News Archive

October 18, 2014

UCSB Professor Ben Zhao was recently interviewed for an LA Times article regarding user privacy and tracking concerns of Whisper, a social media application where users post anonymous confessions. Location privacy is an issue as Whisper uses location information to customize user experiences, though not all users consent to the company knowing their exact location. Prof. Zhao contacted the company in the spring when his research group found a security flaw which allowed the exact location of a Whisper user to be identified.

October 14, 2014

Journalist and blogger Marin Gazzaniga recently asked PhD student Yan Shoshitaishvili for advice on commonly heard ways to prevent hacking attempts. He suggests tweaks on commonly heard advice such as using long, easy to read passphrases instead of short strings of jibberish.

The full post can be found here.

October 2, 2014

UCSB Professors Matthew Turk (Dept. of Computer Science) and Danielle Harlow (Gevirtz School) have received a $40,791 grant from the National Science Foundation titled "US-Finland Planning Visit: Transformed Social Interaction and Telecollaboration for Collaborative Learning." The grant supports a short visit to Finland for several UCSB faculty and students in order to catalyze a new innovative research program aimed at developing new technologies for collaborative education and learning.

September 25, 2014

UCSB Department of Computer Science faculty Linda Petzold is one of three leading international scientists appointed to receive an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University next January.

September 21, 2014

UCSB Department of Computer Science Professors Heather Zheng and Ben Zhao have received a 3-year grant from the NSF EARS program (Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum). The EARS program seeks to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute to significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization. This project will develop efficient spectrum monitoring and enforcement systems to detect and locate unauthorized spectrum users.

September 18, 2014

Department of Computer Science Professor Ben Hardekopf is one of three UCSB faculty to receive the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

“An NSF CAREER award makes it possible for an assistant professor in science or engineering to launch an ambitious research program,” said Michael Witherell, UCSB vice chancellor for research. “We are extremely pleased that two of our engineering faculty and one of our physics faculty have won these extremely competitive awards.”

September 17, 2014

Want to be an entrepreneur? Don’t go to Wharton or Harvard. Instead, grab your surfboard and head to UC Santa Barbara....

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September 16, 2014

Eucalyptus Systems, which was started in 2009 by Professor Rich Wolski, UCSB Computer Science researchers Chris Grzegorczyk, Daniel Nurmi, Graziano Obertelli, Neil Soman, Dmitrii Zagorodnov, and local entrepreneur Woody Rollins, has agreed to be acquired by Hewlett Packard.

September 9, 2014

UCSB Professor Divy Agrawal was a featured keynote speaker at the 40th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2014) in Hangzhou, China. The keynote address was structured as a joint talk comprising an industrial and academic speaker. The industrial speaker with Dr. Agrawal was Dr. Shivakumar Venkataraman, Vice President of Advertising Infrastructures from Google. The two of them spoke on the topic of datacenters as a new architecture from an engineering perspective and from a database research perspective.