May 12, 2015: CS PhD students sweep UIC Graduate College awards

We are proud to announce that four Computer Science graduate students won UIC Graduate College awards this year.

Dean's Scholar Award

Zhiyuan Chen and Victor Mateevitsi

Zhiyuan Chen and Victor Mateevitsi are a recipients of the Dean's Scholar Award, presented by the Dean of the UIC Graduate College in recognition of a student's scholarly achievement. This award, given to UIC?s most distinguished doctoral students, provides a one-year fellowship stipend and tuition and fee waivers, to enable these students to dedicate their time to complete their dissertation work. Each department is allowed to nominate at most two candidates for the award and this year is the first time that both CS nominees won it.

Chen's research is lifelong machine learning for coherent topics discovery using big data. The goal is to design computational models that learn as humans do, i.e., retaining the knowledge learned in the past and leveraging it for future learning.

Mateevitsi's chosen research is in Human Augmentics and Sensory Augmentation; that is, he is studying how wearable technologies and body sensors affect people?s perception of the world around them and, more specifically, how these devices can improve one?s awareness in complex environments. Immediate applications that have broad impact vary from protecting soldiers, firemen and policemen in hostile environments, to providing better quality of life to the visually and hearing impaired.

Abraham Lincoln Fellowship

Rachel Harsley

Rachel Harsley, a PhD student in the Natural Language Processing Group, receives Abraham Lincoln Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success, like President Lincoln himself, who by his words and actions forged the framework for America's pursuit of freedo m, equality and justice.

Harshley works on intelligent tutoring systems for CS education. Her primary research passion is to create innovative solutions that help resolve the issue of underrepresentation of minority students pursuing CS degrees.

Provost's Award for Graduate Research

David Randolph

David Randolph received the Provost's Award for Graduate Research, which provides support for student research projects. Randolph is a PhD student in the Natural Language Processing Group.

Chen (2015), Mateevitsi (2013), and Harshley (2013) were also named one of the ?Fifty for the Future? by the Illinois Technology Foundation.

Congratulations to all our outstanding graduate students!

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