• Three UChicago CS Students Selected for Rising Stars Program

    October 17, 2020

    Yi Ding, Jean Salac, and Junwen Yang were selected for the 2020 edition of the Rising Stars workshop, a prestigious program for boosting the careers of women in CS and related fields. 
  • Why TIPP&SEE Works: CANON Lab Research Wins Best Paper at CS Education Conference

    October 15, 2020

    A study exploring why the computer learning strategy TIPP&SEE is effective for teaching elementary students computational thinking won a Best Paper award at the 2020 International Computing Education Research (ICER) conference.
  • David Uminsky Brings Data Science Education Experience to UChicago Initiatives

    October 12, 2020

    David Uminsky, executive director of the UChicago data science initiative, comes to UChicago with deep experience and expertise in founding and building academic programs and connecting with industry, non-profits, and government.
  • Globus Reaches One Exabyte Milestone in Research Data Management

    October 08, 2020

    Globus, a research data management service based at the University of Chicago, passed the exabyte barrier in early October, sharing over a billion billion bytes of data that accelerates scientific research and discovery.
  • UChicago CS Fall Speaker Series Features Human-Computer Interaction Luminaries

    October 05, 2020

    The UChicago CS Distinguished Lecture Series for Fall 2020 puts the spotlight on human-computer interaction, inviting leaders of the field to talk about their groundbreaking work and meet students and faculty.
  • A New Grasp on Empathy: UChicago CS HandMorph Project Uses Tech to Simulate Children’s Experience

    October 01, 2020

    A project from postdoctoral researcher Jun Nishida and the Human Computer Integration Lab of Assistant Professor Pedro Lopes that built a wearable exoskeleton to simulate the hand of a child received the Best Paper Award from the 2020 UIST Conference.
  • “Bracelet of Silence” Named Finalist in 2020 Fast Company Design Awards

    September 30, 2020

    A wearable microphone jammer developed by UChicago CS researchers to protect user privacy near smart devices was named a finalist in Fast Company's 2020 Innovation By Design Awards.
  • Five UChicago CS Students Named in 2021 Class of Siebel Scholars

    September 23, 2020

    Three PhD students from the Department of Computer Science and two from the MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (CAPP) program were named in the 2021 class of Siebel Scholars by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation
  • New Data Stations Project Creates Architecture, Marketplace for Sharing Data

    September 18, 2020

    Data Stations, a new project from University of Chicago researchers, creates a new data architecture that enables sharing datasets for research while protecting sensitive information and intellectual property.
  • Department Manager Nita Yack Featured in PSD Spotlight

    September 18, 2020

    Nita Yack, Manager of the Department of Computer Science, was featured by the Physical Sciences Division as their Spotlight employee for September 2020. She received several nominations as the "keystone" of the department.
  • UChicago Joins Three Universities in Institute for Foundational Data Science

    September 01, 2020

    Professor Rebecca Willett of UChicago CS and Statistics, along with Rina Foygel Barber and Mary Silber from Statistics, will help the four-university collaboration establish the maturing field of data science while also advancing machine learning and other artificial intelligence approaches.
  • Prof. Fred Chong Named to National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

    August 31, 2020

    Professor Fred Chong was named as an inaugural member of the new National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), which will advise the U.S. government on funding quantum research as part of the National Quantum Initiative.
  • Data Load Migration Could Boost Renewable Energy Use, UChicago/UCSB Study Finds

    August 25, 2020

    A new paper by Prof. Andrew A. Chien and researchers from University of California, Santa Barbara finds that shifting data center load to areas with excess clean energy could reduce carbon emissions and save money.
  • PhD Student Yi Ding Receives CRA Computing Innovation Fellowship

    August 24, 2020

    Yi Ding, a 5th-year PhD student in Associate Professor Hank Hoffmann’s research group, received the Computing Innovation Fellowship from the Computing Research Association and the Computing Community Consortium, funding a 2-year postdoctoral position.
  • Cloud Computing Testbed Chameleon Launches Third Phase with Focus on IoT and Reproducibility

    August 14, 2020

    A new $10 million NSF grant will fund the next four years of Chameleon, an experimental cloud computing testbed led by the University of Chicago and Kate Keahey, Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE) Senior Scientist affiliated with University of Chicago CS.
  • University of Chicago and UIUC Lead New Quantum Education Program

    August 05, 2020

    Prof. Diana Franklin will co-lead a new NSF program to support quantum education, including a website called Q2Work that will gather learning resources and opportunities for outreach, internships, and careers.
  • UChicago Researchers Receive Grants to Apply Computational Techniques to COVID Fight

    July 17, 2020

    The c3.ai Digital Transformation Institute awarded grants to three new projects with University of Chicago researchers — including UChicago CS Asst. Prof. Yuxin Chen — that will use computational approaches to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Chicago Quantum Exchange Adds New Partners in Tech, Computing and Finance

    July 09, 2020

    The Chicago Quantum Exchange added several new industry partners including two companies, Intel and Rigetti Computing, that have active collaborations with UChicago CS Professor Fred Chong and his EPiQC research partnership.
  • Asst. Prof. Bill Fefferman Comments on New “Quantum Advantage” Research

    July 06, 2020

    UChicago CS Assistant Professor Bill Fefferman wrote an invited perspective piece for Nature Physics on a new paper that demonstrated "quantum advantage" — proving that a quantum algorithm can out-perform a similar-scale classical approach.
  • New Project Seeks Greener Computing By Granting Equipment “Second Life”

    June 26, 2020

    A new project led by Professor Andrew A. Chien examines how moving retired computational resources near wind and solar energy farms could help realize a vision of greener large-scale computing.
  • 2020 CDAC Summer Lab Kicks Off with 38 Student Researchers

    June 20, 2020

    The 2020 Center for Data and Computing Summer Lab is the biggest edition yet, with 38 undergraduate and high school students from around the world studying applied machine learning and AI, human-computer interaction, computational social science, systems, and much more with mentors from UChicago CS and other units.
  • Prof. Fred Chong Receives UChicago Graduate Teaching Award

    June 08, 2020

    Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor in Computer Science and the College, was one of five recipients of this year's Faculty Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, one of the University's highest faculty honors.
  • Three UChicago CS Students Receive Harper Dissertation Fellowships

    June 03, 2020

    Yongshan Ding, Junwen Yang and Leonardo Coregliano received the William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, the highest honor awarded to UChicago graduate students. Their projects span from the architecture of quantum computers and the performance of database-backed web applications to the theoretical underpinnings of computer science and mathematics.
  • “Apples-to-Apples” Call Stack Comparison Wins Distinguished Paper at PLDI 2020

    May 29, 2020

    The paper by UChicago CS PhD student Kavon Farvardin and Professor John Reppy empirically judged six different programming language implementation approaches for continuations, a mechanism fundamental for implementing language features such as concurrency and parallelism.
  • Q&A: Asst. Prof. Blase Ur on Contact Tracing Tech and Privacy

    May 21, 2020

    UChicago News talks to Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Blase Ur, a University of Chicago expert on human-computer interaction and user-centered security and privacy, about how contact tracing tech works and whether the privacy fears are valid or outweighed by the benefits.
  • Prof. Diana Franklin Co-Lead Writer of NSF Report on Key Concepts for Quantum Education

    May 20, 2020

    A new report co-written by UChicago CS associate professor Diana Franklin highlights key concepts for teaching the fundamentals of quantum information sciences to pre-college students.
  • NSF Grant Backs funcX — A Smart, Automated Delegator for Computational Research

    May 14, 2020

    A $3.1 million NSF grant will create funcX, a new distributed “function-as-a-service” (FaaS) platform that makes it easier for scientists to easily and automatically delegate their computational workload to different resources.
  • New AI + Science Grants Fund Projects & Workshops in Chemistry, Physics, and CS Education

    May 12, 2020

    The second round of AI + Science grants awarded by UChicago’s Office of Research and National Laboratories Joint Task Force Initiative supports new AI applications to boost scientific discovery and education.
  • CQE IBM Postdoc Program Trains Next-Generation Quantum Workforce with Industry

    May 07, 2020

    Kate Smith, a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of UChicago CS Professor Fred Chong, talks about her experience with the Chicago Quantum Exchange’s IBM Postdoctoral Trainees Program, which educates the next generation of quantum scientists.
  • CS/Math Professor Alexander Razborov Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    April 28, 2020

    Alexander Razborov, the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, was elected as part of the 2020 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Asst. Prof. Blase Ur Comments on Contact Tracing Tech for Chicago Tonight

    April 25, 2020

    Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Blase Ur joined WTTW's news program (remotely) to explain the COVID-19 contact tracing technologies proposed by Apple and Google and discuss the privacy concerns and limitations of the approach.
  • EPiQC-Related Startup Joins Argonne Incubator, Named Innovation Fund Finalist

    April 20, 2020

    Super.tech, a quantum computing startup founded by UChicago CS PhD student Pranav Gokhale and advised by Professor Fred Chong, was named to the Argonne Chain Reaction Innovations incubator program and made the finals of the George Shultz Innovation Fund, a program run by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) Celebrates Five Years

    April 06, 2020

    A new feature from the Harris School of Public Policy looks at the first five years of the Masters of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (CAPP), offered jointly by Harris and the University of Chicago Department of Computer Science.
  • Student Videos Showcase Outputs of New Inclusive Technology Course

    April 02, 2020

    The new UChicago CS course Inclusive Technology: Design for Underserved and Marginalized Communities used the tools of human-computer interaction — including psychology, design, ethics, and computer science — to create accessible tools that diminish rather than deepen existing inequities.
  • Leading CS Ed Conference Features Five Papers from UChicago CANON Research Group

    March 25, 2020

    Five papers from the Computing for ANyONe (CANON) Lab led by Associate Professor Diana Franklin were featured at SIGCSE, the world's largest conference for researchers and educators studying new ways of improving computer science curricula and instruction.
  • Undergrad Part of Winning Hackathon Team at Top Sports Analytics Conference

    March 24, 2020

    Read how undergraduate Arnav Prasad applied skills acquired in UChicago CS courses to win a hackathon at the world's leading sports analytics conference and help the UChicago men's basketball team and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • An Automated Menu for LHC Data and the Search for Dark Matter

    March 18, 2020

    With a Center for Data and Computing Discovery Grant, physicist David Miller and computer scientist Yuxin Chen hope to build a "self-driving" system for selecting and analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
  • Regional Nuclear Conflict Would Trigger Global Food Shortages, Finds UChicago/NASA Postdoc

    March 16, 2020

    A new study combining climate, agriculture and economic models finds that the repercussions of a regional nuclear conflict would extend around the world, producing a decade of global cooling and a severe decline in crop production that would compromise global food security. 
  • “Meet a UChicagoan” Series Features Borja Sotomayor

    March 03, 2020

    From geeky t-shirts to squirrel cams to Hack Night, Borja Sotomayor is a familiar figure to many on the UChicago campus. A new edition of Meet a UChicagoan profiles the senior lecturer and director of the Master's Program in Computer Science, and speaks with him about why he loves the university and working with students.
  • CS Education Expert Diana Franklin Promoted to Associate Professor

    February 27, 2020

    Diana Franklin, a leading researcher and creator of computer science curricula, was promoted to Associate Professor at the UChicago Department of Computer Science. Franklin has developed new approaches for teaching computer science concepts to students from pre-kindergarten through college and studied the effectiveness of these curricula in diverse and underrepresented populations.
  • Ancient Language Processing: Teaching Computers to Read Cuneiform Tablets

    February 13, 2020

    A CDAC-funded collaboration between researchers from the UChicago Oriental Institute and the Department of Computer Science applies modern computer vision approaches to read ancient cuneiform tablets.
  • UChicago Postdoc Co-Authors Study on Feeding 10 Billion Without Wrecking the Planet

    January 20, 2020

    A study including UChicago CS postdoctoral researcher Jonas Jägermeyr deploys computer modeling and simulation to suggest a comprehensive solution for feeding 10 billion people within our planet’s environmental boundaries. 
  • Assistant Professor Lorenzo Orecchia Receives NSF CAREER Award

    January 14, 2020

    UChicago CS assistant professor Lorenzo Orecchia received the NSF CAREER award, the prestigious honor supporting early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.
  • EPiQC Researchers Simulate 61-Bit Quantum Computer With Data Compression

    January 13, 2020

    Researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory significantly reduced the gap between quantum computers and simulators by using data compression and a large supercomputer to conduct a 61-qubit simulations of a quantum search algorithm.
  • Chien Group Receives Best Paper at Workshop on Serverless Computing

    January 09, 2020

    Research by UChicago CS graduate students Hai Duc Nguyen, Chaojie Zhang, Zhujun Xiao, and Professor Andrew Chien received the Best Paper award at the Fifth International Workshop on Serverless Computing.
  • CDAC Announces Autumn 2019 Discovery Grant Projects

    January 06, 2020

    The Center for Data and Computing announced its Autumn 2019 class of Discovery Grants, funding eight projects and one convening that bridge disciplines and push forward the frontiers of data science and artificial intelligence.
  • Stuart A. Kurtz Receives Named Professorship

    January 02, 2020

    Kurtz was named the George and Elizabeth Yovovich Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the College, among 22 UChicago faculty receiving named or distinguished service titles in late 2019.
  • CS Associate Member Monisha Ghosh Named FCC Chief Technology Officer

    December 23, 2019

    Monisha Ghosh, an associate member of the Department of Computer Science and Research Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, was named Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission.
  • New Assistant Professor Raul Castro Fernandez Creates Tools for Data Discovery

    December 18, 2019

    New UChicago CS assistant professor Raul Castro Fernandez builds tools to make data discovery easier for all, creating systems that help users and organizations locate the data they need, combine data across different formats, and process it for use in predictive analytics, machine learning, and other applications.
  • New Assistant Professor Lorenzo Orecchia Brings New Algorithms to Machine Learning and Graph Networks

    December 10, 2019

    Lorenzo Orecchia, an assistant professor of computer science who joined UChicago CS this fall, draws upon first order methods, the mathematical family that includes gradient descent and similar approaches, to create more powerful algorithms for the future of artificial intelligence, distributed computing, logistics, and other advanced computational tasks.
  • UChicago Startup Tharzen Demystifies Website Content Management

    December 06, 2019

    Tharzen, a new startup co-founded by UChicago CS postdoctoral researcher Mikael Mayer, provides tools for businesses to edit and update their websites, and will compete as a finalist in Polsky's George Schultz Innovation Fund competition.
  • New Concurrency Bug Approach From Shan Lu’s Group Wins Best Paper at SOSP

    November 21, 2019

    A paper from Prof. Shan Lu's group at UChicago CS with co-authors from Microsoft Research and University of California, Berkeley, revealed a new approach that captured thousands of concurrency bugs and won the Best Paper award at the prestigious ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) conference.
  • New Asst. Prof. Bill Fefferman Blazes Theory Path for Future of Quantum Computing

    November 18, 2019

    Fefferman, a new assistant professor in the University of Chicago Department of Computer Science, develops theoretical methods for assessing 'quantum supremacy' and controlling the noise of near-term quantum computers, helping to realize the potential for simulating quantum mechanical systems in physics, chemistry, and materials science.
  • UChicago Research Finds External Attackers Can Use IoT Devices as Motion Sensors

    November 12, 2019

    A new study from UChicago CS researchers finds that external attackers can use inexpensive technology to turn ambient wi-fi signals into motion detectors, monitoring activity inside a building without being detected themselves. The research, led by Professors Heather Zheng and Ben Zhao and accepted for the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) symposium in February, reveals the technique of these attacks as well as potential defenses.
  • Professors Shan Lu and Heather Zheng Named ACM Distinguished Members

    November 06, 2019

    Professor Shan Lu and Neubauer Professor Heather Zheng, were among 62 people named as Distinguished Members by the Association for Computing Machinery in 2019. The selection recognizes significant achievements in the computing field, and both Lu and Zheng were honored for outstanding scientific contributions to computing.
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  • Prof. Diana Franklin Part of $4 Million Collaboration to Combine English, Computational Literacy

    October 31, 2019

    A $4 million grant from the Department of Education funded a collaboration between the University of California, Irvine, University of Chicago, and public schools in Santa Ana, San Francisco, and Chicago to develop, pilot, and implement a new curriculum that combines computer and English literacy.
  • Prof. Nick Feamster Discusses Facebook Content Moderation on Chicago Tonight

    October 29, 2019

    Professor Nick Feamster joined WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to talk about the whether the government should regulate how social media platforms moderate content on their sites, and the technical challenges for companies like Facebook and Twitter in monitoring and removing offensive or misleading content.
  • New UChicago CS Asst. Prof. Yuxin Chen Turns AI Into an Active Learner and Teacher

    October 24, 2019

    New Assistant Professor Yuxin Chen specializes in "interactive machine learning," the development of AI systems that continually seek out new data to further improve their performance. Chen has applied this approach in collaborations with computational biologists, neuroscientists, mechanical engineers, and physicists, developing new theories and algorithms for discovery and analysis.
  • Cosmos Boekell Comes Full Circle to Lead CS Instructional Laboratory (CSIL)

    October 23, 2019

    Cosmos Boekell, the new director of the Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL), returns to the department 20 years after serving as a CSIL tutor, with big plans for expanding the laboratory's offerings and collaboration with neighbors in the Media Arts, Data and Design Center.
  • Prof. Ian Foster Named SC Distinguished Scientist Fellow by Department of Energy

    October 17, 2019

    UChicago CS Professor Ian Foster was named a named a 2019 SC Distinguished Scientist Fellow for ​“pioneering work in distributed and high-performance computing with fundamental and long-lasting impacts on both computer science as a discipline and the practice of computing across the Office of Science.”
  • Department of Energy XLab Event Features Prof. Rebecca Willett on Foundations of AI

    October 16, 2019

    Rebecca Willett, Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Chicago, delivered a keynote on AI foundations at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation XLab Artificial Intelligence Summit, a two-day event featuring speakers, panels, and demonstrations about using AI in healthcare, national security, transportation, and many other areas.
  • Shan Lu Promoted to Professor of UChicago Computer Science

    October 11, 2019

    Shan Lu’s research focuses on software reliability and efficiency, particularly detecting, diagnosing, and fixing functional and performance bugs in large software systems. Since arriving at UChicago in 2014, Lu has won multiple best paper awards at prestigious computer science conferences, served on a number of program committees, and currently serves as the Chair of ACM-SIGOPS — the international special interest group on operating systems.
  • UChicago-Developed Compiler Makes Quantum Computers 2x Faster

    October 10, 2019

    A new paper from researchers at UChicago CS and EPiQC introduces a technique for compiling highly-optimized quantum instructions that can be executed on near-term hardware.
  • New Bioinformatics Hub at UChicago Enables Next-Gen Infectious Disease Research

    October 04, 2019

    A $43 million contract from NIH will fund the new Bacterial and Viral Bioinformatics Resource Center (BV-BRC), based at the University of Chicago and co-led by UChicago CS Professor Rick Stevens. The big data resource combines two independent efforts at UChicago and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) into a common infrastructure that will support richer scientific data and more powerful analytic tools.
  • How AI Could Change Science

    October 01, 2019

    A UChicago News feature surveys artificial intelligence research at the university and its partner laboratories, including projects from UChicago CS faculty Rebecca Willett, Ian Foster, Michael Maire, and Yuxin Chen, and Center for Data and Computing projects in synthetic biology, computer perception, and astrophysics.
  • Intel Research Awards Go To Two UChicagoCS Faculty for Video Analytics, “Serverless” Cloud Projects

    September 16, 2019

    Two UChicago CS faculty received research awards from Intel to study new approaches for analyzing video data and advance cloud computing resources to support real-time applications. Sanjay Krishnan will use the Intel grant to create a new general-purpose system for storing, processing, and applying computer vision tools on video data. Andrew Chien's project studies how serverless cloud computing can be improved to better serve the real-time demands of edge computing applications such as video monitoring, traffic control, sensors and other novel “Internet of Things” applications.
  • Security, Online Speech, and A Better Web For All: Prof. Nick Feamster Joins UChicago CS

    September 09, 2019

    As the internet has become ubiquitous, the staple computer science subdomain of networking has grown dramatically beyond its origins in electrical engineering, crossing over with other CS areas such as security and machine learning and branching out into policy and the social sciences. It’s this interdisciplinary perspective and broad impact that makes Nick Feamster passionate about networking, and that attracted him the University of Chicago, where he joined this summer as a Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and The College and faculty director of the Center for Data and Computing.
  • Department of Energy Awards Prof. Fred Chong $2.25 Million for Quantum Computing Research

    September 06, 2019

    A new $60.7 million round of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for quantum computing and networking included two awards to the research group of Fred Chong, Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Chong’s team will join multi-institutional projects led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Johns Hopkins University, receiving $1.125 million for their role in each collaboration.
  • New Assistant Professor Marshini Chetty Empowers Internet Users Through HCI

    August 29, 2019

    Even as we find countless new ways of using the internet, it sometimes feels like the internet is using us. With the multidisciplinary toolbox of human-computer interaction, new UChicago CS faculty member Marshini Chetty wants to even the scales, studying how people use the internet and developing new tools to empower them with information and control.
  • Researcher John Paparrizos Wins ACM SIGKDD Dissertation Distinction

    August 22, 2019

    While time series are a very common format for data from scientific collaborations, the internet, and sensors, researchers still lack the standards needed to automate their analysis. As a PhD student at Columbia University and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, John Paparrizos has worked to address this challenge. At this month’s 2019 ACM SIGKDD conference in Alaska, Paparrizos’ thesis, “Fast, Scalable, and Accurate Algorithms for Time-Series Analysis,” received an Honorable Mention for KDD’s Doctoral Dissertation Award.
  • Prof. Nick Feamster’s Research Drives Wall Street Journal Investigation of Streaming Video

    August 20, 2019

    Over three-quarters of today’s internet traffic comes from streaming video, a number that is only projected to rise over time. To meet this demand, internet service providers offer consumers faster data speeds at premium prices, with gigabit-per-second tiers available in some areas. But do these pricier plans actually improve the quality of video streaming? A Wall Street Journal investigation, published August 20th, answered this question with the help of UChicago Professor Nick Feamster, in a collaboration that both informs consumers and advances science.
  • New Asst. Prof. Eric Jonas Brings Machine Learning to Scientific Measurement

    August 07, 2019

    Machine learning often enters scientific experiments in the final chapter, analyzing large data sources to extract meaningful signals or create a predictive model. Eric Jonas wants the approach to play a much earlier and more proactive role: guiding how scientists collect information about the world, from telescopes scanning the cosmos to microscopes looking inside cells to detectors tracking the spray of subatomic particles.
  • EPiQC “Ask Me Anything” Session Brings Quantum to Quora

    August 05, 2019

    When people hear the term “quantum computing,” they usually have questions. So Quora, the social platform where experts answer user-submitted questions, was the perfect setting for an informational session led by researchers from the Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC) collaboration. On July 31st, EPiQC lead PI Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and colleagues Margaret Martonosi of Princeton and Peter Shor of MIT answered 18 questions on the current status of the quantum computing race and the future of this breakthrough technology.
  • Prof. Blase Ur Provides Data Breach Protection Advice on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

    August 01, 2019

    Capital One Financial, one of the largest American credit card companies, is the latest company to announce a significant data breach, potentially opening up millions of its customers to fraud. WTTW's Chicago Tonight news show invited Assistant Professor Blase Ur to discuss the incident and what people can do to protect themselves from misuse of their private information.
  • How One UChicago CS Alum Uses Technology to Tackle Inequality

    August 01, 2019

    As part of the "Meet a UChicagoan" series focusing on the people who make UChicago a distinct intellectual community, University of Chicago News featured Devshi Mehrotra, who graduated in June 2019 with a joint bachelor’s and master’s in computer science. Through compileHer, the student group she founded to introduce middle school girls to technology, and work with the Cook County Public Defender's Office and the UChicago Institute of Politics, Mehrotra has enthusiastically looked for ways to combine CS with public service.
  • UChicago Jumpstarts Collaborations with National Labs in AI, Quantum

    July 29, 2019

    A University of Chicago program supporting promising projects with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the emerging fields of artificial intelligence and quantum science announced $400,000 in seed grants. The projects, which include UChicago CS faculty Rebecca Willett, Ian Foster, Michael Maire, and Yuxin Chen, will tackle big questions in neuroscience, climate science, cosmological physics and quantum networking.
  • CNBC Features Prof. Ben Zhao on Promise and Dangers of AI

    July 23, 2019

    The business world has its eye on artificial intelligence, given the immense potential of the approach to create new economic opportunities and disrupt virtually every industry. So when financial news network CNBC came to Chicago earlier this month for an event on “Investing in the Future of Work,” they called upon a local expert to help explain the current state and uncertain path of AI — UChicago CS Neubauer Professor Ben Zhao.
  • Argonne Team Breaks Record for Globus Data Movement

    July 19, 2019

    Globus, the UChicago initiative and leading research data management service, announced the largest single file transfer in its history: a team led by Argonne National Laboratory scientists moved 2.9 petabytes of data as part of a research project involving three of the largest cosmological simulations to date.
  • UChicago Workshop Highlights Internet of Things Potential for Cities, Army Installations

    July 11, 2019

    A June workshop co-organized by the University of Chicago and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, focused on what IoT technologies can do for tomorrow’s cities and military installations. By convening armed services scientists and staff with researchers from UChicago CS, Argonne National Laboratory, and other universities, the two-day event focused on opportunities for new collaborations that can help bring those smart city applications closer to reality.
  • “Crash Skipping” Strategy for Approximate Computing Receives GLSVLSI Award

    July 03, 2019

    “Crash Skipping,” a new technique created by UChicago CS graduate Yan Verdeja Herms and assistant professor Yanjing Li for efficient error recovery in approximate computing environments, received the best paper award at the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI) conference held in May 2019 in Washington DC. The approach, which "skips over" errors that would normally cause an application to crash, holds promise for machine learning, computer vision, data mining and other increasingly popular functions that don’t always require precise accuracy.
  • Pinpointing Agency and Realism in the Brain During Electrical Muscle Stimulation

    June 27, 2019

    Even for experienced users of electrical muscle stimulation, the sensation of a machine controlling your body, rather than the other way around, feels unnatural and strange. Something about the experience disrupts people’s sense of agency — the feeling of being in control of one’s actions — which could interfere with the potential of EMS to improve learning, make virtual reality more realistic, and many other applications. In a trio of papers presented at CHI 19 and in the journal Cerebral Cortex, the laboratory of Pedro Lopes explored the nature of agency and where it may reside in the human brain.
  • PhD Student Mingzhe Hao Receives UChicago Harper Dissertation Fellowship

    June 17, 2019

    Mingzhe Hao, a 4th-year PhD student advised by Neubauer Family Assistant Professor Haryadi Gunawi, received a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, the highest honor awarded to UChicago graduate students. The fellowship is awarded in the final year of graduate study to help students concentrate on thesis completion. In his thesis work, Hao combines cloud computing, storage systems, and performance to primarily study tail latency, the delays sometimes experienced by users when they are trying to access a web page or request data stored in a cloud system.
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