CCLS Senior Research Scientist Prof. Vladimir Vapnik wins the NEC C&C 2013 prize

NEC C&C Foundation

CCLS Senior Researcher Prof. Vladimir Vapnik was awarded the NEC C&C prize for 2013 (¥10,000,000), for contributions to establishing Statistical Learning Theory and for the invention of high-performance and practical Learning Algorithms.

CCLS Researcher Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, and co-workers' paper "QuantMiner for Mining Quantitative Association Rules" gets accepted for publication in the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR) open source software


CCLS Researcher Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, and co-workers' paper "QuantMiner for Mining Quantitative Association Rules" gets accepted for publication  in the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR) open source software . 

Authors: Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Christel Vrain , Cyril Nortet, Xiangrong Kong, Vivek Rathod, and Daniel Cassard.

The software will be published along with a paper. 

PhD student Faiza Khan Khattak and CCLS researcher Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi's paper "Robust Crowd Labeling using Little Expertise" gets accepted at the Sixteenth International Conference on Discovery Science

Discovery Science 2013

Crowd-labeling emerged from the need to label large-scale and complex data, a tedious, expensive, and time-consuming task. But the problem of obtaining good quality labels from a crowd and their integration is still unresolved. To address this challenge, we propose a new framework that automatically combines and boosts bulk crowd labels supported by limited number of “ground truth” labels from experts.

The ground truth labels help to estimate the individual expertise of crowd labelers and difficulty of each instance, both of which are used to aggregate the labels.

Innovative Building Operating System Provides the Brain for Smarter Cities

CCLS Smart Energy team's work on Building Operating Systems

CCLS Senior Research Scholar Dr. Roger Anderson and the Smart Energy team's innovative work on Building Operating System was the lead story in the Columbia Engineering newsletter.  The article can be found here.  

Here are the team members who are part of this exciting work:

Selex ES, Rudin Management and Columbia University team up for energy saving innovative system Di-BOSS™

CCLS project with SelexES and Rudin Management

The global technology company Selex ES of Finmeccanica is bringing to market Di-BOSS™, a new generation of digital building operating systems that will be unveiled at IBCon 2013
(Intelligent Building Conference) at the Orange County Convention
Center in Orlando, June12-13. 

WordsEye Team with Daniel Bauer from CCLS wins grand prize for the New York State Business Plan Competition

PhD Students Bob Coyne and Daniel Bauer (CCLS), along with team advisor Prof Julia Hirschberg and Neelam Brar from the Columbia-London EMBA-Global program, have won the $100,000 grand prize for the New York State Business Plan Competition. The Columbia team was chosen from among 430 teams from nearly 60 colleges and universities across the state. The team won for WordsEye, a natural language processing system that creates 3D scenes from simple textual descriptions.

New director of CCLS - announcement from Kathy McKeown, Director, IDSE

Becky Pssonneau

I am pleased to announce that Rebecca Passonneau has agreed to take over as Director of CCLS. Becky has been a member of CCLS for about seven years now (as her linked in account just reminded me) and was actively involved in the administration of CCLS over the past two years as acting associate director during the transition from Dave's reign as Director. Becky has been active in research efforts involving speech and dialog, multimodal processing, summarization evaluation, ConED projects, among many others. We are moving to a model similar to the chair model used in CS where director will serve for three years and may be elected to a second term by CCLS research scientists.

Please join me in welcoming Becky into her new position effective immediately.

CCLS's Apoorv Agarwal awarded an IBM PhD fellowship

Apoorv Agarwal, a PhD student in the Computer Science department who is working with Owen Rambow at the Center for Computational Learning Systems, has been awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship for 2013-2014.  The award follows a highly competitive worldwide selection process.  Apoorv's research at Columbia concentrates on extracting social networks from written documents, by identifying the "social events" which make up our social relations.  For detecting social events, Apoorv uses advanced natural language processing methods including syntactic and semantic parsing, and machine learning approaches based on tree kernels.  While an intern at IBM's Watson group in the past, Apoorv worked on improving the Watson system and on porting it to the medical domain. 

CCLS NLP group sweeps the 2013 NAACL submissions

The CCLS NLP group  sweeps the 2013 paper submissions to the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies.  This year, the paper acceptance rate to this prestigious conference is 30% for long papers, and 32% for short papers.  Of the 140 papers at the conference, eight papers will be from CCLS NLP members, amounting to 6% of the program.  

Congratulations CCLS NLP!

The papers are:

CCLS Senior Research Scholar Dr. Roger Anderson featured in a program from the BBC and PBS called "Inside the Megastorm"

CCLS Senior Research Scholar Dr. Roger Anderson will be a featured scientist in the Nova program from the BBC and PBS called "Inside the Megastorm" explaining the importance and integration of the electric grid with other infrastructures in NYC in the face of Sandy, and what to do next in NYC to prepare for climate change.  It will premier on November 18th, Sunday night at 7pm on Channel 13 in NYC and nationally on your PBS stations.

To know more about this program, please visit -

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