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Brown University Hosts Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC), Delights Scientists, Industry, And Children

Brown University Hosts Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC), Delights Scientists, Industry, And Children

The Brown University Humans To Robots Lab, headed by Professor Stefanie Tellex, hosted the 2014 Northeast Robotics Colloquium last week. Drones that can deliver packages bumped up against robots that have already moved millions of greenhouse plants, and aerospace resins met 3D printers.

The event was part conference, part trade-show, with a large poster session for academic groups, and booths for private robotic firms. Keynote speakers were Holly Yanco (UMass Lowell), Bertram Malle (Brown University), Joe Jones (Harvest Automation), and Nicholas Roy (MIT, Google).

Each speaker covered a different aspect of moving robotics forward in terms of theoretical ability and ...

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Brown Rated #3 In USA For Software Developers At Startups

Brown Rated #3 In USA For Software Developers At Startups

Brown University was recently rated the country's third-best school for software developers at startups by LinkedIn.

Their methodology was to identify the top startups where software developers are choosing to work, then find people on LinkedIn who work as software developers and determine where they went to school. LinkedIn then cross-referenced by finding the percentage of alumni for each school who have software development jobs at the startups, then compared the percentages to create the list.

Brown University came out ahead of Top Ten competitors such as Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University, and even schools such as Cornell ...

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Thomas Dickerson And Cemetech Win Two Awards At World Maker Faire 2014

Thomas Dickerson And Cemetech Win Two Awards At World Maker Faire 2014

It says something about computer science that thousands of practitioners worldwide have come to see graphing calculators, that mainstay of high school math class, as an intriguing programming environment. And it says something about Brown CS PhD student Thomas Dickerson that his love of working within constraints led him to programming graphing calculators, and graphing calculators led him to see the value of unique and early CS education for underprivileged kids. As part of Cemetech, a hub for technology professionals and enthusiasts who develop hardware and software, Thomas recently won two awards at World Maker Faire in New York City ...

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Brown CS Finds A Unique Way To Celebrate Impressive Heidelberg Laureate Forum Representation

Brown CS Finds A Unique Way To Celebrate Impressive Heidelberg Laureate Forum Representation

Thirty-five years after the founding of the department, Brown CS attendance at international conferences is anything but uncommon: strong representation and participation are the norm. But the three students who flew to last week’s Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) took an unusual step to bring Brown CS spirit to the event, expanding departmental tradition and proving themselves right at home in a world-class environment where collaboration thrives.

Now in its second year, the HLF provides an annual gathering in which Abel, Fields, and Turing laureates interact with 200 of the world’s best young minds, divided evenly between computer scientists ...

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Molly Long And Layla Oesper Win Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Molly Long And Layla Oesper Win Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Brown University’s Molly Long and Layla Oesper have just won the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for their excellence in computing and technology and their status as active role models and leaders in the field. It’s accompanied by an award in the expected amount of $10,000 and an invitation to the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat. Layla and Molly (and fellow Brown University student, Eden Weizman) join multiple previous BrownCS recipients of the scholarship, including Tess Avitabile in 2010.

“The more I learn about Anita Borg,” Layla shares, “the more I admire her and the work she did ...

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Abstracts Needed By 10/1 For NE Networking + Systems Day

Organizers of the 1st Annual New England Network and Systems Day
are soliciting abstracts for lightning talks. Talk abstracts from students on recent/ongoing research are particularly encouraged.

The event will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014, from 9:30 am to 4 pm at Boston University’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Sciences Engineering, at 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored and hosted by the Hariri Institute, the New England Network and Systems Day brings together academics and research scientists from local industry, universities and ...

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Renovations Present And Future Enhance The CIT

Renovations Present And Future Enhance The CIT

All the hugging that's been going on in the CIT's first floor atrium is probably just classmates reconnecting after a summer apart, but maybe the welcoming new environment is helping put smiles on people's faces? Patient inhabitants of the building have noticed renovation occurring in almost every corner: the entryway, staircases, the back hallway on the first floor, 368, 506, and numerous other spots:

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New furniture is in, more is coming, and other improvements are on the way, from a whiteboard in the first floor atrium to the bricks outside the main entrance. We all owe a ...

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Brown CS Says Goodbye To Jeff Coady And Dorinda Moulton

Brown CS Says Goodbye To Jeff Coady And Dorinda Moulton

Imagine another era of computing history: erase the CIT, convert your monitor to monochrome. Your phone isn’t a smartphone or even a cell phone, but at least it probably isn’t rotary anymore.

This is the age that Jeff Coady and Dorinda Moulton started their 30-year Brown CS careers in.

They’re ending those three decades at a time when a two-year-old computer is middle-aged and a five-year-old one is virtually unusable, but despite the change and challenges, they’ve survived, thrived, and contributed immeasurably to Brown CS. Their success is a tribute to their talents, but their story ...

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Photo Editing Algorithm Changes Weather, Seasons Automatically

Photo Editing Algorithm Changes Weather, Seasons Automatically

by Kevin Stacey (Science News Officer, Physical Sciences)

We may not be able control the weather outside, but thanks to a new algorithm being developed by Brown University computer scientists, we can control it in photographs.

The new program enables users to change a suite of “transient attributes” of outdoor photos — the weather, time of day, season, and other features — with simple, natural language commands. To make a sunny photo rainy, for example, just input a photo and type, “more rain.” A picture taken in July can be made to look a bit more January simply by typing “more winter ...

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Paul Valiant Becomes Sheridan Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow

Paul Valiant Becomes Sheridan Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow

An expanded version of this story will appear as part of an article on excellence in teaching in the next issue of Conduit, our research and alumni news magazine.

Assistant Professor Paul Valiant of Brown University’s Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has just received a Sheridan Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship that will enable his participation in the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning’s Certificate 1 program. Throughout this seminar, faculty will refine their teaching and assessment strategies, give and receive peer feedback, and explore their own practices and beliefs about teaching. The end goal is ...

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