Posts Tagged 'Computer Science'



UVa Microsoft Research Fellow

July 12, 2010 — abhi shelat, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, was recently selected as a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow for 2010.

The fellowship award includes an unrestricted cash gift of $200,000 and access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences and engagements with Microsoft Research, the company’s worldwide research organization.

shelat will use the award to support his research in the field of computer cryptography, which is essential for securing information that is exchanged on everything from wireless networks to automated teller machines to Internet banking sites.

“This award recognizes abhi’s brilliance as a researcher and it will help him advance his work in the field of cryptography,” said Mary Lou Soffa, chair of the U.Va. Department of Computer Science. “We are honored to have him as a colleague.”

This year was particularly competitive because Microsoft combined the domestic and international competitions for the awards. There were only seven fellows chosen from Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; the United States; and Canada.

“abhi possesses a rare combination of vision and creativity that enables him to select highly original research topics that are both theoretically significant as well as applicable in practice,” said Gabriel Robins, a professor in the Department of Computer Science. “I found it refreshing that abhi also cares a great deal about teaching and pedagogy. We often have long conversations and exchange ideas about how to better explain to students deep and subtle theoretical concepts.”

Reposted from UVa Today July 13, 2010

Working While You Sleep…

Software That Carries Out Tasks On Behalf Of Sleeping Computers Could Lead To Energy Savings.

Technology Review (6/30, Graham-Rowe) reports, “Networked PCs are increasingly being left on 24/7 to allow for out-of-hours access by employees, says Yuvraj Agarwal, a professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego.” Agarwal, along with other UCSD professors, developed an energy-saving solution wherein they “create a stripped down, virtual copy of a machine. Software running on a remote server maintains a version of a PC’s operating systems and applications. The software, called SleepServer, carries on tasks on behalf of the desktop machine while it is put into a low-energy sleep mode.” And, if “complex activity is required, the software wakes up the computer, says Agarwal, a process that typically takes less than 10 seconds.”

Reposted from the June 30, 2010 ASEE First Bell

New IEEE Xplore Database Interface

As you may have seen, the IEEE Xplore digital library has been upgraded.

The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library has a full-text subscription that gives you access to IEEE documents from www.ieee.org/ieeexplore.

The new IEEE Xplore is now easier to use and has more value-added features.  You will be able to find articles faster with a new search engine and enhanced functionality.  Learn about new features and tips on how to use the new IEEE Xplore by visiting www.ieee.org/newieeexplore where you will be able to:

  • Sign up for free training: Live, online training available as well as pre-recorded tutorials
  • Watch the demo video: See the three-minute video demonstration of the new features
  • View the new brochure: “Experience the New IEEE Xplore Digital Library.”  A printable PDF of all the new features
  • Search tip sheets: A one page reference with tips and tricks to make searching more effective

What are the new features?

  • New interface design — intuitive, easy-to-navigate
  • New search engine — faster and more robust search results
  • Faceted search — post-search refinements allow you to narrow or expand your initial search
  • Personalization — set your preferences, save searchers, create alerts…and more

Visit the new IEEE Xplore at www.ieee.org/ieeexplore

If you have any questions, please contact Fred O’Bryant, Applied Sciences Librarian, at jfo@virginia.edu or stop by any UVa library.

Roll-Up Computer

This from the recent AskBobRankin Geekly Update for 28 October 2009:

“The Rolltop computer is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a laptop that literally rolls up like a newspaper, and unrolls into either a 17-inch flat screen or a tablet configuration. There’s just one problem, it only exists as a design concept. But the video is worth a look.”

Nuts and Bolts Editor’s Note:  Although just a “concept”, it is certainly an intriguing one!  Enjoy!  Getting to the video is a bit awkward, but click on Rolltop link above, then the link at the bottom of the resulting screen and be patient while the cookie displays!

Database of the Week: Inspec

Inspec includes bibliographic citations and indexed abstracts from publications in the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, communications, computer science, control engineering, information technology, manufacturing and mechanical engineering, operations research, material science, oceanography, engineering mathematics, nuclear engineering, environmental science, geophysics, nanotechnology, biomedical technology and biophysics.  Coverage extends from 1969 to the present.

Inspec is a part of the Engineering Village suite of databases.  You may begin searching the database at Inspec.

Inspec is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

Game World Talk

Disruptive Construction of Game Worlds

By Shane Liesegang of Bethesda Softworks

Thursday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Where:  the Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library

Please join us this Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the Scholars’ Lab for a talk on “Disruptive Construction of Game Worlds.”  Shane Liesegang, a game designer for Bethesda Softworks and a former game designer for Electronic Arts, will illustrate approaches to creating intricate and challenging virtual worlds in computer and video game environments.

All talks in the Scholars’ Lab are free and open to the public.  For a full listing of events in the Scholars’ Lab this semester, please visit http://lib.virginia.edu/scholarslab/about/events.html

Interface of the Future?

R. Clayton Miller envisions a new way to interact with desktop computers that replaces the mouse with a 10-finger touchpad system and overlapping windows with serial display of applications.  See a demo and learn more at the 10/GUI page on Vimeo or at 10gui.com.


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