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December 22 2020
Congratulations to Prof. Sera Linardi for her recent talk in the Harvard Center for Research and Computation for Society (CRCS)

Our ISP faculty, Prof. Sera Linardi, has been recognized by the CRCS!Congratulations to Prof. Sera Linardi for her recent talk in the Harvard Center for Research and Computation for Society (CRCS) AI for Social Good seminar series entitled:"Lessons from Imperfect Attempts to Serve (from Academia)"

April 13 2020
Provost Predoctoral Fellowships

Two ISP students won the Provost Predoctoral Fellowships for 2020-2021:

The Provost Predoctoral Fellowships are offered by the University of Pittsburgh to students in many graduate programs. Typically, ISP students are nominated to apply for the Provost Predoctoral Fellowships after their second year of graduate study. 

March 04 2020
Congratulations to Profs. Diane Litman and Maria Chikina for winning the Provost Faculty Awards.

Our ISP faculties, Drs. Litman and Chikina have received two of the 2020 Provost Faculty Awards. Congratulations to Dr. Litman on her Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring and Dr. Chikina for her Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award. (

January 29 2020
Congratulations to ISP Alumnus Prof. Vincent Aleven on receiving LRDC's distinguished alumni award.

Vincent Aleven received the LRDC's 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, and presented his research on AI used in classrooms. Here is the link for his full speech:

December 19 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Ashley and Jaromir Savelka for winning the Jurix 2019 Best Student Paper Awards.

Jurix 2019 was the 32nd International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems which was held in Spain this December. Congratulation to our ISP faculty, Dr. Kevin Ashley, and ISP student, Jaromir Savelka, for winning the Best Student Award in this conference for their paper 'Computer-Assisted Creation of Boolean Search Rules for Text Classification in the Legal Domain'. 

December 17 2019
What Will the 2020s Bring for AI?

Check this interesting interview with two of our ISP faculties Dr. Ervin Sejdic and Dr. Diane Litman on Pittwire:

September 14 2019
Congratulations ISP Alumnus Prof. Bruce McLaren for getting Fulbright Scholarship to further educational technology in Chile.

The goal of the Fulbright project is to help further the development of educational technology in Chile, both as a research discipline and as a practical instructional tool for schools. Prof. McLaren Scholarship was awarded for him to teach a course on Educational Technology at the Universidad Téchnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaiso, Chile.

August 28 2019
ISP's yearly newsletter

ISP's yearly newsletter is now out with updates on ISP's new director, new faculty members, upcoming East Coast Industry Forum (ECIF) event, and many other accomplishments:

July 30 2019
Congratulations ISP faculties and ISP student on their Pitt Cyber Accelerator Grants (PCAG).

Congratulations to Drs. Kevin Ashley and Rosta Farzan and ISP student Jaromir Savelka on their accepted PCAG. The PCAG grants provide initial funding for novel and innovative projects on the critical questions of networks, data, and algorithms, with a focus on the ever-changing gaps among law, policy, and technology. Dr. Ashely and Jaromir Savelka got the PCAG grant for their ‘Annotating Cases for Learning to Summarize’ project. ‘Fighting Cyberbullying:  A Transformative and Educational Game for Promoting Empathic Understanding’ is Dr. Farzan and her colleagues’ contribution that has granted the by PCAG funding.

July 07 2019
Congratulations ISP alumni and faculty on receiving the ACL Test-of-Time award (10 years).

Congratulations to PhD alumni Theresa Wilson, MS alumni Paul Hoffmann, and family and friends of Prof. Jan Wiebe for receiving the recent ACL Test-of-Time award (10 years) for their paper: “Recognizing Contextual Polarity: An Exploration of Features for Phrase-Level Sentiment Analysis”

The ACL Test-of-Time Award (10 years) recognizes the authors of an influential paper or series of papers published between ten years ago that has significantly impacted research or applications of NLP field.

If you are attending the ACL 2019 (, make sure to stop by the session planned for honoring these ISP family members in the LTA session of the conference. The ToT portion of the award session will take place on Tuesday July 30 at 3:50 p.m.

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