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News Archive 2019 - 2020

Sriram Chellappan’s paper receives ACM CSCW Honorable Mention Award
October 21, 2020
CSE Professor Sriram Chellappan co-authored a paper with Farhana Shahid, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology; Shahinul Hoque Ony, BRAC University; Takrim Rahman Albi, BRAC University; Alabi Mehzabin Anisha, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology titled “Learning from Tweets: Opportunities and Challenges to Inform Policy Making During Dengue Epidemic.”
Attila Yavuz receives USF Outstanding Research Achievement Award
October 12, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Attila Yavuz is one of 19 USF Faculty who have been recognized with the Outstanding Research Achievement Awards.
Simon Ou receives IEEE DSN Test of Time Award for “Using Bayesian networks for cyber security analysis”
October 5, 2020
CSE Professor Simon Ou, along with Peng Xie, Jason H. Li, Peng Liu, Renato Levy, received the Test of Time award for their project called “Using Bayesian networks for cyber security analysis.”
USF researchers win top prize in the Upscaling Euro Data Cube COVID-19 contest organized by the European Space Agency
October 1, 2020
Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, CSE postdoctoral researcher at the USF Institute for Artificial Intelligence + X, Cole Hill, CSE graduate student, and Sudeep Sarkar, CSE Professor and AI+X co-director, partnered up with Rodrigo Minetto, UTFPR Professor, Allan Pinto, UNICAMP postdoc researcher, and Ricardo Da Silva Torres, NTNU Professor to participate and win the COVID-19 Custom Script upscaling competition.
Attila A. Yavuz receives second Cisco Award for “Trustworthy and Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning Platforms”
September 29, 2020
Attila A. Yavuz, CSE Assistant Professor, Director of the Applied Cryptography Research Laboratory and the Co-Director of Center for Cryptographic Research at USF, received the Cisco Award for his research project entitled “Trustworthy and Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning Platforms”.
Paul Rosen awarded collaborative National Institutes of Health (NIH) R34 grant to test smartphone apps for self-management of adolescent asthma
September 24, 2020
Dr. Paul Rosen (MPI), in collaboration with Dr. Amy Alman (PI, COPH), Dr. Marisa Couluris (MPI, Pediatrics), Dr. Claudia Parvanta (Co-I, COPH), Dr. Sanghoon Park (Co-I, Education), and Dr. Henian Chen (Co-I, COPH) received an R34 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Sriram Chellappan investigator for National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes with smartphone
September 24, 2020
CSE Professor and Director of Social Computing Research Lab Sriram Chellappan is an investigator on project titled “SCH: INT: Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases through Automated Species Identification and Spatiotemporal Modeling.”
John Licato receives USF award for Blackness and Anti-Black Racism Research Grant
September 16, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor John Licato receives award for anti-racism efforts at USF. Licato is Primary Investigator on a project titled "Argumentation Games to Cognitively Inoculate Against Anti-Black Bias,” with co-PI David Ponton from the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies.
Yao Liu awarded $500,000 NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace grant
September 15, 2020
CSE Associate Professor Yao Liu received a $500,000 NSF grant from the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for the project "SaTC: TTP: Small: Creating Content Verification Tools to Protect Document Integrity.”
Computing Education Research & Evolutionary Algorithm Lab awarded $377,012 NSF grant
September 11, 2020
The USF Computing Education Research & Evolutionary Algorithm Lab (CEREAL) has been awarded an NSF grant from the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program to further study how evolutionary principles may be leveraged to improve teaching & learning.
Yu Sun and Dmitry Goldgof receive R21 collaborative grant from NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research
September 4, 2020
USF CSE Department and USF Health have received an R21 grant from the National Institute Of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of the research project titled "A Multimodal Approach for Monitoring Prolonged Acute Pain in Neonates."
Marvin Andujar Awarded $80,205 NSF EAGER award
August 11, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar received the NSF EAGER award for his research project titled "EAGER: Immersive Brain Painting for College Students with ADHD."
CSE Researchers Design AI Algorithms to Automate Vector Surveillance
August 3, 2020
CSE doctoral student Mona Minakshi and her advisor Sriram Chellappan co-authored a paper that is accepted for publication in Nature Scientific Reports.
Sudeep Sarkar Awarded Collaborative National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to build computer vision/AI algorithms that understand events from videos
June 23, 2020
CSE Professor Sudeep Sarkar is the lead of a collaborative NSF grant for the project “Understanding Events from Streaming Video – Joint Deep and Graph Representations, Commonsense Priors, and Predictive Learning.”
Sylvia Thomas (EE), Tempestt Neal (CSE), Graphaware, Inc. Awarded $200,000 NSF Grant
June 1, 2020
USF Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Sylvia Thomas (PI) and Computer Science, Engineering Assistant Professor Tempestt Neal (Co-PI), with Alessandro Negro (Co-PI) from Graphaware, Inc. were awarded a one-year $200,000 NSF grant
Tempestt Neal Awarded $25,000 Grant as Part of USF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Effort
May 29, 2020
CSE Assistant Professor Tempestt Neal received a grant for a project titled “Exploring Racial Disparities in the Treatment, Perceptions, and Tracking of COVID-19 Through Automated Stigma Detection and Sentiment Analysis of Social Media Data.”

Sudeep Sarkar Awarded $24,925 Grant as Part of USF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Effort
May 29, 2020
CSE Professor Sudeep Sarkar received a grant for a project titled “COVID-19 Economic Recovery Markers from Satellite Imagery for City-Scale Decisions.”

AI+X researchers win COVID-19 Custom Script Contest from the European Space Agency
May 21, 2020
Dr. Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, Dr. Rodrigo Minetto, and Dr. Sudeep Sarkar, and co-director of AI+X Institute, were the sixth week’s winners of the COVID-19 Custom Script Contest launched by the European Space Agency (ESA).
CSE graduate students Dante Tezza and Sarah Garcia receive the Generation Google scholarship
May 21, 2020
CSE graduate students Dante Tezza and Sarah Garcia each received the Generation Google Scholarship. Tezza and Garcia are Ph.D. students working with Assistant Professor Marvin Andujar in the Neuro-Machine Interaction lab.
Sarah Garcia receives SMART scholarship
May 20, 2020
CSE graduate student Sarah Garcia received the SMART scholarship. This scholarship was “established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers.”
Hunter Morera receives Alfred P. Sloan scholarship
May 20, 2020
CSE graduate student Hunter Morera received a scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) program.
Robert Karam, Srinivas Katkoori, and Mozaffari Kermani Awarded $500,000 NSF Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace Education Grant
May 6, 2020
CSE faculty Robert Karam (PI), Srinivas Katkoori (Co-PI), and Mehran Mozaffari Kermani (Co-PI) have been awarded a $500,000 NSF Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace Education grant for their project SaTC: EDU: Improving Student Learning through Competitive Embedded System Security Challenges.
Mozaffari Kermani awarded $500,000 NIST Grant
May 6, 2020
USF Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Mehran Mozaffari Kermani is the Principal Investigator (PI) for a 4-year, $500,000 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) federal agency grant.
CSE Student Blanche Pinto receives AfterCollege Engineering & Tech Student Scholarship and Golden Bull Award
May 6, 2020
CSE graduate student Blanche Pinto recently received the AfterCollege Engineering & Tech Student Scholarship as well as the Golden Bull Award.
USF CSE chosen to be a BRAID affiliates institution
May 4, 2020
USF CSE is one of a handful of computing programs chosen to be an AnitaB.org BRAID
Affiliates Institution in 2020.

CSE Students Alexander Palasek and Jody Rutter Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa
May 1, 2020
CSE undergraduate students Alexander Palasek and Jody Rutter were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States, during the Spring 2020 induction ceremony.

USF CSE Alum, Cindy Bethel, gets appointed to the Computing Research Association
April 24, 2020
Cindy Bethel, Ph.D., a USF CSE alumna (‘09), has been appointed to the Computing Research Association Board of Directors for term 2020-2023.

CSE student Willie McClinton receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award
April 23, 2020
CSE undergraduate student Willie McClinton received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award. This program recognizes outstanding graduating seniors and graduate students in NSF-supported STEM who are pursuing research-based degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

Dr. Jing Wang was awarded the 2020 WLP Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award
March 9, 2020
Jing Wang, PhD, instructor of computer science and engineering, was awarded the 2020 WLP Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award.

CSE student organizations participate in Engineering Expo 2020
March 9, 2020
The College of Engineering held its annual Engineering Expo on February 21-22, inviting K-12 students from more than 10,000 schools to USF to learn about different aspects of STEM.

CSE Students Akash Singh and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov named MLH Top 50 Hackers for 2020
February 10, 2020
Major League Hacking named CSE students Akash Singh and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov two of the top 50 hackers.

Fall 2019 Induction Ceremony
December 13, 2019
The Fall 2019 Induction Ceremony took place in the MSC Ballroom on December 13, 2019.

John Morgan receives Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award 
November 22, 2019
Computer Science and Engineering advisor, John Morgan, Ph.D., received his second Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award on November 22 at the 2019 USF Faculty Honors and Awards Reception.

Yao Liu awarded the Test of Time Award at the 26th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security
November 22, 2019
Computer Science and Engineering Associate Professor Yao Liu was awarded the Test of Time Award at the 26th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security for the paper titled “False Data Injection Attacks against State Estimation in Electric Power Grids.”
CSE Whitehatters Computer Security Club places in the top third nationally at the Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition
November 20, 2019
In their first appearance at the Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition, the Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) placed in the top third nationally (31 out of 104).
USF CSE Whitehatters Computer Security Club won second place at the Raymond James Capture the Flag Competition
November 6, 2019
The USF Computer Science and Engineering Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) won second place at the Raymond James Capture the Flag Competition on October 19th, beating our rivals at UFC by 382 points.
USF Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Blanche Pinto awarded the 2019-2020 Nutanix Women in Technology Scholarship
October 25, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Blanche Pinto was awarded the 2019-2020 Nutanix Women in Technology Scholarship in the amount of $7,500.
USF Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. students Sarah Garcia and Jorge Adorno Nieves awarded GMiS Scholarships
October 21, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Ph.D. students Sarah Garcia and Jorge Adorno Nieves were each awarded a 2019 Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) scholarship.
CSE Society of Competitive Programmers elevates USF's status in the hacking community
October 18, 2019

The Computer Science and Engineering student organization Society of Competitive Programmers (SCP) is transforming USF into a competitive hacking school.
CSE participates in Hispanic Heritage Month
October 9, 2019
On September 18, USF Computer Science and Engineering hosted the event “Latinx Coders: Expanding our Reach in Computing” as part of USF’s Hispanic Heritage Month.
Trent Callahan and Trevor Ammons each awarded a $1,500 NSF travel grant
October 8, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) undergraduate students Trent Callahan and Trevor Ammons have each been awarded a $1,500 NSF travel grant to attend the upcoming 2019 Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Principal Investigators’ (SaTC PI) Meeting.
Tempestt Neal accepted into the ACM Future of Computing Academy
October 8, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Tempestt Neal has been accepted into the ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA).
Simon Ou awarded a $42,000 U.S. Navy STTR grant
October 8, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering Professor Simon Ou was awarded a $42,000 grant from Aptima, Inc. for a U.S. Navy STTR phase I project.

Yu Sun awarded a $334,823 NSF Grant to continue robotics research
October 8, 2019
USF Computer Science and Engineering Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs Yu Sun is the Principal Investigator (PI) for a $334,823 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to carry on fundamental research for the project titled “RI: Small: Generalizing Learned Manipulation Skills to Unseen Situation by Balancing Uncertainties.”

Stereology Resource Center, Inc. awarded $736,172 NSF Phase II grant
September 23, 2019
The Stereology Resource Center (SRC), Inc. was awarded a $736,172 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue their research and development for the project titled “STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) Phase II: Deep Learning Technology for the Microscopic Analysis of Stained Cells Using Unbiased Methods.”

Intel gifts $40,000 to USF Foundation in support of Hao Zheng’s research
August 22, 2019
Intel Corporation gifted $40,000 to the University of South Florida Foundation for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to support Associate Professor Hao Zheng’s research in the area of “Mining System Flow Specifications for More Efficient Post-Silicon SoC Debug.”

Saurabh Hinduja will present at the 2019 IEEE Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference
August 19, 2019
Saurabh Hinduja, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a $1,500 NSF supported Student Travel Award for presenting at the Doctoral Consortium in the 2019 IEEE Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference (ACII).

Tracy Miller awarded the SMART Scholarship
August 13, 2019
Tracy Miller, a CSE computer engineering undergraduate student, has been awarded the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program Scholarship for the Fall 2019 through Spring 2020 academic year.

Sarkar, Labrador, Subramanian granted United States Patent No. 10,321,855 
July 24, 2019  
Sudeep Sarkar, Miguel Labrador and Ravichandran Subramanian received a new patent, Orientation Invariant Gait Matching, issued June 18, 2019.


Hao Zheng is part of a Multi-University Project Awarded a $1M NSF Grant
July 24, 2019  
Zheng is the USF Principal Investigator (PI) for a $1M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.  The project is titled “FET: Medium: Collaborative Research: An Efficient Framework for the Stochastic Verification of Computation and Communication Systems Using Emerging Technologies.” 


USF Health Neurology and VuEssence collaborate on stroke early-detection test
July 9, 2019  
VuEssence founder and CSE alum, Dr. Maha Sallam, '97 PhD, and researchers at USF Health are developing a diagnostic blood test that is intended to speed treatment critical to improving ischemic stroke outcomes.


Sheikh Ariful Islam awarded conference travel grant
July 7, 2019
Sheikh Ariful Islam, Computer Science and Engineering doctoral candidate, is a recipient of a competitive travel grant from the 62nd IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems.

Troi Williams awarded a 2019 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant
July 3, 2019
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering would like to recognize Troi Williams for receiving a 2019 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant for his proposal entitled “Hunting Mosquito Breeding Habitats Using Drones and State-Dependent Measurement Models.”

Dmitry Goldgof and Mehran Mozaffari Kermani awarded USF Nexus Initiative Grants
June 25, 2019
USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished University Professor and Vice Chair Dmitry Goldgof was awarded a $13,100 University of South Florida Nexus Initiative (UNI) grant to conduct collaborative research for the project entitled “Automated assessment of pain in neonates.”

Attila Yavuz awarded the Cisco Research Center Award
June 25, 2019
USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Attila Yavuz was awarded the Cisco Research Center Award for his project entitled “Lightweight and Quantum –Safe Authentication for the Internet of Things.”

Engineering Alum Honors His Father with a Scholarship Fund
June 20, 2019
Dennis Blankenship, '87 believes in the power of giving and he's paying it forward by establishing the Norman N. Blankenship Family Scholarship for Engineering.

Sudeep Sarkar, Mauricio Pamplona Segundo, and Earnest Hansley place second in the Unconstrained Ear Recognition Challenge 
June 11, 2019
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Chair Sudeep Sarkar, Federal University of Bahia Professor Mauricio Pamplona Segundo and 2018 doctoral graduate Earnest Hansley were awarded second place in the Unconstrained Ear Recognition Challenge (UERC 2019) at the International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2019).

Doctoral Student ATM Golam Bari Elevated to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member 
June 11, 2019 
ATM Golam Bari, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been elevated to the status of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member.

USF Computer Science and Engineering Students Awarded Graduate Fellowships
June 6, 2019
The USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) recognizes the following students, presented with fellowships for their outstanding academic achievements and dedication in the pursuit of their graduate degrees.

Giovanni Ciampaglia awarded $300K NSF Grant
May 28, 2019
USF Department of Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia is the Principal Investigator (PI) for a $300K National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Graduate Students Present at VA 21st Annual Research Day
May 20, 2019
On May 16th at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, many researchers gathered to present for National VA Research Week.

USF Hosts Its Second Annual Hackathon
May 6, 2019
On March 23-24, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) hosted their annual hackathon, Hackabull, for the second time.

2019-2020 Computer Science and Engineering Scholarship Awardees
April 12, 2019
Seven Computer Science and Engineering students have been awarded scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year.

USF Students Win 2019 Knighthacks
March 11, 2019
On March 1st through March 3rd, University of Central Florida held its yearly student hackathon, Knighthacks. Among the competitors, was the team Classroom.ai, made up of USF students Jim Mirzakhalov, Anoop Babu, Teresa Flaitz and Willie McClinton. 

Association for Computer Machinery Builds Smart Mirror for 2019 Engineering Expo
March 11, 2019
On February 15 and 16, students from the Association of Computer Machinery participated in the 2019 Engineering Expo, where they showcased a smart mirror.

2018 Distinguished University Professor Lecture: Dr. Dmitry Goldgof
March 1, 2019
Dmitry B. Goldgof is an educator and scientist working in the area of Medical Imaging, Image and Video Processing, Computer Vision and AI, Ethics and Bioengineering.

CSE Participates in Black Heritage Month
February 25, 2019
On February 20th, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering held its first Black Heritage Month event, “Black Computer Scientist: The Past, Present, and You,” organized by undergraduate advisor Marjorie Fontalvo.

Alumni Accomplishment - Himanshu Thapliyal ‘11
February 18, 2019
Department of Computer Science and Engineering alumni, and now University of Kentucky assistant professor, Himanshu Thapliyal has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

Giovanni Ciampaglia is guest panelist on 1A
February 14, 2019
Assistant Professor Giovanni Ciampaglia was invited as a guest panelist for a live episode of 1A on the topic of journalism and fact-checking.

CSE Partners with The National Center for Women & Information Technology
February 5, 2019
In February of 2019, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has committed to partnering with The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to address the significant gender gap in Computer Science and Engineering.

CSE Participates in Synapse Summit 2019
February 4, 2019
On Wednesday, January 23, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering participated in the 2019 Synapse Summit. This two-day event gave many people the chance to showcase world-changing technology while gaining exposure which could lead to future collaborations.

Diego Fabiano Santalices Receives Honorable Mention for CRA Undergraduate Researcher Award 2019
January 3, 2019
Diego Fabiano Santalices, computer science graduate student studying under the advisement of Assistant Professor Shaun Canavan, received an honorable mention in the Computing Research Association Undergraduate Research Award for 2019.

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