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Tomorrow at noon—don't miss this talk from Rising Star Rediet Abebe, assistant professor at the University of California...
03/23/2021

Tomorrow at noon—don't miss this talk from Rising Star Rediet Abebe, assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley and leader for equity and social good in artificial intelligence. Get meeting info here: https://bit.ly/3f6Zuyl

Are you a high school or transfer student interested in studying computer science or informatics at UMass Amherst? Join ...
03/22/2021

Are you a high school or transfer student interested in studying computer science or informatics at UMass Amherst? Join one of our student-led information sessions to learn why you should choose our programs, and how to apply. Meet our student guides and schedule a virtual information session: https://www.cics.umass.edu/tours

The College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst College of Engineering, and the College of Information a...
03/19/2021
Joint Statement: Solidarity With Our Asian & Asian American Community Members

The College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst College of Engineering, and the College of Information and Computer Sciences, who serve over half the Asian American student population at UMass Amherst, have released a joint statement condemning anti-Asian hate and violence and supporting our community members. Read the statement: https://bit.ly/3qZOepJ

As colleagues in the College of Natural Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Information and Computer Sciences, we feel compelled to speak out about the surge in acts of racial violence against members of the Asian community. Between our three colleges, we serve over half of the Asian Am...

This Tuesday and Wednesday! The Symposium on Computing for the Common Good will feature keynotes from luminaries includi...
03/12/2021

This Tuesday and Wednesday! The Symposium on Computing for the Common Good will feature keynotes from luminaries including CICS Distinguished Professor Jim Kurose, research talks, and interactive discussions on applying computing and data science to address society’s big problems. Learn more and register for this free event: bit.ly/cics-symposium

Don’t miss data responsibility advocate and public interest technologist Francine Berman, distinguished professor in com...
03/10/2021

Don’t miss data responsibility advocate and public interest technologist Francine Berman, distinguished professor in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, at the Symposium on Computing for the Common Good, March 16–17. Learn more and register for this free event: https://bit.ly/cics-symposium

CICS and the Center for Data Science are thrilled to host keynote speaker Jay Ash for the Symposium on Computing for the...
03/09/2021

CICS and the Center for Data Science are thrilled to host keynote speaker Jay Ash for the Symposium on Computing for the Common Good, March 16–17. Learn more and register for this free event: https://bit.ly/cics-symposium

One week left to apply for CICS donor-funded scholarships! Opportunities exist for current freshman, sophomore, junior, ...
03/08/2021

One week left to apply for CICS donor-funded scholarships! Opportunities exist for current freshman, sophomore, junior, and PhD students—log into AcademicWorks to see what's available and get started. Questions? Email [email protected].

We may be remote but we’re still thrilled to meet accepted PhD students for Candidate Friday! Last Friday, over 160 pros...
03/08/2021

We may be remote but we’re still thrilled to meet accepted PhD students for Candidate Friday! Last Friday, over 160 prospective students and future CICS friends gathered together for some online socializing, research presentations from faculty, a poster session, and insights on life in Amherst from students and staff. Thanks to everyone who came and the faculty and staff who worked so hard to make this a successful gathering!

Last month, CICS students launched the Voices of Data Science conference to amplify the voices of data scientists from u...
03/04/2021
Spotlight: Voices of Data Science 2021, "Data Science for the Common Good"

Last month, CICS students launched the Voices of Data Science conference to amplify the voices of data scientists from underrepresented communities, including early-career faculty & researchers. Read more: https://bit.ly/38c6Igf

Last weekend, over 200 current and aspiring data scientists participated in Voices of Data Science, a student-run conference co-sponsored by CICS and the Center for Data Science. The conference aims to provide a platform to amplify the voices of data scientists from underrepresented communities; in....

This Thursday—hear from Senior Teaching Faculty Cheryl Swanier as part of the (Our)story lunchtime discussion series, wh...
02/23/2021
(Our)story: Cheryl Swanier

This Thursday—hear from Senior Teaching Faculty Cheryl Swanier as part of the (Our)story lunchtime discussion series, where CICS community members share stories about their personal and professional journeys, as well as their culture, identities, and lessons learned. Learn more/register: https://www.cics.umass.edu/event/ourstory-lunchtime-discussions-0

Come listen to the experiences shared by a member of our CICS community in the latest installment of the (Our)story series, where CICS community members share stories about their personal or professional journeys, culture, identity, and lessons learned. Register

Three weeks left to apply for CICS donor-funded scholarships! Opportunities exist for current freshman, sophomore, junio...
02/22/2021

Three weeks left to apply for CICS donor-funded scholarships! Opportunities exist for current freshman, sophomore, junior, and PhD students—log into AcademicWorks to see what's available and get started. Questions? Email [email protected].

The latest issue of Significant Bits features CICS research, community efforts, and alumni—with a focus on how the colle...
02/19/2021

The latest issue of Significant Bits features CICS research, community efforts, and alumni—with a focus on how the college is meeting challenges such as racial justice, COVID-19, and the equitable and safe use of artificial intelligence. Read online: https://bit.ly/39eiogB

Congrats to CICS doctoral students Justin Svegliato and Samer Nashed, who along with Professor Shlomo Zilberstein won a ...
02/16/2021

Congrats to CICS doctoral students Justin Svegliato and Samer Nashed, who along with Professor Shlomo Zilberstein won a distinguished paper award at the 2021 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence for "Ethically Compliant Sequential Decision Making," which introduces a novel framework for ensuring that autonomous systems (like self-driving cars) are ethically compliant. Read the paper: https://bit.ly/370WAGO

Congrats to Professor Charles Weems for receiving the IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award! Weems is a ...
02/13/2021
Weems Receives IEEE Computer Society Education Award

Congrats to Professor Charles Weems for receiving the IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award! Weems is a co-author of 28 textbooks who has taught at UMass Amherst for 41 years and made numerous contributions to computer science curricula. Read more: https://bit.ly/2ZejXrO

Professor Charles Weems has been selected by the IEEE Computer Society to receive the Taylor L. Booth Education Award for 2021. The awards committee cited Weems, co-author of 28 textbooks who has taught computer science at UMass Amherst for 41 years, for his “outstanding contributions to computer ...

Applications are now open for CICS donor-funded scholarships— log into AcademicWorks to get started! Opportunities exist...
02/09/2021

Applications are now open for CICS donor-funded scholarships— log into AcademicWorks to get started! Opportunities exist for current freshman, sophomore, junior and PhD students. Questions? Email [email protected].

Congrats to CICS doctoral student Shahrzad Naseri for the acceptance of her paper, "Contextualized Embeddings for Query ...
02/04/2021

Congrats to CICS doctoral student Shahrzad Naseri for the acceptance of her paper, "Contextualized Embeddings for Query Expansion" at the 2021 European Conference on Information Retrieval, along with co-authors Jeffrey Dalton of the University of Glasgow, Andrew Yates of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and James Allan, chair of the faculty at CICS. In the paper, they introduce a new state-of-the-art method for unsupervised query expansion: https://maroo.cs.umass.edu/pub/web/getpdf.php?id=1390

😍 this feature on Massenberg Summer STEM Institute from UMass magazine! We’re proud to be involved with Michael Weir and...
02/02/2021
Diversifying the Face of STEM

😍 this feature on Massenberg Summer STEM Institute from UMass magazine! We’re proud to be involved with Michael Weir and Mirian Graddick-Weir, along with UMass Amherst College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst in this program to give rising 10th graders access to STEM college experience.

Massenberg Summer STEM Institute opens doors

Congrats to Distinguished Professor Prashant Shenoy for being named founding chair of the ACM SIG on Energy Systems and ...
01/28/2021
Shenoy Named Founding Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Energy

Congrats to Distinguished Professor Prashant Shenoy for being named founding chair of the ACM SIG on Energy Systems and Informatics, an interdisciplinary forum for using computing to work towards carbon-free energy systems! Read more: https://bit.ly/39oXLBc

Prashant Shenoy, a distinguished professor and associate dean in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst (CICS), has been named the founding chair of the new Special Interest Group on Energy (SIGENERGY) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst
01/28/2021
School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

In today's The New York Times: A review of "Mistrust: Why Losing Faith in Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them," the new book by School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Professor Ethan Zuckerman! 📖

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Thursday, January 28 from 4:00–5:30pm ET: Don't miss Assistant Professor Philip Thomas' talk and Q&A, "Why Are AI System...
01/27/2021

Thursday, January 28 from 4:00–5:30pm ET: Don't miss Assistant Professor Philip Thomas' talk and Q&A, "Why Are AI Systems Racist, Sexist, and Generally Unfair, and Can We Make Them Fair?" This event is part of the Computing & Social Justice Lecture Series. Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/2M7wH0s

Wednesday: Don't miss Saadia Gabriel of the University of Washington for her Rising Stars talk, "Social Commonsense for ...
01/25/2021

Wednesday: Don't miss Saadia Gabriel of the University of Washington for her Rising Stars talk, "Social Commonsense for Social Good," exploring methods for capturing the complexities of human behavior in everyday settings. Learn more/register: https://bit.ly/3ceIbdh

Congratulations to Emma Anderson, director of inclusive education and teaching support, and Erika Dawson Head, director ...
01/21/2021

Congratulations to Emma Anderson, director of inclusive education and teaching support, and Erika Dawson Head, director of diversity and inclusive community development, for winning the #UMassCICS annual Outstanding Staff Award!

Dean Laura Haas: “In the context of an acute need in our society to address systemic racism, Emma and Erika stepped up to provide crucial leadership in the effort to build a truly safe, inclusive, equitable, and diverse college.”

Read more: https://bit.ly/3sIJiaV

Congratulations to Professors James Allan and Brian Levine for being named 2020 ACM Fellows! 🎉 Allan was cited for was c...
01/14/2021

Congratulations to Professors James Allan and Brian Levine for being named 2020 ACM Fellows! 🎉 Allan was cited for was cited for “contributions to information retrieval, including topic detection and tracking," and Levine for “contributions to network forensics, security and privacy, and for thwarting crimes against children." Read more: https://bit.ly/3ifIQfB

Associate Professor Ethan Zuckerman speaks with Arun Rath of WGBH about the president's recent suspensions from Facebook...
01/08/2021
'Trump Appears To Have Gone Full QAnon,' UMass Internet Scholar Says

Associate Professor Ethan Zuckerman speaks with Arun Rath of WGBH about the president's recent suspensions from Facebook and Twitter, along with his relationship with media outlets like Fox News.

UMass Amherst professor Ethan Zuckerman discusses how the Trumpian internet is processing the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The annual Destination Report from CICS Careers shows where CICS students are headed next. 57% of undergrads will stay i...
01/06/2021

The annual Destination Report from CICS Careers shows where CICS students are headed next. 57% of undergrads will stay in Massachusetts, with 20% going on to graduate programs. 90% of master's recipients are employed or continuing their education. See the report: https://bit.ly/2JQkImV

Congrats to Assistant Professor Marco Serafini for being recognized as an ACM Senior Member! 🎉 More about Marco: https:/...
01/05/2021

Congrats to Assistant Professor Marco Serafini for being recognized as an ACM Senior Member! 🎉 More about Marco: https://marcoserafini.github.io

As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 approaches, a message from Dean Laura Haas: "Looking Back & Looking Ahead."
12/30/2020
Dean's Message: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

As 2020 comes to a close and 2021 approaches, a message from Dean Laura Haas: "Looking Back & Looking Ahead."

Dear CICS Community: With the end of the semester upon us, this is a great time to look back and to look ahead.

With gratitude to every member of our community, we wish you a happy holiday season and joyous new year.
12/23/2020

With gratitude to every member of our community, we wish you a happy holiday season and joyous new year.

Go for the bronze? Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels MS’93, PhD’97 explained the “weird approach” to leadership and career strategy ...
12/22/2020
“Go for the bronze” advises Jody Daniels, computer scientist and first female commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve – Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Go for the bronze? Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels MS’93, PhD’97 explained the “weird approach” to leadership and career strategy that has taken her to the top of her field in a recent conversation with former CICS classmate and Northeastern University's Khoury College Dean Carla Brodley MS’91, PhD’94. https://www.khoury.northeastern.edu/go-for-the-bronze-advises-jody-daniels-computer-scientist-and-first-female-commanding-general-of-the-u-s-army-reserve/

Describing the challenges in her role, Lt. Gen. Jody J. Daniels told a Khoury audience, “I have to be the face of the Army Reserve, and I have to be the face of women in the Army Reserve, and I have to be the face of officers and other groups.”

Congratulations to CICS Associate Professor Andrew McGregor, who has been named as a 2020 Distinguished Member of the As...
12/18/2020

Congratulations to CICS Associate Professor Andrew McGregor, who has been named as a 2020 Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery for his outstanding scientific contributions to computing! 🎉 Read more: https://bit.ly/2LTb189

“A lot of people have helped me to make it,” says Thao Trinh, white-hat hacker and CICS senior from Vietnam who recently...
12/12/2020
International CICS Student Lands Commonwealth Cybersecurity Mentorship

“A lot of people have helped me to make it,” says Thao Trinh, white-hat hacker and CICS senior from Vietnam who recently completed a highly competitive mentorship sponsored by the MassCyberCenter. Read her thoughts on cybersecurity and life as an int'l student at UMass Amherst: https://bit.ly/3nom0nX

Thao Trinh, a senior planning to graduate in May with a degree from the College of Information and Computer Sciences, this past semester completed a highly competitive mentorship through the Cybersecurity Mentorship Pilot Program sponsored by the MassCyberCenter.

ICYMI: Professor Andrew McCallum and doctoral student Nicholas Monath of CICS, along with Alex Wade of the Chan Zuckerbe...
12/10/2020
Extracting Knowledge from Biomedical Literature

ICYMI: Professor Andrew McCallum and doctoral student Nicholas Monath of CICS, along with Alex Wade of the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative, wrote in Medium about their partnership with the Meta team to advance state-of-the-art technology to extract knowledge from scientific publications. Read more: https://bit.ly/3m46lso

Key Tools and Research Outputs from the Computable Knowledge Project

Professor Deepak Ganesan and former CICS students Pengyu Zhang & Pan Hu received a Boston Patent Lawyers’ Association “I...
12/09/2020
Boston Patent Law Group Honors CICS Team for Inventions

Professor Deepak Ganesan and former CICS students Pengyu Zhang & Pan Hu received a Boston Patent Lawyers’ Association “Invented Here!” award for their invention and successful patents on systems and methods of backscatter communication. Read more: https://bit.ly/33XtTJa

Professor Deepak Ganesan of the College of Computer and Information Sciences (CICS), with former students Pengyu Zhang and Pan Hu, recently received one of the 2020 Boston Patent Lawyers’ Association (BPLA) tenth annual “Invented Here!” Awards for his team’s invention and successful patentin...

Applications are now open for Hack(H)er413! ✨ The event will 🐝 fully remote this year with live events on Saturday, Febr...
12/07/2020

Applications are now open for Hack(H)er413! ✨ The event will 🐝 fully remote this year with live events on Saturday, February 13. Apply here: https://dashboard.hackher413.com/

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