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GT Computing Comes Together at Grad Council Picnic

About 300 faculty, staff and students turned out for the annual Graduate Student Council-organized picnic, held Nov. 16 in the Noonan Courtyard outside the Klaus Building. The event, which began at lunchtime and continued the rest of the afternoon, was spearheaded by a GSC organizing committee of Brian O' Neill, Maia Jacobs, Parisa Rodham, Jessica Pater and Megha Sandesh.

Research Grants: Oct 2012






DARPA* $600,000 Paul Oh
(Drexel Univ.)
Mike Stilman (IC) Development of a Common Platform for Unifying Humanoids
Fujitsu $10,000 Alex Orso (CS) None Differential Cross-Platform Testing of Web Applications
Yaskawa $89,481 Henrik Christensen (IC) None Robot Automation for Laboratory Automation
University of Tennessee $228,169 Matthew Wolf (CS) None RDAV For Computational Relativity
NSF** $334,000 Patrick Traynor (CS) None Characterizing the Security Limitations of Accessing the Mobile Web
Air Force $1,022,762 Wenke Lee (CS) Paul Royal Dimensions of Network Threat Intelligence

* Multi-institutional grant. First-year GT portion is $360,000.
* Multi-institutional grant. GT portion is $167,000.

College News

Joy Buolamwini Named Rhodes Scholar
On Nov. 17, alumna Joy Buolamwini learned she’d been named just the fourth Rhodes Scholar in Georgia Tech history and the first for the College of Computing. Buolamwini, a 2012 computer science graduate from Memphis, Tenn., will attend the University of Oxford to pursue degrees in African studies and global governance and diplomacy. “My mission is to show compassion through computation,” Buolamwini said. “The heart of computing is humanity, and as a Rhodes scholar, I will have an unprecedented opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of developing nations and global governance while connecting with world leaders who are committed to fighting the world’s fight – making sure each individual can reach her human potential.”
Nominations for CoC Awards to Open Dec. 10
Nominations for the 2012-13 College of Computing Awards will open on Monday, Dec. 10, the College’s Awards Committee has announced. For 22 years the College has come together each spring to honor the best and brightest among its faculty, students and staff. A full list of College awards and nomination criteria is available on the College website, and the deadline for nominations is Jan. 18, 2013. All awards will be bestowed at the 22nd Annual CoC Awards Celebration, to be held Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the TSRB Banquet Hall.

Washington Named Newest Shining Star
Arlene Washington, financial manager in the School of CSE, was named the College’s Shining Star for the third quarter of 2012. Shining Star is the College’s recognition program for staff employees, and Washington’s multiple nominators had this to say about her: “Arlene's performance for many years has been extraordinary. She is often the first staff member in CSE to arrive and the last to leave for the day. She is detailed oriented, makes zero mistakes and is highly organized. She is one of the most productive and efficient staff members we have seen in our professional careers.” Fourth-quarter Shining Star nominations are open to College supervisors who wish to nominate their direct reports and can be made via the intranet.

CoC Holiday Food Drive to Run Through Dec. 17
The College and all three schools are collaborating on a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank. Most types of non-perishable food items (as well as paper products, diapers and toiletries) are welcome and can be dropped off in labeled barrels located in the CCB lobby, the TSRB second-floor kitchen, the Klaus Building second-floor kitchen, and the lounge near the CS chair's office. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 17. For more information, email Carolyn Young in CSE.

Honors & Awards




Location & date

Sy Goodman (CS) Co-chair, Committee on the Professionalization of the Cybersecurity Workforce Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Academies November 2012
Mustaque Ahamad (CS) IBM Faculty Award IBM November 2012
Milos Prvulovic (CS) Distinguished Alumni Educator Award University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Nov. 1, 2012
Eric Gilbert (IC) Yahoo! 2012 Faculty Research & Engagement Program Yahoo! Nov. 13, 2012
Hongyuan Zha (CSE) Yahoo! 2012 Faculty Research & Engagement Program Yahoo! Nov. 13, 2012


C4G Review Day Set for Dec. 4 in Klaus Atrium
Students from this fall’s Computing for Good (C4G) class, co-taught by Santosh Vempala (CS) and Gregory Abowd (IC), will put their projects on display this Friday, Dec. 7, at the fourth annual C4G Review Day. The event will feature lunch, posters and demos of the C4G student projects, and a panel discussion on “What Should Computing Do for Society?” Panelists include Abowd; Protip Biswas, executive director of the Regional Commission for Homelessness; Tamara Daley of Westat India; and John Pitman, health officer for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Vempala will moderate. Lunch attendees should RSVP to Elizabeth Ndongi.

Gifts to the College: Oct-Nov 2012




Cisco Systems, Inc. $5,500 Corporate Affiliates Program
ARCS Foundation, Inc. $7,500 ARCS Fellowship
General Motors Foundation $1,000 Corporate Affiliates Program
Mrs. Alton P. Jensen $2,000 Alton P. "Pete" Jensen Endowment
Google $50,000 Latent Discourse Trees - Jacob Eisenstein
Behavior Imaging Solutions $11,500 Autism Tech - Agata Rozga

School of CS

CS Faculty Look to the Future at Stone Mountain Retreat
The School of Computer Science held a Faculty Retreat on Dec. 1 at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort near Stone Mountain. With about three-quarters of CS faculty in attendance, the retreat witnessed a full day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) of discussions about the school's vision for the next decade, faculty recruitment, education (including online education topics such as MOOCs) and its strategic plan. Alex Orso and Kishore Ramachandran delivered presentations, and former chair Ellen Zegura was recognized and celebrated. "We had a great discussion on the future of computer science," said chair Lance Fortnow. "It's clear that, if you think the Internet and algorithms have changed society, you ain't seen nothing yet."

School of IC

Stasko Honored with IEEE’s Top Info-Visualization Award
At the opening session VisWeek 2012, held Oct. 14-19 in Seattle, John Stasko received the 2012 IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award (VGTC = Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee). The award, which is IEEE’s highest honor in information visualization, was given "in recognition of [Stasko’s] seminal achievements in new visualization techniques and for the Jigsaw system which allows understanding large document collections." 

School of CSE

Georgia Tech Hands Over Keeneland Keys to NSF
Georgia Tech, along with partners the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the National Institute for Computational Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has completed the Keeneland Full Scale System (KFS) for use by the National Science Foundation community. The supercomputing system, now the most powerful GPU-based supercomputer available for NSF research, is designed to meet the compute-intensive needs of a wide range of applications, such as the astronomical sciences, atmospheric sciences, behavioral and neural sciences, biological and critical systems, materials research and mechanical and structural systems, along with many other application areas. Jeffrey Vetter is principal investigator and project director, with a joint appointment to the School of CSE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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