News

Prof. Eugene Agichtein wins Microsoft Research "Beyond Search" Award
Published Date: 2007-12-19
Microsoft Research and Microsoft adCenter announced Eugene as one of the recipients of the Beyond Search – Semantic Computing and Internet Economics 2007 RFP awards. The research (in collaboration with Prof. Charles Clarke of the University of Waterloo) aims to develop techniques to automatically identify the user queries and behavior patterns associated with commercial intent. Specifically, the researchers will develop a taxonomy of commercial intent to classify user information needs along dimensions such as immediate vs. near-term purchase, or purchase vs. research. The researchers will also develop techniques to automatically infer the information needs from user actions to classify the search session in the corresponding commercial intent category. The general intent inference algorithms developed will also be applicable to other (non-commercial) intent detection tasks, such as detection of scholarly research intent, health information seeking, and market research. For more information see the Microsoft Research announcement.
Prof. David Borthwick's book published by Birkhauser
Published Date: 2007-09-27
Professor David Borthwick's book "Spectral Theory of Infinite-Area Hyperbolic Surfaces" has just been published by Birkhauser Boston, as volume 256 of the series Progress in Mathematics. The book covers recent advances in geometric scattering theory in the context of Riemann surfaces. More information can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Spectral-Infinite-Area-Hyperbolic-Surfaces- Mathematics/dp/0817645241/ref=sr_1_1/002-3918494-5040868? ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190742111&sr=8-1)
Putnam Math Competition December 1st
Published Date: 2007-09-20
The 68th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held on Saturday, December 1st. This is a challenging test of problem solving skill, open to all undergraduates. If you would like to represent Emory, or for more information, please e-mail Professor Grigni at mic@mathcs.emory.edu .
Department welcomes Alessandro Veneziani
news Published Date: 2007-09-07
We are pleased to announce that Alessandro Veneziani, previously of the Politecnico di Milano, has joined Emory as Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. Alessandro's research interests are in computational mathematics, with a particular emphasis on simulation and modeling of fluid flows. He is currently working on hemodynamics and mathematical prediction of aneurysms in blood vessels. He recently received the Sacchi-Landriani Internazional Prize for Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, and is a past recipient of a SIAM Outstanding Paper award. He will be a key participant in our Computational Mathematics program and will teach linear algebra, computational fluid dynamics, and numerical simulation. We welcome Alessandro warmly and wish him a long and fruitful career at Emory!
Professor Benedict Gross to deliver "Luminaries" lecture on September 14
Published Date: 2007-08-28
Professor Benedict Gross, Dean and Professor of Mathematics, Harvard College and Member, National Academy of Sciences, will deliver the next lecture in Emory's "Luminaries in Science" distinguished lecture series. Professor Gross is well known for his work in number theory, particularly the Gross-Zagier theorem on L-functions of elliptic curves, which was work with Don Zagier. Professor Gross's lecture will be held in White Hall 207 on Friday, September 14, 2007 from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. All are invited
Professors Garibaldi and Haber receive tenure!
news Published Date: 2007-08-28
The department is pleased to announce that Skip Garibaldi and Eldad Haber have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure! Congratulations!
Five department majors graduate with honors
Published Date: 2007-05-01
Five undergraduate major students from our department graduated with honors this year:
  • Samuel Ballas: Geometrically Finite Fuchsian Groups and the Patterson-Sullivan Measure, advisor: David Borthwick
  • Tristan Dennen: Unitary Symmetries in Particle Physics, a First Encounter, advisor: David Borthwick
  • Jacob Ensign: Vote Buying in Multi-Dimensional Preference Space, advisor: Victoria Powers
  • Sabrina Rainwater: Some Properties of Quasicircles and Symmetric Quasicircles, advisor: Shanshuang Yang
  • Solomon Stein
    Generic Polynomials and Cyclic Galois Groups, advisor: Eric Brussel
Evans/Hall lecture and award ceremony - April 30th
Published Date: 2007-04-20
Mark your calendars: The Evans/Hall lecture, "Future challenges and directions for computer science", will be held on Monday, April 30th at 4pm. The speaker, Peter Yianilos, is the Managing Member for Research of Merin, LLC and the Chairman of Netrics, Inc. He received a 4 year BS/MS in mathematics from Emory in 1978 and his PhD in computer science from Princeton in 1997. Before the lecture, the winners of the Marshall Hall, Trevor Evans, Jackson, and Putnam awards will be announced. After the lecture, there will be a reception.
PhD student Julianne Chung to attend meeting of Nobel laureates
Published Date: 2007-03-14
Julianne Chung, PhD student in Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University, has been selected to attend a meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, July 1-6, 2007. Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers. Julianne will be a member of a student delegation from the Unites States, supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), the National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (NSF-MPS), and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
Prof. Jim Nagy receives Crystal Apple Award
news Published Date: 2007-03-06
Prof. Jim Nagy received the 2007 Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. The Crystal Apple Awards, started in 1999, are given to recognize professors "who make a difference in the lives of their students". Seven awards were made from approximately 150 nominations. Nominations are prepared by students. Committees made up of professional, graduate and undergraduate students and past Crystal Apple Award recipients selected the winners. More information can be found in the Emory Wheel article about the awards.