Dr. Edward Fox (http://www.cs.vt.edu/user/fox) was featured in an article in The Collegiate Times on October 21, 2014. The article describes Dr. Fox involvement in the technical side of research on addiction recovery through social interaction. The Addiction Recovery Research Center received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for this research, led by PI Dr. Warren Bickel (research.vtc.vt.edu/employees/warren-k-bickel), Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute (VTCRI) professor, and director of the Center (http://research.vtc.vt.edu). The full article from the Collegiate Times, can be found at http://m.collegiatetimes.com/news/virginia_tech/article_99ed3692-58b7-11e4-baa1-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm
Department of Computer Science Graduate student Chris Frisina’s work on The Sound of Fractions ( http://thirdlab.cs.vt.edu/education-and-technology/sound-of-fractions/ ) was featured on NPR on October 2, 2014. The Sound of Fractions is a project to help middle school students learn Math concepts. The project was presented at the Virginia Science Festival. For the NPR piece, please visit wvtf.org/post/virginia-science-festival-party-where-science-guest-honor. Chris Frisina’s advisor is CS professor, Dr. Deborah Tatar (http://www.cs.vt.edu/user/tatar).
Dr. Wenjing Lou (CS) and Dr. Tom Hou (ECE) were awarded two new multi-institutional NSF research grants. The first, is entitled NSF CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Cognitive Green Building: A Holistic Cyber-Physical Analytic Paradigm for Energy Sustainability. It aims to develop a unified analytical approach for green building design that comprehensively manages energy sustainability by taking into account the complex interactions between these systems of systems, providing a high degree of security, agility and robust to extreme events. This is a collaborative project between Profs. Ness Shroff and Qian Chen from Ohio State University, and Profs. Tom Hou (PI) and Wenjing Lou, from Virginia Tech.
The second award is entitled NSF CNS Collaborative Research: A Multi-Layer Approach Towards Reliable Cognitive Radio Networks. The objective behind this project’s research activities is to develop technological solutions that ensure that cognitive radios operate in trustworthy manner, in spite of potential security threats. It is a collaborative project between Profs. Wenjing Lou (PI) and Tom Hou from VT, and Profs. Wade Trappe and Yanyong Zhang from Rutgers University; with VT being the lead institution for this project.
A programming team composed of three students from the Department of Computer Science, lead by Dr. Godmar Back, received an honorary mention at the ACM-ICPC World Finals, held in May 2014. The team members were Matthew Dallmeyer, Michael O’Beirne, and Nicholas Sharp. Overall the team finished #92 out of 122; or #16 out of 21 teams within North America. St. Petersburg State won the championship, and NYU was the best among the US universities.
This competition, a great experience for the students, was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city. Ural Federal University hosted the event, which was broadcasted sports-entertainment style by the same company who worked in Sochi for the Olympic games. Next year, the ACM-ICPC competition will be held in Morocco.
Dr. Pardha Pyla, Department of Computer Science Ph.D. graduate (2007), was recognized with the Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for 2014. Dr. Pyla is currently working at Bloomberg, “the leading informatics company in the world”, where he is the team leader of the senior interaction design group.
Dr. Greg Lavender, Department of Computer Science Ph.D. graduate (1993), was inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence in spring 2014. He is one of an elite group of 126 individuals that have been inducted as a recognition for their contributions to engineering throughout their career.
The VT Board of Visitors recently named Dr. Danfeng Yao as an L-3 Communications Cyber Faculty Fellow of Computer Science. Dr. Yao is one of two Associate Professors to receive this distinction, the other one being Dr. Charles Clancy (ECE). The full write-up from VT News is accessible at: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/10/100614-engineering-yaoprofessorship.html
Balaji Subramaniam, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, attended the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) as a representative of the United States in a 20-person delegation of students and postdoctoral researchers. The forum took place September 21-26 in Heidelberg, Germany. The U.S. delegation was sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Every year, HLF brings together 100 (undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral) researchers from mathematics and computer science who have won the Fields Medal, Turing Award, Abel Prize, or Nevanlinna Prize. It serves as an ideal platform for young researchers to interact with established scientists in their field.
Balaji conducts research in the area of high-performance and distributed computing systems with an emphasis on energy efficiency. His current research interests include the modeling and prediction of performance under a power budget, hardware- and software-controlled power management, and benchmarking. Balaji is a member of the Synergy lab and advised by Wu-chun Feng.
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is the result of a joint initiative of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies and the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. Visit the Heidelberg Laureate Forum website for more information.
Dr. Daphne Yao received a prestigious Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award. Dr. Yao says, in describing her research: “The project aims to develop new security model and data analytic techniques that enable accurate large-scale causality reasoning for detecting anomalies that are caused by system compromises and malicious insiders. The research will be focused on inferring high-level human events and actions based on low-level machine events. If successful, designing such a semantic-aware and mission-aware probabilistic model to capture and analyze human events related to accessing critical resources can be useful for detecting insider attacks — a problem long known to be notorious to solve.”
Dr. Nicholas Polys was invited to the White House Maker Faire in summer 2014. Dr. Polys presented his research on the NIH 3D Print Exchange. Dr. Polys served as general Chair of the Web3D during the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference. He was also part of a team that demonstrated Web3D tools and techniques at that conference. More information can be found at www.web3d.org/news-story/web3d-consortium-president-invited-white-house and 3dprint.nih.gov.
Department of Computer Science Graduate, Dr. Emil Constantinescu received a highly selective Early Carreer Award from DOE. Dr. Constantinescu was one of only 35 researchers selected from over 700 applicants. His research focuses on predictive modeling of complex systems, such as climate and the power grid. To learn more about this ward, please visit http://www.mcs.anl.gov/articles/constantinescu-receives-early-career-research-program-award