Student Accolades

  • Undergraduates Herve Aniglo and Kareem Dasilva received a Google igniteCS grant to hold a drone programming camp in April 2017.
  • Undergraduate student Kareem Dasilva won the 2016 National BDPA Mobile App Showcase.
  • Graduate student Austin Henley and Prof. Scott Fleming are co-authors on "Foraging and Navigations, Fundamentally: Developers' Predictions of Value and Cost," which received an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at FSE 2016.
  • Graduate student Nazir Saleheen was the lead author on "mSieve: Differential Behavioral Privacy in Time Series of Mobile Sensor Data," which received an Honorable Mention at ACM UbiComp 2016.
  • Graduate student Austin Henley and Prof. Scott Fleming won the Best Paper Award at VL/HCC 2016 for their paper "Yestercode: Improving Code-Change Support in Visual Dataflow Programming Environments."
  • Undergraduate student Heather Duke was selected as a 2016 Scholar to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
  • Undergraduate student Herve Aniglo won the Association for Management Information Systems (AMIS) 1st Annual techUP! Competition, held on April 9, 2016 at the U of M's Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
  • A team of two graduate (Kul Subedi, Sujit Shrestha) and two undergraduate (Robert Edstrom, Nick Gordon) students won 2nd place at the CANSec Cyber Defense Competition, held in Little Rock on Oct. 24., 2015.
  • Undergraduate students Herve Aniglo and Kareem Dasilva received 1st place in the first annual hackathon at the 2015 National Society of Black Engineers Region 3 Fall Regional Conference. They were invited to showcase their app during the March 2016 NSBE Annual Convention and to continue working on the app over the summer as an internship opportunity.
  • Graduate student Maria Luong was selected as a 2015 Scholar to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
  • Graduate student Minsheng Zhang received student travel grants to attend the ACM Conference on Information-Centric Networking (ICN 2015) from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015.
  • Graduate students Minsheng Zhang and Muktadir Chowdhury received student travel grants to attend the NDN Community Meeting (NDNComm 2015) from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2015. They both participated in the first NDNComm hackathon, and the project Minsheng participated in received the first place award from the judges.
  • Graduate students Rajendra Banjade, Dipesh Gautam, Nabin Maharjan, and Nobal Niraula were on a team that received 1st place in the SemEval-2015 Semantic Textual Similarity Competition.
  • Graduate students Kul Prasad Subedi and Charles Lancaster Jr. were on a team that won the Cyber Defense One Vulnerability and Exploit Competition (Capture the Flag) at the 2014 Middle TN Cyber Summit.
  • Graduate students Amin Ahsan Ali and Syed Monowar Hossain were awarded NSF-funded student travel grants to attend the prestigious ACM SenSys 2012 conference and its accompanying mHealthSys workshop.
  • Graduate student Nobal Niraula was a co-author on "Automated Detection of Local Coherence in Short Argumentative Essays Based on Centering Theory," which won the Best Paper award at the 2012 Int. Conf. on Computational Linguistics (CICLing).
  • Graduate student Cristian Moldovan was a co-author on a paper that received Honorable Mention for the Best Paper award at the 2011 Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference.
  • Undergraduate student Charles Ellis and graduate student Vivek Datla, two student members of the Game Theory in Cyber Security research group, were co-authors on a paper that won the Best Overall Paper Award at the Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim'10) in Orlando, FL, April 11-15, 2010. The paper, entitled "On Modeling and Simulation of Game Theory-based Defense Mechanisms against DoS and DDoS Attacks," also involved contributions from Prof. Chase Wu, Prof. Sajjan Shiva, and postdoc Dr. Sankardas Roy.
  • Graduate student Yi Gu was selected as a 2010 finalist for the prestigious Google Anita Borg Scholarship. She shared this distinction with finalists from such schools as Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, MIT, Princeton, and Stanford. Yi also received second place in the ACM Student Research Competition at the Supercomputing 2010 conference for her work on "Optimizing End-to-End Performance of Scientific Workflows in Distributed Environments."
  • Graduate student Yunyue Lin and undergraduate student Xiaoshan Cai received the Best Paper Award at the 4th International Symposium on Innovation and Real-time Applications of Distributed Sensor Networks, held in Hangzhou, China, from May 18-21, 2009. Their paper was entitled "Deploying Multiple Base Stations for Lifetime Maximization in Wireless Sensor Networks." The work was performed under Prof. Chase Wu.
  • Graduate student Archana Bhattarai received a Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), held in Nashville, TN, from March 30 - April 2, 2009. Her paper, entitled "Characterizing Comment Spam in the Blogosphere through Content Analysis," was based on research done under Prof. Vasile Rus and Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta.
  • Undergraduate student Roy Crowder was selected as a 2007 finalist for a Campus Ambassador/Student Intern position at Sun Microsystems, representing the University of Memphis.
  • Rajesh Ramanand, a graduate student working with Prof. David Lin, won first prize at the 2007 FedEx Institute of Technology Business Plan Competition. Rajesh also won second prize in the 2006 competition.
  • Graduate student Zhou Ji received one of the Best Paper Awards at GECCO 2006, the International Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. The paper, "Applicability Issues of the Real-Valued Negative Selection Algorithms," was joint work with Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta.
  • Computer Science students have traditionally done very well in the University of Memphis' annual Student Research Forum. Our past awards (in the Math and Computer Science category) include:
    • Eiman Aldhahri, 1st place (tie, graduate), 2017 (Advisor: Prof. Sajjan Shiva)
    • Rajendra Banjade, 1st place (tie, graduate), 2017 (Advisor: Prof. Vasile Rus)
    • McKittrick Swindle, 1st place (undergraduate), 2017 (Advisor: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta)
    • Robert Edstrom and Berkeley Willis, 2nd place (undergraduate), 2017 (Advisor: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta)
    • Abhijit Nag, 2nd place (graduate), 2016 (Advisor: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta)
    • Ashlesh Gawande and Muktadir Chowdhury, 1st place (undergraduate), 2016 (Advisor: Prof. Lan Wang)
    • Kevin Townsend, 2nd place (undergraduate), 2016 (Advisor: Prof. Bernie Daigle)
    • Abhijit Nag, 1st place (graduate), 2015 (Advisor: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta)
    • Daqing Yun, 2nd place (graduate), 2015 (Advisor: Prof. Chase Wu)
    • Ashlesh Gawande, 1st place (undergraduate), 2015 (Advisor: Prof. Lan Wang)
    • Abhijit Nag, 1st place (graduate), 2014 (Advisor: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta)
    • Poonam Dharam, 1st place (graduate), 2013 (Advisor: Prof. Chase Wu)
    • Yaoqing Liu, 2nd place (graduate), 2013 (Advisor: Prof. Lan Wang)
    • Rodrigo Silva, 1st place (graduate), 2012 (Advisor: Prof. Stan Franklin)
    • Mustafa Hajeer and Alka Singh, 2nd place (graduate), 2012 (Advisor: Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta)
    • Archana Bhattarai, 1st place (graduate), 2011 (Advisor: Prof. Vasile Rus)
    • Rodrigo Silva, 2nd place (graduate), 2011 (Advisor: Prof. Stan Franklin)
    • Yaoqing Liu, 2nd place (graduate), 2010 (Advisor: Prof. Lan Wang)
    • Ernest McCracken, 1st place (undergraduate), 2009 (Advisor: Prof. Lan Wang)
    • Santanu Guha and Somnath Mitra, 1st place (graduate), 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Santosh Kumar)
    • Htay Myint Naing and Bhagavathy Krishna, 2nd place (graduate), 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Santosh Kumar)
    • Ernest McCracken, 1st place (undergraduate), 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Lan Wang)
    • Brian Kennedy, 2nd place (undergraduate), 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Vinhthuy Phan)
    • Jie Wu, 1st place (graduate), 2007 (Advisor: Prof. Vasile Rus)
    • Igor Beliaev, 1st place (graduate), 2006
    • Sai Kolli, 2nd place (graduate), 2006
    • Clifton Russ, 2nd place (undergraduate), 2006