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  • CS PhD Student Yanbing Xue wins Best Student Paper Award at FLAIRS 2017!

    Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

    Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

  • Pitt to Host Free CyberCamp for Pittsburgh Area Teens July 24-28

    Local high school students will have the opportunity to receive a hands-on education about cybersecurity from July 24 through 28 at the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp to be held on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland. Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security is one of 66 sites selected across the country to host a CyberCamp this year, and the only site chosen in Pennsylvania. For more info: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-host-free-cybercamp-pittsburgh-area-teens-july-24-28

    Local high school students will have the opportunity to receive a hands-on education about cybersecurity from July 24 through 28 at the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp to be held on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.

    Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security is one of 66 sites selected across the country to host a CyberCamp this year, and the only site chosen in Pennsylvania.

    For more info: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-host-free-cybercamp-pittsburgh-area-teens-july-24-28

  • Pitt Names Founding Dean of School of Computing and Information

    Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-founding-dean-school-computing-and-information

    Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-founding-dean-school-computing-and-information

  • Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration. Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release. Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt.
    The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration.

    Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release.

    Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

  • Professor Labrinidis current project has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops. The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District. For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops.

    The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

  • Pitt Names Founding Dean of School of Computing and Information

    Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-founding-dean-school-computing-and-information

    Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-founding-dean-school-computing-and-information

  • Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration. Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release. Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt.
    The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration.

    Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release.

    Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

  • Professor Labrinidis current project has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops. The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District. For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops.

    The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

  • Pitt Announces New School of Computing and Information

    The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information! The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in Fall 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society.

    The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information! The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in Fall 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society.

  • CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

  • CS PhD Student Yanbing Xue wins Best Student Paper Award at FLAIRS 2017!

    Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

    Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

  • Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration. Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release. Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt.
    The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration.

    Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release.

    Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

  • Congratulations to Alexandros Labrinidis on his promotion to Full Professor!

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept). Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference. Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept).

    Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference.

    Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

  • She Innovates receives special funding from the Provost's Office

    Congratulations to She Innovates! She Innovates has received $5,000 from the Provost's Office and has been named an official University of Pittsburgh Year of Diversity event! She Innovates is Pitt’s only all-women’s hackathon, and it will take place on January 20th – 22nd, 2017! She Innovates was created by the Department of Computer Science (CS), and is currently co-hosted by CS, the Innovation Institute, Pitt Women in Computer Science (WiCS), and the Pitt Computer Science Club. She Innovates encourages the participation of all female Pitt students and prides itself on providing a space for women to come together to learn, grow, hack, and empower each other. She Innovates prides itself on being an event that fosters the collaboration of women from different backgrounds with a common shared love of technology and problem solving.

    Congratulations to She Innovates! She Innovates has received $5,000 from the Provost's Office and has been named an official University of Pittsburgh Year of Diversity event!
    She Innovates is Pitt’s only all-women’s hackathon, and it will take place on January 20th – 22nd, 2017! She Innovates was created by the Department of Computer Science (CS), and is currently co-hosted by CS, the Innovation Institute, Pitt Women in Computer Science (WiCS), and the Pitt Computer Science Club. She Innovates encourages the participation of all female Pitt students and prides itself on providing a space for women to come together to learn, grow, hack, and empower each other. She Innovates prides itself on being an event that fosters the collaboration of women from different backgrounds with a common shared love of technology and problem solving.

  • Pitt Computer Science Professor Diane Litman, will present at the XPRIZE + Pittsburgh’s AI Experts Forum

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships. This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships.

    This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

  • Professor Labrinidis current project has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops. The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District. For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops.

    The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

  • Congratulations to Alexandros Labrinidis on his promotion to Full Professor!

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept). Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference. Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept).

    Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference.

    Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

  • CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

  • Pitt CS's SteelHacks ranks 18th out of 47 ranked hackathons in North America by MLH!

    Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, they power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. SteelHacks is an MLH member event hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, through the Department of Computer Science, for students at colleges & universities across the US who are passionate about getting their hands dirty using technology and design. Congrats SteelHacks!!

    Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, they power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. SteelHacks is an MLH member event hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, through the Department of Computer Science, for students at colleges & universities across the US who are passionate about getting their hands dirty using technology and design. Congrats SteelHacks!!

  • Pitt Computer Science to host WiCStart Program!

    Are you a woman coming to Pitt? Are you unsure of what to study? Do you want to know more about computer science? Sign up for WiCStart! WiCStart takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science in a no-pressure environment. WiCStart students will be permitted to move into their residence halls one week early. They will get a broad overview of various topics in computer science and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. Lunch will be served daily. Throughout the week, students will learn about such topics as basic hardware and software concepts, programming, big data, and artificial intelligence. They will also learn about the benefits of being a CS student at Pitt and graduating with a CS degree. Finally, they will be given the chance to connect with other technical women. There are no costs for attending WiCStart. In addition to an early move-in date and free lunch, we’ll provide all necessary materials and equipment. Please email wicstart@cs.pitt.edu if you are interested in learning more.

    Are you a woman coming to Pitt? Are you unsure of what to study? Do you want to know more about computer science? Sign up for WiCStart!
    WiCStart takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science in a no-pressure environment.
    WiCStart students will be permitted to move into their residence halls one week early. They will get a broad overview of various topics in computer science and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. Lunch will be served daily.

    Throughout the week, students will learn about such topics as basic hardware and software concepts, programming, big data, and artificial intelligence. They will also learn about the benefits of being a CS student at Pitt and graduating with a CS degree. Finally, they will be given the chance to connect with other technical women.

    There are no costs for attending WiCStart. In addition to an early move-in date and free lunch, we’ll provide all necessary materials and equipment.

    Please email wicstart@cs.pitt.edu if you are interested in learning more.

  • CS PhD Student Yanbing Xue wins Best Student Paper Award at FLAIRS 2017!

    Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

    Yanbing Xue, a CS PhD student, together with his adviser Professor Milos Hauskrecht, received the best student paper award for their work on 'Efficient Learning of Classification Models from Soft-label Information by Binning and Ranking' at the 30th International FLAIRS Conference in May 2017. Congratulations!

  • Pitt Names Founding Dean of School of Computing and Information

    Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-founding-dean-school-computing-and-information

    Paul R. Cohen is the founding dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. Cohen’s deanship begins on Aug. 1, 2017. The first new school or college established at Pitt since 1995, the School of Computing and Information is a multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology. It is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University. The school will begin operations on July 1 and will enroll its first students in the fall 2017 term. “Paul is a visionary leader who will quickly drive our School of Computing and Information to the forefront of academic excellence,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. For more see the article at: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-founding-dean-school-computing-and-information

  • Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration. Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release. Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

    The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. Rutenbar is a Full Professor of Computer Science, in the Computer Science Department at Pitt.
    The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for the new job. During this process, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the right candidate would be someone who can work effectively in bureaucracy and promote collaboration.

    Rutenbar, an entrepreneur who specializes in computer science, will manage the University’s Center for Research Computing, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Research and other departments with the goal of creating and implementing a “long-term plan for research infrastructure,” according to a press release.

    Learn more at http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/pitt-names-senior-vice-chancellor-research

  • Professor Labrinidis current project has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops. The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District. For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

    Prof. Alexandros Labrinidis and Prof. Kostas Pelechrinis are working on TransitScreen project that can be used to increase traffic at businesses near transit stops.

    The university is sponsoring TransitScreen, a service that provides real-time information on a variety of transit services in Oakland, including buses operated by the Port Authority, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, car-sharing service Zipcar and Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program, as part of its Smart Living Program with the Oakland Business Improvement District.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2017/04/11/Pittsburgh-transit-information-Oakland-TransitScreen-Uber-Lyft-Port-Authority-Zipcar/stories/201704110072?pgpageversion=pgevoke

  • Congratulations to Alexandros Labrinidis on his promotion to Full Professor!

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept). Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference. Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Alexandros "Alex" Labrinidis has been promoted to Full Professor! Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis received his Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory (ADMT Lab). He is also an adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CS Dept).

    Dr. Labrinidis' research focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data). He has published over 70 papers at peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops; he is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2008. Dr. Labrinidis served as the Secretary/Treasurer for ACM SIGMOD and as the Editor of SIGMOD Record. He is currently on the editorial board of the Very Large Databases Journal and of the Parallel and Distributed Databases Journal. He has also served on numerous program committees of international conferences/workshops; in 2014, he was the PC Track-Chair for Streams and Sensor Networks for the ICDE conference.

    Please join us in congratulating Professor Labrinidis on this accomplishment!

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