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News Archive 2021 - 2022

CSE To Introduce New Pathway To Computing Graduate Certificate Program
April 13, 2022
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is introducing a new online graduate certificate program this Fall for college graduates with non-computing degrees.

CSE Students win Hackabull 2022
March 27, 2022
Four USF CSE students won the Hackabull 2022 hackathon with their project titled ‘Vote.io.’

Attila A. Yavuz receives third Cisco Research Grant
February 1, 2022
Associate Professor Attila A. Yavuz was awarded a $98,985 Cisco Research grant for his project “Trustworthy Digital Forensics for Heterogeneous Internet of Things.”

CSE Alumni Ransford Hyman receives 2021 Adobe Founders Award
January 21, 2022
CSE Alumni (’11) Ransford Hyman, Ph.D., is recipient of the 2021 Adobe Founders Award.

Six USF faculty members recognized with Excellence in Innovation Awards
January 21, 2022
Six USF researchers with innovations ranging from artificial intelligence that can detect and predict suicidality, to encrypting and protecting sensitive information from cloud servers, to disinfecting and recharging masks for safe multiple use, are recipients of this year’s USF Excellence in Innovation Award.

CSE Alumni Nitesh Chawla named IEEE Fellow
January 12, 2022
CSE Alumni (‘02) Nitesh Chawla has been named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to learning from imbalanced data and heterogeneous graphs.

Alessio Gaspar receives 2020/21 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
December 10, 2021
Associate Professor Alessio Gaspar received the 2020/21 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Srinivas Katkoori and collaborators receive best paper award at IFIT IoT 2021
December 9, 2021
CSE Associate Professor Srinivas Katkoori and collaborators S. Abdullah, A. Priyasha, S. R. Patri, from NIT Warangal, India, received the best paper award at IFIT IoT 2021 for their paper “Smart Agriculture using Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Vehicles (FWMAVs).”

Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
November 10, 2021
Sheikh Ariful Islam, Ph.D. (’20), received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from USF Office of Graduate Studies for his dissertation, Behavioral and RT-Level Synthesis of Secure Nano VLSI Digital ASIC Designs. Islam was a student of Associate Professor Srinivas Katkoori.

Lawrence Hall receives the 2021 IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award
October 13, 2021
Professor Lawrence Hall received the 2021 Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society for acceleration methods in fuzzy clustering and medical image interpretation.

Collaborative paper earns Best Paper award at Affective Movement Recognition Challenge and Workshop at ACII 2021
September 28, 2021
Assistant Professor Shaun Canavan, PhD student Saandeep Aathreya, undergraduate REU student Liza Jivani, and alumni Shivam Srivastava and Saurabh Hinduja earned the Best Paper Award at the Affective Movement Recognition Challenge and Workshop at the 9th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction for “Task-based Classification of Reflective Thinking using Mixture of Classifiers.”

Yicheng Tu Receives NIH Grant for Interdisciplinary Scientific Simulation Research
September 28, 2021
Yicheng Tu, professor of computer science and engineering and principal investigator, has been awarded a four-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), totaling $1,149,236 for “Data Management Molecular Simulations – A Throughput-Oriented Approach.”

Collaborative grant funded by NIDILRR/Administration for Community Living
September 21, 2021
Collaborative grant “Up To Me: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness on College Campuses” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR/Administration for Community Living).

Collaborative NSF grant will provide scholarships for USF CSE students
September 11, 2021
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) professors Ken Christensen and Rafael Perez are co-PIs on a $5M NSF grant to provide scholarships over five years to students with financial need who are majoring in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, or information technology

Two Doctoral Students Awarded 2021 Computing Innovation Fellowships
September 9, 2021
Two doctoral students in Computer Science and Engineering have received the 2021 Computing Innovation CI Fellowships sponsored by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) with the support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

CSE PhD students win Duolingo Award
September 8, 2021
CSE PhD students Antonio Laverghetta Jr., Animesh Nighojkar, and Jamshidbek Mirzakhalov have won the Duolingo Award for best student presentation at this year's International Meeting of the Psychometric Society (IMPS 2021) for presenting their paper “Predicting Human Psychometric Properties Using Computational Language Models.”

Collaborative team earns Distinguished Paper at SOUPS 2021
September 3, 2021
The paper co-authored by CSE PhD student Anwesh Tuladhar, CSE Professors Jay Ligatti and Xinming “Simon” Ou, and Anthropology collaborator Daniel Lende, "An Analysis of the Role of Situated Learning in Starting a Security Culture in a Software Company," was awarded Distinguished Paper at SOUPS 2021.

USF researchers launch social media campaign to identify risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Tampa Bay
August 20, 2021
USF researchers have launched a social media campaign that invites citizen scientists to upload images of mosquitoes found in the Tampa Bay region to the iNaturalist platform, a smartphone app. The app will automatically identify disease-carrying species such as Aedes aegypti, a known transmitter of Zika, dengue and yellow fever.

USF inventors post record patent numbers, ranking in the nation’s top 10 university producers
June 15, 2021
For the ninth consecutive year, University of South Florida inventors are among the most prolific producers of U.S. patents at universities worldwide, securing an institutional record 123 patents in 2020.

Nighojkar and Licato’s paper accepted at prestigious 2021 ACL-IJCNLP Annual Meeting
May 26, 2021
CSE PhD student Animesh Nighojkar and CSE Assistant Professor John Licato’s paper, “Improving Paraphrase Detection with the Adversarial Paraphrasing Task,” was accepted as a full paper in the main track for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Simon Ou featured in Tampa’s 83 Degrees Media online magazine
May 26, 2021
CSE Professor and cybersecurity researcher Simon Ou was featured in Tampa’s 83 Degrees Media online magazine May 25.

Ciampaglia and Licato Win Best Paper Award at 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Online Discourse Analysis
April 30, 2021
CSE Assistant Professors Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia and John Licato won the Best Paper Award at the 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Online Discourse Analysis.

Collaborative Paper Accepted at Wiki Workshop 2021
April 30, 2021
CSE Graduate Student Khandaker Tasnim Huq and CSE Assistant Professor Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia’s paper, Characterizing Opinion Dynamics and Group Decision Making in Wikipedia Content Discussions, was one of two long papers accepted at the Wiki Workshop, which had a record number of submissions this year.

CSE PhD Student Brooks Olney one of Research Category Winners in the USF graduate student research symposium
April 29, 2021
CSE doctoral student Brooks Olney was one of the Research Category Winners in the USF Graduate Student Research Symposium.

Tenex Software Establishes the Matthew Moreno Scholarship to Honor his Memory 
April 16, 2021
When USF computer science alum Matt Moreno ’14 passed away in January, his co-workers at Tenex Software Solutions in Tampa decided to create a scholarship to honor their friend and colleague so that his legacy can live on through future students.

Sudeep Sarkar Elected to Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida 
April 8, 2021
CSE Professor and Chair Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., was elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL) for his “distinguished contributions in computer vision and pattern recognition, perceptual organization and biometrics." 

Sudeep Sarkar named Distinguished University Professor 
April 8, 2021
Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering Professor and Chair, and Associate Vice-President for Special Programs at USF was named Distinguished University Professor.

New CSE student organization: Girls Who Code College Loop
April 7, 2021
Girls Who Code College Loop staged a booth at USF’s Bull Market event on March 7. Students visited to engage with members and learn about the organization.

CSE Student Delong Yang to be Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa
April 1, 2021
CSE undergraduate student Delong Yang will be 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 2021 induction ceremony.

Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia Appointed to NASEM Committee 
March 24, 2021
CSE Assistant Professor Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia has been appointed to a committee at The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine (NASEM) tasked with identifying and addressing claims about biological threats that are perpetuated by the spread of inaccurate and misleading information.  

Collaborative Paper earns 2020 IET Biometrics Premium Award 
March 24, 2021
CSE Alumni Earnest Hansley, Ph.D. (‘18), CSE Postdoctoral Scholar Maurício Pamplona Segundo, and CSE Professor Sudeep Sarkar’s 2018 paper, “Employing Fusion of Learned and Handcrafted Features for Unconstrained Ear Recognition,” earned the 2020 IET Biometrics Premium Award.

Tempestt Neal and Shaun Canavan awarded $261,996 NSF grant
March 24, 2021 
CSE Assistant Professors Tempestt Neal (PI) and Shaun Canavan (Co-PI) and two faculty members from the University of Florida were awarded a two-year $261,996 grant for their project “Collaborative Research: SaTC: CORE: Medium: Toward Age-Aware Continuous Authentication on Personal Computing Devices.”  

CSE students win big at 2021 Hackabull
March 18, 2021
Hackabull, a Major League Hacking (MLH) sanctioned hackathon hosted by USF's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), took place March 13-14 over a full 24-hour period. 

CSE Graduate Student Qi Zheng Receives USF GSS Fellowship 
March 2, 2021 
CSE graduate student, Qi Zheng, received a Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellowship. This three-year fellowship, which recognizes Zheng’s academic abilities, includes a $10,000 stipend and tuition waiver.

USF CSE Alumna Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd Receives NSF CAREER Award 
March 1, 2021 
Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, Ph.D., is a two-time graduate of USF with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (2016) and a B.S. in Computer Science (2000).

CSE Instructor Zachariah Beasley selected as 2020/1 STEER Scholar
March 1, 2021
CSE Instructor Zachariah Beasley, Ph.D. has been selected as a STEER Scholar for 2020/21, which comes with a $2,000 award.

CSE PhD student Sameera Horawalavithana and collaborators win NASN 2021 Grand Challenge
Febuary 09, 2021
CSE PhD student Sameera Horawalavithana, in collaboration with Ravindu De Silva, Mohamed Nabeel, Charitha Elvitigala, Primal Wijesekara, and Adriana Iamnitchi won the NASN Grand Challenge for their paper titled "Malicious and Low Credibility URLs on Twitter during COVID-19."

CSE’s MSIT Program Ranked No. 12 By U.S. News & World Report
Febuary 1, 2021 
The 2021 U.S. News & World Report has ranked USF’s Computer Science and Engineering online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program no. 12 in the nation for best online programs.  

Cutting-edge innovations to fight disease, enhance learning win USF’s Excellence in Innovation Awards 
Febuary 1, 2021
USF faculty researchers who invented technology to combat a global shortage of COVID-19 testing swabs, created a surveillance system for mosquito-borne diseases, and turned captivating, augmented reality technology into a tool to help bilingual children have been selected for this year’s Excellence in Innovation Awards.

CSE PhD student Troi Williams receives Koerner Family Foundation research award
January 15, 2021
The Koerner Family Foundation (KFF) has selected two USF College of Engineering PhD students, John Cotter (Mechanical Engineering) and Troi Williams (Computer Science and Engineering), for a supplemental student stipend award of $10K each for their graduate research in microfluids and in agriculture and intelligent networks respectively for 2021.

CSE Alumna, Ghada Zamzmi, Selected as One of 10 MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 MENA
January 11, 2021
Ghada Zamzmi, Ph.D., has been selected as one of the 10 Innovators Under 35 MENA by MIT Technology Review Arabia for the year 2020. Zamzmi was selected for her innovative research focused on Computer Vision, Machine/Deep Learning, Mathematical Modeling, and Cognitive Computing.

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