Upcoming Devotional
November, 29 2021
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Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will deliver the devotional address at 11:05 am in the BYU Marriott Center.

Elder Andersen's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYUradio 107.9 FM, and SiriusXM 143. Video, text, and audio are archived on speeches.byu.edu. These remarks will be given on Tuesday, Decmeber 7.
Simulating Government Institutions in Networked Societies
November, 17 2021
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Wednesday, November 17th at 3pm, Summit Room 3346 TMCB

Advisor: Jacob Crandall

MS Thesis Proposal Abstract for Michael Richards
CS Weekly Seminar Series
November, 15 2021
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Come support students Thomas Miller, Chris Rytting and Taylor Sorensen who will be presenting their research!

Thursday, December 2nd at 11am in 1170 TMCB
BYU researchers create algorithm to predict suicidal thoughts in adolescents
November, 08 2021
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If counselors could predict which kids are most likely to commit suicide, they could save lives. Researchers from Brigham Young University, Johns Hopkins and Harvard have come up with an algorithm that predicts suicidal thoughts and behavior among adolescents. Their findings could lead to more effective measures to prevent suicide. (From https://ksltv.com/476011/byu-researchers-create-algorithm-to-predict-suicidal-thoughts-in-adolescents/)

“I’ve had close friends that have had suicides in their family. For me, it’s kind of personal that way,” said BYU computer science professor Quinn Snell. “Our lab had been looking at suicidality and suicide ideation for quite a little while.” (Quote from https://ksltv.com/476011/byu-researchers-create-algorithm-to-predict-suicidal-thoughts-in-adolescents/)
Modeling User Relationships in Online Communities of Creators
November, 04 2021
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Friday, November 19th at 1pm, 3350 TMCB

Advisor: Nancy Fulda

MS Thesis Defense for Berkeley Andrus
New Faculty Member - Brett Decker
October, 20 2021
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Brett Decker received a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in 2012. He then was hired full-time at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)---he first started working for SNL as a student intern in 2010. As part of SNL’s Critical Skills Master’s Program, Brett obtained a MS in Computer Science from Brown University in 2015. At SNL, Brett has been a software engineer, architect, and lead on various secure embedded and PC software systems. Brett came to BYU in Fall 2019.

I have a lot of hobbies, though I'm not good at all of them: reading, gardening, basketball, racquetball, board game design, piano, banjo & anything my kids are interested in.
Computer Science Family History Technology Builds Connection
October, 13 2021
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Computer Science students in the Family History Technology Laboratory were recently featured in an article in the Daily Universe.

Relative Finder is one of the ways the lab offers users an opportunity to form a personal connection in family history. The app helps users find other users they are related to through the use of their family trees. The program, which recently hit 1 million users, provided an Ohio therapist a way to help her homeless patients “not feel isolated,”.

I was very gratifying for me, to be participating in something that can really connect people with each other.
Beware of IPs in Sheep’s Clothing: Measurement and Disclosure of IP Spoofing Vulnerabilities
October, 11 2021
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Thursday, October 21st at 3pm, Conference Room

Advisor: Casey Deccio

MS Thesis Defense for Alden Hilton
Communication Effects when Playing with Humans in Multi-Round Games
October, 06 2021
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Thursday, October 21st at 3pm

Advisor: Jacob Crandall

MS Thesis Defense for Tim Whiting
BYU Homecoming 2021
September, 30 2021
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To see the full list of homecoming events (Oct 5 - 9, 2021) click here: https://homecoming.byu.edu/homecoming/schedule

Homecoming Opening Ceremony will be held Tue, Oct 5 @ 11:05AM in the BYU Marriott Center (no ticket required).
Eric Mercer receives Amazon Science Award
September, 11 2021
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Dr Eric Mercer was the 2021 Amazon Research Awards recipient in AUTOMATED REASONING.

Mercer wins coveted Amazon Science Award
Online Learning for Hybrid Text Corpus Simplification and Named Entity Recognition
September, 08 2021
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Monday September 13th at 2pm

Advisor: Mark Clement

MS Thesis Defense for Brandon Bingham
Reducing the Manual Annotation Effort for Handwriting Recognition Using Active Transfer Learning
July, 23 2021
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Friday July 30 at 10am

Advisor: Mark Clement

MS Thesis Defense for Eric Burdett
New Faculty Member - Dr. David Grimsman
June, 19 2021
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David is a recent graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are centered on multiagent systems, game theory, distributed optimization, mechanism design, and security, however, he’s genuinely open to new domains of thinking which may challenge his assumptions or deepen his appreciation of current understanding. Alongside his academic pursuits, he has been able to work in industry for Applied Invention and MIT Lincoln Laboratories, allowing him to apply theory to several industries, including agriculture, national defense, travel, security, and aerospace. He has also been a leading member of Achilles Heel Technologies, a startup company applying systems theory to the security of critical infrastructures.

In his spare time, David enjoys watching and playing sports – really anything that’s active and strategic. He’s excited to be here at BYU with his wife, Kalisha, and his four children: Rose, Harvey, Elaine, and Walter.
Contrastive Pre-training for Discourse-Aware Conversation Models
June, 15 2021
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Thursday, July 8th at 11:00am, 3350 TMCB

Advisor: Kevin Seppi

MS Thesis Defense for Roland Laboulaye
Exploring Non-functional Coupling Between Subsystems
June, 08 2021
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Wednesday, June 23 at 11:00am

Advisor: Jonathan Sillito

MS thesis defense for Matt Pope
Simple SSH Management
May, 19 2021
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Wednesday, June 9th at 4:00pm

Advisor: Daniel Zappala

MS Thesis Defense for Torstein Collett
Healing Racism Through Jesus Christ
May, 05 2021
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Watch Ryan Gabriel's devotional, Healing Racism Through Jesus Christ, and learn more about how we can "work hard to heal the painful legacies of racism that we inherited."

"To pretend race is not important does not show compassion for the experiences of others who, by virtue of their experiences with racism, know that it is. Christ does not ask us to ignore or wish away another's pain but to know it and touch it." -Ryan Gabriel, assistant professor of sociology
Mental Health Awareness Month
May, 05 2021
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Visit inclusion.cs.byu.edu for resources and more information.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let's work together to make sure no one feels alone, especially during these troubling times.
Reinforcement Learning with Auxiliary Memory
April, 30 2021
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Tuesday, May 25th at 1:00pm

Advisor: David Wingate

MS thesis defense for Sterling Suggs
Welcome to New Faculty Member - Porter Jenkins
April, 01 2021
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Porter is extremely excited to be joining the faculty at BYU. His main area of research is Artificial Intelligence, where he tries to help machines learn a little bit more like humans.  He received a PhD from Penn State studying machine learning and data mining, and BS in Statistics from BYU.

We are excited to have Dr Porter Jenkins join the BYU Computer Science Faculty.
Student Employee Appreciation week
March, 22 2021
Student Employee Appreciation Week
We really appreciate all of the TAs, RAs, Secretaries, Administrative Assistants, System Administrators and other employees.
The DNS Bake Sale: Advertising DNS Cookie Support For DDoS Protection
March, 18 2021
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Friday, March 26th at 11am

Advisor: Casey Deccio

MS thesis defense for Jacob Davis
Improving Artistic Workflows For Fluid Simulation Through Adaptive and Editable Fluid Simulation Techniques
March, 11 2021
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Wednesday, March 31st at 3:00pm

Advisor: Parris Egbert

PhD dissertation defense for Sean Flynn
Black History Event
February, 25 2021
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The month of February is Black History Month. It's an annual celebration of recognizing the achievements and the role of African Americans in U.S. History. For Black History Month, the BYU Student Service Association PEN Talks with collaboration with the Kennedy Center, Global Women's Studies, and clubs including BYU Women of Color, and BYU Black Student Union are hosting a panel discussion on the topic "Black Women Throughout Social Movements."

Gina Dorsan from the Department of Computer Science will be a member of a panel discussing "Black Women Throughout Social Movements."
Threads
February, 18 2021
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Welcome to the CS Department's second edition of Threads, a student-driven publication of "thread" papers describing the evolution of various ideas in computer science.  The topics for these papers were chosen by the students in CS 611, the only required course for our Ph.D. students, who then researched and wrote the papers making up the publication.  Our hope in sharing them with you is that they will give you a glimpse of the kinds of ideas these advanced students are engaging, expose you to the stories behind the evolution of a number of great ideas in computer science, and inspire rich technical conversations throughout the department.  Enjoy!

This is a student driven publication (that is to say, even the editor was another student TAing the class) of "thread" papers from the (mostly Ph.D.) students in CS 611 last semester describing the evolution of an idea in computer science that they are interested in.
Picture a Scientist
February, 18 2021
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February 10-March 13

For more educational resources from CS Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (CSIDE), please visit inclusion.cs.byu.edu.

One of the first steps to solving a social problem is learning more about the issue. The Peery Series is hosted by Brigham Young University's Ballard Center for Social Impact. In conjunction with the series, each month the Ballard Center focuses on a different social issue.
AI-driven User Profiling
February, 17 2021
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AI-driven user profiling based on user data is a key component of providing a personalized experience on Facebook. However, public concern has grown around social media platforms profiling users to infer fine-grained interests and characteristics such as race, religion, or socioeconomic status, which can be used for secondary purposes such as targeted advertising. In fact, there have been recent public outcries over how such micro profiling has been used to sway political views, as well as concern over how people’s emotional and psychological well-being can be negatively affected. This project investigates how to leverage one of the most popular medium for engaging viewers, Youtube videos, to increase digital literacy and help users limit such profiling. This is an interdisciplinary effort drawing from Media and Film studies, Applied Artificial Intelligence, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Xinru Page recently received funding to increase digital literacy around user profiling.
1918 dataset details how pandemics spread
January, 19 2021
Handwriting Recognition

Ten Computer Science students, including Stanley Fujimoto and Eric Burdett, have been instrumental in using handwriting recognition to find which people died in the 1918 pandemic in the United States. To create the dataset, students identified and retrieved hundreds of thousands of relevant images from FamilySearch.

“That’s been quite a process because their collections are just massive,” said Burdett, who wrote computer code to interface with FamilySearch’s system. “We have access to millions and millions of records from FamilySearch, resources a lot of researchers haven’t had before.”

To teach the computer to extract relevant entries from certificates with varying layouts, Fujimoto modified and trained object detection algorithms typically used to identify people or cars in images. The students in the lab transcribe causes of death using a state-of-the-art handwriting recognition algorithm created by former BYU graduate student Curtis Wigington. Once they obtain the transcriptions, students assign a diagnosis code to the certificates to standardize differing ways coroners described the same cause of death. The automated process has allowed them to transcribe over 100,000 death records in under 2 hours, compared with the weeks or months of labor that human-generated transcriptions require.

For many, involvement in the project will shape their professional futures.

“This project is giving us the skills to be able to function in jobs in big fields in computer science like machine learning and artificial intelligence,” Burdett said.

As for Fujimoto—despite his past indifference to genealogy—seeing cutting-edge computer science and machine learning applied to family history has inspired him to take a full-time position as a data scientist with Ancestry.com.

“Sometimes in school we are focused so much on theory, and I love that I can see that the things we’ve been learning can actually make a difference,” said Burdett, who joined the team more recently and replaced Fujimoto as the student project leader when the latter graduated this past summer.
National Suicide Prevention Month Resources
September, 17 2020
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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. For information and resources, check out http://cswomen.byu.edu/help-for-students-in-crisis/.

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