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IBM Award for Cloud Computing

Dr. Michael Huhns has received an IBM Faculty Research Award to conduct research into cloud computing and virtualization. He will be investigating mechanisms whereby cloud and virtualization users can share their cloud resources across institutions in the Southeast. The mechanisms will leverage OpenStack, OpenFlow, and other standard protocols for cloud computing. The expected outcome of the effort is that it will be easier to deploy and manage applications across integrated clouds.

Undergraduate Research Award

We congratulate Casey Cole for winning a Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates award. She is building a webapp for storing and easy retrieval of doping experiment results, visualizing trends in these results, as well as developing regular expression-based text analysis tools to automatically extract doped materials information from research papers.

Dr. Nelakuditi Receives Google Faculty Research Award

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.

Best Poster Award

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.

Outstanding Senior Awards

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 Receives NSF Career Award

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.

Hood and DeBruin win Magellan Scholarship

Garret DeBruinLogan HoodTwo 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!

JJ Shepherd at TEDxColumbiaSC

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.

Wireless Snooping on Electric Meters

MIT's Technology Review covers Dr. Wenyuan Xu's research on snooping on electric meters in their article Another Reason for "Smart" Electric Meters.

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."

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