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Cansu Kaynak Wins the Prestigious Anita Borg Scholarship Award

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.

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Ioannis Alagiannis Wins One of the Three Prestigious Symantec Fellowship Awards

Ioannis Alagiannis from the Data-Intensive Applications and Systems Laboratory (DIAS), has won the prestigious Symantec Fellowship award. Ioannis is the only European winner this year. The Symantec Fellowship Program  funds innovative research with real world-value in areas where Symantec conducts businesses from outstanding Ph.D. Students around the world.
Ioannis is mainly interested in adaptive query processing and big data exploration. His research is focused on designing novel database architectures that can cope with the recent data explosion. To this end, he redesigns database architectures to perform query processing on raw data files (in situ), aiming at eliminating any unnecessary upfront database preparation cost, providing efficient access to data from heterogeneous storage platforms and efficiently accommodate ad-hoc and exploratory workloads.
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