The Department of Computer Science is proud to announce three lectures for the Distinguished Lecture Series 2014-2015 (http://cs.vt.edu/DistinguishedLectures). Dr. Michael Littman, from Brown University, an expert in reinforcement (machine) learning will be speaking on December 5, 2014. Dr. Annie I. Antón, Chair of the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, an authority on digital privacy will be speaking on January 30, 2015. Dr. Jamika Burge, Senior Scientist at Information Systems Worldwide, a Ph.D. alumna of CS@VT (20017) and specialist on qualitative/behavioral research design and analysis, will be presenting on April 17, 2015. Dr. Burge is also co-chair of the Coalition for Diversity in Computing. The Department is pleased to host these eminent computer scientists.
Dr. Stephen Edwards (http://www.cs.vt.edu/user/edwards) has been recognized as an ACM Distinguished Educator (http://awards.acm.org/grades-of-membership.cfm#distinguished). This recognition is awarded to “members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.” In addition, “Candidates in the educator category should have significant educational achievements.” The Department of Computer Science congratulates Dr. Edwards on this recognition.
Dr. Ali Butt (http://www.cs.vt.edu/user/butt) and Dr. Chao Wang (http://www.ece.vt.edu/faculty/chaowang.php) received new NSF funding for a proposal entitled Pythia: An Application Analysis and Online Modeling Based Prediction Framework for Scalable Resource Management. Dr. Butt describes his research as: “Advanced computing systems for running data-intensive scientific and enterprise applications often boast of different types of resources, e.g., a conventional computer processor running alongside specialized GPUs/FPGAs. Such heterogeneity presents major resource management challenges, especially at large scale. Having a better understanding of the applications behavior on the emerging hardware is key to sustaining these systems. To this end, the project designs and develops Pythia, software that uses application classifiers and simulations to model and predict how workloads would behave on given hardware. This information is then used to better utilize the resources, and achieve scalable and high performance computing systems.”
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.