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We live in a world where data is the new currency. Every aspect of our lives is tracked digitally, especially through the internet and mobile devices. However, sensitive information can be gleaned from this data and could cause social and financial harm to the individual. Ashwin Machanavajjhala is a brilliant, creative scholar and pioneer in the important field of database privacy. While he could have spent his career in industry, his desire to blend research with teaching led him to a faculty position at… read more about Privacy Expert Awarded for Teaching Excellence »

With an endless onslaught of news and opinion pounding us from traditional outlets, blogs and social media, fact-checking helps a weary public determine which political claims are accurate and which ones aren’t. A fact-checking app being developed by a team lead by Jun Yang and and Bill Adair will rely on a database of fact-checks that were published by organizations such as The Washington Post, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org. The database grew out of an earlier partnership between the Reporters’ Lab and… read more about Real-Time Fact-Checking: There's (Almost) An App For That »

Graduate student awards for 2017-18 were presented at the 2018 annual departmental meeting. Congratulations to the recipients: Outstanding PhD Dissertation Rupert Freeman Advisor: Vincent Conitzer Eliciting and Aggregating Information for Better Decision Making Xi He (ACM Dissertation Award Nominee) Advisor: Ashwin Machanavajjhala Policy Driven Data Sharing with Provable Privacy Guarantees Nathaniel Kell Advisor: Debmalya Panigrahi read more about Grad Student Awards 2017-18 »

Congratulations to recipients of the 2018 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 13.    Alex Vasilos Memorial Award  Friends and colleagues of the late Alex Vasilos donated the Alex Vasilos Memorial Award to the Department of Computer Science to recognize deserving students. This year's recipients: Harrison Graham Lundberg - For outstanding research contributions in database for an inter-query contention analyzer for cluster computing… read more about Undergraduate Awards Presented 2018 »

The Department congratulates our newest graduates who were awarded degrees for 2017-18 at commencement ceremonies on May 13. Visit the CS Facebook page to see graduation photos. Go to: PhD Degrees | MS Degrees | MSEC Degrees | Undergraduate Degrees PhD Degrees Bing Xie - Advisor: Jeffrey Chase. Output Performance of Petascale File Systems. Yan Chen - Advisor: Ashwin Machanavajjhala. Applying Differential Privacy with… read more about Graduation: Degrees Conferred for 2017-18 »

Editor's note: This article, contributed by Lee Adi, Hayley Barton, Tanner Johnson, Nick Turecky, and Carter Zenke, provides an update on Mobile Citizens, an after-school program developed by Duke students to bring computer science to low-income middle schoolers, which was reported on in a 2017 article in The Chronicle. A sense of ethics and community-oriented service are not graduation requirements for a computer science (CS) degree. But in a world becoming more digital - where… read more about Duke Undergrads Lead Middle Schoolers in Developing Mobile Apps »

Cynthia Rudin and Sudeepa Roy have been awarded a Duke Energy Initiative Grant for their project titled "Enabling Better Energy Decisions Through Better Interpretable Causal Inference Methods for Personalized Treatment Effects." The project's goal is to improve our ability to make policy decisions and understand energy use by making casual inference. read more about Cynthia Rudin and Sudeepa Roy Awarded Duke Energy Initiative Grant »