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2007 Computer Science Teacher of the Year

Prof. Nazli Goharian was named the 2007 Computer Science Teacher of the Year at the department holiday party. Despite the fact that she has won this award previously, Nazli's excellence in teaching again shone forth this year. In addition to her very high teaching evaluations, the Awards Committee noted that her course materials on Information Retrieval have been adopted at other institutions and have received rave reviews. In addition, her research advising helped one of her doctoral students to win last year's Sigma Xi's Graduate Student Research Award. (Dec 10, 2007)

2007 Teaching Assistant of the Year

The department has named Yacin Nadji as 2007 Teaching Assistant of the Year. Yacin was teaching assistant for the IPRO Developing a Computer Science Text with Practical Open-Ended Problems. In this role he not only helped the students with their understanding of the material and its implementation, he also served as a superb project leader, ensuring that the students in the IPRO worked together to achieve excellent results; the group won First Place in Track 2 and First Place for Best Website Design. (Dec 10, 2007)

2007 Best Student Paper of the Year

The department has announced that the 2007 Best Student Paper of the Year was Interval-Based Timing Constraints: Their Satisfactions and Applications, by Yue Yu, Prof. Shangping Ren, and Prof. Ophir Frieder. The paper addresses an important problem in development of provably correct time-critical systems, explicating a number of key properties of the recent interval-based timing constraint model. The article is scheduled for publication in IEEE Transactions on Computers, a well-known and prestigious journal, indicating the high quality of the work. (Dec 10, 2007)

High Performance Computing Honorable Mention for Yong Chen

Congratulations to Yong Chen, Computer Science Ph.D. candidate, for receiving an Honorable Mention for his application to be a 2008 ACM/IEEE-CS High Performance Computing Fellow. This newly-created program honors exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world who focus on the areas of High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and Analysis. Mr. Chen received a certificate documenting his recognition at a ceremony at the 2007 Supercomputing Conference (SC), which was held in Reno, Nevada. His dissertation advisor is Professor Xian-He Sun. (Nov 18, 2007)

ACM Programming Contest 2007

IIT sent 4 teams to the 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (Mid-Central US Region), held on November 4 and sponsored by IBM and ACM. The winning team from Northwestern solved 6 of the 8 problems; the IIT-B team solved 5 problems and placed 3rd of the 17 teams who competed at UI Chicago, the local host school. For the entire region, the IIT-B team placed 9th out of 115 teams, well in the top ten percent. Congratulations and thanks go to team members Chris Mitillos (Applied Math), Jeffrey Rebacz (CS), and Anton Varshavskiy (CS).

The IIT-Dragons and IIT-Chicago teams both solved 4 problems and finished 7th and 9th respectively (26th and 28th for the entire region). Unfortunately, only one member of the IIT-A team was able to compete (there was a GRE exam the same day), so Evan Larkin deserves special thanks for his valiant efforts. Thanks and congratulations also go to Lance Cooper, Jesus Tugade, and Aurimas Vinckevicius (IIT-Dragons), and Adam Bain, Arthur McAnally, and Kevin Tung (IIT-Chicago).

The team coach, Professor Gruia Calinescu, is always looking for undergraduate and first-year graduate students for the team. Please contact him if you're interested. (Nov 16, 2007)

Prof. Frieder Wins Research Award

Professor Ophir Frieder has been named the 2007 Research in Information Science award winner by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), for an outstanding research contribution in the field of information science. Congratulations to Prof. Frieder for winning this very prestigious award, which will be presented later this month at the ASIS&T annual meeting. (Oct 17, 2007)

CS Alumni win Awards from IIT

The IIT Alumni Association has honored two CS alumni with awards for outstanding contributions. Rajeev Chandrasekhar (MS 1988) is the 2007 IIT Global Service Alumni Award winner for strengthening IIT's international reputation through his work in helping to design the Intel Pentium chip, for building India's premier mobile phone service provider, and as a member of the Upper house of India's Parliament. Victor Tsao (MS 1980) received a 2007 IIT Professional Achievement Alumni Award for his work in founding Linksys and in serving as a senior vice president and executive advisor for Cisco. (Sep 26, 2007)

Georgetown Names Professor Frieder

Professor Ophir Frieder will serve as the Royden B. Davis, S.J., Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies for the 2007-08 academic year in Georgetown University's Department of Computer Science. He will teach, work with small groups of students and faculty on research topics, and give the annual Davis Lecture. (Aug 19, 2007)

Sargon Hasso Awarded PhD

The CS department’s most recent PhD recipient is Sargon Hasso, for “A Uniform Approach To Software Patterns Classification and Software Composition.” In addition to continuing his research and publishing part of his thesis, Sargon plans to continue learning Hebrew, Latin, Greek, German, and French; studying multi-lingual document preparation; and compiling an English-Syriac dictionary and thesaurus. Congratulations to Dr. Hasso and his advisor, Prof. Robert Carlson.

Best Website, IPRO 311

IPRO 311 won the award for Best Website at IPRO Projects Day, April 27, 2007. The Interprofessional Projects Program is IIT’s unique team-based environment for students from different disciplines to learn together and solve real-world problems. The IPRO 311 team investigated “Insider Misuse” by designing and implementing a system for logging computer activities and searching for suspicious use or security breaches by inside workers.

CS Student Wins at IIT Research Day

Congratulations to Saket Mengle, who won first place in the Graduate Division competition at IIT Research Day 2007 for his work on “FACT: A Fast Algorithm for Categorizing Text”. Saket is a PhD student of Prof. Nazli Goharian and works in the Information Retrieval Lab. Research Day was held on Apr 24 and included a student poster competition and Sigma Xi lecture.

Cleversafe Profile

University Technology Park's anchor tenant Cleversafe™ was profiled in Brad Spirrson's column in the January 29, 2007 Sun-Times. The majority of their 20-plus software employees come from IIT’s graduate programs. (Feb 1, 2007)

Professor Yee on Chicago TV

Dr. Wai Gen Yee participated in a panel on identify theft, hacking and the release of social security numbers from the Chicago Board of Elections on the January 23, 2007 Chicago Tonight, on WTTW. (Link to video) (Feb 1, 2007)

Dr. Yee also appeared on Chicago's WLS ABC TV News on December 21, 2006 to discuss cell phone security. Before recycling a cell phone, reset its memory to manufacturer settings or use special software to ensure that your personal information is erased and unretrievable. (Jan 11, 2007)

High-End Computing Challenge

Lead author and CS Ph.D Candidate Cong Du was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Virginia Tech High-End Computing Challenge for her paper, "MPI-Mitten: Enabling Migration Technology in MPI." Cong Du is completing her dissertation under Prof. Xian-He Sun, who co-authored the winning paper. (Dec 3, 2006)

Excellence in Information Assurance

IIT has recently been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency. IIT is only the third such center in Illinois.

The CAEIAE accreditation effort was led by Dr. Wai Gen Yee with additional support and from an NSF grant written by Dr. Ophir Frieder and Dr. David Grossman. The NSF grant provided support to build the new lab which will support next-generation research in Information Security. The grant also provided funding for IIT researchers to work with Dr. Ray Vaughn of Mississipi State University, one of the initial centers of excellence.

As part of its effort to teach Information Assurance, the CS department has started two new courses: CS 458: Information Security and CS 595: Advanced Information Security. (Nov 17, 2006)

ACM Programming Contest

On November 4, 2006, three teams from IIT went to UI Chicago for the 2006 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Mid-Central Region. The winning team from Northwestern solved all seven problems. The IIT-A team solved six problems, the same as second-place Vanderbilt, but fell short by taking more time to finish. The IIT-B and IIT-Chicago teams finished four and five problems respectively, and all three teams finished in the first half of the regional.

Congratulations and thank you to the members of the teams: IIT-A: Chris Mitillos (Applied Math), Dmitry Ratnikov, and Jeffrey Stanford; IIT-B: Jeffrey Rebacz, Jesus Tugade, and Anton Varshavskiy; and IIT-Chicago: Adam Bain, Arthur McAnally, and Kevin Tung.

The team coach, Prof. Gruia Calinescu, is always looking for undergraduate and first-year graduate students for the team. Please contact him if you're interested. (Nov 6, 2006)

Professor Sun Awarded NSF and DoE Grants

Congratulations to Professor Xian-He Sun for being awarded a three-year, $640,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop server push architecture. Prof. Sun is also a co-investigator for a five-year project entitled “National Computational Infrastructure for Lattice Gauge Theory,” for the Department of Energy, in which he is responsible for the dataflow development. These two projects started in August and September of 2006, respectively. See the IIT Today article for more details. (Oct 23, 2006)

Opportunity: Chair of CS Dept

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Chair of the Department of Computer Science, beginning Fall 2007. See the full announcement for details. (Oct 1, 2006)

New Acting Chair and Associate Chair

As Dr. Ed Reingold steps down from the Department Chair position, Dr. Bogdan Korel has agreed to become Acting Chair of the department starting in Fall 2006. Taking over Dr. Korel's position as Associate Chair will be Dr. Cindy Hood. Thank you to Dr. Reingold for all his work as chair and congratulations to Dr. Korel and Dr. Hood on their new responsibilities. (Sep 4, 2006)

Chair Congratulates CS Dept Teaching

Department chair Dr. Ed Reingold congratulates the CS department for some of the best teaching at IIT for the Spring 2006 semester: Department faculty had among the highest overall teaching rankings in the university. The department is proud of its tradition of emphasizing good teaching, and the Spring 2006 semester continues that tradition. (June 22, 2006)

Bauer Family Teaching Award

Congratulations to Jon Hanrath, who was one of two co-winners of the Bauer Family Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for 2006. (April 18, 2006)

“Toward Meaningful Computing”

This article by Professor Shlomo Argamon and his colleague Mark Olsen of the University of Chicago appeared in the April 2006 issue of Communications of the ACM. In it, they argue that application of cutting-edge computer science techniques to the data in modern digital libraries can revolutionize the humanities by uncovering and connecting hidden and implicit meanings in computerized text.

Dean's Teaching Award

Many congratulations to Nazli Goharian, winner of this year's Dean's Excellence Award in Teaching for the College of Science and Letters. This award recognizes Nazli for her commitment to outstanding teaching and to the student experience.

Cleversafe Incubates IIT CS Students

When the Chicago Sun-Times visited Cleversafe™, a digital storage company with an office in IIT's tech incubator building, they found that more than two-thirds of the company's 22 employees are recent graduates or current students of the CS department at IIT. Chris Gladwin, Cleversafe's CEO, likes his workers' enthusiasm, energy, and ability to learn and multitask: "It's working out great," he reported.

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