Announcements

SUMMER 2007

[August 6, 2007] REU Student Final Presentations
This summer's REU Program is coming to an end this week. Students will be giving final presentations, describing their research projects, on Thursday and Friday of this week. All Department members and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. The conference-style presentations will be held in three separate 90 minute sessions, at the following times and places:

  • 1:30pm Thu Aug 9: EB Q23
  • 3:30pm Thu Aug 9: EB Q23
  • 9:30am Fri Aug 10: EB 110

More details can be found here:
REU Final Pres Announcement07(.pdf, 74kb)

SPRING 2007

[May 16, 2007] Colloquium Talk this Friday, May 18th
Prof. Paritosh K. Pandya will offer a colloquium presentation this Friday at Noon in Room Q-23 of the Engineering Building. Prof. Pandya is visiting us from The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Mumbai, India. He will present a talk titled "Analysis of quantitative timing properties of synchronous programs using Discrete Duration Calculus." An abstract (.pdf,53kb) is available from the official talk announcement. As always, all students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

[April 11, 2007] Friday's talk Postponed
Prof. Parashar's talk for Friday has been postponed for a later date.

[April 3, 2007] Parashar to Present Friday April 13th
Next Friday, at Noon in Room Q-23 of the Engineering Building, Professor Manish Parashar from Rutgers University will present a seminar titled "Addressing the Challenges of Adaptivity and Scale in Parallel Scientific Simulations." Professor Parashar's short bio and presentation abstract are available from here (.pdf,55kb). As always, all students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

[March 30, 2007] Ziegler and Head Establish CS Learning Community
Newing College will be the home of a Computer Science Learning Community during the Fall 2007 semester. A section of CS110: Programming Concepts and Applications, will be offered as an Area Based Course, only to students residing in Newing College. CS professor Bill Ziegler is the Faculty Master of Newing College and advocates for learning opportunities within the residential communities; he and Prof.

[March 30, 2007] Ziegler and Head Establish CS Learning Community
Newing College will be the home of a Computer Science Learning Community during the Fall 2007 semester. A section of CS110: Programming Concepts and Applications, will be offered as an Area Based Course, only to students residing in Newing College. CS professor Bill Ziegler is the Faculty Master of Newing College and advocates for learning opportunities within the residential communities; he and Prof. Eileen Head were instrumental in establishing the community. Learning Communities and Area Based Courses provide additional opportunities for students living together to form meaningful personal and learning connections.

[March 17, 2007] Open House Next Saturday
The Watson School will be hosting an Open House for admitted students and their families to find out more about our departments and school. The program begins with a General Watson School presentation at Noon in Lecture Hall 1. The academic departments, including Computer Science, will host sessions starting at 12:45pm and 1:45pm in various Lecture Hall classrooms, and a tour of the Watson facilities will begin at 2:45. This brochure (.pdf,70kb) contains a full schedule of events.

[February 18, 2007] NSF REU Site Applications Open
Binghamton's Computer Science Department will be an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in the summers of 2007 through 2009. Ten talented undergraduate Computer Science majors from other CS departments throughout the country will come to Binghamton to work with CS Faculty Mentors on individual research projects during the summer. Applications are currently being accepted, through April 8th. More inform ation can be found at reu.cs.binghamton.edu, or by contacting Professor Lewis.

[February 16, 2007] UPE-Sponsored Talk
The Computer Science UPE Honor Society is hosting a "Careers Beyond Coding" talk tonight at 5pm in Engineering Building Room 110. More information can be found on the UPE Events Page. Today's speaker is a Binghamton alumnus, and currently Director of Broadcast Systems at MTV. The event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

[February 16, 2007] Honor Society Tutoring Begins
The Computer Science UPE Honor Society has begun the semester's tutoring. If you think you could benefit from free tutoring by some of the department's best students, please check the tutoring schedule, and contact UPE directly.

FALL 2006

[November 5, 2006] Two Seminar Talks This Week
Thursday and Friday of this week (Nov. 9th and 10th) will feature two seminar presentations by external colleagues of the CS Faculty. On Thursday, Dr. Piyush Kumar of Florida State University will describe "Projective Clustering and its Application to Surface Reconstruction," at Noon in Room Q3 of the Engineering Building. On Friday, Professor Hong Qin of SUNY Stony Brook will give a talk on Graphics and Geometric Modeling, at Noon in Engineering Building Room N-25.

The full presentor Bios and presentation abstracts are available from Kumar-11-09-06(.pdf,59kb) and Qin-11-10-06(.pdf,57kb). As always, all students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

[October 31, 2006] Meng to Give Seminar on Friday
Professor Weiyi Meng will give a seminar presentation this Friday, November 3rd, at Noon in Room N-25 of the Engineering Building. All Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged to attend.

[October 19, 2006] IEEE Computer Society Digital Library
The University Library has just added a full subscription to the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library. All digital content is available online, from any campus computer. The digital library is also available offline to all campus faculty, students, and staff, by logging in with a "PODS" username and password (as described here). The university also has access to the ACM Digital Library. A full list of resources for CS, including all online databases, can be found on the Library's Computer Science Subject Resource Page.

[October 5, 2006] Open House this Saturday, March 24th
The Watson School will host an Open House for prospective BU students this Saturday, starting at 9:30 A.M. in Lecture Hall Rm. 14. Two (identical) Computer Science sessions will follow, at 10:10am and 11:00am, in Lecture Hall Rm. 2. Students will have the opportunity to hear about the CS program, ask questions of several faculty members, and tour some of our labs. If you (or your daughter or son!) are planning to attend this Open House, we invite you to take a look at our Web pages for Prospective CS Majors, which are designed specifically for you. We look forward to meeting the next batch of Binghamton CS majors on Saturday!

[October 3, 2006] Colloquium Talk on Friday, Oct 6th
New Asst. Prof. Ping Yang will give this week's colloquium presentation: Friday, October 6th, at Noon in the Engineering Building Room N-25. A formal announcement of the talk, including an abstract and Dr. Yang's bio are available here(.pdf, 61kb). As always, students, faculty, and visitors are all welcome and encouraged to attend. As with last week's talk, this is an excellent way for students to familiarize themselves with a new CS faculty member's exciting research.

[September 23, 2006] Loew Wins Local Programming Contest
Jason Loew solved 3 out of 6 problems, and won the 4th Programming Contest run by the local ACM Chapter. Jason received a first prize of $216 (6^3). Robert Frank (3 problems, $125), Ari Ronen (2, $64), and "Seymour" (2, $27) came in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, respectively. The contest was sponsored by Professor Lewis, and featured participation by Professor Madden, who successfully solved 5 of the 6 problems. More details can be found on the ACM Chapter's Contest Page.

[September 23, 2006] Colloquium Talk Friday, September 29th
New faculty member Kartik Gopalan will give this week's colloquium presentation: Friday, September 29th, at Noon in the Engineering Building Room N-25. As always, we welcome all students, faculty, and visitors. This is an excellent way for students to familiarize themselves with a new CS faculty member's exciting research.

[September 19, 2006] Colloquium Talk on Friday
Dr. Amir Roth from the Computer and Information Systems Department at the University of Pennsylvania will give a colloquium presentation this Friday, September 22, at Noon in the Engineering Building Room N-25. The talk is titled "Resource Amplification: Efficient Performance Scaling for Future Superscalers." A formal announcement of the talk, including an abstract and Dr. Roth's bio are available here(.pdf,14kb) Students, faculty, and visitors are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

[September 12, 2006] ACM Programming Competition and General Interest Meeting
The Binghamton ACM Chapter will hold the first programming competition of the school year on September 18th, 7pm, in AAG04. Thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors, the CS Department, and the faculty, substantial cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. This contest will be a part of the selection process for Binghamton teams in the ACM ICPC competition. The ACM chapter is hoping to repeat their trip to the World Finals; last year, our team was one of 83 teams out of 5606 worldwide, to qualify.

[September 12, 2006] Accreditation Renewal Becomes Official
The undergraduate program's Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation has been officially renewed. The accreditation process requires the Department to document and illustrate the quality of the CS undergraduate curriculum to a team of peer reviewers (faculty from other CS departments). The renewed accreditation, and the fact that the program has been accredited since 1988 (through CSAB in 1988, and renewed in 1992 and 1998), is a testament to the strength of the program and the quality of the educational experience that students receive here.

[September 11, 2006] Research Space Moves to South Pod
The Department's research space has moved from the Engineering Building's R-Pod into part of the G-Pod (aka the "South Pod"), with access through the Watson Commons. This move is the first step in a large project that will see the entire G-Pod area (over 11,000 square feet) renovated for use by CS Researchers. The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2008 (with some space available in August 2008), and will provide research labs, faculty offices, meeting rooms with state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities, and a new classroom laboratory.

[September 4, 2006] TA Assignments and Faculty Office Hours
The TA Assignments and the Computer Science Directory (.pdf,88kb) have been updated for the Fall semester. Please consult them for Faculty class and office hours, and for TA course and room assignments.

[August 29, 2006] Welcome!

  • New Students: Welcome to all the new students, both graduate and undergraduates, who are joining our Department this year. We have approximately 70 new undergraduate students entering the program, including 20+ transfer students. We also have 70+ new graduate students.
  • New Faculty: Welcome to our newest full-time faculty members, Ping Yang and Kartik Gopalan, who are teaching core graduate courses CS 571 and CS 552, respectively.
  • Returning Students: Welcome back to all of our returning students. Hopefully you're looking forward to a fun, productive, and educational semester.

The Department currently includes approximately 430 undergraduate majors, 190 Masters students, and 52 Doctoral candidates, numbers that continue to grow.

SPRING 2006

[May 18, 2006] Department Hires Two New Full-Time Faculty
The Department is very excited to announce the hiring of two new full-time tenure track faculty members. Ping Yang and Kartik Gopalan will join the department this fall.

  • Prof. Yang recently received her PhD from Stony Brook University, and has research interests in verification, software engineering, security, and programming languages. She will teach CS 571: Programming Languages in the Fall.
  • Prof. Gopalan also earned his degree from Stony Brook University, and was most recently an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. His research interests include wide area and wireless networks, operating systems, and distributed systems, with focus on performance guarantees, resource virtualization, and security. He will teach one of two sections of CS 552: Operating Systems, in the Fall.

[May 17, 2006] Commencement 2006
Commencement ceremonies are this weekend! The times and places for graduating Computer Science students are as follows:

WHAT WHERE WHEN
Watson Recognition Ceremony West Gym Sat 5/20/06 9am
Graduate Commencement Events Center Sat 5/20/06 5pm
(Assemble in the West Gym at 4:15pm)
Undergraduate Commencement Events Center Sun 5/21/06 9am
(Assemble in the West Gym at 8am)

For more information, see the University's Commencement 2006 page.   Congratulations to all of our 2006 graduates!

[May 17, 2006] Research Opportunity for Undergraduates
Professor Kenneth Chiu is looking for talented and hardworking undergraduate students to join his research group. Chiu recently received an Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), to help build cyberinfrastructure and data grid systems for molecular structure determination, specifically X-ray crystallography. The work would be in web services, ontologies, RDF/SPARQL, data management and analysis, etc. Experience in databases, web services, ontologies, and some background in chemistry is a plus, but not at all required. Motivation and ability to learn are the most important attributes in applicants. Language skills should include both Java and C++. Publishing will be emphasized (since it is an REU), though the work itself will be practical in nature. This is a good opportunity to build your resume and get acquainted with Computer Science research. The position will pay hourly, and Prof. Chiu is looking for students who can commit to around 20 hours a week (on average), and who will be in the program for the entire 2006-2007 academic year. Students interested in the program should contact Professor Chiu directly by email (kchiu@cs.binghamton.edu).

[May 15, 2006] Latest ACM Contest a Huge Success
The latest Programming Contest, administered and run completely locally by the local Binghamton ACM Chapter, was an unqualified success. 26 students turned out for the contest, which was sponsored by Bloomberg and won by Derek Mauro, with Jason Loew and Saugata Ghose finishing second and third, respectively. For more information about the contest, including the full standings and complete problem sets, please visit the ACM Chapter's web page for the contest.

Returning CS majors should look for opportunities next semester to get involved with future contests---eat for free, earn cash prizes, get to know your fellow classmates, and hone your programming skills so that you can be on the next Binghamton team to make the World Championships!

[May 12, 2006] BU LTC Highlighted in NewsForge Article
Binghamton's Linux Technology Center (LTC) is described in a May 11, 2006 NewsForge article. CS PhD student Mike Head, and Professor Kanad Ghose are quoted and described in the article. For more information about the LTC, see the announcement from April 5, 2006, below.

[April 20, 2006] Guest Lecture: April 25th at 10am
David Schaffer, research fellow at Philips Research, will give a guest lecture on "Bioinformatics for Molecular Diagnostics" in Prof. Lei Yu's Advanced Data Mining class on April 25th. This colloquium notice (.pdf,79kb)contains more information about the talk, which will be held on Tuesday at 10:05am in SW313.

[April 7, 2006] Student Programming Contest: April 20th
The Binghamton student chapter of the ACM will hold a local programming contest on April 20th. This is shortly after the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) team returns from the World Finals in San Antonio. Bloomberg is sponsoring the contest, and has been a great supporter of our ACM chapter and the ICPC team. Interested students can find out more from the student chapter web page that describes the event.

[April 5, 2006] BU Linux Technology Center Announced
The university officially announced the opening of the Binghamton University Linux Technology Center, at a press conference last Thursday. The LTC "will be devoted to research in the design and use of open computing and Linux systems and applications. It will offer local and regional businesses assistance in developing semi-custom solutions while providing unique research and educational opportunities to University faculty and students." Several CS faculty were instrumental in forming the LTC, in conjunction with faculty in the School of Management and the Department of Bioengineering, employees at IBM and Mainline Information Systems, Inc., and members of the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC). Longtime IBM computer scientist and new CS Research Professor Merwyn Jones will serve as the center's Director for at least two years. CS PhD student Mike Head executed the first successful venture of the LTC, in a partnership with Custom Systems Integration (CSI), a local test engineering company. The LTC will provide opportunities for an increasing number of CS graduate and undergraduate students to enhance and apply their Linux and open source skills. More information can be found in the university's official press release and in a recent Inside BU Article. The announcement was recently featured in the widely distributed ACM TechNews.

[April 4, 2006] Sunday's Open House Schedule
This Sunday's Open House schedule for incoming students has changed slightly from last week. This week's schedule is as follows:

Time Event Location
10:45-11:15am General Watson School
Presentation
Lecture Hall 1
11:30-Noon Academic Program:
Computer Science
Lecture Hall 10
Noon-12:20pm Repeat Academic Program:
Computer Science
Lecture Hall 10

Both CS Academic Program presentations will be followed immediately by a tour of the CS Department and labs. In addition, there will be a general tour of the Watson school, which will include Computer Science, beginning at 12:45pm (meet outside Lecture Hall 1 for the Watson tour).

[April 3, 2006] Department Continues Faculty Interviews
The department will welcome its next faculty candidate tomorrow. Lingyu Wang from George Mason University will present a talk titled "Preserving Privacy in Data Cubes"(.pdf.64kb) at Noon in Room N-22 of the Engineering Building. All members of the department are welcome and encouraged to attend.

[March 30, 2006] Department to Host Open Houses
On April 1st and April 9th, Binghamton University and The Watson School are hosting an Open House for students admitted for Fall 2006. We look forward to meeting many of our future students and colleagues! The Computer Science schedule of events follows:

Time Event Location
10:45-11:15am General Watson School
Presentation
Lecture Hall 1
11:20-11:35am Academic Program:
Computer Science
Lecture Hall 12
11:40-11:55am Repeat Academic Program:
Computer Science
Lecture Hall 12
12:00- Student Work and Research Demos During the Tour

[March 25, 2006] TopCoder College Tour to Visit Binghamton :
The Binghamton ACM Chapter is hosting the TopCoder College Tour 2006, on March 29th, 2006. TopCoder runs programming contests over the Internet, and has proven to be an excellent way for programmers to practice their skills. The contest will run from 8:30pm to 11pm, in Science 2, Room 135. Pizza, drinks, and TopCoder T-Shirts will be provided, as well as prizes (including a 2GB iPod Nano) for the winners. More information is available from the BU ACM page or from TopCoder.

[March 24, 2006] New Engineering Building!?:
It appears likely that the Computer Science department will be getting a new home within the next few years. The New York state budget will likely include $50-60 Million for a new building at the Innovative Technologies Complex. Read a few more details in recent Inside BU and Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin articles.

[March 19, 2006] Two Faculty Candidate Talks This Week :
The CS Department is currently interviewing faculty candidates. Two candidates will visit the department this week, and will make presentations on their research. Bill Scherer, from the University of Rochester, will present a talk titled "Synchronization and Concurrency in User-Level Software Systems"(.pdf,67kb) on Tuesday, March 21st in Engineering Building Room N-22. Ping Yang, from Stony Brook University, will talk about " Verification and Analysis Techniques for Mobile Processes, Security Protocols and Role-Based Access Control Policies."(.pdf,76kb) Her presentation will take place on Friday March 24th, at Noon, in Engineering Building Room Q-23. All department members are invited and encouraged to attend the colloquia.

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