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Lingjia Deng and Mohammad Falakmasir are our Andrew Mellon Fellows for 2014-15

Two ISP graduate students Lingjia Deng and Mohammad Falakmasir, were awarded the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a very competitive fellowship. Congratulations to Lingjia and Mohammad!

Dr. Wiebe to be a keynote speaker at the Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence

ISP Director Jan Wiebe will be a keynote speaker for the 28th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 2-5, 2015. She will be presenting her work on designing an NLP framework for interpreting implicit and explicit opinions in text and dialog. For more details, click here.

Jan Wiebe elected to the Dietrich School Nominating Committee and the University Senate

Congratulattions to ISP Director Jan Wiebe on being elected to the Dietrich School Nominating Committee and the University Senate.

Dr. Yu-Ru Lin's work covered by Pitt News Services

ISP Faculty, Dr. Yu-Ru Lin's work on "Understanding How Emotions Ripple After Terrorist Acts" has been featured in the Pitt News Services. It covers her joint work with Dr. Drew Margolin on how twitter reacted to the Boston bombings. You can read the full article here.

Pitt to lead Big Data Center (Greg Cooper, Center Director) with $11 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help biomedical scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery (CCMD) is a collaboration of researchers at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and Yale University. The Center will develop and implement causal modeling and discovery algorithms to help address several key biomedical problems, including the discovery of cell signals that drive the development of cancer, the molecular basis for the onset and progression of several lung diseases, and the functional connections within the human brain.  Dr. Gregory Cooper is the Center Director and an ISP faculty member, as are several other CCMD investigators. Additional information is available at

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