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Dear Bowers CIS students,

The spring semester and 2023-2024 academic year is wrapping up, and soon the college will congratulate our largest ever graduating class during Commencement Weekend.  

To our graduates, congratulations! As you prepare to embark on this new chapter of your lives, remember that the knowledge and experience you have gained here will serve as a strong foundation for your future endeavors. I look forward to celebrating your achievements with you and your family in just a few weeks.

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Statistics and Data Science

Ceremony: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Reception: 10:30 - 11 a.m.

Information Science

Ceremony: 12 - 2 p.m.

Reception: 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Computer Science

Ceremony: 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Reception: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

*More details below in Upcoming Events

To all other students, I want to wish you the very best as you approach your final exams. I know this can be a challenging time, but I have full confidence in your abilities to succeed. Stay focused, stay determined, and know that your efforts will be rewarded.

And finally, I want to acknowledge the support Martha E. Pollack has demonstrated for our faculty, students, and staff throughout her tenure as President of Cornell. As she announced recently, she will be retiring at the end of this June. While this commencement will be her last as Cornell’s President, her impact will continue for many years to come.


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Kavita Bala


Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

Student and Alumni News
Jason Koski/Cornell University Students use a soldering iron to rewire a toy at one of many toy adapting sessions organized by the Big Red Adaptive Play and Design Initiative.

Student group adapts toys, devices for kids with disabilities

The Big Red Adaptive Play and Design Initiative (APDI) trains Cornell students from any discipline to adapt toys and other devices for children with disabilities.

DECODE-IT Spoken Word Night showcases discovery and acceptance

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted DECODE-IT: Step Up, Speak Out!, where students learned about identity, inclusion, and belonging through a series of poetry, rap, beatboxing, and short story performances in Anabel Taylor Hall. 

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Life as a Cornell entrepreneur: ‘I have people in my corner who inspire me’

Richlove Nkansah ’26 was buzzing with excitement the week before spring break – she had just launched her business and was headed to California to pitch it to a group of Silicon Valley Cornell alumni and entrepreneurs.

SDS students receive Student Impact Award

Ishani Chopra and Robert Feldstein were both recognized for serving as peer tutors throughout the spring semester to several students taking biometry and statistics and statistical science courses.

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Entrepreneurship Celebration honors alumni, student innovators

Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s Celebration event included speakers and events exploring everything from artificial intelligence and tech startup investing to building a more inclusive entrepreneurial community.

CS Ph.D. student featured in Computing Research News Q&A

Shreyas Kharbanda 

IS Ph.D. students awarded Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Ke Li

Ruidong Zhang

CS majors win top honors at 2024 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament

Richard Niu

Nathan Zhang


Alvisi appointed chair of Department of Computer Science

Lorenzo Alvisi, M.S. ’94, Ph.D. ’96, the Tisch University Professor in Computer Science, will be the next chair of the Department of Computer Science effective July 1.

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Booth appointed chair of Department of Statistics and Data Science

James Booth, professor of statistics and data science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), will be the next chair of the Department of Statistics and Data Science, effective August 1.

OpenAI funds Choudhury's work to keep superhuman AI in check 

Sanjiban Choudhury, assistant professor of computer science, will receive a grant from OpenAI for work that may one day help ensure that superhuman AI systems stay under human control.

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Das, Dell receive Community-Engaged Practice and Innovation Awards

Sreyoshi Das, assistant professor of statistics and data science, and Nicki Dell, associate professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and Cornell Bowers CIS, received Community-Engaged Practice and Innovation Awards from the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement.

Shmoys, Wells elected AAAS fellows

Faculty members David Shmoys and Martin Wells have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

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Vashistha receives Einaudi seed grant

Aditya Vashistha, assistant professor of information science, used his 2023 seed grant to support fieldwork in India for a project on how misinformation spreads in private online environments such as WhatsApp.

Around the college
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New artificial intelligence minor launching fall 2024

Beginning Fall 2024, Cornell undergraduates can minor in artificial intelligence (AI). The AI minor is intended for any undergraduates who anticipate AI playing a critical role in their academic and professional careers. Students will get a solid foundational understanding of the algorithms and techniques that underlie AI capabilities, like machine learning, automated reasoning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics. 

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Cornell Computer Reuse Association wins Student Sustainability Award

Dylan Van Bramer, Reid Fleishman, Chris Walkowiak, and the Cornell Computer Reuse Association received Student Sustainability Award honors for their Earth Day Repair Fair, where community members brought their glitchy keyboards, faulty headphones, orphaned cords and slow computers to be repaired or properly recycled.  

Speaker: Content moderation is free speech, not censorship

Dr. Kate Starbird, an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, shared her views in the final installment of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Free Expression.

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AI apps and robots take home awards at BOOM

Nearly 120 students presented 44 innovative technology projects to crowds of Cornell students, faculty and staff, and Ithaca community members at the annual Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) student technology showcase. 

Welcome new community members:

Sadia Mehmood: Systems Administrator

Benjamin Ylvisaker: Software Engineer

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Construction on schedule for new building

Dozens of stakeholders responsible for the college's new building penned their names onto a 20-foot steel beam that will soon buttress the building’s fourth floor at an event celebrating the ongoing construction.

New building update

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Research highlights
Provided Sony aibo ERS-1000 robots and their human owners celebrate a birthday for one of the robots last summer at Tokyo’s Penguin Café, which hosts weekly meet-ups for aibo owners.

People, not design features, make a robot social

Malte Jung

Waki Kamino

A robotic system developed by Cornell researchers feeds a man with a spinal cord injury during an in-home test.

Robotic system feeds people with severe mobility limitations

Tapomayukh “Tapo” Bhattacharjee

Rajat Kumar Jenamani

Ziang Liu

Daniel Stabile, M.S. ’23

AI, collaboration a potent force in AI for Science showcase

Twenty Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellows presented their ongoing research projects during an end-of-year showcase for the AI for Science course (CS 6703) held in Gates Hall.

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AI-generated empathy has its limits

Nicola Dell

Deborah Estrin

Malte Jung

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3D video conferencing tool lets remote user control the view

François Guimbretière

Mose Sakashita

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Media Mentions

Cornell students share love of coding with younger generation

Alice Hu

Bella Hu

Jisha Kambo

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Glasses track your eyes and facial expressions without cameras

Ke Li

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AI transcription tools ‘hallucinate,’ too

Allison Koenecke

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Upcoming events
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GDIAC Games Showcase

May 18

1 - 4 p.m

Clark Atrium, Physical Sciences Building

The showcase will feature student game projects from the past year, including a large collection of PC and mobile games.

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Cornell University Commencement Weekend

May 24–26

Commencement Ceremony: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m

Schoellkopf Field

Families and guests are invited to attend two celebratory events during commencement weekend: one of the university ceremonies at the stadium on Saturday and a college/school or department ceremony during the weekend.

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Statistics and Data Science Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 24

Barton Hall 

  • Doors open: 8:30 a.m. (Guest seating is on a first come, first served basis.)
  • Graduates must arrive by no later than 9:15 a.m.
  • ​Ceremony: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
  • Reception: 10:30 - 11 a.m.
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Information Science Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 24

Barton Hall

  • Doors open: 11 a.m. (Guest seating is on a first come, first served basis.)
  • Graduates must arrive by no later than 11:45 a.m.
  • Ceremony: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Reception: 2 - 2:45 p.m.
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Computer Science Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, May 25

Barton Hall

  • Doors open: 4 p.m. (Guest seating is on a first come, first served basis.)
  • Graduates must arrive by no later than 4:45 p.m.
  • Ceremony: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Reception: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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