Kavita Bala's collaboration with MIT on drones covered in media

Kavita Bala's collaboration with MIT (Manohar Srikanth and Fredo Durand) on using drones to help photographers light their subjects has been reported in various venues including MIT Press, NBC News, Fortune, DP Review, PetaPixel, and others. The paper appears in Expressive 2014 (collocated with SIGGRAPH 2014) and will be presented in Vancouver in the first week of August. 

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Date Posted: 7/29/2014

The Upshot section of the New York Times recently featured a paper by Chenhao Tan, Lillian Lee, and Bo Pang

The Upshot section of the New York Times recently featured a paper by Chenhao Tan, Lillian Lee, and Bo Pang (CUCS PhD '06), entitled "The effect of wording on message propagation: Topic- and author-controlled natural experiments on Twitter".

The accompanying New York Times quiz, based on the Cornell prototype and algorithm, hit the top 100 retweeted items according to Topsy, whose computation is "based on the number of tweets for each link and the aggregate influence of twitter users who have tweeted the link within the first 24 hours of the first tweet".

The article also mentions a paper by Lars Backstrom (CUCS PhD '09), Jon Kleinberg, Lillian Lee, and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (CUCS PhD '12).

Date Posted: 7/29/2014

David Steurer Awarded Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship!

David is one of seven young professors from around the world who was awarded this prestigious honor this year. These seven now join the more than 50 talented academics who have received Faculty Fellowships. 

Professor Steurer investigates the power and limitations of efficient algorithms for optimization problems that lie at the heart of computer science and its applications. A focus of his work has been the Unique Games Conjectures, whose resolution-no matter in which direction-promises new insights into the capabilities of efficient algorithms. 

Date Posted: 6/20/2014

Jon Kleinberg and Robert Kleinberg won the Best Paper award at the 2014 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation

ORIE Professor Peter Frazier, David Kempe (CUCS PhD '03), Jon Kleinberg and Robert Kleinberg won the Best Paper award at the 2014 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation for "Incentivizing Exploration".  This is actually the second time Bobby Kleinberg has won, since he also received the award in 2010 for a paper with Alex Slivkins (CUCS PhD '06) and another colleague.

The award is given annually to a single paper, and recipients receive a plaque each and an honorarium of $500 to be shared among them. Click Here

Date Posted: 6/20/2014

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