Where in the World was GT Computing?

College of Computing faculty traveled the globe this summer – trekking to conferences, teaching abroad, creating new partnerships for Georgia Tech, winning awards, and more. From May through August, they didn't slow down. Below is a sampling of what faculty accomplished around the world.

Professor Mark Guzdial (IC) and Barbara Ericson (ICE) attended the International Computing Education Research conference, Aug. 9-13 in Omaha, Neb. Guzdial co-chaired the Doctoral Consortium, attended by 20 PhD students from multiple countries, such as Chile, Germany, the United Kingdom. Guzdial says it was the largest such gathering anywhere in the world. Ericson presented "Analysis of Interactive Features Designed to Enhance Learning in an eBook." Georgia Tech PhD student Miranda Parker (HCC) presented "Subgoals, Context, and Worked Examples in Learning Computing Problem Solving" by Brianna Morrison (HCC), Guzdial and Lauren Margulieux (PSY). Fellow student Kayla DesPortes (HCC) presented "The MoveLab: Supporting Diversity through Self-Conceptions." Georgia Tech received the 2015 Chair's Award for the paper with the highest empirical computing education research: "Subgoals..."

The same group also attended the first IEEE Broadening Participation in Research Conference (RESPECT 2015) with professors from the School of Music and School of Literature, Media & Communication.

Professor Mark Guzdial leads the Doctoral Consortium at ICER '15.

Meanwhile, members of the School of Computational Science & Engineering were in Sydney, Australia, Aug. 9-13 for ACM SIGKDD '15. Professor Jimeng Sun (CSE) was a panelist for a discussion about anomalies. Assistant Professor Polo Chau (CSE) organized a full-day workshop, titled "Interactive Data Exploration and Analytics." A new streaming graph partitioner called GRaSP, by Professor Rich Vuduc (CSE) and PhD students Casey Battaglino and Robert Pineta (CSE), was presented. GRaSP is a first-of-its-kind library that allows for much larger and faster partitioning to alleviate bottlenecks during analysis for fraud detection, bioinformatics or of social network analysis, for example.

Cybersecurity researchers from the School of Computer Science -- Dr. Wenke Lee, Assistant Professor Taesoo Kim, and students Byoungyoung Lee and Chengyu Song -- were in Washington, D.C. at USENIX Security '15 to accept the "Internet Defense Prize" for a tool to detect bad casting in Internet browsers. Additional Georgia Tech research accepted at the conference meant a total of four research papers were presented by graduate and undergraduate students. Associate Professor Sasha Boldyreva (CS) served as a conference organizer.

Faculty from several colleges at Georgia Tech attended HCI ’15  – Human Computing Interaction International, Aug. 2-7, to showcase a string of successful projects that applied computing to Atlanta's civic needs across the past decade. Presenting the "Civic Computing" case study were Professor Russ Clark (CS), a research scientist with the Institute for People and Technology, and Professors Blair MacIntyre and Beth Mynatt (IC) with colleagues from IPaT and the School of Literature, Media & Communication.

GVU Center Director Keith Edwards (IC) and Professor Beki Grinter (IC) taught in Georgia Tech's Oxford Study Abroad Program in Oxford, England. The program is hosted at Worcester College. You can see Beki's classroom, second floor above the red lion door (first on the left), in the picture below.  

Associate Professor Betsy DiSalvo (IC) presented her paper, entitled "Pink Boxes and Chocolate-Dipped Broccoli: Bad Game Design Providing Justifications for Reluctant Learners," at the Games Learning and Society Conference in Madison, Wisc. on July 8, 2015. The paper challenges some assertions made by Associate Chair Amy Bruckman (IC) in her 1999 GDC talk, where she coined the phrase “chocolate-dipped broccoli.”

In June, she was in Boston, where DiSalvo and PhD Student Zane Cochran (HCC) led a course entitled “Dia de los Muertos Petts:  Meta Design of Children's Maker Activities” at the AMC SIG-CHI Interaction Design and Children Conference. The course guided participants through electronic making activities around culturally significant projects that prompted them to think about designing around children's cultural backgrounds. DiSalvo also spoke at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab's brown bag session on June 22, 2015. That talk focused on her work exploring the impact of block based programming in learning environments and broadening participation in computing.

Associate Professor Betsy DiSalvo (IC) and PhD Student Zane Cochran (HCC) led a workshop about culturally relevant interactive technology for children at an AMC SIG-CHI event in Boston.

School of Computational Science & Engineering Chair David Bader was a co-organizer of the Graph 500 Birds of a Feather (BoF) at ISC 15, held July 12–16, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. This BoF unveiled the most recent Graph 500 list, discussed the new second kernel, and enhanced the new energy metrics of the Green Graph 500. It offers a forum for community and provides a rallying point for data-intensive supercomputing problems.

Professor Gregory Abowd (IC) taught a four-day course about ubiquitous computing at Peking University in China in early July.

Professor Eric Gilbert (IC) gave an invited talk as part of a panel at the Computing Community Consortium Workshop on the Theoretical Foundations of Social Computing on June 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Professor Mark Guzdial (IC) gave a talk, entitled "Steps Toward a Computing Education for All," on June 25 at the National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series in the Education and Human Resource Directorate. He addressed why computer science should be taught in schools, the current state of such teaching, what is STEM identity, and how to meet society's growing need for computer education.

Professor James Foley (IC) and Professor Shamkant Navathe (CS) attended the ACM Awards Banquet, June 20, in San Francisco - pictured above. Navathe was honored as a new ACM Fellow for contributions to data modeling, database design and database education. Professor Mark Guzdial (IC) also was welcomed as a 2014 ACM Fellow for contributions to computing education and broadening participation. He was unable to attend the banquet. 

Foley and Navathe in San Francisco: Professor James Foley and Professor Shamkant Navathe attended the ACM Awards Banquet, June 20, in San Francisco. They are pictured with Tech alumna Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M.

Foley (IC) recently was in Jinan, China, too, for a meeting of the advisory board to the School of Computer Science and Technology at Shandong University.  It wasn’t Georgia Tech’s first encounter with Jinan. Other faculty from the College of Computing have visited the university in the past year — Irfan Essa and Calton Pu — and Pu hosted two faculty from Shandong for a year in Atlanta. Foley also visited last fall for several days to lecture on Realism in Computer Graphics, Information Visualization, and User Interface Design.

Foley in China: Professor Jim Foley is seen here with Professor Dinesh Manocha of University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (left) and Dean Baoquan Chen of Shandong University (right). 

School of Computational Science & Engineering Associate Professor Edmond Chow gave an invited plenary talk on June 18 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, at the International Conference on Preconditioning Techniques for Scientific and Industrial Applications. The title of his talk was "Fine-Grained Parallel Incomplete Factorization Preconditioning." The conference is the ninth in a series held every two years since 1999 addressing the complex issues related to the solution of general sparse matrix problems in large-scale real applications and in industrial settings.  

Dean Zvi Galil delivered the morning keynote June 12 at the 2nd International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research in Hagenberg, Austria. He spoke of the College’s first entirely online degree – OMS CS – and was approached by universities from Jordan and Cameroon that want to collaborate.

Galil in Austria: Zvi Galil delivers his keynote.

Senior Associate Dean Charles Isbell recently returned from Senegal, where he met with government leaders — including the Minister of Education — about building connections between Georgia Tech and organizations there. Joining him was Evans Harrell, a professor in the Math department, along with his students.

Professor Mustaque Ahamad wrapped up at the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group 34th annual meeting in Dublin, Ireland, June 9-11.

Professor Constantine Dovrolis was the keynote speaker at IBM’s 10th Annual Israel Networking Day in Haifa, Israel on June 3. He spoke about the Internet’s evolution as an ecosystem of 50,000 autonomous systems and how bilateral agreements between peers have evolved as the Internet became commercialized.

Earlier in June, Chow also was in Reykjavik, Iceland, June 1-3, to present a paper at the International Conference on Computational Science. His topic was ‘Efficient Particle-Mesh Spreading on GPUs” and possibilities of preprocessing to accelerate overall computation time.

Chow from Iceland: The International Conference on Computational Science.

Professor Srinivas Aluru and School of Computational Science & Engineering Chair David Bader helped lead IEEE’s 29th annual International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) in Hyderabad, India.

Bader in India: Chair David Bader visited several tourist sites in addition to attending the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium.

School of Interactive Computing Chair Annie Antón served on a panel at Facebook's first Privacy at Scale Conference on June 3 in Menlo Park, Calif. Antón, Postdoctoral Fellow Aaron Massey and Scheller College of Business Professor Peter Swire presented their paper entitled "Privacy Engineering and the Right to be Forgotten", at the 8th Privacy Law Scholars Conference the next day at UC Berkley. Antón also served on a panel, discussing Privacy and Human Behavior at the Security and Human Behavior Conference (SHB '15) at Georgetown University on June 8. 

Professor Mark Guzdial (IC) spent two weeks in Germany in late May -- one week at a seminar on "Human-Centered Software Development" at Dagstuhl in Saarland, and the second week at a research workshop in Seefeld near Oldenburg, studying teacher development.

Guzdial in Germany: Mark Guzdial with Alan Blackwell, Andy Ko, Brad Myers, and Kathi Fisler

Associate Professor Michael Best (IA) has begun a four-year assignment with the United Nations in Macau, but found time to attend ICTD 2015 (the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development) in Singapore with students. He and Amanda Meng (IAST) presented “Twitter Democracy: Policy vs. Identity Politics in Three Emerging African Democracies.” Best’s students – Paul Lazarus (MS HCI) and Tulika Saraf (HCI) presented “Social Media Fostering Social Good: A Case of Election Monitoring in Nigeria.” Work by Ellen Zegura and Beki Grinter also was presented (“Beyond Bootstrapping: the Liberian iLab as a Maturing Community of Practice”) with student Michael Madaio (DM) in attendance.

Best in Singapore: Left to right, Michael Madaio (Digital Media and C21U), Amanda Meng (INTA), Michael Best, and Paul Lazarus (MS HCI)

Distinguished Professor Merrick Furst (CS) gave an invited talk, titled, "Neither Visionaries nor Accountants: Solving the Dilemma of Startup Creation" at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jedda, Saudi Arabia.

Furst in Saudi Arabia: Merrick Furst on screen at King Abdullah University

School of Computer Science faculty, staff and doctoral students had seven papers accepted into FCRC 2015 affiliated conferences in Portland, Ore., June 13-20. Faculty authors include: Santosh Vempala, distinguished professor; Karsten Schwan, Regents’ Professor; Milos Prvulovic, associate professor; Calton Pu, professor and John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair in Software; and Ling Liu, professor. Doctoral and staff authors include: David Durfee and Ben Cousins, doctoral students in algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization; Qi Zhang, Yang ZhouChing-Kai Liang, and Kisung Lee, doctoral students in computer science; and Will Perkins, former postdoc. Prvulovic and Jim Xu, professor, also chaired sessions of their respective conferences. School of Computational Science & Engineering Associate Professor Rich Vuduc also had a paper accepted into an FCRC 2015 affiliated conference.  

Members of the School of Computer Science at FCRC 2015. 

Adjunct Professor Craig Tovey (ISE) presented two papers in May at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems conference in Istanbul, Turkey held in early May immediately after commencement. His topics were “Probabilistic Copeland Tournaments” and “Towards Completely Decentralized StarCraft Play with Price of Anarchy Performance Guarantees.”

Professor Alex Orso (CS) returned to his native Italy for ICSE 2015, the 37th International Conference on Software Engineering, May 16-24, in Florence. Orso chaired the conference's doctoral symposium.   

Orso from Italy: Alex Orso took this beautiful panorama shot of Florence while attending ICSE 2015.

Associate Dean Ron Arkin (IC) was a featured panelist in Washington, D.C., at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s symposium on June 30: “Are Super Intelligent Computers Really a Threat to Humanity?" 

Professor Ellen Zegura (CS) is abroad, teaching at Georgia Tech’s 11-week undergraduate Barcelona Summer Program. while Keith Edwards, director of the GVU Center, is teaching at the Oxford Summer Program in Oxford, England.

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