Martin Odersky received the 2014 Swiss ICT Special Award for his development of Scala, a platform-independent, scalable programming language. According to the award committee, Martin is “representative of the innovative force and successful commercialisation of research projects in the industry in the best traditions of Swiss universities.”
Alexandra Olteanu, Anne-Marie Kermarrec and Karl Aberer received the 2014 best paper award from the Web Information System Engineering (WISE) for his paper on “Comparing the Predictive Capability of Social and Interest Affinity for Recommendations”. The paper highlights the importance of social affinity (how well connected are people on a social graph) as a predictor of user’s taste as compared to interest affinity (how similarity users rate or how items are rated).
Welcome to EcoCloud’s Electronic Newsletter! We are pleased to announce that EcoCloud Newsletter will be semiannual henceforth. This edition of the newsletter can be found here.
In this issue, you will learn about new additions to our team, the latest about our research, accomplishments and outreach, and our visiting scholars this year. Last but not least, we are truly excited to announce in this newsletter the arrival of EcoCloud’s new Deputy Director.
Professors Babak Falsafi from EPFL and Boris Grot from University of Edinburgh have highlighted the challenges and opportunities of system designs in the era of Big Data in the IEEE Micro July/August 2014 edition. You can find the link to the introduction below: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/mi/2014/04/mmi2014040004.pdf.
Edouard Bugnion, co-founder of VMware and Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco), was named Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) by “Le Conseil Des EPF”. Professor Bugnion joined EPFL in 2012. His research is focused in Data Center Systems including scale-out NUMA, domain-specifc operating systems and virtual data planes.
Professor George Candea, Associate Professor and head of the Dependable Systems Lab, has won the 1st Eurosys Jochen Liedtke Young Researcher Award for outstanding contribution in the field of computer science.
George Candea’s research is on practical ways of achieving reliability and security in complex software systems. His main focus is on real-world large-scale systems, with hundreds of threads and millions of lines of code written by hundreds of programmers—going from a small program to a large system introduces fundamental challenges that cannot be addressed with the techniques that work at small scale. For more information, please visit http://dslab.epfl.ch.
Onur Kocberber from the PARSA Lab has won the Google Ph.D Fellowship award fro 2014-2015. The Google European Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students doing exceptional research in Computer Science or closely related areas.
Onur Kocberber’s main interest is in computer systems. His research is centered on server system architecture, particularly focusing on on-chip accelerators for database systems to improve the performance and energy efficiency of server processors. He is the release co-manager of CloudSuite and a co-developer of the Flexus simulation framework. Visit his homepage for more information.
Cansu Kaynak from the PARSA Lab has won the prestigious Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Award for 2014-2015. The Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship “encourages women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders in this field.”
The Scholarship is awarded to women who demonstrate leadership, strong academic credentials, and passion for increasing women’s involvement in computer sciences.
Cansu is mainly interested in computer architecture. Her research is centered around server system architecture, particularly focusing on memory system design to bridge the performance gap between processor and memory. To this end, she has been exploring ways to predict memory activity to proactively move instructions and data closer to the processor to hide the memory access latency from the processor. Please visit her homepage for more information on Cansu’s research.