Jack Wadden: PhD Proposal Presentation

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Rice 128 (Young Board Room) Committee: Kevin Skadron (Advisor), Samira Khan (Chair), Andrew Grimshaw, Gabriel Robins and Mircea Stan. Title: Accelerating Pattern Recognition Processing with Hybrid von Neumann/Spatial Architectures ABSTRACT Newly available spatial architectures to accelerate finite automata processing for pattern recognition have spurred a large amount…

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Chong Tang: PhD Proposal Presentation

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:00 am in Rice 536 Committee:  Baishakhi Ray (Advisor), Kevin Sullivan (Advisor), Alfred Weaver (Chair), Joanne Bechta Dugan, Mary Lou Soffa, and Jonathan Bell, GMU Title: Optimize System Performance via Design and Configuration Space Exploration ABSTRACT The runtime performance of complex software systems often depends on the settings of a large…

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Qiang Li, PhD Dissertation Presentation

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30 am in Rice 536 Committee: John A. Stankovic (Advisor), Kamin Whitehouse (Chair), Jack Davidson, Gabriel Robins, and John Lach (Minor Representative) Title: Reliable Multi-Body, Multi-Function Body Sensor Networks ABSTRACT With the cost of health care increasing, Body Sensor Networks (BSNs) have been proposed to provide low-cost health care solutions…

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Will Hawkins, PhD Proposal Presentation

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM in Rice 414 Committee:  Jack Davidson (Advisor), Westley Weimer (Committee Chair), James Lambert (Systems and Information Engineering), Baishakhi Ray and David Melski (Gramma Tech). Static Binary Rewriting: Methodologies and Tools to Improve Software Security, Safety and Reliability ABSTRACT The notion that software runs the modern world is generally…

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Qingyun Wu, Qualifying Exam Presentation

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM in Rice 404 Committee: Hongning Wang (Advisor), Jack Stankovic (Chair), Worthy Martin, and Yanjun Qi Contextual Bandits in a Collaborative Environment ABSTRACT Contextual bandit algorithms provide principled online learning solutions to find optimal trade-offs between exploration and exploitation with companion side-information. They have been extensively used in…

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Erin Griffiths, PhD Proposal Presentation

Date:  Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 am in Rice 536 Committee: Kamin Whitehouse (Advisor), Jack Stankovic, Westley Weimer, A.J. Brush, Microsoft Research; Quanquan Gu (Minor Representative) Solving Practical Challenges in Ambient Intelligence Environments to Meet Personal and Societal Needs ABSTRACT:  With the explosion of physically embedded, connected technology in the Internet of Things and…

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Prof. John C. Knight

Our dear friend and colleague, John C. Knight passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 after a courageous battle with hypersensitivity pneumonitis. We will celebrate his life and work this Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 4:00 in MEC 205. He joined our department in 1981 after seven years at NASA Langley, and has been a passionate champion…

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