Clickable word cloud describing CSE research areas. The relative relative word sizes represent the number of faculty working in each area. Photo credit: Christian Miller
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering conducts theoretical and applied research in AI, Theory and Algorithms, Software and Hardware Systems, and interdisciplinary areas related to CS+X such as Bioinformatics.
Focuses on the interplay between multiple elements of cyber technologies (such as sensing, computing, communications and control), and physical systems or processes (including infrastructures such as transportation and power) as well as human factors.
Focuses on efficient experimental and theoretical solutions to problems on state-of-the-art computational systems consisting of large numbers of computational elements, including clouds, clusters, grids, networks-of-workstations, massively parallel supercomputers, and GPU-based systems.
Focuses on developing highly efficient algorithms and techniques for a wide range of problems (such as automatic analysis of biomedical images, computer assisted diagnosis, treatment planning, protein-protein interaction network analysis, protein structure prediction, computational analysis and interpretation of Genomes, evolutionary studies of Genomic ORFans, and spatial positioning patterns of the cell nucleus) arising in smart hospital, smart healthcare, precision medicine, genomics, proteomics, and microarray analysis.
Mobile systems research focuses on the design and implementation of next-generation systems for mobile devices. Research topics include mobile data management, wireless networks, sensing systems, static analysis and instrumentation for mobile apps, mobile image and video analytics, and secure and low-power hardware for mobile devices.
Programmming Language research focuses on type systems, program logics, language-based and differential privacy and security; language, compiler, and run-time design for reliable systems; static and dynamic analyses for real-time Android; run-time visualization and verification; adaptive memory management; language concepts for database programming; logic- and constraint-based systems.
An article on PhysOrg reports UB has received a $584,469 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a tool designed to work with the existing computing infrastructure to boost data transfer speeds by more than 10 times, and quotes Tevfik Kosar, associate professor of computer science.
Ken Regan develops algorithms that detect cheating in chess games. His software compares a player's moves to a database of the player's typical gameplay, then makes an assessment of the statistical likelihood of cheating. Dr. Regan frequently consults at international chess matches.
Wenyao Xu created AutoDietary—software that tracks the unique sounds produced by food as people chew it. AutoDietary, placed near the throat by a necklace delivery system developed at China's Northeastern University, helps users measure their caloric intake.
Karthik Dantu owns the vision component of the RoboBee Initiative, led by the National Science Foundation and Harvard University. The "eyes" that Dr. Dantu is integrating are laser-powered sensors that enable the mechanical bees to orient themselves in space.
Over the past two years, five faculty members from UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received awards from the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Region 1 chapter.
Computer science PhD alumnus Zhisheng Yan earned the 2018 Outstanding PhD Thesis in Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications Award from the Association for Computer Machinery Special Interest Group on Multimedia Systems (ACM SIGMM).
Junsong Yuan, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). The award recognizes his contribution to “human action and gesture analysis” in the field.
Aidong Zhang, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is one of 54 computer scientists named a 2017 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Zhang is being recognized for her contributions to bioinformatics and data mining.
UB senior Devashish Agarwal (CS BS Candidate '18) was the student nominee selected from the four SUNY University Centers to receive the Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) of the State University of New York Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship. Devashish received the award—a $1,000 scholarship with an additional $250 given in his name to the charity of his choice—at a September 16 ceremony as part of ACT’s annual conference in Albany, New York.
Kui Ren, a professor in UB’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was named a SUNY Empire Innovation Scholar for his pioneering work on attacks and privacy issues in cloud computing systems, smartphone based systems and other cyber physical systems such as 3D printing systems.
The award honors outstanding CSTEP research mentors who have been involved in mentoring, supervising and advising undergraduate researchers, and have impacted students’ academic and professional careers.
Zhisheng Yan (PhD '17) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Georgia State University Department of Computer Science, starting in Fall 2017. Zhisheng, who was advised by Chang Wen Chen, completed several major research projects, notably publishing a paper at MobiCom2016.
Oliver Kennedy, Niccolo' Meneghetti (PhD '16), and XXX XXX (CMU) will attend SIGMOD 2017 to present their paper titled, "Beta Probabilistic Databases: A Scalable Approach to Belief Updating and Parameter Learning".
Ten faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are among those who were honored for notable achievement, service and teaching at UB's 2016 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.
Assistant Professor Steve Ko and colleague Mohammad Husain (Cal Poly, Pomona) won a $130K NSF Division of Graduate Education (DGE) award for their project titled, "EAGER: Collaborative Research: S^2 Lab: Educational Platform and Resource for Smartphone Security."
Jaric Zola and Tevfik Kosar have won a UB IMPACT award that will provide seed funding for their project titled, 'OneBioStore: Distributed smart storage and scalable algorithms for collaborative biomedical discovery'.
Assistant Professors Oliver Kennedy and Luke Ziarek won an NSF SMALL Award ($494k) for their work on Just-in-Time Data Structures. This funding will support Saurav Singhi (PhD Candidate) and an as-yet unknown PhD student who will start a year from now.
Assistant Professor Aziz Mohaisen has received an NSF EAGER award of $125k to work on understanding the attack vector of privacy-enhancing technologies. The work is a collaborative effort with Guevara Noubir of Northeastern University. The award will support Jeman Park, a PhD student starting this fall.
Associate Professor Kui Ren will present one paper and will co-present another paper with Assistant Professor Wenyao Xu at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2016) in Vienna, Austria.
Engin Arslan (PhD '16) and Associate Professor Tevfik Kosar's paper, "HARP: Predictive Transfer Optimization Based on Historical Analysis and Real-time Probing", has been accepted at SC16, the top international conference on supercomputing and high performance computing.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dimitrios Koutsonikolas for winning another NSF grant. The award is an NSFCRI award for Dr. Koutsonikolas's proposal titled "II-New: X60: A Cross-Layer Reconfigurable Multi-Gigabit WLAN Testbed at 60 GHz". Koutsonikolas is PI; EE faculty Josep Jornet, Dimitris Pados, and Zhi Sun are Co-PIS. The total amount of the award is $630K for 1.5 years, with 50% credit going to each of CSE and EE.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Marco Gaboardi for winning his first NSF grant. The award is for Dr. Gaboardi's project titled, "TWC: Large: Collaborative: Computing Over Distributed Sensitive Data", a joint collaboration with Harvard University. The award is expected to total $527,867 over four years.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Lu Su for winning his first NSF grant. The award is an NSF CRII award for Dr. Su's project titled, "CRII: NeTS: Building Quality-of-Information Aware Distributed Sensing Systems". The award is expected to total $175,000.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Shi Li for winning his first NSF grant. The award is an NSF CRII award for Dr. Li's project titled, "CRII: AF: On Designing Approximation Algorithms Based on Round-or-Cut Paradigm". The award is expected to total $174,990.
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Venu Govindaraju is named VP for Research and Economic Development. Dr. Govindaraju has served in the position as Interim VP since September 2014.
CSE Professor and Chair Chunming Qiao will be awarded the 2015 TC-CSR Distinguished Technical Achievement Award. This is a yearly award to recognize members of ComSoc Communications Switching & Routing TC for their technical contributions in the fields covered by CSR.
A team of six UB students (four of whom are CSE majors) was victorious in the inaugural Collegiate Pentesting Competition, a cybersecurity challenge held Nov. 7-8 at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Representing CSE were: Woody Clark (BS/MS '16) of Batavia, Joe D’Amato (CEN BS '15, MS '16) of Buffalo, James Droste (CS BS Candidate '17) of Nanuet, and Jesse Freeman (BS/MS '16) of Buffalo.
Eleven faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were among those honored for notable achievement, service and teaching at UB's 2015 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.
Carl Alphonce has been named Co-Symposium chair of the 2016 SIGCSE (ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) Technical Symposium, having completed his stint as Co-Program chair of the 2015 SIGCSE Technical Symposium.
CSE Associate Professor Emeritus Bill Rapaport won the 2015 Covey Award. The Covey Award recognizes senior scholars with a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy broadly conceived.
Assistant Professor Dimitrios Koutsonikolas and Li Sun (PhD Candidate '17) will present their paper titled "WiDraw: Enabling Handsfree Drawing in the Air on Commodity WiFi Devices" this September at the prestigious MobiCom 2015 in Paris, France.
Assistant Professor Oliver Kennedy and Ying Yang (PhD Candidate '17) will present their paper titled "Lenses: An On-Demand Approach to ETL" this September at the Very Large Databases (VLDB) conference 2015 on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.
SUNY Distinguished Professor and UB Interim VP for Research and Economic Development Venu Govindaraju is part of an Office of the Director of National Intelligence/Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) consortium for the project titled, "Sparse Heterogeneous Representations and Domain Adaptive Matching for Unconstrained Face Recognition".
Mike Buckley thanks Kevin Lyman, Kate Truscott, and the entire Vans Warped Tour 2014 for their generous donation to The Center for Socially Relevant Computing. The gift will be used to purchase music, sight, and sound equipment (how appropriate!) for a system that teaches cause-and-effect and choice-making to autistic children using customizable sensory-intense feedback.
A proposal submitted by CSE Professor Jinhui Xu, titled "Algorithmic Techniques for Several Geometric Problems Arising in Biomedical Imaging Applications," has been awarded $470,349 for three years by the NSF CCF (Algorithmic Foundation).
First-year PhD student Mike Wehar (PhD '17) has been awarded the 2014 European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) Best Student ICALP Paper award for his paper titled, "Hardness Results for Intersection Non-Emptiness".
Aidong Zhang, Chair, Computer Science and Engineering, was appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor. She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of databases, multimedia databases and bioinformatics.
Yavuz Selim Yilmaz (PhD '15), Bahadir Ismail Aydin (PhD '15), and Murat Demirbas received the outstanding paper award at the International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2014) for their paper titled, "Targeted Question Answering on Smartphones Utilizing App Based User Classification".