NYU Computer Science News

Subhash Khot wins Nevanlinna Prize

Subhash Khot has been awarded the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for 2014 for his formulation and analysis of the Unique Games Conjecture. The Nevanlinna Prize is given every 4 years by the International Mathematical Union for outstanding contributions in mathematical aspects of information sciences. The award citation states that "Efforts to prove the conjecture, to disprove it, and to discover its consequences have all proven enormously fruitful. The Unique Games Conjecture will be driving research in theoretical computer science for many years to come." Congratulations!

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Read the "What It Takes to Win the World's Highest Computer Science Honor" Article in Wired.

Profile of Yann LeCun

Yann LeCun's work on back-propagation neural networks and deep learning are the subject of an in-depth profile in Wired.

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!

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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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Distinguished Young Alumnus Award to Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison, an alumnus of the department, is the recipient of the 2014 NYU Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Chris is a gradute of the accelerated Bachelor's/ Master's program in Computer Science at NYU. He received his BA in 2005 and his M.Sc. in 2006. Having finished a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, he is now an assistant professor at CMU. He is one of the leading researchers in the area of human-computer interactions. Link.

Gold Medal to Yi Louisa Lu in ACM Competition

Yi Louisa Lu has won the first prize in the Undergraduate Student Competition at the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization for her project "Unleashing the Power of General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit" under the supervision of Prof. Mohamed Zahran. Louisa is a senior doing a joint major in computer science and math. Congratulations!

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