September 2014

U History of Technology Discussed at Conference

Faculty from the University of Utah's School of Computing will be participating in this year's Utah State History Conference Friday, Sept. 26 at The Leonardo. Members of the Entertainment Arts & Engineering video game school will be involved in a panel discussion about the history of video game development in Utah while SOC professor Mary Hall will host a panel about the U's legacy in computing, which included such pioneers as Alan Kay, John Warnock and Ed Catmull. The panels will be open to the public. more

School of Computing Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

Tamara Denning, Assistant Professor

Tamara Denning received her PhD working with Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2007.
Tamara's interests are in the human aspects of computer security and privacy, ranging from understanding how people use and reason about current technologies to designing security and privacy that better matches the human and logistical needs of people around the technology - user and non-user alike. Past areas of work include security for implantable medical devices, the security of consumer technologies in the home, security and privacy issues surrounding augmented reality, and security toolkits for awareness and education. Tamara's work is published in both human-computer interaction and computer security venues, and has been covered by new outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, NY Times, and Wired.

Hari Sundar, Assistant Professor

Hari Sundar joins the University of Utah from the Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Research Associate. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sundar's research focuses on the development of computationally optimal parallel, high-performance algorithms, that are efficient and scalable on state-of-the-art architectures. It is driven by applications in biosciences and geophysics, such as cardiovascular mechanics, medical image analysis, and seismic wave propagation. A major contribution of his research has been the development of parallel algorithms for the solution of elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic PDEs using nonuniform discretizations based on Galerkin and discontinuous Galerkin schemes. Dr. Sundar's research has resulted in the development of state-of-the-art distributed algorithms for adaptive mesh refinement, geometric multigrid, fast Gauss transform and sorting.

Vivek Srikumar, Assistant Professor

Vivek Srikumar joins the School of Computing as an assistant professor in Fall 2014. Prior to this, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Srikumar's research interests are driven by the increasing need to manage, analyze and understand large amounts of unstructured data, especially in textual form. He works on computational approaches that facilitate intelligent analysis of human languages and his research lies in the intersection of machine learning and natural language understanding. His work has involved the development of representations of text that capture its meaning. From the machine learning perspective, his research centers around the design of both learning algorithms, that can learn to predict structured representations of raw data, and also inference algorithms, that enable the prediction process to be scaled up to large collections of text.

July 2014

Miriah Meyer Receives NSF Career Award

Miriah Meyer receives NSF CAREER AWARD for her work "Design Decision Patterns for Visualizing Multivariate Graphs

Elaine Cohen receives John Gregory Memorial Award

Elaine Cohen was presented the John Gregory Memorial Award for her outstanding contributions to geometric modeling.

The John A. Gregory Award is presented to one or more individuals for Fundamental Contributions to Field of Geometric Modeling. The laureates are chosen by a committee operating privately and announced once every three years. Impact on the field over one's lifetime is an important criterion in making selections for this award. The award was presented at Schloss Dagstuhl.

May 2014

Graduation Reception Awards

This year the school recognized each of the following individuals.

Outstanding Teaching Award // John Regehr
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award // Crystal Vivian
Outstanding Graduating Computer Science Senior Award // Tyler Sorensen
Outstanding Graduating Computer Engineering Senior Award // Mac Wibbels
Outstanding Graduating Computer Engineering Senior Award // Leandro Watanabe

Each award recipient was given a plaque and small cash prize

Erik Brunvand Awarded Prestigious Appointment

Associate Professor Erik Brunvand from the School of Computing, has been appointed to the special rank of University Professor for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. Appointment to the prestigious rank of University Professor recognizes extraordinary skill in or commitment to university teaching with an emphasis on crossing conventional boundaries, interdisciplinary relationships, and a strong commitment to liberal education. The rank of University Professor offers faculty who have attained unusual distinction in undergraduate teaching the opportunity to launch a new project that will make a significant difference in our students educational experience. This project should reflect the rich traditions of inquiry or creative activity found in one or more of the four areas that constitute the Intellectual Explorations component of our students General Education studies, as well as courses that satisfy the University's graduation requirements. The two-year appointment includes a budget that may be used to complete the proposed project.

Professor Brunvand proposes to develop a course tentatively titled "Explorations in Digital Media" that will introduce undergraduate students from across campus to a variety of digital media subjects that also involve computation. He plans to emphasize hands-on projects that include both programming and physical/electronic artifacts. This will introduce students to computing and increase their technological fluency through digital media arts/technology projects. He will also organize a lecture series to be delivered by a slate of national and international speakers related to experimental digital media that will be open to the campus community.

Jeff Phillips Receives NSF Career Award

Jeff Phillips receives NSF NSF CAREER AWARD for his work "Foundations for Geometric Analysis of Noisy Data" more

March 2014

EAE Students Win Big

The University of Utah's #2 nationally ranked graduate game design program - just won the student showcase award for their game Cyber Heist at the international Independent Games Festival. more

January 2014

Ross Whitaker: School of Computing's New Director

Ross Whitaker became the new director of the School of Computing in January 2014. Since joining the School of Computing in 2000 as an assistant professor... more

Tyler Sorensen, CRA Undergrad Research Award Finalist

Tyler Sorensen, an undergraduate working with Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and Zvonimir Rakamaric was a finalist in the 2014 CRA UG Research Awards competition. more

December 2013

Ross Whitaker elected IEEE Fellow

IEEE Board of Directors elevated Ross Whitaker to IEEE Fellow, effective, January 1, 2014, for contributions to image and geometry processing, visualization, and medical image analysis.

Chris Johnson elected IEEE Fellow

IEEE Board of Directors elevated Chris Johnson to IEEE Fellow, effective, January 1, 2014, for leadership in scientific computing and scientific visualization.

November 2013

Graduate Student Receives Best Paper Award

Ben Jones, was awarded the "ACM Motion in Games 2013 Best Paper Award" for his paper titled "Dynamic Sprites." more

October 2013

Miriah Meyer Named PoPTech Science Fellow

The PopTech Fellows program aims to "accelerate the impact of emerging innovators and scientists working to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges."more

Data Center Engineering Certificate at the U

University of Utah's College of Engineering received approval for its new undergraduate certificate program in data center engineering. The new program is designed to prepare students to work in data centers run by government agencies and companies such as eBay, Oracle and Goldman Sachs. more

September 2013

SoC Awarded $2.4M for Computing Testbed

A team led by School of Computing faculty member Robert Ricci has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. More

September 2013

EAE and Magnetic by Nature featured at Salt Lake Comic Con


September 2013

Chris Johnson Receives Sidney Fernbach Award

Distinguished Professor Chris Johnson for receiving the IEEE Computer Society 2013 Sidney Fernbach award for "outstanding contributions and pioneering work introducing computing, simulation, and visualization into many areas of biomedicine"
The Sidney Fernbach Award is one of the IEEE Computer Society's highest awards, and recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches.
This will be awarded at SC'13 in Denver in Nov. 2013. more

June 2013

Undergrad Awarded Best Research Poster Award

Robert Christensen, was awarded the "SIGMOD 2013 Best Undergraduate Research Poster Award" for this work entitled: "Adaptive Log Compression For Massive Log Data." Robert is a student working with Professor Feifei Li.

June 2013

Student wins at ACM Student Research Competition

Tyler Sorensen, an undergraduate student was awarded first place at the student research competition held at the International Conference on Supercomputing 2013 more

April 2013

Wei-Fan Chiang receives NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

Wei-Fan Chiang, a graduate student working with the School of Computing's Zvonimir Rakamaric and Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, has won the prestigious NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship more

March 2013

EAE Program No. 1 in Nation

The University of Utah's Entertainment Arts and Engineering program was recently ranked no. 1 by the Princeton Review more

March 2013

Chris Johnson Appointed CRA Board of Directors

Chris Johnson, director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute was recently elected a member of the CRA Board of Directors. more

December 2012

Ivan Sutherland Awarded Kyoto Prize

Ivan Sutherland, a former University of Utah computer science professor (1968-1974) and co-founder of Salt Lake City's Evans & Sutherland has won the 2012 Kyoto Prize. more

November 2012

Miriah Meyer Selected as 2013 Ted Fellow

SoC assistant professor Miriah Meyer has been named a 2013 TED Fellow, recognizing her efforts in interactive visualization systems that help scientists make sense of complex data. more

November 2012

Students Win Supercomputing Competition

Six students from the School of Computing won an international technology competition Thursday, bringing attention to the U and the growing field of supercomputing. more

September 2012

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan Wins Beacons of Excellence Award

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan will receive the award which recognizes excellence in creating and offering a transformational experience to undergraduate students. more

July 2012

Zvonimir Rakamaric receives Prestigious Award

Zvonimir Rakamaric received the prestigious Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) award. His research proposal was among the 10 awarded proposals that were chosen from more than 100 submissions from around the world. more

June 10, 2012

Miriah Meyer selected as Faculty Fellow

Miriah has been selected as one of seven Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows for 2012. The award recognizes innovative, promising new faculty members from research institutions around the world for their advancements in computing research. more

June 7, 2012

Students Learn Computer Graphics at Summer Camp

30 high school student participate in the Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) Summer Camp. more

April 19, 2012

New USTAR Building Dedicated

The James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building-A USTAR Innovation Center marks the beginning of a new era of interdisciplinary translational research at the University of Utah. more

March 12, 2012

Utah's Tech Jobs Get a Lift

Last year, Utah created jobs at a faster pace than any other state in the country... NPR Story

s years Organick Lecture Series more

March 10, 2012

David E. Shaw to present Organick Lecture Series

David E. Shaw, chief scientist at D. E. Shaw Research will present the talks at this years Organick Lecture Series more

March 1, 2012

EU's EAE Program Ranked 3rd in Nation

The University of Utah's Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program is ranked 3rd in the nation by the Princeton Review. SL Tribune

January 10 , 2012

Ed Catmull to be UofU Commencement Speaker

School of Computing alum Ed Catmull (PhD '74), will deliver the 2012 University of Utah general commencement address on May 4th. more

December 29, 2011

Catmull Film added to National Film Registry

The 1972 experimental film "A Computer Animated Hand" by Utah alum, Ed Catmull has been added to the National Film Registry. more

December 7, 2011

Chuck Hansen Elected IEEE Fellow

Chuck Hansen has been elected an IEEE Fellow in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments in the development of visualization tools. more

December 6, 2011

John Regehr Receives 2011 Google Research Award

Congratulations John! more

November 30, 2011

SoC Undergrad Received an Honorable Mention as a 2012 CRA Outstanding UG Researcher

Grant Ayers recently was awarded an honorable mention as a 2012 CRA UG Researcher. more

November 3, 2011

U Student Scores Sci-Fi Win at Film

When third-year film student Luke Hartvigsen set out to make a sci-fi thriller he was not interested in giving viewers an answer to life's questions, but only in making them think about such things as reality vs. virtuality and the thin line that technology draws between the two. more

November 3, 2011

Super Computing 2012 Hosted in Salt Lake City


November 3, 2011

Extreme Data Management Center in the News

Deseret News

November 3, 2011

SoC Undergrad Wins $10K in Programming Contest


September 26, 2011

UofU Create New Video Game to Help Kids with Cancer

Even super heroes need a chance to get better, especially if they've been fighting their arch-nemesis and a robotic crab that just won't go away. At least, that's the premise behind a video game developed at the University of Utah to help children with cancer during their treatment.more , SL Tribune

July 29, 2011

Best Paper Award at 2nd MultiClust Workshop

Congratulations to Jeff Phillips, Parasaran Raman and Suresh Venkatasubramanian

Jeff Phillips, Parasaran Raman and Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Discovering, Summarizing and Using Multiple Clusterings (held in conjunction with ECML-PKDD 2011) "Generating A Diverse Set Of High-Quality Clusterings"

July 1, 2011

School of Computing Welcomes Five New Faculty Members

Feifei Li, Assistant Professor
Before joing Utah Dr. Li was an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department, Florida State University, from August 2007 to July 2011. Before that, he obtained his B.S. in computer engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2002 and PhD in computer science from Boston University in 2007. His research focuses on large scale data management, such as query processing, indexing, and query optimization in databases. He also works on probabilistic data, text/string processing, semantic web/graph data (e.g., RDF), data processing using MapReduce, as well as security and privacy issues in data management. Some of his research projects collaborate with Microsoft Research, IBM Research, and AT&T Labs. His research has been actively supported by NSF, HP Labs, FSU, and the Florida Department of Revenue. He has won an NSF career award in 2011, the best presenter award in IBM T.J. Watson research center's summer Intern lecture series in 2006, and the IEEE ICDE best paper award in 2004.

Miriah Meyer, Assistant Professor
Miriah is an assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah working within the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. Her research focuses on the synergistic relationship of visualization and interaction for enabling scientific discovery from large, multidimensional data. Recently she has focused on working with genomics and molecular biology data. She obtained her bachelors degree in astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, and earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah Miriah was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Miriah is a receipiant of a 2009 and 2010 NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellow award. She was also awarded a 2006 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship that landed her a stint as a science writer for the Chicago Tribune. Miriah is on the organizing committee for the inaugural IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization.

Jeff Phillips, Assistant Professor
Jeff Phillips has a BS in Computer Science and BA in Math from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University where he was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Jeff is a recipient of a 2009 and 2010 NSF/CRA Computing Innovations Postdoctoral Fellow award. His interests span the areas of algorithms, data mining, machine learning, databases, and computational statistics, specifically those areas relevant to processing and understanding uncertainty in large scientific data sets.

Zvonimir Rakamaric, Assistant Professor (joining January 2012)
Zvonimir Rakamaric was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in Silicon Valley, where he is also working closely with researchers from the Robust Software Engineering Group at NASA Ames Research Center. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, where his supervisor was Alan Hu. Zvonimir grew up and did his undergrad in Croatia.
The main focus of Zvonimir's research is developing practical methods, techniques, and tools for improving reliability and correctness of complex systems. Currently, his emphasis is on highly automatic and scalable analysis techniques for software, in particular for concurrent software. He is interested in any technique that supports those goals, such as extended static checking, automated theorem proving, model checking, and runtime verification.

Jur van den Berg, Assistant Professor
Dr. Jur van den Berg obtained his MSc in Computer Science at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2003. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science at Utrecht University, the Netherlands in 2007 with his thesis titled "Path Planning in Dynamic Environments". After that, he has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007-2009, 2010-2011), and at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2010). Since the summer of 2011, Jur is assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. Jur's research interests lie in algorithmic robotics, with a particular focus on robot collision avoidance, planning, and control in application domains such as medical robotics, crowd simulation, virtual environments and computer games, autonomous transportation, and personal robotics.

May 4, 2011

EAE DAY 2011 featured in the news

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April 3, 2011

Weibin Sun selected 2011 NVIDIA Graduate Fellow

Congratulations to Weibin Sun selected as a 2011 NVIDIA Graduate Fellow. Weibin, a second-year PhD student in the Flux Research Group, was selected for this highly-competitive award for his work on "Augmenting Operating Systems With The GPU."

March 16, 2011

New Undergraduate Student Lounge Dedicated

The School of Computing is please to announce the completion of a new undergraduate student lounge in the Merrill Engineering Building. The new 1200 square foot space will give undergrad students a place to study, relax and interact with one another. The dedication ceremonies were held on March 16th, when students, faculty and staff packed the halls of the Merrill building to participate in the celebration. The new space was made possible with a generous donation from CS alum John LaLonde. John received his B.S. in computer science from the U in 1989. He is currently the CTO of Abstrax Inc. a software development located in Tempe, Arizona.

"I felt I received the best education money could buy when I was at the U. At that time no one else provided the blend of rigorous theory and practical application. It allowed me to hit the ground at a full sprint. I believed it was my moral obligation to give back to an institution that treated me so well. Hopefully this lounge will create an environment that will allow students to weave a strong social fabric and network that can be a springboard to help each other create new industries and paradigms that will change the world. I would only ask that they then remember the institution that served them so well." - John LaLonde (BS '89)

February 18, 2011

Tom Fletcher Receives NSF Career Award

Tom Fletcher recently received a 5 year, $400,000 NSF CAREER award. This award will be used to develop nonlinear statistical models and classification procedures for time-varying shape and investigate their application to biomedical image analysis problems. Tom will work with collaborators at the Brain Institute to apply these methods to further our understanding of developmental disorders such as Autism and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Tom is part of the SCI Institute and a USTAR faculty member.

November 18, 2010

The University of Utah's Entertainment Arts & Engineering program cordially invite
you to attend an Open House celebrating the opening of our new Master Games Studio

Please visit us on

Wednesday, December 1st
4:00 - 7:00PM
Film and Media Arts Building
370 South 1530 East
(directly south of the library)

Come see the new space, meet our students, and enjoy some light refreshments


12.22.2010 : UofU Student - "Tech Student of the Month" more

12.20.2010 : "Getting a Degree in Gaming" - SL Tribune more

12.17.2010 : U of Utah: No. 1 for Startups more

Matt Might vs. Cyber Criminals more

A Conversation with Ed Catmull more

11.17.2010 : Mary Hall named ACM Distinguished Scientist more

11.2010 : Chris Johnson awarded Visualization Career Award more

10.27.2010 : "Getting the Big Picture Quickly" more

NSF funds Computer Systems Research Center at the New Mexico Consortium in Los Alamos more

August 23, 2010

Professor Mary Hall Awarded $1.25M in DARPA Grant

TItle-Echelon: Extreme scale Compute Hierarchies with Efficient Locality Optimized Nodes

Grant summary: We propose to develop fundamental new technologies that will enable the construction of agile ubiquitous high-performance computing (UHPC) systems by 2018. These technologies will enable construction of systems that achieve energy efficiency of 20pJ/FLOP, are easy to program, and are resilient in the face of both component failures and malicious attacks. The project will consist of a Phase I for the first two years, which will produce a design concept backed by research studies. A Phase II activity over the next two years will produce a system simulator and prototype software stack. University of Utah's role in this project will be to contribute to the programming model design and compiler technology for the new architecture.

DARPA News Release

MarketWatch Story

SoC Student in the News for Hot Selling iPhone App more

7.22.2010 : "Data Mining Made Faster" more

Twitter Moves to Utah more

July 12, 2010

University of Utah Selected for Annual HP Labs Innovation Research Program

Salt Lake City, Utah, July 12, 2010 - Rajeev Balasubramonian from School of Computing at the University of Utah has been selected to participate in the prestigious HP Labs Innovation Research Program. The program is designed to provide colleges, universities and research institutes around the world with opportunities to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP. Professor Balasubramonian, will collaborate with HP Labs on a research initiative focused on Meeting Datacenter Demands with Novel DRAM Architectures.

Professor Balasubramonian joined the School of Computing in 2003. He has been working on computer architecture research topics, with a primary focus on performance and power optimizations for multi-core systems. His recent foray into memory system research began with a collaboration with colleague, Professor Al Davis, and several students of the Utah Arch research group. The team delved into the primary reasons behind energy inefficiencies in modern DRAM systems, especially within large-scale datacenters. The team grew to include Utah alumnus Dr. Naveen Muralimanohar of HP Labs and Dr. Norm Jouppi, Director of the Exascale Computing Lab at HP. The group concluded that order of magnitude improvements to the memory system are possible with an overhaul of the memory architecture. Initial ideas in this direction have been articulated in a recent paper at the prestigious ISCA conference.

The award from HP's Innovation Research Program will help Utah researchers explore the many design issues required to validate their ideas. The team is considering ways to activate the minimum memory circuitry required to access data and effect data transfer with photonic communication. Says Prof. Balasubramonian, "The collaboration with HP is vital to ground our research in industrial constraints. It greatly improves our chances of impacting the designs of DRAM memory vendors in the next 10 years."

HP reviewed more than 375 proposals from 202 universities across 36 countries. The University of Utah is one of only 52 universities in the world to receive a 2010 Innovation Research award. The HP Labs Innovation Research Program is designed to encourage open collaboration between HP and the academic community on mutually beneficial, high-impact research. This year's proposals were solicited on a range of topics within the eight broad research themes at HP Labs - analytics, cloud, content transformation, digital commercial print, immersive interaction, information management, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability.

"Our goal with the HP Labs Innovation Research Program is to inspire the brightest minds from around the world to conduct high-impact scientific research, addressing the most important challenges and opportunities facing society in the next decade," said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs.

Chris Johnson Awarded the 2010 Rosenblatt Award more

MACHINIMA in the SL Tribune more

New Executive Graduate Program in Video Game Development more

Huy Vo Awarded NVIDIA Fellowship for Second Year Running more