In the News

November, 2019

Brandeis University was a finalist in the Northeast North American Regional Final of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). More than 50,000 students from 3,000 universities around the world competed in the annual programming contest. Student teams were from Brandeis and 19 other colleges and universities that included RIT, Brown University, University at Buffalo, Concordia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, Mount Allison University, Northeastern University and University of Rochester. Congratulations to our undergraduate team, Jianfei Xue, Seeing Hu, Zhaonan Li for coming in 9th out of 20.

In the contest, each team of three students had five hours to solve a set of 10 complex, real-world problems. The top regional team will advance to the World Finals in Moscow. More information is available on the International Collegiate Programming Contest website.  

September, 2019

WGBH announced today The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s renewed support for WGBH with a two-year, $750,000 grant, which will enhance usability of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). The AAPB is a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress that aims to digitize and preserve thousands of hours of broadcasts and previously inaccessible programs from the more than 60-year legacy of public radio and public television. Over the next two years, the grant will support a two-pronged effort to make the AAPB an even more valuable resource for researchers, educators, academics and the public. The AAPB will work with Brandeis University’s Lab for Linguistics and Computation, headed by Professor James Pustejovsky, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop open-source tools and workflows, to capture detailed metadata from AAPB radio and television programs. This metadata, descriptive information about the people, places, dates and conversations in the archive, is a powerful way to improve access and discoverability of content. Read more here.

August 2019

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Marwan Abi-Antoun has joined the Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor and will be teaching two courses in the Fall (CS12b, CS177a), as well as, two courses in the Spring. He will also be the Computer Science/Industry Liaison for the year to help our students connect with industry opportunities. Dr. Abi-Antoun enjoys alternating between industry and academia. He comes to Brandeis after spending several years as a software engineer at The MathWorks, the makers of MATLAB. He has a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. from the University of Southern California. After his Ph.D., he taught for several years at Wayne State University, graduating two Ph.D. students, as well as several M.S. students with theses. Most of his students are working as software engineers in industry.


July, 2019
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Constantine Lignos has joined the Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor in computational linguistics after an extensive search. If you have attended the job talks in the Spring, you can probably still remember his talk on code-switching. Dr. Lignos is currently a researcher at the University of Southern California Information Sciences institute.  Before completing a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he received a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Yale and worked as a program manager for language technology on the Microsoft Automotive team. 
February, 2019

Olga Papaemmanouil, Associate Professor of Computer Science, has received a prestigious AmazonResearch Award (ARA) for her proposal "Query Performance Modeling via Deep Learning" which argues for the confluence of machine learning and data management. Professor Papaemmanouil's project focuses on leveraging deep learning methods for predicting the performance of database queries, offering flexible predictive models that automatically adapt to changes in the data distributions, workload characteristics and operational capabilities of hardware resources. The ARA awards are granted to foster innovation and collaboration with major research institutions around the globe. The annual award offers up to $80,000 in funding to faculty members at academic institutions worldwide and $20,000 in Amazon Web Service credits to support research in a variety of Artificial Intelligence areas such as computer vision, natural language processing, robotics, security and data management. This year, 82 faculty around the globe received the award, 16 of these awarded to female faculty.


July, 2018
Professor Nianwen Xue and Professor James Pustejovsky (CO-PI) were awarded a $399,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a uniform meaning representation for natural language processing. This is a collaborative project with University of Colorado and University of New Mexico. Detailed information can be found on the NSF website:
July 2018

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has granted $10,000 to Brandeis University in support of Professor Harry Mairson's Digital Amati: Computational Art History and the 1700 Stradivari "Stauffer-ex Cristiani" Violincello, of Professor Harry Mairson. 

September, 2018
Olga Papaemmanouil, Associate Professor of Computer Science, has received an NSF grant of $499,993 from the National Science Foundation to design earning-based frameworks for supporting data distribution, query scheduling, and performance prediction for relational databases. This project (titled: "Automatic Learning-based Services for Distributed Data Management Systems") will couple existing learning-driven theory with distributed data management systems, having significant impact on the design of data management systems. By leveraging advanced learning algorithms from machine learning and game theory, the project will allow databases to move away from “hard-coded algorithmic intelligence”, rigid data structures and algorithms that are based on informal intuition. Instead, data management systems will be able to incorporate “learning-based intelligence” that provides reasoning on numerous decisions based on pattern recognition capabilities and mathematically proven insights. More details can be found here:
May, 2018
We are happy to announce that Dr. Hongfu Liu has joined the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Michtom School of Computer Science at Brandeis University. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Northeastern University (NEU), supervised by Prof. Yun (Raymond) Fu. Before joining NEU, he got his master's and bachelor degrees majoring in management at Beihang University with Prof. Junjie Wu. He also holds two minor bachelor degrees in applied mathematics and laws. His current research interests lie in data mining, machine learning  and related applications on business intelligence, computer vision and bioinformatics. He has published several papers and been a reviewer for major conferences and journals. Hongfu was nominated KDD Top 20 rising star in 2016. Read the article in Science at Brandeis.
May 2018
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! The Computer Science department awarded Master's of Science degrees to 51 students in Computer Science and Computational Linguistics and 114 Bachelor's degrees at Sunday's commencement ceremony. In addition, four Doctor of Philosophy degrees were conferred. Special awards were also given to 14 students for outstanding achievement in academics, research and teaching.
September, 2017
Jordan Pollack, chair of the computer science department, has received the International Society for Artificial Life's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work on computer-simulated evolution and artificial life forms. Read the full article on BrandeisNOW.
May 21, 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! The Computer Science department awarded 25 Master's degrees, three PhD's and 90 Bachelor's degrees at Sunday's commencement ceremony. Special awards were also given to 10 students for outstanding achievement in academics, research and teaching.

April, 2017

The Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award is an annual award of $2,500 for "outstanding ability as a mentor" by a member of the faculty involved in the supervision of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. We are delighted to announce that Professor Lotus Goldberg, Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics and Computational Linguistics Advising Chair received this year's Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award.

November, 2016

The Mellon Foundation to Fund Expansion of the Lapps Grid Web Service Project

Brandeis announced today that James Pustejovsky, the TJX/Feldberg Chair of Computer Science, has been awarded a two-year $390,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand and deploy the LAPPS Grid Project that seamlessly connects open-source computer programs to quickly analyze huge amounts of language from diverse sources and genres. Read the full story on BrandeisNOW.

November, 2016

Leslie Lamport, MA’63, PhD’72, the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award, an honor widely known as the 'Nobel of Computing,' will receive an honorary degree from Brandeis at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Lamport, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, received both his degrees from Brandeis University in mathematics. Read full article.