Camillo “CJ” Taylor, professor in CIS, is leading a team in the DARPA SubT Challenge. Teams competing in the SubT Challenge are tasked with creating a robotics system that can successfully navigate underground tunnels, urban transportation systems and natural caves. GRASP Lab members and their students have joined forces with Exyn Technologies and Ghost Robotics, two GRASP Lab spin-offs, to secure their place as one of seven DARPA-funded teams in their track of the SubT Challenge.

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Professor Ani Nenkova providing in-depth, one-on-one instruction.

Computer and Information Science Department Chair Zachary Ives shows Levine Hall in Gather.town.

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Featured Stories

The 2021 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching: Professors Susan Davidson and Boon Thau Loo

Professors Susan Davidson and Boon Thau Loo have been awarded the 2021 Ruth and Joel Spira Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Sponsored by the Spira co-founded Lutron Electronics in 2019, the award specifically recognizes outstanding faculty within the C.I.S. department at Penn, and has corresponding awards at universities across the country.

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Secure Imprecision: Professor Andreas Haeberlen speaks on the importance of Differential Privacy

Last year during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, testing and contact tracing failed to quell the spread. Many circumstances — including a decades-old underfunding of state health departments, and slow workforce build – have contributed to this outcome.

However, according to Department of Computer and Information Science Professor Andreas Haeberlen, one of the main reasons contact tracing had limited success is simple: people don’t feel comfortable sharing their information!

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The new Computational Social Science Lab aims to thrive on mass collaboration and open science

Shirin Saeedi Bidokhti receives 2021 NSF CAREER Award

This article originally appeared in Penn Engineering Today, written by Melissa Poppas.

Humans have never been more connected to one another, though the speed with which we can share with one another has its drawbacks. For example, the spread of COVID-19, as well as misinformation about it, have both been facilitated by our highly connected online and in-person networks. Fortunately, the branches of mathematics known as information theory and network theory can help us to understand how both systems work and how to control them.

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Duncan Watts’ “Everyone’s an Influencer” receives the 2021 WSDM Test-of-Time Award

Stevens University Professor Duncan Watts has recently been awarded the 2021 Test-of-Time Award at the 14th ACM International WSDM Conference for his paper titled “Everyone’s an Influencer: Quantifying Influence on Twitter,” published in 2011.

Pronounced “wisdom,” the WSDM (Web Search and Data Mining) Conference is one of many presented by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and “publishes original, high-quality papers related to search and data mining on the Web and the Social Web, with an emphasis on practical yet principled novel models of search and data mining, algorithm design and analysis, economic implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance,” according to their site.

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CIS News

Legged Robots to Aid with Planetary Research

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Konrad Kording’s CENTER is Part of a New NIH Education Initiative on Scientific Rigor

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Training the Next Generation of Scientists on Soft Materials, Machine Learning and Science Policy

09.08.2022 | Read More

CIS Events

ESE/CIS Joint Seminar: “Future Heterogeneous Systems Need More First-Class Citizens”

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CIS Seminar: ” Rich Babies, Poor Robots: towards rich sensing, continuous data and multiple environments”

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Theory Seminar- Rachel Cummings (Columbia University)

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