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November 27, 2016

A news article of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University highlights the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program run by the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. DIMACS is affiliated with the Computer Science Department.

November 22, 2016

Congratulations to Qian Sun, Melissa Romanus, Tong Jin, and Manish Parashar for receiving the Best Paper Award at the Second International Workshop on Extreme Scale Programming Models and Middleware (ESPM2 2016).

The ESPM2 Workshop 2016 edition was held in conjunction with the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC 2016), Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on Friday, November 18th, 2016.

November 16, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Martin Farach-Colton for a NetApp Faculty Fellowship.

The NetApp Faculty Fellowship (NFF) program was established to encourage leading-edge research in storage and data management and to foster relationships between academic researchers and engineers and researchers at NetApp. Recipients of NFF awards have demonstrated to NetApp through a proposal and review process to be working on research that is likely to make significant and relevant contributions to the greater body of work and to the storage and data management industry.


November 2, 2016

A team from WINLAB received the best paper award for their paper "Visible light based activity sensing using ceiling photosensors" at the ACM Workshop on Visible Light Communication Systems (VLCS) held with the ACM MobiCom 2016 conference in New York, in October 2016. The team comprising graduates students Viet Nguyen (ECE), Mohamed Ibrahim (CS), Siddharth Rupavatharam (ECE) and Minitha Jawahar (ECE) was advised by Professors Marco Gruteser and Rich Howard. 

November 1, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Santosh Nagarakatte, who has just received an unrestricted research gift from Intel Corporation. The gift, for an amount of $75000, funds his research in the area of “Pragmatic abstractions, techniques, and tools for LLVM verification”. Prof. Nagarakatte's research group is designing lightweight formal tools that enable compiler writers to develop correct peephole optimizations for LLVM, a widely used mainstream compiler. This award supports further enhancements to the Alive-NJ prototype to reason about the correctness of floating point optimizations, to assist compiler writers when optimizations are not correct, and to extend the class of optimizations handled by Alive-NJ.

October 26, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharjee, who has been selected to receive the CV Starr Visiting Fellowship from Princeton University's Neuroscience Institute. This fellowship is "awarded to exceptional individuals whose research focus is on areas relevant to neuroscience such as molecular biology, psychology, computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics". Prof.

October 20, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Dimitri Metaxas, chair of the Computer Science Department, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Medical Image Computing and Computer Asssisted Intervention (MICCAI) Society.

The announcement was made during the main conference of the Society, the 19th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention that took place Oct. 17 to 21, 2016 in Athens, Greece. Three members of the society are elected every year.


October 19, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Santosh Nagarakatte and his Ph.D Student David Menendez , whose PLDI 2015 paper "Provably Correct Peephole Optimizations with Alive" with collaborators Nuno Lopes and John Regehr has been selected as the ACM SIGPLAN Research Highlights Paper for this year.

October 9, 2016

The new US News & World Report ranking the Computer Science Departments is out, and our Department has improved its Ranking  6 positions for 2017.

October 5, 2016

DIMACS is organizing a conference to celebrate the contributions of CS Prof. Eric Allender and Mathematics Prof. Mike Saks in the two corresponding fields on the occasion of their 60th birthday. The conference will take place January 26 to 27 at Rutgers University.

Conference Website

October 3, 2016

The Daily Targum published a full-page article on the Industrial Affiliates program:

The industrial affiliates program (IAP) run by the Rutgers Department of Computer Science aims to help computer science majors find jobs and internships in their field.

September 28, 2016

A TV segment produced about the Art & AI lab won the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for 2016 in the “Arts/Entertainment News Single Story” category. The segment was produced by the State of the Arts program and was aired on PBS New Jersey/Philadelphia couple of months ago and can be seen here:

September 22, 2016

At the MIE (Medical Informatics Europe) 2016 Conference during the General Assembly Meeting of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) on August 28th, Prof. Casimir Kulikowski was presented with a certificate for the IMIA Working Group of the Year Award for 2015, which was won by the IMIA History Working Group, which he chairs.

September 15, 2016

AMD has publicly disclosed details of its upcoming Zen microprocessor, which will shipped in desktops, laptops, servers, and CPU-GPU systems in 2017. One of their innovations is a mechanism to improve the performance of TLBs, an important hardware component in modern chips. This “coalescing” TLB mechanism is inspired by Prof. Bhattacharjee and his group’s research and papers at MICRO 2012 and HPCA 2014.

September 6, 2016

Congratulations to Rutgers faculty members Manish Parashar (PI), Clinton Andrews, Vijay Atluri, David Foran, Grace Agnew, Jie Gong, Lindy Ryan, Oscar Schofield, D Silver, Helen Berman, Koji Tanaka, Ryan Womack, Benedetto Piccoli, Thu D. Nguyen, Ivan Rodero, who together with colleagues at Penn State have been awarded a $4 million DIBBs grant for their project entitled “CIF21 DIBBs: EI: Virtual Data Collaboratory (VDC) — A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science”

September 2, 2016

A TV segment produced about the Art&AI lab is nominated for the Mid-Atlantic Emmy's award in the "Arts/Entertainment News Single Story" category. The segment was aired on PBS New Jersey and Philadelphia couple of months ago and can be seen here

August 24, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Zheng Zhang, who has just received an NSF grant entitled ?XPS: EXPL: Cache Management for Data Parallel Architectures,” for an amount of $300,000, covering a three-year period. She is the sole investigator on the project. Current advances in computer science and other disciplines rely on the massive computation horsepower of data parallel architectures, such as GPUs. Programming data parallel architecture is not easy, as it requires the efficient handling of data movements across the memory hierarchy of thousands  of processing cores.

August 24, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Martin Farach-Colton, who has just received an NSF grant for his project entitled “Theory and Implementation of Dynamic Data Structures for the GPU.” The grant is collaborative with John Owens of UC-Davis, and Rutgers’ portion of the grant is $349,409.00.

August 12, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Ulrich Kremer, who has just received an NSF grant entitled “CSR:Small:Energy-aware Redundancy Management,” for an amount of $494,075, covering a three-year period starting 10/01/2016. He is the sole investigator on the project. Redundancy is a fundamental system characteristic that improves productivity and resilience. Each such system has multiple, redundant configuration options with their specific resource requirements and cost/quality tradeoffs.

July 26, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Konstantinos Michmizos, who has received a Busch Biomedical Grant Award for his project, entitled “Computational Neuromodulation: Neuromarkers to personalize Deep Brain Stimulation.” The award is highly competitive, with only 5% of submitted proposals receiving an award.

June 25, 2016

Prof. Rebecca Wright, who also sits on the board of CRA-W, recently participated in a briefing of the congressional Diversity in Tech Caucus, hosted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the Capitol on June 22nd. Together with others, she explained why efforts to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, particularly computing, were worthy of continued Federal support.

June 24, 2016

Congratulations to Long Le, Prof. Chirag Shah, and co-authors. Their paper ?Evaluating the Quality of Educational Answers in Community Question-Answering? just received the Best Student Paper Award in the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2016: The paper was also nominated and considered for the Best Paper Award.

June 21, 2016

Rutgers new supercomputer, named “Caliburn,” is ranked #2 Among Big Ten Universities and #8 Among U.S. Academic Institutions by the Top500 List. The system will provide cutting-edge computing power and data storage to researchers statewide. The project to build this supercomputer was headed by Prof. Manish Parashar, the founding director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2).

June 17, 2016

Congratulations to Profs. Ahmed Elgammal and Vladimir Pavlovic for being promoted to the rank of Professor, effective July 1, 2016.

June 17, 2016

Congratulations to Profs. Kostas Bekris and Jingjin Yu for securing the following NSF grant:

Title: “RI:Small: Taming Combinatorial Challenges in Multi-Object Manipulation”
Funding Source: National Science Foundation – Robust Intelligence Program
Amount of support: $468.5K
Duration: 3 years starting on 9/1/2016
co-PIs: Kostas Bekris, Jingjin Yu

May 17, 2016

The data center for the world’s richest source of oceanographic data, Ocean Observatories Initiative, recently became operational at Rutgers University. The OOI cyberinfrastructure team is led by Manish Parashar, distinguished professor of computer science and founding director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), in collaboration with Scott Glenn and Oscar Schofield, distinguished professors of marine and coastal sciences and directors of the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL).

May 17, 2016

A Rutgers Today article, titled “Computer Scientist, Photographer, or Both?” profiles recent Rutgers Computer Science graduate, Shirley Yu. It covers her unique interests, spanning computer science and photography. Shirley’s photography recently made it to the cover of Time magazine: the March 7th issue of Time features a photograph by Shirley of passengers traveling in a driverless convertible. The article also quotes Prof. Alex Borgida, who interacted closely with Shirley.

May 6, 2016

Semantic Scholar is a new academic search engine from the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence. It uses a number of new metrics to track how research is cited and built upon. This search engine currently in its beta stage, indexes only CS research publications. The latest results rank Rutgers CS at #21 in terms of “Highly Influential Citations”

May 5, 2016

Each year, the Computer Science Graduate Student Society (CSGSS) votes to recognize excellence in graduate-level teaching. For the 2015-2016 academic year, CSGSS has given its teaching award to Prof. James Abello, with Prof. Konstantinos Michmizos the runner-up. Congratulations to both of them.

May 4, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Alex Borgida and his co-authors for being awarded the Ray Reiter Best Paper Prize at the 2016 International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (

Alex Borgida, David Toman, and Grant Weddell
“On Referring Expressions in Query Answering over First-Order Knowledge Bases”

April 27, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Dimitris Metaxas and his collaborators for being awarded a DoD Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) grant. The participating universities in this grant proposal include UMD, UA, UCSB, Rutgers, and Stanford. The grant?s title: “SCAN: Socio-Cultural Attitudinal Networks” in the Topic ?Media Analytics for Developing & Testing Theories of Social Structures & Interaction.? Rutgers?s portion of the grant is $1M over 5 years.

April 26, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. James Abello, Associate teaching professor in the department, who is the PI on the an NSF grant entitled “Computer-Human Graph Tele-discovery” together with D. Chau of Georgia Tech. The grant is for an amount of $1.2 million spanning three years

April 19, 2016

Congratulations to CS undergraduate student Ian Mertz, who has been selected to attend the 2016 Heidelberg Laureate Forum as a student participant. Selection to participate as a student in the Heidelberg Laureate Forums is highly competitive, and participants are selected from a world-wide pool of applicants. Only the 200 most qualified young researchers are granted the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, from September 18-23 in Heidelberg, Germany.

April 17, 2016

The Board of Governors of Rutgers University met yesterday, and voted to promote and award tenure to three faculty members, Prof. Kostas Bekris, Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharjee, and Prof. Swastik Kopparty. Effective July 1st, 2016, they will be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

April 13, 2016

Congratulations to Ph.D. student David Menendez and Prof. Santosh Nagarakatte for receiving an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award for their paper Termination-Checking for LLVM Peephole Optimizations at ICSE’16, the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering, to be held May 14-22, 2016, in Austin, Texas. ICSE is the premier venue for research in software engineering. This year, ICSE accepted 101 papers for publication out of 530 submissions, and 9 of the accepted papers were designated ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished papers.

March 25, 2016

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Mrinal Kumar (advisors Profs. Swastik Kopparty and Shubhangi Saraf) for winning one of twelve university-wide Louis Bevier dissertation fellowships. This fellowship is for selected students who have completed their Ph.D. qualifying exams and have begun their thesis research with an approved dissertation proposal. The fellowship carries a stipend of $22,000

March 21, 2016

The Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab was featured on PBS NJTV and WHYY Philadelphia. The State of the Arts culture show interviewed Professor Ahmed Elgammal and Ph.D. Candidate Babak Saleh who talked about the activities and achievement of the lab.
The show can be seen online at

March 9, 2016

Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharjee’s upcoming ASPLOS’16 paper, COATCheck, is featured on the front page of CFAR, the Center for Future Architectures. CFAR is a consortium of leading computer architecture researchers, from the leading venues such as the University of Michigan, Princeton, UIUC, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, UC-Berkeley, Columbia, UCLA, University of Washington, GATech, and UT-Austin

March 5, 2016

Three graduate students, Tanuj Chawla, Eduard Renart and Riham Elsaadany, participated in a SDN Throwdown event organized by Juniper networks, and won second place.

February 23, 2016

Members of the department have garnered two best paper awards at FAST’16, the 14th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies. FAST’16 recognized two of the published papers this year with best paper awards. We are delighted to announce that both papers have Rutgers authors on them. FAST is being held February 22-25 in Santa Clara, California, and is the leading conference that publishes research on file systems and storage technologies. The conference received 115 submissions, of which 27 were selected for publication, and two selected as best papers.

February 15, 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Badri Nath, who has just been recognized by his alma mater, UMass Amherst for Outstanding Achievement in Research. He earned his Ph.D. degree from UMass in 1989.

February 9, 2016

Prof. Mubbasir Kapadia has co-written a book (with M. Kallmann), entitled “Geometric and Discrete Path Planning for Interactive Virtual Worlds,” to be published by Morgan and Claypool.

February 2, 2016

Vilelmini Kalampratsidou and Ji-Hye Ryu, advised by Prof. Dimitris Metaxas and Prof. Elizabeth Torres (from Rutgers Psychology), are among the 34 Finalists for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2016. Their project is entitled “Body-Brain-Avatar Interface: a tool to study sensory motor integration and neuroplasticity.”

The competition received 129 eligible applications this year from the 18 participating US schools. Each team submitted a proposal, to be considered for funding by the fellowship. A team of over 200 reviewers selected the 34 finalist teams.

January 26, 2016

Congratulations to Babak Saleh and his Ph.D. advisor Prof. Ahmed Elgammal, for winning the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16).

The paper, “Toward a Taxonomy and Computational Models of Abnormalities in Images,” was co-authored with collaborators Prof. Jacob Feldman, from Rutgers Psychology, and Prof. Ali Farhadi, from the University of Washington. The paper will be presented at AAAI-16, to be held in Phoenix, AZ from February 12-17, 2016.

January 22, 2016

Congratulations to the members of the Rutgers Hackathon Club, and their mentor, Lars Sorenson from LCSR, who have emerged as the 1st place winners in the 2015 Fall Hackathon Season. Rutgers beat Waterloo and Purdue, who were 2nd and 3rd place respectively, from fifty-two Major League Hacking Events in North America. More details available from here:

December 17, 2015

Congratulations to our undergraduate student, Geet Sethi, an advisee of Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharjee, for winning an honorable mention for the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Male Researcher Award in the PhD-granting institutions category!

December 11, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Santosh Nagarakatte, who has received a sub-award from an NSF grant awarded originally to the University of Pennsylvania. TC: Small: WATCHDOG: Hardware-Assisted Prevention of All Use-After-Free Security VulnerabilitiesThe sub-award is for the period 8/15-7/17 for a amount of $320, 538. Official details on the grant are here:]]>

November 26, 2015

The CS Department has been selected to participate in the National Center for Women Information Technology (NCWIT) 2016 Pacesetters Program. Participants in this program commit to setting measurable goals and an actionable plan for increasing the representation of women in computing over a two-year timeframe. More information on this program can be found at:

November 24, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Dimitris Metaxas, who has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective January 2016, in recognition of his contributions to computer vision, medical image analysis, and sparse learning methods. ]]>

November 21, 2015

Prof. Mubbasir Kapadia co-authors new book describing computational models of interacting digital humans in semantically rich virtual environments. The book is entitled “Virtual Crowds: Steps Toward Behavioral Realism.” See here for details: This volume presents novel computational models for representing digital humans and their interactions with other virtual characters and meaningful environments.

November 12, 2015

The department has recently introduced a new “Data 101” course (CS142, or officially, 198:142, “Introduction to Data Science”) to respond to the growing interest in data analysis. In Spring 2016, this course will be taught by Prof. Tomasz Imielinski. The course targets non-CS majors, and seeks to equip them with the tools to answer questions such as:
1. How to draw statistically valid conclusions from data?
2. How to present your findings and argue your case (tell the story) with data (very useful in real world)

November 4, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Manish Parashar, who has just received an NSF BIGDATA grant for his project entitled “Fractured Subsurface Characterization using High Performance Computing and Guided by Big Data.” The grant is for an amount of $214571, and the project runs from September 2015 to September 2018. The project is a collaborative effort with Prof. Mary F. Wheeler (Lead PI) and Prof. Mrinal Sen (co-PI) of The University of Texas at Austin, and Prof.

November 4, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Manish Parashar, who has been granted a patent for his invention entitled, “Autonomic workflow management in dynamically federated, hybrid cloud infrastructures”. The patent, US 9086923 B2, was granted in July 2015. Details on the patent may be found here:,086,923+B2 ]]>

October 9, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Santosh Nagarakatte, who has just received a research grant from Intel Corp. The grant, for an amount of $75000, funds his research in the area of “Lightweight Formal Methods for LLVM Verification and a MPX target for LLVM.” Compilers form an integral component of the software development ecosystem. Unfortunately, compiler bugs in mainstream compilers are common, which manifest either as crashes during compilation, or, much worse, result in the silent generation of incorrect programs.

October 8, 2015

 Congratulations to Prof. Dimitris Metaxas and his Ph.D. advisee Menglin Jiang, who won the best student paper award at MICCAI 2015, the 18th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computing Assisted Innovations, held in Munich, Germany.

October 5, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Dimitris Metaxas, who has been assigned a new patent, No 9,142,061, effective 9/22/2015, entitled “Fluid Flow Analysis for Cardiovascular Diagnostics.” For details, see]]>

October 4, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Alexander Schliep and Prof. Martin Farach-Colton, who have just received a grant from the NIH for his project, entitled “Meaningful Data Compression and Reduction of High-Throughput Sequencing Data.” The grant is for an amount of $1.1 million, and is for a duration of 3 years.]]>

September 17, 2015

Rutgers Today carries a feature story about VideoWall, a video portal designed by LCSR and the department of computer science, to help Rutgers connect across campuses and foster collaborative learning experiences. The article quotes Doug Motto of LCSR and Prof.

August 14, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Kostas Bekris, whose proposal titled “Robust Planning for Dynamic Tensegrity Structures” to the NASA Early Career Faculty program has been funded. The grant provides $600K support over a period of 3 years starting this October. Tensegrity is an exciting concept pursued by NASA as a potential planetary exploration platform. The link below shows a video showing the robot developed at NASA Ames from their collaborator, Dr. Vytas SunSpiral, based on tensegrity principles:Prof.

July 20, 2015

In partnership with DIMACS and the Douglass Residential College, the Rutgers Computer Science department is excited to announce plans to develop a living-learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. The program, open by application to female first-year students interested in majoring in computer science, includes a residential program as well as mentoring and co-curricular activities for the students, and is intended to enhance their success and increase the number of women computer science majors at Rutgers.

June 26, 2015

Professor Ahmad Elgammal and his group’s research on using computers to evaluate pieces of art has been featured in the NBC News and Washington Post website.

June 17, 2015

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Adarsh Yoga (advisor: Prof. Santosh Nagarakatte), who has won third place in the graduate student category of the Student Research Competition (SRC), held at the ACM SIGPLAN 2015 Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) held at Portland, Oregon. He wins a cash prize of $200, a bronze medal, and a two-year complimentary membership to the ACM and a subscription to the ACM Digital Library.

May 29, 2015

The first Amazon Picking Challenge, a new competition in robot manipulation, just concluded today and Prof. Kostas Bekris’ team ended up on the 7th spot out of the 28 teams that participated (40 of them initially registered). His team collected 17 points for picking items out of a shelf, which was close to the score of the 3rd team but some calibration and robot driver problems caused us to drop an item and lose the 3rd spot.

May 29, 2015

Congratulations to incoming faculty member, Dr. Abdeslam Boularias (currently a post-doc at CMU), who has just received the best cognitive robotics paper at the ICRA’15 conference for the paper “Grounding Spatial Relations for Outdoor Robot Navigation“. A link to the paper appears here: ]]>

May 22, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. David Cash, who has just been awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER award for his project entitled “CAREER: Cryptography for Secure Outsourcing.” The grant runs from June 2015 to May 2020 and is for a total amount of $566,912. The project considers a situation that is all too common today: Individuals and organizations routinely trust third party providers to hold sensitive data, putting it at risk of exposure.