PDL NEWS

2014

July 2014
Pavlo Receives SIGMOD Dissertation Award

Andy Pavlo, assistant professor of computer science, has received the 2014 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, which recognizes the best dissertation in the field of databases for the previous year. Pavlo earned his Ph.D. in computer science last year at Brown University. His thesis, “On Scalable Transaction Execution in Partitioned Main Memory Database Management Systems,” was based on H-Store, an experimental, distributed main memory database management system. H-Store was the first of a new class of database systems, known as NewSQL, that support highly-concurrent workloads without giving up the transactional guarantees of traditional, relational systems. The system was later commercialized as VoltDB in 2009. The award was presented June 26 at the ACM Special Interest Group on the Management of Data Conference in Snowbird, Utah. He shared this year’s prize with Aditya Parameswaran of Stanford University.
-- Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon News, July 2, 2014

April 2014
Mutlu Receives Microsoft Research Award

ECE Professor Onur Mutlu has been selected as one of 12 applicants to receive a 2014 Microsoft Research Award from the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF). The $40,000 award was granted for Mutlu's project "Improving Datacenter Efficiency and Total Cost of Ownership with Differentiated Software Reliability Analysis and Techniques."
-- Inside CIT

April 2014
Best Paper Award!

ECE Ph.D. student Hyoseung Kim won the Best Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE Real-time Technologies and Applications Symposium (RTAS) for a piece he co-authored with ECE Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu, ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar, and the SEI's Dionisio de Niz, Bjorn Andersson, and Mark Klein. The paper was titled "Bounding Memory Interference Delay in COTS-based Multi-Core Systems."
-- Inside CIT

March 2014
Best Paper Award!

Congratulations to Wolfgang Richter (CMU), Canturk Isci (IBM Research), Jan Harkes and Benjamin Gilbert (CMU), Vasanth Bala (IBM Research), and Mahadev Satyanarayan (CMU), who have won the International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E) Best Paper Award for their paper entitled "Agentless Cloud-wide Streaming of Guest File System Updates".

March 2014
Gregory Ganger Receives 2014 Steven J. Fenves Award

We are pleased to announce that Gregory Ganger is the recipient of the 2014 Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research. He is the Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the director of the Parallel Data Lab.

The award is made to a CMU faculty member who has made a significant contribution to systems research in areas relevant to CMU's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), through furthering the goal of interconnecting people, physical, and information, the development and demonstration of an engineered system, enhancing education in systems through the development of courses, publishing textbooks (paper or electronic), or a body of knowledge that is of pedagogical importance, or causing a paradigm shift in systems research. Greg is being recognized for his significant contributions to computer systems, in particular for his work on soft updates and self-storage systems
with info from the ICES Newsroom, March 4, 2014

February 2014
Onur Mutlu Receives IBM Faculty Award

Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu has received a 2013 IBM Faculty Award in the amount of $40,000. This is the second year in a row that he has received this prestigious award. The IBM Faculty Award Program is a highly competitive program open to full-time faculty worldwide. Candidates must be nominated by an IBM employee who works in his or her research area and will then serve as liaison for their collaboration. According to the IBM website, winners of the IBM Faculty Award "must have an outstanding reputation for contributions in their field or, in the case of junior faculty, show unusual promise."
from ECE Online News February 21, 2014

February 2014
YinzCam Goes to the Superbowl!
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Priya Narasimhan, founder of YinzCam, and engineering students tested multi-camera instant replays to smartphones at the Super Bowl last Sunday. YinzCam, which creates mobile sports apps that allow fans to stay in touch with their favorite teams 24/7 by providing them with real-time stats, multimedia, streaming radio, social-media and more, has seen more than 7 million downloads of their products. The company's mobile-video technology is also being deployed within sports venues throughout the country to allow fans to watch instant replays, live cameras (including the NFL RedZone channel) on their smartphones, tablets or touchscreen computers. Read more about YinzCam at http://www.yinzcam.com/.
8.5x11 News, February 6, Vol. 24, No. 28

February 2014
Lorrie Cranor International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
People's Choice Award Winner

Passwords QuiltLorrie Cranor, an associate professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, and director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, was recently recognized as one of 18 winners, honorable mentions and people’s choice awardees from the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The contest, which is jointly run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science, exemplifies the old axiom, “a picture is worth a thousand wards.” It celebrates the long tradition of using various types of illustrations to communicate the complexities of science, engineering and technology for education and journalistic purposes when words aren’t enough. Cranor’s quilt “Security Blanket” (pictured above) took honorable mention in the illustration category. While on sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year she worked on visualizing security and privacy concepts through art as a fellow of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Read more about Cranor's quilting.
8.5x11 News, February 6, Vol. 24, No. 28

2013

November 2013
Garth Gibson Elected IEEE Fellow
We are pleased to announce that Garth Gibson has been selected as an IEEE Fellow. Garth was selected for contributions to the performance and reliability of transformative storage systems. Becoming an IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

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