Congratulations to our 2016 graduating class. Best of luck to you all!
By Stanley E Sclaroff
Toshiaki Higashihara will assume his new role as President of Hitachi in April according to a statement sent to the Tokyo Stock Exchange on January 8. Mr. Higashihara earned his masters degree in CS from our department in 1990.
Azer Bestavros, who co-chairs BU’s council exploring technology and education, says the online platform edX is a perfect fit for the University.
CS PhD student Danna Gurari, CS MA student Seule Ki Kim, CS Professor Margrit Betke, and their coauthors won a Best Paper Award for their paper “SAGE: An Approach and Implementation Empowering Quick and Reliable Quantitative Analysis of Segmentation Quality” at the IEEE Workshop on the Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) in Clearwater, Florida, in January 2013. This was one of two awards selected among 161 submitted and 75 accepted papers at WACV. Read more.
Gonca Gürsun, Natali Ruchansky, Evimaria Terzi and Mark Crovella have won an IRTF/IETF Applied Networking Research Prize, for their paper “Routing State Distance: A Path-based Metric for Network Analysis.” This work was presented at the 2012 Internet Measurement Conference, and will be a featured presentation at an upcoming IETF meeting.
36 papers were considered in this cycle, out of which only 4 were chosen for the Applied Networking Research Prize in 2013. Each submission was reviewed by eight members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet.
Vatche Ishakian, Ray Sweha, Azer Bestavros and Jonathan Appavoo win Best Paper Award for their paper, “CloudPack: Exploiting Workload Flexibility Through Rational Pricing,” to be presented at the ACM/IFIP/USENIX 13th International Conference on Middleware.
Margrit Betke has been elected to Senior Member of the IEEE in October 2013. The recognition is bestowed upon members with at least 10 years of professional experience, at least five years of significant research performance in terms of technical contribution and professional leadership, and endorsement by at least three IEEE Fellows or Senior Members. The IEEE reserves Senior Member status for only 8 percent of its approximately 400,000 members.
Margrit Betke has been elected to Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for 2013. As part of its recognition of excellence, the ACM honors those whose contributions to the computing field have helped make the world better in countless ways. The Senior Member status recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers. The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with over 100,000 members. Each year, only about 100 ACM members are awarded Senior Membership.
The BU Student ACM / BUILDS team has qualified for the finals of NYU-Poly’s CSAW (Cyber-Security Awareness Week) Capture-the-Flag competition, where teams compete to solve challenges relevant to modern computer security.
BUILDS will send a team of four to the finals, which are at NYU-Poly, in Brooklyn, from Thursday, 15 November to Saturday, 17 November. Our team is:
- Allan Wirth 2015 Computer Science
- Danny Cooper 2013 Computer Science
- Jeff Crowell 2013 Computer Engineering
- George Silvis, III 2014 Math/Ancient Greek [Treasurer of BUILDS]
In addition, the following people participated in the qualifying round two weeks ago:
- Giancarlo Duncan 2013 Computer Science
- John-Nicholas Furst 2013 Computer Engineering [Secretary of BUILDS]
- Avery Gray 2014 Computer Science
- Monica Gribouski 2013 Computer Science [President of BUILDS]
- Anthony Inzero 2013 Computer Science
- Andrew Mohn 2014 Mathematics
- Jeff Sullivan 2013 Computer Science
- Liam Wang 2013 Computer Science
Out of 722 teams that participated in the preliminary round, BUILDS placed 44th, and out of the undergraduate teams eligible to qualify, we took 13th. We are pleased that BUILDS will represent Boston University in this internationally recognized competition.
You can find more information about the CSAW CTF competition at NYU-Poly’s website, http://www.poly.edu/csaw2012 .
A team of faculty from BU ECE and CS, including Azer Bestavros and Assaf Kfoury, has won a new NSF grant to support their research project: A Cyber-Physical Infrastructure for the Smart City.
The project aims at making cities “smarter” by engineering processes such as traffic control, efficient parking services, and new urban activities such as recharging electric vehicles. To that end, the research will study the components needed to establish a Cyber-Physical Infrastructure for urban environments and address fundamental problems that involve data collection, resource allocation, real-time decision making, safety, and security. Accordingly, the research is organized along two main directions: (i) Sensing and data acquisition using a new mobile sensor network paradigm designed for urban environments; and (ii) Decision Support for the “Smart City” relying on formal verification and certification methods coupled with innovative dynamic optimization techniques used for decision making and resource allocation. The work will bring together and build upon methodological advances in optimization under uncertainty, computer simulation, discrete event and hybrid systems, control and games, system security, and formal verification and safety.
Target applications include: a “Smart Parking” system where parking spaces are optimally assigned and reserved, and vehicular traffic regulation. The research has the potential of revolutionizing the way cities are viewed: from a passive living and working environment to a highly dynamic one with new ways to deal with transportation, energy, and safety. Teaming up with stakeholders in the Boston Back Bay neighborhood, the City of Boston, and private industry, the research team expects to establish new collaborative models between universities and urban groups for cutting-edge research embedded in the deployment of an exciting technological, economic, and sociological development.
This is a collaborative research project with U Mass and U Conn.
The award totals $1M ($700K to BU + $150K to UMass + $150K to UConn).
The investigators in the project include:
- Christos Cassandras (PI), Azer Bestavros, Assaf Kfoury, and Yannis Paschalidis [BU]
- Weibo Gong [UMass Amherst]
- Robert Gao [UConn]