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Welcome to NYU's Computer Science Department, part of the world-famous Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Our department has considerably expanded over the past few years, adding many outstanding faculty with diverse research interests. We are proud of our strong research and educational connections to other departments and schools at NYU, including the departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology; the Center for Neural Science; the Stern School of Business; the Tisch School of the Arts; the Wagner School of Public Service; and the NYU School of Medicine.

Our undergraduate majors and MS students have numerous interesting and well-paying employment opportunities at major corporations in New York City and vicinity. Our PhD graduates are employed in a broad spectrum of academic and industrial research positions.

  News and Highlights  

International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals

At the 2014 World Finals ACM-ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest, held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, the NYU team placed 13th overall, and 1st among North American teams, beating out teams from such schools as MIT, Stanford, CMU, and Berkeley. Congratulations to the team Bowen Yu, Fabian Gundlach, and Danilo Neves Ribeiro and their coaches Brett Bernstein, Evan Korth and Sean McIntyre!

http://icpc.baylor.edu/scoreboard/

NSF CAREER Award

David Sontag has received an NSF CAREER award for his project "Exact Algorithms for Learning Latent Structures". Congratulations!

Marateck Prize to Deena Engel

Deena Engel is the first recipient of the Samuel L. Marateck Prize for Outstanding Teaching in Computer Science. The Marateck Prize was established by the Courant Institute in memory of Prof. Sam Marateck, an outstanding and well-loved teacher and colleague in the Computer Science Department from 1973 to 2013. 

IEEE Harlan D. Mills Award

The IEEE Computer Society has awarded the Harlan D. Mills 2014 Award to Patrick Cousot and Radhia Cousot for the invention of abstract interpretation, development of tool support, and its practical application. Congratulations! Link

Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data

Ernie Davis (Professor of Computer Science) and Gary Marcus (Professor of Psychology) give their thoughts on Big Data in an op-ed article in the New York Times.

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North American Invitational Programming Contest

At the 2014 North American Invitational Programming Contest, the NYU team came in 7th. Congratulations to the team Bowen Yu, Fabian Gundlach, and Danilo Neves Ribeiro and their coaches Brett Bernstein, Evan Korth, and Sean McIntyre. 

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Learning and modeling the circuits that operate life: The Bonneau lab aims to learn large biological networks directly from genomics data (genomics =3D very scalable biology experiments). Our recent work, as part of collaborative teams of systems biologists and computational biologists, has recently resulted in genome-wide models that are capable of simulating the functioning of the genome in real time (Bonneau, et. al, 2006, Cell). Dr. Bonneau's lab develops new algorithms that attempt to learn the regulatory networks (their topology and dynamical parameters) that are at the core of biological systems. This work was featured in a 2008 Discover Article, where Dr. Bonneau was selected as one of the top 20 scientists under 40. This work is collaborative work that relies on NYU's local expertise in Machine Learning, Modeling complex systems and their dynamics, and Genomics.


With Ph.D. student Eugene Weinstein and Google researcher Pedro Moreno, Mehryar Mohri is working on audio fingerprinting techniques that enable computers to recognize songs. This work represents songs in terms of "music phonemes", elementary units of music sound that are learned from data, and uses weighted finite-state transducers to construct a compact and efficient index of a large database of songs. The image depicts an example of such a transducer. As a result, songs can be recognized quickly and accurately when only a recording of a short "audio snippet" is available and even when the recording is distorted. The group has created a working system with a database of 15,000 songs. Moreover, it has proven new bounds on the size of the indexing finite automata used that guarantee the compactness of this representation as the number of songs indexed increases and suggests that their techniques scale to much larger song data sets.

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The NYU Movement Group (http://movement.nyu.edu), under the direction of Chris Bregler, conducts research on human motion analysis and synthesis. The group was recently awarded $1,472,000 from the Office of Naval Research for a 3-year project to study human motion styles. This new project, called GreenDot, investigates vision and machine learning techniques in order to detect human body language in video footage. The goal of the project is to train a computer to recognize a person based on his or her motions, and to identify the person's emotional state, cultural background, and other attributes. The project's current focus is analyzing the body language of national and international public figures.





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