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New Faculty: Dr. Qi Zhang

We would like to welcome Dr. Qi Zhang who joins us this Fall as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Zhang received his PhD. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2020. His research interests are in the area of artificial intelligence and reinforcement learning. You can learn more about it in his research website. He will be teaching "CSCE 580: Artificial Intelligence" this semester.

New Faculty: Dr. Biplav Srivastava

We welcome Dr. Biplav Srivastava as a new Professor in the CSE Department. Dr. Srivastava comes to us after two decades at IBM in the roles of a Research Scientist, Distinguished Data Scientist and Master Inventor. His research interests are in Neuro-Symbolic Computing, Collaborative Assistance, Trusted AI, and Applications to Smart City using Open and Sensor Data. Learn more about him at his research website. He will be teaching "CSCE 771: Computer Processing of Natural Language" this semester.

New Faculty: Dr. Forest Agostinelli

We would like to welcome Dr. Forest Agostinelli to the CSE department. He joins us as an Assistant Professor this semester. Dr. Agostinelli received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in the areas of deep learning, reinforcement learning, search, with applications to the natural sciences. You can learn more about it at his research website. He will be teaching "CSCE 790: Deep Reinforcement Learning and Search" this semester.

Dr. Bakos Receives NSF Award

Dr. Jason Bakos and co-PI Austin Downey (Mechanical Engineering) have received a research award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project "Machine Learning on the Edge for Real-Time Microsecond State Estimation of High-Rate Dynamic Events." See abstract here.

NIH grant for combating COVID-19 in South Carolina

UofSC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) – one of the recent UofSC Excellence Initiatives – have been awarded a $1,252,550 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a state-wide data-driven system to fight COVID-19 in South Carolina. The multidisciplinary investigation team for this project are led by Dr. Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi and includes BDHSC faculty members from the Arnold School of Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Computing (Neset Hikmet and Jianjun Hu), and School of Medicine-Columbia. Dr. Hu will be responsible for helping the development of the mobile app, databases, and data analytics. Read more details at…

Magellan Scholars: Summer-Fall 2020

We congratulate the following Computer Science undergraduate students for receiving a Magellan Scholar Award for Summer-Fall 2020.
  • William Hobbs: Applying Artificial Neural Networks to Computer-Based Dyslexia Screenings
  • Niharika Pandala: Computational Modeling of the Structure of SARS Coronavirus Nonstructural Protein 1
  • Ishrat Singh: Low-latency Nonlinear Time Series Analysis and Prediction Using Multilayer Perceptrons

Tracking the Pandemic effect on Mental Health via Social Media Posts

At the AI Institute of the University of South Carolina, my colleagues and I have processed more than 700 million social media posts since the beginning of March and more than 700,000 news articles about the COVID-19 pandemic. We are monitoring these information sources to capture the evolving human experience in the U.S. during the pandemic. We have found troubling indications of a growing mental health crisis and an increase in social ills such as substance abuse and gender-based violence.
From "We’re measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic" by Dr. Sheth.

Capstone Projects Showcase 2020

This year the students in the Senior Capstone course developed 35 apps either for industrial clients, for USC members, or for themselves. There were:

  • 14 web applications using technologies such as Django, node, express, Angular, react, .NET, dialogflow, firebase, AWS, Unity.
  • 19 mobile apps (17 run on Android, and 2 on iOS) using iOnic, react native, flutter, firebase, augmented reality.
  • 2 desktop games built with Unity

You can watch video demonstrations and see screenshots of all the apps right now! If you are interested in having students build an app for you, note that we are looking for clients for next year.