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College’s Jasmine Lawrence Named Miss Georgia Tech

Undergraduate Jasmine Lawrence did GT Computing proud by being named Miss Georgia Tech for 2012 at halftime of the Yellow Jackets' Oct. 27 Homecoming game. Shown here with her father, Clive Lawrence, the fourth-year CS major from Williamstown, N.J., beat out four other finalists to grab the honor—the latest in a life already filled with accomplishment for Lawrence. Competing for the third consecutive year in the overall Homecoming competition, the College of Computing fell just short, finishing in second behind the Ramblin’ Reck Club.

Research Grants: Sept 2012






NSF $104,386 David Bader Jason Riedy, Rich Vuduc Collaborative: Software Infrastructure for Accelerating Grand Challenge Science with Future Computing Platforms
NSF $236,250 Jim Xu None Stochastic Processing Calculus: A New Methodology for Advanced
NSF $279,139 Dana Randall None Markov Chain Algorithms for Problems from Computer Science, Statistical Physics and Economics
NSF $250,000 Wenke Lee Robert Rosenberger, Hans Klein The Conceptual Landscape of Information Manipulation
NSF $440,000 Kishore Ramachandran Moin Qureshi (ECE) Storage Architecture for the Next Generation of Smart Mobile Platforms
NSF $371,236 Amy Bruckman None Copyright and Online Communities: An Empirical Study
NSF $169,052 Thad Starner None Passive Haptic Learning and Rehabilitation Using...
NSF $152,000 Lance Fortnow None Bounding Rationality by Computational Complexity
NSF $96,772 Le Song Alexander Gray Collaborative Research: Efficient, Nonparametric and...
NSF $447,348 Ada Gavrilovska None PowerMeter: Tracking Energy Usage in the Clouds
Air Force Research $284,000 Patrick Traynor Mustaque Ahamad, Jeff Evans (GTRI), Chuck Bokath (GTRI) Mobile Excursion Study Support

College News

Mark Named New Associate Dean of GT Professional Education
Leo Mark (CS) has been named associate dean for academic programs and student affairs for Georgia Tech Professional Education. In this role, Mark will collaborate with faculty and stakeholders across campus to develop programs while also serving as a voice for students enrolled in GTPE programs. He will oversee all academic offerings, including professional master’s degrees, the Language Institute and outreach and student affairs. A faculty member at Georgia Tech since 1992, Mark will retain his faculty appointment in the School of Computer Science.
Hildebrand, Oliver, Williford Join College Advisory Board
Three new members have joined the College of Computing Advisory Board, replacing three members who have rotated off. The three newcomers for 2012-13 are Ginger Hildebrand, software governance manager, Schlumberger; Richard Oliver, former executive vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and S. Hart Williford, president & CEO, Ingenious Med. The three departing board members are Louise Allen Moore, CEO, Ivan Allen Workspace (served 2006-2012); Marek Rusinkiewicz, vice president, Telcordia Technologies (served 2003-2012); and David Turek, vice president for exascale computing, IBM Corp. (served 2006-2012). The Office of Development extends its thanks to all Advisory Board members, both present and former, for their generous service on behalf of the College.

Honors & Awards




Location & date

John Stasko (IC) IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical VisWeek 2012, Seattle, Wash., 10/16/12
John Stasko (IC) General Chair VisWeek 2013 VisWeek 2013, Atlanta, Ga., 10/13-18/13
David Bader (CSE) ECE Distinguished Alumni Award University of Maryland College Park, Md., 9/28/12
David Bader (CSE) 2013 CRA Board of Directors Computing Research Association (CRA) N/A
David Bader (CSE) Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing (launching in January 2013) Association for Computing Machinery N/A
Mark Riedl (IC) General Chair 8th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 8-12
Polo Chau (CSE) Dissertation Award Honorable Mention Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS) 2011-12 academic year


Student Delegation 25-Strong
Attends Grace Hopper 2012

Nineteen undergraduate women and six of their graduate-student colleagues accompanied the College delegation to this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held Oct. 3-6 in Baltimore. Each year the College brings a group of female students, faculty and staff to celebrate the accomplishments of women in computing and help recruit women to the College. The group got to witness Barb Ericson (CoC) be awarded the 2012 A. Richard Newton Educator Award, as well as see Ericson, Betsy DiSalvo (IC) and two other Georgia Tech faculty members (Janet Murray from Ivan Allen and Eva Lee from ISyE) speak to conference attendees.

College Faculty Hand Out Dissertation Awards
A committee of 10 faculty members has selected the best Ph.D. dissertations of the past year by Computing doctoral students. The following four dissertations will receive a College Dissertation Award at next spring’s awards ceremony: Maya Cakmak’s (advised by Andrea Thomaz) "Guided Teaching Interactions with Robots: Embodied Queries and Teaching Heuristics”; Karthekeyan Chandrasekaran’s (advised by Santosh Vempala) "New Approaches to Integer Programming”; Zhicheng Liu’s (advised by John Stasko) "Network-based Visual Analysis of Tabular Data”; and Swaroop Vattam’s (advised by Ashok Goel) "Interactive Analogical Retrieval: Practice, Theory and Technology." Four dissertations also received honorable mentions: Fatima Boujarwah’s (advised by Rosa Arriaga and Gregory Abowd) "Facilitating the Authoring of Multimedia Social Problem Solving Skills Instructional Modules"; Jill Dimond’s (advised by Amy Bruckman) "Feminist HCI for Real: Designing Technology in Support of a Social Movement"; Betsy DiSalvo’s (advised by Amy Bruckman) "Glitch Game Testers: The Design and Study of a Learning Environment for Computational Production with African American Males"; and Hyojun Kim’s (advised by Kishore Ramachandran) "Informed Storage Management for Mobile Platforms.” Finally, Cakmak’s and Chandrasekaran’s dissertations were selected for nomination for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Rewards Get Sweeter for Computing Teaching Assistants
Dean Zvi Galil announced in October that the College would more than double the number of teaching-assistant awards handed out at next spring’s College Awards Ceremony. Previously two awards were given, one for Best Undergraduate TA and one for Best Graduate TA. For 2012-13, Galil announced, three undergraduate and two graduate TAs will receive awards, each carrying a $500 prize. Nominations for College awards will open in December; stay tuned for information on how to nominate.

Gifts to the College: Sept-Oct 2012




Apple $15,000 Corporate Affiliates Program
Behavior Imaging Solutions $11,500 Agata Rozga, autism technology
Hewlett Packard $10,000 GTISC Industrial Partners Association
Intel $50,000 Wenke Lee, "Integrating Security Concepts in an Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculm"
Intel $50,120 Jim Rehg, "Disruptive Advances in Algorithms and Systems to Transform Connected Embedded Computing"
Intel $70,000 Jim Rehg, "Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing"
Intel $50,000 Gregory Abowd, "Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing"
LANcope $10,000 GTISC Industrial Partners Association
Northrop Grumman $1,000 Corporate Affiliates Program
Northrop Grumman $5,000 Corporate Affiliates Program
Northrop Grumman $3,000 Diversity programs
Northrop Grumman $4,000 Northrop Grumman Scholarships
Northrop Grumman $3,000 Diversity programs
Roundarch $6,000 MS HCI program
Union Pacific Railroad $15,000 Corporate Affiliates Program

School of CS

GT Security Summit Marks 10th Year of Cyber Vigilance
The 10th Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the GTRI Conference Center. The annual summit has become Atlanta’s foremost event on emerging cyber threats, as cybersecurity professionals from academia, government and business gather to develop strategies for securing cyber networks and explore potential countermeasures for thwarting cyber threats. Co-hosted by GTRI and the School of Computer Science’s own GT Information Security Center, this year’s event will be keynoted by Brendan Hannigan, general manager for IBM Security Systems. A panel discussion moderated by Damballa CEO Val Rahmani will include speakers Vijay Balasubramaniyan (a 2011 college Ph.D. graduate) of Pindrop Security, Marc Dacier of Symantec Research Labs, John Marshall of AirWatch, Mike O'Reirdan of Comcast and Curt Smith of E-Trade. The event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.

School of IC

GT Heats Up ICER Computing-Ed Conference Down Under
Georgia Tech provided yet another example of its leadership role in computing education by dominating the offerings at the 2012 ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER 2012) conference, held Sept. 10-11 in Auckland, New Zealand. Of the 13 papers presented, three were submitted by Computing authors (plus a fourth by recent alumni Brian Dorn and Allison Elliott Tew). The three GT papers included: “Subgoal-Labeled Instructional Material Improves Performance and Transfer in Learning to Develop Mobile Applications,” by Lauren Margulieux, Mark Guzdial and Richard Catrambone; “A Statewide Survey on Computing Education Pathways and Influences: Factors in Broadening Participation in Computing,” by Guzdial, Barbara Ericson, Tom McKlin and Shelly Engelman; and “Adapting Disciplinary Commons Model: Lessons and Results from Georgia,” by Brianna Morrison, Lijun Ni and Guzdial.

School of CSE

Swarm of Yellow Jackets to Descend on Supercomputing 2012
Georgia Tech once again will field a strong presence in the annual IEEE/ACM Supercomputing Conference—better known as SC12. Five GT-originated papers will appear in the main program, and College speakers like David Bader and Jeffrey Vetter (both CSE) and Matt Wolf (CS) will speak on topics like the 2012 Graph500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers (which Bader will help unveil), as well as the connections between HPC and cybersecurity, heterogeneous cluster computing, computing education, and more. For the second year, Georgia Tech will post a website specifically devoted to its SC presence; the site will go up the week of Nov. 6, and visitors to last year’s page will be automatically redirected to the new site.

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