BU Announces New Data Sciences Center

By Christopher R DevitsOctober 2nd, 2018in Recent News

Boston University’s President Robert Brown announced that the University plans to build a new 17-story building on Commonwealth Avenue that houses the new Data Sciences Center. In an effort to become one of the nation’s leading interdisciplinary research institutions, the new structure will house the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and the Hariri Institute for Computing under one roof. BU expects that this new building, in conjunction with its renowned faculty and staff, will be a key driver in preparing its students for an evolving workforce that is becoming increasingly reliant on computing and data sciences.

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John Byers named Interim Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Mathematical & Computational Sciences

Professor John Byers

On Monday Sept. 17, BU CS Professor Stan Sclaroff, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, informed the College community that he has selected BU CS Professor John Byers to serve as Interim Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Mathematical & Computational Sciences. Congratulations John!

The full official notification is below: More

BU Team Awarded $1,000,000 NSF Grant to Analyze Public Communication

By Christopher R DevitsSeptember 11th, 2018in Faculty, Recent News

We are excited to announce that BU Researchers have been awarded $1,000,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their proposal titled BIGDATA: IA: Multiplatform, Multilingual, and Multimodal Tools for Analyzing Public Communication in over 100 Languages.

AIEM Team members at a recent meeting

The interdisciplinary group is led by BU CS Professor Margrit Betke, and includes Derry Wijaya (BU CS Assistant Professor), Lei Guo (COM Assistant Professor and CS Affifliated Faculty), and Prakash Ishwar (Professor, ENG-ECE).

This research project will involve collecting multilingual, multiplatform, and multimodal corpora of text and images originating in the U.S. and reported worldwide, developing an interactive budget-efficient methodology for annotation by experts and crowdworkers that scales effectively, using machine learning and deep learning techniques that exploit multilingual and multimodal representations to develop data analytics tools for entity and frame recognition, sentiment analysis of entities and frames, and curating balanced real-time content collections for many languages. This project is expected to generate analytical tools for social scientists and others to better examine the international flow of public communications. The annotated data will provide training and benchmark datasets that can propel research in entity and frame recognition, sentiment analysis, and other related natural language processing tasks for many languages.

The full abstract and award notification is available at the NSF website. More

Red Hat hosts 32 BU interns at the cutting edge

By Christopher R DevitsSeptember 4th, 2018in Recent News, Student

Grace Colbert (CFA’19) (left) and Fiona Whittington (COM’19) talk about projects in progress to fellow interns and Red Hat staff at a lunchtime series at the company’s offices in the Seaport District.

From BU Today – As a computer science major, Chloe Kaubisch was already looking for a tech internship last November when an opportunity surfaced at the Boston office of Red Hat. She knew the fast-growing company was the leading provider of open-source enterprise software, but what sealed it for her was the chance to work on ChRIS Research Integration Service, created with Boston Children’s Hospital.

Kaubisch (CAS’20) is part of a team of engineers and interns using open-source software and cloud computing technologies to make high-powered computing more widely available for medical analytics, while allowing healthcare organizations to maintain control of their data. More

Introducing High School Women to the World of Artificial Intelligence

Students in BU’s AI4ALL program visited IBM’s Watson Health Building in Cambridge earlier this month, where they learned about the different ways artificial intelligence can be applied to the health industry. Photo courtesy of BU AI4ALL

From BU Today – On a recent afternoon, 25 young high school women gathered in a BU computer science (CS) classroom to learn about artificial intelligence (AI). Half of them were learning the basics of Computer Vision for American Sign Language alphabet recognition. They watched as a photograph of a house transformed on-screen into a numerical code that the artificial intelligence software could understand. The rest of the students were engaged in a project called Twitter Classification for Disaster Relief, where they were using a Naive Bayes classifier to classify by category tweets relating to Hurricane Sandy.

The young women were enrolled in Boston University AI4ALL, a new summer program designed to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the overwhelmingly male AI field. The three-week program, which concluded earlier this month, introduced the rising juniors and seniors from the Boston area to AI through a series of team projects, industry field trips, and presentations from guest speakers, capped off with a group research project and presentation to friends and family. More

Stan Sclaroff Named Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences

From BU Today – Stan Sclaroff, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of computer science, has been appointed dean ad interim of Arts & Sciences for the current academic year. A leading scholar in computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning, he replaces Ann Cudd, who stepped down as dean July 31 to become provost of the University of Pittsburgh. A nationwide search for a permanent dean will launch this fall.

A CAS faculty member since 1995, Sclaroff brings a wealth of leadership experience to his new role. He was previously associate dean of the faculty for mathematical and computational sciences and was chair of the computer science department from 2007 to 2013.

“I see my role as an advocate for, a champion for, an enabler for, a facilitator for all of the departments and programs in the college, and a connector,” he says. “The point being I’ll focus on a more complete picture of the college, when previously I was looking at a slice.” More

Professor Emily Whiting awarded new NSF award

On Friday, July 27th, NSF awarded Professor Emily Whiting a new grant. This new NSF grant will support new research on “Computational Joinery,” collaborative with Robotics Professors at Dartmouth College and SUNY at Albany. The project will develop theory, techniques, and mechanical designs needed for robots to rapidly build large, rigid structures from blocks that geometrically interlock, without the need for fasteners, cement, or glue. The work is motivated by the desire to quickly assemble structurally strong buildings, furniture, and devices, in such a way that the structure may later be disassembled and the parts re-used. Fabricating in parts presents many advantages: for instance, individual components may be fabricated efficiently, packed for storage and transport, repaired or replaced as needed, and design changes can be made readily in response to changing customer needs. Design of smooth surface finishes allows applications such as modular furniture and packaging of delicate parts for shipping, and embedding mechanical or electrical components will allow rapid construction of robots and other devices.

Professor Whiting leads and directs The Shape Lab at Boston University, which is a branch of the Vision & Graphics Group in the Department of Computer Science.

Congratulations, Professor Whiting!

Congratulations BU CS Class of 2018!

On Friday May 18 the Department of Computer Science welcomed nearly a thousand guests, friends, and family members to our commencement exercises to celebrate our 150+ students graduating with a degree in Computer Science. The ceremony was the largest ever in the Department’s history!

The ceremony included an inspiring student address from Kylie Moses (CAS’18):

We also recognized the accomplishments and heard from our distinguished Alumnus, Aaron Rasmussen (CAS’06, COM’06):

More photos and videos from this special day can be viewed at the Department’s Facebook page.

Congratulations again to all our new alumni, and we look forward to hearing about your many successes in the years to come!