2014 Brandeis CS Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year

On October 21, we held a Career Fair in conjunction with the Hiatt Center as well as an alumni networking event. We named David Litwack ’68 as our 2014 entrepreneur of the year.

David Litwack ’68 received his BA in Mathematics and worked as a software developer, an executive and a director at numerous companies. He is best known as the founder of Powersoft in 1989, which was acquired in 1995 by Sybase, in one of the largest high-tech mergers at that time.  He went on to found Silverstream Software in 1997, which was acquired by Novell in 2002. Mr. Litwack recently began an entirely new career as a speculative fiction author, and he has published three novels, well reviewed on Amazon.

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Career Fair and Alumni Networking Night

On October 21st, we held a career fair for our students with about 30 high-tech companies, many who employ our alumni, and then in the evening presented our Computer Science Alumni Entrepreneur of the year award to David Litwack, ’68. Click on the picture for a picasa slideshow of the evening.

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Industry Field Project

  • “What is the future of documents?”
  • “How would you disrupt Acrobat?”
  • “If you were to start clean with Reader, what would it look like?”

Those are some of the questions that four Brandeis CS students will be investigating during a semester long Adobe Field Project with Prof. Pito Salas. This collaboration between Brandeis and Adobe’s Entrepreneur in Residence will engage our students with top innovators at Adobe, pursuing projects in requirements gathering, ideation and prototyping. We hope to make this a regular independent study opportunity, and are on the way to another similar project next semester with Pearson Education!

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Computational Instrument Geometry

Professor Harry Mairson has received two grants, one from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and one from the National Science foundation for his research on developing a programming language for describing the body shape of stringed instruments such as violins and cellos. He presented his work recently at the Violin Society of America.

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JBS Product Presentations

This year’s summer Justice Brandeis Semester was about building voice enabled applications. On 8/7 five student groups presented their projects to a public audience in Olin Sang Auditorium.

B-improved will improve the quality of life on campus. With B-improved, any Brandeis student, faculty member or administrator can file an improvement and it will be recorded. With the speech feature, filing an improvement is quick and convenient. Then, facilities will review what needs fixing and take action. Members of the Brandeis community will have confidence that their voices are being heard.

Fridgebay is a website created to give students on various campuses a platform to buy and sell their items to other students on a simple, clean interface. As a part of our innovative interface, students can use our virtual speech assistant to navigate and browse our site. Our website has been created to be used on chrome browsers across all platforms using responsive web design and speech recognition native to the chrome browser.

Jeeves is a voice-powered personal assistant designed to help optimize your time by allowing you to listen to the news, email, or weather through a conversational dialogue. Jeeves is designed for “hands-busy, eyes-busy” environments. Forget about finding 20 minutes to shut yourself away to face your ever-increasing mountain of email. With Jeeves, simply listen to them on your morning commute!

The Rose Art Museum App (or RAMA) allows visitors of the Rose Art Museum an opportunity to learn more about the art and artists without disrupting the intended experience of a museum by seamlessly integrating speech commands to play audio. This ensures that the visitor is able to focus on the art!

YoWakeUp! is a social, interactive alarm clock which sends a text message to your friend when you snooze or miss an alarm. By alerting your friends, they can take action to ensure you wake up!!

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CS Department Annual Reunion

Every year for the past 5 years we’ve held a get-together for all the students from the 5-year classes (79, 84, 89…09) invited to reunion. Click on the picture for a Picasa album.

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Graduating Seniors 2014

Here is a photo from our graduation lunch, May 14th. At least 75% of our students have jobs in the field!

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Alumnus Wins the Nobel Prize of Computing

The Association for Computing Machinery named Leslie Lamport, MA ’71, PhD ’72, the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award, an honor widely known as the ‘Nobel of Computing.’ Lamport, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, received both his degrees from Brandeis University in mathematics.

For those outside computer science, Lamport is probably best known for developing LaTeX, a typesetting system ubiquitous in technical and scientific publications, but his most pioneering work explored the seemingly chaotic world of distributed computing systems.  Read more.

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Google Tech Talk

I’m Mikel McDaniel, a recent real-life Brandeis graduate and real-life Google engineer from real-life. At Google, we are always looking for talented engineers to join our team. I’m coming by Vertica Lounge in Volen this Monday, February 24, 2014 at 1 pm to answer all your questions and tell you about engineering projects I’ve worked on and life as a Googler. Google does work in all areas of computer science from security, to artificial intelligence, to security, to crazy large distributed systems, to natural language processing, and much more! We impact people’s lives in a positive way by making products that help better organizes the world’s information!

Please feel free to RSVP for the event here . You can also ask and vote on any questions you have here and to learn more about Google’s culture and opportunities here. There will be swag and good food!

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Brandeis University’s 1st Annual Computer Science Alumni Networking and Career Fair

Brandeis University’s 1st Annual Computer Science Alumni Networking and Career Fair will be held on Monday, January 27th, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Shapiro Science Center Atrium. Explore careers in Computer Science, Software Development, Information Technology and other disciplines, learn about the manifold job opportunities available for Computer Scientists and network with graduates of our BA, BS, MA, and PhD programs who are now working in this rapidly growing field. See the link below for event overview, timeline, registration, preparation workshops, panelists and attending employers: https://sites.google.com/a/brandeis.edu/cs-networking/networking-jan-27-2014.

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