A tradition for the past 5 years, the department hosted alumni for a get together during alumni weekend. This year we had students from 73 and 78 through 2003 and 2008. It was held in the new Vertica Lounge, Saturday, June 8, right after the Ralph Norman BBQ.
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In other prime number news, another mathematician has made progress on an equally intractable prime problem first posed by Christian Goldbach in 1742. Golbach suggested that every even number greater than 2 is the sum of two primes. Now Harald Helfgott of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, has proved a related problem: the odd Goldbach conjecture, which states that every odd number above 5 is the sum of three primes.
A proof of Goldbach’s conjecture would also prove the odd version, since you can then take an even number formed of two primes and add 3 to it to get an odd number formed of three primes. But Helfgott’s proof is unlikely to help mathematicians go in the other direction, says Terence Tao of the University of California, Los Angeles – so Goldbach’s original problem remains unsolved.
Also see Scientific American Goldbach Variations.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Olga Papaemmanouil has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a highly selective grant that the National Science Foundation awards to junior faculty members who are likely to become academic leaders of the future.
The research project funded by Olga’s CAREER grant (“Towards Extensible Performance Management for Cloud Data Services“) aims to a) develop declarative mechanisms that allow application developers to express custom performance criteria for data processing tasks and b) exploit the properties of these mechanisms to design extensible resource, workload and Service-Level-Agreement (SLA) management services for cloud databases.
Artificial Intelligence luminaries from across the nation gathered at Brandeis on Sunday Sept 23 to honor David Waltz, who was a professor at Brandeis from 1984-1993 and who passed away in March from cancer. Organized by Prof. Jordan Pollack with sponsorship from Brandeis, AAAI, and Ab Initio Software, the day long event featured keynotes and panels from 6 different phases of Waltz’s career reflecting on his work and his leadership. A complete schedule follows the break, and when video of the event is available it will link from here.
Professors Mitch Charniack and Olga Papaemmanouil received a new grant from the National Science Foundation entitled “A Development Environment for Query Optimization Engineering” from Sept 2012 thru August 2015.
Professor James Pustejovsky and Marc Verhagen have received a new National Science Foundation grant “The Language Application Grid: A Framework for Rapid Adaptation and Reuse,” in collaboration with Vassar College. The Brandeis component is $1.4M and covers the period of August 2012 through July 2015
July 30th 2012, 1PM Volen 101
Martin is currently the CEO of SitterCity. Previously he was the founder of wis.dm, an
early question/answer social networks
July 23rd 2012, 2PM Volen 101 (NOTE NEW TIME)
Melissa is currently VP of Engineering, Service and Operations at Awareness Network, an
enterprise social networking firm. Melissa has been founder or co-founder of several
Thursday, July 19th 1PM Volen 101 (NOTE NEW DAY)
Johann holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brandeis University and specializes in engineering learning analytics visualizations, models and algorithms.
July 16th 2012 1PM Volen 101
Stuart Lewtan is founder & CEO of Zintro. Prior to Zintro, he was founder & CEO of
Lewtan Technologies. Stuart is also a Trustee of Brandeis University.