undergraduate students

Themistoklis Haris '21 wins Town Prize in CS

Themis Haris '21 was selected by the Computer Science faculty as this year's winner of the Francis L. Town Scientific Prize in Computer Science.

This prize was established by the bequest of Francis L. Town, a member of the class of 1856 from Lancaster, New Hampshire, and is offered annually to "one meritorious and deserving student in each department of scientific study at the College" as of the end of the sophomore year.

As winner of the Town Prize, Themis joins a small group of very distinguished Dartmouth scientists. Congratulations!

The Danger of Predictive Algorithms in Criminal Justice

Predictive algorithms may help us shop, discover new music or literature, but do they belong in the courthouse? Dartmouth professor Hany Farid reverse engineers the inherent dangers and potential biases of recommendations engines built to mete out justice in today's criminal justice system.

Check out the TEDx video on Youtube:


Student-created AI game Monad wins 2018 Kemeny Prize

The 2018 Kemeny prize winners are Kyle Dotterrer, Gabe Boning, Robin Jayaswal, Paul Spangfort, and Tong Xu for their team entry: Monad.  As they describe it:

Monad is an artificial intelligence programming challenge. The user-facing component of the project is a web client through which users upload code that implements an artificial intelligence agent (hereafter referred to as a “bot”) intended to effectively play an original game of our design. Once a user’s bot is uploaded, matches pitting a user’s bot against 1 – 3 others are generated, and each user’s standing and statistics on the platform are updated based on the results.

You can try it out yourselves at http://playmonad.com.

Exploring Applications of Technology in Health and Wellness

Dartmouth News is running an article about George Boateng ’16, Thayer ’17, and how he is using his CS and engineering degrees to make a difference in education and health in the developing world.

From the article:

George Boateng ’16, Thayer ’17, arrived at Dartmouth in 2012 with an agenda. He had come 5,000 miles, seeking ways to make a difference in education and health in the developing world—in his native Ghana, in particular.

At Dartmouth, he gained hands-on experience in computer science and engineering in a place where his work had the potential to produce real-world applications. Boateng proceeded to blaze a trail marked by accolades for his research and recognition for his humanitarian accomplishments. Most recently, he won Dartmouth’s Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for Emerging Leadershipfor his work as co-founder and president of the nonprofit Nsesa Foundation.

Neerja Thakkar '19 Wins Adobe Research Scholarship

To bring more gender diversity to the technology industry, Adobe Research created the Women-in-Technology Scholarship program to recognize outstanding undergraduate female students anywhere in the world who are studying computer science.

This year, Dartmouth CS's Neerja Thakkar '19, is one of just 10 students to win this award internationally.

Congratulations Neerja!

You can read more about the award and the other receipients at Adobe's website.

Can Algorithms Accurately Predict Crime?

Julia Dressel ’17 and Professor Hany Farid caution that the computer algorithms may be no more accurate at predicting recidivism than people with no criminal justice experience. “What we’ve shown should give the courts some pause,” Farid tells The Atlantic.

See the Science Advances article and The Atlantic article for more.

Margaret Lawson '18 named Finalist for CRA Award

Congratulations to Margaret Lawson '18, who was named as a Finalist for the Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. Margaret was first author on the paper "EMPRESS—Extensible Metadata PRovider for Extreme-scale Scientific Simulation," and she delivered the talk at the 2017 Parallel Data Storage Workshop-Data Intensive Scalable Computing Workshop at the Supercomputing Conference SC'17. EMPRESS is a novel metadata service to support scientific discovery from extreme-scale scientific simulations.

"Rewriting the Code" Recruits Dartmouth Tennis & Computer Science Woman

Allison Chuang, a rising junior majoring in CS, participated in Rewriting the Code this summer in Durham, NC. Rewriting the Code is focused on recruiting,
retaining and advancing women in tech. Sue Harnett recently wrote an article about the program and Allison's involvement in it. Check out the full article here.

Jessica Fan wins Gazzaniga Family Science Award

Jessica Fan won the Gazzaniga Family Science Award, which is given to a graduating senior in the sciences for scientific accomplishments. Jessica had two published papers by the time she graduated, and she will be presenting her paper, “Dense Gray Codes in Mixed Radices,” this week at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), in Aachen Germany.