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GMU RoboCup Update


RoboCup humanoid league group picture. GMU robots shown in the red box.

GMU successfully completed its "personal challenge task" at RoboCup: to teach its team how to play collective soccer from scratch during the preparation time at the competition venue, rather than program it. This makes GMU quite different from other teams at RoboCup.
Fast Company has written an article on the GMU team, complete with pictures. GMU won two games and lost two, and advanced to the final 16 in the Kid-Size Humanoid League.

Stats:

  • 1-0 Win against AUTMan (Iran), the #1 seeded team
  • 0-3 Loss to team Rhoban (France)
  • 1-0 Win against the Newcastle Nubots (Australia)
  • 1-6 Loss to MRL (Iran).

GMU Goes to RoboCup

GMU is entering a humanoid soccer team to RoboCup in Brazil. GMU's team is unusual in that its soccer behaviors aren't hard-coded, but are trained, on the spot, at the RoboCup competition by the students through demonstrations on the soccer field. The resulting trained robots are then entered into the competition.

AP Story on RoboCup, including GMU's entry.

Computer Science Departmental Awards 2014

On May 14th, the Computer Science Department celebrated the accomplishments of their students, faculty and staff at the 2014 Annual Computer Science Graduation Celebration and Awards Dinner. The dinner honored the academic achievement of graduating students and the outstanding work of CS faculty, staff and teaching assistants. Listed below are a few of the many recognized at the evening’s ceremony. A complete list of all award winners can be found here .

Outstanding Undergraduate Student - Sam Gelman
Outstanding Graduate Student - Samuel Blasiak, Naeem Esfahani
Outstanding Young Faculty Researcher -Damon McCoy
Outstanding Teacher - Sean Luke
Adjunct Faculty - Vinod Dubey, Naren Kodali
Outstanding Service - Duminda Wijesekera
Outstanding Staff - Therese Michael
Special Recognition Award (Presented by the CS Administrative Staff)-Zoran Duric
Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Assistants - Fritz Reese, Albert Thompson
Distinguished Graduate Teaching Assistant - Sunitha Thummala

Christopher Vo Speaks at Smithsonian's The Future is Here Conference

PhD student Christopher Vo presented at the Smithsonian's The Future is Here Conference on the potential of personal and build-it-yourself drones.

During the presentation he was delivered a bottle of water by drone inside the venue. Vo is a recognized expert on the subject of personal drones in the Washington DC area, and is also the Director of Education for the DC Area Drone User Group.

Sam Gelman to receive 2013 OSCAR Student Excellence Award

Congratulations to BS CS student Sam Gelman who will receive a 2013 OSCAR Student Excellence Award! This award recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduate students who participate in research and creative activities.

Computer Science Students Participate in VSE Undergraduate Research Event

Congratulations to all computer science students who were selected to participate in the VSE Undergraduate Research Event on April 24, 2014.


Two CS students received special recognition as Keynote speakers and others received Outstanding Research awards:

Michael Bowen and David Fleming   "Flockbots: Small, Open-Platform Robots for Swarm-Style Multi-Agent Research" (Keynote; Faculty advisor: Sean Luke)

Luca Estinto - "The Feasibility of Active Audio Crossovers for 2-way Mini-Loudspeakers"
(Outstanding Research; Faculty advisor: Dr. Jill Nelson)

Jean Rouly   "Parallel Hierarchical Affinity Propagation with MapReduce" (Outstanding Research)

Jennifer Minh Van   "Conformational Sampling and Principal Component Analysis of the Met-Enkephalin Peptide" (Outstanding Research; Faculty advisors: Estela Blaisten-Barojas and Amarda Shehu)

Huzefa Rangwala Wins George Mason Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor Huzefa Rangwala who will receive a 2014 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. This honor acknowledges his commitment to providing students with meaningful, significant learning experiences, as well as his success in achieving this ambitious goal.

He will be honored at the 2014 Celebration of Teaching Excellence, to be held on Monday, April 21st, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Center for the Arts.

For more information on Professor Rangwala’s work, see http://cs.gmu.edu/~hrangwal/

Yotam Gingold receives Google Research Award

Congrats to Professor Yotam Gingold for receiving a Google Research award for his project "Diamonds from the Rough: Improving Creative Performance via Aggregation"

Prof. Wechsler to deliver keynote address at ICPRAM 2014

Professor Harry Wechsler will be delivering a keynote address at the Third International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2014) being held in Angers, France from March 6-8, 2014.

Michel Rouly's NSF REU project produces Big Data paper

Undergraduate student Michel Rouly participated in a remote NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates project to develop a parallel/distributed clustering algorithm for use in cloud computing with big data applications.

He will be presenting at the IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Analytics at at IC2E this year. The NSF REU was done at the Florida Institute of Technology "AMALTHEA" NSF REU site.

Summer 2014 MS CS and MS SWE Extended Online Offerings

Eight Master's level courses from the CS department will be available for online study summer 2014. Details can be found at this page

Prof. Menasce named Fellow of IEEE

Congratulations to Professor Danny Menasce for being named a fellow of the IEEE for "contributions to research and education in performance evaluation of computer systems.” The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Term Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Computer Science at George Mason University invites applications for a renewable, term, non tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2014. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate computer science courses as well as service duties associated with the department's undergraduate degree programs. For more information on this position, see this posting.

PhD student James Pope and Professor Bob Simon receive best paper award at IEEE SenseApp 2013

Congratulations to PhD student James Pope and Professor Bob Simon for receiving the best paper award at the 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications (SenseApp '13) for their paper "CREST: An Epoch-Oriented Routing Control Plane for Low-Power and Lossy Networks."

Assistant Professor Position in Cyber Security Engineering

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of cyber security engineering starting in fall, 2014. Cyber Security Engineering refers to the proactive engineering design of physical systems with cyber security incorporated. For more information on this position, see this posting.

PhD student Ryan Farley and Professor Frank Wang receive best paper award at SecureComm 2013

Congratulations to CS PhD student Ryan Farley and Professor Frank Wang for receiving the best paper award at SecureComm 2013 for their paper "Disabling a Computer by Exploiting Softphone Vulnerabilities: Threat and Mitigation."

Professor Sam Malek wins 2013 Mason Emerging Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Sam Malek who has been chosen as one of three Mason faculty to receive the 2013 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator award. This award recognizes the very best of Mason's younger scholars. Professor Malek will be presented with the award at the annual Celebration of Achievements reception on November 11th.

2013-14 Distinguished Lecture Series

The CS Department's Distinguished Lecture Series for 2013-14 presents five distinguished researchers in computer science. The first lecture, on October 23, will be by Professor Vipin Kumar, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, entitled “Understanding Global Climate Change—a Data Driven Approach".

See the
Lecture Series page for full information about the talks this year.

CS senior Sameh Saleh selected as Finalist for CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research award

Congratulations to Sameh Saleh for being selected as as a Finalist of the Computing Research Association's (CRA) 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. Sameh was nominated by his research mentor, Professor Amarda Shehu.

CS students John Mooney and Brian Olson receive Volgenau School awards

Congrats to CS undergrad John Mooney and CS PhD student Brian Olson who received VSE awards at the school's Annual Awards Gala on May 4th. John was recognized as an Outstanding Undergraduate student, while Brian received an Outstanding Graduate student award.

Professor Huzefa Rangwala receives VSE Outstanding Teacher award

Congrats to Professor Rangwala for being selected for the Volgenau School of Engineering's Outstanding Teacher award. The award was presented at the VSE Annual Awards Gala on May 4th.

Professor Amarda Shehu selected for 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor Shehu for being selected for the 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence award by the Student as Scholars QEP Leadership Council. The OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award, given annually by the Leadership Council, recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students on their research and and who foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason's Students as Scholars initiative. The award will be presented at the Celebration of Student Scholarship event on May 7th.

Professors Menasce and Rangwala are Mason nominees for statewide awards

Professors Danny Menasce and Huzefa Rangwala have been selected to represent Mason as nominees for state-wide awards given by SCHEV, the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia. Professor Menasce has been selected to represent Mason as one of the university's Outstanding Faculty Award nominees and Professor Rangwala has been selected to represent Mason as the university's Rising Star award nominee.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. Within this program, the Rising Star awards recognize early-career faculty. For more information on the awards program, see this page

Jeff Offutt Wins George Mason Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor Jeff Offutt who will receive a 2013 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. This honor acknowledges his commitment to providing students with meaningful, significant learning experiences, as well as his success in achieving this ambitious goal.

He will be honored at the 2013 Celebration of Teaching Excellence, to be held on Monday, April 15th, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Center for the Arts.

For more information on Professor Offutt’s work, see http://cs.gmu.edu/~offutt/.

Professor Paul Ammann recognized for Academic Advising Excellence

Congratulations to Paul Ammann for being recognized as one of ten outstanding academic advisors selected from candidates across the university by the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.

Professor Wechsler and PhD student Venkatesh Ramanathan issued a Patent

Congratulations to Professor Harry Wechsler and his PhD student Venkatesh Ramanathan who were issued a patent on "Robust Human Authentication Using Holistic Anthropometric and Appearance-Based Features and Boosting" on February 19th, 2013.

Damon McCoy and Angelos Stavrou receive Google Research Award

Congratulations to Professors Damon McCoy and Angelos Stavrou who will receive a Google Research Award for their project "Understanding the Business of Traffic Distribution System Services."

Summer 2013 Extended Online Offerings

Nine Master's level courses from the CS department will be available for online study summer 2013. Details can be found at this page