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First CS Grad Expo Showcases Research, Collaborative Opportunities

11/17/2009 5:01:00 PM Kymberly Burkhead-Dalton

by Kymberly Burkhead-Dalton

The first Computer Science Grad Expo took place on November 16th in Siebel Center.  The expo was organized by the Computer Science Graduate Academic Council in hopes to offer computer science graduate students collaborative opportunities within the department. 

The expo was a huge success among graduate students from all areas of computer science.  Graduate students were able to view posters displaying research projects within the department and various graduate students presented their research in 10 minute intervals as well.  

Some of the several research projects being presented included:

“Social Network Visualization”, presented by Yuntao Jia.  Yuntao’s research explores the visualization of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.  The application called Friend Insight finds common links between social contacts among your network.  Yuntao was able to demonstrate this at the expo by grouping CS faculty with the same research interests and producing dots on a sphere that demonstrated a hierarchical edge.  If you would like to try out the application go to

“Automated Program Transformations for Parallelism”, presented by Mohsen Vakilian.  Mohsen’s research explores Deterministic Parallel Java (DPJ).  The broad goal of the project is to provide deterministic by default semantics for an object-oriented, imperative parallel language, using primarily compile-time checking.  “Deterministic” means that the program produces the same visible output for a given input, in all executions.  “By default” means that deterministic behavior is guaranteed unless the programmer explicitly requests nondeterminism.   For more information on this research project go to

“Neighborhood Based Power Management”, presented via poster by Farham Ashraf, Riccardo Crepaldi, Mehedi Bakht, Samuel Nelson, Nathanael Thompson and Professor Robin Kravets.  NPM achieves high energy-efficiency by combining data driven synchronization with signaling mechanism.  For more information on this research project go to