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2020

  • SoC recognized its bachelor's graduates in a live streamed event "School of Computing Bachelor's Graduation Celebration 2020" on May 13th.
  • SoC had a strong presence at CHI2020 conference last week of April, virtually, in Hawaii. Check out the schedule of events here.
  • SoC senior Natalie DellaMaria receives this year's Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit. Watch Natalie's video here.
  • SoC DRIVE Lab members Dr. Julian Brinkley, Earl Huff Jr., and colleagues from Duke University and University of Florida, just published a paper in ACM's Transactions on Accessible Computing titled, "Exploring the Needs, Preferences, and Concerns of Persons with Visual Impairments Regarding Autonomous Vehicles".
  • Dr. Ilya Safro and his team will soon roll out a new artificial intelligence system aimed at helping researchers explore the scientific literature as they strive for new discoveries to combat the novel coronavirus. Read the story on AI and COVID-19 here.
  • BDSI graduate student, Benafsh Husain Sapra, will soon become the first person to hold a Ph.D. in biomedical data science and informatics as part of a program jointly offered by Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Read the article on Benafsh here
  • Jessica Baron, Visual Computing Ph.D. student, has been selected for the prestigious, internationally competitive 2020-2021 Fulbright Award and Swiss Government Excellence Research Awards! She will join the Realistic Graphics Lab in EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland for the year, starting in September, continuing to work on her Ph.D. research, developing light-scattering models for the micro-structures of feathers in order to render them photo-realistically.
  • Associate professor Dr. Ilya Safro receives funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA to work on hybrid quantum-classical algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems. This is a four year long collaborative research between Clemson and Argonne National Laboratory led by Dr. Safro. He is looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students to join the Algorithms and Computational Science lab.
  • Recent PhD grad Ayush Bhargava (advised by Dr. Sabarish Babu), publishes a journal paper in the Springer Virtual Reality Journal titled "Revisting affordance perception in contemporary virtual reality."
  • Clemson University researchers are developing new manufacturing technology that they said will help people do their jobs better and make their work more satisfying, while creating new jobs in fields such as artificial intelligence and robotics. The Clemson portion of the project is lead by Dr. Amy Apon. Read more about Dr. Apon's collaboration with BMW here.
  • Artificial intelligence created by Dr. Brian Dean and his team could help predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease earlier than currently possible. Read about Dr. Dean's collaboration with MUSC on this AI project.
  • High school students work with Clemson University researchers to stem the tide of social media hate speech via a new system called HateDefender, overseen by Dr. Feng Luo. Read the article on HateDefender system here.
  • Dr. Hongxin Hu and Ph.D. student Nishant Vishwamitra are using artificial intelligence to safeguard reputations on social media. Click here to read more about this collaboration to advance AI.
  • Undergraduate students Sebastian Valentin and Jace Rinder (mentored by Dr. Yvon Feaster) win 1st prize in the CECAS Spark Pitch competition! Their pitch was an idea for an app, Bandcast, an all-in-one toolbox designed for concert-style band programs. In addition to $2,500 cash prize, they get an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley, and they are automatically entered into the Pitch Smackdown hosted by the Spiro Institute as finalists.
  • HCC graduate students Brodrick Stigall (HATlab) and Earl Huff (DRIVElab), together with their co-authors Dr. Julian Brinkley and Dr. Kelly Caine of SoC, and Dr. Richard Pak from Psychology, have their paper “Can Computer-Generated Speech Have an Age?” accepted to ACM CHI2020.
  • Dr. Andrew Robb and Dr. Sabarish Babu from the virtual environment group had 6 peer-reviewed full conference papers (and some peer-reviewed poster papers) accepted at IEEE VR 2020, to be presented virtually during the conference March 22-26.
  • Associate professor Dr. Sabarish Babu receives funding on the project “Usability Assessment of Patient-Centric Mobile Health Application for Patient Self-Management and Enhanced Patient-Caregiver-provider Communication of Heart Failure.” [read Sab Babu's article]
  • Advised by Dr. Guo Freeman, a team of SoC students has been selected as one of the five finalist for the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020 student game design competition (the Innovative Interfaces category). The team members are: Alex Adkins (HCC PhD student), Kristopher Kohm (HCC PhD stuent), Rui Zhang (HCC PhD student), and Nicholas Gustafson (CS undergrad) and the game/paper is titled: "Lost in Spaze: An Audio Maze Game for the Visually Impaired."
  • MinJae Woo, Biomedical Data Science & Informatics PhD candidate, publishes a first-author paper on diagnostic radiology. [view MinJae Woo's paper] [view MinJae Woo's article]
  • Hundreds of students participate in Clemson University’s all student-led hackathon, CUhackit 2020, with premier sponsor Amazon Web Services. [view the photos from CUhackit 2020 event here]
  • PhD CS student Jessica Baron has been selected as a global semi-finalist for the 2020-2021 Fulbright Award / Swiss Government Excellence Research Award.
  • PhD HCC student, Samaneh Zamani, advised by Dr. Guo Freeman, has been awarded a Facebook PhD fellowship for 2020-2022 with the AR/VR ethics and privacy team. [read Samaneh Zamani's story here]
  • Dr. Larry Hodges and his team's recent paper in the Journal, Communication Education, was featured in the National Communication Associate’s online magazine, Communication Currents. [read Dr. Hodges' article here]
  • PhD HCC student Moses Namara, advised by Dr. Bart Knijnenburg, has been awarded a Facebook PhD fellowship for 2020-2022. Moses, who has previously received a Facebook Emerging Scholars Fellowship, is slated to do an internship with the Facebook Privacy and Date Use team this summer. [read Moses Namara's story here]
  • PhD CS student Ruslan Shaydulin receives 2020 Maria Goeppert Mayer fellowship for postdoctoral studies at Argonne National Laboratory. Ruslan will start there in Fall 2020. He was selected among many distinguished candidates from top schools and different disciplines. Ruslan is a senior PhD student studying under the supervision of Dr. Ilya Safro. His research interests include quantum computing, graph algorithms, and optimization.

2019

  • Undergraduate student Bennett Cooper was selected for Honorable Mention for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for 2020. [See all CRA winners here]
  • Dr. Bart Knijnenburg and his team receive a research gift from Facebook to develop a more user-friendly way to serve ads in social media. They will design, build, and evaluate intuitive explanations of the ad recommendation process and interaction mechanisms that allow you to control this process. The research gift follows on two earlier contributions for Dr. Knijnenburg's students: Moses Namara received a Facebook Emerging Scholars Fellowship to investigate user-tailored privacy, while Daricia Wilkinson received a Facebook PhD Fellowship to create usable interfaces that promote safe and supportive online experiences for Instagram users in the Caribbean.
  • CS PhD student Brandon Posey, under the supervision of Dr. Amy Apon, has launched large scale computations in the Google Cloud platform based on traffic data from the SC highway system. [Read about the experiement here]
  • KEMET and the School of Computing team led by Dr. Larry Hodges develop VR training. [Watch the video of the VR training demonstration]
  • Clemson's student-led hackathon organization CUhackit hosts HelloWorld, a beginner-friendly hackathon where Clemson freshmen with little to no programming experience are introduced to the power and fun of computer science. [View the HelloWorld event photos]
  • The Boy Who Cried, a short film by Dr. Eric Patterson and DPA alums Dan Hale, Evan Hicklin, Kunta Lowe, Paul Obeid, Mandy Smoak, Margaret Wages, and John Welter, was a finalist at The Oaxaca International Film Fest in Oaxaca, Mexico and screens again in October as an official selection in The Poe Film Festival in Virginia, and at The Orlando Film Festival.
  • DPA 8600 project, Mocking Bird, will be screening at the Reedy Reels Film Festival at the Peace Center this November. This is the 4th straight year DPA films have been accepted into a professional juried event with Clemson winning "Best Animation" for the past 3 years. [Watch Mocking Bird short film]
  • Associate professor emeritus Dr. Brian Malloy wins the Murray Stokely Award for excellence in teaching. [Read the story on Brian Malloy]
  • CS graduate student Ruslan Shaydulin and associate professor Ilya Safro win the Best Student Paper award at the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference 2019 for their work on Multistart Methods for Quantum Approximate Optimization.
  • Associate professor Jacob Sorber receives a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for international research. He is teaching and conducting research in Botswana this academic year. [Read article on Jacob Sorber]
  • Undergraduate students Weston Belk and Max Harley are helping organize the Clemson University-Capture The Flag event hosted by CU Cyber. [Read about Capture the Flag event]
  • CS PhD student Simeon Babatunde wins one of 2019’s Upsilon Pi Epsilon achievement awards.
  • Dr. Brian Dean is one of 10 faculty members participating in the 2019 President’s Leadership Institute. [Read the story about Brian Dean]
  • Dr. Bart Knijnenburg and his student Reza Ghaiumy Anaraky win the best paper award (among 87 papers) at the 10th International Conference on Social Media & Society.
  • Dr. Hongxin Hu wins an NSF CAREER Award for the project "Towards Elastic Security with Safe and Efficient Network Security Function Virtualization." [Read the story on Hongxin Hu]
  • Dr. Amy Apon has been chosen as the next C. Tycho Howle Endowed Chair and Director of the School of Computing. [Read the story on Amy Apon]
  • HCC assistant professor Dr. Nathan McNeese has been selected to be on the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Panel on Human Factors Science. [Read story about Nathan McNeese]
  • CS PhD student, Robert Underwood, is one of the two Clemson students selected by the DOE for a high-profile research program. Robert will be headed to Argonne National Laboratory summer 2019. [read Robert Underwood's article here]
  • Julia Baugh, Chris Crawford, John Xue, Bryson Rudolph, Nathan Wessel, Priyanka Jaiswal, Ruslan Shaydulin, Ryan Preston, and Dan Hale are inducted into Clemson’s chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon. [see photos from UPE event here]
  • CU Cyber team wins 1st place at the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition. [See the photos from PCDC here]
  • HCC PhD student Divine Maloney wins the Best Doctoral Consortium Presentation at the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference in Osaka, Japan.
  • School of Computing Honors and Awards Ceremony Spring 2019 [see the photos from Honors and Awards Ceremony Spring 2019]
  • SoC senior lecturer and undergraduate program coordinator, Dr. Chris Plaue, receives Clemson University Student Accessibility Services' Accessibility Advocate of the Year award.
  • HCC assistant professor Julian Brinkley receives a NSF CHS CRII grant for the project "Understanding and Supporting the Use of Self-Driving Vehicles by Persons with Visual Disabilities."
  • DPA alumna, Jennifer Thompson, worked as a lighting artist at MPC on the recently released Aquaman film and on the upcoming release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
  • HCC graduate student Olivia Nche-Eyabi wins 3rd place at SIGCSE 2019 Conference for her ongoing research which employs CodeTracesure, a video game that is designed to understand how K-12 students reason about code.
  • HCC faculty member Dr. Guo Freeman, along with colleagues at Indiana University, receives the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at The 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019). [Read about this CHI 2019 award]
  • DPA alumnus, Alex Beaty, has worked in animation, layout, and as a director for Blur Studios where he worked on animation layout for the new Netflix series “Love Death & Robots.”
  • SoC associate professor, Dr. Sophie Joerg, receives the 2019 Clemson Board of Trustees Faculty Award for Excellence.
  • HCC faculty member Dr. Guo Freeman receives a NSF CHS CRII grant to study how we can make computing technologies and technological practices more inclusive, affordable, accessible, and open to the general public. [Read about Guo Freeman's CHS CRII grant]
  • DPA Alumnus Pratham Karnik is a compositor for Gradient Effects in Culver City, CA where he completed shots for the new TNT series “I Am the Night.”
  • HCC faculty members Drs. Freeman and McNeese's iConference 2019 paper "The Innovation Ecology: Collaborative Information, Community Support, and Policy in A Creative Technology Community" has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2019 Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper. This is the conference’s most prestigious award. [Read about the Lee Dirks Award]
  • Olivia Nche-Eyabi, SoC HCC PhD student, takes part in a high-tech effort to break the cycle of poverty [Read the article about Olivia Nche-Eyabi]
  • SoC PhD student, Divine Maloney, is selected as a 2019 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow.
  • Human-Centered Computing PhD student, Brodrick Stigall, receives the Institute of International Education (IIE) Graduate International Research Experiences (IIE-GIRE) Scholarship.
  • Human-Centered Computing PhD student, Daricia Wilkinson, receives the 2019 Facebook Fellowship award! [Read about Daricia Wilkinson's award]

2018

  • SoC staff member Kaley Goodwin wins the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences 2018 Exceptional Staff Award. [Read about Kaley Goodwin's award]
  • BDSI student Minjae Woo and HCC students Marie Jarrell and Daricia Wilkinson present their research to students at Montessori of Anderson and Midway Elementary. [See photos from this research presentation]
  • SoC grad student, Ruslan Shaydulin, is mentioned in Argonne National Lab news.He is working on solving optimization and learning problems on near-term quantum devices. [Read the article about Ruslan Shaydulin here]
  • Dr. Kelly Caine receives the College of Engineering Computing and Applied Sciences Dean’s Professorship Award.
  • HCC PhD student Byron Lowens is among 200 young researchers from around the world selected to participate in this year’s Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Heidelberg, Germany. [read about Byron Lowens]
  • SoC's Drs. Amy Apon and Nathan McNeese, together with Drs. Laine Mears, Josh Summers, Laura Stanley and Deborah Switzer, receive a $3M grant from the NSF NRT program. [read about the $3M NSF NRT grant]
  • SoC students Hongda Li and Nishant Vishwamitra receive the Talford Annual Fellowship awards for 2018-2019. [photo]
  • SoC grad student, Jessica Baron, receives the Dr. Robert M. Geist, III Annual Fellowship in Computing award. She is looking forward to presenting her work mid-September at the International Conference on Computer Vision and Graphics (ICCVG) in Warsaw, Poland.
  • Clemson University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) [read CAE-R related article here]
  • Two papers first-authored by two Ph.D. students from Dr. Hongxin Hu's team were accepted by the 25th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2018). ACM CCS is the largest top-tier security conference. [read about Hongxin Hu's papers]
  • SoC professors Feng Luo, James Wang, and Pradip Srimani receive a new NSF award "ABI Innovation: Fast Algorithms and Tools for Single-Molecule Sequencing Reads"
  • Dr. Sabarish Babu, along with Elham Ebrahimi, Andrew Robb, Leah Hartman, and Christopher Pagano, have their paper titled "Effects of Anthropometric Fidelity of Self-Avatars on Reach Boundary Estimation in Immersive Virtual Environments" accepted at the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception 2018.
  • Dr. Sabarish Babu is a Co-PI on a recently awarded NSF proposal: IUSE: EHR: Assessing Virtual Reality Field Experiences for Enhanced Learning in the Geosciences with PI Stephen Moysey, and Co-PIs Matt Boyer, Kelly Lazar and Catherine Mobley.
  • SoC faculty members Drs. Larry Hodges, Brygg Ullmer, Stephen Hedetniemi, Jerry Tessendorf, Andrew Duchowski, and Sandra Hedetniemi, receive a University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award (URSAAA) for exceptional achievement and international recognition in their fields!
  • Dr. Alex Herzog receives a National Scholars Program Award of Distinction, for which he was nominated by his research student Grace Glenn.
  • SoC students Simeon Babatunde, Will Concannon, Nushrat Humaira, Sally Lee, Jamal Nasser, Daniel Smith, and Justin Sybrandt have been inducted into Clemson’s chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon. K-12 STEAM teachers Sandy Bradshaw and Jonathan Scrivner spoke at the ceremony. [photos from UPE Ceremony] [video from UPE Ceremony]
  • SoC student William Shuler Cotton wins both Outstanding Senior in The School of Computing and Cullinet Software Outstanding Senior awards. [read about Shuler Cotton]
  • Amazon Web Services partnered with with Clemson’s ACM Chapter to kick off the first all day cloud computing hackathon "Clemson Cloud-a-Thon" on Saturday, April 7. Students got to meet engineers and recruiters from Amazon Web Services.
  • SoC faculty members Sabarish Babu and Andrew Robb, together with Elham Ebrahimi, Leah Hartman, and Christopher Pagano, receive the Best Conference Paper Award for their paper titled "Investigating the Effects of Anthropomorphic Fidelity of Self-Avatars on Near Field Depth Perception in Immersive Virtual Environments" at the IEEE VR Conference in Germany [Best Conference Paper Award]
  • Miriam Lozneanu, nearly deaf and blind Computer Science student, thrives at Clemson University [read about Miriam Lozneanu]
  • Meet a Tiger: Senior Lecturer, Rose Lowe, the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in computer science at Clemson. [read about Rose Lowe]
  • Visual Computing Interim Director and Digital Production Arts program director, Victor Zordan, has been selected at the premiere Editor in Chief for the new Proceedings of the ACM (PACM) in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (CGIT).
  • HCC graduate student Matias Volonte got a paper accepted to IEEE VR (3DUI) with Andrew Robb, Sab Babu, and Andrew Duchowski as co-authors.
  • Bart Knijnenburg, together with his student Moses Namara, Pam Wisniewski (UCF) and Xinru Page (Bentley) in the Internet Research journal on how social disenfranchisement causes problems for non-users of social media.
  • HCC graduate students Paritosh Bahirat, Yang He, and Abhilash Menon got a paper on intelligent user interfaces for household IoT privacy management accepted to the Intelligent User Interfaces Conference in Japan.
  • Clemson attempts to crack code of culturally responsive computer science teaching [read about culturally responsive CS teaching]

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