Announcing the Alfred Schonwalter Graduate Computer Science Summer Fellowship

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.

Alfred Schonwalter

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Students attend NSBE Conference

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!IMG_0060

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Anita Sarkeesian Talks at Brandeis

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.

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Computer Science Senior Field Project: Fall 2015 Update

UnknownThe Brandeis Computer Science Field Project places a team of 3-6 Cosi seniors and/or grad students with an outside organization to do a project with and for them.

For the students, unlike an internship, it is an Unknownopportunity to work very independently, applying their Computer Science while at the sam e time learning how to work in a highly independent team and build a professional business relationship with an outside organization.

Here is a 1 page flier with the latest update: Cosi Senior Field Project Fall 2015 Update

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Anita Sarkeesian Lecture, Nov 2 at Noon


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Mitch Cherniack and co-authors win VLDB’s 10 Year Best Paper Award

mitch1Professor 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.

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The only woman in the room

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.


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Third CS Jobs Fair

jobfairIn 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

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Alumni VR Startup in Forbes

youvisit-founders-2013Abi 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.

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David Waltz Summer Research Fellowship

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.

jessieWe 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.

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