NEWS ARCHIVE Spring 2006

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Tardos receives 2006 George B. Dantzig Prize Date: June 30 , 2006 Department of Computer Science chair and professor, Eva Tardos, received the 2006 George B. Dantzig Prize. The prize, established in 1979, is awarded every three years jointly by the Mathematical Programing Society (MPS) and SIAM for original research, which by its originality, breadth and scope, is having a major impact on the field of mathematical programming. The prize will be awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 10-14, 2006, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information:

Graduation Awards 2006 Date: June 1, 2006 Senior awards were presented as part of the Computer Science class of 2006 commencement ceremony on Hoy Field on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Aaron Kimball '06 and Lisa Minich '06 were the recipients of the Jonathan E. Marx Senior Prize, awarded annually for demonstrated leadership, service, and extra-curricular activity. The Alan S. Marx Memorial Prize for Excellence Supporting Undergraduate Education was awarded to Ari Rabkin '06, recognizing his efforts as a TA for COMS 414 . The Computer Science Prize for Academic Excellence, given by the CS Faculty, was awarded to Gregory Bowman '06 and Kevin Canini '06. A Special Prize for Outstanding Leadership was awarded to Paul B. Lorah '06 for his commitment to the ACSU and the Department of Computer Science.

Bailey Named Merrill Mentor Date: May 15, 2006 This spring, two of 36 Merrill Presidential Scholars are computer science seniors and both have named Graeme Bailey as the Cornell Professor most influential to their academic success. Gregory Bowman ENGR '06 and Matthew LaBoda ARTS '06 were among those selected by the deans of their respective college to receive the Merrill honor. Each student in turn named a secondary and undergraduate school mentor who had been significant influences. A complete list of the Merrill Scholars and their mentors appeared in the Cornell Chronicle:

CS Consultants Honored Date: May 9, 2006 Twenty-three CS consultants and undergrad TAs, most of them computer science and information science seniors, were recognized for their efforts in an atrium ceremony. Several of the awardees have worked for at least three semesters, evidence of their strong commitment and dedication to the department's teaching effort. Listed by course and number of semesters taught, they are as follows: For CS 100 – Daniel Adsit ISST '06 (four semesters); Adwoa Perbi CS ‘06 (five semesters); Terence Yeoh ECE '06 (four semesters); Perrin Bignoli CS '06 (six semesters, four as supervisor); Philip Ho CS '06 (six semesters, three as supervisor). Both Sophia Ciu CS '06 and Kim Truong ECE '06 were consultants for five semesters for two courses: CS 100 and CS 314. Jingye Wang CS '06 consulted for a total of four semesters, for CS 100 and CS 211. For CS 211 – Tony Lau CS '06 (four semesters); Ray Doyle CS '06 (five semesters; two as undergrad TA); Lisa Minich CS '06 (six semesters, four as undergrad TA; Nick Ruozzi CS '06 (eight semesters, five as undergrad TA). Ivan Gyurdiev CS '06 was recognized for his three semesters as a consultant for CS 212 and David Levitan CS '06 was commended for his “outstanding service” to CS 212 (five semesters). For CS 312 - Olga Belomestnykh CS '06 (five semesters); Aaron Kimball CS '06 (four semesters); Jon Guarino CS '06 (four semesters). For CS/ECE 314 – Yang-ching Cheng ECE '06 (four semesters) and Ken Arnold ECE '07 (one semester as an undergrad TA). Tom Church MATH '06, Hari Nathan CS '06 and Joel Ossher CS '06 all worked as CS 280 undergrad TAs for four semesters and CS 482 undergrad TAs for two semesters. Ari Rabkin CS '06 was nominated by Professors Ken Birman and Paul Francis for his exceptional work as a CS 414 undergrad TA.

Hopcroft is ACSU Faculty of the Year Date: May 8, 2006 Professor John Hopcroft was named ACSU Faculty of the Year during the annual ACSU Senior Cruise on Cayuga Lake . Each spring, the student organization conducts a secret ballot open to all CS majors to determine which faculty member should receive the award. Professor Hopcroft has been a member of the CS faculty since 1967. He is the IBM Professor of Computer Science at Cornell and a Turing Award winner. Hopcroft introduced a popular new course in Spring 2006, “Mathematical Foundations of the Information Age”.

GDIAC Spring Showcase Date: May 3, 2006 Take a study break and check out the the Spring '06 GDIAC Public Computer Game and Game Technology Showcase on May 10, from 3-6 pm. This event is the culmination of the students' semester of project work and fills the third floor of Upson with game designers and players. For more information:

Tardos is Named CS Chair Date: May 3, 2006 Professor Eva Tardos has accepted the position of Chair of Computer Science for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2006. Tardos has been a member of the CS faculty since 1989. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of INFORMS. Tardos' research and teaching focus on design and analysis of algorithms; she is the co-author, with Professor Jon Kleinberg, of the text, "Algorithm Design". Professor Tardos succeeds Charles Van Loan, who has held the position for seven years, as CS Chair.

CU Team is Mobile Mosh Runner-up Date: April 4, 2006 A Cornell team was runner-up in a brisk competition for computer game designers hosted by the Parsons New School for Design and sponsored by Atari and Glu Mobile. For the contest, dubbed the Mobile Game Mosh, ten university teams given 24 hours to create a game that could be played on a cell phone. Brenda Chen BEE ‘07, Sally Huang FILM ‘06, John Berges CS ‘07, Hari Nathan CS '06, and Christopher John CS ‘08 designed a tetris-like game that won them the runner up prize. An hour-by-hour account of the event, with a great photo of the CU team, Two Bit Operation, is available at:

New Fall Course Date: April 3, 2006 A new course, COM S 316, Systems Programming, will be offered for the first tme in Fall 2006. The new course may be used by CS majors in place of COM S /ECE 314; ECE will continue to offer COM S/ECE 314, Computer Organization, in spring only, beginning in 2007. A description of COM S 316 is available at

Digital Gaming Alliance is Formed Date: March 14, 2006 A new student organization, the Digital Gaming Alliance (DGA) has recently been formed by students who are involved with the Game Design Initiative at Cornell (GDIAC). Students began holding informal meetings in Fall 2005 with the encouragement of instructors Mohan Rajagopalan and David Schwartz . Members and officers from existing game clubs at Cornell (The Games Club at Cornell, Super Smash Brothers Club, and the Dance Dance Revolution Clubs) worked with the budding DGA to craft a constitution. DGA officers are Tom Maher '07 , President; Mike Arsers CS '07 , VP Communications; Amber Secrest ‘07 , VP of Activities; Diego Asturias ‘07 , Treasurer; and Chris Fellows CS ‘07 , Liaison. The DGA will work with Cornell and the local community to host gaming events and assist academic studies of games

BOOM '06 an Explosive Success! Date: March 14, 2006 More than fifty projects were on display at Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) '06, held in the Duffield Atrium on March 8. Project submissions spanned several categories, including gaming and entertainment, database and information systems, robotics and hardware, and education. A full project list can be found at Engineering Dean Kenneth Fuchs , CIS Dean Robert Constable and CS Chair Charles Van Loan were on hand to thank participants and sponsors. For the first time, attendees voted for the “best in show” in each category. The winners in each category were as follows: Artificial Intelligence: “Cornell Computer Go Project”; Biological Sciences: “Robust Vessel Tracking in Imperfect Volumetric Data”; Database and Information Systems: “Flocking in Fish”; Education: “NASA Robotics Alliance Cadets Program”; Engineering: “Digital Hammer and Music”; Gaming and Entertainment: “Penguin Adventure”; Media, Art and Graphics: “Ants' Art”; Robotics and Hardware: “CUAir” The Sponsor's award was given to “Cornell FIRST Club”, the Faculty Award to “Ants' Art”, and the Participant's Award went to “Penguin Adventure”. Award winning team members and their advisors will be posted on in the near future. BOOM '06 was sponsored by from Bloomberg and Credit Suisse.

Marschner Receives Sloan Fellowship Date: February 20, 2006 CS Professor Steve Marschner PhD '98 is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Fellowships are awarded annually to "stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise". Sloan Fellowships were first established in 1955 to recognize outstanding young faculty in the fields of physics, chemistry and mathematics. Over the years, other fields of study have been added, including computer science in 1993. Marschner's research is in computer graphics and image rendering. A Cornell Chronicle profile of Marschner and his research appeared in early 2004, when he and his colleagues at Stanford won a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read more at:

BOOM '06 Submission Deadline Approaching Date: February 10, 2006 Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) '06 will be held on March 8 in the Duffield Atrium. Submissions are now being accepted for this annual showcase of student research and projects. For submission guidelines and more details about BOOM, go to:

Gates Gives $25 Million for CIS Building Date: January 31, 2006 A $25 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will support the construction of a new building to house Cornell's Faculty of Computing and Information Science (CIS). The building, which will be named William H. Gates Hall, will be central to a planned information campus, encompassing the academic and research activities of several programs and disciplines at Cornell. Robert Constable, dean of CIS, remarked that the Gates' gift will "foster the sweeping integration of computing and information science into every field of study on campus and further facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration." For more on the plans for Gates Hall and the new information campus read the recent story in the Cornell Chronicle:

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