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December 12 2012
ISP PhD graduate Jialan Que ranked 3rd in ISDS

Jianlan Que, graduated from ISP with a PhD in August 2012, is now a Security Researcher with McAfee, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA. She has received the 3rd place of 2012 ISDS Award for Outstanding Research Articles in Biosurveillance (http://isdsnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/2012-isds-award-for-outstanding.html). Jianlan has a paper, Rank-based spatial clustering: an algorithm for rapid outbreak detection, recently published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.  

September 18 2012
Ian Wong Awarded MSTAR

Ian Wong, ISP/MI Ph.D. student, was awarded the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program scholarship. This twelve-week summer scholarship will allow Ian to work towards developing computer-based explanations for predictive models that are useful in clinical medicine including geriatric medicine. Ian is mentored by ISP faculty member Shyam Visweswaran.

March 26 2012
Distinguished Lecturer Marilyn Walker comes to ISP

Marilyn Walker, Professor of Computer Science and head of the Natural Language and Dialogue Systems Lab in the Baskin's School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will be speaking to the AI community on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Noon.  At USC her lab is part of the Computational Media Group, whose research focuses on next-generation computer games, incorporating concepts from dynamic theory and social interaction, and notably extending the language capabilities of current interactive games focusing specifically on training, assistive and educational games.  Her presentation on April 13th, Expressive Generation for Interactive Stories, will present the recent work on developing the technical capabilities needed to automatically generate dialogue for characters interactive digital stories. 

The lecture will be on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Noon at 5317 Sennott Square.

March 06 2012
Matthias Grabmair Awarded Andrew Mellon Fellowship

Matthias Grabmair has been awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year!  Congratulations to Matthias.

December 21 2011
ISP Faculty News and more

Recent news about ISP faculty awards and research.

December 17 2011
ISP Graduate Students -- Recent Publications

Recent publications of current ISP Graduate Students.

December 16 2011
Where are ISP Graduates today?

The Intelligent Systems Program alumni have secured interesting and exciting positions upon graduation.

June 14 2011
ICAIL 2011 Best Student Paper Award to Matthias Grabmair

Matthias Grabmair, ISP Ph.D. student, received the Best Student Paper Award during The Thirteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2011).  The award winning paper "Facilitating Case Comparison Using Value Judgments and Intermediate Legal Concepts" illustrates how legal case-based reasoning can be modeled in a formalism based on arguments about the interaction between fact patterns and underlying legal values. It is co-authored by the ISP faculty member Kevin D. Ashley.

April 08 2011
ISP Student and Faculty Paper Accepted to IJCAI 2011 Conference

ISP Grad students Saeed Amizadeh's and Shuguang Wang's paper, "An Efficient Framework for Constructing Generalized Locally-Induced Text Metrics", was accepted to the Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011).  The IJCAI is the most prestigious AI conference and will take place in Barcelona, Spain July 16th through July 22nd.  The conference is very selective in accepting papers, in 2009 only 331 were accepted from almost 1300 submitted to the conference.  The paper was also authored by ISP faculty, Milos Hauskrecht.

April 01 2011
Two ISP Faculty participate in IBM Watson Events

Diane Litman, Director of ISP, and Kevin Ashley, ISP faculty, participate in the IBM Watson Symposium on March 30, 2011.  This day-long symposium included a series of discussions with Pitt and CMU experts in technology, health care, and law.  Diane Litman was a panelist in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) forum, along with David Ferrucci, PI of the deepQA/Watson Project for IBM; and Eric Nyberg, professor in CMU's Language Technology Institute.  Kevin Ashley was one of three presenters about the real world applications NLP technologies, with Donald Burke, dean of Pitt's Graduate School fo Public Health and Brian Butler, professor of business administration.  The symposium ended with the IBM Watson Presentation, Demonstration and Q&A Panel with a Jeopardy! challenge between Pitt student team, CMU student team and Watson.

Read the March 28, 2011 Pitt Chronicle article.

Read the March 31, 2011 Post Gazette article.

Read the April 4, 2011 Converge Magazine article.

IBM Communications interview with Diane Litman.

University of Pittsburgh Mediasite NLP & Watson panel discussion.

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