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A $10M grant is helping Duke researchers to make computer science more equitable and inclusive for all. Duke CS Professor of the Practice, Dr. Nicki Washington and ECE/CS Professor, Shaundra Daily are leaders of The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE), and they're featured in an article and videos that highlight AiiCE's commitment to empower future generations of computer scientists. Learn more about the mission, and view the videos that document it: Unscripted with Unscripted Reels.     read more about Creating Inclusivity in Computing: AiiCE Leaders Nicki Washington and Shaundra Daily »

Four Duke CS students were awarded Honorable Mentions from the Computing Research Association (CRA) for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in 2023-2024. Harry Chen's research focuses on theoretically and empirically demonstrating that simple machine learning models are near-optimal on noisy datasets with Cynthia Rudin and Ron Parr. Michelle Qiu works on interdisciplinary natural language processing applications with Cynthia Rudin. Dennis Tang's current… read more about Duke CS Students Win 2024 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards »

Duke CS PhD Laura Grit is VP, Distinguished Engineer & Technical Advisor to the CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Adam Selipsky. She specializes in the areas of cloud infrastructure efficiency, large scale enterprise migration to the cloud, resiliency in application architecture, and devops productivity. In addition to other initiatives, Laura led: The migration from on-premises data centers to AWS services; The Amazon Women in Engineering affinity group, of which she is now an Executive Sponsor; and The… read more about Duke CS PhD and Amazon Technical Advisor Laura Grit's Nontraditional Career Journey »

Yiran Chen, Duke CS/ ECE Professor and Jungsang Kim, former Duke CS, current ECE/ Physics Professor were elected to the rank of Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The highest professional distinction recognizing academic inventors, NAI Fellows demonstrate a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that make a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. Read More read more about Yiran Chen and Jungsang Kim Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors »

Duke Computer Science placed in the top eight percent of >8K students and >500 colleges and universities in the recent National Cyber League (NCL) competition. The NCL competition tested students against practical cybersecurity challenges likely to be faced in the workforce, like identifying hackers from forensic data, penetration testing and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and more. Explore the National Cyber League (NCL) Fall 2023 Power Rankings. Coached by CS Instructor Alexis… read more about Duke CS Team Finishes in Top 8% at National Cyber League Competition »

Duke Computer Science's Theory Group members are honored to have eight (8) papers accepted at the January 2024 ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) conference, with six (6) of the Duke CS papers co-written by our graduate students. The premier international conference on algorithms research, SODA will be held in Alexandria, VA, USA, January 7-10, 2024. SODA is cosponsored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics and the Association for Computing… read more about 8 Duke CS Papers Accepted to SODA 2024 »

AiiCE The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) is a national partnership that aims to disrupt the norms that currently exist in computing education, while developing equitable environments for historically underrepresented groups. Duke CS graduate student Jabari Kwesi and undergraduate student Kiara de Lande actively and creatively participate in AiiCE efforts to cultivate identity-inclusive environments within computing education. Accomplishments Affirming that he's privileged to work as an AiiCE… read more about Duke CS Students Make a Difference by Improving Systemic Inequities in Computing Education »

Duke CS won second place in the Bell Labs Prize 2023 competition, which recognizes game-changing innovations. The Duke CS team — Cynthia Rudin, Margo Seltzer (Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia), plus Duke PhD students Chudi Zhong and Jiachang Liu — received the award for their entry "A New Frontier for Trustworthy AI: Interpretable ML Algorithms that Produce All Good Models.” This is breakthrough research in interpretable ML, which includes powerful… read more about Duke CS Wins Second Place in Bell Labs 2023 Prize Competition »

Duke CS undergrads Harry Chen, Allan Guo, Eric Song, and Gaurav Parikh (now PhD student) won the American Statistical Association (ASA) Data Challenge Expo this year! Coached by Cynthia Rudin and Lesia Semenova, the students' paper on Cannabis and Crime provided a Causal Analysis of the Impact of Legalization on Crime. They presented their work at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in August. Congratulations! read more about Duke CS Team Wins ASA Data Challenge Expo 2023 »

In recognition of her teaching excellence and dedication to pedagogical equity, Earl D. McLean, Jr. Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Cynthia Rudin received the prestigious 2022-2023 David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Teaching Award from Duke University's Trinity College. Professor and Chair of Duke Computer Science Jian Pei stated that "Professor Rudin's devotion to education, expertise, and innovative approach stand as a true inspiration. This remarkable achievement is a testament to her… read more about Cynthia Rudin Receives Brooks Teaching Award »

Danfeng Zhang is a new associate research professor of Computer Science. Joining Duke from Penn State, Zhang’s research focuses on programming languages and on techniques that identify and correct potentially damaging software vulnerabilities. Can you tell us about your current research projects and expertise? My first research project is on data privacy. With cloud computing and big data, personal data is at risk of exposure and abuse by third parties. When you use an app, you have to… read more about How Studying Programming Languages Can Make Software Error-Free and Secure »

Lisa Mogensen, Duke CS-Econ Alumna and Fuqua MBA, was named CFO of RiskOptics (formerly Reciprocity), a company that develops and manages information security risk and compliance. In this role, Mogensen directs all financial matters with the goal of continuing to grow RiskOptics’ customer base and revenue. Mogensen has extensive financial and operating management experience with tech companies like TheStreet, Return Path, Valiant, 4C Insights, and more in SaaS, data analytics, AI, and Crypto. read more about RiskOptics Names Duke CS-Econ Alumna Lisa Mogensen as CFO »

Professor Jian Pei has been named chair of Duke Computer Science, effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Pei is Arthur S. Pearse Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Duke, and also Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Pei assumes the CS department chair role from outgoing chair Jun Yang, who said "With his exceptional qualifications, vision, and collegiality, I am confident that Jian will excel as the next leader of our department." Yang was commended… read more about Jian Pei Named Chair of Duke Computer Science »

Duke CS '94 alumnus Clay Goldwein is Senior Vice President of National Security and Justice at CGI Federal. During his long-time role as a defense and national security consultant at CGI Federal, he has helped various government agencies and federal customers realize their IT, cloud, cybersecurity, and digital capabilities. The recipient of two US patents during, Goldwein is a highly accomplished digital transformation executive who oversees a wide range of technical domains and modernization projects for federal, state,… read more about Duke CS Major Clay Goldwein is Sr. VP of National Security and Justice at CGI Federal  »

Duke CS PhD Kangning Wang received an Honorable Mention for his dissertation, “Approximations for Economic Efficiency and Fairness,” by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Economics and Computation (SIGecom) Doctoral Dissertation Award competition. The SIGecom recognizes an outstanding dissertation in the field of economics and computation. The award is conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation. “Kangning's thesis cleverly applies the… read more about Duke CS PhD Kangning Wang receives an Honorable Mention for SIGecom Dissertation Award »

Duke Computer Science researchers (L-R in photo) Entropy Xu (3rd year CS PhD), Mason Ma (2nd year CS PhD), and Assistant Professor Lisa Wills have won the Best Paper Award at ISPASS-2023, the 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software, which took place April 23-25, 2023 in Raleigh, NC. The paper, entitled “PyTFHE: An End-to-End Compilation and Execution Framework for Fully Homomorphic Encryption,” presents PyTFHE, an ingenious,… read more about Duke CS Wins Best Paper Award at ISPASS 2023 »

Alex Vasilos Memorial Award Awarded to a graduating senior who completes an outstanding research project whose results should be published or of publishable quality with the intent to publish. In addition, this senior should have done excellent work in all computer science courses with a recognized joy of and appreciation for computer science as a discipline of study. Three students received this award. William Ruixian He For superior research problem… read more about Undergraduate Awards 2023 »

Congratulations to all recipients of 2023 undergraduate student awards. Alex Vasilos Memorial Award Awarded to a graduating senior who completes an outstanding research project whose results should be published or of publishable quality with the intent to publish. In addition, this senior should have done excellent work in all computer science courses with a recognized joy of and appreciation for computer science as a discipline of study. Three students received… read more about 2023 Undergraduate Awards »

Assistant Professor Kartik Nayak received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for "CAREER: Scalable Consensus Protocol Design with Accountability and Privacy under Practical Failure Models." His project makes novel scientific advances by bridging the gap between theoretical foundations and the practical aspects of blockchain consensus. Earlier this year, Assistant Professor Danyang Zhuo also received an NSF CAREER Award for "CAREER: OS-Managed Remote Procedure Call for Datacenter… read more about Kartik Nayak and Danyang Zhuo receive NSF CAREER Awards »

Duke Computer Science is now ranked in the top 20 best computer science graduate schools and programs in the country by US News & World Report! Our investments in academic programs, diversity, faculty, research, innovation, and more contributed to our increase in computer science rankings to #20 today from #23 in 2022, and #25 in 2018. In addition, we are #21 in both AI and Theory. Join us! read more about Duke Computer Science is ranked #20 by US News & World Report »

Carlo Tomasi, Iris Einheuser Distinguished Professor of computer science at Duke University, has won an Amazon Research Award, and will receive gift funding and Amazon Web Services (AWS) promotional credits to support his project on “Deep neural network classifiers with margins in input space.” Tomasi said, “I am grateful to Amazon for their generous support. Their forward-looking bet on our new idea provides a crucial seed towards sustaining my students’ research on this… read more about Carlo Tomasi Receives Amazon Research Award »

Dr. Susan Rodger, Duke Computer Science Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies, received ACM's SIGCSE (Special Interest Group CS Education) 2023 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. This award recognizes Dr. Rodger for creating JFLAP software, changing how the automata course is taught, and for helping to bring computing to pre-college students with the Alice programming environment. She also gave a keynote talk at SIGCSE Technical Symposium 2023. Congratulations, Dr.… read more about Susan Rodger Receives the SIGCSE 2023 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education »

Duke Computer Science Professor Ronald Parr was recently elected as a new Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for significant contributions to reinforcement learning, including the development of foundational hierarchical, least-squares, factored, and feature selection methods. Founded in 1990, AAAI's Fellows Program highlights individuals who achieve unusual distinction in AI. New Fellows were honored at a special awards ceremony during the recent AAAI 2023… read more about Ronald Parr Named 2023 AAAI Fellow »

Dr. Susan Athey, PhD, a Duke Economics/Mathematics/Computer Science alumna and professor of economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business, was elected president of the American Economic Association. Athey previously served as Microsoft's chief economist, and also previously taught economics at MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. Professor Athey received her PhD at Stanford, and also holds an honorary doctorate from Duke. read more about Duke CS-Econ-Math Alumna Named 2023 American Economic Assn. President »

Duke CS PhD students Haiyang Huang and Yingfan Wang won the John M. Chambers Software Award from the Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) for their Python package PaCMAP, based on a project with Duke Professor Cynthia Rudin and Assistant Professor Yaron Shaposhnik from University of Rochester's Simon School. The tool's code performs dimension reduction for data visualization, allowing us to see inside high-dimensional datasets by… read more about Duke CS PhD Students Win ASA Chambers Software Award »

Three Duke Computer Science students received awards from the Computing Research Association (CRA) for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in 2023. Selected as a Finalist, Zeyu Shen works on the intersection of algorithms, machine learning, and social science with Kamesh Munagala and Brandon Fain. Also selected as a Finalist, Rui Xin works on interpretable machine learning with an emphasis on sparse models with Cynthia Rudin and Margo Seltzer. Awarded an Honorable Mention, William He works on circuit complexity with Ben… read more about Duke CS Students Win 2023 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards »

By Brian Hayes How many passengers can the nation’s airlines carry between all the pairs of cities they connect? How many gigabits of data can pass through the optical fibers that make up the backbone of the Internet? How much electricity can the power grid transmit from generating stations to customers? From the point of view of theoretical computer science, these questions can all be seen as variations on a single problem known as all-pairs max-flow, or APMF. The computational challenge of APMF… read more about Go with the Flow: Panigrahi and Colleagues Break Through a 60-Year-Old Bottleneck in Max-Flow Problems »

Duke CS faculty (including Kartik Nayak, Xiaowei Yang, and Fan Zhang) and students had 5 research papers at the recent flagship ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) Nov. 7-11. Michael Reiter and collaborators won the 2012 Test-of-Time Paper Award, and Bruce Maggs and collaborators won the Best Paper Honorable Mention. Ashwin Machanavajjhala and Neil Gong served as Program Committee… read more about Duke CS at ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) »