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Mehnaz and Bertino win Best Paper Award
Third-year graduate student Shagufta Menhaz and Professor Elisa Bertino won the Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY).

Computer Science Women’s Network Hosts Second Annual Puzzle Day
On Saturday, April 1, the Computer Science Women’s Network (CSWN) hosted the second annual Puzzle Day, a daylong competition that invites student teams to solve puzzles and brainteasers created by other Purdue students. Computer science students Austin Schwartz, Will Mandrola, Stewart Bailey, Brian Hays, Charles Christoffer and Cody Phrampus won the first-place prize.

Bridge Boosts Coding Confidence
Rashmi Iyer (B.S. ‘16) was part of the first Bridge class, a summer program designed for incoming freshmen without a programming background.

Catching Up With Chris Hoffmann
With a career that spans many areas of computer science, Chris Hoffmann is one of the department’s longest-tenured faculty members.

Bhargava wins Focus Award and Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion
Professor Bharat Bhargava is the winner of Purdue’s 2017 Focus Award, given annually to members of the Purdue community who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering Purdue’s commitment to disability accessibility and disability diversity. 

10 Tips for New Computer Scientists
Gergana Markova (BS '00, MS '03) gives advice for how new computer scientists can excel in the field.

Computational Research Infrastructure for Science Now Open-Source
The Computational Research Infrastructure for Science (CRIS), developed at Purdue, is now available as open source.

Why students consider leaving computing
In 2015, the Computing Research Association (CRA)’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) asked computing majors whether they had thought about changing to a non-computing major during the past year. Thirteen percent of students who responded to this question said that they had.

Three Former CS Students Named to Forbes 30 Under 30
Three former Purdue computer science students were recently named to this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which honors exceptional innovators under the age of 30. Prahasith Veluvolu, Jacobi Petrucciani and Colton Voege are the co-founders of Mimir, a startup that aims to build an ecosystem of products that will follow computer scientists throughout their entire education and into their career lifecycles. 

Software Engineering Senior Projects Serve Purdue Community and Beyond
CS 49000-SEP, the senior capstone course in software engineering, offers students a real-life software development experience with the opportunity to use the skills they’ve gained throughout their Purdue coursework to create a professional-quality project. Read about five teams from this semester’s class whose projects are representative of the high quality of all these senior projects.

Researchers Receive OOPSLA Distinguished Artifact Award
Purdue researchers received a Distinguished Artifact Award at the ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA 2016), held in November in Amsterdam. Ph.D. students Leo Osvald, Gregory Essertel, Xilun Wu and Lilliam I. Gonzalez Alayon received the award with Assistant Professor Tiark Rompf for their paper Gentrification Gone too Far? Affordable 2nd-Class Values for Fun and (Co-)Effect. Only three of 28 accepted artifacts received this distinction.

DaCapo Project Paper Named Most Influential of OOPSLA 2006
A paper that had provenance at Purdue more than a decade ago was recently named the Most Influential Paper of OOPSLA 2006 (the 21st annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages and Applications).

Transactional Memory Research Receives OOPSLA Distinguished Paper Award
Doctoral student Keith Chapman and co-authors Antony Hosking of Purdue and Eliot Moss of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst received a Distinguished Paper Award at this year’s 2016 OOPSLA conference for their paper “Hybrid STM/HTM for Nested Transactions on OpenJDK.”

Doctoral students win awards at FSE 2016
Two doctoral students in the Department of Computer Science won awards at the ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), a top-tier software engineering conference held November 13-18 in Seattle. Ph.D. student Jianjun Huang won the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award and visiting doctoral student Zhaogui Xu won the Distinguished Artifact Award. Both students were advised by Professor Xiangyu Zhang.

Bertino part of collaboration between U.S., U.K. governments, industry and academia
Professor Elisa Bertino is part of an $80 million consortium between IBM, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense, and leading partners from industry and academia, including Purdue.

Cao Receives Chorafas Award
2016 PhD graduate receives best dissertation award.

Bertino Elected Fellow of AAAS
Prof. Elisa Bertino has been elected as one of the 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

CS Grad Students and Advisor Earn Best Paper
Samuel Jero, Hyojeong Lee, and Cristina Nita-Rotaru earned best paper award this summer at the 45th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) in Rio de Janeiro.

Prof. Pothen's Research Team to Solve Large-Scale Network Problems
The team has been selected for funding for two years as a Parallel Computing Center by Intel Corp. to design new algorithms and software for massive networks.

Prof. Walid Aref Wins VLDB 10-year Best Paper Award
A cornerstone achievement in his career – earning the Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) 10-year best paper award for the enduring legacy of a paper he published in 2006.

New Faculty Member, Ribeiro, Wins ACM SIGMETRICS Best Paper Award
New Faculty Member, Ribeiro, Wins ACM SIGMETRICS Best Paper Award.

Science Magazine Features Prof. Gleich's Research
Prof. Gleich collaboration with Stanford finds new way to analyze and control networks.

Building Projects, Building Teams, Building Character
students of CS 49000-SEP (Software Engineering Senior Project), who work in synergistic teams for an entire semester to design and develop apps or products with the potential to improve society and to enhance the quality of life.

COS Names Gustavo Rodriguez-Rivera Top Undergraduate Teacher
Gustavo Rodriguez-Rivera was named Top Undergraduate Teacher in the School of Science – selected by College of Science students and awarded by the Purdue Science Student Council for 2015-2016.

Distinguished Prof. Atallah Wins Sigma Xi Research Award
Distinguished Professor Mikhail Atallah has been recognized among the elite – winning the Purdue Sigma Xi Scientific Research Award.

Tides Foundation Makes MAGIC Happen for Girls in CS
Young women aspiring to become the next generation of computer scientists will get a boost, thanks to a generous gift from the Google Inc. Fund of Tides Foundation in support of Mentors for Aspiring Girls in Computing (MAGIC).

It’s No Accident - Peng-Siu Mei Named Distinguished Alumnus 2016
Peng-Siu Mei was presented with the CS Department’s highest award and named Distinguished Alumnus of 2016, during a reception held at the Lawson Computer Science Building on Friday (April15).

CS Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ACM CODASPY 2016
CS Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ACM CODASPY 2016 Researchers from the Purdue Computer Science Department, Institute for Infocomm Research and Samsung Research America won the Best Paper Award at the 6th ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy conference, recently held in New Orleans, LA.

CS Researchers' Paper on APT Defense Won NDSS'16 Distinguished Paper Award
Researchers from the Purdue Computer Science Department won the Distinguished Paper Award at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium 2016 (NDSS'16).

Brendan Saltaformaggio Wins Symantec Graduate Fellowship
CS PhD student, Brendan Saltaformaggio has been recognized for his innovative research, winning the Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship for 2016. He is one of only two graduate students to receive the award this year.

New Professional Master’s Degree in Information Security
New Professional Master’s Degree in Information Security

Prof. Gleich Named Sloan Research Fellow for 2016
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation names David Gleich as one of the 126 “early career scientists of outstanding promise” for 2016. As one of this year’s recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship, Gleich is recognized for distinguished performance in his research and for his unique potential to make substantial contributions to his field.

Prof. Bareinboim Named IEEE AI's 10 to Watch
Prof. Bareinboim’s work is credited with being the first to formalize and systematize the data-fusion problem.

CS Professor, Instructors Earn Learning Community Student Support Award
Student Success at Purdue selected Professor H.E. (Buster) Dunsmore, Vicki Gilbert, Faith Giordano, Kevin Jones, Desiree Marmon, Scott Nelson, and Elizabeth Watts as recipients of the 2015-16 Learning Community Student Support Award for Computer Science and Computer Science-Bridge Learning Communities.

It’s a Code World, After All
On Saturday, February 6, teams from top universities competed for eight hours to analyze a problem, write the best AI using Python, Java, OR C#, create a solution, test it against the entries of the other programming experts, then try to earn the highest score to win a prize.

CS PhD Students Know What’s Up
CS PhD Students Know What’s Up Pranjal Daga and Suyash Gupta (CS PhD students) took top honors at Boston Hacks competition for their project WhatsUpDoc, during a hackathon held at Boston University.

CS Professors Awarded Outstanding Paper at ACSAC
Professor Mikhail Atallah and Professor Eugene Spafford (Executive Director of CERIAS), Mohammed Almeshekah (recent PhD graduate), and Christopher Gutierrez (graduate student) were awarded the Outstanding Paper Award at the 31st Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC).

Purdue Trustees Name Szpankowski Distinguished Professor
Wojciech Szpankowski, the Saul Rosen Professor of Computer Science was named Distinguished Professor by the Purdue Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 19).

CS Students Demonstrate App-titude in Software Engineering
The students of Professor H.E. (Buster) Dunsmore’s CS 49000-SEP (Software Engineering Senior Project) course have finished the Fall 2015 semester proving their prowess – creating apps and projects with the potential to improve and enhance the quality of life.

Bhargava’s Team Earns Best Paper at DNCMS
Professor Bharat Bhargava and his graduate students Pelin Angin and Rohit Ranchal, along with Sunil Lingayat (Northrop Grumman) were recently awarded Best Paper at DNCMS.

CS Researchers Awarded Best Paper at IEEE NFV-SDN
Researchers from the Purdue Computer Science Department, Hewlett-Packard Labs and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise were awarded "Best Paper" at the first IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks (IEEE NFV-SDN)

Professor Atallah’s Work Stands the Test of Time
Mikhail Atallah, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, was awarded the 2015 ACM CCS Test of Time Award for his paper published 10 years ago in the ACM’s Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS).

CS Alumnus Among Computerworld’s Top 100 Leaders
CS alumnus Snehal Antani (BS 2002) has been named one of IDG Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders of 2016.

b01lers CTF Snatches Victory
Capture the Flag (CTF) team smashed the competition – earning a first and second place in the “Build It Break It” security-oriented programming competition sponsored by the University of Maryland.

Students Head South to Compete in ACM Regionals
Coach Gustavo Rodriguez-Rivera (CS Continuing Lecturer) will lead the fifteen students off to battle, as they commence to wage war with other university students, in hopes of seizing the top spot in the programming contest.

CS Women Leave Grace Hopper Inspired, Ready to Lead
The CS department ushered 35 female students, faculty and staff to the world’s largest gathering of women in computing at the annual Grace Hopper Convention (GHC).

Purdue Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ACM CCS 2015
Researchers from the Purdue Computer Science Department won the Best Paper award at the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS'15), a top-tier cyber-security conference.

CS Students Bring It to BoilerMake Hacking Competition
Six hundred student hackers will converge on Purdue University’s campus to compete for prizes and the attention of top technology companies during the annual BoilerMake competition Friday and Saturday (Oct. 16-18) at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center. Teams of up to four students create products or programs entirely from scratch during the 36-hour programming and innovation competition.

CS Grad Student, Professors Earn Best Paper Award at Prestigious ACM Bioinformatics Conference
Asish Ghoshal, a graduate student in Computer Science and Professors Ananth Grama (Computer Science), Saurabh Bagchi (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Somali Chaterji (Computer Science) took top honors with their paper “An Ensemble SVM Model for the Accurate Prediction of Non-Canonical MicroRNA Targets” at the 2015 ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB) held in Atlanta, September 9-12.

About Face! CS Students Report for Duty to Facebook Open Academy
This semester, CS students are taking part in the Facebook Open Academy – a creative and innovative program that allows undergraduates to contribute to open source projects and get credits from their contributions.

New art exhibit explores the ‘Intersection of Art and Science’
Purdue’s Department of Computer Science presents a new two-year art exhibit: The Intersection of Art and Science. The collection is open to the public, and there will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 8) on the third floor of Lawson Computer Science Building.

CS Prof. Wins Two Awards from NSF’s $74.5 million for Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $74.5 million in new research grants through the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program in its efforts to help secure cyberspace.

CS Honors Three Outstanding Alumni of 2015
Faculty, students, staff and friends of the department gathered to celebrate the achievements of Hoi Chang, Rahul Chari, and Michael Stoppelman, who were recognized in a ceremony held Friday, September 25 in the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building.

Professor Szpankowski honored with Purdue's inaugural 2015 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award
Wojciech Szpankowski, the Saul Rosen Professor of Computer Science, has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural 2015 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award. One of Purdue University's top three awards for research, the Bement award recognizes distinguished research in pure and applied science and engineering.

The Intersection of Art and Science
For the next two years, the CS Department will be home for the “Intersection of Art and Science” Merging Reason and Emotion through Math and Computational Thinking.

Software Engineering Students, Amazing App Creators
Students in Professor H.E. (Buster) Dunsmore’s class spent their summer creating apps with the potential to enhance life for college students and improve options for consumers.

CS Grad Student Selected for NSF Fellowship
CS graduate student, Dan Andersen has been selected to participate in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Purdue CS Reaches Out to Indiana High School Students
For the second year, The Purdue Department of Computer Science is offering a free, online course for Indiana High School Students.

Purdue CS Welcomes Six New Faculty Members
The CS Department welcomes six new assistant professors: Elias Bareinboim, Aniket Kate, Bruno Ribeiro, Hemanta Maji, Jean Honorio, and Jeremiah Blocki. All of the professors will be joining the faculty in the fall of 2015, except Jeremiah Blocki, who will be joining the faculty in the fall of 2016.

Memorial Service Set for Former CS Professor Alberto Apostolico
Alberto Apostolico, former Purdue CS faculty member passed away on July 20 in his native country of Italy.

CRA Names Susanne Hambrusch Vice Chair
Purdue Professor of Computer Science, Susanne Hambrusch has been elected as Vice Chair of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and will begin her two-year term July 1, 2015.

CS Students Seek Adventures in Computer Science
Steve Hassenplug brought his 20,000-piece Lego robotics game to the Lawson Commons and transformed the area into an arena of competing (sometimes fighting) robots, all directed by the young students who gained “hands-on” experience in computer programming.

CS Students, Professor Take Top Honors at CERIAS Symposium
Pelin Angin, Rohit Ranchal, and Denis A. Ulybyshev earned first place at the 16th Annual CERIAS Security Symposium this March. The students poster, under the direction of CS Professor Bharat Bhargava, “PD3: Policy–based Distributed Data Dissemination was selected by Corporate Partners of CERIAS security center.

CS Student Awarded Faculty for the Future
CS Graduate Research Student Shagufta Mehnaz is among the elite selected to participate in the Faculty for the Future Fellowship awarded by the Schlumberger Foundation.

CS Boilermakers Become Software Creators
CS Boilermakers Become Software Creators What would it be like to create an app that would improve lives and bring people together? What if you could create a navigation app that provides up-to-date traffic information to ease your travel? Or, what if you could create an app to help you find a partner who would join you at the gym? How about creating an app that brings groups of people together, who share common hobbies and interests, like sports, or gaming? The students of CS 49000-SEP, also known as the Software Engineering Senior Project have done exactly that. Each team has spent the entire semester developing an idea – from start to finish – to see their projects come to life.

Enrollment Explosion Leads to First TA for Senior Projects
This semester broke enrollment records, growing to 61 students who formed 15 teams in the class. Already, 59 students are registered for Fall 2015.

Purdue CS Students Head to NYC for Codecon Finals
Codecon – a programming contest sponsored by Bloomberg on Friday (May 1) in New York City. The CS team of Logan Gore, Aaron Dierking, and Yao Xiao competed against ten other universities to win a spot at the final Codecon Championship.

Opportunity Knocks for CS at Purdue Day of Giving
CS students, faculty and staff are invited to attend an array of festivities to celebrate the second Purdue Day of Giving, the university’s annual 24-hour, online fundraising event, on Wednesday (April 29).

CS student Gets in Tune with the Future
Hayden McAfee, a senior in Purdue's Department of Computer Science has launched Tunr – a new, cloud music service that allows users to maintain ownership of their own music library and also enjoy the flexibility of a cloud-streaming service.

Hat’s Off to Lee Congdon—2015 CS Distinguished Alumnus
CS presented Lee Congdon with the department’s highest award – naming him Distinguished Alumnus of 2015, during a reception held at the Lawson Computer Science Building on Friday (April 17).

Computer Science Celebrates a History of Firsts
Friends and faculty of Purdue Computer Science gathered for a special event – First in the Field Exhibit and Book Dedication - held at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center in the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library (HSSE) on Monday (April 13).

CS Student Steve Mussman Wins Prestigious G.A. Ross Award
The CS Department of Statistics congratulates Steve Mussman – winner of this year’s G.A. Ross Award.

CS Students Take 20 at North American Invitational Contest
Team members Wei Kong, Chengyuan Lin, and Zhaosen Wang earned 20th place in the invitational competition, correctly solving three of the eleven problems and earning Purdue an honorable mention.

CS Students Strive for World Finals at NAIPC
CS students will be among the elite who compete at the North American Invitational Programming Contest (NAIPC) the largest and oldest programming contest in the world Saturday, March 28.

CS Associate Professor Earns COS 2014 Research Award
Jennifer Neville, associate professor of computer science, was selected as one of three recipients to receive the 2014 College of Science Research Award.

Tipping the Scales – CS Puts Weight Behind Diversity Efforts
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ACM SIGBOTS Host Regional Qualifications
The ACM SIGBOTS club will be hosting five universities for the Purdue Winter Vortex Regional Qualifier for the VEX Robotics League this Saturday (Feb. 14) in the Lawson Computer Science Building Commons.

CS Remembers Ethan Colombana
Ethan Colombana was a junior in the process of Change of Degree Objective (CODO) into the Department of Computer Science, when he died unexpectedly on January 4 from a seizure and a previously undiagnosed heart condition. He was 21.

CS Students Become Inventors of Real-World Software Apps
CS seniors in the Software Engineering Track get more than an education – they become inventors of real-world software applications with major potential for global impact.

It’s a Code, Code World
Purdue students will wage their own battles in a virtual gridiron—part of the Windward Code War 2014 programming championship.

CS PhD Student Takes 3rd Place at Supercomputing Conference
CS PhD student Ariful Khan earned third place at the Supercomputing 2014 Conference (SC14) – one of the top-tier international conferences for high performance computing in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professor Sonia Fahmy Named University Faculty Scholar
Professor Fahmy was one of four individuals selected by the College of Science for this notable distinction. Her colleagues include: Tong Liu, associate professor of mathematics; Chengde Mao, professor of chemistry; and Qianlai Zhuang, professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences.

CS Professor Creates Technology to “C” the Future
Daniel Aliaga is helping develop a new technology that allows people to view digital content on tablets, smartphones and laptops with greater clarity – eliminating the need for corrective eyewear.

CS Diamond Shines Bright as IBM Master Inventor 2014
Ashish Kundu (PhD 2010) left Purdue and took the business world by storm, demonstrating early success with the award of IBM Master Inventor – a title shared among an elite group of individuals.

Elisa Bertino Receives the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award
Elisa Bertino has received the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award for her seminal research contributions and leadership in data and applications security over the past 25 years.

CS Welcomes Tiark Rompf
Tiark Rompf is interested in all aspects of programming, in particular programming languages, parallelism and compilers, with a focus on making very high-level programming abstractions more efficient.

CS Students Enlist: Facebook Open Academy
Six CS students traveled to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA., where they gathered for a weekend of learning and hacking

CS Welcomes Dan Goldwasser
Dan previously conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland in College Park. Dan completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the department of Computer Science.

CS Welcomes Mathias Payer
Joining Purdue CS as a new assistant professor this fall, Mathias Payer defines himself as a security nerd. Mathias' interests are related to Mathias Payer system security, binary exploitation,software-based fault isolation, binary translation, and (application) virtualization.

CS Students Storm Grace Hopper Conference
CS Department sent an entourage of twenty-seven to attend the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) – the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing.

Hack-a-Thon 2014: CS Students BoilerMake It
This past weekend, 150 Purdue students and 350 students from colleges around the U.S. and Canada camped out in Lambert Fieldhouse for 36 hours, showcasing their computer coding skills.

Good Things Come in Threes: CS Recognizes Outstanding Alumni
Friday, October 10, the Department of Computer Science held a ceremony held in the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building to recognize the Outstanding Alumni of 2014.

Inspiration the Mother of Invention for CS Students Boilerlabs App
Five Purdue computer science classmates in CS 307 (taught by Professor Dunsmore) formed a team and created an application – Boilerlabs – that has transformed the way students are able to find computer lab space on the West Lafayette campus.

CS Students Win Best Student Paper at USENIX Security Symposium
Purdue CS researchers won the Best Student Paper award at the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium, a top-tier computer systems security conference. The paper, "DSCRETE: Automatic Rendering of Forensic Information from Memory Images via Application Logic Reuse," was co-authored by Ph.D. students Brendan Saltaformaggio and Zhongshu Gu, with CS Professors Xiangyu Zhang and Dongyan Xu.

CS Moves Forward, Announces Three New Faculty
The expansion of Purdue Computer Science has begun, as the Department has hired three new assistant professors who will begin teaching this fall – Mathias Payer, Dan Goldwasser and Tiark Rompf.

Purdue Students on the Fast Track to Success
wo Purdue students who pioneered a new software business, SensorHound Innovations LLC – a high-tech startup based in the Purdue Research Park - have been chosen to participate in the next class of the Alchemist Accelerator's IoT track

National Science Foundation Sponsors Big Data Computing Workshop
Purdue will host a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve skills in working with big data using Hadoop, Spark and uRIKA for data processing and analysis.

CS Dept. Offers First, Free Online Course
Purdue Computer Science Department, Indiana high school students will have the opportunity to take a free, online, non-credit course

Memories and Mastadons
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Two CS Faculty Earn Promotions
Associate Professor Ninghui Li was promoted to Full professor and Assistant Professor Xavier Tricoche was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Classic Cars and Classical Graph Algorithms
This news release is a reproduction of an article that appears in PNNL, describing how one former professor's online search for an efficient way to judge classic Jaguars led him to Dr. Mahantesh Halappanavar (former student of Alex Pothen) a scientist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's High Performance Computing group, whose research involving graph matching and coloring algorithms proved to be an opportune and novel matchup between classic cars and classical graph theory.

Robo Rally Packs a Punch at CS Summer Camp
Middle school students participated in Super Robo Rally today (June 18), part of a week of events hosted by Purdue Computer Science K-12 Outreach. Steve Hassenplug brought his 20,000 piece Lego robotics game to the Lawson Commons Building and transformed the area into an arena of competing (sometimes fighting) robots, all directed by the young students who gained “hands-on” experience in computer programming.

Outstanding New Learning Community Award Goes to Purdue CS Team
The Outstanding New Learning Community award was given to the Purdue CS team recognizes an instructor team(s) who excelled in the design and execution of a first-time community and demonstrated a commitment to the vision and mission of the program.

Purdue Computer Science Hosts Midwest Theory Day
The Purdue Department of Computer Science recently hosted the 65th Midwest Theory Day at the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building.

Undergraduate Student Board Expands CS Helproom Services
CS Undergraduate Student Board (USB) were granted approval to expand the USB Helproom, a weekly tutoring program created to assist students with CS course work.

Purdue CS student honored for teaching excellence
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Former CS Student Earns Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
Susan H. Rodger has been recognized for contributions to the teaching of computer science theory in higher education, and the development of computer science education in primary and secondary schools.

Back Home Again With Distinction
Originally from Fort Wayne, Anne’s thirty-year career in the computer industry led her around the nation, as she and her husband Tom (a graduate from the College of Technology ‘71) put down roots in Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee, and New Jersey where their daughter Christina was born (also a proud Boilermaker and 2006 graduate from the College of Liberal Arts) before settling in her current home of California.

CS Professor Cristina Nita-Rotaru Earns COS Research Award
College of Science honored three researchers Thursday (March 27) with the 2013 College of Science Research Award, during a formal ceremony in the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science building.

It’s a ‘Toss-Up’ for CS Students in VEX Robotics Competition
The ACM SIGBOTS club at Purdue will be competing in the VEX Robotics Competition with college and university students across the globe this Saturday (March 29) in the Lawson Computer Science Building.

CS Professor Awarded 2.5 Million From European Research Council
Patrick Eugster, associate professor of computer science, was awarded a $2.5 million grant from The European Research Council (ERC) to benefit his two main areas of research, distributed systems and programming languages.

CS Student’s Research Nets Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Reliability Award
The research done by Rahul Potharaju, a PhD candidate at Purdue’s Department of Computer Science, during his internship at Microsoft Research has been awarded the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Reliability Award for 2013.

2014 CS Track Fair
2014 CS Track Fair, Wednesday, March 5, at 5:30 pm in LWSN 1142.

CS Student’s Research Leads to Technology Adopted by Microsoft
Rahul Potharaju, PhD student in the Department of Computer Science made a discovery during a summer internship with Microsoft Research which led to insights currently being leveraged to improve reliability across Microsoft data centers.

State Farm Gift to CS Benefits K-12 Outreach
State Farm announced today (Friday, 2/21) a $50,000 gift to the Department of Computer Science which benefits K-12 Outreach programs.

Military Kids Explore the World of Computer Science
Purdue Computer Science Outreach and the Indiana 4-H Youth Development's Operation joined forces to host Operation: Military Kids (OMK)—a fun and educational day of computer programming and application development.

BoilerMake It or Break It - CS Students Dominate Event
400 computer programmers from 17 universities turned back to their laptops and got to work within the feature gymnasium of the France A. Boilermake teams gathered the weekend – Feb. 7 to 9 to create a new, interesting and marketable hack.

Purdue Teams Place Nationally In Code Wars
Two Purdue teams placed in the Grand Finals of the third annual Windward International Collegiate Programming Finals aka Codewars

CS Professors, Engineering Students Sense the Future with New Business
Sensors are practically everywhere and in nearly everything in our physical environment, from kitchen appliances to health care devices, power meters, or industrial production plants.

CS Department's Cristina Nita-Rotaru Wins College of Science Research Award
Congratulations to Cristina Nita-Rotaru, who has been selected as one this year’s winners of the College of Science Research Award.

Xiangyu Zhang Named University Faculty Scholar
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Conte Distinguished Lecture Series Begins -- New Mining Techniques Explored and Excavated
Paul M. Van Dooren gives the first 2013-14 Samuel D. Conte distinguished lecture

Computer Science professors from Purdue lead the organization of the 2013 Splash Conference in Indianapolis
This year's conference, which focuses on solving problems faced by the software industry, includes ways to improve tools the average person uses daily like smartphones, Facebook and Google. The conference will run from Oct. 26-31 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.

IEEE Computer Society Board Names Elisa Bertino Editor-in-Chief of Top International Journal
Dr. Bertino named to IEEE Board

Two Computer Science Graduates Recognized "Outstanding Alumni" for Significant Contributions
2013 Outstanding Alumni Announcement

Young women computer scientists “think big”
Grace Hopper Conference (GHC), the largest technical conference for women in computing, hosted more than 4000 attendees at the sold-out symposium.

SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award
Two faculty members and one graduate student in the Department of Computer Science edged out more than 300 other entries to be recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) for the Distinguished Paper Award.

Arxan Technologies Developed by Purdue Computer Science Professors Announcement
Arxan, an application security company specializing in software protection, was recently sold to TA Associates, one of the largest private equity firms.

Purdue Hacker teams win top prizes at the worlds largest collegiate hack-a-thon
This past weekend, the Purdue Hackers Club sent 72 students to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to compete in what is reported to be the world's largest collegiate hack-a-thon.

Corporate Partners Meetings and Computer Science Career Fair Bring Employers, Students Together
Nearly 500 students from the Department of Computer Science attended the annual Computer Science Career Fair held at the newly renovated Mackey Arena. More than forty corporations attended, including Microsoft, Intel and Twitter, as students anxiously lined up outside of the entrance nearly an hour before the event.

Dr. Sonia Fahmy joins Cyber Center
Dr. Sonia Fahmy has been appointed Scientific Director of Network Systems in the Cyber Center at Purdue's Discovery Park

Cisco Supports Computer Science Project - A Fog Architecture
Cisco Systems has awarded Professor Patrick Eugster, Dr. Kirill Kogan, and graduate students, Chamikara Jayalath and Julian Stephen, a gift in support of the "A Fog Architecture" project. Eugster says, "This work seamlessly generalizes our previous efforts on Atmosphere, an approach to apply cloud computing technologies to setups where data is distributed across several datacenters."

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CS Faculty, Students, and Alumni Featured in Insights
Insights magazine, the flagship publication of the Purdue College of Science, features coverage of faculty, students, and alumni news from the Department of Computer Science in its Spring 2013 edition, just released.

Fastest Campus Supercomputer Named After Founding CS Department Head
For the third year in a row, Purdue University has confirmed its lead in the rarified realm of supercomputing by unveiling Conte, the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer, developed in a collaboration with HP, Intel, and Mellanox.

CS Students Compete in International Supercomputing Challenge
Two Computer Science undergraduates (sophomore Kurt Kroeger and senior Tyler Reid) are part of a Purdue student supercomputing team traveling to Leipzig, Germany for the student competition at the ISC supercomputing conference, one of the supercomputing industry's two major annual gatherings. The article "Purdue student supercomputing team headed for international competition in Germany" by ITaP science and technology writer Greg Kline is reprinted in full below.

Spafford Named to EPIC Advisory Board
Professor of Computer Science Eugene Spafford has been named a 2013 member of the EPIC Advisory Board. EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center) is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. The EPIC Advisory Board is a distinguished group of experts in law, technology, and public policy.

Neville Honored with Umass Alumni Award
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Statistics Jennifer Neville has been honored for Outstanding Achievement by a Young Alum by her alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Meawad Receives CETA Teaching Award
Fadi Meawad, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science, was selected to receive the Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Excellence in Teaching Award.

2013 Computer Science Distinguished Alumnus
The Department of Computer Science and the College of Science recognized the 2013 Computer Science Distinguished Alumnus on Friday, April 12. Alumnus Lawrence Landweber (M.S. '66, Ph.D. '67) was joined by faculty, staff, and students for an awards presentation and reception in celebration of his great achievements. Prof. Landweber also gave a colloquium ("Past Is Prologue"). The College of Science held an awards ceremony later that evening.

Hosking Receives Research Awards from Qualcomm, Inc.
Associate Professor of Computer Science Antony Hosking is the recipient of a sponsored research award from Qualcomm, Inc. The award amounts to $100,000 per year for two years.

CS Student Project Receives Entrepreneurship Prototyping Grant
Sudeep Gottipatti and Austin Loudin, a freshman and a sophomore in Computer Science respectively, were among those selected to have a project funded by a new grant program for student entrepreneurs at Purdue.

Kihara and Vitek Named 2013 University Faculty Scholars
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Computer Science Daisuke Kihara and Associate Professor of Statistics and Computer Science Olga Vitek are two of four Purdue University College of Science faculty named University Faculty Scholars for 2013.

Li and Qi Receive IBM Grant
Two Purdue Computer Science faculty members are the recipients of a research grant from IBM. Associate Professor Ninghui Li and Assistant Professor Yuan (Alan) Qi received this grant for the project Analytics for Insider Threat Detection and Prevention – for which they are both co-principal investigators.

Kihara Receives NSF Grant
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Computer Science Daisuke Kihara is the recipient of a research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is for an estimated total of $480,195.00 through May 2016.

Atallah Receives Outstanding Commercialization Award
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Mikhail Atallah is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue University Faculty. This award is presented by Purdue Research Foundation's Office of Technology Commercialization, which supports the economic development initiatives of Purdue University.

CS Faculty and Staff Honored by College of Science
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, the Purdue University College of Science held its annual Faculty and Staff Awards Program, at which several Computer Science faculty and staff members were recognized.

Eugster Receives Google Research Award
Associate Professor of Computer Science Patrick Eugster is the recipient of a sponsored research award from Google. Google Research Awards are "structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world." Eugster's award amounts to $59,000 for one year.

CS Alumna Denning Named a 2013 Distinguished Woman Scholar
Dorothy E. Denning, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, has been selected as one of the 2013 Distinguished Women Scholars by Purdue University's Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. This recognition celebrates alumnae who have made significant contributions in their academic and professional communities

CS Students Compete in Largest Ever Student-Run Hackathon
On Friday, February 1, 2013, 53 Purdue students travelled to the University of Michigan to compete in MHacks 2013. The Purdue chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) coordinated the trip to the event, with help from MHacks and Facebook. Organized by U-M student groups called Michigan Hackers and MPowered, MHacks proved to be the largest student-run hackathon ever. (Forbes provides further coverage on the event's planning and execution in an article here.)

All-Freshman Team Wins Purdue Code War
On Saturday, January 26, 2013, the second annual Windward International Collegiate Programming Finals were held. Early in the day, eight teams (19 students total) competed in Purdue University's Code War competition in the Lawson Computer Science Building. The top two Purdue teams advanced to the quarter finals of the national code war

Ph.D Student Azad Receives IBM Fellowship
Ph.D. student Ariful Azad has received a 2013-2014 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. According to the award's website, "The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study." Azad's fellowship is effective as of Spring 2013 and will continue through Spring 2014.

CS Alumnus Kim Publishes IT Novel
Gene Kim, a Purdue Computer Science alumnus (B.S. '93), recently co-wrote a book with a release date of January 14, 2013. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, co-authored with Kevin Behr and George Spafford, is a novel chronicling the challenges faced by Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. According to the publisher's webiste, "In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again."