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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.