Lillian Lee gives invited talk at NAACL 2015

Lillian Lee was one of the two invited speakers at NAACL 2015. The untweetable title was, '"Big data pragmatics!", or, "Putting the ACL in computational social science", or, if you think these title alternatives could turn people on, turn people off, or otherwise have an effect, this talk might be for you.'

The 2015 running of the annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics drew over 900 registrants.


Date Posted: 7/27/2015

Cheng (2012) and Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil wins ICWSM 2015 honorable mention

Justin Cheng (CS '12) and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, together with Jure Leskovec of Stanford, received one of two honorable mentions at ICWSM 2015 for "Antisocial Behavior in Online Discussion Communities". The work was described by The Guardian by the headline,  "Algorithm identifies future trolls from just five posts".

The International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), now in its ninth year,  is a forum for researchers in computer science and social science to come together to share knowledge, discuss ideas, exchange information, and learn about cutting-edge research in diverse fields with the common theme of online social media.

Date Posted: 7/23/2015

Cornell ranked #1 private university for graduates making an impact on technology

Tech.Co magazine ranked Cornell as the top private university in terms of graduates best equipped to make an impact on the technology world; the private top 5, in order, were Cornell, CMU, Stanford, MIT and Columbia.

The site states that their methodology took a composite of the rankings from US News and World Report for Computer Science, LinkedIn university rankings for Software Developers and Software Developers at Startups, and finally the number of companies being run by their respective alumni according to AngelList.

Date Posted: 7/23/2015

Lars Backstrom and Jon Kleinberg's work mentioned in New York Times Op-Ed

Lars Backstrom ('04, PhD '09) and Jon Kleinberg's work on using social-network structure to predict relationship status was mentioned in a recent New York Times Op-Ed.

The article, "'You' is the New Me", uses Backstrom and Kleinberg's research to exemplify the point, "The fact that other minds aren’t that different from our own also comes out in the new data that have been amassed online" : "A Facebook researcher and a Cornell professor developed an algorithm to predict the likelihood that a Facebook user will change status from “in a relationship” to “single” within a two-month period. In other words, Facebook might be able to predict that you’re going to break up with your boyfriend before you know it yourself — or at least before you’ve told your online friends."

Date Posted: 7/23/2015

Thorsten Joachims has won one of three 2015 SIGKDD Test of Time Awards for his 2002 paper

Thorsten Joachims has won one of three 2015 SIGKDD Test of Time Awards for his 
2002 paper, "Optimizing Search Engines using Clickthrough Data".  The citation 
reads, "The paper introduced the problem of ranking documents [with respect to] 
a query using not explicit user feedback but implicit user feedback in the form 
of clickthrough data. The author presented the Ranking SVM Algorithm to solve 
the proposed ranking problem. The paper has stimulated much follow-up research, 
and the Ranking SVM Algorithm has been widely used for many applications, as 
evidenced by the very large number of citations. The work has also been included 
in various textbooks."

The award recognizes outstanding papers from past KDD Conferences beyond the 
last decade that have had an important impact on the data mining research community.


Date Posted: 7/20/2015

Sirer and Cornellians address Bitcoin's sustainability

Gün Sirer was quoted in a Vice magazine article on Bitcoin's sustainability, 
which pointed out that Bitcoin consumes 5000 times more energy per transaction 
than Visa. He noted that while keeping power consumption high has security 
benefits --- attackers would need to spend millions to launch a major attack --- 
the same security could still be achieved while allowing for more transactions, 
thus shrinking the cost per transaction.

There is much work going on at Cornell, by Ittay Eyal, Ari Juels, Elaine Shi, 
and Sirer, to address this issue.

Date Posted: 7/20/2015

Bindel and Hood win two awards for "Localization Theorems for Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problems

David Bindel and CAM PhD student Amanda Hood's paper "Localization Theorems for Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problems" has received two major and independent prizes, the 2015 SIAG/Linear Algebra prize and selection as a SIAM Review SIGEST paper.

The 2015 SIAG/Linear Algebra prize goes to the authors of the most outstanding paper on a topic in applicable linear algebra published in English in a peer-reviewed journal within the three (3) calendar years preceding the year of the award.  Bindel and Hood's citation reads, "This extremely well-written paper shows how to extend localization results for linear eigenvalue problems to nonlinear eigenvalue problems, providing new insight into this important, challenging class of models."

Selection as a SIGEST paper for SIAM Review is another major recognition in the field (and precludes eligibility for SIAM outstanding paper prizes). Each SIGEST section highlights an exceptional paper, chosen for its readability and wide appeal to the SIAM community, that has previously appeared in one of SIAM's nine specialized research journals. Bindel and Hood's paper will appear in the December 2015 SIAM Review issue.



Date Posted: 7/15/2015

Steve Marschner wins the 2015 Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Steve Marschner is the 2015 recipient of the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, which annually recognizes an individual for an outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The citation mentions that Marschner's research has produced the most realistic appearance models to date of many real-world materials, such as the highlights off blond hair, the glow of a baby's skin, the gloss of polished wood, the stretch and motion of a knitted sweater, and the sheen of silk.  His work has had a deep and profound impact in applications from the entertainment industry to industrial design, and has fundamentally changed how materials are modeled, measured and rendered in graphics.

Date Posted: 7/13/2015


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