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Nathalie Japkowicz is giving an invited talk, "How to succeed as a STEM woman in Academia", at the Women-in-Computing Forum of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing. November 8, 2019, at the Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, VA.

Bei Xiao was invited to give a talk in a mini-symposium on material perception, and serve on a PhD dissertation committee, at the Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, October 27-30, 2019.

Mark Nelson took a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to give invited research talks on an ongoing project to analyze design spaces of games by positioning individual games as points within a metric space. At Google, Mountain View, CA on October 25; and UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA on October 29, 2019.

Alex Godwin co-chaired the Workshop on Urban Data Visualization at IEEE VIS 2019. The conference ran from 20-25 October 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

Stephen Casey was awarded U.S. Patent 10,455,426, "Windowing methods and systems for use in time-frequency analysis".

PhD student Wenyan Bi successfully defended her dissertation on October 2, 2019. The dissertation is entitled "Visual Inference of Material Properties of Deformable Objects in Dynamic Environments", and was supervised by Bei Xiao.

We're growing! The CS department is hiring three new full-time faculty. Two openings are tenure-track/tenured positions in cybersecurity and high-performance computing, and one is a term-faculty position focused on introductory programming courses. Applications will be reviewed starting in late October/November 2019 (see the linked job postings for details).

Alum Bruce Schneier discussed cybersecurity and the need for public policy technologists on the 80,000 Hours podcast.

AU hosted the National Student Leadership Conference on Cybersecurity in July 2019, coordinated by Kathryn Walters-Conte. A number of our students worked as TAs for the event, including Zhiqi Lu, James Cavallon, Anthony Baron, Sarah Jo Sleiman, and Divya Ramjee (thanks to Kristof Aldenderfer for coordinating TAs).

Bei Xiao is co-organizing the 2019 Computational Vision Summer School in Freudenstadt, Black Forest, Germany, June 30-July 7, 2019.

CS major Evan Jeing won a NASA AU STEM Student Summer Research Award to support his project "Visual and Haptic Perception of Object Material Properties in VR", during Summer 2019. He will be supervised by Bei Xiao.

Master's student Richard Moulton, co-supervised by Herna Viktor (University of Ottawa) and Nathalie Japkowicz (American University) won the 2019 Best Master's Thesis Award at the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC). The award will be presented at the Canadian AI Conference (AI 2019) in Kingston, ON, May 29-31.

Bei Xiao was awarded a National Eye Institute Early Career Scientist Travel Grant to attend the 2019 Vision Science Society annual meeting. May 17-22, 2019 in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Nathalie Japkowicz and Michael Baron (Math/Stats) received an award of $208,598 from the Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) DARPA program for their proposal entitled "Lifelong Streaming Anomaly Detection". The award runs from March 2019 to July 2020.

Nathalie Japkowicz was invited as keynote speaker for the National Cancer Institute Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Radiation Oncology Research and Management. April 4, 2019, at the NCI Campus, Rockville, Maryland.

Mark Nelson was invited to participate in the Shonan Meeting "Artificial General Intelligence in Games." March 18 – 21, 2019, at Shonan Village Center, Kanagawa, Japan.

Mark Nelson was invited to give the keynote at the Symposium on Live Game Design, the concluding event of a 3-year applied research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, for which he also served as external scientific advisor. February 27, 2019, at the Volkshotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Nathalie Japkowicz was invited to give a talk at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) weekly seminar for Congressional staffers on current trends in machine learning capabilities, research, and technologies. February 21, 2019, at UPenn's Biden Center.

Arthur Shapiro was selected to receive a 2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentorship in Undergraduate Research award from AU, based on nominations submitted by his students.

Chun-Hsi Huang received an award of $219,006 from the National Science Foundation for the 2018-2019 Program Director in the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA).

Arthur Shapiro won first place in the 10th Visual Illusion and Auditory Illusion Contest in Japan, for his illusion "Helix Rotation: A New Twist on Pulfrich and Hess."

Events

Department Events

CS Colloquium

The department hosts invited speakers most Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. We also list a few talks hosted by other departments that are on CS-related subjects. Contact Bei Xiao or Mark Nelson for more information.

Beyond the Black Box: How deep learning and AI can drive scientific discovery
Barbara Thompson (NASA Goddard)
September 4, 2:30 - 3:30pm, DMTI 111. Hosted by the Physics department.

What's the Problem: Reasons for Insecurity
Jean Camp (Indiana University)
September 18, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. DMTI 111. Lunch provided before the talk at 12:30.

Surviving the Growing Data Cost of Machine Learning
Bert Huang (Virginia Tech)
October 23, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. DMTI 117. Lunch provided before the talk at 12:30.

High-Performance Predictive Modeling with Geo-Distributed Sensor Data
Roberto Corizzo (AU)
November 6, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. DMTI 117. Lunch provided before the talk at 12:30.

Towards a Verified Quantum Stack
Robert Rand (U. of Maryland)
November 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. DMTI 117. Lunch provided before the talk at 12:30.

Title TBA
Lap-Fai (Craig) Yu (George Mason)
November 20, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. DMTI 117. Lunch provided before the talk at 12:30.

Title TBA
Max Leiserson (U. of Maryland)
December 4, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. DMTI 117. Lunch provided before the talk at 12:30.

Student-Organized Events

AU's Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) chapter holds meetings every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in DMTI 111 (Collaboration Lab). Past meeting themes have included "Working in the Tech Industry," "Hidden Figures Film Screening," and "UI/UX Product Design." Find more information about our ACM chapter on their Facebook Page.

STEM at AU

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium
Math/Stat hosts talks every Tuesday 3-4 p.m. in DMTI 111 (Collaboration Lab). See their colloquium page for details.

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