CSE 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 28 - October 1, 2017 | University at Buffalo



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50th Anniversary Program

Note: For those who have grants that cover travel costs. We have created a special event, the 'Emerging Topics in Computing Symposium', which will be held concurrently on September 28th - October 1st and shares sessions with the Graduate Research Conference and Alumni Symposium.

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Thursday, September 28th - Welcome Reception & Undergraduate Demonstrations

Welcome Reception & Undergraduate Demonstrations

5:00pm to 8:00pm, Davis Hall

Join us for a welcome reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and family are all encouraged to attend. Enjoy photo opportunities by our guestbook wall and tours of Davis Hall provided by our student volunteers. Undergraduate students will be presenting demonstrations and posters of their work and winners will be awarded near the end of the evening. Come to mingle and network as the Department of Computer Science and Engineering kicks off its 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Friday, September 29th - Graduate Research Conference

Graduate Research Conference

8:30AM to 4:30PM, Center for the Arts
8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:30 AM Opening Remarks by President Satish Tripathi

Welcome by UB VP for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Venu Govindaraju

Welcome by ETC Symposium Chairs: Dr. Shambhu Upadhyaya and Dr. Murat Demirbas

9:00 AM First Keynote Speaker - Dr. Victor Bahl (Microsoft Research) 
  “Democratization of Streaming Video Analytics & the Emergence of Edge Computing”
9:45 AM Session 1 - Chair: Xiaojun (Matt) Cao (GSU)

Invited Talk: Prof. Pavan Aduri (Iowa State University), “Pseudo Deterministic Algorithms”


Invited Talk: Assistant Prof. Hu Ding (Michigan State University), "Balanced k-Center Clustering When k is a Constant"


Nishant Sankaran, Sergey Tulyakov, Srirangaraj Setlur and Venugopal Govindaraju. “Metadata-based Feature Aggregation Network for Face Recognition”

10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:15 AM Session 2 - Chair: Erdem Sariyuce (UB)

Invited talk: Prof. Bruce Shriver (Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative), "Unconventional Computer Architectures"


Manjusha Choorakuzil, Adam Czerniejewski, Lukasz Ziarek and Bharat Jayaraman. “Model Extraction and Run-time Verification of jUAV : a Java-based adaptation of Paparazzi-UAV”


Di Wang and Jinhui Xu. “Differentially Private Empirical Risk Minimization with Non-convex Loss Function”

12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Second Keynote Speaker - Prof. Jian Pei (Simon Fraser University)
1:45 PM Session 3 - Chair: Marco Gaboardi (UB)

Invited talk: Dr. Rad Niazadeh (Stanford University), “Algorithms vs. Mechanisms for Bayesian Welfare Optimization”


Chaowen Guan and Kenneth Regan. “Emulating Quantum Circuits Via Boolean Formulas and SAT Solving”


Duc Thanh Anh Luong and Varun Chandola. “longSil: An Evaluation Metric to Assess Quality of Longitudinal Disease Subtypes”

2:45 PM Coffee Break
3:15 PM Third Keynote Speaker - Prof. Jin-Yi Cai (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "The Classification Program of Counting Problems"
4:00 PM Session 4 - Chair: Pavan Aduri (Iowa State University)

Invited talk: Hongyi Wu (Old Dominion University), “Intelligent Surveillance and Reconnaissance based on 3D Wireless Sensor Networks: Challenges and Findings”


Niyazi Sorkunlu, Duc Thanh Anh Luong and Varun Chandola. “dynamicMF: A Matrix Factorization Approach to Monitor Resource Usage in High Performance Computing Systems”


Junfei Wang, Jun Chu, Darshan Bagul, Lu Meng and Sargur Srihari. “Mining Place-Time Affinity to Improve POI Recommendation”


Seyed Mahdi Shamsi and Nils Napp. “Parametrized Gait with a Tuning Parameter for Interpolation Scheme”

Bus Tour of Buffalo

10:00am to 4:30pm, Center for the Arts

Buffalo Open-Air Autobus Tour: Two 2-hour driving sessions (4 hours total) with a 1-hour break for lunch.

Tours of the City of Buffalo are provided by Open Air Buffalo and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.

Tour buses leave from the Center for the Arts at University at Buffalo North Campus at 10am and return at 4:30pm. Space is limited. Sign up for tours through our event registration form.

Cook-out Dinner

5:30pm to 9:00pm, Glen Oak

A casual dinner reception at Glen Oak hosted by Dr. Chunming Qiao and featuring the Department of Computer Science and Engineering House Band. The welcome desk opens at 5:30pm with music and remarks from Dr. Qiao beginning at 6:00pm. Dinner at 7:00pm followed by an award ceremony with prizes for the winners of the Undergraduate Demonstrations and Graduate Research Conference. Join us in celebrating our students and alumni!

A shuttle bus will be provided from the Marriott (DoubleTree guests should meet the shuttle here) at 4:50pm, Staybridge at 5:00pm, and Center for the Arts at 5:15pm. Shuttle will leave Glen Oak at 9:00pm and return to hotels.

Saturday, September 30th - Alumni Symposium, 50th Anniversary Banquet

Alumni Symposium

8:30am to 6:00pm, Center for the Arts
8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:15 AM Presentation of CSE Video and CSE Jingle
8:30 AM Welcome remarks by President Satish Tripathi, Professor, CSE
  Welcome remarks by Dean Liesl Folks
9:00 AM Welcome remarks by Dr. Chunming Qiao, Professor and Chair, CSE
9:15 AM Keynote Speaker Introduction by President Tripathi
9:20 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang (UC Santa Cruz) (MS, ’72)
  “The 4th Industrial Revolution and Future of Nanoscience and Engineering”
9:50 AM Coffee Break
10:20 AM Panel 1: Hot Topics in Industry and Academia

Chair:  D. Sivakumar


Panelists: Victor Bahl (Microsoft), Anmol Bhasin (Salesforce), Jin-Yi Cai (Wisconsin), Justin Delvecchio (CURC), Robert Myers (IBM Innovation Center Buffalo), Ashish Naik (Google), Jian Pei (Simon Fraser), Sridhar Seshadri  (Synopsys)

12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Panel 2: Entrepreneurship - Opportunities and Lessons Learned

Chair: Kannan Govindarajan


Panelists: Russ Agrusa (Iconics), Bob Fritzinger (UB TechTransfer), Dan Magnuszewski (ACV), Rohini K. Srihari (UB)

1:45 PM State of the Department, Dr. Chunming Qiao
2:15 PM Computing Research Poster Session
  Chairs: Chang Wen Chen and Kui Ren
4:00 PM Panel 3: How UB Education Helped My Career

Chairs: Bob Girardi and Swapnil Khedekar


Panelists: Anmol Bhasin (Salesforce, previously at Groupon, LinkedIn), Roger Choplin (retired, previously at Oracle), Bob DelZoppo (SRC), Norman Hayes (previously at AT&T Bell Labs, SUN, Juniper), Gary Masterson (BCG, previously at Calspan)

4:45 PM Panel 4: Vision for CSE Department

Chair: Bharat Jayaraman


Panelists: Raj Acharya (Indiana U), Mark Crovella (Boston U), Deepak Kumar (Bryn Mawr College), D. Sivakumar (Google), Aidong Zhang (UB)

5:30 PM Concluding Remarks, Dr. Chunming Qiao

50th Anniversary Banquet

6:00pm, Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel

Our 50th Anniversary Banquet commences with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm with dinner to follow at 6:30pm. An interactive session of 'Best Memories about CSE' begins at 7:30pm, hosted by Roger Choplin and Sreenivas Gollapudi. Award Ceremony at 8:30pm.

Sunday, October 1st - Brunch


9:00am to 12:00pm, Center for the Arts

Join us for networking, photo opportunities, and survey.

Celebrate with us

Our department is one of the first in the nation to offer the Computer Science program. CSE@UB is home to all CS and CE (as a part of the previous ECE) faculty, students and alumni. We are very proud of our heritage and that we have grown into the largest department within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We are equally proud of our alumni and their high achievements over the years, and our many talented students who embody the hope of tomorrow. Our anniversary celebration offers many opportunities to socialize and network with students, faculty and alumni, including a Golf Outing, Graduate Research Conference, and Alumni Symposium. Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary!

For those who have grants that cover travel costs, we have created a special event, the 'Emerging Topics in Computing Symposium', which will be held concurrently on September 28th - October 1st and shares sessions with the 50th Anniversary Graduate Research Conference and Alumni Symposium.

Event information

Dates: 9/28/2017 - 10/1/2017
Location: University at Buffalo North Campus

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Raj Acharya
Charuvahan Adhivarahan
Pavan Aduri
Devashish Agarwal
Shivang Aggarwal
Russ Agrusa
Vineet Aguiar
Parth Ahuja
Pradeep Kumar Aitha
Carl Alphonce
Olivia Alphonce
Salem Alqahtani
Linda Ambrosiak-Miskell
Ralph Ames
Venkata Krishnan Anantha Raman
Abeera Aslam
Joan Bahl
Pradeep Bahl
Vic Bahl
Anand Balakrishnan
Darshana Balakrishnan
Sarbani Banerjee
Ranjan Bangari Lokappa
Nicolas Barrios
Pratibha Arjun Barsale
Ali Ben Ali
Sourabh Bhagat
Aishani Bhalla
Aneesh Bhatnagar
Tamal Biswas
Ethan Blanton
Marina Blanton
Amit Blonder
Melanie Bunch
Greg Bunyea
Debra Burhans
Kai Bustos
Carla Calucci
Xiaojun (Matt) Cao
Varun Chandola
Jayashree Chandrasekaran
Sharath Chandrashekhara
Aleksey Charapko
Baicheng Chen
Chang Wen Chen
Changyou Chen
Junjie Chen
Minmin Chen
Jan Chomicki
Manjusha Choorakuzil
Roger Choplin
Adhish Chugh
Mark Crovella
Jianqun Cui
Jeffrey Czyz
Karthik Dantu
Anarghya Das
Gary Davidian
Adrienne Decker
Justin Del Vecchio
Robert Delzoppo
Murat Demirbas
Victor Demjanenko
Binyuan Deng
Hu Ding
Sravanika Doddi
Wen Dong
Matthew Eichhorn
Naveena Elango
Christopher Erhorn
Yunus Esencayi
Mark Estudillo
Lakshmi Prasanna Ethiraj
Victoria Faltisco
Jingyuan Fan
Gian Pietro Farina
Jeff Forys
Timothy Fossum
Robert Fritzinger
Marco Gaboardi
Mingchen Gao
Akshay Gehlot
Farshad Ghanei
Bob Girardi
Ed Goit
Meg Goit
Sreenivas Gollapudi
Ladan Golshanara
Jon Goodrum
Kannan Govindarajan
Venu Govindaraju
Chaowen Guan
Tong Guan
Yanbo Guo
Abhishek Gupta
Anant Gupta
Rakesh Gupta
Mohammad Hafeez
Larry Haimowitz
Susan Haller
Richard Hanulewicz
Jesse Hartloff
Scott Haseley
Zakieh Hashemifar
Norman Hayes
Xin He
Elenora Heffner
Reid Heffner
Matthew Hertz
Robin Hill
Yunfei Hou
Andrew Hughes
Alan Hunt
Mohammad Iftekhar Husain
Shanelle Ileto
Asif Imran
Patrick Iwaszko
Pranav Jain
Katie James
Akshay Jayaraj
Bharat Jayaraman
Padma Jayaraman
Kishlay Jha
Zhanpeng Jin
Drake Johnson
Kenneth Joseph
Steve Joseph
Mia Kang
Sung-Mo Kang
Subhadeep Karan
Heeba Kariapper
Kevin Keane
Oliver Kennedy
Helene Kershner
Kemo Khan
Redwan Khan
Alizishaan Khatri
Swapnil Khedekar
Taeyeon Ki
Chloe Ko
Natalie Ko
Steve Ko
Nikita Ganesh Konda
Tevfik Kosar
Dimitrios Koutsonikolas
Linda Krasinski
Sneha Krishnamurthy
Gokhan Kul
Vinoothrao Kulkarni
Deepak Kumar
Sanjiban Kundu
Sunil Kunjappan Vasu
Doris Kwan
Kay Kwon
Lawreen Latif
Hansheng Lei
Wei Loon Leong
Shi Li
Shize Li
Yuanqing Li
Zheshuo Li
Tony Lin
Hanming Liu
Hwa Liu
Jiawen Liu
Lushan Liu
Xin Liu
Yifang Liu
Yu Liu
John Loverso
Susan Loverso
Lisa Lu
Duc Thanh Anh Luong
Chicheng Ma
Fenglong Ma
Kumar Madurai
Suchismit Mahapatra
Gary Masterson
Brandon Mendez
Mary Ann Meyer
Nikhil Mithani
Gourab Mitra
Connor Mulqueen
Roshni Murali
Aditya Subramanian Muralidaran
Jeff Murphy
Priya Murthy
Nagashri N Lakshminarayana
Harish Naidu
Ashish Naik
Aniruddha Nandi
Nils Napp
Hung Ngo
Rad Niazadeh
Corwyn Nielsen
Naina Nigam
Vanshika Nigam
Sultan Oloko
Averill Paes
Roopa Pai
Sunil Pai
Vijaya Harshavardhan Palla
Namitha Paramel Somachudan
Chang Min Park
Jian Pei
William Phillips
Sixu Piao
Amy Pritchard
Sheena Ratnam Priya
Sai Kiran Putta
Chunming Qiao
Zhan Qin
Weihao Qu
Bina Ramamurthy
Kenneth Regan
Deborah Regan Howe
Joseph Reimer
Kui Ren
Lavone Rodolph
Christian Rowe-Slack
Swapnoneel Roy
Atri Rudra
Saba Saadatniaki
Frank Saglime
Wendy Saglime
Zachary Salim
Nishant Sankaran
Veerappan Saravanan
A. Erdem Sariyuce
Tetsuya Sato
Christine Sauciunac
Kris Schindler
Sarah Schwartz
Kateryna Semenova
Sridhar Seshadri
Srirangaraj Setlur
Seyed Mahdi Shamsi
Zihao Shan
Caren Shapiro
Stuart Shapiro
Ananya Sharma
Gholam Sheikholeslami
Feng Shen
Wenxuan Shi
Bhargav Shivkumar
Aarthy Shivram Arun
Tim Siderakis
Palwinder Singh
Surabhi Singh
Saurav Singhi
Tom Siracusa
D. Sivakumar
Edward Sobczak
Harshdeep Sokhey
Animesh Soni
Niyazi Sorkunlu
William Spoth
Ram Sridhar
Rohini Srihari
Sargur Srihari
Geetha Srikantan
Dhruva Kumar Srinivasa
Matthew Stafford
Lu Su
Ramachandran Subramanian
James Swiderski
Brian Tackett
Ahmad Temoor
Kamlesh Tripathi
Satish Tripathi
Lorie Tylock
Steven Tylock
Shambhu Upadhyaya
Vinoda Upadhyaya
Liesel Vaidya
Jared Vargason
Soumya Venkatesan
Alina Vereshchaka
Jacob Verghese
Fnu Vikrant
Evan Walley
Paritosh Walvekar
Chengfeng Wang
Di Wang
Enshu Wang
Zhen Wang
Yi Wei
Hongyi Wu
Ting Xie
Fei Xu
Jinhui Xu
Wenyao Xu
Yin Yan
Liuyi Yao
Minwei Ye
Zhiting Yi
Seokhoon Yoon
Dantong Yu
Jun Yu
Chen Yuan
Syed Mohammed Arshad Zaidi
Aidong Zhang
Cheng Zhang
Longfei Zhang
Jiayi Zheng
Tianhang Zheng
Vicky Zheng
Lukasz Ziarek
Jaric Zola


Keynote speakers for Friday and Saturday have been announced.

Video of Baidu CEO Robin Li with subtitles

Robin Li, founder and CEO of Baidu, talks about his time as a CS student at the University at Buffalo.

Registration for the CSE50 Anniversary Celebration is now open!

Computer Science and Engineering 50 years video

CSE50: The Department of Computer Science and Engineering celebrates 50 years!

Rooms are now available at the beautiful Buffalo Marriott Niagara hotel!

'Stronger CSE @ UB, Better You and Me' by Preet Desai

Event Date: September 28, 2017

Computer Science [and Engineering] Timeline

Highlights from the Department of Computer Science (CS) and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

  • 3/20/19

    Click here to see our entire timeline of the first 50 years of Computer Science and Engineering at UB.

  • Ridge Lea

    UB assigns us our first home on the Ridge Lea Campus. 

  • Milestone: 5 Faculty

    The Computer Science Department at the University at Buffalo is formed within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS).

  • Grad Programs at Inception

    University course catalogs first describe our Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs.

  • Milestone: 10 Faculty

    We achieve the ten faculty member milestone.

  • Chess-Playing Graphical Computer

    Nick Findler buys a chess-playing graphical computer with NSF funds, beginning a long departmental tradition of incorporating games into our research.

  • Buffalo buffalo Buffalo

    William J. Rapaport popularizes the grammatically-parsable phrase, "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo".

  • Medical Image Processing Group

    Gabor T. Herman develops a world-renowned Medical Image Processing Group from 1969 to 1981. 

  • No More Punchcards

    We buy a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) VAX 11/750 minicomputer. 

  • Bell Hall

    We take up residence in Bell Hall, placing us in the center of North Campus activity and culture.

  • Milestone: 15 Faculty

    We achieve the 15 (actually 16) faculty member milestone.

  • First Grad Conference

    Jim Geller (PhD, '88) organizes our first annual grad conference to give our grad students a forum to show off their current research.

  • Milestone: 20 Faculty

    We achieve the 20 faculty member milestone.

  • 25th Anniversary

    We celebrate our 25th anniversary with a banquet and a symposium.

  • CCS

    The university establishes a multidisciplinary Center for Cognitive Science, uniting computer science with cognitive psychology disciplines.

  • Milestone: 25 Faculty

    We achieve the 25 (actually 26) faculty member milestone.

  • CS + CE = CSE

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is born!

  • Milestone: 30 Faculty

    The merger accelerates us past the 30 faculty member milestone. Between '97 and '98, we grow from 26 to 33 faculty.

  • CCR

    Russ Miller founds the Center for Computational Research, the university supercomputer cluster that has the capability of processing 60 billion operations per second.

  • Milestone: 35 Faculty

    We enter the 2000s with 36 faculty.

  • 40th Anniversary

    We convened at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

  • Davis Hall

    Davis Hall—Our brand-new, state-of-the-art departmental headquarters.

  • Milestone: 40 Faculty

    We begin Fall 2015 with a strength of 40 faculty.

  • 50th Anniversary

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering celebrates its 50th anniversary.