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From Virginia Engineering
April 1, 1997

By various authors


Rev up your (search) engines! That could be the starting-line call for the contest, open to all U.Va. students, to design Web sites for engineering departments. VEF and Microsoft have put forth the challenge. Students can win up to $500 plus Internet software from Microsoft. Judges, led by SEAS Webmaster and computer science professor Gabriel Robins, will consider content, organization, appearance, and speed.

Brett Graduate student Brett Tjaden traveled to Los Angeles, all expenses paid, to be interviewed with actor Kevin Bacon for the Discovery Channel's "Cyberlife." Joking about the web site that Tjaden and fellow SEAS graduate Glen Wasson created, Bacon called it a "great thing for the nation and the world."

Faculty Notes

Anita Jones received the Distinguished Public Service Award, presented to her by Secretary of Defense William Perry as he left that post. Jones was also recently elected a Fellow of IEEE.

Alfred C. Weaver, together with medical school faculty members Sam Dwyer and Spencer B. Gay and graduate student Arvind Viswanathan, received a blue-ribbon Certificate of Merit for their telemedicine exhibit at InfoRAD, held in Chicago by the Radiological Society of North America. Weaver also delivered the keynote address for the 1996 IEEE Industrial Electronics Society meeting, discussing "The Knowledge Economy: What the Internet Can Do For You."

James C. French, graduate student Allison Powell, and NRAO astronomer Eric Schulman have been working with the Astrophysics Data System at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, helping develop electronic browsing techniques for its bibliographic records. They will present a paper on their efforts at a forthcoming American Astronomical Society meeting.

Sang Hyuk Son co-edited Real-Time Databases: Issues and Applications, a reference book on the design and development of real-time database systems just published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. Son will chair the 18th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium in December in San Francisco. He is also program co-chair of the fourth International Workshop on Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications, held in Taiwan in October.

New Faculty Members and Promotions

John A. Stankovic BP America Professor and chair of computer science, who came to Virginia from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he codirected the spring project on real-time systems and directed the Center for Autonomous Real-Time Systems. Stankovic, who earned his Ph.D. at Brown University, is a Fellow of both IEEE and ACM. He serves on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association. He is editor-in-chief of Real Time Systems, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and former editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers.

Stephen J. Chapin, research associate in computer science, came from Kent State University, where he taught advanced operating systems. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Purdue. His research focuses on scheduling support mechanisms for autonomous, heterogeneous distributed systems. His current interests focus on microkernel operating systems and programming environments for multiprocessors.

Norman Ramsey, research assistant professor of computer science, joined the faculty after three years in research with Bellcore and a year of teaching at Purdue University. He earned a Ph.D. at Princeton, where he was an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow. He has delivered invited presentations at some of the nation's leading research universities.

Gabriel Robins, appointed associate professor of computer science. Since joining the faculty in 1992, Robins has received an NSF Young Investigator Award, a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship, and an All-University Outstanding Teacher Award. He is a member of the Defense Science Study Group, which advises the U.S. Department of Defense, and Webmaster for the engineering school on the Internet.

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