DIMACS News Archive

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[December 2017] The DIMACS/Simons Collaboration on Bridging Continuous and Discrete Optimization
DIMACS announces an upcoming Special Focus on Bridging Continuous and Discrete Optimization as part of a broader partnership with the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. The new DIMACS/Simons Collaboration on Bridging Continuous and Discrete Optimization features activities at both DIMACS and the Simons Institute devoted to advancing both the foundations and applications of optimization. >>

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[November 2017] Rebecca Wright named 2018 IEEE Fellow & ACM Distinguished Member
DIMACS Director Rebecca Wright has been named an IEEE Fellow in recognition of her contributions to applied cryptography and privacy. Earlier this year, she was also named a Distinguished Member of the ACM for her scientific contributions to computing. >>

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[October 2017] Three DIMACS Special Focus Programs Draw to a Close
Three long-running DIMACS special focus (SF) programs drew to a close with the end of the summer. The SF on Cybersecurity, SF on Energy and Algorithms, and SF on Information Sharing and Dynamic Data Analysis combined to sponsor 53 events that engaged nearly 2800 people. Together they hosted a total of 30 visitors at DIMACS and its partner institutions. >>

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[September 2017] Douglass-SAS-DIMACS Computer Science Living-Learning Community for Women
DIMACS joins the Douglass Residential College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Department of Computer Science in welcoming the second cohort of students to the Douglass-SAS-DIMACS Computer Science Living-Learning Community for Women, or CS LLC for short. The incoming CS LLC class consists of 20 first-year women intending to major in computer science. Seventeen of these students are from around NJ; one is from NY state; and two are from China. >>

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[July 2017] Workshop Celebrating Eric Allender and Mike Saks
Ken Regan's recent post in the Gödel's Lost Letter blog highlighted presentations, conversations, and the collegial spirit of the E + M = C2 workshop celebrating the birthdays of Eric Allender and Mike Saks. >>

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[March 2017] Remembering Felix Browder (1927-2016) and the Formation of DIMACS
Mathematician Felix Browder led a storied life that included a Ph.D. at age 20, McCarthy-era career setbacks, the National Medal of Science in 2000, and over thirty years on the Rutgers faculty. He was also instrumental in the creation of DIMACS, as described in a remembrance by Fred Roberts. >>

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[December 2016] A Summer Spent Solving Mysteries and Seeing Possibilities
For over 20 years, the DIMACS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has brought students in computer science, mathematics, and related disciplines to spend their summer doing research at Rutgers. The Fall/Winter 2016 edition of the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Access Newsletter includes an article on the experiences of some of the students who participated in the 2016 program. Printable version of this story: [PDF] >>

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[September 2016] New DIMACS Workshops Associated with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
On September 28, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a press release announcing awards to establish ten new “Big Data Spokes” that will coordinate interdisciplinary collaborations addressing some of our most pressing data challenges. In the same press release, NSF announced award of ten planning grants also associated with the BD Spokes program. The planning grants include one to DIMACS to organize two workshops aimed at catalyzing research on privacy and security in big data.

Remembering Andras Hajnal
 Remembering Andras Hajnal (1931-2016) [August 2016] Remembering Andrs Hajnal (1931-2016)
Andrs Hajnal, who served as Director of DIMACS from 1994 to 1995, passed away on July 30 at the age of 85. He is well known for his work on set theory and widely viewed as one of the founders of combinatorial set theory >>

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panel members photo [June 2016] Wright Discusses Diversity at Congressional Caucus
DIMACS Director Rebecca Wright was a panelist in the congressional Diversity in Tech Caucus hosted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on June 22, 2016. She and the other panelists discussed why efforts to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, particularly computing, are worthy of continued Federal support. Wright is a member of the board of the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), and she represented CRA-W on the panel. >>

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DIMACS workshops [April 2016] A Decade of Disease Modeling in Africa
The March 2016 workshop on "Modeling of Infectious Diseases with a Focus on Ebola" was the tenth workshop that DIMACS has organized and held in Africa over nearly a decade of engagement with researchers in Africa. The workshop was held in Senegal, close to the areas of West Africa hardest hit by the 2014 Ebola outbreak but itself largely untouched by Ebola. The workshop examined how mathematical models can be used to understand and forecast disease spread, as well as how they can help to evaluate the effect of different interventions on epidemiological outcomes. >>

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Fred Roberts [April 2016] Inside Jersey Magazine Features CCICADA's Work
Research conducted at CCICADA, the homeland security center based at DIMACS, is featured in an article in the April 2016 issue of the Star-Ledger's Inside Jersey magazine. A related article also appears on the CCICADA website. A PDF version of the Inside Jersey story is available here. >>

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David Johnson [March 2016] Remembering David S. Johnson (1945-2016)
David S. Johnson (1945-2016) was instrumental in the development and evolution of DIMACS as an NSF Science and Technology Center from its earliest days. David established the DIMACS Implementation Challenges to help understand and improve the practical performance of algorithms for important problems, and under his guidance, they became a DIMACS hallmark activity. >>

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DIMACS workshops [January 2016] Workshops wrapping up 2015
Over its lifetime DIMACS has run a great many workshops, but December 15, 2015 marked a new milestone. It was the first time that three DIMACS workshops ran concurrently. The workshop on "Network Coding: the Next 15 Years" was held at DIMACS, the workshop on "Cryptography for Big Data" ran at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, and the "MPE 2013+ International Workshop on Citizen Science" took place at the University of Paris-Dauphine. >>

biomath modules [December 2015] Modules in Mathematical Biology Are Available for Download
A group of twenty modules linking mathematics and biology for use in high school classrooms is now available for free download . The modules were developed in two DIMACS-led projects with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

DRC students [August 2015] New Living, Learning Community for First-year Women in CS at Rutgers
DIMACS will partner with the Department of Computer Science and Douglass Residential College to establish living, learning community for women in computer science at Rutgers. The program, open by application to female first-year students interested in majoring in computer science, aims to launch in 2016. Plans for the new LLC are described in an August 3 article in Rutgers Today. >>.

 Eugene Fiorini [July 2015] Mathematical Mayhem: The “Crime Wave” Continues
On May 4, 2015, DIMACS Associate Director Eugene Fiorini was a central figure in what turned out to be a multi-state “crime wave.” The “crimes” were completely staged, but they were serious business for students participating in two different classes on mathematical forensics.

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DDCC students [June 2015] DDCC Inspires Middle School Students
Rutgers students in the Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps (DDCC) work with middle and elementary school students, especially girls, to help connect them with computing by making it accessible, engaging, and empowering. The work of the DDCC was featured in a June 22 article of Rutgers Today. >>.

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DIMACS announces an upcoming Special Focus on Cryptography as part of a broader partnership with the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. The new DIMACS/Simons Collaboration in Cryptography features activities at both DIMACS and the Simons Institute, bringing together cryptographers and others to advance the state of the art in cryptography toward systems that are simultaneously highly efficient, highly secure, and highly functional. >>.

Vice Admiral Chuck Michel [March 2015] Maritime Cyber Security Symposium hosted by CCICADA at Rutgers University
On March 2-3, 2015 CCICADA, the homeland security center of excellence based at DIMACS, hosted a Maritime Cybersecurity Learning Seminar and Symposium at Rutgers University. The organizers believe it to be the first event dedicated to articulating the cybersecurity challenges and threats to the maritime transportation system. >>.

DIMACS Associate Director search
QR code for application[March 2015] Seeking DIMACS Associate or Assistant Director
The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) based at Rutgers University is seeking a full-time Associate or Assistant Director. Applicants with a doctorate will be considered for Associate Director with a non-tenure track calendar-year faculty appointment at Rutgers. Highly qualified applicants without a doctorate will be considered for a staff appointment as Assistant Director. >>.

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Rutgers women in computing are reaching out to younger students through organizations like the Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps (DDCC) and building a community among peers through the Rutgers Women in Computer Science (WICS) group, which recently organized a hackathon geared toward women. >>

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      discussing sequences [November 2014] DIMACS Celebrates the OEIS
The DIMACS Conference on Challenges of Identifying Integer Sequences was held on October 9-10, 2014. It discussed a wide range of research related to sequences, celebrated Neil Sloane's 75th birthday, and paid tribute to the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences® (OEIS®), the massive catalog of sequences that he created. >>

From Security to Sequences [October 2014] From Security to Sequences: A Day at DIMACS
October 9, 2014 was a busy day at DIMACS. While DIMACS Director Rebecca Wright testified before members of the New Jersey State Legislature on issues of cybersecurity, CCICADA Director Fred Roberts hosted US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft at DIMACS. DIMACS also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) and the 75th birthday of its creator Neil Sloane in the Conference on Challenges of Identifying Integer Sequences. >>

[August 2014] CCICADA Graduate Fellow Begins Postdoctoral Fellowship at CDC
DIMACS extends its congratulations and best wishes to former graduate student Brad Greening as he begins a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta >>

[April 2014] Headaches from Heartbleed: An Interview with Rebecca Wright
In an interview with Rutgers Today, DIMACS Director and security researcher Rebecca Wright weighed in with her thoughts and advice on protecting yourself online. >>

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[February 2014] Survey Says: DIMACS REU Informs Students about Graduate School
A recent report by the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) finds that the DIMACS Research Experiences for Undergraduates ( REU ) program is doing a good job informing and inspiring students about graduate school. >>

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[December 2013] DIMACS to Lead MPE beyond 2013 
DIMACS and the international Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) project announced the continuation of efforts beyond 2013 as "Mathematics of Planet Earth" (MPE) under leadership at DIMACS. >>

DDCC [November 2013] The Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps
DDCC began its second year fueled by experience from last year and a new grant from AT&T Corporation to support and enhance ongoing activities. >>

DIMACSbooks_blurb Mathematics of Encryption book cover[October 2013] New Books with DIMACS Connections
The American Mathematical Society (AMS) recently published two new books with DIMACS "roots". "The Mathematics of Encryption: An Elementary Introduction" is by DIMACS faculty member Midge Cozzens and Steven Miller of Williams College, and "Graph Partitioning and Graph Clustering" is a compilation of papers from the 10th DIMACS Implementation Challenge. >>

Dr. Fred Roberts and other Dauphine officials[June 2013]  Fred Roberts Awarded Honorary Doctorate at University of Paris-Dauphine
On June 27, 2013, Fred S. Roberts, Director Emeritus of DIMACS and Director of the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), was awarded the title and insignia of Honorary Doctor or ‘Docteur Honoris Causa’ at the University of Paris-Dauphine.  >>

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Associate Director Gene Fiorini's honors seminar in mathematical forensics ended with a CSI-style final exam staged at DIMACS. >>

[May 2013] Multi-disciplinary Modules for High School Classes
Integrating multi-disciplinary research with education is a recurring theme at DIMACS and one that is exemplified by three DIMACS education projects highlighted in an article in the May 2013 issue of International Innovation magazine. >>

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        Weinberg [December 2011] VCTAL Project Member Selected CADRE Fellow
VCTAL project evaluator Andrea Weinberg (pictured) was one of 10 early-career researchers selected to be a 2011-2012 CADRE (Community Advancing Discovery Research in Education) Fellow. >>

DIMACS Leadership Change

Rebecca Wright and Fred Roberts[September 2011] DIMACS Leadership Change

The start of the 2011-12 academic year marked a transition of leadership at DIMACS from Fred Roberts, the center’s director for nearly sixteen years, to Rebecca Wright, who is a professor in the Computer Science Department and was also the center’s deputy director. >>

Sustainability[May 2011] A Statistical Challenges for Sustainability
140-page report edited by DIMACS faculty members Midge Cozzens and Fred Roberts lays out a roadmap of mathematical and statistical challenges in sustainability science. With the human population recently having surpassed 7 billion, protecting the earth and its resources is a shared challenge facing all of humanity. The most pressing problems are inherently multidisciplinary.  >>

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        the CCICADA openingber 2009] Launch of New DHS Center of Excellence: CCICADA
DIMACS is now home to the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) that launched with a kick-off event at Rutgers University on December 9th and 10th. >>

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