CSE 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 28 - October 1, 2017 | University at Buffalo

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, Golf Outing & Area Tours

Graduate Research Conference

8:30AM to 4:30PM, Center for the Arts
8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:30 AM Opening Remarks by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (to be confirmed)
9:00 AM Keynote Speaker - Victor Bahl
9:45 AM Session 1 - Invited Talks and Presentations
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Session 2 - Invited Talks and Presentations
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 Keynote Speaker - Jian Pei
1:45 PM Session 3 - Invited Talks and Presentations
2:45 PM Coffee Break
3:15 PM Keynote Speaker - Jin-Yi Cai
4:00 PM Session 4 - Presentations

Tours of Buffalo and Niagara Falls

10:00am, Various locations

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

Niagara Falls Tour: A shuttle bus will drop-off and pick-up guests at Niagara Falls for 4-hours of self-guided touring of area attractions.

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 University at Buffalo North Campus at 10am and return at 4:30pm. Space is limited. Sign up for tours through our event registration form.

Golf Outing

11:30am, Glen Oak

Join us for a round of golf at the magnificent Glen Oak Golf Course. All alumni, family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. The format for the event is a 4 person scramble with prizes awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, a putting contest and winning foursome. All proceeds benefit the fund to support current and future CSE student activities. Please sign up 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!

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

Alumni Symposium

8:30am to 6:00pm, Center for the Arts
8:30 AM Breakfast and Registration
8:50 AM Welcome: Chunming Qiao
9:05 AM Remarks: Liesl Folks
9:10 AM Remarks: Venu Govindaraju
9:15 AM Remarks: Satish Tripathi
9:20 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr.  Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang (MS, ’72)
10:00 AM Coffee Break
10:20 AM Panel 1a: Hot Topics (in Industry and Academia)
11:10 AM Panel 1b: Hot Topics (in Industry and Academia)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Panel 2: Entrepreneurship - Opportunities and Lessons Learned
1:45 PM Networking and State of the Department
2:15 PM Computing Research Poster Session
4:00 PM Panel 3: Vision for Computing, Academia and Industry
5:30 PM Concluding Remarks: 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.

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 acheivements 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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Pavan Aduri
Vineet Aguiar
Carl Alphonce
Olivia Alphonce
Joan Bahl
Pradeep Bahl
Vic Bahl
Sarbani Banerjee
Ranjan Bangari Lokappa
Sourabh Bhagat
Ethan Blanton
Marina Blanton
Debra Burhans
Carla Calucci
Xiaojun (matt) Cao
Varun Chandola
Chang Wen Chen
Changyou Chen
Roger Choplin
James Clay
Jeffrey Czyz
Karthik Dantu
Gary Davidian
Adrienne Decker
Robert Delzoppo
Murat Demirbas
Hu Ding
Wen Dong
Naveena Elango
Christopher Erhorn
Jingyuan Fan
Gian Pietro Farina
Jeff Forys
Timothy Fossum
Robert Fritzinger
Marco Gaboardi
Mingchen Gao
Bob Girardi
Sreenivas Gollapudi
Kannan Govindarajan
Venu Govindaraju
Chaowen Guan
Tong Guan
Abhishek Gupta
Rakesh Gupta
Larry Haimowitz
Susan Haller
Norman Hayes
Xin He
Elenora Heffner
Reid Heffner
Matthew Hertz
Robin Hill
Alan Hunt
Mohammad Iftekhar Husain
Shanelle Ileto
Bharat Jayaraman
Padma Jayaraman
Zhanpeng Jin
Kevin Keane
Oliver Kennedy
Helene Kershner
Swapnil Khedekar
Chloe Ko
Natalie Ko
Steve Ko
Nikita Ganesh Konda
Tevfik Kosar
Dimitrios Koutsonikolas
Linda Krasinski
Vinoothrao Kulkarni
Deepak Kumar
Sanjiban Kundu
Sunil Kunjappan Vasu
Kay Kwon
Hansheng Lei
Wei Loon Leong
Zheshuo Li
Hwa Liu
Jiawen Liu
Xin Liu
John Loverso
Susan Loverso
Kumar Madurai
Mary Ann Meyer
Ashish Naik
Nils Napp
Hung Ngo
Rad Niazadeh
Averill Paes
Roopa Pai
Sunil Pai
Sixu Piao
Sheena Ratnam Priya
Sai Kiran Putta
Chunming Qiao
Zhan Qin
Weihao Qu
Bina Ramamurthy
Kenneth Regan
Deborah Regan Howe
Kui Ren
Swapnoneel Roy
Atri Rudra
Saba Saadatniaki
Nishant Sankaran
A. Erdem Sariyuce
Sridhar Seshadri
Srirangaraj Setlur
Caren Shapiro
Stuart Shapiro
Gholam Sheikholeslami
Tom Siracusa
D. Sivakumar
Ram Sridhar
Rohini Srihari
Sargur Srihari
Geetha Srikantan
Ramachandran Subramanian
James Swiderski
Shambhu Upadhyaya
Zhen Wang
Hongyi Wu
Fei Xu
Jinhui Xu
Wenyao Xu
Liuyi Yao
Seokhoon Yoon
Dantong Yu
Aidong Zhang
Longfei Zhang
Tianhang Zheng
Lukasz Ziarek
Jaric Zola


Keynote speakers for Friday and Saturday have been announced.

Registration for the CSE50 Anniversary Celebration is now open!

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

CSE50 Media

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.

Computer Science and Engineering 50 years video

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

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

Event Date: September 28, 2017