December 14-20, 2015


December 14, 2015

Faculty News


Prof. Jin-Hee Cho (adjunct faculty, CS) and his collaborators at Virginia Tech, RPI, and ARL have published two journal papers: 1) Y. Wang, I.R. Chen, J.H. Cho, A. Swami, and K. S. Chan. “Trust-based Service Composition and Binding with Multiple Objective Optimization in Service-Oriented Mobile Ad Hoc Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 2015; and 2) J.H. Cho, K. Chan, and S. Adali. “A Survey on Trust Modeling,” ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), Vol. 48, No.2, Article No. 28, 2015.

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang (MAE), working in collaboration with Prof. Michael Keidar (MAE)Prof. Michael Plesniak (MAE), and Dr. Clifton Meals (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery), respectively, has published the following three papers: 1) W. Zhu, G. Teel, C. O’Brien, T. Zhuang, M. Keidar and L. Zhang. “Enhanced Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell Functions on Cathodic Arc Plasma Treated Titanium,” International Journal of Nanomedicine , December 2015; 2) B. Holmes, K. Bulusu, M. Plesniak and L. Zhang. “3D Printed Bone Scaffold with Interconnected Microvascular Mimicking Channels for Highly Efficient Bone Growth,” Nanotechnology, December 2015; and 3) C. Meals, B. Fox, L. Zhang and R.J. Neviaser. “The Effect of Insertion Technique and Surgeon Experience on the Pullout Strength of Orthopedic Screws,” Current Orthopedic Practice, December 2015.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Rachael Jonassen (visiting scholar and part-time faculty, EMSE and CPS) co-authored a presentation titled “Building a Permafrost Forecasting System,” which was given at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA on December 16. Her coauthors included: Kevin Schaefer and Lynn Yarmey of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Elchin Jafarov from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, and Dr. Dmitry Streletsky of GW’s Department of Geography.

On December 9, Prof. Erica Gralla (EMSE) gave an invited seminar at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. Her topic was “Problem Formulation and Problem-solving in Humanitarian Crisis Response.”

On December 7, Prof. Tim Wood (CS) gave a keynote talk titled “Puncturing Abstractions in Server and Network Function Virtualization” at the Virtualization Technologies Workshop, co-located with ACM/IFIP/Usenix Middleware 2015, held in Vancouver, Canada.

Student News

CS doctoral student Cheng Tang (advised by Prof. Claire Monteleoni) had two first-authored, peer-reviewed papers at workshops at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS 2015), held December 7-12 in Montreal, Canada: 1) C. Tang and C. Monteleoni. “Scalable constant k-means approximation via heuristics on well-clusterable data,”NIPS 2015 Workshop on Learning Faster from Easy Data;" and 2) C. Tang and C. Monteleoni. “On Lloyd’s algorithm: new theoretical insights for clustering in practice,”NIPS 2015 Workshop on Non-convex Optimization for Machine Learning: Theory and Practice." For each paper, Cheng gave a short “spotlight” talk and presented a poster. Prof. Monteleoni also attended the conference, for which she served as an area chair, i.e. a member of the Senior Program Committee of this year’s conference. NIPS is one of the two top international conferences in the research field of machine learning.

Computing Facility News

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Entrepreneurship Events

GW New Venture Competition Round 1: Business Model Canvas and Executive Summary Submission Deadline
Tuesday, January 19
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External Events:

JetBrains GW Meeting: Version Control Systems: GIT, Part II
Thursday, December 17
5:00 – 7:00 pm
SEH, 2000
During this meeting we are going to dive deep into the internals of GIT and see how this VCS is designed. We will learn how we can incorporate changes into a specific branch besides merging it—rebase and cherry-pick will become your friends after this event. We also will cover how users can determine who is responsible for each line of code in a project and how to prepare patches for the open source project of your choice! We will demonstrate how all of that can be done right in the Intellij IDE with a very nice and comfortable workflow. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Dissertation Defenses:

Student Name: Jonghyuk Lee
Title: “Real-Time Estimation of Seaway Orientation and Sea State Based on the Covariances of Submerged Body Interactions”
Advisor: Prof. Milos Doroslovacki (ECE)
Thursday, December 17
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
SEH, 5845

Student Name: Olivier Serres
Title: “Hardware Support for Productive Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Programming”
Advisor: Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE)
Friday, December 18
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
SEH, 2000B

Student Name: David Newsom
Title: “Locality-Driven Power Optimization Techniques for High-Performance Parallel Systems”
Advisor: Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi (ECE)
Friday, December 18
1:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH, 2000