PDL News


October 2003
Faloutsos’ Team Receives $2.5 Million from the National Science Foundation for Bio-Molecular Imaging
Carnegie Mellon scientist Robert Murphy has received $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a five-year, $9.4 million multi-institutional grant headquartered at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This grant for "Next-Generation Bio-Molecular Imaging and Information Discovery" was one of eight large grants made this year by NSF's Information Technology Research Program. The ultimate goal of the project, which includes researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of California, Berkeley; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is to develop new information processing technologies that will enable researchers to extract detailed information from images depicting the distribution of biological molecules within cells.

Working with Murphy are Carnegie Mellon co-principal investigators Tom Mitchell, director of the Center for Automated Learning & Discovery; Christos Faloutsos, professor of Computer Science; and Jelena Kovacevic, professor of Biomedical Engineering. For more information please see
(CMU 81/2 x 11 News and ECE News, October 8, 2003)

September 2003
Intel supports the Self-* Storage Project with Equipment Grant
Greg Ganger (Associate Professor, ECE and CS) and the Parallel Data Lab (PDL) have received an $85K equipment grant from Intel Corporation. The grant provides an early testbed for PDL's new Self-* Storage project, which seeks to create large-scale self-managing, self-organizing, self-tuning storage systems from generic servers.

September 2003
NSF Grant to Fund Self-* Storage Research

PDL researchers have received a $1.5 million NSF grant to pursue the Self-* Storage project, which seeks to create large-scale self-managing, self-organizing, self-tuning storage systems from generic servers. The project PI is Greg Ganger (ECE and CS; Director of PDL), and the co-PIs are Natassa Ailamaki (CS), Anthony Brockwell (Statistics), Garth Gibson (CS), and Mike Reiter (ECE and CS).

September 2003
Ganger & the PDL Awarded IBM Equipment Grant for Self-* Storage Project
Greg Ganger, Associate Professor of ECE and CS, and the Parallel Data Lab (PDL) have received an $80K equipment grant from IBM Corporation. The grant provides an early testbed for PDL's new Self-* Storage project, which seeks to create large-scale (100s of terabytes), self-managing, self-organizing, self-tuning storage systems from generic servers.
(ECE News, Sept. 2, 2003)

September 2003
5 CMU Professors Receive NSF Grant to Study Drinking Water Quality and Security

Faculty members Jeanne VanBriesen, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Christos Faloutsos, Computer Science, Anastassia Ailamaki, Computer Science, Mitch Small, CEE and Engineering and Public Policy, and Paul Fischbeck, Social and Decision Sciences, have received a National Science Foundation grant of $1.5 million for a new project called "SENSORS: Placement and Operation of an Environmental Sensor Network to Facilitate Decision Making Regarding Drinking Water Quality and Security."
(Full article in The Tartan, Sept. 8, 2003)

August 2003
Todd Mowry Wins 2003 IBM Faculty Partnership Award

Todd Mowry, Associate Professor of CS and ECE, has been awarded a 2003 IBM Faculty Partnership Award by the Austin Center for Advanced Studies for his project titled “Exploiting Thread-Level Speculation to Accelerate Database Performance on Chip Multiprocessors.”

July 2003
Jiri Schindler Receives Best Paper Award in VLDB 2003 PhD Workshop

Jiri Schindler's paper "Matching Database Access Patterns to Storage Characteristics," co-authored with Anastassia Ailamaki and Greg Ganger, has received the award for Best Paper in the VLDB 2003 PhD Workshop from among 34 submissions. Jiri will present his paper at the VLDB PhD Workshop, co-located with VLDB 2003 (29th Conference on Very Large Databases) in Berlin in September. The VLDB 2003 PhD Workshop brings together PhD students working on topics related to the VLDB Conference series, to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. This paper is available on our publications page.

May 2003
John Griffin Receives Intel Fellowship
Our congratulations to John Griffin, who has been selected as a recipient of a 2003-04 Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Award. The term of the award is one year (non-renewable) and will cover John's full tuition, fees, and stipend during that time. Additionally, the fellowship provides John with an Intel mentor who will act as a link between the student and those people pursuing relevant research at Intel. Also included in the award is an Intel-based laptop. The fellowship does not involve an internship; rather, it is targeted at Ph.D. candidates within 18 months of degree completion.

Intel Fellows, leaders of Intel research and technology, personally recommend the candidates for this award, the goal of which is to "highlight the best of the best graduate students in areas matching Intel research." Approximately 35 candidates are selected annually for the award from a very competitive field.

Another PDL graduate student, Steve Schlosser, received this award in 2001.

May 2003
James Hendricks Awarded National Defense Fellowship
Congratulations to James Hendricks, who has been awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. This program seeks to identify individuals
whose scientific and engineering credentials will support study through doctoral degrees. The prevailing goal of this highly competetive program is "to provide the United States with talented, doctorally trained American men and women who will lead state-of-the-art research projects in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national security requirements." Since the program's inception 14 years ago, approximately 1,800 fellowships have been awarded from about 28,500 applications received.

The 3-year fellowship is sponsored by the DoD and was awarded to 114 entering and first
year graduate students this year. James' fellowship is supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) covers his full tuition and required fees during that term. It also provides a competitive stipend and subsidizes the student's health insurance. Fellows have no military or other service obligations, and must be working towards a PhD.

May 2003
Brandon Salmon Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The winners of this year's National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships include Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students Jennifer Morris and Brandon Salmon. Earning honorary mention were ECE students Ryan Kerekes, Tom Lauwers, and Thomas Wenisch. The NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship funds three years of graduate study, including a $27,500 stipend for the first 12-months and an annual tuition allowance of $10,500, paid to the university. This year's contest was the most competitive in recent history: 7,788 applicants vied for 900 fellowships.
(CMU 8 1/2 x 11 News, May 1, 2003)

May/April 2003
Several Successful Thesis Proposals
In the last few weeks three PDL members have successfully presented their Ph.D. thesis proposals. Congratulations are due to Stavros Harizopoulos, Shimin Chen, and Spiros Papadimitriou!

February 2003
Chenxi Wang awarded research funding from GM

Chenxi Wang has been awarded funding from GM through the General Motors Collaborative Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon and in association with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to research secure dynamic networks.

January 2003
Chris Long and Greg Ganger receive funding from C3S
Chris Long and Greg Ganger have been awarded seed funding from the Center for Computer Security (C3S) at Carnegie Mellon for their project "Access Control for the Masses." The project will fall within a new PDL research area dealing with Better User Interfaces.


More PDL news here.