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Young Scientists Invited to Apply for Third Heidelberg Laureate Forum

January 5th, 2015

HLF_logoPreparations for the third Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) are in full swing, and applications from young researchers to attend are now being accepted. HLF will once again bring together winners of the Abel Prize and Fields Medal (mathematics), as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize (computer science) for an inspirational week. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation is looking for outstanding young mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world who would like the chance to meet distinguished experts from both disciplines and find out how to become a leading scientist in their field.

The third Forum will take place August 23 to 28, 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2015. You can submit online applications here. Successful candidates will be selected by an international committee of experts that will ensure only the most qualified candidates are invited.

For more information on the program, visit the HLF website and see the frequently asked questions.

CRA 2015 Undergraduate Researchers Award Winners!

December 22nd, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 9.33.18 AMThe Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) have announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award.

This year’s nominees were a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several were authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others had made presentations at major conferences, and some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use.

Many of nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs, many had been teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors, and a number had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts.

CRA gratefully acknowledges the support of Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) who sponsor the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award program in alternate years. Microsoft Research is the sponsor of this year’s awards.

A partial list of the winners appears below. Please see the CRA-E website to see the full list of the winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions.

Emma Harrington – Female Awardee

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award AwardeeSenior at Williams College (non-PhD-granting institution)

Emma Harrington is a senior computer science and economics double major at Williams College. Her research is on investigating what motivates people to produce free content online. She hopes this will shed light on why people contribute to public goods on the Internet. Recently, Emma submitted a poster to the CRA undergraduate research poster competition at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and gave a short public presentation about her research. In addition to her research, Emma was a teaching assistant for multivariable calculus and captain of the Williams Varsity Softball team.

Urvashi Khandelwal – Female Awardee

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award AwardeeSenior at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (PhD-granting institution)

Urvashi Khandelwal is a senior in computer science with a minor in mathematics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include modeling and mining large-scale entity-rich information networks, which can capture real world semantics. Her most recent project involved making high quality citation recommendations for a given scientific publication. In addition to her research, Urvashi has been a teaching assistant for the data structures course at Illinois since 2012.

Hyunsu Cho – Male Awardee

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award AwardeeSenior at Trinity College (non-PhD-granting institution)

Hyunsu Cho is a senior computer science and mathematics double major at Trinity College. His computer science senior project is on hypergraph spectral clustering on GPUs and image classification where he is developing effective learning algorithms suitable for parallel environments. Hyunsu has been a teaching assistant in the computer science department since 2012 as well as a research assistant working on several research projects in medical imaging and scientific computing.

Danfei Xu – Male Awardee

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award AwardeeSenior at Columbia University (PhD-granting institution)

Danfei Xu is a senior computer science major at Columbia. His research interests and contributions are related to sensory perception of robotic systems; in particular, tactile sensing, visual perception, and sensor fusion. Recently, he contributed to a research project related to robotic manipulation. The goal of the project was to have a robot pick up a garment. Danfei developed a “local grasp” function in which a robotic arm move along a fixed trajectory around the garment while recording the readings of distance sensor mounted under the arm. The local grasp function was able to reconstruct a local transverse section of the garment.


35 Innovators Under the Age of 35

December 18th, 2014

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Each year MIT Technology Review publishes a list of 35 innovators under the age of 35. Recently, they published the list for 2014.

All 35 of these people are doing exciting work that could shape their fields for decades. But they’re solving problems in remarkably different ways. We consider some of them to be primarily Inventors; they’re immersed in building new technologies. Others we call Visionaries, because they’re showing how technologies could be put to new or better uses. Humanitarians are using technology to expand opportunities or inform public policy. Pioneers are doing fundamental work that will spawn future innovations; such ­breakthroughs will be taken up by tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, ­people who are building new tech businesses.

Nominations are accepted from the public. The editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80 finalists, outside judges rated the originality and impact, or potential impact, of their work; those scores guided the editors as they crafted the list.

If you have suggested for 2015, please fill out the call for nominations form here.


NSF CISE Funding Opportunities

October 17th, 2014


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computing & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) has a number of new funding opportunities.

National Robotics Initiative
(NSF  15-505)  Full Proposal Due: January 14, 2015

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people.  It will development the next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas.

Major Research Instrumentation Program
(NSF  15-504) Full Proposal Due: January 22, 2015

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
(NSF  14-611)  See previous CCC blog post for more information.

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
(NSF  14-610)  Letter of Intent Due: December 3, 2014, Full Proposal Due: January 28, 2015

The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships.  These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system.

IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments
(NSF  14-602) Letter of Intent Due: October 28, 2014, Full Proposal Due: November 26, 2014

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate is launching a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century. Professional Formation of Engineers refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers.

There are also a number of upcoming deadlines from current programs.

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Preliminary Proposal: October 21, 2014, Full Proposal Due: May 15, 2015

NSF/Intel Partnership on Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Privacy
(NSF  14-571) Full Proposal Due: October 28, 2014

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal for Computer and Information Science and Engineering Due: October 29, 2014

For all CISE programs and Dear Colleague Letters, see the CISE website.



Mary Shaw Honored as a Nation’s Top Scientist and Innovator

October 6th, 2014


President Barack Obama has selected Mary Shaw, University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as one of the recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Our Nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology.

Shaw, a computer science faculty member since 1971, is a leader in software engineering research whose work on software architecture helped establish it as a recognized discipline. Selecting an appropriate architecture is now recognized as a critical step in the engineering of complex software systems. She also is an educational innovator who has developed computer science curricula from the introductory to the doctoral level.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.

To see the full list of National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients, click here.

Beth Mynatt Honored with 2014 Mobility Star Award

October 2nd, 2014


The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Vice Chair Beth Mynatt has received a 2014 Mobility Star Award, which salutes excellence and advancements in mobility. The award recognizes five mobile technology leaders who have made a substantial impact in the past year creating and advancing adoption or innovative use of mobile technology, and that have helped grow Atlanta’s mobile presence.

Mynatt is the Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a College of Computing Professor at Georgia Tech, and the Director of the Everyday Computing Lab.

For more information click here.