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December 2005
Jia-Yu Pan Receives Best Paper at ICDM
Jia-Yu (Tim) Pan, a doctoral student in computer science, won one of five best student paper awards at ICDM'05, one of the top data mining conferences. The paper is on mining biomedical images using a novel technique of visual vocabularies and independent component analysis.
-- CMU's 8 1/2 x 11 News

December 2005
Hui Zhang Selected as ACM Fellow
Computer Science professor Hui Zhang has been selected as an ACM Fellow. Zhang's research interests are in computer networks, specifically on the scalability, robustness, dependability, security and manageability of broadband access networks, enterprise networks and the Internet. His end system multicast work has been used for the real-time broadcast of national events, including the John Kerry rally on campus during the 2004 presidential campaign.
-- CMU's 8 1/2 x 11 News.

August 2005
Angela Demke co-winner of Best SCS Dissertation and nominated for Best ACM Dissertation

Carnegie Mellon's two nominees for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2004-05 have been announced. Angela Demke Brown has been nominated for her work on Explicit Compiler-based Memory Management for Out-of-core Applications (Todd Mowry, Advisor), following her selection as a co-winner of the 2005 SCS Dissertation Award. Also selected was Sanjit Seshia for Adaptive Eager Boolean Encoding for Arithmetic Reasoning in Verification (Randy Bryant, Advisor). Angela will share a cash prize and will be honored in the SCS Distinguished Lecturer series. These nominees were chosen by the Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee, chaired by Stephen Brookes. ACM nominees participate in the ACM evaluation process, representing Carnegie Mellon and competing against other nominees from universities throughout the United States. Congratulations Angela!

August 2005
Mike Bigrigg forms Spinoff

Researcher Michael Bigrigg, a project scientist in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, recently started a company that manufactures a sensor to detect and mitigate temperature problems in computer hard drives. The Pittsburgh-based company, Pervasive Sensors Inc., is producing Critter™, a computer-based temperature sensor that monitors and helps regulate adverse environmental conditions. The $21 device attaches to a desktop computer's game port and can be installed in minutes, requiring no special knowledge of computer software. The spinoff company is a result of research performed at the university over the past two years. For more information, see the CMU press release.
-- CMU's 8 1/2 x 11 News.

March 2005
Matthew Wachs Awarded NDSEG Fellowship

Congratulations to Matthew Wachs, who has been selected to receive a 2005-2006 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. This fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Defense through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program, and is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

March 2005
Dawn Song Receives NSF CAREER AWARD
Dawn Song, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research proposal, "Toward Exterminating Large Scale Internet Attacks." The award "recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century."
-- with info from CMU's 8 1/2 x 11 News.

January 2005
Anastassia Ailamaki selected as a Sloan Research Fellow
We are extremely happy to announce three CMU 2005 winners of a Sloan Research Fellowship: Natassa Ailamaki, Karl Crary and Anupam Gupta. A Sloan Fellowship is a prestigious award intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science. Currently a total of 116 fellowships are awarded annually in seven fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. See more about the Sloan at


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