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Software Creates Privacy Mode to Help Secure Android Smartphones

Photo of Dr. Jiang.Dr. Xuxian Jiang and other researchers at NC State have developed software that creates a privacy mode for Android systems, giving users flexible control over what personal information is available to various applications. more

NC State Selected as a CUDA Teaching Center

NC State University has been selected as an NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Center for its educational efforts in massive parallelism in the computer science undergraduate curriculum. The CUDA Teaching Center Program is designed to support and encourage teaching establishments to include graphics processing unit (GPU) computing as part of their course offerings. more

Antón Testifies at Congressional Hearing on E-Verify Security

Photo of Dr. Annie Antón.Earlier this month, Dr. Annie Antón testified before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means concerning the Social Security Administration’s role in verifying employment eligibility. She specifically testified that E-Verify, their automated pilot system, faces challenges to its ability to manage identity and authentication. more

Crash-Test Dummy for High-Performance Computing

When you’re trying to solve large-scale problems, sometimes you’ve got to experiment with changes to the fundamental building blocks of whatever is involved. That means things can break. And when you’re talking about the fastest computers in the world, that would be very expensive. Dr. Frank Mueller's solution? Build your own high-performance computing (HPC) system – then you can do whatever you want. more

Cardona-Rivera Wins DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to NC State Computer Science PhD student Rogelio Cardona-Rivera for being selected to receive a prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). The DOE CSGF program provides benefits and opportunities to outstanding students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. more

Game Time!

Photo of Crystal Island game scene.With help from NC State and its engineering and computer science alumni, the Triangle games industry has exploded over the past decade. Droves of companies have relocated, expanded or started up in the area, and today about 40 games companies employing as many as 1,500 people have operations in the region. This Engineering News feature profiles how NC State is fueling big-time growth in North Carolina’s games industry. more

Smith a Two-Time IBM PhD Fellowship Winner

Congratulations to Ben Smith, a graduate student in the computer science department at NC State University, who was recently awarded a prestigious 2011 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award. This is Smith’s second consecutive year of winning the award, with an estimated value of more than $30,000. more

Student Paper Nominated as Distinguished Paper at Euro-Par

Congratulations to PhD student Sriram Lakshminarasimhan, and undergraduate Neil Shah, for having their paper, “Compressing the Incompressible with ISABELA: In-situ Reduction of Spatio-Temporal Data,” nominated as a Distinguished Paper at the European Conference on Parallel Computing (Euro-Par 2011). more

In the Driver’s Seat

Photo of Brittany StrachanComputer Science alumnus Josh Whiton is a parallel entrepreneur. He sees a world full of opportunity to make things better, to provide products or services that are missing, and to solve problems. And Josh knows how to turn a problem into a solution. more

PhD Student Papers Accepted to IJCAI

Congratulations to several NC State Computer Science PhD students on having their papers accepted to the premier artificial intelligence (AI) conference, the Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). The conference, to be held this year in Barcelona, Spain, on July 16-22, is highly selective with only about 20% of papers submitted being accepted. more

Departmental Gifts & Research

Apple has donated $350 to the department in support of the ACM/AITP Student Organization.

Crumbs Media and Teredata have donated $5,000 each, and Thomson Rueters has donated $10,000 to the department in support of the Senior Design Center.

Dr. Vincent Freeh has been awarded $50,000 by Sandia National Laboratory/US Dept. of Energy to support his research proposal titled “An Efficient, Scalable Runtime for High-Performance Computing.” more

Dr. Nagiza Samatova has been awarded supplemental funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research proposal titled “Understanding Climate Change: A Data Driven Approach.” This $16,000 supplement brings the total funding for this project to over $1.8M. more

Dr. Ting Yu has been awarded $8,000 in additional funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research proposal titled “Towards a Dynamic and Composable Model of Trust.” Total funding for the project now exceeds $240K. more

Faculty / Staff & Alumni News

The tornados that raced across North Carolina on April 16th impacted the lives of many people in the Raleigh area and beyond, including our very own Dr. Vincent Freeh, whose Holly Springs home suffered damage due to fallen trees. Dr. Freeh and family are fine, but you can view pictures of the damage and the clean-up.

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