News 2014

Saptarshi Ghosh wins Humboldt fellowship

October 2014
MPI-SWS postdoctoral fellow Saptarshi Ghosh has won a one-year Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists from abroad to spend extended periods of research in Germany. Dr. Ghosh will be spending his fellowship year with the MPI-SWS Social Computing research group.

MPI-SWS spinoff Aircloak wins Cisco IoT Security Grand Challenge

October 2014
MPI-SWS spinoff Aircloak has won the 2014 Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) Security Grand Challenge. Aircloak was selected for its innovative approach to privacy protection—it is building the world's first anonymized analytics system. As a grand challenge award winner, Aircloak was awarded a $75,000 cash prize and was showcased at the IoT World Forum. In addition, the award also provides the Aircloak team with mentoring, training and access to business expertise from Cisco and other supporting organizations, as well as potential investment and partnering opportunities in the future. For more info see the Cisco award announcement (in English or in German), and the Cisco blog.

MPI-SWS research in the New York Times

July 2014
MPI-SWS faculty Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil has had his work on conversational threads in social media mentioned in The New York Times. This is joint work with Lars Backstrom, Jon Kleinberg and Lillian Lee.

MPI-SWS researchers win SOUPS distinguished paper award

July 2014
Krishna Gummadi, Mainack Mondal and Bimal Viswanath, along with Yabing Liu and MPI-SWS alumni Alan Mislove, have received a distinguished paper award at SOUPS 2014, for their paper "Understanding and Specifying Social Access Control Lists."

Aaron Turon receives SIGPLAN Dissertation Award

June 2014
Aaron Turon, a postdoc in Derek Dreyer's Foundations of Programming Group, has received the 2014 ACM SIGPLAN John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award for his PhD thesis, "Understanding and Expressing Scalable Concurrency", which he completed at Northeastern University in 2013 under the supervision of Mitch Wand. This international award is presented annually to the author of the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of Programming Languages. Aaron has recently joined Mozilla Research in San Francisco, where he is a member of the development team for the Rust programming language.

MPI-SWS research in the news

May 2014
MPI-SWS faculty member Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil has had his work on how to ask for a favor featured on various media outlets including the Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Slate's Future Tense blog, ABC News and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Links to all the articles can be found here. This is joint work with Tim Althoff and Dan Jurafsky.

MPI-SWS student selected to attend Heidelberg Laureate Forum

May 2014
MPI-SWS Ph.D. student Arpan Gujarati has been selected to attend the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September 2014. An international committee of experts seleted Arpan for one of only 100 spots reserved for young computer scientists from around the world. In addition to participating in the forum, he will be one of 40 students given the opportunity to present his research in a poster session.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum gives young computer science and math researchers the opportunity to interact with some of the world's top scientists. The speakers for the 2014 Forum, for example, include 14 different Turing Award winners, as well as numerous winners of the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize.

Peter Druschel and Deepak Garg win funding from Google

February 2014
MPI-SWS faculty members Peter Druschel and Deepak Garg have won a Google Faculty Research Award. The award is conferred on selected recipients, based on proposals from all over the world. The award, granted in the area of computer systems, supports their work on enforcing declarative data policies in distributed systems.

MPI-SWS featured in local documentary

January 2014
MPI-SWS was featured in a documentary produced by local public broadcasting company SWR Rheinland-Pfalz. Part of the "Made in Rheinland-Pfalz" series, the documentary focuses on three software organizations along the "Software Mile" in Kaiserslautern: MPI-SWS, The Fraunhofer IESE, and DFKI. The documentary includes a brief interview with MPI-SWS faculty member Björn Brandenburg and research scientist Felix Bauer.

The documentary will be aired on January 22 at 6:15 pm.

Rupak Majumdar wins Most Influential Paper Award

January 2014
MPI-SWS faculty member Rupak Majumdar has been selected as the winner of this year's POPL (Principles of Programming Languages) Most Influential Paper Award. The ACM SIGPLAN Most Influential POPL Paper Award is a retrospective award—it is given each year to the paper deemed most influential from the POPL conference 10 years earlier.

Majumdar won the award for his 2004 paper, Abstractions From Proofs, which was coauthored with Thomas Henzinger, Ranjit Jhala, and Kenneth McMillan. The paper introduced a technique to automatically find program abstractions using logical interpolation and showed the effectiveness of the technique in software verification.

MPI-SWS featured in local documentary

January 2014
MPI-SWS was featured in a documentary produced by local public broadcasting company SWR Rheinland-Pfalz. Part of the "Made in Rheinland-Pfalz" series, the documentary focuses on three software organizations along the "Software Mile" in Kaiserslautern: MPI-SWS, The Fraunhofer IESE, and DFKI. The documentary includes a brief interview with MPI-SWS faculty member Björn Brandenburg and research scientist Felix Bauer.

The documentary will be aired on January 22 at 6:15 pm.