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Rodrigo Fonseca Helps Fight Brazilian Bank Fraud

Rodrigo Fonseca Helps Fight Brazilian Bank Fraud

Widespread weaknesses recently revealed in the Brazilian banking system have already resulted in up to US $3.75 billion in fraud. For readers unfamiliar with Brazil and its use of the “boleto” (a printable document issued by banks and businesses that allows easy financial transactions), Professor Rodrigo Fonseca of Brown University’s Department of Computer Science offers a sobering summary: “This was an exploit on a fragile system that was designed for ease of use, not security. It was absolutely preventable.”

The fraud was first detected in August, when a friend of Fonseca’s documented the existence of a false ...

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Brown CS Takes First And Seventh Place At CyberSEED Cybersecurity Competition

Brown CS Takes First And Seventh Place At CyberSEED Cybersecurity Competition

Last week, two teams (synners and Br0x0wn) from Brown University’s Department of Computer Science extended Brown’s reputation for cybersecurity excellence in a competition at the University of Connecticut. They took first and approximately seventh places, respectively, at the inaugural Cybersecurity, Education, and Diversity Challenge Week (CyberSEED). (Some results are still being tabulated.) “It was a very elaborate and well-crafted competition designed to get students interested and involved,” comments Professor John Savage, their faculty advisor. “We were in the top ten from the moment the leaderboard appeared.”

After two rounds involving hardware and software security (designing physically unclonable functions ...

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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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