The CS department welcomes new faculty members Foteini Baldimtsi, Jonathan Bell, Song Min Kim and Parth Pathak, who will be joining the department as tenure-track Assistant Professors and Shvetha Soundararajan who will be joining the department as a Term Assistant Professor.
Dr. Foteini Baldimtsi is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Boston University. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Brown University in 2014. Her research interests are in cryptography, security and data privacy with a special focus in electronic cash, blockchain technologies and private authentication techniques.
Professor Hassan Gomaa has written a new book on Real-Time Software Design for Embedded Systems, which is published by Cambridge University Press.
The book describes a comprehensive concurrent object-oriented and component-based method for the real-time software design of complex distributed embedded systems and the cyber components of cyber-physical systems.
Congratulations to Alex Brodsky, Songqing Chen and Sean Luke for their promotion to the rank of full Professor of Computer Science!
Professor Ken De Jong has retired after 30 years as a faculty member at Mason. Ken joined the CS department in 1985 and has been a valuable member of the Mason community for over 30 years (rising to the rank of University Professor in 2009). His many contributions to the field of AI, to the CS department and to Mason were celebrated at a reception organized by the department earlier this year on April 15.
Prof. DeJong will continue participating in research projects at Mason in his new role as Professor Emeritus of Computer Science. We wish him all the best in his "rebalancing" plan.
Congratulations to all the outstanding students, faculty and staff who were recognized for their excellence at the annual CS Graduation Celebration and Awards dinner on Wednesday, May 11.
Congratulations to CS undergraduate student Ananya Dhawan for winning a 2016 OSCAR Student Excellence Award. He is working on a NSF funded medical cyber-physical research project under the mentorship of Professor Sikdar (Bioengineering Department) and Professors Kosecka and Rangwala of the CS department. Celebrations are on May 4, 2016. See oscar.gmu.edu for more details.
Congratulations to Professors Kinga Dobolyi and Mark Snyder who will receive a 2016 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award.
This honor acknowledges their commitment to providing students with meaningful, significant learning experiences, as well as their success in achieving this ambitious goal.
Congratulations to Professor Jyh-Ming Lien who has been chosen as one of three Mason faculty to receive the 2015 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator award. This award recognizes the very best of Mason's younger scholars.
Professor Lien will be presented with the award at the annual Celebration of Achievements reception to be held later this Fall.
Ph.D. Candidate Maryam Bandari was awarded Best Student Paper at ICESS for the paper "Power Management in Cluster-Based Energy-Harvesting Sensor Networks through Dynamic Modulation Scaling". The paper explores the potential of adjusting the modulation levels (radio communication speed levels) of individual sensor nodes to save power, while also exploiting the capability of energy harvesting from the environment. Maryam is co-advised by Hakan Aydin and Robert Simon.
Prof, Dan Lofaro (ECE) and GMU's team of students are at RoboCup in Hefei, China, preparing the RoboPatriots for competition. The RoboPatriots are GMU's team of humanoid robots which play soccer autonomously.
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TomBihn.com is a premium manufacturer of travel bags and backpacks. Over the past year they have teamed up with GMU's Autonomous Robotics Laboratory to develop custom soccer jerseys for the the Laboratory's humanoid robots, the RoboPatriots. The jerseys aren't just decorative: during play, the goalie will wear one at this year's RoboCup with a special pattern specifically designed to be recognized by the other players.
Congratulations to Mason students Ryan Johnson and Nikolaos Kiourtis and their advisor Professor Angelos Stavrou whose paper "Analysis of Content Copyright Infringement in Mobile Application Markets," received the Best Paper award at the ECrime 2015 Mobile Security Symposium.
Congratulations to PhD student Thabet Kacem and Prof. Duminda Wijesekera whose paper "Key Distribution mechanism in secure ADS-B Networks,” was selected for the Best Cyber-security paper and first-place professional paper awards at the 2015 IEEE Integrated Communication, Navigation & Surveillance Conference (ICNS) that took place in Herndon, VA on April 21-23.
Congratulations to former PhD student Judy Luo and Prof. Alex Brodsky whose paper "Decision Guidance Analytics Language (DGAL): Toward Reusable Knowledge Base Centric Modeling,” was selected for the Best Paper Award in the area of Databases and Information Systems Integration at the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Informations Systems (ICEIS 2015), held in Barcelona, Spain, April 27-30, 2015.
A CS department team led by Prof. Jeff Offutt has received a Google award for a pilot project that explores a new approach to teaching introductory programming courses. For more information, see the Google announcement.
Congratulations to Professor Sean Luke who will receive a 2015 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. This honor acknowledges his commitment to providing students with meaningful, significant learning experiences, as well as his success in achieving this ambitious goal.
For more information on Professor Lukeï¿½s work, see http://cs.gmu.edu/~sean/
Congratulations to Professor Yotam Gingold for receiving an NSF CAREER Award for his project titled "Direct Manipulation of Numerical Optimization for Structured Geometry Creation."
The Department of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2015. While applicants in all areas of computer science will be considered, we are particularly interested in candidates in the areas of security and privacy. For more information, see this posting.
The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2014 issue of the Computing News newsletter.
Ph.D. student Daniel Veltri and Prof. Amarda Shehu receive Best Student paper award at IEEE BIBM 2014.
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Daniel Veltri and Prof. Amarda Shehu whose paper "Improved Prediction of Antimicrobial Peptides Through Distal Sequence-based Features" was selected for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE Intl Conf on Biomed and Bioinformatics (BIBM) being held in Belfast UK, Nov 2-5, 2014.
Congratulations to PhD student Mahmoud Awad and Prof. Danny Menasce whose paper "Dynamic Derivation of Analytical Performance Models in Autonomic Computing Environments,” was selected for the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Computer Measurement Group Conference being held in Atlanta from November 3-6, 2014.
Congratulations to Professor Huzefa Rangwala and Professor Amarda Shehu who have both been chosen as one of three Mason faculty to receive the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator award. This award recognizes the very best of Mason's younger scholars. Professors Rangwala and Shehu will be presented with the award at the annual Celebration of Achievements reception to be held later this Fall.
The CS Department's Distinguished Lecture Series for 2014-2015 for presents four distinguished researchers in computer science: David Blei (Columbia), Peter Stone (U Texas Austin), Ricardo Bianchini (Rutgers), and Wu-chun Feng (Virginia Tech).
CS PhD student Christopher Vo, who is also the President of the DC Area Drone User's Group, spoke on WAU's Kojo Nnamdi Show about the present and future of drone technology.
GMU is entering a humanoid soccer team to RoboCup in Brazil. GMU's team is unusual in that its soccer behaviors aren't hard-coded, but are trained, on the spot, at the RoboCup competition by the students through demonstrations on the soccer field. The resulting trained robots are then entered into the competition.
On May 14th, the Computer Science Department celebrated the accomplishments of their students, faculty and staff at the 2014 Annual Computer Science Graduation Celebration and Awards Dinner. The dinner honored the academic achievement of graduating students and the outstanding work of CS faculty, staff and teaching assistants. Listed below are a few of the many recognized at the evening’s ceremony. A complete list of all award winners can be found here .
Outstanding Undergraduate Student - Sam Gelman
PhD student Christopher Vo presented at the Smithsonian's The Future is Here Conference on the potential of personal and build-it-yourself drones.
During the presentation he was delivered a bottle of water by drone inside the venue. Vo is a recognized expert on the subject of personal drones in the Washington DC area, and is also the Director of Education for the DC Area Drone User Group.
Congratulations to BS CS student Sam Gelman who will receive a 2013 OSCAR Student Excellence Award! This award recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduate students who participate in research and creative activities.
Congratulations to all computer science students who were selected to participate in the VSE Undergraduate Research Event on April 24, 2014.
Two CS students received special recognition as Keynote speakers and others received Outstanding Research awards:
Congratulations to Professor Huzefa Rangwala who will receive a 2014 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. This honor acknowledges his commitment to providing students with meaningful, significant learning experiences, as well as his success in achieving this ambitious goal.
He will be honored at the 2014 Celebration of Teaching Excellence, to be held on Monday, April 21st, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Center for the Arts.
Congrats to Professor Yotam Gingold for receiving a Google Research award for his project "Diamonds from the Rough: Improving Creative Performance via Aggregation"
Professor Harry Wechsler will be delivering a keynote address at the Third International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2014) being held in Angers, France from March 6-8, 2014.
Undergraduate student Michel Rouly participated in a remote NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates project to develop a parallel/distributed clustering algorithm for use in cloud computing with big data applications.
He will be presenting at the IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Analytics at at IC2E this year. The NSF REU was done at the Florida Institute of Technology "AMALTHEA" NSF REU site.
Eight Master's level courses from the CS department will be available for online study summer 2014. Details can be found at this page
Congratulations to Professor Danny Menasce for being named a fellow of the IEEE for "contributions to research and education in performance evaluation of computer systems.” The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
The Department of Computer Science at George Mason University invites applications for a renewable, term, non tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2014. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate computer science courses as well as service duties associated with the department's undergraduate degree programs. For more information on this position, see this posting.
Congratulations to PhD student James Pope and Professor Bob Simon for receiving the best paper award at the 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications (SenseApp '13) for their paper "CREST: An Epoch-Oriented Routing Control Plane for Low-Power and Lossy Networks."
The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of cyber security engineering starting in fall, 2014. Cyber Security Engineering refers to the proactive engineering design of physical systems with cyber security incorporated. For more information on this position, see this posting.
Congratulations to CS PhD student Ryan Farley and Professor Frank Wang for receiving the best paper award at SecureComm 2013 for their paper "Disabling a Computer by Exploiting Softphone Vulnerabilities: Threat and Mitigation."
Congratulations to Professor Sam Malek who has been chosen as one of three Mason faculty to receive the 2013 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator award. This award recognizes the very best of Mason's younger scholars. Professor Malek will be presented with the award at the annual Celebration of Achievements reception on November 11th.
The CS Department's Distinguished Lecture Series for 2013-14 presents five distinguished researchers in computer science. The first lecture, on October 23, will be by Professor Vipin Kumar, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, entitled “Understanding Global Climate Change—a Data Driven Approach".
Congratulations to Sameh Saleh for being selected as as a Finalist of the Computing Research Association's (CRA) 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. Sameh was nominated by his research mentor, Professor Amarda Shehu.
Congrats to CS undergrad John Mooney and CS PhD student Brian Olson who received VSE awards at the school's Annual Awards Gala on May 4th. John was recognized as an Outstanding Undergraduate student, while Brian received an Outstanding Graduate student award.
Congrats to Professor Rangwala for being selected for the Volgenau School of Engineering's Outstanding Teacher award. The award was presented at the VSE Annual Awards Gala on May 4th.
Congratulations to Professor Shehu for being selected for the 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence award by the Student as Scholars QEP Leadership Council. The OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award, given annually by the Leadership Council, recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students on their research and and who foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason's Students as Scholars initiative. The award will be presented at the Celebration of Student Scholarship event on May 7th.
Professors Danny Menasce and Huzefa Rangwala have been selected to represent Mason as nominees for state-wide awards given by SCHEV, the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia. Professor Menasce has been selected to represent Mason as one of the university's Outstanding Faculty Award nominees and Professor Rangwala has been selected to represent Mason as the university's Rising Star award nominee.
The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. Within this program, the Rising Star awards recognize early-career faculty. For more information on the awards program, see this page
Congratulations to Professor Jeff Offutt who will receive a 2013 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. This honor acknowledges his commitment to providing students with meaningful, significant learning experiences, as well as his success in achieving this ambitious goal.
He will be honored at the 2013 Celebration of Teaching Excellence, to be held on Monday, April 15th, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Center for the Arts.
Congratulations to Paul Ammann for being recognized as one of ten outstanding academic advisors selected from candidates across the university by the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.
Congratulations to Professor Harry Wechsler and his PhD student Venkatesh Ramanathan who were issued a patent on "Robust Human Authentication Using Holistic Anthropometric and Appearance-Based Features and Boosting" on February 19th, 2013.
Congratulations to Professors Damon McCoy and Angelos Stavrou who will receive a Google Research Award for their project "Understanding the Business of Traffic Distribution System Services."
Nine Master's level courses from the CS department will be available for online study summer 2013. Details can be found at this page