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Announcing Women in Tech Week 2018

The department and the Women in Computer Science Club are hosting the second annual Women in Tech Week, beginning March 5. The week will include a social media initiative, a wall of support, and four talks related to security.

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Dinesh Manocha

Manocha named AAAI Fellow

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence named Phi Delta Theta/Matthew Mason Distinguished Professor Dinesh Manocha to its 2018 Fellows for his significant, susustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence.

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AI-Fooling Glasses Could Be Good Enough to Trick Facial Recognition at Airports

Professor Michael Reiter, in collaboration with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed adversarial glasses that can be worn to thwart facial recognition algorithms.

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When AI Supplies the Sound in Video Clips, Humans Can’t Tell the Difference

Technology Review profiled a project by doctoral student Yipin Zhou and collaborators at Adobe Research to train a machine learning algorithm to generate realistic soundtracks for video clips.

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Pearl Hacks brings women coders to Chapel Hill for fifth year

Pearl Hacks 2018 assembled young women from across the United States and Canada for a weekend hackathon aimed at providing a welcoming environment to women interested in computer science. If you would like to have your company sponsor and/or participate, email

View photos from Pearl Hacks 2018 on Facebook

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IEEE TryCybSI Partners on Why Active Learning is Key for Mastering Cybersecurity

In an IEEE Cybersecurity article, Professor Fabian Monrose answered questions about active learning and a classroom game that he developed with the help of Research Engineer Jan Werner.

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Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series

Six TCSDLS lectures have been scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year. Each lecture will be hosted or broadcast live at 4 p.m. in 011 Sitterson Hall. Refreshments will be served.

For lecture abstracts, speaker bios, and venue information, visit

Visual Reconstruction and Image-Based Rendering

Speaker: Richard Szeliski, Facebook Research
Host: Duke (Xiaobai Sun)

Monday, March 26, 2018
Broadcast live in SN011
4 p.m.

Title To Be Announced

Speaker: Polina Golland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Host: UNC (Marc Niethammer)

Monday, April 9, 2018
Hosted in SN011
4 p.m.

Title To Be Announced

Speaker: Chris Manning, Stanford University
Host: UNC (Mohit Bansal)

Monday, 16 April, 2018
Hosted in SN011
4 p.m.

Department News

Visit the department website to learn about other accomplishments and updates from department personnel and alumni.

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Alumni, don't forget to visit our alumni page!

There, you will find news and updates from your fellow alumni, job listings specifically targeting UNC CS alumni, upcoming alumni events in Chapel Hill or around the country, and other ways to stay connected.

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