The paper "Maximizing the Spread of Influence through a Social Network" from 2003, by David Kempe (CUCS PhD '03), Jon Kleinberg, and Eva Tardos has won one of three inaugural SIGKDD Test of Time Awards

The paper "Maximizing the Spread of Influence through a Social Network" from 2003, by David Kempe (CUCS PhD '03), Jon Kleinberg, and Eva Tardos has won one of three inaugural SIGKDD Test of Time Awards.  This year's awards recognize outstanding papers from past KDD Conferences beyond the last decade that have had an important impact on the data mining research community.

The citation reads, "This paper considers questions involving the spread of information, innovations, and behaviors in social networks, providing algorithms with provable performance guarantees for a fundamental problem in this area: for promoting an innovation, what are the most effective starting points in the network? The paper identifies a technically rich structure inherent in the problem, and establishes a framework that has subsequently been used in areas ranging from social media and marketing to the diffusion of innovations and the study of inequality. At a mathematical level, it also establishes a link to the theory of submodular functions that has been central to subsequent research in this domain." Click Here

Date Posted: 8/26/2014

Nate Foster, Arjun Guha from UMass (formerly a Cornell CS postdoc), and Ethan Katz-Basset, Minlan Yu, and Ramesh Govindan from USC, received a $3M award from the National Science Foundation

Nate Foster, Arjun Guha from UMass (formerly a Cornell CS postdoc), and Ethan Katz-Basset, Minlan Yu, and Ramesh Govindan from USC, received a $3M award from the National Science Foundation (Cornell share $660k) to develop high-level abstractions for observing, controlling, and reasoning about routing paths on the Internet.

Date Posted: 8/26/2014

Ross Knepper received the Best Paper Award this summer at the Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) conference

Ross Knepper received the Best Paper Award this summer at the Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) conference for his paper "Asking for Help Using Inverse Semantics".  The paper was coauthored with colleagues from Brown, MIT, and Cambridge.  He delivered the talk in a collaborative style with Prof. Stefanie Tellex of Brown.  Video of this unusual talk is online here

 

Date Posted: 8/26/2014

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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MIT
NBC News
Fortune
Pop Photo
DP Review

Date Posted: 7/29/2014

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