Allan Kuchinsky Student Award

Allan J. Kuchinsky was a member of Agilent Labs working in molecular data analysis. His 35-year career at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard included work in data visualization, human-computer interaction and computational biology. His expertise led him to the Cytoscape community, which he joined in 2005. He was a tireless champion for Cytoscape and open source software at Agilent and was a significant thought leader in the Cytoscape project. Because of his passion for mentoring students, he also contributed significantly to Cytoscape’s Google Summer of Code effort. We lost Allan in 2013 after a battle against cancer and we hope to honor his contributions to Cytoscape as a software developer and mentor with this prize.


Jimmy Morzaria

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India
Visualization of Dynamic Graphs in Cytoscape

Ritisha Laungani

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India
Modeling and Visualizing Cell Signaling Networks with SigViz

Abhiraj Tomar

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India
Implementation of Fuzzy Clusters in Cytoscape

About the award

A cash prize was awarded to the students who have demonstrated excellence in Cytoscape-related development selected from the 2013 Google Summer of Code student pool. The winning students were announced at the Cytoscape Symposium and Workshop in Paris, France on October 9-10, 2013. Selection took into consideration the many aspects of Allan's perpective and contributions to Cytoscape and software development, including his passions for:

  • Mentoring software developers
  • Open source code
  • Good user-centered design and execution
  • Network biology tools/resources/applications
  • Cytoscape core and app development
  • Google Summer of Code