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CSI PhD student's work featured in landmark Cell article
Published Date: 2017-11-06
Michael Nalisnik, CSI PhD '16 and his advisor BMI Professor Lee Cooper, are part of the Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network which recently published a pioneering paper in the journal Cell, on the genetic mutations underlying soft tissue sarcomas. Emory researchers contributed machine learning techniques for nuclear heterogeneity analyses, a key methodology used in the paper. The full article is at http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(17)31203-5.
MathCS is hiring Postdoctoral Fellows!
Published Date: 2017-10-27
Several projects homed in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science are seeking postdoctoral research fellows in a variety of areas. Interdisciplinary postdocs are of special interest. For details please see the MathCS PostDoc Openings.
MathCS is Hiring Faculty!
Published Date: 2017-10-27
The department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a tenure-track faculty position in Computational Mathematics and a Lecturer position in Computer Science to begin Fall 2018. Please contact chair@mathcs.emory.edu for general information. The deadline to apply for this position is January 15, 2018.
CSI professor Lee Cooper is a member of NCI award-winning center
news Published Date: 2017-10-04
Professor Lee Cooper, faculty in the Computer Science and Informatics graduate program is a member of the Emory Molecular Interaction Center for Functional Genomics (MicFG). This center was recently selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to participate in an elite national network called Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTD2) that is focused on discovery of new cancer targets and precision cancer therapies. Read the full story at http://news.emory.edu/stories/2017/10/fu_cancer_genomics_network/index.html.
MathCS welcomes new faculty in Science Cluster Initiative
Published Date: 2017-09-27
The department of Mathematics and Computer Science is delighted to welcome Prof Dorian Arnold and Prof Juan Villeta-Garcia as our newest colleagues. Dorian and Juan were recruited as part of an Emory College-wide cluster initiative in the sciences -- for a full story please see http://news.emory.edu/stories/2017/09/er_faculty_cluster_hires/campus.html.

Welcome Dorian and Juan!
Dr. Ho and collaborators win best paper award
Published Date: 2017-04-03
A joint work between Dr Joyce Ho, Jette Henderson (UT-Austin), Ryan Bridges (EPIC), Byron Wallace (Northeastern), and Dr Joydeep Ghosh (UT-Austin) receives the 2017 Distinguished Clinical Research Informatics Paper Award at the AMIA Joint Summits. The paper can be read here.
Emory Magazine: Mary Galinski - Malaria Math: Using big data to study malarial resistance
news Published Date: 2016-12-13
Dr. Mary Galinski was recently featured in the Emory Magazine. The article showcases the Emory research team's effort to understand immune response to malaria. Read more about it at here.
The Math/CS Department is Hiring!
Published Date: 2016-12-01
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has several openings for faculty positions to begin in Fall 2017. Areas of interest include: Science Cluster Tenure Track; Science Cluster Lecture Track; Tenure Track, Assistant Professor in Data Exploration; Math Lecturer; and CS Lecturer.

Please find all position details in the links. Applications will only be accepted through Interfolio. If you have questions on the process, please email chair@mathcs.emory.edu.
Emory System Ranks First in Live Question Answering Challenge
news Published Date: 2016-11-21
A question answering system, developed at Emory by a Ph.D. student Denis Savenkov, was ranked first in the LiveQA challenge, as announced at the 2016 Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2016) on November 2016. The goal of the LiveQA challenge was to quickly answer questions posted by real users on a popular website, Yahoo Answers. This task pushes the limits of automatic question answering and information retrieval, as these questions express complex information needs that people chose to ask to a community, rather than turning to existing search engines. On top of it, the systems had to respond within a minute, bringing additional realism to the challenge. 26 systems from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia participated in the LiveQA challenge. The system responses were judged by the assessors from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), that co-organized the challenge together with Yahoo Labs and Emory University. An Emory system, developed by Denis Savenkov of the Emory IR Lab, was ranked 1st among all of the participants. Denis is advised by Prof. Eugene Agichtein, and is a Ph.D. student in the Emory Computer Science & Informatics program. The top-scoring Emory system, CRQA, uses many sources of information to automatically generate a set of candidate responses, and score them using state-of-the-art machine learning models. CRQA operates as a "cyborg", combining the best of human intuition with automatic responses, by using a novel real-time crowdsourcing module to obtain additional feedback from real human workers, while still returning answers quickly. The CRQA system was able to provide acceptable answers to more than 60% of the user questions, and perfectly answered over 22% of the questions, according to the quality judgments provided by professional NIST assessors. More details about the Emory system are published in a paper titled "CRQA: Crowd-powered Real-time Automated Question Answering System", by Denis Savenkov and Eugene Agichtein, in proceedings of the AAAI Human Computation conference (HCOMP 2016). Despite significant advances in automated question answering, the LiveQA challenge demonstrated that a large gap still remains between automatic question answering systems and good human answers, ~50% of which were judged to be excellent, compared to only 22% provided by the top-ranked Emory system. The LiveQA challenge will run again in 2017. More details about the challenge are available at www.trec-liveqa.org.
Students Attend Grace Hopper Conference
news Published Date: 2016-11-03

In October, twenty-one undergraduates and graduates represented The Department of Math and Computer Science at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. The gathering was attended by 15,000 people unified by their motivation to support diversity in STEM fields. Jamelia Mays, a junior at Emory majoring in Math and Computer Science: “The Grace Hopper Conference was an amazing experience. This year was my first time attending and I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of women in technology that surrounded me from the moment I walked into the door. I learned so much from other students and engineers that I wouldn't have learned anywhere else. I am so grateful to have an even bigger support system of strong, inspiring, successful women to reach out to.”

Learn more about the conference here.