Last November, a team from UB entered the highly competitive Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge. While the multimillion-dollar competition is in its fourth year, this was the first time UB had participated in the challenge of creating a socialbot. They are now one of five teams to make it to the finals.
Jinhui Xu has been appointed chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Xu takes the helm from Chunming Qiao, SUNY Distinguished Professor, who has led the department for the past six years.