator in the computer science department, has been both witness to that and a key participant during her 25 years at the University.

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Professor Liu named one of MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35 in China”

February 1, 2018

Assistant Professor Ji Liu has been named to MIT Technology Review's list of "35 Innovators Under 35 in China" for his contributions to the fields of machine learning, optimization, and reinforcement learning. He and his group proposed and investitaged a series of brand-new  parallel frameworks including asynchronization and decentralization technologies to overcome the computation and communication bottleneck of traditional centralized synchronous parallel algorithms. The asynchronization technology has been widely used in modern deep / machine learning tools such as Tensorflow, CNTK, MXnet, Pytorch, etc. His work bridges optimization and reinforcement learning, providing fundamental understanding for the complexity of solving reinforcement learning, and winning the Facebook best student paper award in UAI 2015.

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