Thanks to the generosity of Simon Levy, Ph.D. ’03, one Computer Science Ph.D. a year will be supported for their summer research for $5000. The prize is in honor of Simon’s grandfather, a major influence in his life. Professor Levy worked with Prof. Jordan Pollack on Fractal Neural Network representations and is now a Professor at Washington and Lee University.
Four of our students, Joelle, Fatima, Remi and Khadijah, participated in the 2016 National Society of Black Engineers conference in Boston at the end of March. They have formed a Brandeis Chapter, we hope will keep growing!
Jordan Pollack, Anita Sarkeesian, Mary Baine Campbell
150 students, staff, and faculty attended the Martin Weiner Lecture in Computer Science given by prominent media critic Anita Sarkeesian on November 2nd. See the story in BrandeisNews.
Professor Mitch Cherniack and his co-authors have won the Very Large Data Base Endowment (VLDB)’s 10-Year Best Paper Award for research (“C-Store: A Column-oriented DBMS”) originally published in Proceedings of the VLDB in 2005.
According to the VLDB selection committee, winning papers are those that were submitted 10 years earlier to the journal VLDB Proceedings and have best met the “test of time” – that is, those that have had the most influence since its publication. How the ideas proposed in the paper have been put into practice are given special emphasis.
C-Store has since been commercialized by a start-up company called Vertica. The company’s service has been used by thousands of businesses across the world, including Twitter, Verizon, Comcast, Groupon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Zynga, and AOL. In 2011, Vertica was acquired by Hewlett-Packard and has continued to be a successful business.
Options gifted to Brandeis paid to remodel the lobby area of the Volen Center creating the Vertica Lounge benefiting our students.
Harry Mairson invited Eileen Pollack, a classmate from Yale, now a professor at Michigan to speak on her new book about the challenges still facing women entering the sciences. There were about 150 in attendance for the talk and the panel discussions featuring Harry, Ruth Charney, Avital Rodal and Christine Thomas. An excerpt of the book was published in the NYTimes magazine. The talk was sponsored by Division of Science and WISI.
In conjunction with Hiatt Career Center and the Graduate School, on Oct 1, 2015 we held the most successful job fair ever! Over 35 companies set up tables with schwag, and over 150 students and several CS alumni met for several hours, exchanging brochures and resumes. Many good connections were made for software engineering jobs and internships. But next year we will include Coffee and pastries, because 3 hours is tiring! (Click photo for gallery.) Continue reading
Abi Mandelbaum, Endri Tolka, and Taher Baderkhan’s startup YOUVISIT is profiled in Forbes as how to bootstrap a successful company without venture capital. The company creates virtual reality visiting experiences for universities and commercial properties, saving people the airfare. All three graduated in Computer Science from Brandeis in 2003.
David Waltz, a CS Professor from 1984-1993 passed away in 2012. The department moved to establish an endowed Ph.D. Fellowship in his honor which would broaden participation in AI research. So far, we only raised enough to endow a summer fellowship. This first summer, the fellowship was awarded to Jessica Lowell, a student working with Prof. Pollack.
We continue to raise funds for this endowment, from alumni who remember David, as well as the thousands of people in the field of AI who remember him fondly.