CSoI eBrief
April 2016

Greetings CSoI Team,

Welcome to the April 2016 edition of the Monthly CSoI Highlights eBrief. For the May 2016 edition, please submit information about recent grants, publications, job opportunities, awards, workshops, etc. to Kiya Smith (kiya@purdue.edu) no later than May 20. Thank you!

CSoI Highlights' Headlines:

  • CSoI 2016-2017 Channels Scholars Program

  • CSoI/North American School of Information Theory – June 21-23, Duke University

  • CSoI Intro to Data Analysis Undergraduate Workshop, May 24-27

  • The Fourth Biological Distributed Algorithms workshop, BDA 2016

  • CSoI Multidisciplinary Research & Data Science Workshop, May 23-27

  • MMDS 2016: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets, June 21-24.

  • 2016 CSoI NSF Site Visit has been set for December 6-7, 2016 at Purdue University

CSoI Highlights

  • CSoI is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Channels Scholars Program. More details at https://www.soihub.org/news-events.php?id=687

  • 2016 North American School of Information Theory, June 21-23. CSoI is a sponsor/partner in this school. Registration deadline is May 15. Center students and postdocs may apply to the Center for travel reimbursement to attend – see our web page for details: https://www.soihub.org/events/summer-school-2016.php

  • CSoI Intro to Data Analysis Undergraduate Workshop, May 24-27 will be held at Purdue University. For more information and registration visit: https://www.soihub.org/event.php?id=345

  • The Fourth Biological Distributed Algorithms workshop, BDA 2016, will be held together with the annual Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) conference in July, 2016, in Chicago. Details TBA. All members of CSoI are welcome to attend.

  • CSoI Multidisciplinary Research & Data Science Workshop for Students and Postdocs, May 23-27 at Purdue University. More information available at https://www.soihub.org/event.php?id=342.

  • MMDS 2016: Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets, June 21-24 at Berkeley. Synopsis: The 2016 Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS 2016) will address algorithmic, mathematical, and statistical challenges in modern statistical data analysis. The goals of MMDS 2016 are to explore novel techniques for modeling and analyzing massive, high-dimensional, and nonlinearly-structured scientific and internet data sets, and to bring together computer scientists, statisticians, mathematicians, and data analysis practitioners to promote cross-fertilization of ideas.

  • The 2016 CSoI NSF Site Visit will be held on December 6 – 7, 2016 at Purdue University. Please mark your calendars. More information will be made available closer to the event.


  • NIH R01 grant. The team consisting of Professors Ananth Grama (CS), Saurabh Bagchi (ECE), and Somali Chaterji (CS) recently won an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with Argonne National Lab with Folker Meyer as the lead there.

  • ACM Bioinformatics best paper award. Asish Ghoshal, a graduate student in Computer Science and Professors Ananth Grama (Computer Science), Saurabh Bagchi (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Somali Chaterji (Computer Science) took top honors with their paper “An Ensemble SVM Model for the Accurate Prediction of Non-Canonical MicroRNA Targets” at the 2015 ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics (ACM-BCB).

  • Distinguished Professor Mikhail Atallah has been recognized among the elite – winning the Purdue Sigma Xi Scientific Research Award. The only other member of the CS department to earn the award occurred in 1994, when John Rice, former professor and department head was selected. For the complete story visit: https://www.cs.purdue.edu/news/base_news_release_page3.html

  • Mikhail Atallah, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, was awarded the 2015 ACM CCS Test of Time Award for his paper published 10 years ago in the ACM’s Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS). The paper, titled “Dynamic and Efficient Key Management for Access Hierarchies”, was published in 2005 with fellow authors and winners Marina Blanton, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame University, and Keith B. Frikken, a software engineer at Google. Atallah was the PhD advisor for both Blanton and Frikken. For the complete story visit: https://www.cs.purdue.edu/news/TestofTime_Atallah.html

  • Professor Mikhail Atallah and Professor Eugene Spafford (Executive Director of CERIAS), Mohammed Almeshekah (recent PhD graduate), and Christopher Gutierrez (graduate student) were awarded the Outstanding Paper Award at the 31st Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). The winning paper “ErsatzPasswords: Ending Password Cracking and Detecting Password Leakage” presents a practical scheme to improve the security of stored password hashes rendering their cracking detectable. Read the winning paper at https://www.cerias.purdue.edu/apps/reports_and_papers/view/4888

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