Faculty

World-Renowned Expert Appointed to Cybersecurity Cluster

V.S. Subrahmanian—whose work in data science and cybersecurity has been used to accurately forecast the behavior of terrorist networks, detect bots on social media platforms, prevent rhinoceros poaching, and much more—has been named the inaugural Dartmouth College Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society, beginning Aug. 1.

The position is the senior appointment to the new Academic Cluster in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society—part of President Phil Hanlon ’77’s academic initiative to extend Dartmouth’s impact on critical global challenges through the creation of 10 interdisciplinary groups focused on issues from health care delivery to engineering in the Arctic to the challenges and opportunities of globalization. In 2014, the College received a $100 million gift from an anonymous donor, half of which was used as a match toward creation of the academic clusters. Another gift from an anonymous donor is funding professorships, including Subrahmanian’s, within the cybersecurity cluster.

What, Exactly, Is Delight? Can It Be Designed and Measured?

When we say we are “delighted,” what do we mean? Can a delightful experience be thoughtfully designed and evaluated? Thalia Wheatley, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, is looking for answers to those questions. So this spring, she teamed up with Lorie Loeb, a research professor of computer science and director of the DALI Lab, to teach an experimental course called “Impact Design.”

Read the whole article over at Dartmouth News.

Prof. David Kotz and Kobby Essien Win Prestigious SIGMOBILE Test-of-Time Award

David Kotz and Kobby Essien received mobile computing's most prestigious award for their technical paper:  "Analysis of a Campus-wide Wireless Network".

From the SIGMOBILE website:

This paper was the first to systematically demonstrate how to measure and understand a production-scale wireless network, which was previously considered an impenetrable black box. This led to an incredible amount of follow-on work, with the measurement methods and analysis mechanisms proposed in this paper still being used. This paper was also the spark for the creation of the CRAWDAD data repository, which has been of immense value to the wireless research community.

Check out the full story, including information about the other awardees at the SIGMOBILE ToT award website

You can find more information about this research project at Dartmouth's campus-wide wireless network research page.

Prof. Farid discusses online extremism on Science Friday

Listen here.

Back in the early 2000s, the internet had a problem with child pornography. For its part, the United States hadn’t anticipated the explosion of illegal images that had come online in the early days of the internet. Tracking these illegal activities became much more difficult, and removing all trace of the images from the World Wide Web seemed nearly impossible. So government officials turned to Silicon Valley for help.

Jessica Fan '17 wins CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Jessica Fan '17, who received the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Honorable Mention for PhD-granting institutions. This award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.

Jessica Fan worked together with Professor Tom Cormen on the research paper:

Cormen, T. H. and Fan J. C., "Dense Gray Codes, or Easy Ways to Generate Cyclic and Non-Cyclic Gray Codes For the First n Whole Numbers," 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, October 2016.

Hany Farid Honored by the National Academy of Inventors

From Dartmouth News:

Hany Farid, the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

NAI fellow status is granted to academic inventors “who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” NAI President Paul Sanberg wrote to Farid, “Congratulations on this great achievement and recognition as a truly prolific academic inventor.”

Wojciech Jarosz and team render sand, snow and salt

Be it sand, snow or a bowl of spices, rendering massive aggregations of granular materials is a challenge for animators. A new method developed by researchers from Disney Research, ETH Zurich and Dartmouth's very own Prof. Wojciech Jarosz, proposes a method to handle this problem with unprecedented accuracy and computational efficiency. The technique makes it possible to show fine detail - the varying shapes and colors of grains and glints of light - as well as the smoother appearance that characterizes granular materials when seen at a greater distance. Check out the animated results from the research paper:

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