CS News Briefs

Read the latest news briefs from and about students and faculty in the UVA Computer Science Department.

    2021 CS Louis T. Rader Undergraduate Teaching Award Winner: Karim Shoorbajee

    May 17, 2021

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    About Karim: 

    I'm a 4th year CS major. My academics and professional work so far has focused on full stack web development. After graduating I will be working as a software engineer at Alarm.com in McLean, Virginia. In my free time I love to run, play video games, and listen to music. 


    How Karim achieved success this year: 

    This year I had to find little things to keep me sane such as spending time outside-- finding a cool new place to run in Charlottesville, going for a walk around grounds, or playing soccer with friends. I also tried to pick up new hobbies; most recently I've been trying to learn piano. Playing video games with friends online was a social outlet for me. I'm also an RA which means my residents' antics always kept me entertained. 

    2021 CS Louis T. Rader Undergraduate Teaching Award Winner: Jonah Weissman

    May 17, 2021

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    About Jonah: 

    I am a computer science student in the College of Arts and Sciences. I worked on privacy for machine learning in the Security Research Group. In summer 2021, I plan to apply my computational skills to neuroscience by building computational models of auditory neural processing in the Meliza Lab. In his spare time, I like to read science fiction and bake bread. 


    How Jonah achieved success this year: 

    By relaxing most of the structure in my life, the pandemic forced me to be more intentional. I have succeeded with the help of creating routines, both academically and socially. 

    2021 CS Louis T. Rader Undergraduate Teaching Award Winner: Alanna Zoscak

    May 17, 2021

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    About Alanna 

    I’m a graduating Computer Science student. I love teaching and helping students understand course material. I’ll be returning to UVA in the fall to pursue a Masters in Computer Science, and I look forward to continuing to teach during my graduate studies! My hobbies include playing the violin, hiking, playing board games, and painting. 


    How Alanna achieved success this year: 

    The support of my family and friends has helped me the most during this unusual year. Additionally, waking up early helped me to work with a clear mind and have productive mornings. 

    2020-2021 CS Department End-of-Year Awards

    May 16, 2021

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2020-2021 annual Computer Science Department Awards! Visit our special page to learn more about each winner, or click on the hyperlinked names below. Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch the ceremony video.

    *These students are part of the graduating class of (May) 2021!

    Yuan Tian Receives Google Research Scholar Award

    May 12, 2021

    Assistant professor of computer science Yuan Tian and her collaborator Yu Feng, assistant professor of computer science at University of California, Santa Barbara have received a Google Research Scholar Award on "Exploit Generation Using Reinforcement Learning.” The Google Research Scholar Program was introduced in 2020 with a focus on developing collaborations with new professors and encouraging the formation of long-term relationships with the academic community.

    Department of Computer Science Sponsors Popular Programming Contest

    May 06, 2021

    UVA Engineering Computer Science Students Challenge High School Coders 

    For the past ten years, the University of Virginia Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, chapter has hosted the High School Programming Contest in the mid-Atlantic region. The event is a fun way to get high schoolers excited about coding. This year the popular contest was held virtually on May 1. More than 70 students from all over Virginia participated.

    UVA Engineering Alumnus Appointed Vice President and Head of JD Logistics AI and Data Science

    April 01, 2021

    Dr. He Tian has joined JD.com as vice president and the head of JD Logistics AI and Data Science, in charge of smart logistics algorithms, data products, and map services. Dr. He’s team will build dedicated, intelligent algorithms and systems for supply chain and logistics scenarios, which will further digitalize JDL’s current businesses and open up commercial applications for more external clients. Tian earned his Ph.D. in computer science from University of Virginia in 2004. Read the announcement.