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FALL 2006

Ziegler Made Honorary Member of Honor Society
Professor William Ziegler has been inducted as an Honorary Member into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Phi Eta Sigma was founded in 1923 and is currently the oldest and largest freshman honor society, consisting of 350 chapters and 900,000 inducted members. The goal of the Society is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning. To be eligible for membership, students must exhibit distinguished academic ability and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Honorary Members are selected upon student nomination followed by a review by students and college officials.

CS/Watson Students Take Second Place in Morgan Stanley Website Competition
A team of three Watson School students finished in second place in the Morgan Stanley Website Competition at the Eastern Technical Career Conference (ETCC) in Philadelphia, The conference was hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and managed by the the Hispanic Eastern Technical Career Institute (HETCI). The Watson School team consisted of two Computer Science undergraduate students, Peter Bazyluk and Keith Nobbe; and one Mechanical Engineering student, Vadim Bromberg. Competitors were given two weeks to determine a problem with information regarding current ETCC conferences and fix it using an online module created by the entering team. The websites were judged on creativity, teamwork, difficulty of the problem to solve, and presentation.

CS Major wins Essay Contest
CS Major Peter Dobrie has won the undergraduate award in an Essay Contest sponsored by the Information Systems and Internet Security Lab at Polytechnic University, as part of Cyber Security Awareness Week 2006. Details of the contest can be found here. For his efforts, Peter received a new iPod Shuffle; Congratulations, Peter!

Two Student Teams Finish in Top 10 in IEEE History Competition
As part of a semester-long project in Professor Ziegler's CS 495 Professional Ethics and Communication class during the Spring 2006 semester, two 4-person teams of Computer Science students entered CHC60: The IEEE Computer Society 60th Anniversary History Competition. The competition requires teams to design and build a website that covers, in depth, a topic related to the history of computing. Both teams advanced to the final round of the competition, and finished in the Top 10. Nearly 70 teams from 63 universities in 27 countries participated in the competition.

One team includes students Jeffrey Gibat, Matt Kornher, Peter Meyer, and Allan Rysin; the other comprises Chad Evans, Bryan Latten, Arin Lipman, and Michael Perry, with Professor Ziegler serving as faculty advisor for both teams. All the Finalists' Web sites, including those created by the two Binghamton CS teams, are featured here.

Grid Group to Receive New Research Grant
Professors Madhu Govindaraju (PI), Ken Chiu (co-PI), and Mike Lewis (co-PI) have received a new grant that will make the Grid Computing Research Laboratory (GCRL) an official partner in a new Department of Energy Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Computer Science Center. The Center will provide "Plug and Play Supercomputing" along with a number of partner institutions, including most of the government national laboratories, and researchers from the Universities of Maryland and Utah, and Indiana University. The grant will provide approximately $460K in funds to GCRL researchers over the next 5 years.


Another Best Paper Award!
Professor Lijun Yin, his students Xiaozhou Wei and Peter Longo, and the SSIE Department's Abhinesh Bhuvanesh won a Best Paper award at the 18th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2006), a top conference in pattern recognition and computer vision, held in Hong Kong from August 20-24, 2006. Their paper, titled "Analyzing Facial Expressions Using Intensity-Variant 3D Data for Human Computer Interaction," was selected as one of five papers, out of 1168 submitted, for the award of $500.

CS Researchers Win Best Paper Award
Graduate student Ke Liu, and CS faculty K.D. Kang and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh won the Best Paper award at the 9th Annual NYS Cyber Security Conference: Symposium on Information Assurance. The paper is titled "Securing Geographic Routing"(.pdf, 259kb) and was presented to the conference in Albany this June.

Kang Secures NSF Grant
Prof. K.D. Kang has received an NSF Grant for his research on Quality of Service (QoS) in Real-Time applications. More information on the research project can be found on the grant's official NSF page.

Recent CS Minor Lander on the Cover of Science
Gabe Lander, who graduated with a minor in CS in 2002, is using his computer science background for his research in the PhD program in Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, CA. Impressively, his research will be featured on the cover of Science magazine; an abstract of the forthcoming paper can be found here, and more information can be found in a Scripps press release. Congratulations, Gabe!


Prof. Iwobi Receives Watson Founders Award
Prof. Margaret Iwobi was honored as one of 5 recipients of Watson Founders Awards, at a ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2006. The Founders Award is granted annually to individuals who have shown vision and commitment to the Watson School since our formation in 1983. Congratulations (and thank you), Margaret!

Three CS Faculty Win SUNY-Wide Awards
Computer Science faculty members Kanad Ghose, Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, and Leslie Lander were honored with SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence this year. Professor Ghose won an award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his outstanding research. (Here's a link to an Inside BU Article announcing Professor Ghose's award.) Professor Abu-Ghazaleh won an award for Excellence in Teaching, and Professor Lander won an award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Impressively, only thirteen total excellence awards were made to faculty at Binghamton, three of which were to Computer Science professors; clearly, this demonstrates the quality and dedication of the Computer Science faculty!

Tilak Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award
Recent Computer Science PhD graduate Sameer Tilak has won a Distinguished Dissertation Award from Binghamton's Graduate School, for his PhD thesis titled "Towards a Holistic Approach for Protocol Development in Sensor Networks." This is the 4th consecutive year that a Computer Science graduate has won the award. Other former winners are listed on our Student Awards page.

Ziegler Named Binghamton Faculty Master
CS Professor Bill Ziegler has been selected as a Binghamton Faculty Master of Newing College, starting in Fall 2006 and running through Spring 2009. As a Faculty Master, Prof. Ziegler will pursue a wide variety of efforts to enrich the living and learning experiences of Newing College student residents. More information can be found in a recent inside BU article.

Madden Chairs Technical Symposium
Prof. Patrick H. Madden is acting as the technical program chair for the 10th International Symposium on Physical Design to be held in San Jose, California, from April 9th to the 12th. The symposium is the leading venue for research on the physical design of integrated circuits, and is sponsored by the ACM, the IEEE, and a number of semiconductor design and manufacturing companies. In related news, Prof. Nael Abu-Ghazaleh will be co-chair of the technical program committee for the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Modeling Analysis and Simulation of Mobile and Wireless Systems(MSWiM) conference to be held in Spain this October.

Moore Wins Honorable Mention in IBM Mainframe Contest
CS Student Christopher Moore placed in the top 5 in IBM's national Mainframe Contest. Winners are listed on the mainframe contest's Students Page. Chris won an iPod in the second round and received an Honorable Mention in the third round of the contest. The 5 students who completed the third round were invited to Poughkeepsie over spring break to tour the facility there. Congratulations, Christopher!

Michael Wins University Award for Student Excellence:
Computer Science major Nick Michael will receive the University Award for Student Excellence. Nick is one of nine Binghamton undergraduates who will receive the award, and was selected as the lone winner from the Watson School. Congratulations, Nick!

Longo Wins SUNY Chancellor's Award:
Computer Science major Peter Longo has been selected to receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The award honors "SUNY students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives." This is the second consecutive year that a Binghamton Computer Science major has won a Chancellor's Award. Congratulations, Peter! A list of all computer science award winners for the past several years can be found on our Student Awards page.

Sharkey to Receive Student Excellence in Research Award
CS PhD student Joe Sharkey will be awarded a 2005-06 Student Excellence Award for Excellence in Research from Binghamton University's Graduate School. In the past year, Joe has published seven conference and journal papers, including papers in HPCA and ISPLED, two top conferences in the field of computer architecture and low power design. Joe defended his PhD proposal in January, and will work as Summer Intern at IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights this summer. Congratulations, Joe!

GCRL to Make Presence Felt at Top Grid Conference
The Department's Grid Computing Research Laboratory (GCRL) will make a strong showing at the top conference for grid computing research this summer. Ken Chiu is co-author of a paper on binary XML, with an Indiana University student he is helping advise. The paper will appear in the main IEEE High Performance Distributed Computing conference (14% acceptance rate), to be held in June in Paris, France. Mike Lewis will present a paper on "self-organizing grids", written with "honorary GCRL member" Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, in a special "Hot Topics Sesson," for which only 6 out of 43 submitted papers were accepted. Finally, Madhu Govindaraju co-authored a paper with Lewis, Chiu, and colleagues from the Institute of Scientific Computing, University of Vienna, Austria. This paper describes component frameworks for grid computing and will appear in the HPC-GECO/CompFrame 2006 workshop, to be held in conjunction with HPDC.

Levering Article Appears in Dr. Dobb's Journal
CS PhD student Ryan Levering has published a short article in the February 2006 issue of the highly visible Dr. Dobb's Journal, titled "SPARQL for Sesame." The article describes a project that Ryan conceived, designed, and implemented as part of Google's"Summer of Code" program. Ryan's idea for the open-source development project was selected from among a pool of proposals, and he was paid to do open source development in the Summer of 2005. Over 250 students from all over the world implemented 2005 "summer of code" projects for various organizations and companies; only five were selected for inclusion in Dr. Dobbs. Congratulations, Ryan!

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