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Undercover CEO: Jasmine Lawrence Not Your Normal Undergrad
 Jasmine Lawrence has a secret.For two years, the rising junior from Williamstown, N.J., has been attending classes, studying for tests and engaging herself in extracurricular activities, just like any other CS major. She works in a...  Read more
Creative Inception: Daniel Hooper Makes Game Design Debut With Percepto
Like many instances of artistic inspiration, this one came to Daniel Hooper in a dream.“I saw this room, and it kind of flattened,” says the rising senior from Alpharetta. “You could rotate it a bunch of different ways. Then I woke up, right after...  Read more
Algorithm for Success: Zvi Galil Brings the Fire to Georgia Tech
In the summer of 1968, Israeli television was newborn. Just two years previous, a group of 32 schools had received the first broadcast signal in the country’s history, and in May 1968 the brand-new Israeli Broadcasting Authority launched regular...  Read more
Active Learning: Nina Balcan Shores Up Foundations of Her Field
At the intellectual crossroads of machine learning, algorithmic game theory and optimization, there are signposts asking a few foundational questions: What’s the best method for gathering and using available information? How should a system adapt to...  Read more
String Music: Apostolico Uses Algorithms to Decode the Mysteries of Life
DNA is often called the “language of life.” As an example of a mathematical string, DNA is simply—and almost impenetrably—a massive string of four characters: A, C, G and T. Alberto Apostolico talks about DNA a lot.“It’s the closest thing we have to...  Read more
Problem Solver: Edmond Chow Triangulates Solutions to Big Problems
For seven years (1998-2005), Edmond Chow worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing. For five years after that, he applied his skills at the D. E. Shaw Research firm. In fall 2010, Chow returned to...  Read more
A More Clever Query: Hongyuan Zha Tunes Up the Search Engine
Every day, hundreds of millions of people around the world use Internet search engines. As they type, the vast majority of those people are blissfully unaware of the sophisticated mathematics deployed by their fingers. Hongyuan Zha, on the other...  Read more
Painting the Data: John Stasko Brings Information to Life Through Visualization
Outside inquiries into his research were nothing new for John Stasko, but when he hit the pages of Fraud, his phone really started ringing.In spring 2010, the bimonthly magazine—the periodical of record for those whose professional interests lie in...  Read more
Quantum Resistance: Chris Peikert & the Power of Lattices
Cryptography as a human activity existed millennia before the invention of the computer. Evidence of codes and code-breaking dates back at least to the Greek classical period. Indeed, the “Caesar cipher” is named after Julius Caesar, who reportedly...  Read more
Ghost in the Machine: Charles Isbell Works for a Higher (Artificial) Intelligence
Charles Isbell studies artificial intelligence. His work explores the frontiers of machine learning, looking for ways to create ever-more-functional autonomous agents and plugging those agents into such applications such as interactive entertainment...  Read more