The Department of Computer Science has lost Alfs Berztiss, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Berztiss was hired during the departments early years in September 1970 and retired after 28 years with the department. Dr. Berztiss' retirement was featured in the Fall 1998 LINKS. He will be missed by the Computer Science community.
You can view the obituary Post Gazette , University Times.
Second year graduate students John Wenskovitch (CS),Tim Luciani (CS), and Koonwah Chen (IS), and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai won the IEEE BIOVIS 2013 Data Contest Visualization Award at IEEE VIS in Atlanta, GA, for their paper and system "Fixing TIM: Identifying Functional Mutations in Protein Families through the Interactive Exploration of Sequence and Structural Data". Congratulations Pitt VIS team![October 2013]
Professor Daniel Mosse' will present for the University Honors College Friday Afternoon Lecture series on Friday, October 25th at 2:00pm, 3500 Cathedral of Learning. His talk is Energy-Aware Computing.[October 2013]
Graduate student Adrian Maries and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai will be presenting their paper entitled GRACE: A Visual Comparison Framework for Integrated Spatial and Non-Spatial Geriatric Data at the IEEE VIS 2013 conference on October 17th 2013.[October 2013]
Graduate student Md. Abedul Haque and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai will be presenting their paper entitled "A Semi-Automated Method for Subject-Specific Modeling of the Spinal Canal from Computed Tomography Images and Dynamic Radiographs" at the EuroGraphics-sponsored 18th International Workshop on Vision, Modeling and Visualization VMV2013 on September 11, 2013.[September 2013]
PhD student Nicholas L. Farnan and Professors Adam J. Lee and Panos K. Chrysanthis demonstrated "PAQO: A Preference-Aware Query Optimizer for PostgreSQL" at VLDB 2013 in Riva del Garda, Italy. PAQO was developed in cooperation with Professor Ting Yu of North Carolina State University.[September 2013]
Professor G. Elisabeta Marai (Computer Science) and Professor Kay Nieselt (Bioinformatics, University of Tuebingen) are Program Chairs for the 3rd IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis' 13), the premier venue for bioinformatics visualization. BioVis will take place on 13-14 October 2013, in Atlanta, GA as part of the IEEE Visualization Week.[August 2013]
The department just concluded its Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) where over 70 middle and high school students learned about fundamental computing concepts! Pictures to follow soon![August 2013]
Graduate student Timothy Luciani gave a research presentation titled Large-Scale Overlays and Trends: Visually Mining, Panning and Zooming the Observable Universe at the Allegheny Observatory on July 19, 2013. The presentation introduced joint work with CS undergraduate students Daniel Oliphant and Sean Myers, CS Professors Alexandros Labrinidis and G. Elisabeta Marai, and Dr. Brian Cherinka and Prof. W. Michael Wood-Vasey of Pitt's Physics and Astronomy Department.
Graduate student Nicholas Farnan received the Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and graduate student Wenting Xiong is an alternate for this prestigious fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. [August 2013]