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Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Hark

Hark worked in the Office of Student Conduct after finishing his undergraduate degree in computer science in 2002. It was during this time that he saw a need for a better way of record keeping and data management. Shortly after leaving the office, Hark founded Maxient with his wife Candice. Hark said the couple didn’t know it at the time, but the company would soon grow to serve more than 1,000 colleges and universities by providing conduct management software for student discipline, academic integrity, care and concern records, Title IX matters and more. Read the full story here.

A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives

From A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives – and the earlier you start, the better.

Dr. Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases and deaths. His model utilizes a variety of data sources to create alternate scenarios that can tell us “What could have happened?” if a county in the U.S. had a higher or lower rate of mask adherence. In this interview, he explains how the model works, its limitations and what conclusions we can draw from it.

Bakos leading study that applies machine learning in new domain

Jason Bakos of the College of Engineering and Computing has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to design processors capable of real-time machine learning of the behavior and response of high-rate dynamic systems. This study is expected to produce technology that will improve the reaction time of high-energy systems such as ballistics, airbag deployment and high-speed vehicle control. Read the full article here.

A Few Tips for New Data Scientists That Software Engineers Know

I have seen a lot of people flock to data science fields in recent years, regardless of their background. Data science involves the ability to acquire and clean data, draw insights using a variety of techniques and communicate them to decision makers in their unique context of other actors, data sources, and decision choices. See full article here.

Dr. Sheth wins IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award 2020

Dr. Amit Sheth will be awarded the IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award 2020 in “recognition of his pioneering and enduring research, applications and adoption of distributed workflow processes and semantics in services computing.” According to the award site, this award “recognizes one individual or one group of collaborators whose outstanding technical innovations in the field of services computing have had a lasting impact in advancing the theory and practice in the field. The contributions must have significantly influenced the direction of research and development of the field or transferred to practice in significant and innovative ways and/or enabled the development of commercial systems/products…”. Amit will accept this award at a virtual Awards Ceremony on October 23 during the Services Computing Congress 2020 event. Congratulations, Amit, for this well-deserved honor!

Dr. Huang Secures Research Award

Dr. Chin-Tser Huang has received a research award from Clemson University/USDOT for his project titled "Modeling Impact of Weather Conditions on 5G Communication and Mitigation Measures on Control of Automated Intersections".

New Instructor: Dr. Rasha Karakchi

We welcome Dr. Rasha Karakchi as a new Instructor for the CSE Department. She received her PhD in 2020 from UofSC. She will be teaching CSCE 240: Advanced Programming Techniques and CSCE 313: Embedded Systems this semester.