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CIS Students bound for Grace Hopper
Conference in Phoenix, Arizona!

From left seated: Bethany Davis, Nina Lu, Sally Kong, Professor Linh Thi Xuan Phan, Brooke Fugate From left standing: Kate Miller, Anjali Khetan, Reyana Fayyaz, Associate Director, CIS Rita Powell, Sneha Keshwani Not pictured: Ankha Stanley, Jasmine Lee, Joyce Li, Veronica Wharton.

The Rahul Mangharam and the PRECISE Center receives $120,000 from Toyota InfoTechnology Center to support efforts on safety algorithms for self-driving cars, remote automotive diagnostics, resilient control of autonomous vehicles and electric vehicle architectures. 


UPenn is ranked as the #4 Animation school program on the East Coast and #9 nationally in this year's 2014 Animation School Rankings!

Computer Graphics and Game Technology 2014 graduate, Adam Mally was awarded the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students.


Insup Lee and his collaborators in the PRECISE Center received this year's best paper award at ICCPS 2014 for "Robustness of attack-resilient estimators."


Congratulations to 1st Year, PhD Student, Brooke Fugate on winning the Graduate Women's Scholarship from Microsoft Research.


Congratulations to the following undergraduate award winners!

The Jaros Baum & Bolles (AWE) Award Winner: Allison Pearce, CIS

Moore School Award Winners:
John Grist Brainerd Award: Allison Pearce, CIS Senior
The E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Memorial Prize: Nicole L. Limtiaco, CIS Junior,
Atwater Kent: Meghan Lockwood, ESE Senior
The Walter Korn Award: Harmony Li, CIS Senior Cwikla Prize: Kelsey Brongo, ESE Senior

UAC Award Winners:
Albert P Godsho Engineering Prize: Yutong Zhu (MSE)
Ben and Bertha Gomberg Kirsch Prize: Laurie Vogel (BE)
Engineering Alumni Society E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Award: Manfred Reiche Echandi (MEAM)
Manfred Altman Memorial Award: Mitchell Stern (CIS)
Management and Technology Scholarship Award: Ryan Marschang (CBE)
Wolf-Hallac Award: Meghan Lockwood (ESE)

CIS Departmental Award Winners:
The Dawn and Welton Becket DMD Achievement Award: Jeremy Newlin, DMD
The Computer Science Academic Award: Tyler Brown, CIS
The Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Prize: Shi He, CIS The Faculty Appreciation/Penn Engineering Exceptional Service Awards:
Jeremy Bierema,
Mainak Datta, Tiernan Garsys, Jamie "Ariella" Levine, Grace Wang


Boon Thau Loo founded Gencore Systems based on his research on computer networks and security


CIS Senior Allison Pearce Selected as a Runner-Up for CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award


SDN / Network Programmability Hackathon (2nd Place)
Penn masters students Gang Xiang, Sitian Cheng and Vidya Sridharan won the 2nd place at the Software-defined Networking (SDN) / Network Programmability Hackathon. The event was organized by Juniper Networks and Comcast, and held on Nov 1-8 in Juniper Networks OpenLab in Bridgewater, NJ. The team was supervised by Prof. Boon Thau Loo.

PRECISE Industry Day
The PRECISE Center hosted Cyber-Physical Systems Industry Day in Penn Engineering on October 11th. 23 firms joined Penn faculty and students to learn the vision and direction of some of the most influential companies within the energy, transportation, health care and homeland security sectors.


See Milo Martin's research on smartphone chips featured in, "Your Future iPhone May Be Stuffed With Wax."

Summer 2013 CIS Undergrad Research Winners!

From left to right, Kai Ninomiya, Hamidhasan Ahmed, Nick DiStefano, George Chen and Theresa Fan (not pictured) presented to CIS faculty "Unposters" on their summer undergraduate research projects.

As part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration, the ACM/SIGDA Technical Committee on FPGAs and Reconfigurable Computing has identified the 25 most significant papers from the first 20 years of the conference. Congratulations to Andre DeHon, CIS Secondary Faculty, and Raphael Rubin, CIS PhD Alumni, for being included.
MSR Graduate Fellowship
Mingchen Zhao, CIS PhD student under Dr. Andreas Haeberlen, was awarded the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. A two-year fellowship program for outstanding PhD students nominated by their universities, read more...

Computer and Information Science Department
Sampath Kannan, Chair

Congratulations to Zack Ives and Steve Zdancewic for being promoted to Full Professor in CIS!
Sampath K. Kannan named ACM Fellow for contributions to algorithmic approaches to program reliability, bioinformatics, and for service to the computer science research community.
Congratulations to Ani Nenkova for being awarded tenure in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania!

Val Tannen named ACM Fellow for contributions to query languages, query optimization and data provenance.

Jean Gallier

Chris Callison-Burch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, is a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship.

Jean Gallier

Ladislav Kavan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award for his proposal, "Geometric Shape Deformation with Applications in Medicine."

Full Professor
Congratulations to JIanbo Shi for being promoted to Full Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania!

Aravind Joshi received the honorary scientific title of doctor honoris causa in physics and mathematics

Jean Gallier

Zachary Ives received ICDE 2013 Influential Paper Award for "Schema Mediation in Peer Data Management Systems", which was selected from papers published 10 years ago that have stood the test of time.

Jean Gallier
Joe Devietti was selected as a 2013 Early Career Faculty Honor Program Awardee from Intel Labs for his project, "Programmability challenges raised by multicore architectures."
Full Professor
Congratulations to Lyle Ungar for being promoted to Full Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania!
CIS Welcomes New Faculty!!!
Chris Callison-Burch
Assistant Professor
Nadia Heninger
Assistant Professor
Arvind Bhusnurmath
Eric Eaton
Brett Hemenway
Research Scientist
Associate Professor of Practice
Congratulations to Chris Murphy for being named Associate Professor of Practice in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania!
Congratulations to Rajeev Alur for being awarded a Simons Investigator Position! The Simons Foundation provides funding to mid-career scientists in Math, Theoretical Physics, and Theoretical Comp Sci.
Congratulations to Boon Thau Loo, who was awarded tenure in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania!
Congratulations to our new CIS Endowed Chairs!!!
Norm Badler
as the
Andrew S. and Debra Rachleff Professor of Computer and Information Science
Sampath Kannan
Sanjeev Khanna
Benjamin Pierce
as the
Henry Salvatori Professors of Computer and Information Science.

Spring Colloquium Lecture Series

Theory Seminar


Friday, Oct. 3rd @ 11am
Timothy Bretl
"Mechanics, Manipulation, and Perception of an Elastic Rod"

Precise Seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 8th @ 12pm
Naveen Verma
"Electronics for Interacting with the Real World"


Faculty research presentations

PRiML Seminar

Programming Languages Seminar


Academic Calendar

August 27th
Fall Term Begins

September 1st
Labor Day- No Class

Ocotber 9th-12th
Fall Term Break

November 1st

November 27th-30th
Thanksgiving Break

December 9th
Last Day of Classes

December 12th - 19th
Final Exams

December 19th
Fall Term Ends

Congratulations to our undergraduates who are going on for the Ph.D!

Daniel Cabrera, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Shay, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Kevin Shi, Computer Science, Columbia University
Angela Yu, Computational Biology, Cornell University


Watch Dr. Aronson's Talk "Stereotypes and their effects on Academic Performance and Evaluation"


Starry Peng's "BITCOIN: Cryptography, Economics, and the Future" is a great example of an EAS 499 Senior Thesis
Learn How Networked and Social Systems Connect and Influence the World
The Internet has changed our world in many ways. The Networked and Social Systems program is looking for enthusiasts who want to know how networked systems work, what properties they have – and especially how to engineer the next great service or make the next breakthrough in scientific understanding. Check out the NETS Program FB Page Here...

View video of Admired Undergraduate Professor Max Mintz


View video of Nora Newcombe's talk on her research..."Spatial Skills and Success in STEM: Thinking about Gender Differences."

View Video overview of CIS Master's programs
...CIS/MSE, MCIT, CGGT, Robotics, & EMBS Master's Programs


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