Baykal, Alterovitz earn Best Paper at RSS 2017

July 17, 2017

Cenk Baykal (B.S. 2015) and associate professor Ron Alterovitz earned the Best Paper award at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their paper, “Asymptotically Optimal Design of Piecewise Cylindrical Robots using Motion Planning,” introduced a method of motion planning that allows a tentacle-like medical robot to navigate through an area of the body and reach as many target regions as possible while avoiding obstacles like bones and major organs.

The full paper is available online.

For more information on robotics and motion planning research by the Computational Robotics Group, please visit the group’s website.

Full-time UNC student runs a corporation

July 12, 2017
Sophomore Ritwik Pavan is CEO of Linker Logic Technologies based in Chapel Hill. Photo courtesy of Ritwik Pavan.

Linker Logic Technologies Inc., founded by CEO Ritwik Pavan when he was a high school junior, designs apps for businesses.

The price to get an app made by the Chapel Hill-based company, which has worked on 38 apps and has 14 ongoing projects, ranges from $25,000 to more than $100,000.

One of the business’ customers is Quentin Jackson, who had an idea for an app that connects college coaches with high school athletes who want an athletic scholarship. Jackson said that Linker Logic was instrumental to his company’s success.

“We’ve gone from a company valued at $0 to a company that will potentially sell for $30 to $50 million dollars within the next two years,” Jackson said.

Herman Hill, a sports official at the high school and collegiate level, wanted to develop an app to help referees. He said the app is in the works at Linker Logic.

“They make you want to work with them,” Hill said. “You give them a concept, they take it from a small (idea), then turn it into a huge concept.”

Linker Logic began as just a guy with an idea, or rather a teenager who had already developed two apps: one for his religious organization, iGokulam, and one game called Flappy Yeet. Pavan, a sophomore computer science and business major, began the journey of making people’s ideas for apps, websites and software when he was a junior at Enloe High School.

Evan Gallagher, Linker Logic’s 19-year-old project manager and sophomore at Syracuse University, said Pavan is a great leader.

“He leads not only by example but exemplifies someone as a role model,” Gallagher said. “If I’m feeling like I don’t really want to do this today, I know he’s going to be here with coffee in hand ready to go even if everybody else isn’t.”

Pavan said that Linker Logic has experienced some difficulties, such as teamwork, but there is one major obstacle still blocking the company’s way forward.

“We’re right in the center of being a startup and being a full on company,” Pavan said. “That’s the biggest struggle right now because the transition is difficult.”

Age doesn’t seem to be a problem for Pavan’s team or his clients either. One employee, 18-year-old Leesville Road High School senior Mason Robertson, said his lack of experience wasn’t a problem for Pavan.

“I see him as a mentor,” Robertson said. “He knew (I wasn’t) the complete best, but he was aiming to build a community of a common age and mindset.”

Pavan said he looks beyond age when adding people to the team.

“More than your skill and talent, I look a lot at character and motivation,” Pavan said. “If you’re a motivated person of high character I believe you can make anything that you want to happen, happen.”

Even though Pavan is now a full-time student at UNC, said he still notices the reaction his clients get when they discover the team’s ages.

“Usually the look on their face is priceless,” Pavan said. “As soon as we’ve shown up the work that we’ve done, age is not a barrier.”

Jackson said he doesn’t see the team’s age as a barrier.

“As an older man, you would be hesitant to deal with high school-aged kids,” Jackson said. “But the unique thing that they brought to the table was their ability to listen, understand and implement what I was trying to do.”

Hill reiterated the sentiment.

“There’s an old soul in these young guys,” Hill said. “It surprises me that you have a group of creative people that have this much knowledge about app development at such a young age and they’re still able to see the big picture.”

Pavan said he wants Linker Logic to reach out to companies making advancements in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, internet of things and virtual reality and expand to an international clientele.

“I made that commitment to myself where I said that if there’s something I want to do, I’m going to make it happen,” Pavan said.


Monrose named Kenan Distinguished Professor

July 5, 2017

Professor Fabian Monrose was named a Kenan Distinguished Professor, effective July 1, 2017. The Kenan Distinguished Professorship will provide Monrose’s salary, benefits and additional research funds.

The announcement from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost said the following of Monrose:

“Fabian Monrose is a computer security researcher extraordinaire. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field and known for the unusual creativity in, and interdisciplinary approach to, his research. He has become a “go to” authority for Federal policy makers and Federal cyber-crime investigators, and his work has influenced how products such as Skype are designed. He is an award-winning researcher, an award-winning teacher, an inventor and an entrepreneur. Moreover, as a member of an underrepresented minority, he gives back to his community of origin through educational outreach and mentoring of junior scholars. And in his spare time he works with the UNC campus ITS security group to help protect the campus’ networks from newly emerging threats and attacks.”

Monrose was one of three Kenan Distinguished Professors named for 2017 and one of only six university faculty members to be recognized with a distinguished professorship this year. Monrose joins two other current Kenan Professors in the Department of Computer Science, James Anderson and Stephen Pizer, as well as department founder and Kenan Professor Emeritus Fred Brooks.

Computer science doctoral candidate helps make breakthroughs in sound simulation

June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

Carl Schissler demonstrates a pair of Oculus VR goggles at a lab in Sitterson Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While the quality of visual images in video games and virtual reality continues to advance impressively with technology improvements, the sound and music quality of those games haven’t kept pace. A team of faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Computer Science has been developing sound simulation technologies to overcome that barrier for almost a decade.

One doctoral student, Carl Schissler, has developed new practical solutions that can increase the sound quality using simulation methods and can even run on mobile platforms.

Schissler, an Asheville native working on his doctorate in computer science in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences, has co-authored three patents and a number of papers based on his dissertation research to improve the quality of sound significantly in virtual environments. His work has drawn attention from Oculus VR, the virtual headset video game company, which has offered Schissler a position with the company.

“What we’ve been working on is simulating audio effects in virtual environments – realistic audio effects,” said Schissler, who also earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill. “I’ve always been interested in video games and video game technology, and one of the areas I felt that was really lacking was audio. I also had a big interest in audio because I was into recording music, and this was an intersection of those fields, so it was an interesting thing for me to work on.”

Schissler said his work developed through finding new ways to solve problems.

“My research is about is how audio waves moves through an environment and simulating that environment,” he said. “Depending on the type of environment you’re in, sound could be reverberant and have lots of echoes, or it can be less reverberant. It’s the difference of, say, being in an office environment, where it’s very still environment, or being in a church or cathedral, where there’s a lot of reverberation. It gives it a sense of space.”

While most of Schissler’s work is aimed for virtual settings, he also has studied how sound moves in real environments. He uses a 3-D scanner to capture the geometry and images of real-world room and uses that data to construct a virtual model of the same room for simulating sound effects.

“Once you have the 3-D model and the material properties, you can simulate how sound should propagate in that model,” he explained. “That’s useful for augmented reality – where you are adding virtual objects into the real world that you are viewing. You wear some glasses and some headphones, and you place some virtual objects in there, like holograms. With this technology, you can simulate how the virtual objects sound in the real world.”

Dinesh Manocha, the Phi Delta Theta/Matthew Mason Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, has worked with Schissler since Schissler’s undergraduate days on campus, and is currently supervising his doctoral dissertation.

“He’s done amazing work on sound simulation, Manocha said. “He’ll be finishing his doctorate in four years, when the average is usually five-and-a-half years, and developed a new set of methods for efficiently generating acoustic effects. Carl is amazing that he’s published so many papers in such a short time in the top conferences and journals. His work is well-regarded and is trend-setting in the field. I expect his work will have a strong impact in industry.”

“There’s very strong interest in Carl’s patents and software system, and the university may be licensing them,” he said. “Carl has really pushed the boundaries in terms of real-time sound simulation. It has applications in virtual reality, but it also has applications in computer-aided design of buildings and urban layouts.”

Manocha said that Schissler’s future job with Oculus is the pinnacle of achievement for someone working in sound and virtual reality.

“Oculus is one of the biggest names in virtual reality,” Manocha said. “They’ve opened a research lab in the Seattle area, which is currently regarded as on the best research labs in virtual reality.  Furthermore, they have a strong group in research related to sound simulation. Carl interned there over the last few summers and will join them in a month or so. His work is phenomenal; I’ve had the pleasure of working with many excellent doctoral students in 25 years here and Carl is among the very top.”

By Phillip Ramati, UNC System communications

Department of Computer Science celebrates 286 graduates at 2017 commencement ceremony

May 31, 2017
Emily Newman receives a certificate from Department Chair Kevin Jeffay in Carmichael Arena

On May 14, the UNC Department of Computer Science recognized 286 graduates in its annual commencement ceremony in Carmichael Arena.

The department recognized degree candidates for May 2017 as well as those who received degrees in August 2016 or December 2016. Among the 286 degrees conferred were 20 doctorates, 32 masters of science, 134 bachelors of science, 78 bachelors of arts and 22 undergraduate minors.

Sarah Rust, Luke Tannenbaum and Nancy Gao pose for a photo at the commencement reception in Sitterson Hall

Among the 234 undergraduates earning degrees from the department were two Morehead-Cain scholars, four graduating with honors, four graduating with highest honors, 10 Buckley Public Service Scholars and 16 members of Phi Beta Kappa.

In addition to degrees, the students presented annual awards for excellence in teaching. On behalf of the graduating undergraduate class, the Computer Science Club honored professor Montek Singh with the club’s Undergraduate Faculty Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Professors Vladimir Jojic and Jan Prins were recognized by the graduate Computer Science Student Association with the CSSA Excellence in Teaching Award.

Sarah Rust, a graduating master’s student, received the John M. Glotzer Teaching Assistant Award. Jeffrey Young became the second recipient of the department’s Learning Assistant Award, recognizing an outstanding undergraduate teaching assistant. Both students will have their names added to a plaque hanging in the lobby of Sitterson Hall.

Graduating computer science majors Nancy Gao and Morgan Howell delivered speeches reminding their classmates of how much technology has changed the world since they arrived in Chapel Hill and urged them not to underestimate the impact they can have even as individuals.

Jan-Michael Frahm and Jan Prins hood doctoral graduate Yilin Wang in Brooks Building

Earlier in the morning, the department held a doctoral hooding ceremony in Brooks Building. Doctoral graduates were recognized individually and hooded by their advisors and the director of graduate studies.

Hastings Greer adjusts Adam Aji’s cord as Brandon Davis watches in Sitterson Hall

Prior to the department-wide commencement in Carmichael Arena, all graduating students were invited to a reception in Sitterson Hall and Brooks Building, where they were served cake and ice cream by computer science faculty and alumni.

Photos of each graduating student were taken at Carmichael Arena by Photo Specialties. If you would like to purchase photos from the event, please email or call 919-967-9576. You can also view a collection of department photos from the day on our SmugMug page.

Tech takeover: Will a robot put you out of a job?

May 26, 2017

If you haven’t spent much time thinking about whether robots are going to put you out of a job, well, you can be excused for that. Not many people do. But consider it for a minute and your next thought may be whether you need to go back to school.

According to recent studies, as many as half the jobs in our current economy could be automated by 2040.

NC State economist Mike Walden ran down the kinds of jobs that could be most in jeopardy in this new automated economy: everything from manufacturing jobs to retail to the restaurant industry.

NC State economist on jobs that could be in jeopardy

NC State economist Mike Walden on jobs that could be in jeopardy.

Walden also ran down the kinds of classes, courses, and majors that will put students in the best position to succeed once they graduate: mostly data driven and oriented toward statistics and math.

NC State economist on college and professional retraining

NC State economist Mike Walden on college and professional retraining.

Still, Walden says there is a place for liberal arts degrees and likely will be for the foreseeable future.

N.C. State economist on why liberal arts degrees still matter

N.C. State economist Mike Walden on why liberal arts degrees still matter.

In the new economy, many jobs that have been long-time staples in the economy are likely to change but some refuse to see it coming.

One area that futurists and economists agree will likely see tectonic shifts is transportation but talk to truckers, and you’ll find out they don’t think their jobs are in danger.

Why truckers aren’t too worried about robots

Truckers don’t feel robot technology is a serious threat to their industry.

People who are developing cutting-edge technology in robotics and automation say few areas will go untouched. Many predict truck drivers and cab drivers will be among the first replaced. But programmers say there are still a lot of considerations that need to be worked through before driverless automobiles become mainstream.

Considerations for driverless vehicles

Considerations for driverless vehicles

Students at colleges across the Triangle are working on solutions to myriad automation problems; everything from medical research to the creation of a robotic “assistant.”

UNC Professor Ming Lin showed ABC11 how automation is positioned to assist with cancer treatments.

UNC robotics professor Ming Lin on cancer research

UNC robotics professor Ming Lin discusses robots and cancer research.

Professors and students working in automation tend to be bullish on what it will mean for society in general and where economists such as Walden often give dire predictions about what robotics may mean for the workforce, many say just as many jobs will be created as killed by the new trends. And despite grave concerns for the potential economic downside of automation, those working with next generation robots say the best is yet to come.

How robots can learn

How robots can learn.

CS majors Kyle Asher, Grant Miller and Aneri Shah among students selected as Phillips Ambassadors for study abroad in Asia in 2017

April 20, 2017

Eighteen undergraduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one undergraduate from Duke University have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for summer and fall 2017 study abroad programs in Asia. In addition, one history doctoral candidate was awarded a Phillips Graduate Ambassador travel award for research in India and Malaysia this summer.

Undergraduate scholarship recipients will study in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

The Phillips Ambassadors program is part of UNC’s Carolina Asia Center, in association with the Study Abroad Office. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each. Selection is based on strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity and engagement, academic achievement, evidence of generous service to the campus and wider community, and a previous record of leadership.

Twenty-five percent of the scholarships are reserved for qualified undergraduate business majors and minors at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Up to two scholarships each year are available to qualified Duke University undergraduates.

Phillips Ambassadors choose from more than 50 academic programs in Asia that are approved by the College of Arts and Sciences and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Scholarship recipients enroll in a three-credit hour global studies course designed uniquely for them. Led by Carolina faculty, the course challenges students to explore their study abroad locale in significant detail and seek understanding of the region in a global context.

A distinguishing feature of the program is an emphasis on what is called a “Give Back,” or sharing of one’s study abroad experience in Asia with the Carolina community and the student’s hometown. In accepting the scholarship, students agree to fulfill a Give Back related to their study abroad experience. Give Backs include endeavors such as published articles, classroom presentations at a student’s hometown high school, photo and art exhibitions, musical performances and group projects focused on Asia.

The Phillips Ambassadors program is made possible through a gift from Carolina alumnus Earl N. “Phil” Phillips, an entrepreneur and former U.S. ambassador, and his family.

“Our goal with this gift has been to encourage more students to spend their study abroad experiences focused on Asia — an increasingly vital region of the future,” said Phillips, who splits his time between High Point and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The first group of Phillips Ambassadors studied abroad in Asia in the summer of 2007. By the end of 2017, 289 Carolina undergraduates will have studied abroad in Asia as Phillips Ambassadors.

The new Phillips Ambassadors are listed below alphabetically by North Carolina county, followed by out-of-state recipients.



Grant Miller of Ocean will study through the National University of Singapore School of Computing fall program. He is a computer science major with a music minor.


Maria Martinez Ospina of Greensboro will study through the National University of Singapore Arts and Socials Sciences fall program. She is a psychology major with a chemistry minor.


Kyle Clapper of Cullowhee will study through UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Chinese University of Hong Kong summer program. He is a business administration major.


Kyle Asher of Charlotte will study through the CET Beijing Intensive Language summer program. He is a Chinese and computer science double major.

Chichi Osunkwo of Charlotte will study through the Yonsei University summer program. She is a media and journalism and global studies double major.


Nico Krachenfels of Chapel Hill will study through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School International Internship in Hong Kong summer program. He is a business administration major with an entrepreneurship and Spanish for the business professions double minor.

Kristen Lee of Carrboro will study through the UNC Entrepreneurship in Shanghai summer program. She is an interdisciplinary studies in food systems planning major with a business administration and urban studies and planning double minor.


Everette Lassiter of Greenville will study through the Chinese University of Hong Kong summer program. He is a business administration and public policy double major with an entrepreneurship minor.


Lydia Field of Raleigh will study through the CET Harbin Intensive Language summer program. She is an Asian studies and global studies double major with a neuroscience minor.

Samantha Hutchings of Cary will study through the CET Beijing Intensive Language summer program. She is an Asian studies and English double major.

Aneri Shah of Apex will study through the National University of Singapore School of Computing fall program. She is an information science and computer science double major with a linguistics minor.



Brandon Dawson of Middletown will study through the UNC Summer in India program. He is a public policy major at Duke University.


Khaleelah Elhajoui of Sarasota will study through the UNC Summer in Japan program. She is a linguistics and Asian studies double major.


Scott Diekema of Iowa City will study through the UNC Summer in India program. He is an Asian studies and economics double major with an entrepreneurship minor.


Olga Prokunina of Rockville and Moscow, Russia, will study through the SIT Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine summer program. She is a psychology major with a medical anthropology and chemistry double minor.


Stephen Zawada of Groton will study through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Chinese University of Hong Kong summer program. He is a business administration major.


Catherine Lucchi of Scranton will study through the UNC Summer in India program. She is an Asian studies major with an education minor.


Cathleen Rueckeis of Berlin, Germany will study through the National University of Singapore Science fall program. She is a quantitative biology major with a chemistry and astronomy double minor.


Zardas Shuk-man Lee, a doctoral candidate in history, will conduct research in India and Malaysia this summer.

Learn more about the Phillips Ambassadors.

UNC CS researchers earn Best Paper award at IEEE VR 2017

April 10, 2017
David Dunn receives the IEEE VR 2017 Best Paper award on behalf of his co-authors from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and Nvidia

A paper co-authored by graduate students David Dunn, Kent Torell and Cary Tippets and professor Henry Fuchs received the Best Paper award at IEEE VR 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

The paper, titled “Wide Field Of View Varifocal Near-Eye Display using See-through Deformable Membrane Mirrors,” was a collaboration between researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and Nvidia. It was authored by David Dunn, Cary Tippets, Kent Torell, Petr Kellnhofer, Kaan Aksit, Piotr Didyk, Karol Myszkowski , David Luebke and Henry Fuchs.

The award-winning paper describes an augmented reality display capable of overcoming challenges related to depth cues, field of view or resolution that plague displays which are optimized to solve a single problem. The display presented in the paper utilizes a single see-through, varifocal, deformable membrane mirror for each eye. The two flexible panes are maneuvered by the display so that objects projected toward the wearer’s eyes can be skewed to appear closer to or further from the wearer. Because the mirror panes are so flexible, projected objects can be quickly moved to different depths. Projecting onto large, see-through panes allows for a wide, unobstructed field of view.

For more information about the paper or the augmented reality display, visit the UNC Telepresence group’s website.

Welch one of seven selected for 2017 Horizon Awards

April 5, 2017

Joshua WelchGraduate student Joshua Welch received a 2017 Horizon Award from the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Welch was one of seven recipients for 2017.

Since 2003, the Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) has provided Impact Awards annually to recognize graduate students and recent graduate alumni whose discoveries directly impact the state of North Carolina in the present time.  Recipients receive a one-time monetary award, which varies in value from year to year. Recipients earned $500 in 2016.

The Horizon Award, created this year, recognizes those whose research “holds extremely high potential for making a significant contribution to the educational, economic, physical, social or cultural well-being of North Carolina citizens and beyond at some future time.” The award focuses on research of a more theoretical or basic nature that is likely to one day solve major problems in the state and beyond.

Welch’s award-winning research analyzes ‘snapshots’ of cells to improve heart disease treatment. The laboratory of assistant professor Li Qian in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has managed to convert heart scar tissue cells back into heart muscle cells. Unfortunately, researchers need more information about the circumstances that lead to successful reprogramming of heart cells in order to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.

To support this effort, Welch developed SLICER, a computational approach that analyzes momentary data collected from cells throughout processes like cardiac reprogramming. SLICER orders genetic changes to allow the process to be viewed by researchers in the correct sequence. Paired with experimental data from Qian’s research group, SLICER identified thousands of genes that turn on and off during cardiac reprogramming, including genes that may hinder cells from responding to the treatment.

Welch is advised by professor Jan Prins of the Department of Computer Science.

CS major Scott Emmons one of two UNC students to receive Goldwater Scholarships

March 31, 2017

Two UNC-Chapel Hill students earn Goldwater Scholarships

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  March 31, 2017) – The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year student Scott Emmons and third-year student Sarah Miller as 2017 Goldwater Scholars.

This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for eligible educational expenses to students who excel in academics and who plan to pursue research careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer disciplines.

“My congratulations go to Scott and Sarah on their recognition from the prestigious Goldwater Foundation,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They are prefect examples of the next generation of innovative researchers and problem solvers who will make an impact on a global scale. The diversity of their research — in areas ranging from visualization of microbiome data to non-coding RNA in embryonic stem cells — sets them apart as pioneers who will help create scientific breakthroughs.”

For 2017, the foundation selected 240 scholarship recipients. Emmons, Gray, and Miller were chosen from a field of 1,286 students who were nominated by 470 colleges and universities nationwide.

“We are thrilled that these three exceptional students have been selected by the Goldwater Foundation,” said Inger Brodey, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “Their exceptional academic qualifications and substantial practical research experiences exemplify the type of groundbreaking leadership we seek to nurture at Carolina.”

Emmons, 20, is a sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., majoring in computer science and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Robertson Scholar and an Honors Carolina student.

At Carolina, Emmons has done research in visualization of microbiome data, and is now researching in the mathematics department on network theory. He spent last summer teaching middle school math in the Mississippi delta.

While still in high school, Scott Emmons co-founded Sparq Creative Solutions, LLC to help small business owners organize their resources and target them efficiently. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science and conduct research in network sciences and teach at the university level.

Miller, 20, is a junior from Wilmington, majoring in chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences with a business administration minor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

She has been doing research on a non-coding RNA that regulates the transition to a differentiated (non-stem cell) fate in embryonic stem cells. She expects to be able to publish this work in the coming year.

Miller plans to pursue a M.D. and a Ph.D. in epigenetics and hopes to conduct research regarding long non-coding RNA. Her goal is to be principal investigator in a laboratory at a research university’s school of medicine, investigating epigenetic influences of certain RNA as they relate to human health.

Joshua Gray, a third-year student from Raleigh, was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Congress established the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The first awards were given in 1989.

Click here for more information about the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.


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