Department News

2017

Prof. Santosh Kumar Is Co-Editor of New mHealth Text
Prof. Santosh Kumar together with two MD2K investigators (Prof. Jim Rehg from Georgia Tech and Prof. Susan Murphy from University of Michigan) are editors of Mobile Health: Sensors, Analytic Methods, and Applications, a textbook on mHealth released recently by Springer.

MD2K Receives $13.8M IARPA Contract
Under the direction of Prof. Santosh Kumar, the MD2K Center of Excellence has received a new $13.8M contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

Prof. Venugopal Has Paper Accepted at IJCAI
Prof. Deepak Venugopal has had a paper accepted at IJCAI 2017, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Tigers Tech Expedition
Our ACM student chapter held a 5-weekend "Tigers Tech Expedition" camp in April and May for middle-schoolers, mostly from Orange Mound and Binghampton.

Prof. Watson Has Paper Accepted at FOCS
Prof. Thomas Watson has had a paper accepted at FOCS 2017, the 58th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science.

2017 Creative Game Design Camp
We hosted our third annual Creative Game Design Camp for high school students from July 10-14.

2017 GenCyber Boot Camps
The Center for Information Assurance held two successful cyber security boot camps for middle- and high-school students this June.

Stan Franklin Featured on NBC News
Professor Emeritus Stan Franklin was featured in a recent artificial intelligence article on NBC News.

Prof. Venugopal Awarded Gift from Adobe Research
Prof. Deepak Venugopal has been awarded funding from Adobe Research Labs.

Instructor Position Available
Applications are invited for an instructor position beginning Fall 2017.

CfIA Featured on Local 24 News
The Center for Information Assurance was featured on two recent Local 24 News stories about cyber security.

Lyndsey Rush Wins Dean's Outstanding Employee Award
Administrative secretary Lyndsey Rush has received the 2017 Dean's Outstanding Employee Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

2017 DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program
The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior undergraduate (third and fourth year) and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance.

Prof. Daigle Receives ARL Grant
Prof. Bernie J. Daigle, Jr., affiliate faculty with the Biology Department, has been awarded a $485K research grant from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

CS Students Win at University Research Forum
Five Computer Science students received awards at the U of M's 29th Annual Student Research Forum held on March 27.

Malasri Receives Teaching Award
Instructor Kriangsiri Malasri has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tigers Tech Expedition
Alumnus Herve Aniglo and community partner Meka Egwuekwe were featured on WREG News Channel 3 this week speaking about the upcoming Tigers Tech Expedition camp.

CAST and DRONES Research Cluster Grants
Several CS faculty have received research grants under the CAST and DRONES Research Clusters at the U of M.

Interdisciplinary Innovations Awards
Profs. Dipankar Dasgupta and Lan Wang have received two Interdisciplinary Innovations Awards from the U of M Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Online Cyber Security Course Featured on WMC Action News 5
Carolyn Butler from the Center for Information Assurance was recently featured on WMC Action News 5 to talk about an upcoming free online course.

2017 CS Research Day Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the oral and poster presentations at the 13th Annual Computer Science Research Day.

NSA Codebreaker Challenge Featured on WMC Action News 5
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, director of the Center for Information Assurance, and undergraduate student Berkeley Willis were featured on WMC Action News 5 to talk about our recent strong showing in the 2016 NSA Codebreaker Challenge.

New Grants for Profs. Watson and Venugopal
Prof. Thomas Watson and Prof. Deepak Venugopal have been awarded new research grants.

Winter 2017 Newsletter
The Winter 2017 Newsletter is now available.

Prof. Dasgupta Featured on Interview with David Fogel
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta was recently featured in an interview with Dr. David Fogel, past president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and current co-general chair of IEEE SSCI 2017.

Spring 2017 New Faculty
The Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Kan Yang as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Student Team Places in NSA Codebreaker Challenge
A team of students from the Center for Information Assurance placed 11th nationwide in the 2016 NSA Codebreaker Challenge.

Prof. Wang Receives U.S. Patent
Department chair Prof. Lan Wang has been awarded a U.S. patent for her work on a new Forwarding Information Base (FIB) aggregation algorithm.

Xiaoshan Cai Awarded Amazon Subterranean Delivery Patent
Alumnus Xiaoshan Cai (BS 2010) has been awarded a U.S. patent for his work at Amazon on a subterranean delivery system.

Students Accepted to 2017 CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop
Several Computer Science graduate students have been accepted to the 2017 CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop.

2016

Kareem Dasilva Wins 2016 BDPA App Showcase
Undergraduate student Kareem Dasilva won the 2016 National BDPA Mobile App Showcase.

Paper Accepted at ACM CHI 2017
PhD student Austin Henley, Prof. Scott Fleming, and BS/MS alumna Maria Luong have had a paper accepted at ACM CHI 2017.

2017-18 Scholarship Applications Now Open
Scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year are now open through the Tiger Scholarship Manager system.

MD2K Featured as Cover Story on MIT Technology Review
The MD2K project is currently featured as a top story on MIT Technology Review.

Prof. Dasgupta Featured on FOX13 Memphis
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, director of the Center for Information Assurance, was featured on a Nov. 22 FOX13 Memphis news story about cell phone privacy concerns.

CfIA Student Highlights 2016
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Center for Information Assurance have achieved several notable successes in 2016.

igniteCS Grant from Google
Undergraduates Herve Aniglo and Kareem Dasilva have received a $10K grant from Google's igniteCS program to hold a drone programming camp starting in April 2017.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Grant
The Department will be involved in a $75K 2017 Improving Teacher Quality grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to develop online CS education modules for middle school students.

Assistant Professor Position Available
The Department is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2017.

FSE 2016 Paper Receives ACM SIGSOFT Award
PhD student Austin Henley and Prof. Scott Fleming are authors on a paper that received the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) at FSE 2016.

Department Hosts Python Data Science Workshop
From Oct. 14-16, the Department hosted a workshop on Python programming for data science.

U of M Will Share $3M DHS/FEMA Cyber Security Grant
The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), of which the U of M's Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) is a core member, has been awarded a $3M grant from DHS/FEMA to develop and deliver cyber security training as part of the Continuing Training Grants (CTG) program.

Two Papers Accepted at COLING 2016
Prof. Deepak Venugopal has had two papers accepted at COLING 2016, one of the premier conferences on natural language processing.

U of M to Lead $4M NSF Cyberinfrastructure Project
Prof. Santosh Kumar is the PI on a new $4M data cyberinfrastructure grant from NSF.

Honorable Mention at ACM UbiComp 2016
PhD student Nazir Saleheen received an Honorable Mention at ACM UbiComp 2016.

Best Paper Award at VL/HCC 2016
PhD student Austin Henley and Prof. Scott Fleming won the Best Paper Award at VL/HCC 2016.

CS Faculty Recognized at U of M General Faculty Meeting
Three Computer Science faculty were recognized at the U of M general faculty meeting held on August 18.

Fall 2016 New Faculty
The Department is welcoming three new faculty members for the Fall 2016 semester.

Papers Accepted at CHI, FSE, ICML, UAI, UbiComp
The Department's students and faculty have had papers accepted at several top-tier conferences this year.

Names in the News: Prof. Santosh Kumar
Prof. Santosh Kumar has had his work with the mHealth Systems Lab featured in several recent news articles.

Prof. Dasgupta on WMC Action News 5
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta was featured on a WMC Action News 5 segment this morning, publicizing the upcoming GenCyber Boot Camp for middle-school students.

Spring 2016 CS Newsletter
The Spring 2016 CS Newsletter is now available!

2016 Summer Camps
The Department will be hosting several activities this summer for middle and high school students.

Prof. Lu Receives Early Career Research Award
Prof. Zhuo Lu has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Early Career Research Award from the U of M College of Arts and Sciences.

Strengthening Communities Grant with CodeCrew
The Department has been awarded a Strengthening Communities Initiative capacity building grant with community partner CodeCrew to develop a game design curriculum for high school students.

Undergraduate Herve Aniglo Wins AMIS techUp! Competition
Undergraduate student Herve Aniglo won the Association for Management Information Systems (AMIS) 1st Annual techUP! Competition, held on April 9 at the U of M's Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

Instructor Position Available
The Department is seeking applicants for an Instructor of Computer Science position. The instructor will teach undergraduate/graduate courses, participate in curriculum development and improvement, and advise students.

2016 CS Research Day
Congratulations to the winners of the oral and poster presentations at the 12th Annual Computer Science Research Day.

CS Students Win at University Research Forum
Computer Science students have continued the tradition of doing very well in this year's University Research Forum, winning both 1st and 2nd place in the Math and Computer Science poster session.

Undergraduate Student Success in Cyber Security Research
The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) at the University of Memphis, under the leadership of Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, is at the forefront of cyber security research, education, and outreach in the state of Tennessee and the Mid-South region.

Research Assistant Professor Position Available
The Department has an opening for a non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor with responsibilities for conducting research and developing research proposals in the area of information assurance and cyber security and also engaging in collaborative efforts.

Prof. Dasgupta Featured on FOX13 Memphis
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, director of the Center for Information Assurance, was featured on a Feb. 19 FOX13 Memphis news story about security threats in mobile software.

Intel Visiting Campus on Feb. 26
Intel Corp. will be visiting campus on Feb. 26 to interview candidates for internship positions. Positions are available at bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

Fall 2015 CS Newsletter
The Fall 2015 CS Newsletter is now available!

2015

Prof. Rus Wins Best Paper Award at ICSLE 2015
Prof. Vasile Rus and postdoc Dr. Dan Stefanescu won the Best Paper Award at the 2nd International Conference on Smart Learning Environments (ICSLE 2015) for their paper entitled "Towards Non-Intrusive Assessment in Dialogue-based Intelligent Tutoring Systems."

Outreach Events Attract Local Students
The Department recently held several large outreach events for local students: a reception for newly-admitted freshmen, the annual CS Open House, a 100 Girls of Code workshop, and an Hour of Code event.

CS Faculty Awarded CAST Cyber Security Grants
Several CS faculty have received research grants from the FedEx Institute of Technology's Cluster to Advance cyber Security and Testing (CAST), an interdisciplinary group of campus experts on cyber security and systems testing.

CfIA Receives Cyber Security Training Grant from FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a 2015 Continuing Training Grant of $3 million for cyber security training to the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC). The project will be led by the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute; the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) will collaborate on the project as a core member of the consortium.

Student Team Wins 2nd Place at Cyber Defense Competition
A team of four Computer Science students recently won second place in the prestigious CANSec Cyber Defense Competition, held in Little Rock on Oct. 24.

Undergraduates Win NSBE Hackathon
Undergraduate students Herve Aniglo and Kareem Dasilva received 1st place in the first annual hackathon at the National Society of Black Engineers Region 3 Fall Regional Conference.

CS Alumnus Tim Whitehorn to Speak at Entrepreneurs Lunch
Tim Whitehorn, an alumnus of the Department's undergraduate program, will speak at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship's lunch on Wed., Oct. 28.

CS Names in the News
Prof. Santosh Kumar and alumnus Dr. Sidney D'Mello were recently featured in online news articles.

Assistant/Associate Professor Positions Available
The Department is seeking candidates for multiple Assistant/Associate Professor positions beginning Fall 2016, pending availability of funds.

mHealth Lab Has Three Papers Accepted at UbiComp
The Mobile Health Systems Lab has had three full papers accepted to this year's prestigious ACM UbiComp conference.

Prof. Kumar Named Chair of Excellence
Prof. Santosh Kumar has been named the Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Computer Science. Authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly in March, this is the first state-endowed chair of excellence in computer science to be established in Tennessee.

Over $1.8M in New Grants for 2015
The Department has about $1.87 million in new grant funding for the 2015 academic year.

CS Team Wins SemEval-2015 Semantic Textual Similarity Competition
A team from Prof. Vasile Rus's Language and Information Processing Lab has won the semantic textual similarity competition at SemEval-2015, the premier forum for semantic evaluation.

Undergraduate Learning Center Positions Available

The Department is looking for several strong undergraduate students to support instruction of our undergraduate courses beginning in the Fall 2015 semester.

Research Assistant Professor Position Available
The Department is seeking a Research Assistant Professor to work with the MD2K Center of Excellence.

Creative Game Design Camp Attracts Local High School Students
The Department held its first Creative Game Design Camp from June 1-5.

U of M Partners with 100 Girls of Code
The U of M has become an official chapter of 100 Girls of Code, a national organization started by the Tennessee Code Academy that aims to introduce more young women to computer science and engineering from an early age.

CS Research Day Winners
Winners for the 11th annual Computer Science Research Day held on April 3 have been announced.

Prof. Fleming Receives Early Career Research Award
Prof. Scott Fleming has been selected as a recipient of the 2015-2016 Early Career Research Award from the U of M College of Arts and Sciences.

Undergraduates Participate in CCSC Mid-South Programming Contest
The U of M sent two teams of undergraduate students to the CCSC Mid-South programming contest held at Hendrix College on April 10.

CS Students Win at University Research Forum
Ph.D. candidates Abhijit Nag and Daqing Yun received 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the Math/Computer Science category of the poster presentation at the U of M's 27th Annual Student Research Forum held on March 30.

U of M Receives Cyber Defense Research Designation
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Memphis as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE/R) through academic year 2021.

Prof. Kumar Helping Shape Presidential Initiative
Prof. Santosh Kumar is playing a key role in President Obama's recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative.