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2013 New Computer Science Faculty Members


Assistant Professors


Connelly Barnes
Assistant Professor

PhD, Princeton University, 2011

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Computer Graphics and Vision
Creative Tools Inspired by the Way Artists Work
Data-driven Algorithms That Take Advantage of Repetitions in the Natural World

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
PatchMatch: A Randomized Correspondence Algorithm for Structural Image Editing, ACM SIGGRAPH 2009, C. Barnes, E. Shechtman, A. Finkelstein, D. B Goldman

RealBrush: Painting with Examples of Physical Media, ACM SIGGRAPH 2013, J. Lu, C. Barnes, S. DiVerdi, A. Finkelstein

Video Puppetry: A Performative Interface for Cutout Animation, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2008, C. Barnes, D. E. Jacobs, J. Sanders, D. B Goldman, S. Rusinkiewicz, A. Finkelstein, M. Agrawala

AWARDS
Princeton University Gordon Wu Prize for Excellence in scholarship and research

FALL 2013 CLASSES
Computer Science 6501 - Special Topics in CS - Computational Photography

WEB SITES
connellybarnes.com



Mohammad Mahmoody
Assistant Professor
PhD, Princeton University, 2010

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Foundations of Cryptography
Computational Complexity

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Lower Bounds on Signatures from Symmetric Primitives with Boaz Barak Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS) 2007

Merkle Puzzles are Optimal: an O(n^2) Attack on any Key Agreement from Random Oracles with Boaz Barak International Cryptology Conference (CRYPTO) 2009

Interactive Locking, Zero-Knowledge PCPs, and Unconditional Cryptography with Vipul Goyal, Yuval Isiah, and Amit Sahai International Cryptology Conference (CRYPTO) 2010

The Curious Case of Noninteractive Commitments: On the Power of Black-Box vs. Non-Black-Box Use of Primitives with Rafael Pass International Cryptology Conference (CRYPTO) 2013

AWARDS
Princeton University Wu Prize for Excellence

First Rank, Iran's National Graduate Studies Entrance Examination in Computer Science, 2004

Gold Medal, 9th Iran National Olympiad in Informatics, 1999

WEB SITES
cs.virginia.edu/~mohammad



Yanjun Qi
Assistant Professor

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Machine Learning
Bioinformatics
Data Mining
Medical Informatics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Y. Qi, P. Kuksa, R. Collobert, K. Sadamasa, K. Kavukcuoglu, J. Weston,(2009)  "Semi-Supervised Sequence Labeling with Self-Learned Feature" IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM)

Y. Qi, O.Tastan, J. Carbonell, J. Klein-Seetharaman, J. Weston (2010) "Semi-Supervised Multi-Task Learning for Predicting Interactions between HIV-1 and Human Proteins", Bioinformatics

Y. Qi, M. Osh, J. Weston, W. Noble (2012),  "A unified multitask architecture for predicting local protein properties", PLoS ONE

Y. He, Y. Qi, K. Kavukcuoglu, H. Park (2012) "Learning the Dependency Structure of Latent Factors", Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)

Y. Qi, HK. Dhiman, et al, Z. Bar-Joseph, J. Klein-Seetharaman,(2009) "Systematic prediction of human membrane receptor interactions", PROTEOMICS

AWARDS
Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) Medical Record Retrieval Competition, Second Place.
NEC Labs America Sprout Award
NEC Labs America SEED Awards
NEC Japan IT Service Unit Business Contribution Award
Merck Co. Foundation Merck Graduate Fellowship Award

FALL 2013 CLASSES
Computer Science 6501 - Special Topics in CS - Machine Learning

WEB SITES
yanjunqi.net


Lecturers


Nada Basit
Lecturer

PhD, George Mason University, 2012

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Machine Learning
Bioinformatics
Data Mining
Pattern Recognition
Security
Biometrics
Computer Science Education.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Nada Basit and Harry Wechsler, "Prediction of Enzyme Mutant Activity Using Computational Mutagenesis and Incremental Transduction," Advances in Bioinformatics, vol. 2011, Article ID 958129, 9 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/958129.

N. Basit and H. Wechsler "On-line Learning using Semi-Supervised Learning (SSL) and Transduction as New Learning Technology for Undergraduate Bioinformatics Studies". Faculty Academy on Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Mary Washington, Stafford, Virginia, May 11-12, 2011.

N. Basit and H. Wechsler "Function Prediction for in silico Protein Mutagenesis Using Transduction and Active Learning". IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM 2011), Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 12-15, 2011.

Nada Basit and Harry Wechsler, "Explanation and Prediction of nsSNP-Induced Pathology Using Association Mining, Transduction, and Active Learning," Advanced Studies in Biology, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 199-214, 2013.

FALL 2013 CLASSES
Computer Science 2110 - Software Development Methods
Computer Science 4750 - Database Systems

WEB SITES
cs.virginia.edu/~nb3f



Mark Floryan
Lecturer

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2013

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS)
Artificial Intelligence
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
Exploratory Learning Environments (ELE)
Computer Science Education

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Mark Floryan, Beverly Woolf. "Improving the Efficiency of Automatic Knowledge Generation through Games and Simulations". Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. Memphis, TN (2013)

Mark Floryan, Beverly Woolf. "Authoring Expert Knowledge Bases for Intelligent Tutors through Crowdsourcing". Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. Memphis, TN (2013)

Mark Floryan, Toby Dragon, Beverly Woolf. "When Less is More: Focused Pruning of Knowledge Bases to Improve Recognition of Student Conversation". Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Chania, Crete (2012)

Mark Floryan, Beverly Woolf. "Rashi Game: Towards an Effective Educational 3D Gaming Experience". Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies. Athens, GA (2011)

FALL 2013 CLASSES
Computer Science 3205 - HCI in Software Development
Computer Science 2150 - Program and Data Representation

WEB SITES
cs.virginia.edu/~mrf8t




Luther Tychonievich
Lecturer

PhD, University of Virginia, 2013

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Algorithms
Computational Geometry
Computational Theory
Computer Science Education
Diversity in Computing
Family History Technology
Inclusive and Attractive Pedagogy
Programming Languages

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
James P Cohoon, J. McGrath Cohoon, Luther A Tychonievich, Catherine E. Brawner (2013) "Tapestry Workshops: Helping High School Teachers Grow and Diversify Computing" The 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE'13) Atlanta, GA.

Luther A. Tychonievich and James P. Cohoon (2012) "Coalescing Swarms of Limited Capacity Agents: Meeting and Staying Together (without trust)" IAENG International Journal of Computer Science (IJCS) Volume 39, Issue 3. pp. 254–260

Jim P. Cohoon and Luther A. Tychonievich (2011) "Analysis of a CS1 Approach for Attracting Diverse and Inexperienced Students to Computing Majors" The 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE'11) Dallas, TX. pp. 165–170

Luther A. Tychonievich and Michael D. Jones (2010) "Delaunay Deformable Mesh for the Weathering and Erosion of 3D Terrain" The Visual Computer Volume 26, Nombuer 12. pp. 1485–1495

AWARDS
UVa Computer Science Outstanding Service Award
Commonwealth Fellowship recipient
Secretary of Family History Information Standards Organisation

FALL 2013 CLASSES
Computer Science 2110 - Software Development Methods

WEB SITES
cs.virginia.edu/~lat7h