Professor Preskill Named Aisenstadt Chair


John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, has been named the 2011 Aisenstadt Chair at the Center de Recherches Mathe'matiques (CRM) in Montreal. The Chair recipient gives a series of lectures, the first of which must be accessible to a large public. Preskill will lecture on quantum information at CRM this October. Among past Aisenstadt Chair recipients are many world-famous mathematicians, including eight of the last eighteen Fields medalists. [List of Recipients]

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Computer Scientists Assist with Conservation Planning


Postdoctoral Scholar Daniel R. Golovin and colleagues including Professor Andreas Krause have won the Outstanding Paper Award in the Computational Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence Track at the 2011 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference  for their paper entitled Dynamic Resource Allocation in Conservation Planning. The paper was selected from 975 submissions.  It addresses how computer science (in particular machine learning and adaptive optimization) can help conservation planning, by making recommendations about how to best protect rare species. [Read the paper]

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Best Paper Finalist in Robotics


Marin Kobilarov, a W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, was a finalist for the best paper award in the 2011 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference - his paper is entitled Cross-Entropy Randomized Motion Planning .  The conference committee solicited original papers in all areas of robotics and followed a highly selective review process designed to select the best work of its kind in every category. Dr. Kobilarov is working on discrete geometric motion control of autonomous vehicles with Professors Mathieu Desbrun and Sergio Pelligrino.  [Read the paper]

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Geographical Load Balancing with Renewables


Professors Adam Wierman and Steven Low, along with CMS graduate students Zhenhua Liu and Minghong Lin have received the best paper award at the ACM GreenMetrics conference for their paper "Geographical Load Balancing with Renewables". The paper provides algorithms that can allow renewable energy to be efficiently used by geographically distributed data centers (such as those used by Google) in order to almost completely eliminate the usage of brown energy. [Read the Paper]

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Matthew Faulkner Wins 2011 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prize


The student winners of the 2011 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Matthew Faulkner was the recipient of the newest Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis prize in the area of Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Andreas Krause on using accelerometers in cellphones for detecting shaking from earthquakes.

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Ye Lu Receives 2011 Henry Ford II Scholar Award


Ye Lu, a junior student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, with an interest in quantum simulations of atoms using graphic card programming techniques, is the recipient of the 2011 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. The Henry Ford II Scholar Awards are funded under an endowment provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award is made annually to the engineering student with the best academic record at the end of the third year of undergraduate study.

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Professor Wierman Receives ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award


Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is the recipient of the 2011 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award.  The award recognizes his outstanding contributions in the design and analysis of scheduling policies, which provided fundamental insights into scheduling and fairness in modern computing systems.  

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Professor Tropp Receives SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize


Joel A. Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, is a recipient of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2011 Outstanding Paper Prize for his paper entitled The Metric Nearness Problem. The prizes are given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. [Read the paper]

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Professor Wierman and Minghong Lin Receive the IEEE International Conference Best Paper Award


Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and graduate student Minghong Lin have received the Best Paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) for their paper "Dynamic right-sizing for power-proportional data centers."  The paper provides a novel algorithm for dynamically adjusting the number of active servers in a data center to optimally trade of energy consumption with delay. [Read the Paper]


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Graduate Student Minghong Lin Named Finalist in Facebook Fellowship Program


Minghong Lin, graduate student working with Professor Wierman, has been named a finalist in the Facebook Fellowship Program. This is an extremely competitive program that seeks to support Ph.D. students doing groundbreaking research in computer science. Minghong became a finalist for his research on improving the energy-efficiency of data centers.

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