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News Archive 2017 - 2018

Alumni Accomplishment - Vijay Narayanan '98
July 6, 2018
Department of Computer Science and Engineering alumni, Vijay Narayanan, was appointed to the A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Rodrigo Caldas named SOFWERX Intern of the Week
July 6, 2018
Meet Rodrigo "Rod" Caldas, a Computer Engineering student at the University of South Florida. Caldas is currently interning at SOFWERX, a local defense company located in Tampa, Florida.

Florida Center for Cybersecurity Partners with USF and SOFWERX to Support Student Research into Smart Safehouses
June 20, 2018
With support from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, six students from the University of South Florida's (USF) College of Engineering have embarked on a yearlong internship to develop a state-of-the-art, cyber-ready safehouse.

Computer Science and Engineering Faculty Contribute to USF's Patent Record
June 12, 2018
Contributing to the record are patents from Computer Science and Engineering faculty Yu Sun, Jay Ligatti, Dmitry Goldgof, and Sudeep Sarkar.

2018 - 2019 Computer Science and Engineering Scholarship Awardees
June 12, 2018
Eight undergraduate and two graduate students were award Computer Science and Engineering scholarships. 

Laura Owczarek named as Outstanding Staff for the College of Engineering
June 11, 2018
The University of South Florida has named two College of Engineering staff members for the 2018 Outstanding Staff Awards: Laura Owczarek, Computer Science and Engineering, and Pat Homer, Engineering Student Services.

Dmitry Goldgof named Distinguished University Professor
June 11, 2018
Dmitry Goldgof, Professor and Vice Chair of Computer Science and Engineering, has demonstrated a highly distinctive record of accomplishments in the area of computer vision, pattern recognition, and image processing.

ATM Golam Bari recipient of an International Travel Grant to the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence conference
May 29, 2018
Under the supervision of Associate Professor Alessio Gasper, ATM Golam Bari, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a recipient of an International Travel Grant from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Diego Fabiano and Shaun Canavan research on 3D facial expressions accepted to ICIP
May 15, 2018
Under the supervision of Assistant Professor Shaun Canavan, Diego Fabiano's research paper on recognizing 3D facial expressions was accepted to the International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP).

Five Seniors presented Senior Project "Mixed Reality C-130 Loadmaster Simulation for CAE USA"
May 14, 2018
Alan Rodriguez, David Baerg, Jessica Womble, Ryan McBride, and Sara Savitz represented USF College of Engineering at the 2018 Florida-Wide Student Engineering Design Invitational held at UCF on April 19th.

Alumni Accomplishment - Ashok Murugavel '03
May 14, 2018
Department of Computer Science and Engineering alumni, Ashok Murugavel, accepted the position of Principal Engineer, Technical Program Manager RA to Intel President, Venkata Murthy.

Amber Imeh, Jessica Nguyen, and My Nguyen recipients of WLP Scholarships
April 30, 2018
Amber Imeh, junior, Computer Engineering, was awarded the Philip and Ellen Asherman Scholarship. Jessica Nguyen, junior and My Nguyen, senior, double major in Computer Science and Engineering, were awarded the WLP Endowed Scholarship.

Whitehatters Group Places Second in Capture the Flag Competition
April 27, 2018
The College of Engineering Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) placed second during the first annual Raymond James Financial Capture the Flag (CTF) competition held on the Raymond James campus in St. Petersburg. 

Marvin Andujar represents USF at USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 23, 2018
Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar was invited to showcase the work of his Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival, held April 7-8 in Washington D.C.

Love Kumar Sah selected as winner in Graduate Student Research Symposium
April 23, 2018
Love Kumar Sah, Computer Science and Engineering doctoral student under the supervision of Srinivas Katkoori, is one of two College of Engineering winners in the 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, held by the University of South Florida Office of Graduate Studies.

Sudeep Sarkar granted United States Patent 9,877,668
April 20, 2018
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Chair and Professor Sudeep Sarkar was granted the United States Patent 9,877,668 for "Orientation invariant gait matching".

Professors Dmitry Goldgof and Lawrence Hall along with Moffitt researcher Dr. Robert Gillies were granted United States Patent 9,940,709
April 20, 2018
"Systems and methods for diagnosing tumors in a subject by performing a quantitative analysis of texture-based features of a tumor object in a radiological image". The invention is part of long term ongoing collaboration between USF CSE Department and Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute on advanced computational approaches to cancer screening and diagnosis.

Farhath Zareen to present poster at WISE Workshop
April 18, 2018
Farhath Zareen, Computer Science graduate student working with Assistant Professor Robert Karam, was selected to present a poster at the second workshop for Women in Hardware and Systems Security (WISE) at the IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Security and Trust (HOST) on May 3, 2018.

Ralph Tindell honored for commitment to teaching and service
April 18, 2018
Ralph Tindell, Instructor for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was honored for (almost) two decades of teaching and service at the University.

Song Fang hired at The University of Oklahoma
April 17, 2018
Song Fang, a doctoral student studying under Professor Yao Liu, accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Oklahoma, a flagship university of the state of Oklahoma with the Carnegie Classification of "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity."

Schinnel Small represents CSE at Black Girls Code Dinner
April 17, 2018
Schinnel Small, Instructor for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, attended the Black Girls Code Dinner on April 11, 2018 in the TECO Hall.

Lawrence Hall elected to AIMBE College of Fellows
April 17, 2018
Lawrence Hall, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Shakil Mahmud selected for NSF-sponsored travel grant
April 16, 2018
Shakil Mahmud, a PhD student studying under Robert Karam, received a travel grant to attend the 2018 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium in San Francisco, California.

Marvin Andujar presents at Synapse Summit
April 12, 2018
Marvin Andujar, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and his lab, the Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab, showcased the brain-controlled simulated drone and 3D environments in an Oculus Rift. Synapse Summit attendees flew a simulated drone with their thoughts (including the Dean of MUMA College of Business).

Sudeep Sarkar and team take third prize at IARPA-sponsored international intelligence competition
April 10, 2018
New artificial intelligence technology designed by computer scientists at the University of South Florida is revolutionizing how satellite images are scanned and analyzed, paving the way for faster, more accurate intelligence monitoring and natural disaster response.

USF's First National Hackathon Competition 
March 29, 2018
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) successfully hosted USF's first national hackathon competition, Hack-A-Bull, March 24-25. SHPE is the first student chapter to host a national hackathon competition. SHPE USF partnered with Major League Hacking (MLH) to be a part of their 2017-2018 Season.

Flit-Path "Cohort A" scholarships granted to twenty-six pre-CS, CpE, and IT students
March 28, 2018
Twenty-six first-year Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology students have been awarded a four-year $20,000 scholarship as part of the Department's NSF S-STEM Flit-Path project. The scholarships are part of a $5 million, five-year grant from NSF awarded to USF, UCF, and FIU in support of the collaborative Florida IT Pathways to Success project.

Willie McClinton awarded first place for presentation at 2018 ERN Conference, Washington, DC
March 28, 2018
Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate student Willie McClinton was awarded first place for his oral presentation at the 2018 ERN Conference in Washington, DC. McClinton is an undergraduate research assistant in CSE's Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab under the guide of Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar.

Mauricio Pamplona Segundo and Sudeep Sarkar interviewed for The Next Platform
March 20, 2018
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Scholar Mauricio Pamplona Segundo and Department Chair Professor Sudeep Sarkar were featured in The Next Platform on February 28, 2018 for their work with geographic information systems.

Srinivas Katkoori and team awarded $50,000 NSF ICorps Grant
March 19, 2018
An interdisciplinary team from College of Engineering (Dr. Srinivas Katkoori and Mr. Rajeev Joshi) and College of Nursing (Dr. Hsiao-Lan Wang) have been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) ICorps grant for $50K to evaluate market viability for PAfitMe.

Two Students Develop Study App with the Student Innovation Incubator at USF
March 4, 2018
With the help of the Student Innovation Incubator (SII), two sophomore students, William Rondon and Chad Townsend, created a mobile study application.

Adjunct Instructor and Two Students Attend SheHacks at Boston University
February 6, 2018
Patricia Wilthew, Amber Hamlet, and adjunct instructor Richard Rauscher attended SheHacks at Boston University January 26-28. SheHacks is an event dedicated to femme empowerment in a male-dominated tech industry. During a 36-hour hackathon, women and femme non-binary individuals participate in workshops, learn new languages and programming.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering achieves higher ranking for MSIT Program
February 6, 2018
According to the U.S. News & World Report, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been ranked no. 23 in the nation for the online Masters of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program.

Flit-Path "Cohort B" scholarships granted to twelve pre-CS, CpE, and IT students
February 2, 2018
Twelve seniors in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology have been awarded a one-year $2,440 "completer grant" scholarship as part of the Department's NSF S-STEM Flit-Path project.

Professor Goldgof and the Engineering Faculty Receive Research Achievement Awards
January 31, 2018
Dmitry B. Goldgof, professor and vice chair in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award.

Shaun Canavan awarded $50,000 from AWS Machine Learning Research Awards Program 
January 31, 2018
An innovator in his field, Assistant Professor Shaun Canavan has been awarded an unrestricted $50,000 grant and $100,000 AWS promotional credit from Amazon's AWS Learning Machine Research Program.

Qua'on Thomas on the USF Student Spotlight 
January 24, 2018
Junior Qua'on Thomas, Computer Science major, was recently featured in a USF video compiled for the Florida Legislature. Qua'on is also the secretary of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Dmitry B. Goldgof Received the National Science Foundation SSTR Phase I Grant 
January 10, 2018
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $224,417 STTR Phase I Grant, "Microscope-based Technology For Automatic Brain Cell Counts Using Unbiased Methods," to Stereology Resource Center, Inc. under the direction of Drs. Peter Mouton (PI) and Dmitry Goldgof. Dr. Goldgof, professor and vice chair for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will be collaborating with Dr. Mouton to research the use of microscopic technology to count brain cells.

Computer Science and Sociology Researchers Team Up for DARPA Grant
December 11, 2017
News travels fast on the Internet and a $1.7 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will fund researchers from USF's College of Engineering and Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences to examine how fast and in what ways different kinds of information travel through online environments, including social media.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Grace Hopper 2017
October 24, 2017
Over 18,000 women in technology and more than 200 companies were present at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from October 3rd to October 6th.

John Licato awarded AFOSR Young Investigator's Program Award
October 12, 2017
Dr. John Licato, an Assistant Professor at the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was recently selected as a recipient of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator's Program (YIP) Award.

Lawrence Hall awarded IEEE SMC Joseph G. Wohl Outstanding Career Award
October 11, 2017
Dr. Lawrence Hall of the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was recently selected as a recipient of the IEEE SMC Joseph G. Wohl Outstanding Career Award, established in 1991.

Collaborative Paper granted Best Paper Award
October 3, 2017
A collaborative paper, between the University of South Florida and three other universities, published in the January-March 2016 edition of the journal IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Computing Systems (TMSCS), was awarded the Best Paper Award for 2017.

Student Team awarded Honorable Mention at IEEE Vast Challenge 2017
October 2, 2017
At the IEEE Vast Challenge 2017, held on October 1, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering student team of Sulav Malla, Anwesh Tuladhar, and Ghulam Jilani Quadri received an Honorable Mention.

Faculty Receive NSF Grant to Detect Cyberbullying
October 2, 2017
A research team at the University of South Florida received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore a different approach to detecting cyberbullying in the digital communications of young adolescents.

Sudeep Sarkar awarded William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award
September 30, 2017
Dr. Sudeep Sarkar, department head and professor at the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was recently selected as a recipient of the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award by the Florida Education Fund.

Cell Phone Users to Help Protect Water Supply
September 27, 2017
USF engineers will use data and information posted to social media to help municipal planners take a more comprehensive approach in addressing challenges to our water supply.

Jay Ligatti awarded Excellence in Innovation Award
September 25, 2017
Dr. Jay Ligatti, a professor at the USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was recently selected to receive the Excellence in Innovation Award from USF Research & Innovation.

Master's thesis by CSE student is in top 25 theses accessed on ProQuest
September 20, 2017
A thesis written by Bader Albassam, a student of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida, was recently recognized as one of the top 25 accessed dissertations and theses during the month of July 2017.

Alfredo Weitzenfeld awarded $494,420 from NSF
September 18, 2017
The award was granted in support of the project, "RI: Medium: Collaborative Research: Experimental and Robotics Investigations of Multi-Scale Spatial Memory Consolidation in Complex Environments."

Sriram Chellappan awarded $28,000 from NSF
September 1, 2017
The award was granted in support of the project, "EAGER: PPER: Collaborative: Cellphone-Enabled Water Citizen Science for Data and Knowledge Generation, and Sharing: WatCitSci."

Yu Sun receives five new patents in the last year
August 31, 2017
Dr. Yu Sun was recently granted a patent titled "Techniques to Enable Robot Intention Expression" (#9,744,672, Issued on August 29, 2017). Dr. Sun has now received five patents in the last year.

Wellness App created by CSE students has a successful pilot 
August 28, 2017
During the Spring 2017 semester, the "MoBull Wellness" app was developed by Department of Computer Science and Engineering students Matthew Chan, Maxwell Busenbarrick, and David Gonzalez.

CSE welcomes Joshua Pericles, 2017 Tillman Military Scholar
August 22, 2017
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Joshua Pericles, a Computer Engineering student who is also one of only 61 2017 Tillman Military Scholars.

Rangachar Kasturi awarded IAPR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements Award
August 15, 2017
After having been nominated for this award, it was granted to Rangachar Kasturi by a committee for "seminal research in document image analysis and graphics recognition, and for outstanding leadership to the international pattern recognition community."

Adriana Iamnitchi and Yao Liu granted Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award
August 15, 2017
Adriana Iamnitchi and Yao Liu, both professors for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, have been selected to receive a Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the Research Council at USF Research & Innovation.

REU Program Travels to Oveido, Spain
August 5, 2017
The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Study Abroad program, headed by Dr. Miguel A. Labrador, traveled to the city of Oviedo, Spain, from May 21 to July 29.

Student Ran Rui awarded Best Paper Runner-Up at SSDBM2017
July 14, 2017
CSE PhD student Ran Rui was awarded Best Paper Runner-up at the 29th International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM2017, Chicago) for a paper titled "Fast Equi-Join Algorithms on GPUs: Design and Implementation".

Ashley Suh awarded CREU for research
June 27, 2017
Student Ashley Suh was awarded a $3,000 stipend for her research project, "Using Persistent Homology to Drive Interactive Graph Drawing," from the CREU.  The proposal for funding was submitted by Dr. Paul Rosen, who will be Suh's faculty mentor throughout her research.

Four CSE students awarded the A. Richard Newton Young Student Fellow Award
June 10, 2017
Four students from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering received the A. Richard Newton Young Student Fellow Award to attend DAC in Austin, TX later this month.

CSE faculty patent featured in recent USF news article
June 7, 2017
On June 6, 2017, USF News released an article featuring the Department of Computer Science & Engineering's very own Jay Ligatti and Dmitry Goldgof.

Shanie Lightbourne named as outstanding staff for the College of Engineering
June 1, 2017
The University of South Florida has named five College of Engineering staff members for the 2016 Outstanding Staff Awards. Included in those five is the Department of Computer Science and Engineering's Lashanda Lightbourne.

Dr. Hao Zheng received $30,000 from Intel for supporting graduate research
May 25, 2017
Dr. Zheng was awarded a gift from Intel, through an internal program that supports research to benefit society.

Scholarships awarded to 8 undergraduate and 2 graduate students
May 23, 2017
A diverse group of students were awarded several different scholarships due to their academic achievements.

Graduate student Ghada Zamzmi featured as IAPR "The Next Generation"
May 11, 2017
Ghada Zamzmi was featured in April 2017 IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition) Newsletter as "The Next Generation" of pattern recognition researchers.

Patent granted to two Department faculty and two CSE graduate students
May 5, 2017
Professors Jay Ligatti and Dmitry Goldgof along with Department graduate students Cagri Cetin and Jean-Baptiste Subilis were granted United States Patent 9,659,160, "System and Methods for Authentication using Multiple Devices."

Congratulations to Dave Armitage on his retirement after 15 years of service
May 4, 2017
The Department congratulates Dave Armitage on his retirement from USF after 15 years of service. Dave started his USF career at USF-Lakeland as an Assistant Professor in 2002 in the then-Department of Information Technology.

Graduate student Rekha Govindaraj receives Provost's Teaching Assistant Award
April 22, 2017
Rekha Govindaraj received the 2016-17 Provost's TA award in the STEM category for outstanding teaching by a Graduate TA.

Flit-Path "Cohort B" scholarships granted to twenty pre-CS, CpE, and IT students
April 20, 2017
Twenty senior Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology students have been awarded a one year $2440 "completer grant" scholarship as part of the Department's NSF S-STEM Flit-Path project.

Flit-Path "Cohort A" scholarships granted to fourteen pre-CS, CpE, and IT students
April 20, 2017
Fourteen first-year Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Technology students have been awarded a four-year $20,000 scholarship as part of the Department's NSF S-STEM Flit-Path project.

Alumnus Jeremy Ramos receives College Outstanding Young Alumni Award
April 16, 2017
Jeremy Ramos (BSCpE, 1999) has received the College of Engineering Outstanding Young Alumni Award given to an engineer under the age of 40 who has distinguished themselves through professional practice and service to the college, engineering profession, and society at large.

Osniel Quintana earns Goldwater Honorable Mention
April 2, 2017
Osniel Quintana, a junior in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a 2017 Goldwater Honorable Mention. Osniel seeks to obtain a PhD in computer science in the area of artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Labrador pioneers the first ever NSF-funded overseas summer REU program
March 31, 2017
This year, Dr. Labrador's summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program will take place in the city of Oviedo, Spain.

Department announces updates to MSIT program
March 30, 2017
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has made several modifications to the MSIT program beginning this fall 2017.

Yao Liu awarded a Department of Defense DURIP grant
March 23, 2017
Yao Liu has been awarded a Department of Defense DURIP grant titled "Towards Wireless Physical Layer Security Leveraging Massive and Distributed MIMO Radios" for $200,000.

Alumnus co-founded company Unifi rakes in $17.5 million in new funding
March 18, 2017
Startup Unifi has raised $17.5 million in a recent round led by Scale Venture Partners. The San Mateo-based startup has raised $32 million to date.

Shamaria Engram awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award
March 17, 2017
Shamaria Engram, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.

Computer Engineering graduate program ranked 48th in US News & World Report
March 16, 2017
The Computer Engineering graduate program in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is ranked No. 48 in the most recent US News & World Report annual ranking for top 50 public universities.

Department faculty receive Florida Center for Cybersecurity Collaborative Seed Awards
March 6, 2017
The Florida Center for Cybersecurity has awarded $600,000 in funding for 2016-2017 to twelve projects involving cybersecurity researchers from nine State University System institutions.

Department faculty honored at AAAS Fellows Luncheon
March 2, 2017
Two Department faculty and AAAS fellows – Professors Sarkar and Goldgof – were honored at the AAAS Fellows Luncheon held on March 2nd.

Professor Labrador collaborates with College of Nursing on improving heart failure care
February 22, 2017
Miguel Labrador collaborated with Ponrathi Athilingam assistant professor at the USF College of Nursing to create HeartMapp, an Android-based application to help older adults with congestive heart failure (CHF) improve their self-care and reduce costly hospital readmissions.

William Hendrix receives USF STEER grant to attend ACM SIGCSE conference
February 5, 2017
William Hendrix was awarded a $1,000 STEER (System Transformation through Evidence-Based Education Reform) travel grant to attend the ACM SIGCSE conference to be held in March in Seattle.

Sam Hawkins, graduate student, awarded Editor's Choice
February 1, 2017
Sam Hawkins, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, recently earned "Editor's Choice" for his paper titled "Predicting Malignant Nodules from Screening CTs" published online in July 2016 in the the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

Dmitry Goldgof Elected as AIMBE Fellow
February 1, 2017
Dr. Dmitry B. Goldgof is one of three USF faculty elected to the 2017 College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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