Westword magazine interviewed CompSci Assistant Professor Aaron Clauset about his Big Data work on patterns in terrorist activity. Read the article here.

Engineering makes the "impossible" possible! Concepts John Giacomoni envisioned as a CU-Boulder comp sci research assistant grew into the work of LineRate Systems, recently sold for $125M to F5 Networks. Read about it here.

How's your German? This article about swarm robotics in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung features an interview with CU Computer Science's own Nikolaus Correll.

(For a translation, paste the URL into Google Translate - it's not perfect but it gets the job done.)

CU astronomy and astrophysics grad student Mark Dixon got a dose of inspiration from a Computer Science class taught by lecturer Gabe Johnson, developed a game with his brothers, and won first prize in game design at Microsoft's annual Imagine Cup competition. Check out the details in this Colorado Daily article.

Photo of Arlen Cox smiling

Congratulations to Computer Science PhD student Arlen Cox, who has been awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by the Embassy of France in the USA. Arlen will spend 9 months studying and conducting research at École Normal Supérieure in Paris. Arlen is advised by Bor-Yuh Evan Chang and Sriram Sankaranarayanan.

Some members of CU-Boulder's X-Hab team pose with their NASA mentors

This picture shows a subset of CU Boulder's X-Hab team together with the Kennedy Space Center Director, and NASA mentors. Their trip to The Kennedy Space Center was paired with participation in the RASC-AL competition where the group has won "1st place" and "Best Advanced Concepts" for their robotic-integrated bio-regenerative life-support system concept.

The official press release is below:

Congratulations to Ariel Aguilar, winner of the Colorado Engineering Council’s Silver Medal!

The Silver Medal is the highest honor for students from the CEC. Each department nominates their one top student, based not only on scholarship, but also on achievements and involvement in community or college service, leadership and research. Ariel is the first ever winner from the Department of Computer Science since the award was first established in 1963.

Rally Software logo

Rally Software had a terrific debut on the NYSE today as its IPO came in above expectations at $14 a share.

The Founder and CTO of Rally, Ryan Martens (cc'd) is an alum with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from our College and an MBA from the Business School. He is active in a number of programs at CU including being a board member for engineering entrepreneurship efforts here in the College.

Leysia Palen and Kate Starbird

CU Boulder Computer Science Professor Leysia Palen and University of Washington Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Kate Starbird have received a Best Paper award at the 2013 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) conference, which is taking place February 23-27 in San Antonio, Texas.

Charles Dietrich demonstrates using his laptop as a musical instrument

Computer Science doctoral student Charles Dietrich has created a new musical instrument incorporating a laptop and a camera. The instrument will make its debut in the next BLOrK concert March 2.