Dr. Srihari Nelakuditi, along with Dr. Romit Roy Choudhury at Duke University, is a recipient of the prestigious Google Faculty Research Award for their project titled "Google Glass meets Smartphones: Recognizing Humans without Face Recognition" which proposes to identify individuals based on their clothes and motion patterns when seen via Google Glass. This New Scientist article describes their research, and has been picked up by many media outlets and USC News. See video.
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Congratulations to our graduate students Ms. Sanorita Dey and Mr. Nirupam Roy. Their poster titled "Leveraging Imperfections of Sensors for Fingerprinting Smartphones" won the Second Prize in the Poster Session of HotMobile 2013. The panel of judges for this award includes researchers from Google and Microsoft.
Please join me in congratulating the following winners of the CSE Annual Undergraduate Awards:
- The Award for Outstanding Senior in Computer Engineering goes to Mr. Ahmed Khawaja.
- The South Carolina Professional Engineers' Award in Computer Engineering goes to Mr. Ross Roessler.
- The Award for Outstanding Senior in Computer Science goes to Mr. Daniel Grier.
- The Award for Outstanding Senior in Computer Information Systems goes to Mr. Ryan McGraw.
As always, the competition for the awards was very tight and there were many deserving candidates.
Dr. Alekseyev has received the National Science Foundation's CAREER award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is NSF's most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of junior faculty.
The award supports his research on developing software and algorithms to aid in the reconstruction of ancestral genomes and the construction of an evolutionary history of genomes.
Dr. Buell has been awarded an NSF grant to help students across South Carolina learn about Computer Science and the many opportunities the field offers. As part of this grant, the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance and the University of South Carolina (Columbia) will collaborate to build state-based infrastructures to improve and support computer science in South Carolina.
Two of our undergraduate students received Magellan Scholar awards. Logan Hood received an award for his project on "Affordable Medical Ultrasound Training Simulator" and Garret DeBruin for his project titled "Classification and Detection of Proteotypic Peptides Through The Use of Hidden Markov Models and Neural Networks." Congratulations to both of them!
Our very own JJ Shepherd will be giving a talk at TEDxColumbiaSC 2013, in January. The talk is titled "How video games should be taken seriously as a research field, a rehabilitation aid and an art form". In this USC News article JJ says:
I want to give this talk to spread the message that games are not just a ‘kid’s toy,’ but are a unique medium that combines art and science into one artifact. These artifacts can not only entertain, but also teach us, train us and evoke new ideas that no other medium has ever been able to do.
Researchers from the University of South Carolina discovered that they could read meter signals at a 400-unit housing complex in such detail they could determine that 27 units were unoccupied. And because the meters send out data every 30 seconds, the researchers could infer some residents' daily habits by spotting sudden jumps in electricity usage. In their paper, the researchers wrote that in one unit in the complex, "the owners got up at 7 a.m., left for work at 9 a.m., and returned home around 6 p.m. on Friday."
Dr. Nathan Huynh and Dr. Jose M Vidal have received $600K from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research on mobile technology for use in hospitals, as part of a $1.4M grant shared with colleagues from Clemson University. The goal of the research is to determine how mobile technology can best be used to improve coordination in a hospital's perioperative services. The researchers will develop and test a mobile app that will include speech recognition, natural language processing, and other artificial intelligence techniques in order to deliver the right information at the right time to hospital staff, and to recommend tasks that should be handled next.
Mr. Andrey Gavel has been awarded a 2012 UPE Special Recognition Scholarship Award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Computing Sciences Honor Society. This is a nice honor. It is a national competition held once a year and open to all Computer Science undergraduate and graduate majors. You can view the official list of winners for this year.