Computer Science Research Symposium

On October 24, 2013 by Grad Forum
Best Talk award winner, Rebecca Shapiro, with professors Thomas Cormen and Xia Zhou

Best Talk award winner, Rebecca Shapiro, with professors Thomas Cormen and Xia Zhou

The Department of Computer Science held its annual research symposium (CSRS) on Saturday, September 21. The symposium was held in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall.

The event, organized by computer science graduate students Jon Denning, Shahrzad Haddadan, and Weifu Wang, opened with remarks from the department chair, Professor Thomas Cormen. After his welcome speech, Cormen presented the best teaching assistant (TA) award to graduate student, Yu-Han Lyu. Lyu won the award for excelling as the teaching assistant for CS 1: Introduction to Programming, and CS 50 (formerly CS 23): Software Design and Implementation; both courses were taught by Professor Devin Balkcom. The keynote address was delivered by Professor Javed Aslam of Northeastern University. Professor Aslam talked about a large-scale vehicular sensor network study he conducted on the traffic in Singapore.

Talks and posters by faculty and graduate students followed on topics such as computing thresholds, graph coloring, protein structure alignment, computer networks, security and privacy, image and video processing, smartphone applications, robotics, streaming algorithms, and music. There was also a session during which each lab in the department had a chance to present their work. The event ended with a few remarks from Professor Prasad Jayanti, the James Frank Family Professor of Computer Science.

Shahrzad Haddadan, a fourth year PhD candidate and one of the organizers of the event, commented, “The lab presentations were my favorite part. It went very smooth and all the labs had the chance to talk about their work.”

Women in CS lunch participants. From left: Karen Dowell, Sravana Reddy, Shahrzad Haddadan, Athina Panotopoulou, Patricia Hannaway, Lorie Loeb, Sayeh Gorjifard, Rukmini Goswami, and Xia Zhou

Women in CS lunch participants. From left: Karen Dowell, Sravana Reddy, Shahrzad Haddadan, Athina Panotopoulou, Patricia Hannaway, Lorie Loeb, Sayeh Gorjifard, Rukmini Goswami, and Xia Zhou

During lunch, ten women in the department (graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty) got together for a Women in Computer Science gathering. They included Karen Dowell, Sravana Reddy, Shahrzad Haddadan, Athina Panotopoulou, Professor Patricia Hannaway, Professor Lorie Loeb, Sayeh Gorjifard, Rukmini Goswami, and Professor Xia Zhou. The group introduced themselves and talked about classes, research, and life at Dartmouth. This lunch was the second meeting of the Women in Computer Science group at CSRS.

Later, during the reception, prizes for the best talk and poster were awarded to graduate students Rebecca ‘Bx’ Shapiro and Mohammad Haris Baig, respectively. Shapiro talked about poorly understood vectors of software attacks. Baig’s poster was on techniques for depth estimation from a single image.

“CSRS was a great way to see the broad range of computer science research being conducted at Dartmouth,” observed Tim Pierson, a second year PhD student, who presented a poster at the symposium.

by Aarathi Prasad

 

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