Recent Good News


Congratulations to Chinmay Mahagaonkar, Sanket Kulkarmi, Tanay Godse, and Peteti Sai Mounika for winning the "Smartest AI Agent Prize" Award at TreeHacks 2024

Tree Hacks 2024

CS graduate students - Chinmay Mahagaonkar, Sanket Kulkarmi, Tanay Godse, and Peteti Sai Mounika worked as a team advised by Dr. Mike Wu at Stanford University's TreeHacks 2024. Project title:

'Pawsome', a pet healthcare and wellness platform leveraging AI agents and LLMs to provide real-time, personalized pet wellness consultation and health interactions among Pet owners with the veterinarians. 

TreeHacks is the premier and largest national/international 36-hour marathon hackathon coding competition event hosted by Stanford University. TreeHacks selects 1700+ students from 12,000+ student applicants from 40+ universities and from 10+ countries to participate. The acceptance rate to attend TreeHacks is about 7.5% this year. 

Congratulations to Kadin Tang - TOP 25 in TCS Codevita!

Kadin Tang - Top 25

We are excited to share that Kadin Tang has demonstrated exceptional coding skills, securing a spot in Top 25 at TCS Codevita. TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) Codevita is recognized by Guinness World Records as the "World’s largest computer programming competition". This time Codevita witnessed a competition from 112k students across 25 countries in Round 1. Kadin's achievement in reaching the finals is commendable!

The contest consisted of problems on string manipulation to pruned recursion, geometry, and dynamic programming. 

"I was pleasantly surprised after achieving 2nd place in Round 2 to qualify for the finals. I attribute my success to Algorithms Professor David Taylor, my past experiences with the ICPC Team, and Professor Benjamin Reed - the coach of the team." - Kadin.

Kadin will be representing SJSU in person at TCS Mumbai, India, on 21st March. Best of luck, Kadin!

Congratulations to CS Prof. Wendy Lee received the 2023 College of Science Teaching Excellence Award.

Prof. Wendy Lee

Congratulations to CS Prof. Faranak Abri, working with Dr. Namin and Dr. Jones (both Texas Tech. University) awarded an NSF grant for a collaborative research project title: "SaTC: CORE: Small: Analytical Models for Conversational Social Engineering Attacks." , for 3-years (Oct/2023 - Sept./2026), in the amount of $200,000 (for each PI).

Dr. Faranak Abri

Prof. Fabio Di Troia, (with Prof. Younghee Park of CMPE), won an 3-years NSF grant on Undergraduate Research Experience for Women in Machine Learning-based Cybersecurity (over $370K award).

Dr. Fabio

Congratulations to Prof. William Andreopoulos, winner of an NSF award, for 6-years (7/15/2023 - 6/30/2029), in the amount of $2,499,411, for S-STEM: Empowering Low-Income Students to Succeed in Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr. Bill

Congratulations to the following Class of 2025 (BSCS) students on winning third place in the Ideate for Change Hackathon: Anne Mai, Sandra Le, Galit Bolotin, Shreyass Prem Sankar, and Mannan Zinjuvadia. Here is the recording of the event.  

Hackathon Winners

We sent 6 teams to the 2022 ICPC programming competition. the 6 teams to represent SJSU were chosen using a 5 hour qualifying competition at the beginning of february. because of COVID, the contest happened on february 25, 2023. it was our fourth year participating! this year, we had three division 1 teams and three division 2 teams in the pacific northwest region. (the hardest region in north america!) the competition involves teams of 3 students, one computer, 13 problems, and 5 hours (and that was after the 4 hour bus ride to chico!). you can try out the problems yourself at Problems from 2022 ICPC North America Regional Programming Contests.

ICPC 2022

More than 150 students attended the Google Technical Interview Strategy Workshop event 3-5 pm on November 16th, 2022. 
In this session,  Ernest (Google's Technical Program Manager) demonstrated the interview process and shared the strategy to tackle the technical interview. Many thanks to Googlers, Ernest Holmes, Marisa Diaz, Arely Silva, and Jennifer Gallo for organizing this wonderful Google event.

Image of Fall 2022 Technical Interview Strategy Workshop

Melody Moh, Teng-Sheng Moh, and Mariia Surmenok (MSCS), “Dynamic Resource Management of Green Fog Computing for IoT Support,” Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference Green Energy, Computing and Sustainable Technology (GECOST), Miri Sarawak, Malaysia, Oct. 2022, 7 pages. [Best Paper Award]

Niraj Pandkar (MSCS), Teng-Sheng Moh, and Mark Barash (Justice Studies), “3D Facial Biometric Verification Using a DNA Sample for Law Enforcement Applications,” Proceedings of the 21st IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT), Niagara Falls, Canada, Nov. 2022, 8 pages. [California Association of Criminalists Reed & Virginia McLaughlin Endowment Scholarship]

Congratulations to Jamie Zuspann, Hugo Wong, Joshua Lawson, and Mohammed Naqvi. This semester they collaborated with a team of four students from the Technische Hochschule in Ingolstadt Germany on a project provided by SRI International. The team ultimately delivered a tool that will enable engineers to harvest and edit conceptual knowledge from the Web and save it in a form that can be used by SRI’s bRight platform. A German grant paid for the SJSU students to fly to Germany for the final presentation. The grant also provided funds for nightly visits to Bavarian beer gardens and excursions to local attractions. Two students- Jamie and Joshua- were offered (and accepted) long-term internships at SRI as a result of their work on the project. It is hoped that the project will be continued next Spring with a new team of SJSU students who are interested in combining research and travel.