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!

Professor Ran Canetti wins RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics

By Laura KnipeApril 18th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Ran Canetti has received the RSA Conference Award!  This award, which was also given this year to Rafail Ostrovsky, is in recognition of lifetime achievement in the field of computer security.  The category for which Ran was honored isExcellence in the Field of Mathematics.  This award reflects the amazing impact that Ran has (already) had over the course of his career in the field of cryptography (see

The text of the award reads:

This year’s award honors both, Ran Canetti, professor of Computer Science at Boston University and Tel-Aviv University and Rafail Ostrovsky, professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at UCLA for their groundbreaking, influential work on Novel Models and Protocol Notions for Secure Computation Tasks. Their combined experience developing novel problems, models and fundamental notions, opened the door for multiple new directions in cryptography. Jointly, they made essential contributions to proactive security, efficient zero-knowledge protocols, novel signature schemes and encryption schemes with additional properties, including deniable encryption. Professor Canetti made crucial contributions to Universal Composability, limitations of Random Oracle Model and HMAC function. Professor Ostrovsky enhanced encryption in new directions for big data, including Oblivious RAM and its applications, Encryptions with keyword search on cypher texts, Private Information Retrieval for single server and efficient searching and processing of encrypted data in the cloud with strong privacy guarantees.


Congratulations Professor Canetti!

BU Giving Day Results!

By Laura KnipeApril 12th, 2018

On April 11, 2018, Boston University had its annual Giving Day and raised over $3,000,000! The Department of Computer Science raised $2,157 to improve student programming and our Course Assistance program.

The CS Department ranked ninth in both the College of Arts and Sciences Departmental Challenge and the CAS Departmental Most Improved Challenge. There was a total of 38 donors, which is a 146.15% increase from 2017. Thank you to all our generous donors for your continued support!

Professor Peter Chin attending Naval Academies’ Naval Studies Board Workshop

By Laura KnipeApril 5th, 2018

BU Department of Computer Science Professor, Peter Chin, has been asked to participate in an upcoming Naval Studies Board (NSB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Workshop on April 10-11. The workshop will explore the challenge of accelerating delivery of innovative and emerging technologies to U.S. Naval Forces. Congratulations Professor Chin!

2018 ASAR Competition Award Update

By Laura KnipeApril 4th, 2018

Dr. Randa Elanwar, a researcher who recently spent a few months in the Image and Video Computing research group at CS@BU, Prof. Margrit Betke, and their collaborators won the “Layout Analysis of Arabic Historical Manuscripts — Segmentation Challenge” at The 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Arabic and derived Script Analysis & Recognition (ASAR), held at The Alan Turing Institute, United Kingdom, March 12-14, 2018.

New Paper on Cryptocurrency and Security from Prof. Goldberg

By Jacob HarringtonMarch 2nd, 2018in Recent News

A new paper from Associate Professor Sharon Goldberg, PhD student Ethan Heilman, and University of Pittsburgh researcher Yuval Marcus discusses eclipse attacks on blockchains, how these attacks are carried out on the Ethereum network, and what steps should be taken to guard against such attacks. The paper, entitled “Low-Resource Eclipse Attacks on Ethereum’s Peer-to-Peer Network,” has received attention from Bitcoin Magazine. The article can be found here, and the paper can be read here.