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CS Professors Honored for Excellence
news Published Date: 2020-08-10
The Computer Science Department recognized excellence in Teaching, Research, Service, and All-Round Excellence during the 2019-20 school year by honoring several faculty members:

CS Educator of the Year: Nosayba El-Sayed
CS Researcher of the Year: Joyce Ho
CS Citizen of the Year: Dorian Arnold
CS Professor of the Year: Jinho Choi

Congratulations Nosayba, Joyce, Dorian, and Jinho!
Emory University Team Wins First Prize in Alexa Grand Challenge
news Published Date: 2020-08-05
The Emory University team has won the $500,000 Alexa Prize for advancing the field of conversational AI. The teams involved were tasked with designing a socialbot that interacts with Alexa customers via Alexa-enabled devices. Emora, the Emory University chatbot, achieved an average conversation duration of 7 minutes and 37 seconds. Emora and the Emory team earned first place with a 3.81 average rating on a 5-point scale. The bots covered a very wide range of topics including current events, movies, and sports. This year’s team is led by PhD student Sarah Fillwock, along with faculty advisor Jinho D. Choi. The team’s work, along with that of the other Alexa Prize participants, is now outlined in a research paper posted to https://developer.amazon.com/alexaprize

The team worked very diligently to prepare for this competition. Congratulations!

The entire article can be found at https://www.amazon.science/latest-news/amazon-announces-2020-alexa-prize-winner-emory-university
Congratulations to Lei Zhang and Reza Karimi for winning the Best Student Paper Award at SIGMETRICS 2020!
news Published Date: 2020-06-11
Ph.D. students Lei Zhang and Reza Karimi win the Best Student Paper Award at ACM SIGMETRICS 2020.



More details are at https://simbiosys.mathcs.emory.edu/
BMI PhD candidate co-authors papers with the International Immuno-Oncology Biomarker Working Group
news Published Date: 2020-05-12
Machine learning tools are increasingly gaining attention for use in diagnostic medical applications, but there are barriers in translating research success to meet clinical standards. Mohamed Amgad, BMI PhD candidate who also has an MD, has published three papers in npj Breast Cancer. The papers are co-authored by the International Immuno-Oncology Biomarker Working Group, a large international group that "develop[s], in a timely manner, standards on the assessment of Immuno-Oncology Biomarkers to aid pathologists, clinicians and researchers in their research and daily practice." One of the papers provides guidance on the computational assessment of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, a visual pattern that typically indicates improved survival prospects and favorable response to therapy in breast cancer. Various computational, medical and regulatory aspects are explored in the article, along with steps to translate advances in computer vision into the diagnostic medical practice.
Read more here.
Emory CS is Hiring Faculty!
news Published Date: 2020-03-31
The Emory Computer Science Department has multiple faculty openings at all levels, in Intelligent Systems, Data Centric Computing, Quantum Computing and related areas. Please let us know if you are interested in more details (cssearch2019@emory.edu). The ad is also available here.
Winter School on Quantum Computing at Emory Jan 8-10, 2020
news Published Date: 2020-01-08
Computer Science and Physics are pleased to host a Winter School on Quantum Computing covering foundations programming (using IBM Qiskit), and applications, Jan 8-10, 2020 on the Emory campus. Participants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Registration is free but required, please register via: https://forms.gle/kBJRWUPwJbbbzzhs8
Computer Science and Informatics Program Information Webinar
news Published Date: 2019-12-06
Computer Science and Informatics Program
Information Webinar

Friday, December 6, 2:00-4:00p EST (UTC-5)

Learn about:
Ground-breaking research opportunities with world-class professors in Bioinformatics, Computer Systems, Data Analytics, Intelligent Systems and more

Innovative curriculum, including concentrations in Computer Science, Biomedical Informatics, Data Science and Computational Science.

Outstanding institutional and academic resources including a comprehensive funding and support package for PhD and 50% tuition scholarship for MS students.

Holistic and Inclusive admission process

Prospect registration to receive application fee waiver ($75)
Webinar URL:https://meet.lync.com/emory-edu/darnol4/E6KVLFS2
Application deadline: January 1, 2020
Emory Team Wins 3rd Place in Division 1 ACM Programming Contest
news Published Date: 2019-11-18
We're thrilled to announce that the Emory CS team "M||E" (pronounced “M or E“), won 3rd place at the ACM Southeast USA Regional Contest for Division 1. This is the first year that Emory challenged Division 1 and we're proud of our team for such a great result! Congratulations to team members Alexandru Rudi (freshman), Sonny Xu (junior), Yusen Zhang (MS), and to coach Professor Jinho Choi!
Emory Team Wins Secure Genome Analysis Competition
news Published Date: 2019-10-29
A team of researchers from Emory University recently won 1st place in the iDash ’19 Genome Privacy and Security Competition blockchain track. The competition (http://www.humangenomeprivacy.org/2019/), which is in its sixth year, has become a flagship event in data privacy and security. This year, 105 teams from across the world competed in 4 tracks. The blockchain track seeks to develop smart contracts on a blockchain network to share gene-drug interaction data in a distributed way. Congratulations to Mark Ma (PhD Student), Yang Cao (Past Postdoc, now at Kyoto U), and Dr. Li Xiong (PI) for their trailblazing work!
Emory Team selected for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge
news Published Date: 2019-06-05
Jinho Choi and his group of students are one of 10 teams worldwide selected to compete in Amazon's Alexa Socialbot Grand Challenge 2019 to advance human computer interaction. Emory's chatbot, called Emora, is designed to be a "social companion" in addition to be a smart conversational agent. This selection, among 375 competing applications from 15 countries this year, comes with $250K and device support, to possibly become the socialbot technology in future Alexa devices. Details are available here. Congratulations to Jinho and the Emora team!