It's official, I will be entering the PhD program in Comp Sci. at UMass Amherst this September. I plan to specialize in Information Retrieval at the CIIR.
I was accepted into the PhD program at UMass and the Master's program at Carnegie-Mellon in the LTI. Choosing between the two programs was a really difficult decision. However, in the end it came down to the funding offers and personal reasons (friends and family in New England, and the beautiful Amherst area). The students and faculty I met at UMass were friendly and reflected the strength of their program. I look forward to working with them this fall.
I want to especially thank Ben Ransford from UMass and Aaron Phillips from CMU. They were my student hosts and were both very gracious and generous with their time. It was a pleasure getting to know them.
I also applied to: MIT, Columbia, the University of Washington, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Maryland. There were also a number of great universities that I didn't apply to for personal reasons.
Also, over the next few months I will talk more about my plans and elaborate more on interesting research problems.