CIS Connections | May 2015
Dear UD CIS Community,

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter, CIS CONNECTIONS. We are excited to bring you another collection of recent stories. Young people among your friends and family may be planning applications for college or graduate study. I urge you to discuss computer science-related careers with them, and encourage them to check out our computer science programs at UD! I also encourage your feedback and story ideas, please feel free to submit them here. I look forward to hearing from you.

Errol Lloyd


Errol Lloyd,
Chair | Department of Computer & Information Sciences


Top Stories:

cyber security
Impressive finish at ACM International

The University of Delaware programming team finished an impressive 11th among 188 teams in the Mid-Atlantic regionals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Said team coach David Saunders, professor of Computer and Information Sciences, “We are mightily proud of our team’s excellent showing. They are game and they are good.”  Click here for the full story.


NSF award for search engine research

Ben Carterette was awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to support research aimed at brokering the perfect marriage between what a user is looking for and what a search engine finds. The associate professor of Computer and Information Sciences believes the key to making that marriage work is a better understanding of how the user and the system interact with each other. He hopes his research will help decrease the number of steps in the internet search process, pointing users more quickly in the right direction. Click here for the full story.


Prosthetics of the future with Google Glass

Professor Jingyi Yu and team are using Google Glass, a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display, for a more efficient and affordable way to fit and manufacture leg braces and fabricate prosthetics.  The team has made three foot braces that, Yu says, come close to the quality and precision of those created using more traditional measuring methods. Their ultimate goal: to allow people to take measurements and print prosthetics all from home, game-changing a process that once took a half hour on a $50,000 machine in a clinician’s office to one that takes 20 seconds at home with $1,500 Google Glass. Yu is also using Google Glass to help analyze toddlers’ movements to for earlier detection of delays and disabilities. Click here for the full story and video.


Supercomputing 2014

UD enjoyed a strong presence at the Supercomputing 2014 conference held in New Orleans last fall with several students—both undergradate and doctoral—and faculty members presenting research and serving as event panelists or in leadership positions for the conference. Michela Taufer, the David and Beverly J.C. Mills Career Development Chair of Computer and Information Sciences, was the technical program co-chair of the 2014 conference, and will serve on the steering committee for the next three years. Click here for the full story.

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