CSE 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 28 - October 1, 2017 | University at Buffalo



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Keynote Speakers

Friday, September 29th

Director, Mobility & Networking Research Group
MS'88, BS'86, University at Buffalo

About Victor Bahl

Victor Bahl is a Distinguished Scientist and the Director of Mobility & Networking research in Microsoft. He serves on the senior leadership team that oversees Microsoft Research's world-wide operations and is on the Redmond lab leadership team managing over 200 researchers. He advises Microsoft's CEO and his senior leadership team on long-term vision and strategy related to networked systems, mobile computing, wireless systems, cloud computing, and datacenter networking. He heads a high-powered group that executes on this vision through research, technology transfers to product groups, industry partnerships, and associated policy engagement with governments and research institutes around the world. Dr. Bahl has published over 125 papers, has been granted over 140 patents, and delivered over 40 keynotes. He has received several technical and leadership awards including the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award,  ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award, two United States FCC awards, a test-of-time award, three best paper awards, a distinguished service award, a distinguished alumni award (from University of Massachusetts), and a IEEE outstanding leadership award. Under his direction, his group has had game changing impact on Microsoft's cloud computing infrastructures both in the datacenter and in wide-area networking. Dr. Bahl is the founder of ACM SIGMOBILE, ACM MobiSys, ACM GetMobile and several other important conferences.  With his wife, he co-founded Computing For All, a non-profit dedicated to increasing and enhancing computer science education for students of all ages and from all backgrounds. Dr. Bahl is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.

Steenbock Professor,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
ACM Fellow, Theory/Algorithms

About Jin-Yi Cai

Jin-Yi Cai attended Fudan University (class of 77) and received his Ph. D. in 1986. He held faculty positions at Yale University (1986-1989), Princeton University (1989-1993), and UB (1993-2000), rising from Assistant Professor to Full Professor in 1996, and is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Steenbock Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.

He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science in 1994, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998. He has been elected a Fellow of ACM, AAAS, and a foreign member of Academia Europaea.

Professor, School of Computing Science
Simon Fraser University
ACM/IEEE Fellow, Data Mining

About Jian Pei

Always eager to meet new challenges and opportunities, Jian Pei is currently a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Big Data Science and a Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, and an associate member of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. He is a famous researcher in data science, big data, data mining, and database systems. He is recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). At the same time, he is also renowned for his active and productive professional leadership.

Jian Pei is one of the most cited authors in data mining, database systems, and information retrieval. Since 2000, he has published one textbook, two monographs and over 200 research papers in refereed journals and conferences, which have been cited by 75000+ times. His H-index is 75. His research has generated remarkable impact substantially beyond academia. For example, his algorithms have been adopted by industry in production and popular open source software suites, such as Spark MLlib and WEKA.

As an accomplished data scientist, he maintains a wide spectrum of industry relations with both global and local industry partners. He founded the Pacific Blue Cross Health Informatics Laboratory, and is an active consultant for healthcare informatics, network security intelligence and computational finance. During his current sabbatical leave, he is working for Huawei as the Chief Data Scientist, the Chief Scientist of AI, the Chief Architect of AI, and a Technical VP, and leading the effort to build an advanced and comprehensive AI platform as well as domain specific AI applications for Huawei Cloud.

He received many prestigious awards, including the 2017 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award, the 2015 ACM SIGKDD Service Award and the 2014 IEEE ICDM Research Contributions Award.

Saturday, September 30th

Chancellor, University of California, Merced
Former President, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
MS'72, University at Buffalo

About Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang

Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang received his B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ in 1970, M.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975, all in electrical engineering. In 2014 he was awarded the Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by Fairleigh Dickinson University. From February 2013 to February 2017 he has served as the 15th President of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). From March 2007 to June 2011, he has served as Chancellor and Professor of Engineering at UC Merced. He has also served on the California Council of Science and Technology, UC President's Science and Technology Board, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Board, MentorNet Advisory Board, and as Chairman of the Board of the Great Valley Center. 

Invited Talks

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Iowa State University
PhD'01, University at Buffalo

About Pavan Aduri

Pavan Aduri obtained his PhD from Buffalo in 2001. His adviser was Alan Selman. He was a postdoc researcher at NEC research Institute 2001–2002. Currently he a professor of Computer Science at Iowa State University. His research interests include Complexity Theory and Large Data Algorithms.

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Michigan State University
PhD'15, University at Buffalo

About Hu Ding

Hu Ding is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. Prior that, he held a joint postdoc position of UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University, which is titled as ``Simons-Berkeley Research Fellow”. He received his Ph.D degree in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo in Aug 2015. He received his Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Sun Yat-Sen (Zhong Shan) University in Jun 2009. His research centers around designing efficient geometric algorithms for machine learning in large-scale and high dimensions. His research emphasizes both theoretical development and their applications in real world. He is the recipient of NSF CRII award in 2017.

Motwani Postdoctoral Researcher, Computer Science
Stanford University

About Rad Niazadeh

Rad Niazadeh is a Motwani Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University. He obtained his PhD in theoretical computer science from Cornell University, where he was advised by Bobby Kleinberg. Prior to that, he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electrical engineering form Sharif University of Technology in 2008 and 2010, respectively. His research interests are in different areas of theoretical computer science and operations research, with a focus on "economics and computation". In particular, he is interested in algorithmic mechanism design, computational social choice, and online auctions.

Director of Research, Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative
Past President, IEEE Computer Society
IEEE  Fellow, Computer Systems Organization and Microprogramming
PhD'71, University at Buffalo

About Bruce Shriver

Shriver received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Buffalo in 1971. He has published and lectured extensively throughout the US and abroad in the design and implementation of computer hardware and software systems. He was made an IEEE Fellow in 1990 for his work in Computer Systems Organization and Microprogramming. He has been program chairman or general chairman of over 30 international conferences or workshops in a variety of technical areas. He was president of the IEEE Computer Society in 1992. Shriver was editor-in-chief of two IEEE Computer Society periodicals, Computer and IEEE Software and an editorial board member of a number of other periodicals. Shriver was the Department Group Manager of Software Technology at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in the mid-1980s. He served as Vice-President for Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he held an Eminent Scholar Chair in Computer Science. He has also held an endowed chair at the University of Hawaii and was an adjunct professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, a Professor-at-Large in the Computer Science at the University of Tromsø in Norway, and an Honorary and Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong. From 2004 to 2016, he was the Director of Research at the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, an organization which awarded over 60 research grants in the rare family of cancers known as sarcoma.

Professor and Director, Cybersecurity
Old Dominion University
PhD'02, MS'00, University at Buffalo

About Hongyi Wu

Hongyi Wu is the Batten Chair of Cybersecurity and the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Old Dominion University (ODU). He is also a Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds joint appointment in Department of Computer Science. Before joining ODU, he was an Alfred and Helen Lamson Endowed Professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). He received the B.S. degree in scientific instruments from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1996, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2000 and 2002, respectively. His research focuses on networked cyber-physical systems for security, safety, and emergency management applications, where the devices are often light-weight, with extremely limited computing power, storage space, communication bandwidth, and battery supply. He received NSF CAREER Award in 2004 and UL Lafayette Distinguished Professor Award in 2011.


Dean, Rudy Professor of Engineering
Computer Science and Informatics
Indiana University Bloomington

Founder, President, and CEO, Iconics
Co-Chair, CSE Industrial Advisory Board
BS'76, University at Buffalo

Senior Software Engineer,
Bloomberg L.P.
MS'13, University at Buffalo

Senior Vice President of Engineering,
MS'06, University at Buffalo

Independent Consultant
Formerly with Oracle Corporation
BA'72, University at Buffalo

Professor and Chair, Computer Science
Boston University
Fellow, IEEE/ACM
MS'90, University at Buffalo

portrait of Justin DelVecchio.
Justin DelVecchio

MS'04, University at Buffalo

Assistant Vice President, SRC
MS'76, University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo
BS'76, University at Buffalo

President and CEO, SofTrek
Co-Chair, CSE Industrial Advisory Board
BS'79, University at Buffalo

portrait of Ed Goit.
Ed Goit

Formerly Program Manager at Leidos, Inc.
MS'69, University at Buffalo

Research Scientist, Google
PhD'04, University at Buffalo

Co-Founder and VP, DxContinuum
PhD'96, University at Buffalo

portrait of Norman Hayes.
Norman Hayes

Juniper Networks
BS'80, University at Buffalo

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
University at Buffalo

Group Leader,
Software Development/R&D, Bloomberg
MS'04, University at Buffalo

Professor of Computer Science,
Bryn Mawr College
PhD'93, MS'88, University at Buffalo

Entrepreneurial Software Engineer
BS'05, University at Buffalo

portrait of Gary Masterson.
Gary Masterson

Buffalo Computer Graphics
MS'79, University at Buffalo

portrait of Robert Myers.
Robert Myers

IBM Innovation Center Buffalo

Chief Technology Officer, Accolade
MS'89, University at Buffalo

portrait of Ashish Naik.
Ashish Naik

PhD'94, University at Buffalo

portrait of Sridhar Seshadri.
Sridhar Seshadri

MS'93, University at Buffalo

Technical Staff, Google
PhD'96, University at Buffalo

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
University at Buffalo
PhD'92, University at Buffalo

SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo
Program Director, National Science Foundation

With Remarks By

President, University at Buffalo
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo

Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University at Buffalo
SUNY Distinguished Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo

SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair, Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo

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.