Dr. Lavender & Dr. Pyla Honored at COE Academic of Engineering Excellence Awards

Lavender_Benson_Ryder Dr. Pardha Pyla, Department of Computer Science Ph.D. graduate (2007), was recognized with the Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering pyla award shotOutstanding 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.

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Dr. Danfeng Yao Named L-3 Communications Cyber Faculty Fellow of Computer Science

Dr. Yao
Dr. Yao

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

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Balaji Subramaniam, Select Member of U.S. Delegation for the Second Heidelberg Laureate Forum

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.

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Dr. Yao Received Young Investigator Award

Danfeng (Daphne) Yao
Dr. Yao

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.”

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Dr. Polys Invited to The White House Maker Faire

Nicholas F. Polys
Dr. Polys

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.

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Dr. Constantinescu Received Early Carreer Award

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

 

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Dr. Kafura Named Virginia Tech Pathways Faculty Scholar

Dennis Kafura
Dr. Kafura

Dr. Dennis Kafura was named one of the eight Virginia Tech Pathways Faculty Scholars in June 2014. He will be collaborating with a group of faculty from various departments, to formulate new courses that aim to redefine general education at VT. In the Fall 2014, Dr. Kafura’s is teaching a new computational thinking course that is geared to non-science, non-engineering VT students.

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Patent Filed for Technology Developed by Dr. Daphne Yao

Dr. Yao

VTIP has filed a patent on a technology developed by Dr. Daphne Yao, as part of her NSF CAREER Award research. Dr. Daphne Yao presented a paper about this technology, entitled “Detection of Stealthy Malware Activities with Traffic Causality and Scalable Triggering Relation Discovery” this past June, in Japan. The paper was written in collaboration with Dr. Naren Ramamkrishnan and CS graduate student Han Zhang. A VT News article about this can be found here: https://www.eng.vt.edu/news/new-proactive-approach-unveiled-detect-malicious-software-networked-computers-and-data

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