Faculty

Three new faculty joining CS

Three new faculty members are joining the Computer Science department--Emily Whiting, Wojciech Jarosz, and Qiang Liu. Emily Whiting will be on campus starting this coming Fall 2014, and Wojciech Jarosz and Qiang Liu will join us in the Fall of 2015.

Emily Whiting completed her postdoctoral training at ETH Zurich, prior to which she received both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. Her research interests include architectural geometry, masonry structures, procedural modeling, computer-aided design, and 3D fabrication.

Wojciech Jarosz comes to us via Disney Research, Zürich, where he has been a Senior Research Scientist. His work has aimed to understand "why things look the way they do," how interaction between light and objects can be simulated efficiently, and how physical objects can be created with control over their appearance.

Prof. Bratus Tackles Ubiquitous Internet Insecurity

Dartmouth’s Sergey Bratus is on a mission to protect the Internet from cyber attacks and other criminal enterprises. It’s a big job.

Among his concerns about what he calls the “ubiquitous Internet insecurity” are credit card and identity theft and other misuses of the information highway. “We also hear reports of Internet infringement by repressive regimes targeting computers and smartphones of dissidents and protesters across the world,” says Bratus, a research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Read full Dartmouth Now article

Drs. Zhou and Campbell win Google Faculty Research Award

Prof. Xia Zhou and Prof. Andrew Campbell won Google Faculty Research Award (http://research.google.com/university/relations/research_awards.html) for their work on boosting Wi-Fi energy efficiency for smart devices. Their proposed work centers on a simple yet highly effective architectural change to today’s smart devices, which holds the potential to achieve significant energy saving while maximizing Wi-Fi connectivity.

Learn more about the work of Dr. Zhou and Dr. Campbell and other research in the department.

Chip Elliott Named ACM Fellow

Congratulations to Chip Elliott, an adjunct professor of Computer Science, for being named a 2013 ACM Fellow! The Association for Computing Machinery's most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Chip was selected "for scientific contributions enabling quantum communications, advanced tactical networks, and programming literacy." Read more at the ACM Fellows site

“The Grassy Knoll Revisited” Probes Chaos of JFK’s Death

Dennis Grady can still remember his teachers freaking out and recall coming home to his distraught parents on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

“It occurred to me the people who are students now were about that age when 9/11 happened,” says Grady, exhibits designer with Dartmouth Library Education & Outreach. “Everything you assumed about the way the world worked was turned upside down.”

Grady samples this raw, destabilizing uncertainty in “The Grassy Knoll Revisited: On the Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK,” an exhibition drawn from the holdings of Baker-Berry Library and Rauner Special Collections Library.

“On November 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, by Lee Harvey Oswald/anti-Castro Cubans/the Mafia/the CIA/the FBI/the Secret Service/the KGB/LBJ,” writes Grady in his introduction to the exhibition.

Harnessing Smartphones to Prevent Psychosis

There is no known cure for schizophrenia, but Dartmouth’s Dror Ben-Zeev and his team are working on ways to help those who suffer from it. The disease is chronic, often fluctuating between psychotic episodes and periods of remission.

“We are developing a mobile system that can detect early warning signs of impending episodes, and trigger time-sensitive interventions that may help prevent relapses into psychosis,” says Ben-Zeev, a clinical psychologist, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine and a researcher at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that many have come to know about through actor Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Nobel Laureate John Nash in the movie A Beautiful Mind. People with schizophrenia may hear voices, see things that aren’t there, fear they are in danger, and suffer other debilitating symptoms. It is typically treated with medication supported by psychotherapy, but Ben-Zeev says this may be insufficient for several reasons.

Dartmouth IT Security Institute Gets New Leadership

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Professor of Computer Science Sean Smith is assuming the leadership of Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS). The institute is dedicated to pursuing research and education to advance information security and privacy throughout society.

The torch has been passed to him by Denise Anthony, associate professor of sociology and director of ISTS since 2008. “I can move on from my position as director knowing that it is in Sean’s capable hands,” says Anthony. “Sean is a leading thinker in computer security and privacy research, and he is also an excellent teacher and collaborator who embodies the mission of ISTS.”

Anthony is embarking on a nine-month sabbatical and will continue to be involved in collaborative research projects through ISTS focused on privacy and healthcare IT as well as efforts to promote STEM education and career opportunities for women and minorities.

Algorithm: A Ninth-Century Term for 21st-Century Computing

Joseph Blumberg

Computer scientist Thomas Cormen still remembers that he “only got an A minus” in his algorithms course at Princeton. This minor blemish on his academic record didn’t stop Cormen, a New Yorker, from graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Curiously, it turns out that much of his professional life has revolved around the science of algorithms.

Whether we know it or not, our lives revolve around algorithms. Much of what we do today depends on computers, and algorithms are the step-by-step sets of instructions a computer must follow in order to do its job.

“Algorithms are at the core of all things digital,” says Cormen, a professor and chair of Dartmouth’s Department of Computer Science. “They run on your laptop, your smartphone, your GPS device, and in systems imbedded in your car, your microwave oven—everywhere.”

Safeguarding Medical Information in Cyberspace (VPR)

Private medical records have moved from filing cabinets to cyberspace, raising concerns about the privacy and security of personal health and medical information systems found in mobile devices or cloud-based services, notes VPR.

As the story points out, research led by Dartmouth’s David Kotz, associate dean of the faculty for the sciences and the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science, will look for ways to safeguard health and medical records.

“Now with these mobile technologies, people can use these computing devices pretty much anywhere, so that means that we are collecting information from more parts of your life, from more places in your life than you might have been comfortable having collected,” Kotz tells VPR. “So it raises a whole lot of privacy issues that we would certainly like to ameliorate.”

The research is funded by a $10-million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, VPR reports.

Listen to the full story, broadcast 8/23/13 on VPR.

Software That Exposes Faked Photos (The New York Times)

New software developed by Dartmouth’s Hany Farid and his colleagues can determine whether a photo is fake—or has been altered—by analyzing shadows that cannot be seen by the naked eye, reports The New York Times.

The software, says Farid, may be helpful in the field of photo forensics, which the Times points out is increasingly important in the age of Photoshop and other image-manipulation software.

The software is able to analyze an image in ways the naked eye cannot, notes the Times. “Perceptual studies show that the brain is largely insensitive to gross inconsistencies in shadows,” Farid, a professor of computer science, tells the newspaper. “That means that an analyst may not be very good at determining whether shadows are real or not. But more importantly, it means a forger may not notice when he or she places an incorrect shadow on an image.”

Read the full story, published 8/19/13 by The New York Times.

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