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Iowa graduate Greg Nichols celebrating at a Moana wrap-up party.

Iowa Computer Science PhD grad reflects on dream job in Disney animation

Greg Nichols (10PhD) says the graduate degree he earned in CLAS prepared him for an exciting career in animation, leading to fulfilling work on major motion pictures like Moana, Zootopia, and more.

He came to the University of Iowa to study his doctorate in Computer Science — he thought he was on a path toward a career in academics, but instead, as a graduate student, landed a competitive internship with Disney that changed his professional trajectory.  

PhD Student Maaz Musa on PETS Conference Paper Award... and more!

Maaz Musa - a 4th year PhD as of Fall '22, advised by Rishab Nithyanand - recently attended PETS 2022: The 22nd Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium...
... and his first 1st-author paper was a runner-up for the PETs Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award!

Li receives NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure CORE grant...

... for a project entitled A Systematic Approach to Minimize Compression Error Propagation in HPC Applications, that aims to develop a Compression-Error-Aware-Program-Analysis (CEAPA) framework for data-intensive domains.
Time series of weekly incident deaths at the national level and forecasts from the COVID-19 Forecast Hub ensemble model for selected weeks in 2020 and 2021. Ensemble forecasts (blue) with 50%, 80% and 95% prediction intervals shown in shaded regions and the ground-truth data (black) for incident cases (A), incident hospitalizations (B), incident deaths (C) and cumulative deaths (D). The truth data come from JHU CSSE (panels A, C, D) and HealthData.gov (panel B).

UIowaCS|CompEpi's Adhikari contributes to "The United States COVID-19 Forecast Hub dataset"

Academic researchers, government agencies, industry groups, and individuals have produced forecasts at an unprecedented scale during the COVID-19 pandemic. To leverage these forecasts, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with an academic research lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to create the US COVID-19 Forecast Hub.

Grant Supplement Further Sustains StarExec

Profs. Aaron Stump and Cesare Tinelli received a supplement of $58,446 from the NSF for the StarExec computing research infrastructure.  StarExec is a web service backed by a compute cluster of around 250 nodes. It is used by a dozen or so subcommunities of verification and automated reasoning, for evaluating logic solvers, including through annual evaluations and competitions.
Currin et al. at the 2022 CHI Doctoral Consortium in New Orleans, an international conference of Human-Computer Interaction

Currin: Building purposeful technology through the lens of accessibility

Motivated by her experiences growing up with an older brother with Down Syndrome, Computer Science doctoral student Flannery Currin aims to go into a career to help people thrive. When she was younger, she anticipated entering a field like occupational therapy or speech-language pathology until she discovered an interest in computer science. Currin reconciled her desire to help those with disabilities and her interest in computer science by studying human-computer interaction at the University of Iowa.

"Automated Drumline Rhythm and Instrument Recognition:" an Independent Research Project

In May, Levin Leesemann graduated with a BS in Computer Science along with minors in Music and Mathematics. Since he is pursuing a MCS degree as part of our U2G program, he will be at IOWA this coming academic year as well.

During his senior year, he endeavored to meld his tenure on Hawkeye Marching Band Drumline1 and academic domains of predilection; advised by CS Chair, Prof. Alberto Segre.

The result? A paper entitled: "Automated Drumline Rhythm and Instrument Recognition"
Hussam Habib portrait

SPARTA Lab: Can proactive interventions help moderate Reddit's communities?

In this blog post, PhD student Hussam Habib (advised by Rishab Nithyanand) provides an overview of our work to understand whether dangerous online communities can be identified by their evolutionary characteristics.
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Title: “Are Proactive Interventions for Reddit Communities Feasible?” [https://arxiv.org/pdf/2111.11019.pdf]
Authors: Hussam Habib (UIowa), Maaz Bin Musa (UIowa), Md. Fareed Zaffar (LUMS), Rishab Nithyanand (UIowa)
Venue: AAAI International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022)

Hourcade Appointed ACM Distinguished Speaker

Juan Pablo Hourcade, Associate Professor at The University of Iowa's Department of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics, was recently appointed as one of ACM’s Distinguished Speakers.

Health Informatics PhD Student Receives First Award as Co-PI & more!

Eric Pahl, Health Informatics PhD student and cofounder of OmniLife, a health technology communication and collaboration platform, recently received a $250,000 SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) | National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which will support the “Transplants for Kids” project, which will use AI / machine learning algorithms to align optimal donor grafts with children awaiting liver transplants.