The Computer Science Department held its annual research symposium on Saturday, September 24th. The event started with a welcome speech by Brian Pogue, Dean of Graduate Studies. After the welcome speech, the department chair, Tom Cormen, presented the best TA award to graduate student, Milka Doktorova. Milka won the award for excelling as the Teaching Assistant for CS 30 (formerly CS 19), Discrete Mathematics in Computer Science, taught by her advisor, Afra Zomorodian. The keynote address was delivered by Bernard Chazelle of Princeton University, on the topic of natural algorithms.
Talks and posters by faculty and graduate students followed, on topics like security and privacy, image processing, human genome codes, smartphone applications, auctions, graphics, internet search engines, and music. The event ended with a few remarks from Prasad Jayanti, the James Frank Family Professor of Computer Science.
During the reception, the prizes for the best talk and poster were awarded to graduate students Milka Doktorova and Weifu Wang, respectively. The runner up position for best talk was awarded to graduate student Jason Reeves and, for best poster, it was shared between graduate students Mohammad Rastegari and Shahrzad Haddadan. The award ceremony was followed by an exhibition of research objects, presented by all the different research groups in the Computer Science department.
The event was organized by computer science graduate students Ashok Chandrashekhar, Milka Doktorova and Andrew Lyons.
More photos of the event can be found here.
by Aarathi Prasad