Quote of the Day from V.S. Subrahmanian

New Europe is running an interview with our very own V.S. Subrahmanian:

In today’s world, the capture of a terrorist leader or the destruction of a terror cell is one of the basic functions of any intelligence agency in the world today. Computer scientist V.S. Subrahmanian is applying a big data approach to fighting terror by trying to put more objective analysis into decisions about which terrorists to target.

His work stands squarely at the intersection of big data analytics for increased security, policy, and business needs.

Using sophisticated software, Subrahmanian – a Dartmouth College Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society – calls the programme STONE, short for the Shaping Terrorist Organization Network Efficacy. It is a schematic of a terrorist network that identifying individuals, subgroups and affiliations. The software assigns a number to measure the lethality of the terror organisation, the higher the number, the more dangerous the group is.

Robots and AI to support research on harmful blue-green algae

A team of scientists from research centers stretching from Maine to South Carolina will combine big data, artificial intelligence and robotics with new and time-tested techniques for lake sampling to understand where, when, and how cyanobacterial blooms form in lakes across the East Coast in a 4-year project supported by NSF ($3 million, renewable to $5.9 M).

The research team brings together experts in freshwater ecology, computer science, engineering and geospatial science from Bates College, Colby College, Dartmouth, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island and the University of South Carolina.

Andrew Campbell Presented with SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award!

Andrew Campbell and his PhD students received the prestigious ACM SIGMOBILE Test-of-Time Award for their 2008 paper:

Miluzzo E, Lane ND, Fodor K, Peterson R, Lu H, Musolesi M, Eisenman SB, Zheng X, Campbell AT. "Sensing meets mobile social networks: the design, implementation and evaluation of the cenceme application." ACM SenSys, 2008.

The award citation states:

CenceMe was the first paper to demonstrate how smartphones can be used to derive rich behavioral insights continuously from onboard sensors. Since its publication, the work has inspired a huge body of research and commercial endeavors that has continued to increase the breadth and depth of personal sensing. Some of the activity inference methods that are now common in smartphone operating systems can be traced back to the original CenceMe system.

This is a seminal paper that spearheaded the field of smartphone sensing. Today, activity recognition is integrated into the operating system of every Android and iPhone.

Prof. Peter Winkler begins job at Museum of Mathematics

Peter Winkler, the William Morrill Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, has been named the Second Distinguished Chair for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York.

But you can just call him "puzzle master."

Winkler, who teaches combinatorics, probability, and the theory of computing at Dartmouth and holds a dozen patents in cryptography, holography, and distributed computing, left this month to begin "A Year of Puzzles" at MoMath. During his one year away from Dartmouth, he will lead a series of public initiatives, including teaching mini-courses in puzzle solving; holding special events at city high schools; and hosting a series of puzzle-themed dinners for executives on probability and decision theory.

Sydcast interviews Patricia Hannaway

Patricia Hannaway recently did a postcast interview with Sydney Finkelstein.

Have you heard of Lord of the Rings? And, of course, the character Golem? Or maybe you’ve seen Mulan – one of Disney’s feature productions. Did you ever think about who brought those characters to life via animation and computer graphics? My guest this week might be able to help – because she’s the one who did the work! An accomplished animator, teacher, artist, and even ex-Wall Street banker, Patricia Hannaway’s work has spanned numerous fields. As with so many people I’m fortunate enough to talk to on the podcast, Patricia comes to us in multi-color and multi-dimension. The personal and the professional always meld together in defining ways, often leading us to unexpected experiences. For Patricia, that means engaging with people as diverse as Andy Warhol, Steve Jobs, and Barack Obama. Patricia Hannaway is the perfect dinner-party guest and, as you’re about to hear, the perfect podcast guest. Clip on your ear pods and come join us.

Check out the full interview over at thesydcast.com.

Computer Science Has a Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou

Associate Professor of Computer Science Xia Zhou is a rock star, and now she has an award to prove it. 

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest educational and scientific computing society in the world, has awarded Zhou the ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar Award. SIGMOBILE is the ACM’s organizational division “dedicated to all things mobile.”

The ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar award committee selected Zhou “in recognition of her outstanding early-career contributions and impact on our field: for multidisciplinary research examining unconventional wireless spectrum frequencies to build next-generation wireless systems and spearheading the field of ‘visible light sensing,’ which turns the ubiquitous light around us into a powerful medium that integrates data communication and human behavioral sensing. The RockStar Award is our community’s acknowledgement of the depth, impact, and novelty of Xia’s research,” writes Edward Knightly, chair of the award committee. 

CS Faculty Reach Out to Local Schoolchildren

Dartmouth News has a story about how Dartmouth faculty, including our very own Alberto Quattrini Li, are reaching out to schoolchildren in the community as a way of sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm, and excitement about STEM fields. From the story:

For the past four years, Dan Rockmore has been working with students at Hanover’s Bernice A. Ray School (K-5) and the Frances C. Richmond Middle School. This includes leading a cohort of computer scientists during the annual “Hour of Code” week—an international effort to celebrate the field of computer science.