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Bootstrap Readies 33 Teachers To Provide CS4RI This Fall

As reported last week, Bootstrap saw sold-out enrollment for its June 27-29 workshop, and now 33 local teachers (plus four from other states) are ready to go out and teach computer science as part of Governor Gina Raimondo's CS4RI initiative. Recently cited by the White House for its efforts to improve the inclusiveness, accessibility ...

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Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring For Distributed Systems

by Jonathan Mace, Ryan Roelke, and Rodrigo Fonseca

Pivot Tracing is a monitoring framework for distributed systems that can seamlessly correlate statistics across applications, components, and machines at runtime, without needing to change or redeploy system code. Users can define and install monitoring queries on-the-fly, to collect arbitrary statistics from one point in the system ...

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sarah.png Sarah Sachs, a recent Brown CS graduate, is the winner of a Distinguished Senior Thesis Prize. The award recognizes exemplary senior thesis projects by undergraduates across the University. “Sarah has done really impressive work, and accomplished a lot as an undergrad,” says her mentor Professor Pedro Felzenszwalb. “Her thesis describes her research in optimization algorithms ...

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Andy van Dam Wins A Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award

Professor Andy van Dam of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has just been honored by his colleagues at Microsoft Research, who have recognized him as a Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator. "Your contributions have had an outstanding impact on the direction, visibility, and value of our research and our products," writes Judith ...

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The Thinking Behind Startup@Brown

by Valentin Perez ‘18

When I got to Brown as a freshman, I knew I wanted to dive right into the startup scene. Since I can remember, I’ve always loved creating things and working on projects with teams. I had come to the first Hack@Brown as a senior in high school and it ...

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Bootstrap Sells Out Its June 27-29 CS4RI Workshop

Bootstrap is a computer science literacy curriculum used worldwide by 10,000 students whose founders include two Brown CS faculty members, Kathi Fisler (adjunct) and Shriram Krishnamurthi. Recently cited by the White House for its efforts to improve the inclusiveness, accessibility, and reach of computer science education, it continues to expand globally, nationally, and within ...

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Littman Is An Invited Speaker For The White House's Workshop On Safety And Control For AI

It's already been a busy summer for researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) from Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS). Following just after Professor Amy Greenwald's efforts to co-organize the White House's Artificial Intelligence for Social Good conference, Professor Michael Littman has been invited to speak at their ...

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Seny Kamara's Invited Talk On Encrypted Search At A Recent CCC Workshop Previews His Fall 2016 Teaching

Last month, Associate Professor Seny Kamara of Brown University's Computer Science Department (Brown CS) delivered an invited talk ("Encrypted Search: From Theory to Practice") at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC)'s Computing Research: Addressing National Priorities and Societal Needs workshop. Held in Washington, DC, the event was a "research visioning" workshop to imagine, discuss ...

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Pombrio And Krishnamurthi's Work Has Been Selected As One Of ACM SIGPLAN ICFP's Best Papers

Research in programming language implementation ("Hygienic Resugaring of Compositional Desugaring") by PhD candidate Justin Pombrio and Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) has been chosen as one of the best papers of the 2015 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP 2015).

To situate Justin and Shriram ...

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Immersive Visualization To Support Scientific Insight

by Bruce Donald Campbell (RISD, Brown CS Visiting Scientist)

What do you get when you bring together a seasoned popular art school illustrator, an accomplished computer graphics scientist with a new virtual reality surround theater, a respected scientist with a compelling field of study, and twenty-one eager participants in a semester-long course focused on how ...

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