Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Joseph YurkoFebruary 14, 2020
Name: Joseph Yurko Title: Teaching Assistant Professor
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Lingfei WuFebruary 7, 2020
Name: Lingfei Wu Title: Assistant Professor Department: Informations and Networked Systems; Information Culture and Data Stewardship
SCI Hosts 6th Annual SheInnovates HackathonFebruary 4, 2020
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently wrote an article about SCI's 6th annual SheInnovates hackathon titled, "Marshmallows and mobile apps: Pitt's 36-hour hackathon encourages women in tech." The article discusses the event and describes specific design exercises that were part of the hackathon. The mission of SheInnovates is to help close the gender gap in the tech industry by encouraging women to engage their tech passions and form a greater sense of community.
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Erin WalkerJanuary 31, 2020
Name: Erin Walker Title: Associate Professor Department: Computer Science
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Xulong TangJanuary 24, 2020
Name: Xulong Tang Title: Assistant Professor Department: Computer Science
SCI Professor Martin Weiss Featured in Post-Gazette Story About 5GJanuary 21, 2020
Martin Weiss, SCI Professor, was recently featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story titled, "AT&T brought 5G to Pittsburgh, but you might not have noticed ... yet." The article discusses AT&T's roll out of its fifth-generation network in Pittsburgh, which happened in December.
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Marcia RapchakJanuary 17, 2020
Name: Marcia Rapchak Title: Teaching Assistant Professor Department: Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Vinicius PetrucciJanuary 10, 2020
Name: Vinicius Petrucci Title: Lecturer Department: Computer Science
SCI Alumnus Named Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission in Saudi ArabiaJanuary 8, 2020
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Stephen LeeDecember 13, 2019
Name: Stephen Lee Title: Assistant Professor Department: Computer Science
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Seong Jae HwangDecember 7, 2019
Name: Seong Jae Hwang Title: Assistant Professor Department: Computer Science
SCI Alumna Yi-Ling Lin Promoted to Associate ProfessorDecember 2, 2019
Yi-Ling "Jennifer" Lin (PhD IS '13) was recently promoted to associate professor in the Department of Management Information Systems at National Chengchi University (NCCU).
SCI Alumnus Alex Toner Recognized as a 2019 Western PA Rising Star by Get Involved!, Inc.December 2, 2019
MLIS alumnus Alex J. Toner ('11) was named by Get Involved!, Inc. as one of their 2019 Western PA Rising Stars on September 12.
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Jacob BiehlNovember 22, 2019
Name: Jacob Biehl Title: Associate Professor Department: Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship; Computer Science
Associate Chair for ICDS and Lecturer Featured on PittwireNovember 21, 2019
Elizabeth Mahoney, Associate Chair for ICDS and SCI lecturer has recently been featured on Pittwire in an article titled, "'Neighborhood' Archives Bring Community Together."
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Amy BabayNovember 15, 2019
Name: Amy Babay Title: Assistant Professor Department: Computer Science
SCI Alumnus Named to Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 ListNovember 14, 2019
SCI Alumnus Girish Chavan, Director of Product Management at UPMC enterprises has recently been included in Pittsburgh's 40 under 40 list. Girish has been honored for his work with Immigration Voice, a non-profit organization working to alleviate the problems faced by legal high-skilled future Americans in the United States.
SCI Associate Professor Awarded Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust in the UKNovember 13, 2019
Associate Professor Rosta Farzan has been awarded a fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for her project titled, "Developing Research and Training Agenda in Promoting Data-Driven Civic Engagement among Youth in Marginalized Communities."
Meet SCI’s New Faculty: Kate AndersonNovember 8, 2019
Name: Kate Anderson Title: Visiting Assistant Professor Department: Department of Informatics and Networked Systems (DINS)
Article written by SCI Associate Professor Featured on The ConversationNovember 1, 2019
An article written by Associate Professor Konstantinos Pelechrinis has recently been featured on The Conversation. The article is titled, "What really causes home field advantage - and why it's on the decline."
SCI Alumni Named Governor of the CITCOctober 29, 2019
Former SCI PhD Student Mohammed Altamimi has recently been named head of the telecommunications regulator in Saudi Arabia. Mohammed graduated from SCI in 2014 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Telecommunications and Networking.
SCI PhD Student Wins Second Place in the Student Research Competition at Grace HopperOctober 21, 2019
SCI PhD Student Maryam Karimi recently won second place in the student research competition at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration. The celebration is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in Partnership with ACM. At the celebration, which was help in Orlando, FL, there were 157 student poster presenters. All of the winers move on the the grand finals.
Computing Researchers, with Representation from SCI, Fly-in to D.C. to Make the Case for ComputingOctober 21, 2019
On September 11, 21 computing researchers from across the country visited Washington, D.C. to make the case for federally funded computing research. The volunteers, traveling from as near as Virginia and Maryland, and as far away as Wyoming and Montana, participated in over 50 House and Senate meetings. Their message to Congress was very simple: Federally supported computing research is vital to the nation’s future.
Project by SCI Professor Featured on PittsciVeloOctober 14, 2019
SCI Professor Daqing He recently worked on a project through PHDA with UPMC. An article about this project has been published on PittsciVelo, titled, "Pittsburgh Partnership in Translational and Clinical Research Clarifies Ambiguity in Clinical Text."
Associate Chair of the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship Featured in WESA ArticleOctober 5, 2019
WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, recently published an article titled, "Why Young Learners Don’t Always Go To Libraries For Books, And Why That’s OK With Librarians." The story features an interview from Elizabeth Mahoney, SCI's associate chair of the department of information culture and data stewardship.
New Faculty Members Join SCISeptember 26, 2019
New faculty members with backgrounds vital to building the school’s expertise have recently joined the School of Computing and Information.
Bruce R. Childers Named Special Assistant to the Provost for Data ScienceSeptember 26, 2019
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd recently announced that Bruce R. Childers, senior associate dean in the School of Computing and Information, will take on a new role in the Office of the Provost as special assistant to the provost for data science.
Pitt Receives $10 Million Federal Grant to Boost Racial and Ethnic Diversity in STEM Higher EducationSeptember 23, 2019
A University of Pittsburgh research team and the STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice (SLECoP) have been chosen to create a network of precollege programs with accreditation standards to boost college enrollment for underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
SCI Welcomes its Second Class of Army War College (AWC) FellowsSeptember 19, 2019
The School of Computing and Information is excited to welcome its second class of the United States Army War College (AWC) Fellows. Lieutenant Colonel Frank Estes and Lieutenant Colonel Javier Madrigal will be spending one year at Pitt, where they will gain unique experience through both formal and informal educational opportunities.
Paper by late SCI faculty member, Jan Wiebe, honored with Test of Time award by Association for Computational LinguisticsJuly 11, 2019
SCI Professor Dr. Janyce Wiebe, who passed away in December 2018, and ISP alumni Theresa Wilson (PhD ’08) and Paul Hoffmann (G ’06) have been awarded the Test-of-Time award by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for their paper titled, “Recognizing Contextual Polarity: An Exploration of Features for Phrase-Level Sentiment Analysis.”
PhD Student wins Best Paper award at 2019 ACM Learning at Scales conferenceJuly 5, 2019
Hung Chau, PhD student in Information Science, along with Zachary Pardos and Haocheng Zhao of University of California – Berkeley, recently won the Best Paper award for their paper titled “Data-Assistive Course-to-Course Articulation Using Machine Translation.”
iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) receives nearly $350,000 grant from IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian ProgramJuly 3, 2019
Dr. Kayla Booth, research assistant professor and director of the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3), recently received a nearly $350,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for her team's project titled “Diversity by Design: Scaling and Fostering Diverse and Inclusive Intergenerational Communities of Practice.”
Professor Peter Brusilovsky elected ACM SIGWEB ChairJuly 2, 2019
Dr. Peter Brusilovsky, professor in the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems at SCI, was recently elected chair of ACM SIGWEB.
SCI represented in all Pitt Cyber Summer 2019 Accelerator GrantsJuly 1, 2019
The Pitt Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security announced its Summer 2019 Accelerator Grants. All four winning projects feature SCI-affiliated faculty and students.
SCI video, produced by Awesome Films, wins a Telly AwardJune 11, 2019
The School of Computing and Information's "Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems Institute launch video" recently won a Telly Award in the non-broadcast general-educational institution category.
Pitt Leading Creation of Global, Cloud-Based Data System for Infectious DiseasesMay 22, 2019
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health announced that it will lead a culture shift in data-sharing rippling through scientific fields and harness it to improve global knowledge of infectious diseases through a five-year, $6.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.
Pitt faculty want to find community partners for student sustainability projectsMay 15, 2019
Nearly three quarters of Pitt faculty who responded to a recent survey would like help finding community partners for student projects in sustainability.
2019 Modeling the World’s Systems Conference agenda announcedMay 1, 2019
The agenda for the 2019 Modeling the World’s Systems (MWS) conference has been announced. This year’s conference, taking place in Washington D.C., will feature keynote speakers, panel presentations, poster sessions, and demos.
Three Faculty Members Win Innovation in Education Award GrantsApril 22, 2019
Three SCI Faculty Members recently won Innovation in Education grants for their proposals.
Professor Panos Chrysanthis wins Outstanding Achievement and Education AwardApril 10, 2019
Panos Chrysanthis, Professor of Computer Science, recently received an award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences at their Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards Banquet. In addition to being a professor, Chrysanthis is also a founder and director of the Advanced Data Management Technologies Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.
SCI students place in Randall Family Big Idea CompetitionApril 8, 2019
In March, three SCI students placed in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition. Held each Spring, this competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students with big ideas who enjoy working in diverse teams to bring those ideas to life.
Professor David Tipper wins Best Paper Award at the Design of Reliable Communication Networks ConferenceApril 2, 2019
Professor David Tipper recently won Best Paper Award for his paper titled, Reconsidering Network Availability and Time, at the 15th International Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks in Coimbra, Portugal.
Associate Professor Konstantinos Pelechrinis Writes Article for The ConversationApril 1, 2019
Associate Professor Konstantinos Pelechrinis recently wrote an article titled, "Data reveals the value of an assist in basketball" for The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. Their mission is “to promote truthful information and strengthen journalism by unlocking the rich diversity of academic research for audiences across America.”
PhD Student Wins Best Short Paper Award at ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and RetrievalMarch 20, 2019
LIS Doctoral student Sunny Xiao recently won best short paper award at the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR).
Lecturer Named Affiliate Scholar with Pitt CyberMarch 14, 2019
Matt Burton, Lecturer of Information Culture and Data Stewardship has recently been selected as one of Pitt Cyber's Affiliate Scholars. Pitt Cyber affiliate scholars are drawn from faculty across the University and are selected for their excellence in cyber-themed research and teaching. Affiliate scholars are a source for transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation across Pitt and beyond.
Work of SCI Alumna Maria Harrington Featured in New York TimesMarch 13, 2019
The augmented reality work of Maria Harrington ( PhD '08) has recently been featured in the New York Times.
Professor Peter Brusilovsky Wins AMiner Most Influential Scholar AwardMarch 12, 2019
Professor Peter Brusilovsky has recently Received AMiner's Most Influential Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Recommender System.
Professional Institute at SCI on WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR StationMarch 12, 2019
Starting this fall, people will be able to take courses in cybersecurity at the University of Pittsburgh without attending the school full-time. The School of Computing and Information recently launched a Professional Institute designed to address critical skills gaps and help early and mid-career professionals advance in their careers.
Professional Institute at SCI Launches to Address Cybersecurity Skills GapsMarch 6, 2019
The School of Computing and Information recently launched a Professional Institute designed to address critical skills gaps and help early and mid-career professionals advance in their careers. The first two programs the Professional Institute offers, a graduate certificate program in cybersecurity, policy and law and a non-degreed cybersecurity professional education program, focus on helping professionals gain skills to take on cybersecurity jobs and protect the nation’s technology infrastructure.
Digital Application called MARS Helps Teach Students About Computer ArchitectureFebruary 20, 2019
Students at Pitt in CS 0447, a core computer science class focusing on the physical and digital structure of computers, are undertaking the complicated task of learning how to read and write assembly languages — and one certain tool is making it much easier for students and teachers alike.
Professor Vladimir I. Zadorozhny Presents Research on Artificial Intelligence in NorwayFebruary 13, 2019
Professor Vladimir I. Zadorozhny recently traveled to Norway for the Grand Opening of the House of CAIR (Center for AI Research) where he presented research on data-intensive AI and its application to medical and social data.
Student Completes THINK Fellowship Project with Pitt HonorsFebruary 6, 2019
James Hahn, a Computer Science major at SCI, recently completed a THINK Fellowship project with Pitt’s Honors College. His thesis, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Chicken Scratch and Applications to Steganography," looks into hiding secret information in normal data. Steganography is an emerging field in computer science, which has only recently made significant strides.
Associate Professor Named Affiliate Scholar with Pitt CyberFebruary 4, 2019
Associate professor Rosta Farzan has been selected as one of Pitt Cyber’s Affiliate Practice Scholars. Pitt Cyber affiliate scholars are drawn from faculty across the University and are selected for their excellence in cyber-themed research and teaching.
Assistant Professor Adriana Kovashka Receives Fund from Amazon Research AwardsJanuary 28, 2019
Assistant Professor Adriana Kovashka's proposal titled, "Functional objects: How objects foreshadow film plots and explain advertisements" was recently selected to be funded by Amazon Research Awards.
Professor David Tipper’s Resilient Network Project Featured in Two NewspapersJanuary 16, 2019
Professor David Tipper's Resilient Network Project that he is working on in Coimbra, Portugal has recently been featured in two newspaper articles.
MLIS Alumna named Library Journal’s Librarian of the the YearJanuary 7, 2019
Skye Patrick (MLIS ’01) was recently named Library Journal's 2018 Librarian of the Year. Skye has been the director of the LA County library since February of 2016. The LA County Library is one of the largest library systems in the United States serving over 3.4 million people.
MLIS alumna named recipient of the 2018 “I Love My Librarian” awardJanuary 2, 2019
Paula Kelly (MLIS ’09) was selected as one of 10 awardees of the 2018 “I Love My Librarian” award, which is a collaborative award program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Public Library, The New York Times, and the American Library Association.
Professor Janyce Wiebe, 1959 – 2018December 18, 2018
We are sad to announce that Professor Janyce Wiebe, 59, passed away on December 10, 2018. Janyce was a professor of Computer Science and the former director of the Intelligent Systems Program at Pitt, as well as a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
MLIS Alumna created Emmy-winning DocumentaryNovember 19, 2018
Dominique Luster (MLIS '15), curator of the Teenie Harris collection at the Carengie Museum of Art, worked on a team to create the documentary called, "Pittsburgh 360: Service & Sacrifice" that has recently won an Emmy. The documentary is based on an exhibition from earlier this year that showcased some of the Collection's photos of African American soldiers during World War II. It tells the stories of black soldiers who fought for a nation that did not always fight for them.
Assistant Professor Marcela Gomez takes part in IMPACT ProgramNovember 12, 2018
Visiting Research Assistant Professor Marcela Gomez has recently accepted nomination to participate in the IMPACT (Institutional Mentoring Program Across a CommuniTy of Color) program. The program pairs diverse faculty members in the early years of their appointment with more experienced faculty members across the University with the goal to develop meaningful relationships between mentor and mentee. To build upon the aspect of diversity, mentors and mentees are often from different areas of study. This allows for the building of inter-disciplinary relationships to form.
Computer Science Student Andrew Lobos Wins Kid’s Choice Award at Hackathon to Solve Pediatric ProblemsNovember 12, 2018
Three undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh tackled the challenge of helping young patients remember to take medicines on time and at the right dose at the first-ever Hack This. Help Kids pediatric health care hackathon.
The School of Computing and Information’s redesigned Master of Library and Information Science degree program to launch in Fall 2019November 7, 2018
The Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship’s redesigned Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program will launch in Fall 2019 term. The redesigned program offers a new foundational core that features three new courses, numerous electives that allow students to tailor the degree to their career interests, and a newly created Design Methods Sequence that highlights immersive experiential learning.
Founding Dean Paul R. Cohen of the School of Computing and Information Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant from DARPANovember 7, 2018
Dr. Paul R. Cohen, Founding Dean and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information, along with Dr. Mark Roberts in the Graduate School of Public Health and Dr. Greg Cooper in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, have received nearly $1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for their project titled, “Curating Probabilistic Relational Agent-based Models.”
Two Female Faculty Members Recognized for their Research in Computational Social ScienceOctober 10, 2018
School of Computing and Information Associate Professors Yu-Ru Lin and Rebecca Hwa Receive Research Grant from the DARPA Understanding Group Biases ProgramOctober 8, 2018
Associate Professor Kostas Pelechrinis named one of The Incline’s Who’s Next: Transit ClassSeptember 14, 2018
The University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information’s undergraduate programs to become first year-admitting programsSeptember 11, 2018
School of Computing and Information Welcomes Inaugural Class of the United States Army War College FellowsSeptember 7, 2018
The School of Computing and Information begins search for leaders in the field of Cybersecurity to help launch a professional education programAugust 17, 2018
School of Computing and Information to launch EngagePitt campaign in honor of late associate professor, Roger R. FlynnAugust 15, 2018
Professor Toni Carbo Becomes Recipient of the Association for Information Science & Technology Award of MeritAugust 14, 2018
Hear associate professor Kostas Pelechrinis discuss the importance of Rethinking Smart CitiesJuly 11, 2018
PittWire: New Institute Aims for Global Leadership in Computer Modeling and SimulationMay 31, 2018
Two School of Computing and Information projects receive grants from Provost through Personalized Education initiativeMarch 28, 2018
School of Computing and Information featured in two Voice of America videosFebruary 13, 2018
Hear Kostas Pelechrinis talk about how Big Data and AI are changing professional sports in AI for Anyone’s podcastFebruary 2, 2018
Founding Dean Paul R. Cohen discusses the School’s goal of uniting disciplines through computingFebruary 1, 2018
Associate Professor Kostas Pelechrinis created a statistical model to predict the outcome of Sunday’s Super BowlFebruary 1, 2018
The Association for Computational Linguistics recently elected Professor Diane Litman as one of six fellowsDecember 13, 2017
The School of Computing and Information begins search for tenure and non-tenure stream faculty positionsDecember 7, 2017
Professor James Joshi recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery as one of their 2017 Distinguished MembersNovember 8, 2017
Faculty member and Senior Vice Chancellor for Research honored with prestigious Phil Kaufman Award from the Electronic System Design AllianceOctober 19, 2017
Assistant Professor Yu-Ru Lin mentioned in the Las Vegas Sun for her research that studies social reactions to mass tragediesOctober 6, 2017
Recent graduate, Jessica Benner, begins working at Carnegie Mellon University as Liaison LibrarianOctober 2, 2017
Staff member part of $300,000 NSF grant to encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM educationSeptember 18, 2017
Eight faculty members receive funding from the National Science Foundation to increase cybersecurity education in PASeptember 11, 2017
ISP Alumnus Steve Casner featured in the current issue of Psychology Today for his book CarefulAugust 7, 2017
PAWS lab paper “Fine-Grained Open Learner Models: Complexity Versus Support” receives James Chen Best Student Paper Award at UMAP 2017August 7, 2017
PAWS lab paper "Fine-Grained Open Learner Models: Complexity Versus Support" lead by Julio Guerra just receives James Chen Best Student Paper Award at UMAP 2017 conference in Bratislava.