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2012

  • Professor Zhigang Zhu
    Professor Zhigang Zhu (CS) and Professor Jizhong Xiao (EE) won a 5-year NSF grant  developing and running a joint Senior Design Program on Assistive Technology to Aid Visually Impaired People in CS, CpE and EE. [Details]

    The City College Visual Computing Lab (CcvcL) won the NSF I-Corps Award: Transforming 2D Video into an Interactive 3D Viewing Experience (PI: Zhigang Zhu, EL: Edgardo Molina, IMs: Peter Chang and John Blaho) [Details]

    Our 2011-2012 Capstone Team V.I.S.T.A. won the first place of the Kaylie Prize. The team, "VISTA Wearable," includes four senior computer engineering majors – Daniel Zuleta, Frank Palmer, Cindy Rodriguez, and Javier Montesino – and doctoral student in psychology, Lei Ai. Professor of Computer Science Zhigang Zhu and Professor of Psychology Tony Ro advised the team.[Details]

2011

  • Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics
    The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics have received up to $5000 budget from the provost's office for inviting inter-departmental seminars to prompt the steady development and exchange of ideas. A serial of seminars have been planned during 2011-2012 academic year and the schedule will be announced soon.

  • Professor Peter Brass:
    Professor Peter Brass organized of the 21st Fall Workshop on Computational Geometry held on Nov. 4-5 2011 at the CCNY. The workshop attracted more than 100 attendees worldwide. [Details]

  • Professor Nelly Fazio:
    Professor Nelly Fazio delivered a paper presentation at the 5th International Conference on Provable Security (ProvSec 2011), held in Xi'an, China on Oct. 16-18, 2011 [Details]

    Professors Nelly Fazio and William Skeith organized the 2nd Faces of Modern Cryptography workshop, held on Sept. 9, 2011 at CCNY. [Details]

    Professors Nelly Fazio, Gilbert Baumslag, William Skeith, together with Vladimir Shpilrain (Mathematics/CCNY) and Antonio Nicolosi (Computer Science/Stevens), have received a 3-year NSF TC award entitled "Collaborative Research: Provable Security from Group Theory and Applications" . [Details]

    CAISS professor Nelly Fazio to co-chair the 14th IACR International Conference on Practice and Theory in Public Key Cryptography.  The International Conference on Practice and Theory in Public Key Cryptography (PKC) has been the main annual conference focusing on all aspects of public-key cryptography. Organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), PKC regularly attracts papers from world-renowned scientists in the area of cyptrography. For more information please visit the conference site at PKC2011


  • Professor Irina Gladkova:
    Professors  Irina Gladkova and Michael Grossberg, together with Maria Binz-Scharf (Economics and Business) and Karin Block (Earth and Atmospheric Science) have received a City Seed grant entitled "Designing Cyber-infrastructure to Facilitate Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in the Geosciences".


  • Professor Michael Grossberg
    Professors  Michael Grossberg and Irina Gladkova, together with Maria Binz-Scharf (Economics and Business) and Karin Block (Earth and Atmospheric Science) have received a City Seed grant entitled "Designing Cyber-infrastructure to Facilitate Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in the Geosciences".


  • Professor Kaliappa Ravindran:
    Professor Kaliappa Ravindran was a co-organizer of a workshop on Intelligent Networking: Adaptation, Communication and Reconfiguration (IAMCOM) at Bangalore (India) in January 2011

    An invention by Professor Kaliappa Ravindran and his collaborators Kevin Kwiat (of US Air Force Research Lab) and Ali sabbir (ex-ph.d student at CUNY, currently a faculty member at Independent University Bangladesh), entitled as "Method and Apparatus for Timing Information Flow in a Distributed System", has been issued as U.S.Patent 7,877,748 on January 25, 2011. The patent was filed in Nov. 2006

  • Professor William Skeith:
    Professor William Skeith gave an invited talk entitled "Random Self-Reducibility Properties of Learning Problems over Burnside Groups of Exponent 3" at the Symbolic Computations and Post-Quantum Cryptography (SCPC) seminar at the Stevens on Sept. 29. [Details]

    Professors William Skeith and Nelly Fazio organized the 2nd Faces of Modern Cryptography workshop, held on Sept. 9, 2011 at CCNY. [Details]

    Professors William Skeith, Nelly Fazio, Gilbert Baumslag, , together with Vladimir Shpilrain (Mathematics/CCNY) and Antonio Nicolosi (Computer Science/Stevens), have received a 3-year NSF TC award entitled "Collaborative Research: Provable Security from Group Theory and Applications" . [Details]

    The Department of Mathematics and Department of Computer Science of the City College of New York, in cooperation with similar Departments of Stevens Institute of Technology announce a workshop series on "TOPICS BETWEEN MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE". Workshops will be held on designated Fridays at the CUNY Graduate Center. The first meeting will be on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 2:00-3:30 pm in room 8405. William E. Skeith (CCNY) will give an introductory lecture on "Learning with errors". Workshop coordinators: Vladimir Shpilrain( City College), Douglas Troeger (City College), Alexei Miasnikov(Stevens Institute) and Robert Gilman (Stevens Institute).


  • Professor Zhigang Zhu:
    Professor Zhigang Zhu (PI), along with Co-PI's Tony Ro (Psychology, CCNY), Ying Li Tian (EE, CCNY), Kok-Meng Lee (Georgia Tech) and Boris Prilutsky (Georgia Tech) have been awarded a 4 year NSF EFRI award under the topic Man, Machine and Motor Control (M3C) for their proposal: Mobility Skill Acquisition and Learning through Alternative and Multimodal Perception for Visually Impaired People. [Details]


    Professor Zhigang Zhu with Professor Jizhong Xiao have received a NCIAA grant for a senior design course on: Wearable Multimodal Wayfinding Techniques for Blind and Visually Impaired People. [Details]

    Professor Zhigang Zhu has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the 2011 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP). He will bring two PhD students (Mr. Edgardo Molina and Mr. Tao Wang) to work with him at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Wright Patterson for ten weeks. Their AFRL Advisors are Dr. Kevin L. Priddy and Dr. Clark Taylor.

2010

  • Professor Gilbert Baumslag:

    CAISS Director Gilbert Baumslag was selected to conduct research at the prestigious Institut des Haute Etudes Scientiques (IHES) located outside of Paris. While at IHES, Dr. Baumslag delivered several lectures at the University of Paris on advanced research concerning group theory. Dr. Baumslag's visit ran from September - October 2010.


  • Professor Peter Brass:

    Professor Peter Brass was awarded a three-year NSF grant of $299,039.  Entitled "Strategy Problems for Robots and Sensor Networks", the project aims at developing strategies that allow mobile robots and sensor networks to perform their tasks near-optimally.


  • Professor Abbe Mowshowitz:

    ITA TA3 Workshop, Imperial College, London, Jan. 2010


  • Professor Kaliappa Ravindran:

    Professor Kaliappa Ravindran gave invited talks/discussions at NEC Europe (Heidelberg, Germany) in September 2010 and General Motors Research(Bangalore, India), in January 2010. The topics are "Managed QoS-Assurance in Networked Systems" and "Cyber-physical systems based Framework for Design of Automotive System", respectively.

    Professor Kaliappa Ravindran received a Faculty fellowship Award from Naval Research Laboratory in Summer 2010

    Professor Kaliappa Ravindran received a grant from ITT Industries on a project entitled "Replica Voting Protocols for Fault-tolerance and Group Communication Algorithms for Event Disseminations", $32,500.


  • Professor William Skeith:

    Professor William E. Skeith delivered a paper entitled Public-Key Encryption with Efficient Amortized Updates at the 7th Conference of the Security and Cryptography Networks held in September at the Università degli Studi di Salerno in Almafi, Italy. Professor Skeith along with Nishanth Chandran (UCLA) and Rafail Ostrovsky (UCLA) revisit problems associated with searching and modifying public-key encrypted data to find improved amortized bounds.


  • Professor George Wolberg:

    Professor George Wolberg, together with Professor Annette Weintraub (Art), has won a CCNY City Seed grant entitled "Computer-Aided Mosaic Design and Construction"


  • Professor Zhigang Zhu:

    Professor Zhigang Zhu, together with Professor Tony Ro (Psychology) and Ying Li Tian (Electrical Engineering), has won a CCNY City Seeds grant entitled "Wearable and Multimodal Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired".

    Professor Zhigang Zhu was appointed as Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, effective September 15, 2010.


  • The 2008-18 Job Outlook:

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2009

  • Professor Gilbert Baumslag

    A plenary speaker: American Math. Society, Lincoln Nebraska, May 18

    A plenary speaker: London Math. Society and Edinburgh Math. Society, August 2


  • Professor Nelly Fazio:

    AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings. Special Session on Algebraic Cryptography and Generic Complexity. Washington, DC. January 7, 2009.(Invited Speaker).

    Program Committee member: ACM Symposium on Information, Computer & Communication Security (ASIACCS '09). Sydney, Australia. March 17-19, 2009.

    Program Committee member: 12th International Workshop on Practice and Theory in Public Key Cryptography (PKC '09). Irvine, CA. March 18-20, 2009.

    Program Committee member: Cryptographers' Track at the RSA Conference (CT-RSA '09). San Francisco, CA. April 20-24, 2009.

    Security and Privacy Day. Rutgers University. May 15, 2009(Invited Speaker).


  • Professor Izidor Gertner:

    Program Committee Member: Program Committee member of Automatic Target Recognition XX Conference, organized by SPIE , Defense Security+Sensing, Orlando, 2009

    Chaired Session: Chaired a Technical Session 1 "Spatio-Temporal Processing" as part of Automatic Target Recognition XX Conference, organized by SPIE , Defense Security+Sensing, Orlando, 2009

    Conference Presentation: “A Unified Direct Approach to Image Registration and Object Recognition with a Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithm” presented at 2009 International Conference on Intelligent Computing (ICIC 2009) on September 16-19, 2009 in Ulsan

    The book "Evolutionary Algorithms in Digital Image Processing: A Hybrid Approach " by Izidor Gertner and Igor Maslov appeared in November 2009 with LAP Lambert Academic Publishing


  • Professor Abbe Mowshowitz:

    ITA Annual Conference, College Park, MD, Sept. 2009

    Network Science Workshop, USMA, West Point, NY, Oct. 2009


  • Professor Zhigang Zhu:

    A Provisional Patent was filled by Z. Zhu, Y. Qu, T. Wang Vision-aided automated vibrometry, U.S. Prov. Patent Appl. No. 61/163,169, March 25, 2009

    Dynamic 3D Mosaics for Urban Scene Modeling and Target Detection, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dept., Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, Northwestern University, November 12, 2009 (invited speaker)

2008

  • Prof. Gilbert Baumslag:

    CCNY group theory conference: September 26, 2008(invited speaker)

    Fairfield University group theory conference: October 10, 2008(invited speaker)

    American Math. Soc. Wesleyan University: October 11, 2008(invited speaker)

    Center for Communications Research, Princeton NJ: October 21, 2008(invited speaker)

    Center for Worker Education CCNY: November 10, 2008(invited speaker)


  • Professor G.S. Bloom:

    A plenary speaker:Graceful Banana Trees at the Fourth International Workshop on Graph Labeling - 2008 (Harbin, China, January 7-10, 2008).

    Program Committee: The 4th International Workshop on Graph Labeling (IWOGL 2008), Harbin, China, January 7-10, 2008. 


  • Professor Peter Brass:

    Professor Peter Brass gave an invited talk on algorithms for guards, searchers, and trackers at the University of Wuerzburg in germany on
    April 7th, 2008.

    Professor Peter Brass was member of the Program Committee of the 12th International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis in Buffalo,
    April 7-9, 2008

    The book "Advanced Data Structures" by Professor Peter Brass appeared in September 2008 with Cambridge University Press.

    Professor Peter Brass is invited speaker at the 18th Fall Workshop on Computational Geometry October 31st - November 1st, 2008 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    Professor Peter Brass gives an invited talk on Problems and Results on the Combinatorial Geometry of Shapes at the Worcester Polytechnich Institute, Worcester, MA December 12, 2008


  • Professor J. Pach:

    Coloquio Victor Neumann-Lara de Teoria de las Graficas, Combinatoria y sus Aplicaciones, Zacatecas, Mexico, March 3 - 7, 2008 (plenary speaker)

    Workshop on Combinatorial Geometry and Topology, South Padre Island, Brownsville, Texas April 11 - 13, 2008 (invited speaker)

    New Directions in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, May 5 - 9, 2008 (invited speaker)

    Topological and Geometric Graph Theory, Paris, France May 18 - 23, 2008 (plenary speaker)

    24th Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry, College Park, Maryland June 9 - 11, 2008

    6th Operations Res. Days, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, Sep 11 - 12, 2008 (keynote speaker)

    Discrete Geometry Workshop, Oberwolfach, Germany, September 21--27, 2008 (invited speaker)


  • Professor Zhigang Zhu:

    A panelist on Security Technologies: Prospects, Possibilities, and Problems Panel, at the Conference of Protecting New York from Terrorism and Disaster: Taking Stock, Setting Directions, Looking Forward, Levin Institute of State University of New York, January 10-11, 2008

    Invited speaker:Sensor and Vision Technologies for Protecting New York City at the Conference on Emergency Preparedness, Queens Hospital Center Emergency Management Committee, Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

    Professor Zhigang Zhu is the PI on a grant for "A SystemApproach to Adaptive Multi-modal Sensor Designs", under the AFOSR Discovery Challenge Thrusts (DCTs). The Co-PI of this award is Professor Harvey Rhody at Rochester Institute of Technology. This is a four-year grant for$1,234,417. [further detail]

    Professor Zhigang Zhu gave an invited talk on 3D Mosaics Using Moving Imaging Sensors: A Compact Visual Representation at the AFRL Summer Seminar Series, Dayton, Ohio, July 23, 2008.

2007

  • Professor Zhigang Zhu:

    3D Video Mosaics for Surveillance and Inspection, Invited Talk, Stevens Institute of Technology, December 06, 2007.

    Dynamic 3D Mosaics with Data Structures, Invited Talk, Department of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke College, November 19, 2007.

    Content-Based Dynamic 3D Mosaics for Urban Scene Modeling and Target Detection, Distinguished Seminar Series, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 23, 2007.

    Dynamic 3D Mosaics for Urban Scene Modeling and Moving Target Detection, Sarnoff Corporation, Princeton, NJ, October 04, 2007.

    Prof. Zhigang Zhu and Prof. Thomas S. Huang are the co-editors of a book entitled, Multimodal Surveillance: Sensors, Algorithms and Systems * published by Artech House in July 2007. ( ISBN-10: 1596931841)


  • Professor G.S. Bloom:

    Invited Lecture: Progress on Graph Labelings: Old and New Problems at the International Conference on Graph Theory and Information Security 2007 (Bandung, Indonesia,10-13 February, 2007).

    Keynote Lecture: Diverse Applications of Numbered Graphs at the International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science (Chennai, India, March 1-3, 2007).

    Editorial Board: AKCE International Journal of Graphs and Combinatorics.
    Co-Guest-Editor: Special Issue on Graph Labelings of the AKCE International Journal of Graphs and Combinatorics (Editors: S. Arumugam, G. Bloom, M. Miller and J. Ryan)


  • Professor Janos Pach:

    A plenary speaker at the Workshop on Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Geometry, University of North Texas, Denton, November 29 - December 1, 2007.

    Served as co-chair of the17th Fall Workshop on Computational Geometry, IBM Hawthorne, New York November 9 - 10, 2007. [further detail]

    Professors Peter Brass, Janos Pach and Zhigang Zhu are Program Committee members of ICCIT 2007, 10th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 27 - 29, 2007.

  • Professors Peter Brass and Janos Pach:

    China Science Press published the facsimile edition of the monograph 'Research Problems in Discrete Geometry' by Professors Peter Brass, William Moser, and Janos Pach, as Volume 28 in its series World Classics in Mathematics. The original edition was published by Springer in 2005.


  • Prof. Janos Pach:

    Plenary speaker at the following five conferences :

    Internat. Conf. on Computational Geometry and Graph Theory - in Honor of J. Akiyama and V. Chvatal on their 60th birthday, Kyoto, Japan: June 11 - 15, 2007.
    13th International Conference on Random Structures and Algorithms, Tel Aviv, Israel: May 28 - June 1, 2007.
    1st Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference, Banff, Canada: May 28 - 31, 2007.
    Computational Geometry Seminar, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany: March 11 - 16, 2007.
    Coloquio de Teoria de Graficas, Ciudad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato : February 26 - March 2, 2007.

    Invited speaker at two different special sessions at AMS Eastern Section Meeting, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey: April 14 - 15, 2007.

    Two papers have been accepted at the 23rd Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry, Gyeongju, South Korea: June 6 - 8, 2007.


  • Prof. G.S. Bloom:

    Along with Mr. Juntao He, an undergraduate Computer Science student , presented results on Magic Digraphs at the most recent Graph Theory Day (11/18/06) cosponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and the US Military Academy at West Point

    Speaker at the "International Conference on Graph Theory and Information Security" (Bandung, Indonesia,10-13 February, 2007) on "Progress on Graph Labeling: Old and New Problems".

    Speaker at the "International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science" (Chennai, India, March 1-3, 2007) on "Diverse Applications of Numbered Graphs".

    Visiting Research Professor CIAO (Center for Informatics and Applied Computing) at the University of Ballarat (Australia) from March 5 to June 5, 2007.

2006

  • Prof. Ravindran and Dr. Kevin Kwiat are the co-chair organizers of a workshop on Information Assurance Middleware for COMmunications (IAMCOM ).The workshop covers a new area of Middleware for Dependable Communications, dealing with generic hardware/software tools and models to control and manage communication infrastructures. It is being held in Bangalore, starting on 12 Janaury , 2007.
  • Prof. Anshel , Dr. Iris Anshel, and Dr. Dorian Goldfeld, who are the cofounders of SecureRF Corp., a Westport, Conn.-based company, have introduced a secure RFID (radio frequency identification) tag solution, called the Algebraic Eraser . Their security solution employs an algorithm based on infinite group theory and works on quick iterations of small numbers. (October 21, 2006)
  • Prof. Gertner's article ranked third in the list of TOP25 Hottest Articles - downloaded during April, May and June, 2006 - from the journal Information Fusion (October 20, 2006)
  • Prof. Grossberg was awarded $110,000 for 2006 to develop algorithms for Robust Compression of Remotely Sensed Data from NOAA-NESDIS. (October 18, 2006)
  • Prof. Gladkova and Prof. Grossberg are Co-PI's on the $12.5 million grant awarded to the NOAA-CREST over the next 5 years. (October 18, 2006)
  • Prof. Grossberg is also a Co-PI on the $12.5 million grant awarded to create the NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative Science Center (CSC) over the next 5 years. (October 18, 2006)
  • Prof. Baumslag joined the Editorial Board of Groups, Geometry, and Dynamics published by the European Mathematical Society. (October 04, 2006)
  • Prof. Zhu joined the Editor Board of Machine Vision and Applications Journal , Springer, as an Associate Editor.
  • Prof. Zhu is Co-Guest Editor, with Prof. Takeo Kanade (Carnegie Mellon University) of the Special Issue on Modeling and Representations of Large-Scale 3D Scenes , of the International Journal of Computer Vision , Springer , to appear late 2007.
  • Prof. Pach joined the Editorial Board of International Journal of Computer Mathematics published by Taylor & Francis.
  • Prof. Pach gave together with Prof Micha Sharir (Tel Aviv University) a series of ten lectures on 'Combinatorial and Computational Geometry: Trends and Topics for the Future' at a satellite conference of the International Congress of Mathematicians, in Alcala (Spain), August 31 to September 5, 2006.
  • Prof. Pach is co-organizer of the Conference on Topological Graph Theory and Crossing Numbers at the Banff International Research Center , October 21 to October 26, 2006.
  • Prof. Brass , Prof. Pach , and Prof. Zhu are members of the program committee of the ICCIT'2006 (9th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology ) at Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 21 to 23, 2006.
  • Prof. Wolberg was awarded a grant for "Feature-Based Data Fusion for 3D Photography" by the Department of Energy. This is a 3-year grant for $556,694.
  • Prof. Wolberg was awarded a grant, together with Prof. Ionnis Stamos (Hunter College, CUNY) for a " Visualization Toolkit for 3D Photography ".This is a one-year $40,000 CUNY Collaborative Research Grant.
  • Prof. Mowshowitz: will present a talk on "Technology as excuse for questionable ethics" at the Ethicsbot Workshop("Ethics of human interaction with robotic, bionic, and AI systems: concepts and policies")in Naples, Italy, October 17-18, 2006.
  • NY Post recognizes successful CS student: In an article titled `Best & Brightest fuel CCNY revival', the NY Post chose graduating senior James H. Faghmous, president of our ACM student chapter, to illustrate the claim of City College as the "poor man's Harvard".
  • Prof. Mowshowitz: Appointed to the ACM Awards Committee as member (and next year chair) of the subcommittee on special ACM awards for finalists in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Fair was held this year in Indianapolis. Next year it will be in Albequerque.

  • Prof. Mowshowitz: Participating in the International Technology Alliance, a major 10 year and $100 million R&D effort, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.K. Ministry of Defence. The project meeting will be held in Cambridge, UK June 12-14, 2006.

  • Prof. Mowshowitz: PI on a Partnership for Innovation sub-grant (under CISDD's grant from NSF). The business partner is Kamida, a New York City based company in the location-based messaging arena. The project is a six-month effort to develop software to enhance Kamida's service, and he will be supervising a CSc graduate student hired to build the software.

  • Prof. Zhu received grant: The Air Force Research Lab has awarded a grant to Professors Zhu (PI), Wolberg, and Haralick, for the study of Dynamic Pushbroom Stereo Mosaics for 3D and Moving Target Extraction. [further detail]
  • Prof. McCracken to participate in an NSF workshop Nov. 3 and 4, on "Integrative Computing Education & Research (ICER): Preparing IT Graduates for 2010 and Beyond." [further detail]
  • Prof. Levin received grant : The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a grant to Professors Esther Levin ( PI ) , Izidor Gertner and Jie Wei to study the use of LSA in computing word sense frequencies.
  • Professor Pach has edited two books : The proceedings of Graph Drawing 2004 ,which took place at the City College of New York September 2004 , has been published by Springer Verlag. Cambridge University Press has published the conference volume of the MSRI Special Semester on Discrete and Computational Geometry, co-organized by Pach at Berkeley in the Fall of 2003,

2005

  • Prof. Mowshowitz guest editor: The october 2005 issue of the Communications of the ACM, dedicated to `The Digital Society', was guest-edited by Mowshowitz and Turoff
  • Prof. Brass and Prof. Pach publish monograph: The book `Research Problems in Discrete Geometry' by Brass, Moser, and Pach, appeared with Springer. This book summarizes the state of more than 500 open problems in discrete geometry, giving thus the definitive survey of the topic.
  • Prof. Gertner cover figure: as member of the IEEE Working Group for Standards on Ultrawideband Radar, he appeared on the cover of the recent IEEE Magazine on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.
  • McCracken Named Teacher Of The Year