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FALL 2005

ACM Programming Team Officially Qualifies for World Finals
The Binghamton ACM Programming Contest team's strong second-place finish in November's regional competition has officially earned them a place in the World Finals, which will take place in San Antonio, Tex., in April. Good luck to team members Nick Maliwacki, Andrew Paroski, and Natan Zohar!

Kolar's Paper Accepted in PerCom 2006
Continuing the stellar recent publication record of the CS Department's PhD students, Networking and Parallel Processing Laboratory graduate student Vinay Kolar recently had a paper accepted in the highly competitive 4th Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom). Vinay's paper describes his approach to routing in wireless networks and represents the basis for his PhD study. PerCom accepted only 8 percent of all submitted papers this year, a testament to the quality of Vinay's ideas and research. Ke Liu, another PhD student from the same research group, had a "short paper" accepted at the same conference (14 percent acceptance rate). Congratulations to both Vinay and Ke!

Abu-Ghazaleh Helps Secure New Grant
Professor Nael Abu-Ghazaleh is a co-PI on a new two-year $1.1 millon project from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (US Army). The project aims to develop a sensor network for Chemical/Biological attack detection and early warning. The project team consists of the following principle investigators: Omowunmi Sadik (Chemistry, PI), Bhagat Sammakia and Bruce Murray (Mechanical Engineering), and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh (CS).

Yin Receives Young Investigator Award
Professor Lijun Yin has received a James D. Watson Investigator award to help support his face recognition research. The award, made through New York's NYSTAR program, is given to faculty who, early in their careers, show great promise in the field of biotechnology. Yin will receive $200,000 from NYSTAR and another $200,000 "match" from Binghamton's Research Foundation. Congratulations, Lijun!

Students Present Papers at Top Conference
Grid Computing Research Laboratory (GCRL) graduate students Michael Head and Nayef Abu-Ghazaleh presented their work at the Annual SC|05 Supercomputing Conference in Seattle, Wash. this week. Mike and Nayef each had different papers in both the Grid 2005 Workshop(outdated link) and Supercomputing's main technical program, both of which are increasingly competitive, prestigious, well-attended, high profile venues. Onur Demur was first author on the Grid Workshop paper that Mike presented, and Pu Liu and Nayef also contributed to Mike's SC|05 paper. These (and other) publications can be found on the GCRL's publications page.

Computer Architecture Grad Students Excel
This week, Computer Architecture and Low Power Research Group graduate student Matt Yourst presented his work at the 38th International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-38) in Barcelona, Spain. The work of Joseph Sharkey, another grad student from the same group, has been accepted for presentation at the 12th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA-12). Both MICRO and HPCA are prestigious, highly-competitive and well-attended venues -- two of the top four computer architecture conferences. Great job, Matt and Joe!

Tilak Defends Dissertation
Sameer Tilak successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "Toward a Holistic Approach for Protocol Development in Sensor Networks." Sameer will join the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) as a Senior Research Scientist to continue his research in sensor networks. Sameer will join the Cyberinfrastructure Laboratory for Environmental Observing Systems (CLEOS) laboratory. CLEOS specializes in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions for Sensor Networks in a variety of domains. Projects range from environmental and oceanographic observation systems to civil infrastructure "health" monitoring applications. Sameer's advisor is Professor Abu-Ghazaleh. Congratulations, Dr. Tilak!

Multimedia Research Laboratory Students Producing High Quality Papers
Current PhD student Jian Yao, and former CS student (now Yahoo! computer scientist) Roufei Zhang (PhD '05), have recently had papers accepted in the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2005)(outdated link), and presented their papers in this conference in Beijing, China this October. ICCV is considered the premier computer vision conference, with over 1000 attendees and a very low paper acceptance rate. Graduate student Bo Long has recently had papers accepted in The ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD-05) and the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM '05). These are considered the top two data mining conferences. Bo presented his work at KDD in Chicago in August, and will travel to ICDM in Houston this November. This is great work from all of these students in the Multimedia Research Laboratory. Congratulations!

Binghamton ACM Programming Contest Team places Second in Regional Finals
Congratulations are in order for students Nick Maliwacki, Andrew Paroski and Natan Zohar, who are competing in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. The team took second in both the regional preliminary contest at Oswego and the Regional Finals at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Top 4 teams, in order, were:

  1. MIT
  2. Binghamton
  3. Harvard
  4. Brown

Here are the full final standings for the region. (Inside BU Article)

Department Hosts Open House
About 200 future college students and family who attended Binghamton University's open house showed interest in the Computer Science program. As part of the Watson tour, the prospective students observed Professor Lijun Yin's lab and research demonstrations, and toured the Digital Logic and Robotics classroom where Professor Dick Eckert demonstrated student work from robotics and GUI classes.

Meng "Tours" China
Professor Weiyi Meng, on sabbatical this semester, spent parts of September and October giving seminar presentations at seven universities (Peking University, Tsinghua University, People's University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing University of Technology, Sichuan University and Hebei University). Meng was honored with guest professorships by People's University and Sichuan University. These visits enhance the visibility of both Binghamton University and our Computer Science program.


  • New Students: Welcome to all the new students, both graduate and undergraduates, who are joining our department this year. This fall, approximately 50 new undergraduate students join the CS Department in the joint Information Systems program with Turkish Universities.
  • New Faculty: We would also like to welcome our newest full-time faculty member, Professor Lei Yu. Lei received his PhD from Arizona State University; his research interests include machine learning, data mining applications and bioinformatics. This fall, Yu will be teaching CS 535: Introduction to Data Mining.
  • Returning Students: Welcome back to all of our returning students. Hopefully you enjoyed your summer and you're refreshed and ready to work hard and have fun this year. By the way, as of September 2004 (the date of the last official numbers from Binghamton's Office of Institutional Research), the department includes 392 undergraduate majors, 203 master's students, and 44 PhD students.
  • Returning Faculty: Professor Patrick Madden has returned from his sabbatical in Japan. This fall he will be teaching a graduate course on Systems Programming (CS 551), and the undergraduate Algorithms class (CS 333). Welcome back, Patrick.

Meng Co-Chairs WAIM 2005
Professor Weiyi Meng is serving as general co-chair of the Sixth International Conference on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM)(outdated link), to be held in HangZhou, China, in October 2005.

Govindaraju Co-Chairs DSGC track at SAC 2006.
Professor Madhusudhan Govindaraju is serving as co-chair for the special track on Distributed Systems and Grid Computing (DSGC) at the ACM Symposium for Applied Computing (SAC), April 23-27, 2006. Dijon, France.

Faculty Book
Professor William Ziegler is currently writing a book, titled Effective Communication in Engineering and Science. The college textbook will be published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education in 2006; topics will include written and verbal communication skills, teamwork and ethics.

Madden Elected ACM SIGDA Vice Chair
Professor Patrick Madden has been elected vice chair for the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA). Madden is also serving as the Technical Program Chair of the International Symposium on Physical Design, to be held in San Jose, Calif., in April 2006.

GCRL to Host Research Meeting
The department's Grid Computing Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a meeting of the Common Component Architecture (CCA) Forum, October 6-7, 2005 in Saratoga Springs. This forum brings together researchers from top universities and national laboratories to discuss how component based architectures can be used for high performance computing. Professors Lewis, Govindaraju, and Chiu are all active members of the CCA Forum.


Five New NSF Awards
This summer, CS Department faculty have received five new grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Professors Meng and Govindaraju will begin a new project involving Metasearch Engines.

Professors Lewis, Ghose, Meng, Abu-Ghazaleh, and Govindaraju, with help and contributions from most of the Department's other research faculty, have secured over $500K to obtain Heterogeneous High Performance Infrastructure for the Department's (and University's) research activity. (Inside BU Article)

Professor Yin received a grant to Analyze Facial Expressions in 3D Space. This funding adds to Professor Yin's existing collaborative project with SUNY - Upstate Medical Center, and another NSF Grant on Face Modeling

Professor Chiu received two new NSF Grants this summer. The first will study Sensors on Lakes, in collaboration with the University of California - San Diego (UCSD), the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Indiana University. The second provides funds to build The CrystalGrid Framework. These two projects add to Professor Chiu's existing grant, which involves Instruments and Sensors on the Grid.

Together, these five new NSF grants total approximately $1.4 Million in new research money.

Professor Ghose has received a two-year $760K Grant through NYSTAR. The project will involve the development of a file system and related networking and security support for avionics that implements hard deadlines and exceeds the requirement of an emerging industry standard. The basic technology came partly out of research funded by BAE Systems in the past year for about $195K. The award includes $380K from NYSTAR, $212K from BAE, and matching support from SUNY.

Student Author
CS Alumnus Sean Egan ('05) has already published a book on Open Source Messaging Application Development. Congratulations, Sean!

Eckert and Zhang Attend Meeting at Microsoft
Professors Eckert and and Zhang were invited to attend the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2005 on July 17-19, 2005 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA. According to Microsoft, the workshop was "attended by over three hundred top faculty and researchers from premier universities. The goal of this high-impact event [was] to support open collaboration between Microsoft and the academic community.... This year's Faculty Summit [was] called 'Computing: The Next Decade' and focused on the research and technical challenges in areas such as security, mobility, software engineering, languages, human-computer interaction, embedded computing, eScience, and technologies for education."

As of September 1, 2005, Professors

Lewis and Zhang have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, with tenure. Professors Madden and Abu-Ghazaleh were promoted to Associate Professor with tenure last year, along with Professors Ghose and Meng, who were promoted to Full Professor.

PhD Student Receives "Summer of Code" Grant from Google
Ryan Levering, a PhD student working with Professor Cutler, received a grant from Google's Summer of Code program this summer, for implementing the first W3C query language for RDF data (SPARQL). Ryan worked with a research group in Italy and with some of the developers of the main RDF persistence server.

Berger Presents Poster at SIGGRAPH
Graphics and Image Computing Lab graduate student Matt Berger presented and demonstrated his work at the leading graphics conference, SIGGRAPH 2005 (poster program) in Los Angeles. The Posters program contains the newest developing research in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Students Pass PhD Proposals
Congratulations to PhD students Sameer Tilak and Paul Rogers, both of whom passed their PhD Proposals under the direction of their advisor Nael Abu-Ghazaleh this summer.

New Research Project
Professors Abu-Ghazaleh and Zhang are beginning a new project on cognitive (human-inspired) techniques for real-time multi-tasking in high performance computing environments. The project is a collaboration with researchers at Dartmouth College, and is funded for approximately $300K by the Air Force Information Institute.

Joint Appointment
Walker Land has been added to the Department of Bioengineering's Affiliated Faculty, beginning this fall.

Association with AFRL-Rome Continues
The Department's association with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at the Rome Research Site (RRS) in Rome, NY continues to thrive.

  • Professor Abu-Ghazaleh recently completed his second consecutive summer as a Visiting Research Fellow at Rome, and has twice received Faculty Extension Grants.
  • Professor Lijun Yin was also at RRS as a Visiting Research Fellow this summer, in the Visualization and Human Computer Interaction Lab. Professor Yin will be receiving a Faculty Extension Grant for 2005-06.
  • Professor Professor Zhang has been an AFRL Visiting Faculty Fellow for several different years, including this one, and has received several grants from AFRL. These grants have supported his research on developing community generation theory in data mining and machine learning. Prof. Zhang currently has two active research grants from AFRL on this topic.

Eckert Receives NSF STTR Phase II Grant
Professor Eckert is the Principal Investigator for an NSF STTR Phase II grant entitled: "Intelligent Computerized Embroidery Design Automation for the Textile Industry". This project is a collaboration with Dr. David Goldman (PhD '98), President of Soft Sight, Inc., in Vestal. The $42K grant spans this summer, includes support for three graduate students and two undergrads, and resulted from recent and ongoing SPIR projects.

PhD Student Pu Liu Gains National Recognition
CS Graduate student Pu "Pop" Liu has won the lone first prize in the IBM North America Grid Scholars Challenge(outdated link). For his efforts, Pop received a new IBM laptop, and the University received a new IBM eServer, which was delivered this summer. Congratulations, Pop!

Zhang's Students Secure Summer Internships
Professor Zhang's PhD students have won several awards that will enable them to study at top research institutions this summer.

  • Jingzhou Hua will complete an internship at IBM Almaden Research Center for the second consecutive summer.
  • Bo Long won a Yahoo Research Summer Internship Award.
  • Jian Yao secured an NIH Summer Intership Award, and also won an NSF Travel Award to attend th upcoming IEEE ICCV(outdated link) conference, in October 2005.


After many years of tireless, consistent, and excellent service to the Department and University, Margaret Iwobi is retiring at the end of the Spring Semester. Following periods of denial and consternation, after much deliberation---and with great trepidation---the rest of the CS faculty has decided to attempt to continue on. Fortunately, Margaret is not really "going" anywhere; she will primarily be giving up only her considerable administrative duties, but will continue to teach classes. Eileen Head will be taking over much of Margaret's former responsibility, so we're in good hands.

Congratulations Graduates!
Congratulations to all of our recent graduates!

  • Undergraduates: Including August 2004, January 2005, and May 2005 graduations, 99 students received undergraduate CS degrees this past year. Matthew Berger won the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Baccalaureate Studies; Brett Bernstein and Robert Brooks won awards for Service to the Department; and Lee Seversky was chosen as CS's Student Speaker, and did an outstanding job. Congratulations to all!
  • Graduate Students: 85 students received MS degrees in CS over the past year. Congratulations!

PhD Students Finish Distinguished Graduate Careers
Three students---Oguz Ergin, Roufei Zhang, and Zhihui Zhang---received PhD's in CS this year.

  • Roufei Zhang completed a dissertation entitled "Semantics-Oriented Modeling and Retrieval in Image Databases", for which he won the University Distinguished Dissertation Award, and the CS Department's award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies this May. Roufei has also won the University Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship Award (December 2004), an IEEE CVPR Travel Award (June 2004), and Studying with Professor Zhang, Roufei authored over 15 papers, in top conferences and journals. Roufei is currently a Computer Scientist at Yahoo Research.
  • Oguz Ergin's dissertation is entitled "Register File Optimizations for Superscalar Microprocessors". Oguz won the Graduate School Excellence in Research Award, and together with his advisor, Professor Ghose, Oguz has authored over 15 papers in top-notch conferences and journals. Oguz is now a Senior Research Scientist at the Intel Barcelona Research Center, in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Zhihui Zhang's dissertation is entitled "Design and Implementation of High Performance File Systems". Professor Ghose also served as Zhihui's faculty advisor. Zhihui is currently employed at Panasys Inc.

Congratulations to the department's three newest Doctors of Philosophy!

CS Major Wins Chancellor's Award
CS Major Michael Irani has won a Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. This competitive SUNY-wide award is made to students who excel both inside and outside the classroom. Congratulations, Michael!

Last Updated: 1/15/14